Chance is the name we gave our beautiful son. We wanted him to know exactly what he meant to us. He is our chance to become better people, our chance to learn and to grow, our chance at learning how to love unconditionally. This blog is dedicated to our first son. Our hope is that he will read it when he is older and realize just how much he has always meant to us.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Back and forth we go...

Well on day 9 of life Mr. Chance received his VP Shunt. I was a nervous wreck of course, but Chance was "whatever" about the whole ordeal, coming through like a champ :)

After some disagreement between doctors on whether his scans showed enough "improvement" after the shunt placement, we were FINALLY sent home with our son on day 13!

It's great being at home with Chance. We finally feel like a family and can take care of our son without interference (although helpful) from nurses. We get to see his little personality emerge and it feels so wonderful, we have been waiting for this for too many months...wondering and worrying about what it would be like, what he would be like. We worried for no reason, he couldn't be more perfect if we had hand picked him ourselves.
Of course we have a lot to learn being first time parents. But the learning is beautiful and frustrating at the same time. Some day we will look back at all of our mistakes and laugh at how scared we were.

But here are some things we discovered about our son that we couldn't have while he was in the NICU.

He actually LIKES baths :)

He HATES diaper changes and gets the worst diaper rash!

He likes to snort when he eats :)

Tummy time is more nap our dismay.

His focal point is a ceiling fan and he can pretty much stare forever.

He loves to sit up propped on pillows like a big boy.

His favorite place to sleep is in our a big boy.

And the list pretty much goes on.

Chance just hit his 2 month birthday. It's been a LONG time since i updated. But the life of a full time working mother is a bit hectic.

Chance is pretty much the light of everyone's lives. His Grandparents Reynolds can't get enough of him. When they visit on the weekends he pretty much has a permanent home in one of their arms. His Grandparents Dutton are basically the same, either when they are rocking him, playing with him or just chilling on the couch...they are so in love. And Aunt Heather of course gets to babysit everday and loves every minute (she just got peed on for the first time today, she was so excited ;-))

But most of all he is the WORLD to his parents. We have been through so much together. Yes, now that i have updated it's been 2 more shunt revisions, 4 surgeries total. But like i said before, everything has been worth it, because this kid couldn't be more perfect in our eyes.

We love you more than life itself Chance <3