Nick was one of the nine babies. In the beginning he was 3.3kg (7 1/4 pounds). Looking at him you would never have believed that he would become one of the members of the brute squad. He could eat and did eat often, and soon he caught up. He had a cleft lip and not a cleft palate so he only needed one surgery for his lip and it healed beautifully. On his growth chart you can see him steadily climb from below average to over the 97% mark in one steep arch. Then he started walking and you can see the arch turn into a hump, to just below the 97% mark. My favorite time is when he started walking. Children have different ways of doing this. Nick thought he could walk already and so he could get up and run and the result was he felt down. He was undeterred and tried again. The bad thing was that he fell on the same stop all the time......his right forehead. During the rest of his time here that was his favorite stop to fall on. As a result he now has a big bump there, which I guess could be there for life. He made friends easily and hung out with Tim, Bryan and Antonia often until they were adopted. He turned out to be be such a typical boy with a love for cars, playing outside and going fast down the slide. He turned out to be an expert climber, on to things over things and into other people's cribs.
After a long haul we managed to get his adoption papers together and they went off to the orphanage and then to the CCAA. We got no word from any families and I thought that the file was in Europe but I was wrong. Nick was adopted by a family from New York State and they changed his name to Jacob. He now has a big sister Emily and from what I hear he is true to form and eating lots. He went Trick 'n Treating as Tigger this past Halloween.
I would gratefully like to acknowledge Gayly and Shawn and their family, who so generously supported Nick's care right from the beginning.