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Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Let's start with the big news....Miller is BIG! He weighs 5 lbs. 13 oz. He's turning into such a little oinker! 4 more ounces and he will be TRIPLE his birth weight. Maybe he will grow up to be a competitive eater. Like the guy who travels around entering hot wing eating contests. Or hot dogs.

In the NICU you just have to accept that Plan B (or C or D) is possible, even probable. We are on to Plan B. Miller is still doing very well, but we're giving him just a few extra days for observation, etc. We swapped tonight's sleepover for Friday and we'll be bringing him home on Sunday!

Yesterday, Miller had two big tests and he passed both with flying colors!
The first, a Barium Swallow, was the scary one. It's a test where he swallows tiny amounts of Barium in his milk so it will show up on x-ray. When his reflux kicks in, they can observe what happens. In Miller's case, we needed to know if his reflux is causing him to aspirate into his lungs and to observe his suck-swallow-breathe coordination. Aspirating is very dangerous for little ones and can lead to pneumonia...and a trip back to the NICU. The good news is, he's not aspirating and we are one step closer to going home.

Test #2 was much easier-it was his car seat study. They stick him in his car seat for about an hour and a half and just observe. No touching! We're not sure why some car seats don't pass the NICU test, but at this point we're just glad ours did.
We'll spend the next few days last-minute-prepping for his arrival. Friday can't get here fast enough. Misa + Moli are going to camp for a few weeks at a Doggie Ranch in Driftwood while we begin adjusting to life with a newborn.

We hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July. Watch some fireworks, sing some Lee Greenwood, shed some happy tears... Also, we want to give a shout out to Miss Maria--Happy 30th birthday!!!

Much love to you all,
Danny & Stephanie

p.s. No, the blog does not end when Miller comes home. We just shift our focus to chapter 2!


Anonymous said...

Hip Hip Horray!!! We are thrilled for you that he is doing so well, gaining so much weight, and able to come home on Sunday!!! Our thoughts and prayer will continue to be with you, it sounds like you are ready for whatever "Miller at Home" will bring - mostly JOY!
Love, Didi & Tony xoxo
Give Miller, Misa & Moli a kiss for me :o)

Rodrigo said...

Oi, achei teu blog pelo google tá bem interessante gostei desse post. Quando der dá uma passada pelo meu blog, é sobre camisetas personalizadas, mostra passo a passo como criar uma camiseta personalizada bem maneira. Até mais.

Anonymous said...

Precious little Miller has been in our thoughts and prayers---as have Mommy and Daddy. We are BEYOND THRILLED that he will soon be going home! Blessings to all...Marsha and David Smart

Chad said...

I just want to echo Rodrigo's thoughts, I think he put it best. "Gostei" indeed... Oh, and also want to say how happy I am that everything is going well. We are very happy for you guys.

Anonymous said...

I am so happy for you that everything is going so well, Miller certainly is a little fighter. Ya'll are going to make such good parents.

Love ya,
Traci :)

kristen said...

Wow - Rodrigo is really stepping up the comments page! I am feeling very plain over here. I will work on my French for the next entry...Teri tought me how to count to five today so I am getting closer to fluent. :-) Sorry for the late reply to the new message - my computer has been offline since last night. I cannot wait for little M to break out of the NICU and be at home! Sunday will be here before you know it and I think it will make for a beautiful homecoming day! :-)

Teri said...

Couldn't be happier for you guys! Can't wait to come see the little bugger when you are ready for visitors :)
The Smart's