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Published on Jan 29, 2019
Here's what Finnegan did last Wednesday (January 23rd, 2019). He had a jam packed day full of nebulizer trials, tummy time tests, snot sucks, dance-offs, rectal thermometers, baby paper, and one monstrously wet fart.
(and yes, it says 2018 in the video intro. that was a mistake and now we all have to live with it.)
► Who's the baby? That's Finnegan Fraser, but his friends call him Fig. He was born 7 weeks premature with chronic lung disease and congenital dislocations in his hips, knees and elbows. After a 2 month stay in the NICU, he finally came home and began the life chronicled in this channel. Despite his challenges his life is still super fun, and I like to think that he’s better for it.
► Who's the guy? That's Emmett Fraser! He used to be a video producer and editor, but now he's a stay-at-home dad. Naturally, he makes videos of his stay-at-home dadding and edits them.
► Why Fig not Finn? There are too many Finns in the world and not enough Figs.
► How old is Finnegan? The numbers don’t match up with his birthday. Because Fig was a preemie, he kind of has two birthdays! First, his actual one (September 2nd, 2018), and second, his due date (October 20th, 2018). For all his developmental milestones like when he should start crawling, or talking, or walking etc. we go by the October 20th date, and that’s the one I use for the titles. When he gets older and the 7 week difference is irrelevant, we’ll forget about his due date and just go by his birthday!
► What's with all the exercises? Because of his various dislocations, Finnegan has a coterie of orthopedic surgeons, physiotherapists and occupational therapists to help him learn to move and develop as best as he can. They’ve given us a bunch of exercises ranging from tummy time, to knee bends, to massages, to arm stretches, to whatever else you see us doing that makes you think “huh, I wonder why they’re doing that”.
► What's with the pinwheel? That’s actually pulmonologist prescribed pinwheel practice! Basically we’re trying to teach/encourage him to blow, which should help with his breathing. Same reason we did the bubbles, but that wasn’t much of a hit.
► What's the vape thing? To help Finnegan’s lungs grow, he needs to breathe in a steroid twice a day. To make it easier for him we use a nebulizer that turns it into a vapour and shoots it at his face.
► Where do you live? Brooklyn, New York!
► How do you film these videos? I put a remote control gimbal camera (an Osmo Pocket) on a quick release mount on a swivel mount on a clamp on a gooseneck mount on a light stand and carry it around for the day. It ain’t pretty, but it gets the job done!