Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Big Fat Baby Post

Introducing James Miles Mathatas, born November 13, 2012 at 2:34, weighing in at 6 lbs, 4 oz., 18.5 inches.

How can you not love that face?

It's only been a few weeks, he looks so tiny in this picture to me.

Glad we got a picture before we started casting.

Since then he has grown to 7.5 lbs.  Miles was born with club feet and bilateral adducted thumbs.  We hadn't been able to see it in the ultrasound so we were surprised.  The night he was born James and I talked and realized we both knew Heavenly Father sent Miles to us because He knew we would love him and take good care of him.  We are proud and privileged to be his parents. 
We started the casting process for his club feet on November 26th, the day before he turned 2 weeks old.  The chances of success are much better if you start before they turn 2 weeks old.  He did great with his first set of casts!  They didn't even seem to phase him.  He will get a new set each Monday and they will position his feet a little differently each time.  After 6-8 weeks of casting, they will cut his achilles and position the feet properly.  Then he will have a brace that he will wear morning and night and the achilles will reform.  By the time he's crawling and walking, he'll only have to wear the brace at night.  We feel so blessed to have such great doctors and to live only 10 minutes away from Children's Hospital, where we will be going every week.  The staff is awesome and just seems to know exactly what they're doing.  This method of treating club feet is much less invasive and painful than how they used to treat them, which was extensive surgery later on in life.  Our Dr's say he won't believe us when we tell him he was born with club feet, we'll have to show him pictures. 
Week 1 of casts-"Sugar water on my binky?  Don't mind if I do!"
Yesterday, December 3rd, was his second set of feet casts and we also went to see the hand specialists.  For whatever reason, Miles hyperflexes his hands.  I thought they were going to tell us there was nothing they could do about it, or that he'll grow out of it, but the treatment is also casts for this.  They asked us if we wanted to cast his hands, too.  We said, "Is it the sooner the better, like the feet?"  They said, "Yes, but he'll have both casted at the same time."  It was a little harder to say yes this time, but we know he will appreciate what we did for him later.  The hand casts are softer.  He didn't really like them as much as the feet casts, but he seems to be doing much better today.  The hardest thing for me was that he holds onto my thumb while I'm feeding him and I thought those days might be over for a while, but he still can!  Makes me so happy!  The hand casts are smaller than we were picturing.  He is an amazing little boy.  Again, I'm amazed by the staff at Children's Hospital, so awesome!  We'll go back each week for another set of hand casts.  And there are lots of color choices!  White for his blessing day, though. 

I feel so blessed to be his mother.  I'm going to write his birth story eventually, but not tonight. 


SherriH said...

Christy & James... Miles IS so blessed to have you both as his parents! What a cutie he is and hopefully one day I will get to hold him!!! Love you all!

susanbateman said...

He has the best parents EVER!!!

Brent Wescott said...

It's great that he can get such good care. You are the best parents!

Chelsea Haight said...

He sure is a lucky boy. And it is great that with all the medical knowledge now he won't remember all this. You two are already fantastic parents!

Tierney Kirk said...

He is so cute you guys! We really do live in a great time with so many miracles that modern medicine can achieve. I always think about how we may not have gotten Evan if we lived 50 years ago without the medical help to get pregnant. We'll keep your family in our prayers, and hope that Miles heals up super quick!

Katie said...

You have such a great attitude! Poor little guy and all those casts!

I love that you have a baby. Miles is such a cute name too!

Lindsey and Josh said...

Such a sweet boy! You are a true natural as a mother and Miles sure is lucky to have you guys! LOVE children's hospital too. I'm glad he's got such good doctors taking care of him!

CeCeJay said...

I am so glad you posted this and everything sounds so up and positive! What a cute baby Miles is and so lucky to have such great parents. I love reading your blog and seeing your pictures! Happy Holidays!
Aunt Cindy

Natalie said...

He is seriously THE cutest Christy!!! He is so blessed to have you both as parents, you guys are amazing. He couldn't have gone to a more loving family. His casts are looking great and he's wearing them like a pro! I agree about Children's, they seriously are the best and we're all pretty darn lucky to live so close to them.
We love you guys so much! Can't wait to see the little guy in person.

sara cardon said...

CONGRATS!!!! He is absolutely beautiful!! How'd he get all that thick dark hair??:) You will be the best mom-- your post was so sweet to read. So happy for you guys!

Jason & Shannon said...

He is so handsome!!!! Congratulations!