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Baby Hakon Samuel Andersen
I've been fairly quiet this year here, I didn't connect on a buck with the bow but I did have some great bowhunts and passed 7 or 8 really nice bucks. I ended up shooting a decent 8 pt in the attached pic with my muzzleloader just last Saturday the 22nd in Ohio, I've never shot a bigger buck with a gun so that was kinda cool. Anyways I had to rush my pregnant girlfriend to the ER at 2am Friday morning. She ended up needing an emergency C Section around 8:30am and my little Hakon (Hawk-en) which is a Norwegian name meaning "the strong son" was born. He has an enormous name to live up to. He was born at just 24.5 weeks old and weighed 1 pound 12 oz. He is deep in the woods but lucky for him he's got my blood and his Mother Tasha's blood and he will find his way. We are both tough as nails and I know he is too. All I ask is for as many prayers as you guys can give us/him. Thanks and Merry Christmas to you all.
My wife and I will keep you all in our prayers. Hakon will grow up to be a strong young man!
Prayers and congratulations both sent, Matt! My sister is a nurse and used to work in a neonatal unit with preemies. I visited her once at work. It is absolutely amazing what these places accomplish with these tiny bundles of life! Welcome to bowsite as well, Hakon!
Congrats . Prayers sent from Montana and merry Christmas as well. Hunt
Prayers for you guys Matt. A strong son he will be. Amen....
That's a mighty litle fellow. Here's hoping everthing turns out ok for y'all, as I'm sure it will.
Prayers to you and hakon Matt. Special times
Prayers sent! Good luck and congratulations to you and Momma!
I have a 15 year old nephew that was similar. Maybe 23 weeks and a little smaller. He is in high school and doesn't even know the story. Doing just fine, zero problems. Congratulations on the family. You guys will be just fine
Prayers sent and Merry Christmas!
Congratulations to you guys Matt. Prayers are on the way, and I’m sure everything will be alright. Pretty cool name!!
Good health to you all! Marry her!!
Congrats on having a new baby! May he have the appetite of a lion, and the thirst of a elephant! He will grow fast. Merry Christmas to your family Matt
Congrats and hoping it all works out for your family.
In our thoughts and prayers here in Oklahoma, Matt!
God bless Matt. Nice Christmas gift.
Prayers for the little guy and to you both as well. Looks like he is in good hands. Congrats and Merry Christmas.
Thoughts and prayers from OK,and Merry Christmas.
I had a granddaughter born way early. She is 5 years old now & doing great. I wish you & your new family the best.
Congrats and prayers sent!
My little nephew was born at 25 weeks and was under 2 lbs. Last year he was the Georgia AAU 7 year old football player of the year. The miracles of modern medicine are unbelievable for these little guys.
Thoughts and prayers for Hakon, Tasha, and yourself! Stay strong, won’t be long till your son will be tagging along on a hunt! Merry Christmas to all!
Congratulations and best wishes to the Andersen family.
Prayers for the Andersen family!
Welcome to Bowsite, Hakon!
Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. He will grow to be big and strong no doubt! God bless:)
Prayers sent. May he grow up to be as strong as his parents
Congrats and prayers sent.
Prayers and modern medicine will get you all through this. Prayers sent and yes, have a great New Year. my best, Paul
Prayers sent from Tn God bless and Merry Christmas Lewis
Congrats and Merry Christmas.
Man, hang in there! My buddy's wife delivered twin baby girls in a similar situation, and they are both happy, healthy 10-years-olds now. I'm sure Hakon (cool name!) will do great!
WOW, I pasted this post by several times today, now I am sorry I did! Your family is in our prayers and thoughts! God Bless you and your family and I am sure he will be as tough as his folks!
You are all fighters and you will be victorious in God's name I claim it!
I expect to see his first bow kill posted here!
Your family is in my prayers. My nephew was born just like this. He eventually was top of his class at the Citadel and had a time in the army as a Captain. My niece was born early too and just recently won the 4h 22 caliber competions in Oklahoma. I pray your son will have a long healthy life.
God bless Matt! Prayers sent and many congratsulations! Merry Christmas to you, your wife, and your new son!
Prayers and congrats from SE Pennsylvania. Neonatal nurses are the best of the best and take care of "their" little ones with unbridled dedication and passion.
Prayers and positive thoughts from Colorado!
Thank you so much guys! Today was another good day for both mom and the boy. I read each comment to Tasha and the smile it brought to her face is priceless and so needed at this time. Thank you again and Merry Christmas from Pittsburgh!
Keep the faith brother! We will be praying for you all. God Bless!
Congrats and prayers sent!!
Prayers sent up for you guys. Congrats and Merry Christmas.
Congratulations to you and girlfriend's new arival, and Merry Christmas...
"I ended up shooting a decent 8 pt in the attached pic with my muzzleloader just last Saturday the 22nd in Ohio"
Sorry to inform but if you killed a deer in the state of Ohio with a muzzleloader Saturday the 22nd, you killed it illegally... The 2-day statewide bonus gunseason was Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th, and statewide muzzleloader season doesn't begin until January 5, 2019 through January 8, 2019... Week long statewide firearm season was from November 26 through December 2, 2018... Youth gun was November 17th and 18th... There was no Ohio firearms seasons open on December 22nd...
Prayers from my home here in Utah!
Congrats on having your Son
Good luck, Robb
Prayers for him and your family. Our daughter was born very early and eventually was just fine. Good luck
Merry Christmas Brother and God Bless. Continued prayers your way!
Congratulations to you and mama, Matt! I'm sure your baby boy Hakon, will grow up big and strong, and you'll be posting pics of his first buck here in just a few short years. Gonna be lots of sleepless nights and worries along the way, but it is all worth every moment you'll get to spend with him. I feel for you and Tasha....my wife is 16 weeks pregnant, and everyday I pray everything goes smoothly until she delivers the baby. Just have faith in the Lord, and know he definitely has Hakon in the best possible situation. You will get through the woods. Merry Christmas, and keep us updated.... your family is in my prayers.
Many congratulations and prayers to you all. Merry Christmas as well!!
Congratulations Matt! Prayers going out west from NEPA! ;-)
My daughter was born a few weeks premature and spent several days in NICU. Met a father up there whose son was smaller than yours. It's amazing what prayers and modern medicine can do! (And that was 14 yrs ago ;-)
Prayers to all of you from the homeland!
Congrats on the birth of your boy! Prayers for a healthy baby and Mom from MT.
Our 4th son was born premature. He got a heli ride the day he was born since we don't have a neo unit in Bozeman. I tease him that I still haven't flown in one yet. Hang in there, I know the feeling. No fun. Hope he grows quick, try to enjoy the slow times with him.
Congratulations. Wow that is little! May the good Lord help guide this little guy through any rough patches and watch over you all.
Prayers and congratulations!
Congrats and prayers sent for baby Hakon!
Praying for you and your family.
How is our young hunter doing today? Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Congrats & prayers. Our "little" guy was 8.5 weeks early & 3lb-10oz. Not quite as scary as yours but ours is doing just fine!
May God Bless your beautiful family with health and happiness!
Keeping the prayers going Matt - hope all is well.
For zBone - good job catching Matt's Calendar error, but you were off by a day as well LOL. "Sorry to inform but if you killed a deer in the state of Ohio with a muzzleloader Saturd"ay the 22nd, you killed it illegally... The 2-day statewide bonus gun season was Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th, and statewide muzzleloader season doesn't begin until January 5, 2019 through January 8, 2019... "
I just checked my text he sent me right after he shot the buck - it was Saturday December 15, so it was the bonus gun season. He was off by a week on his original post, and you were off by a day on yours.
FWIW, I recall one of my dad’s patients from the early ‘80s.
Hakon’s a BEAST. They’ll take good care of him.
I used to call those Tinies “cotton-ball kids”: too little for a diaper, so the nurses just used a cotton-ball and a piece o’ tape!
Hows the little fella doing.
Prayer just sent for everyone involved.
I pray no news is good news
Thank you all especially zbone...haha thanks Jack. Ya my son was born on the 21st so I definitely didn't shoot my Ohio buck on the 22nd. Forgive me it's been a rough few days. Our little Hawk is doing well. He's strong and very receptive to anything the Doctors are wanting to do to keep him comfortable. Brain scan tomorrow will tell more. We continue to remain positive and try to enjoy this instead of dread it. We can feel the prayers that are coming in from far and wide and ask you continue to include Hakon in yours. #Hakonstrong
You are going to get good news today! Believe it!
#Hakonstrong....you got this little buddy....prayers sent!
Prayers sent for your family!
Thanks again for all the kind words men. Brain scan showed bleeding which was to be expected with his gestation date of only 24.5 weeks old. Said a babies brain isn't like ours. It can reprogram unlike us. 90% chance of survival at this point but time will tell other issues. Off the record the doc said he is optimistic so we remain hopeful, positive and are trying to enjoy our special time with our little Hawk. Very soon probably in the next few days we will be able to hold him skin to skin which will make us especially mom very, very happy. Going goose hunting in the morn with moms blessing and actually her pushing me to go lol not really feeling it but I'm sure once I am in the great outdoors, I will enjoy it. God bless you all.
That is great to hear. Hope he gets better and stronger every day. More prayers going up.
Matt that’s great news. We’re pulling for you all in my household. God bless
Amen, prayers and positive thoughts will continue your way. Enjoy the hunt!
Amen, prayers and positive thoughts will continue your way. Enjoy the hunt!
Praying everyday brother! God Bless and keep us posted.
Just want to share a story of hope. One of my wife's closest friends recently gave birth to two mighty micro-preemies. Beau and Viviana were less than 24 weeks gestation at birth. Beau was 1#, 10 oz Viviana was 1#6 oz at birth. They had many bumps in the road, too many to mention here but they are both home with the rest of their family today and doing very well. Beau has some supplemental oxygen but Viviana is a small but healthy girl. I have Faith that your son Hakon is going to be fine. Make sure you can find him the best care possible and keep praying. I will be praying with you that our Lord will bless your son and everything will work out in the end. I am happy to share their contact info with you if you think it would help.
I cant wait to hear of the stories 10 years from now of you and your son trekking thru the woods. I am continuing to pray for you and your family.
Still sending prayers and positive thoughts your way!
My prayers for your little guy, Matt, and you and his Mom. A difficult time for the three of you but faith in God will get you through. Been there.
We got to hold our boy for the first time last night and he is doing great! Thanks again for all the support, prayers and kind words. We really appreciate them!
Excellent News! a fighter for sure! Beautifulsmiles in that picture!
Continued prayers, and Happy New Year!
Great news. Still sends prayers . Happy new year.
Fantastic! Great looking family! Prayers from Iowa.
Matt that is awesome! I wish you, your girlfriend and baby Hakon a happy healthy new year! Prayers sent #hakonstrong
It is AMAZING what doctors can do today to keep the youngsters alive when born so small. 30 or 40 years ago and the outcome probably would have been different. Are his lungs okay? I have heard that is one of the last things to form and the first thing they worry about when they are impatient to come out... Best of luck healing to your wife (although watching Hakon get out of ped icu will probably be all the healing she needs).
Fantastic news and thanks for the update. Prayers sent.
Good deal! Happy for y’all. Still praying for the lil dude
Happy New Year! Stay strong little man!
Congrats and prayers for all!
Congrats to the Anderson family. This will soon pass and before you know it Hakon will be running around playing. God Bless.
That's awesome, Matt! The first of many family photos. Happy New Year to you and your family...2019 is going to be great for you all!
Congrats on becoming a dad! Hope you & the family all do well. Raise him right & put a bow in his hand early on. 2019 will be just the beginning...
Great family photo. Wishing you and your family the best
Congrats and continued prayers!
Great pic of the family. Praying all continues to go well.
Praying for you and your wife and son. Our 3 year old girl ended up in Pittsburgh Children's when she was 6 weeks old with some heart issues. They have phenomenal doctors down there! Our youngest is 8 months now and she was in NICU in Erie for 8 days when she was born. NICU nurses are awesome! The fear of not knowing what is happening with your unborn/newly born children is rough. Strength brother!
Prayer sent your way for your family. They can do wonders now.
My youngest brother was born at 24 weeks. Mom was bleeding and went to the hospital for couple days, they sent her home and started bleeding in the car. Dad turned around and mom dropped him on the steps going into the hospital. They revived him and after a month or so sent him home. Doctors said his brain, lungs were not developed enough to live so enjoy him as long as you can. He was such a little thing that he fit in a shoe box for a crib.
We still live out on the farm with no central heat so we put him in a shoe box on top the TV and let the TV run 24-7. We had to feed him every hour with a eye dropper. It was winter and only good effect was being up every hour so to feed him our pot belly stove didn't go out over night as was normal. Still remember getting up for school and the wash basin was froze solid as we had no indoor bathroom.
Long story short he turned out healthy and turns 59 next month.
Great news!!! Happy New Year.
He a fighter and a blessing and you guys are going to be just fine with all the support you are getting and all the wisdom the doctors have. He is a special young man. Oh the stories you are going to be able to tell.
That is one of the most heart warming pictures I have seen here in a while. These type of stories and the ones with the kids getting their first are better to me than the mega buck pictures. (And I do enjoy them) Keep giving updates Matt! Praying for you and your family! Greg
Thank you so much again guys! Hawks lungs are clear and he will likely have the air tube taken out of his throat and just have nostril tubes which is fantastic! His lungs are still maturing though...MK111 that story is insane! But hearing stories like that certainly don't hurt us to hear lol. This kid will have a boy in hand soon...no question. Happy New Year guys! I'll keep you all posted!
Great news Matt! We’re all pulling for you little guy! #Hakonstrong
Great to hear Matt! I'll be looking forward to reading about yours and Hawks bowhunting adventures! Congrats to mom too, good job you guys!
You guys are doing great, your picture says it all ! Everyday is a blessing. Congratulations !
Been following along daily. My wife is about 20 weeks along right now. We’re both praying for you all.
Congrats and prayers to you.
I have several friends that have had preemies, and they are all doing fine. Keep up that skin to skin contact.. very important for development
Hey if you don’t want to post for any reason that’s totally fine and understandable but I’m sure I’m not the only one who is interested in how your story is progressing so don’t worry about people not being interested. I truly hope the day finds you and your son well!
Hawk continues to do well! Had some quality bonding time just him Friday after work and mom visits everyday. Had some family visitors this wknd aslo! Hawk is feeling the love! Thanks again for all the support and interest in baby Hakon! #Hakonstrong
Matt so glad he’s doing well! Prayers sent! #Hakonstrong
Good for you all Matt.
Barely as big as your hand...…..
Keep the faith
Good luck, Robb
Amen! Continued Prayers for All!!!
Continued prayers for all. #Hakonstrong
Just a few years and you will be buying him a bow and arrows. Love the posts and pictures.
Great to hear Matt! Hope everyone is doing well, prayers sent!
That's a great pic of you holding him. Congrats on the continued improvement.
Prayers and good wishes from the North,,,,, sound like the kid is lucky, he has a great father,,,,,
Glad to see he is doing well!!
Great news! Really looking forward to the "going home" photo! #Hakonstrong
Hawk took a big poop yesterday and still gained weight! haha 2.3 pounds! Sounds ridiculously small but he was 1lb 12 oz at birth...he started on steroids yesterday which had him restless but when mom visited him last night, he was sleeping soundly. Looking like his breathing tube will be taken out of his throat and going to a nostril tube soon. He should be much more comfortable then. Also West Penn hospital which is amazing just built a new wing and he is going to have his own private room soon only reason is cause he's a micro premie. Something new they are going to try and its welcomed. Thanks again for all the well wishes. I'll continue to give updates.
Great to hear Matt! #Hakonstrong
Wonderful news! Thanks for sharing. Continued prayers for wellness and strength.
Great news! Fingers crossed and prayers for a long and healthy life!!
Very encouraging! Nice to see the hospital’s working with you.
Keep thinking of the baby Matt - still praying, glad he is packing on some weight.
My son was born premature also. Although not as small as Hawk. Doctor's told us all the doom and gloom stories, it was a little depressing. Don't believe them all, said he would be small for his age and may have learning disabilities. Happy to say 22 years later he is 6'7" 290 played 3 years of D1 football and is now in his senior year of Mechanical Engineering. Keep the faith man you and Hawk will have alot of hunts ahead of you. He killed his first elk with my old 75 lb. recurve this fall and missed a big 6 pt. Was the best hunting season I have ever had. Prayers everyday for you and your boy.
Wow. That picture really puts it in perspective. What a miracle. Keep growing Hawk! Continued prayers.
Hawk is here to stay.
Awesome to see he’s coming along!
This is the most important thread running here...and a real inspiration you two are!
When he gets big enough, you bring him to TN and we will put a fly rod in his hand! Him and my 8 month old boy would have a blast.
Thank you so much guys. Reading these comments is so uplifting and makes mom and I smile! Great news continues!! Hawk got his breathing tube taken out of his throat and is on a nostril ventilator! And he looks like dad! haha I am so proud of my boy! I would love to take him fly fishing with you and your boy Panther Bone lol Apparently he is going to be the first baby to be placed in the new wing at West Penn Hospital which is kinda cool! Thanks to all those following along. I will continue to update.
My favorite wisecrack is to tell a guy “Wow, he looks just like his you! Poor kid...”
He looks to be doing really well, though - seems to have real good color and appears to be putting on weight. Good job, Mommy!!
Best to all three of you.. keep the faith!
What a tough fella. Nothing will stop him in life. So great. Love checking this thread.
Following your thread everyday. There are lots of people praying and thinking of you everyday. Awesome....the whole thing is awesome!!
Great pictures and even better news. Thanks for posting! Hunt
Great news. Thanks for the update, my whole family is following.
Loss for words. Very glad for you all of you !!
Great news Matt! One day, sometimes one hour, at a time! #Hakonstrong
Wow, what a story Matt, sorry I didn't see this thread until today, so while my prayers are late, just call me the guy coming in relief ;) He looks to be making progress and very thankful to hear that. Thanks for the continued updates. He's already bigger than a decent walleye, so that's getting there already! All the best!
Great news! Such an inspirational little boy!! That little guy is tough as nails and he's gonna make his parents (more) proud!!
God is great! Little dude is going to be good.
It always amazes me how preemies seem to do so well in life. I have known 3 in my family alone and they all did well at whatever they set their mind to do. Still praying for you.
lots of prayers sent. Glad things are going so well.
Just saw this post, awesome news Matt. Hakon does look like you, with one exception, he's got more hair... lol. Prayers sent from AZ for continued good news and God Bless.
More prayers and thanks for the update.