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First off, just so everyone knows - Monica’s birthday is tomorrow, February 24! Be sure to send her an email at monic AT amedwards.com  

Also, just under a month away is Alijah’s due date / adjusted birthday! We hope to have him home by then (March 21) with us. He is taking great strides, but as the story goes in neonatal intensive care, something can always happen that keeps him there longer. However, we do look forward to his “graduation day”!

The latest problem he had was that his IV infiltrated into his skin. What this means basically is that his vein exploded at the IV site, so instead of the fliud going into his bloodstream, is started leaking out into his skin. The calcium in the solution causes a burn, so now the whole side of his foot is just a big burn. Steps are being taken to heal it, but its just another thing - and what angers me most about it is that this could have been prevented if the nurses watched the IV more closely. It sounds like they had it in longer than they should have. He will
probably end up with some scarring on his foot, and if it scars at the joint then he will need plastic surgery to get rid of the scar tissue as it may impair ankle mobility.

We just started getting the insurance EOB’s for Alijah’s hospital care, and it isnt pretty! Basic healthcare is just so expensive now, let alone hospital stays, surgeries, blood transfusions, and the like! Hopefully we can work something out with the hospital as far as repaying the assorted medical fees!


Valentines Day

So with each day that passes, it becomes more and more real that we actually have a baby that is our own. Having a new child that you only see 4 times out of the week for a few hours creates an odd perception. It almost feels like you are just visiting someone elses child. You arent in charge - they are.

As Alijah continues to grow and heal and develop, the feeling starts to grow slowly that he really is mine, and will be here - with us at home - soon. It’s hard to feel like his father, even though I am. Very strange.

I am starting to slowly realize, though, that in six months or so I will probably be here posting a message titled “My Son Loves Cheerios More Than He Loves Me” and complaining about that!

Anyways…it is also slowly starting to sink in that we need to make all the “baby-proofing” modifications to our apartment soon! I am sure that if I got down on my hands and knees and took a look around from an infants perpective, I will find many many things that look interesting (and expensive) that I can destroy for the fun of it! 

Any tips? Please do leave a comment or drop me an email.

I hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day. Our’s was simple, and sweet. Monica gave me a beautiful collage of 3 pictures of Alijah and I, and 2 pages of a poetic letter detailing our entire relationship from day one. I was very touched. She came home to what you see above.

We Had A Baby!

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Alijah,

So our baby, Alijah Jordan, was born a week ago - and everything is still to surreal. He was 10 weeks premature, and we cant take him home until around his due date. That is March 24. So until then, we have to travel back and froth from Olympia to Tacoma once or twice a day. I still need to maintain a 40 hour workweek (or as close to it as possible) to keep up with finances.

I wouldnt trade this child for the world though. I am so proud of his fighting spirit in the hospital so far. Today though we found out there might be a more serious problem as there is some type of blockage in his intestine, which is the reason that he isnt digesting his food. We will know more tomorrow, so keep him and us in your prayers!

Aside from that, Monica is doing better since the C-Section on the physical side, but mentally we are both (she especially) a wreck. It is hard to concentrate on anything other than Alijah, and hoping he is doing ok.

Coincidentally, one of Monica’s favorite shows is ER. Tonight on ER the title was “NICU” which stands for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit - which is also where Alijah is. During the episode, one of the babies also had a blockage of the intestines and it was inoperable because he didnt have enough intestine for them to remove it and have him be fine. The baby was finally given to the parents so they could enjoy him for a couple of hours before he died. I TOLD HER NOT TO CATCH AN ER ENTITLED “NICU”!!!   Needless to say, she cried and cried.

I will keep you all updated on how Alijah is doing.