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  • posted: December 04 @ 8:17am
this is my little buddy Solomon. some of you may remember during the last Whiskerino he was one of the many baby's born. he was born with an encephalocele, which means he had a hole in the back of his head which caused part of his brain (size of a fist) to be exposed when he was born. he had about a 30% chance of survivale after birth. as you can see here though, he is doing great!

this is one of his favorite games to play when I get home. he eats and pulls my strings on my hoodie. it's a lot of fun for him and me. he doesn't have to wear this special football helmet he has on, but we have found that it calms him down and makes him feel more secure. plus I think he looks super cute and very awesome in it.

I hope you guys have an awesome day today!

Comments

jnonfiction says:
My son has those same pajamas.
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 8:21am -
mOtke says:
I'm so glad he's doing well. I remember when all that was going on, and I remember how tough it was on you (obviously).

Thanks for sharing. I was wondering how he was doing.
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 8:21am -
Ozzy Nelson says:
Man, you need to get that helmet custom painted like one of the hockey goalies. I'll bet someone would do it for free. Solomon could help with the design.
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 8:24am -
Ozzy Nelson says:
awesome looking kid. I'd love to meet him
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 8:25am -
orangebeard says:
@jnonfiction really? thats pretty awesome, but you are pretty awesome so I should expect nothing less.

@motke thanks man. he is such a blessing. I couldn't imagine life without the little guy.

@ozzynelson that is an awesome idea! although, I don't know anyone that could do that though. he'd love to meet you too. he pretty much melts everyone's heart that he comes into contact with. even big hairy bearded dudes like you :)
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 8:29am -
Gavin says:
i remember when this was happening as well. that's really news great news. what a cute kid.


also your beard is amazing.
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 8:32am -
jnonfiction says:
Life with a child who needs you more -- it's unexplainable. It's a unique experience. I'm glad it's you.
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 8:32am -
Ozzy Nelson says:
I'll guarantee there is someone on here that could do it.
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 8:34am -
jmathiasxiii says:
Sir, I admire you and I love this community.
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 8:38am -
Andrew says:
Heart melted. Kids beating medical odds is one of the best things ever, it takes strong kids and in my estimation even stronger parents.

I also echo @gavin's comments about the beard. looks monstrous.
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 8:48am -
Furricane says:
heart-warmingly awesome.
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 8:51am -
KO says:
I remember the story very well, and it warms my heart to see that he is doing so well. You both look very happy, and I'm glad you've shared this part of your life with us!
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 9:11am -
folliclejuju says:
hi solomon! you are totally awesome!
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 9:14am -
Kent Colonoscopy says:
Great picture. Great Beard, love it.
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 9:31am -
benfrank says:
i don't want to try to put into words what i felt while looking at this pic. wouldn't do it justice. just know that i am overjoyed he'd doing well and that this picture s wonderful.
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 10:04am -
michaeljstraub says:
He's a good looking kid. I'm glad that he is doing well.

Your beard growth is looking phenomenal
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 10:08am -
ThatGuy says:
Awesome story. It's nice to hear good news every now and then. And this is most definitely good news.
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 10:09am -
BURNEY says:
Hello Soloman. Nice to meet you . Your Dad is an awesome dude. I hope you always share hoodies together. Thanks for Sharing OB.
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 10:10am -
Matty O says:
I was first happy-ed by the beard growth and now am even more happy about Solomon's well being. God bless.
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 11:14am -
orangebeard says:
Thanks everybody for your kind words. I'm glad this pic warmed some of your hearts on this cold day. He is truly a miracle from God and it is only because of Him that he is here today.

Also thanks for the comments on the beard growth. I hope one of my two sons inherit my hair genes.

@benfrank - I love you big guy! I need to see you face/face soon. since Bean is out now, who's studio are we going to hang out at for a photoshoot in January?
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 11:59am -
benfrank says:
@orangebeard i have no idea. i know there are photographers on here, in nashville, not sure who has studios. i know @eli shares studio space with bean, so maybe same place? i have no idea. i just know that that day was a blast.
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 12:07pm -
Presto Beardo says:
@orangebeard its awesome to see he is doing so well. I will put money on it that he goes on to become a hockey player who is known to headbutt his opponents into submission
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 1:07pm -
HiImTerry says:
Tears, I have them. Good job little man.
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 1:20pm -
mackle says:
I echo @Burney's comment 100%.

Glad you both could join us.
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 7:52pm -
Philly says:
This pic puts a lot of things in perspective. What wonderful time being spent.
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 8:37pm -
hale. says:
he's an adorable looking kid, and i'm happy to hear he is doing well. i think your sharing this and all the kind comments received underscores the strong feeling of community and friendship Whiskerino provides. thank you.
Posted: Dec 5th, 2009 - 10:31am -
Zach says:
this warms my heart! great looking little dude!
Posted: Dec 7th, 2009 - 6:50am -
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