Baby Hakon Samuel Andersen
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From: mattandersen
23-Dec-18

mattandersen's embedded Photo
mattandersen's embedded Photo
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.

From: yooper89
23-Dec-18
My wife and I will keep you all in our prayers. Hakon will grow up to be a strong young man!

From: t-roy
23-Dec-18
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!

From: HUNT MAN
23-Dec-18
Congrats . Prayers sent from Montana and merry Christmas as well. Hunt

23-Dec-18
Prayers for you guys Matt. A strong son he will be. Amen....

From: mattandersen
23-Dec-18

mattandersen's embedded Photo
mattandersen's embedded Photo
Our first family pic

From: drycreek
23-Dec-18
That's a mighty litle fellow. Here's hoping everthing turns out ok for y'all, as I'm sure it will.

From: Bou'bound
23-Dec-18
Prayers to you and hakon Matt. Special times

From: Fuzz
23-Dec-18
Prayers sent! Good luck and congratulations to you and Momma!

From: ryanrc
23-Dec-18
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

23-Dec-18
Prayers sent

From: Marty
23-Dec-18
Prayers sent and Merry Christmas!

From: BC173
23-Dec-18
Congratulations to you guys Matt. Prayers are on the way, and I’m sure everything will be alright. Pretty cool name!!

23-Dec-18
Good health to you all! Marry her!!

From: Grunter
23-Dec-18
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

From: WapitiBob
23-Dec-18
Congrats and hoping it all works out for your family.

23-Dec-18
In our thoughts and prayers here in Oklahoma, Matt!

From: BC
23-Dec-18
God bless Matt. Nice Christmas gift.

From: tobywon
23-Dec-18
Prayers for the little guy and to you both as well. Looks like he is in good hands. Congrats and Merry Christmas.

From: BigOk
23-Dec-18
Thoughts and prayers from OK,and Merry Christmas.

From: Drnaln
23-Dec-18
I had a granddaughter born way early. She is 5 years old now & doing great. I wish you & your new family the best.

From: Scoot
23-Dec-18
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.

23-Dec-18
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!

From: buc i 313
23-Dec-18
Congratulations and best wishes to the Andersen family.

23-Dec-18
Prayers for the Andersen family!

Welcome to Bowsite, Hakon!

From: Hawkeye
23-Dec-18
Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. He will grow to be big and strong no doubt! God bless:)

From: otcWill
23-Dec-18
Prayers sent. May he grow up to be as strong as his parents

From: Rickm
23-Dec-18
Congrats and prayers sent.

From: Paul@thefort
23-Dec-18
Prayers and modern medicine will get you all through this. Prayers sent and yes, have a great New Year. my best, Paul

From: lewis
23-Dec-18
Prayers sent from Tn God bless and Merry Christmas Lewis

From: Trial153
23-Dec-18
Congrats and Merry Christmas.

From: Surfbow
23-Dec-18
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!

From: Scar Finga
23-Dec-18
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!

From: nchunter
23-Dec-18
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.

From: Brotsky
23-Dec-18
God bless Matt! Prayers sent and many congratsulations! Merry Christmas to you, your wife, and your new son!

From: Bowbender
23-Dec-18
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.

From: tobinsghost
23-Dec-18
Prayers and positive thoughts from Colorado!

From: mattandersen
23-Dec-18
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!

From: Heat
23-Dec-18
Keep the faith brother! We will be praying for you all. God Bless!

From: jeg
24-Dec-18
Congrats and prayers sent!!

From: kyrob
24-Dec-18
Prayers sent up for you guys. Congrats and Merry Christmas.

From: Zbone
24-Dec-18
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...

From: BULELK1
24-Dec-18
Prayers from my home here in Utah!

Congrats on having your Son

Good luck, Robb

24-Dec-18
Prayers for him and your family. Our daughter was born very early and eventually was just fine. Good luck

From: grape
24-Dec-18
Prayers from Wisconsin

From: Scar Finga
24-Dec-18
Merry Christmas Brother and God Bless. Continued prayers your way!

24-Dec-18
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.

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
24-Dec-18
Many congratulations and prayers to you all. Merry Christmas as well!!

From: Rut Nut
24-Dec-18
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 ;-)

From: Boreal
24-Dec-18
Prayers to all of you from the homeland!

From: SBH
24-Dec-18
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.

From: Franzen
24-Dec-18
Congratulations. Wow that is little! May the good Lord help guide this little guy through any rough patches and watch over you all.

From: Rocky D
24-Dec-18
Prayers and congratulations!

From: T Mac
24-Dec-18
Congrats and prayers sent for baby Hakon!

From: GLP
24-Dec-18
Praying for you and your family.

From: tobinsghost
25-Dec-18
How is our young hunter doing today? Merry Christmas to you and your family!

From: Dirty D
25-Dec-18

Dirty D's embedded Photo
Dirty D's embedded Photo
Congrats & prayers. Our "little" guy was 8.5 weeks early & 3lb-10oz. Not quite as scary as yours but ours is doing just fine!

From: brooktrout59
25-Dec-18
May God Bless your beautiful family with health and happiness!

From: Jack Harris
26-Dec-18
Keeping the prayers going Matt - hope all is well.

From: Jack Harris
26-Dec-18
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.

From: GF
26-Dec-18
FWIW, I recall one of my dad’s patients from the early ‘80s.

Six

Hundred

Grams.

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!

From: Bou'bound
26-Dec-18
Hows the little fella doing.

26-Dec-18
Prayer just sent for everyone involved.

From: Bou'bound
27-Dec-18
I pray no news is good news

From: mattandersen
28-Dec-18

mattandersen's embedded Photo
mattandersen's embedded Photo
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

From: Bou'bound
28-Dec-18
You are going to get good news today! Believe it!

From: T Mac
28-Dec-18
#Hakonstrong....you got this little buddy....prayers sent!

From: Nomad
28-Dec-18
Prayers little one!

From: Treeline
28-Dec-18
Prayers sent for your family!

From: mattandersen
28-Dec-18
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.

From: kyrob
28-Dec-18
That is great to hear. Hope he gets better and stronger every day. More prayers going up.

From: yooper89
28-Dec-18
Matt that’s great news. We’re pulling for you all in my household. God bless

From: tobinsghost
29-Dec-18
Amen, prayers and positive thoughts will continue your way. Enjoy the hunt!

From: tobinsghost
29-Dec-18
Amen, prayers and positive thoughts will continue your way. Enjoy the hunt!

From: Scar Finga
29-Dec-18
Praying everyday brother! God Bless and keep us posted.

Mark

From: Heat
30-Dec-18
Hi Matt,

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.

God Bless,

Nick

From: nchunter
01-Jan-19
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.

From: pointingdogs
01-Jan-19
prayers

From: tobinsghost
01-Jan-19
Still sending prayers and positive thoughts your way!

From: Whocares
02-Jan-19
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.

From: mattandersen
02-Jan-19

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mattandersen's embedded Photo
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!

From: Scar Finga
02-Jan-19
Excellent News! a fighter for sure! Beautifulsmiles in that picture!

Continued prayers, and Happy New Year!

Gos Bless!

From: HUNT MAN
02-Jan-19
Great news. Still sends prayers . Happy new year.

From: midwest
02-Jan-19
Fantastic! Great looking family! Prayers from Iowa.

From: grape
02-Jan-19
Prayers from Wisconsin

From: T Mac
02-Jan-19
Matt that is awesome! I wish you, your girlfriend and baby Hakon a happy healthy new year! Prayers sent #hakonstrong

From: Amoebus
02-Jan-19
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).

02-Jan-19
Fantastic news and thanks for the update. Prayers sent.

From: buzz mc
02-Jan-19
Great news! Congrats

From: otcWill
02-Jan-19
Good deal! Happy for y’all. Still praying for the lil dude

From: Franzen
02-Jan-19
Happy New Year! Stay strong little man!

From: 12yards
02-Jan-19
Congrats and prayers for all!

From: Bowfreak
02-Jan-19
Congrats to the Anderson family. This will soon pass and before you know it Hakon will be running around playing. God Bless.

02-Jan-19
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!

From: casekiska
02-Jan-19
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...

From: dakotaduner
02-Jan-19
Great family photo. Wishing you and your family the best

From: Beav
02-Jan-19
Congrats and continued prayers!

From: kyrob
02-Jan-19
Great pic of the family. Praying all continues to go well.

From: Feedjake
02-Jan-19
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!

From: MK111
02-Jan-19
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.

From: BigOk
02-Jan-19
Great news!!! Happy New Year.

From: Bou'bound
02-Jan-19
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.

From: GLP
02-Jan-19
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

From: mattandersen
03-Jan-19
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!

From: T Mac
03-Jan-19
Great news Matt! We’re all pulling for you little guy! #Hakonstrong

03-Jan-19
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!

From: Bob
03-Jan-19
You guys are doing great, your picture says it all ! Everyday is a blessing. Congratulations !

03-Jan-19
Terrific news!!!

From: mattandersen
03-Jan-19
Bow in hand not boy lol

From: yooper89
03-Jan-19
Been following along daily. My wife is about 20 weeks along right now. We’re both praying for you all.

From: Wayniac
03-Jan-19
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

From: Feedjake
05-Jan-19
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!

From: mattandersen
07-Jan-19

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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

From: T Mac
07-Jan-19
Matt so glad he’s doing well! Prayers sent! #Hakonstrong

From: BULELK1
07-Jan-19
Good for you all Matt.

Barely as big as your hand...…..

Keep the faith

Good luck, Robb

From: Scar Finga
07-Jan-19
Amen! Continued Prayers for All!!!

07-Jan-19
Continued prayers for all. #Hakonstrong

From: GLP
07-Jan-19
Just a few years and you will be buying him a bow and arrows. Love the posts and pictures.

From: Nick Muche
07-Jan-19
Great to hear Matt! Hope everyone is doing well, prayers sent!

From: Ironbow-cell
07-Jan-19
That's a great pic of you holding him. Congrats on the continued improvement.

From: Marty
07-Jan-19
Wow! That's great!

07-Jan-19
Prayers and good wishes from the North,,,,, sound like the kid is lucky, he has a great father,,,,,

From: BigOk
07-Jan-19
Glad to see he is doing well!!

From: pav
08-Jan-19
Great news! Really looking forward to the "going home" photo! #Hakonstrong

From: mattandersen
08-Jan-19
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.

08-Jan-19
Keep the faith brother.

From: T Mac
08-Jan-19
Great to hear Matt! #Hakonstrong

From: HUNT MAN
08-Jan-19
Great news.

From: Heat
08-Jan-19
Wonderful news! Thanks for sharing. Continued prayers for wellness and strength.

From: Shug
08-Jan-19
All the best Matt!!!

From: JB
08-Jan-19
Great news! Fingers crossed and prayers for a long and healthy life!!

From: Bou'bound
08-Jan-19
This is so excellent.

08-Jan-19
Very encouraging! Nice to see the hospital’s working with you.

From: Jack Harris
08-Jan-19
Keep thinking of the baby Matt - still praying, glad he is packing on some weight.

From: beltbull
08-Jan-19
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.

From: SBH
08-Jan-19
Wow. That picture really puts it in perspective. What a miracle. Keep growing Hawk! Continued prayers.

08-Jan-19
Hawk is here to stay.

Beautiful Family

08-Jan-19
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.

From: mattandersen
09-Jan-19

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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.

From: mattandersen
09-Jan-19

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From: mattandersen
09-Jan-19

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From: GF
09-Jan-19
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!

From: Bou'bound
09-Jan-19
What a tough fella. Nothing will stop him in life. So great. Love checking this thread.

From: grape
09-Jan-19
Following your thread everyday. There are lots of people praying and thinking of you everyday. Awesome....the whole thing is awesome!!

From: HUNT MAN
09-Jan-19
Great pictures and even better news. Thanks for posting! Hunt

From: BigOk
09-Jan-19
Great news. Thanks for the update, my whole family is following.

From: BrassAss
09-Jan-19
Loss for words. Very glad for you all of you !!

From: T Mac
10-Jan-19
Great news Matt! One day, sometimes one hour, at a time! #Hakonstrong

From: APauls
10-Jan-19
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!

From: wild1
10-Jan-19
Great news! Such an inspirational little boy!! That little guy is tough as nails and he's gonna make his parents (more) proud!!

Congratulations!

10-Jan-19
God is great! Little dude is going to be good.

From: nchunter
10-Jan-19
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.

From: Monmouth533
11-Jan-19
lots of prayers sent. Glad things are going so well.

From: switchback
11-Jan-19
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.

12-Jan-19
More prayers and thanks for the update.

From: mattandersen
18-Jan-19

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Hey guys, sorry it's been a minute. I'm on a new job site and we don't have internet yet. I do most of my bowsiting on company time lol and I don't do bowsite mobile yet..Hawk continues to do well! He did get moved into the new wing at West Penn and it is amazing! There was some concern for a possible infection last wknd but all results came back negative so all good. Thanks again for all your support and kind words! Hoping to get out with the Flintlock tomorrow and I'm taking mom pheasant hunting at a game preserve on Sunday so we're going to enjoy the great outdoors some which will be great!

From: T Mac
18-Jan-19
Keep on keepin on Matt. Great to hear the little guy is doing well! #Hakonstrong

From: Treeline
18-Jan-19
Thanks for the updates, Matt. Still keeping Hakon in our thoughts and prayers and very happy to see him and his parents doing so well!

From: Paul@thefort
18-Jan-19
What a great story for the New Year. Inspirational for sure. My best to you three. Paul

From: mattandersen
21-Jan-19
Fantastic news today from the docs! The original brain scan did show bleeding of Hakon's brain in 2 spots which we were prepared for as there was a high probability of a bleed him being so immature. One was significant and the other not so much. They gave us hope in saying how amazing babies brains are in "reprogramming" themselves unlike adults. Still scary to hear. Today's brain scan showed the worse of the 2 bleeds was diffusing and would more than likely continue to do so! AND there is no signs of any brain damage! I am so happy! My little Hawk is so damn strong and such a fighter! Thanks again for all those following along, all the prayers and support continue to work! #HakonStrong

From: yooper89
21-Jan-19
That is great news! You've got a fighter on your hands.

From: Bou'bound
21-Jan-19
a true blessing and answered prayers. Your family is in the bet of hands.

From: T Mac
21-Jan-19
That is great to hear! He is a fighter and god is great! Prayers sent #Hakonstrong

From: Mark Watkins
21-Jan-19
maattandersen,

I am just seeing your thread for the first time. What an inspiring little fighter Hawk is!!!

More thoughts and prayers sent to you and your family from MN!

Mark

From: Scoot
21-Jan-19
Great news Matt!

From: Treeline
21-Jan-19
More great news! So amazing! We are still keeping Hakon in our prayers!

From: Whocares
21-Jan-19
Good to hear things are progressing for little Hawk and Mom and Dad. Went through similar things with my son when he was born and spent a couple months in the hospital before he could come home. Was a scary time. He was home from semester break now and we were shooting our bows together at the range a couple days ago. He returned yesterday to school as a senior in college! Keep the faith and my prayers for the three of you.

From: HUNT MAN
21-Jan-19
Makes me smile.

From: Rocky D
21-Jan-19
Excellent!

21-Jan-19
Great news!

Good on y’all for keeping on, right by little man’s side.

21-Jan-19
So happy for all of you! Thanks for keeping us updated!

From: otcWill
21-Jan-19
Prayers answered! Very happy for you and your family!

21-Jan-19
God is good!

21-Jan-19
Blessings to the medical staff.

From: GLP
21-Jan-19
Love this! Keep the updates coming. Greg

From: BigOk
21-Jan-19
Great news!! Thanks for posting the updates.

From: pav
21-Jan-19
Fantastic news! God bless little Hawk.

From: tobinsghost
21-Jan-19
YES! Great news. We still say prayers for you guys at dinner.

From: PaWapiti
21-Jan-19
Sending prayers your way. Your little guy is in great hands. Both of my girls were born at West Penn. The new NIC U is fantastic and a great asset to Western PA. Wishing you and your family all the best.

From: Turk
22-Jan-19
I too am just seeing this post. Sounds like you have a fighter there!

Prayers for you all!!!

From: kota-man
22-Jan-19
Great news! What a story...Here's to keeping things going in the right direction! Wishing you and your family the best...

From: JB
22-Jan-19
That is awesome news. Tough way to start out in life but I am sure he will be stronger for it! Continued prayers from MN.

From: Medicinemann
22-Jan-19
It's always impressive to hear stories about how resilient children can be.....How much does Hawk weight now?

From: mattandersen
23-Jan-19
Thank you so much guys! Hawk short for Hakon (Hawken) a Norwegian name meaning the "strongest son" was born Dec 21st at only 24.5 weeks gestation at 1 lb 12 oz. He is doing great but has a long way to go is all I can say. He's just over one month old and as of last night weighed in at 2 lb 10 oz. I read all of these comments to mom as she's not a bowsiter lol and really means a lot to us both. Thank you again, you guys are the best and I tell Hawk about all these comments too and how you all want to see pics of him with his first bow kill lol

From: Bou'bound
01-Feb-19
Hows he doing

From: Treeline
01-Feb-19
Still in our thoughts and prayers. Hope you are all doing well!

From: t-roy
01-Feb-19
Hawkstrong!

From: tobinsghost
02-Feb-19
I was happy to see your post! Keep up the good fight Hakon!

From: Scar Finga
02-Feb-19
Glad to hear he is putting on some lb's!

Continued prayers from AZ!

From: mattandersen
03-Feb-19

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Hey all! Hawk update, he continues to do well! Some ups and downs just as they said..He is almost 3 lbs! As of last night he was 2lbs 15 oz, can't wait till he hits 3lbs! Finally they have been able to stay on regular feedings, for a while they had to interrupt his feedings every few days due to giving him blood or medicine of some sort. They are now adding calories to his milk so he's been able to pack it on. His oxygen is still rather high though..18-21% is what we breath but premies are often much higher than that and prolonged high oxygen can lead to other issues so we're hoping he gets his oxygen lowered soon..he's currently between 30 and 60% oxygen. Here is a pic from the other day I was playing some Zepplin for him and he seemed to dig it!

From: Treeline
03-Feb-19
He's growing well! Hoping that he stays on track and is able to go home soon!

Thank you for the updates!

From: GLP
03-Feb-19
Thanks for the update. Still praying for Hawk and family.

From: switchback
03-Feb-19
Hakon is in great hands, from his folks to his docs, blessings to you all.

From: T Mac
03-Feb-19
Prayers sent to baby Hakon and his parents during these trying times! #Hakonstrong

03-Feb-19
#Hakonstrong!

From: Dirty D
03-Feb-19
Enjoying the updates. Prayers for the little fellar!

From: Monmouth533
05-Feb-19
nice he is packing it on now. Great to see him coming along.

From: HUNT MAN
05-Feb-19
Good to see him growing! Prayers sent. Hunt

From: Scoot
05-Feb-19
You bet- he's doing great! He's been in my prayers!

From: mattandersen
13-Feb-19

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Funny pic from today! As I said, the higher oxygen can lead to certain issues including eye issues. He had his first eye exam today and it came back perfect. He has come a long way since he was born at just 24 weeks gestation weighing only 1lb 12 oz...he is now at 32 weeks gestation and weighing in at a wopping 3lbs 12 oz. #HakonStrong Thank you all for your continued support and prayers! Also I have a deposit on a male fox red lab that I'll be getting the end of March. I grew up with dogs and want Hawk to do so as well!

From: Heat
13-Feb-19
LOL! That's hilarious, and great all at the same time! Praise the Lord for these blessings!

13-Feb-19
Great news. He’s gonna have a story to tell, for sure!

From: Hawkeye
13-Feb-19
That's awesome!!! He's a stud and will continue to get stronger:)

From: Bowfreak
13-Feb-19
I am so happy to know this young child is doing do well. God bless.

From: T Mac
13-Feb-19
Great news Matt and nice to see his packing on the weight! #Hakonstrong

From: Treeline
13-Feb-19
Great picture! He is doing amazing! So glad to see him getting bigger and stronger!

From: BigOk
13-Feb-19
Great news!!

From: Marty
13-Feb-19
Awesome news, prayers that he continues to do well!

From: Marty
13-Feb-19
Awesome news, prayers that he continues to do well!

From: HUNT MAN
13-Feb-19
Great news.

From: pav
14-Feb-19
Fantastic! Thanks for keeping us updated. Still looking forward to that "Going Home" photo!

From: tobinsghost
14-Feb-19
Awesome news! Keep up the good fight!

From: Nick Muche
14-Feb-19
Excellent! Every young man should have a dog to show them the way, he’s gonna be just fine.

From: JB
15-Feb-19
Glad to hear he continues to improve!! Can’t wait to see some puppy and Hawk pics.

From: TrapperKayak
15-Feb-19
Just saw and read this thread for the first time. What a wonderful story of love and survival. Congrats to you and your family, and prayers for continued God's blessings! TK

15-Feb-19
A new puppy and baby, life is good.. God bless your family from CA

15-Feb-19
Keep growing strong, Hakon! You got prayers coming your way from all around the world, buddy! That finger in his nose means he's starting to behave like the rest of us! :)

15-Feb-19
Love the thread of hope... best

From: APauls
15-Feb-19
Amazing, just amazing what can be done these days. To think that babies are able to be legally killed at the age Hawk came out...and when you see the fight he's got you've just got to be proud of him as a papa!! I can't imagine all the struggles it's put in the rest of your lives as literally everything else comes to a screeching halt as you focus on your boy. All I can do is pray and wish you the best of luck with everything, and good on the boy, so happy to see he is developing the right way and the eye test came back with good news. Thanks for the update Matt.

From: mattandersen
25-Feb-19

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Thanks as always for all the kind words guys! Hawk continues to improve and grow, he is now over 4 lbs AND just today he was taken out of his little incubator and placed in a normal crib! I didn't mention it but his throat tube ventilator was replaced with a nostril ventilator last week also! #HakonStrong

From: Hawkeye
25-Feb-19
Heck yeah!!! Great news! On his way:)

25-Feb-19
God is good. Keep climbin’ Hawk and fam! One day, he’s gonna get to the peak and begin to soar!

25-Feb-19
What an awesome little dude he is! Best news all week! Ya'll are blessed, friend.

From: SBH
25-Feb-19
Nice! Keep it up little buddy!

From: Whocares
25-Feb-19
Eyes open and he's thinking what the hell! I gotta get home,Dad! Cute little guy. And more prayers for all of you.

25-Feb-19
very good news!!!

From: BigOk
25-Feb-19
Great news!!!

From: JB
25-Feb-19
Great news Matt! So happy for you!!

From: Bowbender
25-Feb-19
Awesome!!

25-Feb-19
Great news!

From: tobinsghost
25-Feb-19
Yeah baby! The wife asked me on Thursday last week about any updates. I'll let her know. Keep up the great work and we'll keep sending prayers and positive thoughts!

From: HUNT MAN
25-Feb-19
That’s wonderful news. Keep growing little buddy!!

From: Heat
25-Feb-19
Thanks for the update! Good stuff!

From: mattandersen
25-Feb-19
Thank you all so much, I can't believe how some of you're wives are asking lol What an amazing bunch you all are! Keep em coming! The first night Hawk was here, I explained to him how he's deep in the woods but not to be frightened. The woods are an amazing place if you know how to navigate. I told him to climb to the highest peaks and ridges so he can see in all directions and maybe find a course. To follow streams and rivers because they can possibly lead him to where he needs to go. How the sun rises in the east and sets in the west and to just hunker down and make a fire if he's lost; not to panic or be scared. I feel he's not been hunkered down lately but travelling and finding his way...we couldn't be more proud of him! His mother picked up on that term I said and is currently making a sign to hang in his room saying "Hunker down and make a fire"

From: Rgiesey
26-Feb-19
Nice Matt! Emotions are invested by a lot more than post. I’ll bet we’re all praying and checking on hawks progress. Good job hawk!

From: Scar Finga
26-Feb-19
Great News Man! So Happy to hear it, and it sounds like his old man is already giving him some really good advise!

Continued prayers from AZ

God Bless!

From: Jack Harris
26-Feb-19
Best news of the day! Very inspiring. That hospital is also doing an amazing job as are the parents. God bless.

From: dakotaduner
26-Feb-19
Great news, you have a fine looking young man. I have people that work for me that now ask for updates on Hawk. We are all pulling and praying

From: GLP
26-Feb-19
Love these updates! Still praying for the whole family!

From: Shiras42
26-Feb-19
Keeping climbing little man! Mom and dad have got your anchor rope.

From: grape
26-Feb-19
That is awesome. Lots of people wishing you all well. Amazing.

26-Feb-19
Sounds like Hakon has pretty cool parents! Keep trekking, little man!

From: lewis
26-Feb-19
Outlook is very promising looking good Lewis

From: Ron Niziolek
26-Feb-19
Matt, just reading this for the first time. Love your boys name and I'm happy he's been improving every week. Congrats to you guys!

From: Happy Jack
26-Feb-19
Prayers sent your way from Morgan County for continued good news! HJ

From: T Mac
26-Feb-19
Great to hear the progress he’s making. Keep on keepin on little guy! #Hakonstrong

From: mattandersen
26-Feb-19
Thank you so much for the awesome replies and private messages. Truly...

From: mattandersen
14-Mar-19

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Hakon is now over 5 pounds and was recently fitted for a CPAP which he'll take home with him once he's ready to go. He's still got till the earliest April 10th, his original due date, before he can leave but will likely stay a bit longer. He needs to be able to breath 21% oxygen on his own and feed(suck, swallow and not choke) on his mothers milk. Not an easy task for all babies. Anyways, just wanted to update you all and show of his first set of camo!

From: arlone
14-Mar-19
Congratulations Matt as little Hakon keeps reaching more mile stones. Thanks for the update and like the camo!

From: Hawkeye
15-Mar-19
God bless him. Stronger by the day!

From: Marty
15-Mar-19
Thanks for the update, awesome news! I like the camo as well!

From: Treeline
15-Mar-19
Great news! We can not wait to hear the great news that Hakon is going home! Thanks so much for the update! Hakon and his parents are staying in our thoughts and prayers.

From: t-roy
15-Mar-19
Truly a blessing! Thanks for keeping us updated.

From: Bou'bound
15-Mar-19
great news man he is packing on the pounds now. Looking great.

From: pav
15-Mar-19
Great news. Little man sure has come a LONG way!

15-Mar-19
Like the camo! Thanks for the update and more prayers for Hakon and family.

From: T Mac
15-Mar-19
Great news Matt! Love the camo....#hakonsteong

From: GLP
15-Mar-19
He is getting better! Still praying

From: Scar Finga
15-Mar-19
Prayers are being answered, and will continue! He's getting better and bigger... Perfect! Great Camo:)

God Bless, and keep us posted!

From: Rocky D
15-Mar-19
Great news, congratulations to you guys!

From: BC
15-Mar-19
God bless him.

From: HUNT MAN
15-Mar-19
Awesome news. Keep growing little guy!! Hunt

From: Franzen
15-Mar-19
Great to see Matt. They grow fast!

From: njbuck
15-Mar-19
Matt, I am just seeing this but sending tons of prayers. It sounds like he is fighting strong and growing nicely!

From: darralld
15-Mar-19
Prayers for you guys. That's one tough kiddo you have there! My granddaughter was born 3 months early. She is perfect. It's amazing what they can do for them now days. Very stressful time in our lives. I'm sure you guys have had your ups & downs.

15-Mar-19
Great news! Little dude is certainly a fighter! Prayers at work!

From: Drnaln
15-Mar-19
He's looking good...Bet Dad & Mom are excited to finally get him home! Wish the 3 of you all the best!

From: Heat
15-Mar-19
Way to go Hakon! He'll be home before you know it. Thanks for sharing Matt.

From: mattandersen
25-Mar-19

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Hakon update, he's doing so well! There was a potential scare for a genetic issue since he sticks his tongue out often(1 of many signs/symptoms of Beckwith/wiedemann syndrom) but after 3 long weeks, the tests came back normal. Think it's just a learned behavior since he had a throat tube in his throat for 3 long months..poor guy. Anyways he's now 5 and a half pounds, has slowly started breast feeding and latches on just fine as well as bottle feeding. He needs to work there but that's perfectly normal and just fine with me. They have been pushing him since he's been doing so well and I am ok with that too. If he pushes back, they back off. Today while changing his diapers and sheets the nurse took all his tubes out for just a few minutes so there wasn't a tangled mess and it's easier and at this point he's ok for that. She said he seemed happier and was doing just fine so after doctor rounds they discussed trying him out for a longer period without any supplemental oxygen or assistance and he is doing amazing! Most of the day in fact, I am so proud of him, he is so damn strong and tough! Very much looking forward to seeing him grow into an amazing boy and eventually man! His grandma had't seen him in months but she was ecstatic to see and hold him. She can't wait to spoil him as well and I think he loves her too lol

From: Lone Bugle
25-Mar-19
So awesome! Prayers still coming your way!

From: BC173
25-Mar-19
Great news Matt. You guys will be hunting together before you know it. Continued prayers!

From: T Mac
25-Mar-19
Awesome news! Keep on growing and getting stronger little guy! #Hakonstrong

From: GLP
25-Mar-19
Fantastic update! Looks like he will be heading home soon.

From: SBH
25-Mar-19
Good deal Matt! Thanks for keeping us in the loop. Good times are ahead.

From: Bou'bound
25-Mar-19
Prayers are working.

From: grape
25-Mar-19
That is awesome..prayers are working

From: mattandersen
25-Mar-19
#HakonStrong for sure!

From: Shiras42
25-Mar-19
Damn tough boy! Way to go kid! Keep it up, and the tongue is probably just a Michael Jordan thing before he dunks on you! :)

From: Treeline
25-Mar-19
More Great News! Way to go Hakon! Can’t wait to see the update that he’s going home!

From: BigOk
25-Mar-19
Great news, thanks for the update.

From: APauls
26-Mar-19
What a fighter!!! atta boy

From: Scar Finga
26-Mar-19
Prayers answered every day, what a blessing!

Keep the great updates coming and so happy to hear the other test came back negative!!

God Bless! Mark.

From: mat1739
26-Mar-19
prayers sent - god bless you and your family.

26-Mar-19
SURE glad to see Hawk doing well!

From: Monmouth533
26-Mar-19
that is great glad to see its going as well as it is!!!!

From: ki-ke
26-Mar-19
Great news Matt! Will continue praying for Hawk and his parents!!

From: OFFHNTN
26-Mar-19
Awesome news and progress!!!

From: Whocares
26-Mar-19
Keep hangin' in there, Matt and Mom! I know the kind of challenge it is and you're showing special strength.

From: Beav
26-Mar-19
Great news and thanks for the update!

From: Heat
26-Mar-19
Wonderful pic with Hakon and Grandma! Thanks for sharing. Will continue to pray for you and your family. God Bless!

From: arlone
27-Mar-19
Thanks for the updates Matt. So glad to hear Hawk is doing so good and Grandma got to hold him.

From: 12yards
27-Mar-19
Great news man!!

27-Mar-19
Awesome news!! Tough lil fella!!

From: Bou'bound
20-Apr-19
How's the little man doing

From: Scar Finga
20-Apr-19
I was just thinking about this on Thursday!

Hope all is well with the whole family!

Still praying in AZ!

From: Rocky D
20-Apr-19
Absolutely fantastic, thanks for the update!

From: GLP
24-Apr-19
I am like bou, wanting to know how the boy is doing. Still sending prayers!

24-Apr-19
I am not sure how I missed this so long, but Congratulations and it was amazing to see the growing little Hakon has done the last few months!!

Matt

From: tobinsghost
24-Apr-19
I'm still watching and praying. When I see my Son, I get a reminder of how precious Hakon is to you and yours!

From: Treeline
24-Apr-19
The wife and I are still keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. She was just asking how Hakon was doing a few days back and I pulled up the thread to show her the update and picture with grandma!

From: goelk
24-Apr-19
prayers and thoughts for your family. Great news

From: mattandersen
27-Apr-19

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Boone dog loves his big brother and is so smart and handsome
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Boone dog loves his big brother and is so smart and handsome
Hey guys sorry I haven't updated in a while. Hawk is home. He came home last Friday and I was able to take the whole week off to ensure he's comfortable at home. He is doing fantastic and just weighed in at the pediatricians yesterday at 9lbs 4 oz! We have him on home oxygen and as I say, he comes with lots of accessories..Thanks again for all the well wishes! I will post with progress once in a while.

From: mattandersen
27-Apr-19

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Hey guys sorry I haven't updated in a while. Hawk is home. He came home last Friday and I was able to take the whole week off to ensure he's comfortable at home. He is doing fantastic and just weighed in at the pediatricians yesterday at 9lbs 4 oz! We have him on home oxygen and as I say, he comes with lots of accessories..Thanks again for all the well wishes! I will post with progress once in a while.

From: HUNT MAN
27-Apr-19
I bet that feels amazing to be home with your boy . Thanks for the update. Hunt

From: Dennis Razza
27-Apr-19
Excellent news! Glad to see you guys home and doing well. Tough little guy!!!

From: midwest
27-Apr-19
Great news!

From: otcWill
27-Apr-19
Good deal! Glad to hear he’s doing well

From: GLP
27-Apr-19
Great to hear this. Will keep praying.

From: ryanrc
27-Apr-19
Great to hear.

From: Chris S
27-Apr-19
Great news

From: Dirty D
27-Apr-19
Very glad to hear!

From: t-roy
27-Apr-19
Awesome news indeed!

From: T Mac
27-Apr-19
Great news Matt to hear Hakon is home! #Hakonstrong

27-Apr-19
Great to hear. God is good!!!

27-Apr-19
Thanks for the update and great news!

From: Whocares
27-Apr-19
Happy for you two getting him home, Matt. He's precious. Day at a time. Prayers.

From: BigOk
27-Apr-19
Great news!!!

From: Glunt@work
27-Apr-19
Great news!

From: arlone
27-Apr-19
Hey Matt, so glad to see the whole family is home and together and that little Hokan is doing good and not so "little" anymore! Continued good wishes for the "two" little ones having a great time growing up together!

From: pav
28-Apr-19
Fantastic news! That is the post we've been waiting to see. So happy for your family!

From: grape
28-Apr-19
Awesome

From: ELKMAN
28-Apr-19
This is truly inspiring. Glad to see all is well. Congrats on a beautiful boy!

From: Rgiesey
28-Apr-19
Great to see this! Now you get to raise a son. It’ll go quick so keep us posted.

From: wooddamon1
28-Apr-19
Great to see him home.

From: Sitting Bull
28-Apr-19
What a fantastic thread. So pleased to see your boy getting stronger and stronger. Wishing the best for you all. Loved the camo outfit.

From: Scar Finga
28-Apr-19
That's great news! Congratulations!!!!

Answered Prayers:)

God Bless!

From: drycreek
28-Apr-19
Matt, I haven't been on the site much lately, and just catching up. I'm so glad to see the progress that little fellow is making, as I'm sure everyone is. Good luck to you all !

From: APauls
29-Apr-19
Little things we can take for granted like being home with our kids. So glad to see you're at home with your little man Matt. Won't this be a trip to share with him one day!

From: Heat
30-Apr-19
I'm really happy that your son is home Matt! Thats a big milestone. Praise be to God!

From: mattandersen
30-Apr-19
Thanks guys! So happy to have him home and it actually feels like I'm a dad now that I can hold him every night in my own home!

From: Bou'bound
27-May-19
How is the young fella doing

From: mattandersen
28-May-19

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Hakon and Boone are doing amazing! Hawk is still on oxygen although it is only 1/8th of a liter...its a major pain in the ass to bring him anywhere or change a diaper but I am so proud of him. Boone is an amazing brother and such a smart pup! Excited for whats to come!

From: mattandersen
28-May-19
Oh and Hawk weighed almost 12 lbs as of last Friday and Boone is well over 20! They both eat like its their last meal! haha His pediatrician is ecstatic with his progress and has no worries for Hawks future!

From: midwest
28-May-19
Good news, Matt!

From: pav
28-May-19
Hawk sure has come a LONG way in such a short time! Great to see/hear all is going well!

From: Scar Finga
28-May-19
That is great news and we are very happy for you! We'll keep you in our thoughts and prayers here in AZ!

From: Dennis Razza
28-May-19
Great to see the update!

Its been a long road ... slow and steady wins the race. Strong little boy!!

From: Scoot
28-May-19
Outstanding news, Matt!

From: JB
28-May-19
Awesome! Glad to see things are headed in the right direction!!

28-May-19
That's great. One day at a time...

Before you know it, he'll be dragging your deer for you ;0)

From: No Mercy
28-May-19
Great to see!

From: Franzen
28-May-19
Nice to see Hakon's progress. It will be a great story to tell the boy when he is a little older.

From: lewis
28-May-19
This makes for a great start of the day and a bunch of days to come Lewis

From: GLP
28-May-19
Thanks for the pictures and update

From: Heat
28-May-19
Good Stuff man!

From: Shiras42
28-May-19
Love hearing this good news! Keep the periodic updates coming.

From: Medicinemann
28-May-19
Once a year, maybe on his birthday, you should post a photo of Hawk on here....because years from now, it just won't seem possible that the teenager that is moving at ninety miles an hour with his hair on fire was ever in such a fragile state. It would be cool to catalog/document the process.

From: mattandersen
28-May-19
Medicinemann I will absolutely keep this thread updated! I look forward to him dragging mine and his deer! Thanks for all the support and encouragement guys! As always, very much appreciated! Being a dad is pretty damn cool, I can't wait to start teaching him valuable things that will help him in life and the woods!

28-May-19
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From: BigOk
28-May-19
Great news!!!

From: Marty
28-May-19
Awesome!

From: Treeline
28-May-19
Love seeing the progress! Thank you for keeping us updated! So, so amazing!

From: otcWill
28-May-19
Good deal! God bless

From: T Mac
28-May-19
Best news of the day!

From: mattandersen
24-Jun-19

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Hawk with his cousins that love him so much!
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Hawk with his cousins that love him so much!
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Thank you Mike aka RockyD
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Hawk update. He continues to shine and do extremely well! We have a developmental specialist working with Hawk now and she is blown away. He is way ahead of where he should be and is doing things a 5/6 month old usually does. His adjusted age is only 2.5 months...He is already rolling over, he is capable at times of holding his bottle, his strength is amazing. We took him in to West Penn hospital where he spent the first 117 days of his life, for a follow up last week and they were also amazed at how well he is doing and good he looks! To say I'm proud is an understatement. He is in the 30th percentile for size and they like premies to be in the 10th percentile..so he's big and strong. He's pushing 13lbs currently. He eats, sleeps(all night) and pees/poops like a baby is supposed to. On another note, RockyD here on bowsite had asked me for my address a while back. He is a man I've never met or spoken to outside of bowsite. He messaged me recently and said I should expect a package and it arrived Friday. What a guy is all I can say. He had a beautiful plaque made with the words I told my son in those first few days. I am blown away at his gesture and the kindness that bowsite exudes. Thank you Mike and thank you all for all the prayers and kind words. #Hakonstrong!!!

From: Dennis Razza
24-Jun-19
Excellent news. Glad to see continued improvement! Stay strong Hakon!!!

Awesome what RockyD did. In tough times its nice to know people are thinking and praying.

From: HUNT MAN
24-Jun-19
Amazing .

From: lewis
24-Jun-19
Day maker for sure great news Lewis

From: pav
24-Jun-19
Best thread on Bowsite! Hawk sure has come a long way since late December. Thanks for the update!

From: Whocares
24-Jun-19
Great to hear. You also are a good man, Matt.

From: Franzen
24-Jun-19
That's cool stuff RockyD. Excellent to see the progress!

24-Jun-19
awesome!!

From: Hawkeye
24-Jun-19
Great news!

From: T Mac
24-Jun-19
Awesome keep it up little man! #Hakonstrong

From: Bowbender
24-Jun-19
Awesome to hear, Matt!!

24-Jun-19
Bowsite Rocks as always! Way to go guys. C

24-Jun-19
Good stuff!! Glad to hear he is doing well!!

Matt

From: yooper89
24-Jun-19
Happy to hear everything is going well. God bless you and your family.

From: SBH
24-Jun-19
Incredible. Keep it up Hakon!

24-Jun-19
Awesome. God is good.

Good on you as well Rocky. Do unto others as you would have the do unto you....

From: APauls
24-Jun-19
Awesome, awesome, thanks for the update!

From: Bou'bound
24-Jun-19
INSPIRATIONAL !!!!!!!!!!!

From: GLP
24-Jun-19
Love to hear how Hawk is doing. Love the words on the plaque. And a great gesture by RockyD!!!!!

From: Bowfreak
24-Jun-19
There is one thing for certain, this boy is a fighter and will be a fighter all his life. I'm so happy for the Andersen family. What a blessing!

From: mattandersen
25-Jun-19
Thank you so much guys! I'm so proud of Hawk!

From: Rgiesey
25-Jun-19
Really appreciate the updates! Keep us posted as life gets busy.

From: Rickm
25-Jun-19
Matt,

All good news!! I had a niece and nephew that were both premis. Both doing great. Glad to hear he is a fighter and will do great.

From: Scar Finga
25-Jun-19
I was just wondering about this yesterday!

I am so happy to hear this good news!!

God Bless and continued prayers for all! Stay Strong!!!

From: BigOk
25-Jun-19
Great news!!!

From: Heat
26-Jun-19
Really nice pics Matt! Thanks for sharing the blessings you continue to receive with us.

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