Saturday, November 03, 2007
Boy meets girl...

"Girl" makes her move (in this relationship, SHE'S the initiator) :-)

Nurse Cheryl introduces "boy" to "girl" (what a great matchmaker that Cheryl is. Eat your heart out, eHarmony!)

It's DEFINITELY "love at first sight!"

And there you have it. Mommy and baby finally got to "bond" today. Little Silas has been off the ventilator for a full 24 hours now, and all his levels are fine. In fact, I think the only reason he's still in the NICU is because he hasn't quite been successful at keeping down "real" food yet. But since the only "real" food he's actually tried is formula, I can't say that I blame him. He'll be ditching the IV "nutrition" and downing the "really real" food in no time, I'm sure.

We found out something else today -- his plumbing works quite well. No RotoRooter for this little guy...he's "all systems clear" from stem to stern! Just one more item in a long list of positives for which we are extremely grateful.

Martha appears all set to come home on Sunday. It seems a bit doubtful that Silas will be released at that point too, but we can always pray and hope. At this rate, though, he won't be too far behind Momma. I'll keep you posted. Until then, enjoy a few more random pictures from Thursday and Friday. Oh, and thanks to all of you for your prayers and your kind, congratulatory words. Both mean more to us than we can adequately express.

About 10:30 on Thursday morning, before the young man was moved to the NICU

"Hey, how does this thing work?"
["Furthermore, how does the breathing apparatus function?"]

There's a real, live human being somewhere underneath all that stuff.

There, that's better! [Nose tube notwithstanding, upon being moved to his other bed this morning, Silas was quite thankful to be dressed. His sense of modesty is already vividly apparent.]

Boy meets other girl [Aunt Sarah]; this relationship is quite "platonic," however

"When I was your age..."

Worth a thousand words

...happily ever after."

  posted at 1:10 AM  

At 3:24 AM, Blogger Mom C said...

So relieved that the royal family is progressing so beautifully. Love all the pictures -- anxiously awaiting the expressions of "wonder" on the faces of the older Princes when they finally get a good glimpse of the new little Prince. Hugs to all of you!

At 4:57 AM, Blogger iZING said...

Congrats on the new arrival. He's a handsome young man.

At 8:33 AM, Blogger Sarah Cook said...

So cute! Congrats!

At 8:46 AM, Anonymous Paul & Kathy Churchill said...

Congratulations and Praises to God for the safe arrival of little Silas. What a beautiful baby boy! I think we all were on "pins and needles" and breathing up many prayers, until we heard that both Momma and baby were progressing normally. Now we can look for baby boys clothes instead of the generic ones.

At 8:48 AM, Blogger Julie said...

Loved all the pictures. As a mom, I can imagine the pure joy of finally getting to hold him. There's something about that first time...very precious! So happy for your family.

At 8:49 AM, Blogger Brenda said...

All cute pictures. Glad mom and baby are doing well.

At 10:15 AM, Anonymous Becky Sioux said...

Am ever-so-happy to hear all are doing so exceptionally well. My prayers continue to be w/ y'all.

At 11:09 AM, Blogger Marsha said...

I am so glad that boy and girl finally were able to meet and greet!!! What wonderful pictures!! Thank you for keeping us updated Troy!

At 12:00 PM, Blogger Les said...

Troy, once again I'm very impressed! You had me crying over these pictures. I can't imagine how Martha felt not being able to hold the latest Prince. I'm so happy and thankful he's doing so well. God is good, even in the mist of despair!

At 2:25 PM, Blogger Gene Davis said...

Congratulations to the entire Castle household. Nothing like having the men dominate the household. You all are in our thoughts and prayers!!!!

At 2:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So happy for all of you and thankful that Silas and mommy are both doing well. Thanks so much for the updates!! The pictures are precious. Blessings to you all!

At 3:33 PM, Blogger Lavy Country said...

Ok - I have tears in my eyes too. I'm so happy mom and prince are doing so well. He's beautiful. Thank God for His blessings.

At 4:15 PM, Blogger Norma Gwen said...

Praise the Lord that Silas is off the respiratory! God is so good. And so glad you were all able to hold him. We remember how special that day was! Hope baby and mom soon get to be home together! Love to you all!

At 4:17 PM, Blogger ~Heather~ said...

AWWW! I'm sooooo GLAD that Mommy finally got to hold her little Prince! Adorable pictures!!! Thanks for keeping us posted. I'm glad that Martha may get to come home tomorrow, but OH, I want her to be able to bring her bundle of Joy home with her too. I'll be praying for both of them.

Love, Heather =)

At 6:47 PM, Blogger Angie Davis said...

He's such a sweetie. God has been good to you guys. As another "outnumbered female", I have to say that having all boys is a whole lot of fun! :)


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