Thursday, July 28, 2011

One Month

Miles is one month and still alive, which is pretty amazing if your parents are Megan and Alec... well really just if you have Alec as a parent. Now that we are in a month, I can say something I have thought about since Megan and I were getting ready for Miles to come. We have noticed that as we grow up, we go along thinking our parents, or parents in general, have things figured out as far as parenting goes. We assume they have all the answers. Even as reckless teenagers we find some sort of comfort in believing that our parents know what the best thing to do will be in any given situation, and I am here to tell you that we were dead wrong! Parents don't have a clue! They take whatever minimal amount of knowledge television has given them, add a little personal experience, and try putting it to use on their children. Then, if it works out, they live to fight another day. If it doesn't work out, their kids rebel until they need some money. I know these things because I am a parent. He may only be one month old today, but he is still going to be placing some unholy amount of trust in me, and I have no idea what I'm going to do, I'll just guess, use a little TV know-how, and hope for the best. Miles is showing his confidence in me in the photo above - thanks Jordan and Camilla for the sweet onesie!
Of course I joke about all of these things. While it's true that parents do have to figure many things out as they go along, maybe at a child's expense here and there, they are the source of strength we need to feel comfortable in life. All of you underage readers we have, don't go yelling at your parents saying that I told you they're clueless monsters that give you pointless and unproven rules to abide by. Your parents know many things and have learned many things from you, as you have from them, and love is the best teacher and all that garbage.
Anyway, happy one month to Miles. To celebrate, we will relive a great moment from earlier this month caught on camera in Yankee Stadium by Megan's older brother Christopher and his wife Lisa.
Derek Jeter - 3,000 Hits

Monday, July 11, 2011

Miles is Home!

We spent a lot of time in the NICU last week watching little Miles get better everyday. We were getting so excited for him to finally come and grace us with his presence in our home when we hit a few snags on Wednesday. A few more requirements needed to be met in order for him to come home. In all honesty it seemed like a bunch of nonsense in our minds, but when it comes to kicking off a life on the right healthy track you don't question the professionals too much. Megan and I were determined to help the little chunk get the best care he needed from us and decided to "room in" in the hospital on Thursday night in order to give him his needed feedings and make sure he was good to make it through a night without the nurses. "Roomng In" consists of staying in a hotel-like room down the hall from the NICU with the baby at our bedside, still within the hospital. It's a cool experience and was very comforting to us, knowing that if we had any issues with Miles there were nurses about twenty steps away. The Rooming In went super well and we felt very confident having Miles come home with us. When we woke up on Friday, we got ready for the day, totally thinking it was a for sure done deal that Miles would be coming home with us, until our nurse (whom we had never seen before - all of our other nurses were awesome and had spent a couple of days/nights with Miles each) told us that she didn't think he was quite ready to come home yet. This news didn't sit well with us, to say he least. Thank goodness it isn't up to the nurses to decide who is ready to be discharged from the hospital and who is not, because Miles' amazing doc (from Madison - shout out to Badger Nation) took one look at Miles and his chart and said, "Looks like you guys are going to have a road trip!". Miles was coming home! We were so happy! In your face Nurse That Knows Nothing! Just kidding, she was helpful in many ways but her bad attitude in no way reflects the IMC NICU staff as a whole. We had amazing experiences there and loved our nurses and doctors for all of the love they showed baby Miles during his extended stay vacation there. But we were ecstatic to find out that Miles' sweet spirit was finally going to be in our home!

So we are here at home and happy. We have been so blessed with this little guy. We love learning how to be parents, and frankly I'm amazed anyone could consider me a parent! My first fish died after one weekend - rest in peace Carl the fish. But we love Miles, much more than I loved Carl, and he is such a stud of a baby. Megan is doing an amazing job of keeping the little moocher fed and well rested even though he is a heavy eater. He is also a deep sleeper and we usually have to wake him up so that he will feed. He is honestly the most beautiful thing in our world right now, and he's a pretty good addition to our family.
And since he is so beautiful, we ask that you be the judge of who's beauty, mine or Megan's, he possesses more of. In other words, does Miles have more Megan, or more Alec in his blood? Or is he just a good mix?
We have included some of our baby pictures (thanks to grandmas Janice and Diane for retainig these photos) for you to compare with Miles' mug.



Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Latest

I'm sitting here at Miles' bedside writing post and thanking our Heavenly Father for this gift of a son. We just past his one week of life mark, and it's amazing how much he has progressed and how happy he has made us. Since the last post, Megan was released from the hospital and Miles has been warmed from his 72 hour chill session and has responded really well. He has had several tubes taken out and several different monitors have been removed from his room. He also has a new bed as of today! It's one of those transparent Tupperware tubs on wheels, so while it looks like a downgrade it's actually a nice big step closer to bustin' out of this joint. He just sneezed seven times in a row so I'm pretty sure he's developed and allergy for this place which I guess is another step in the right direction. The docs have been very pleased with his progression and while the initial estimate of him coming home was today, he just has a few little areas where they'd like more growth before he leaves. It's difficult not having him ready to come home, but we know he's going to be just fine and will make it home soon, and that he will be strong and ready to come home when he finally does. It has been difficult to have him here in the NICU while we go home each night without him, but we are so grateful to have such amazing people watching over him and caring for him, and we won't complain about getting some much needed sleep while they take care of him. It has just been amazing to feel the love we have developed for him in such a short amount of time, and he hasn't even given me a compliment yet! We like coming to visit him and feed him. My favorite thing to do in life now is what they call kangaroo care where Miles lays bare chested on my bare chest after Megan has fed him and we just relax. My old favorite thing to do in life was golf, so this is an awesome new favorite thing...if only I could combine the two...probably not, oh well. While it has been tough to see Miles in the NICU, and hard sometimes to come home thinking he's out there at IMC without us, it has helped Megan recover from the surgery and helped me recover from whatever I've done to help the little guy get here. It's also been a blessing in disguise having Miles in the hospital as our love for him has grown stronger and we have longed for him when we are not holding him or kissing his forehead.
Like almost all of our blog posts, this post has been written at different times during the day. I started it when we were a little bit discouraged about Miles' situation. We weren't sure when he'd be home or how his MRI would go today, but we found out a few hours ago that he passed his MRI perfectly and now he just needs a little but of consistency in some other areas before he comes home to us, so we are super excited and can't wait for his spirit to enter our home. He actually needed to feed while a doctor examined his ability to do so, and just like his old man he performed when the pressure was on and blew their minds with how well he did - Mr. Clutch!

So hopefully little Miles will be home soon. We will keep this blog as updated as possible.
Peace and love
The Miles Shaka