Have you ever seen a micro-preemie in action? I took this short 30-second video of Charlie yesterday and am happy to introduce him to the world. You can see what a ham he is, struggling to open his eyes even though he was on the last of his Fentanyl drip. He’s still intubated of course, so he can’t make any noise, but you can hear some of the NICU nurses in the background. And so, here is Charlie Miller making his motion picture debut. Woo-hoo!!
If it weren’t against the rules, I’d dress him in tiny costumes and have him accompany me on some of my favorite numbers. This morning I sang the entire scores to “Oliver,” “The Sound of Music,” and “The Music Man.” I’m surprised the other parents aren’t complaining yet!
The great news today was that Charlie had some food for the first time. He’s only had IVs until now and so has never used his digestive tract. They gave him some pre-digested formula directly into his stomach and he seemed to tolerate it quite well. I know the roller coaster hasn’t come back to the station and there will be many more challenges to come but these little milestones are still thrilling.
But back to Charlie’s future career in musical theatre: I think he will make a great Winthrop Paroo in “The Music Man.” He even looks a bit like Ronny Howard. I just hope he can sing better: