As weeks turn into months in NICU, micropreemie’s parents wonder: What does a miracle look like? Newspaper icon Email Plus Outline icon

The surgeon sewed our baby shut. The neonatologist rose from her prayer rug. Then a nurse returned our tiny daughter to the quiet of her incubator, and we made our bargains with God. That night, Dr. Fauzia Shakeel had trouble sleeping and logged into the All Children’s Hospital network to check on Juniper. Nurse Tracy Hullett picked up an overtime shift so that if our daughter died, she’d know she’d done all she could. Tom and I arrived at the hospital early, walked past the kids climbing the pelican sculpture, past the painted hot air balloons. I wondered if, by the time we left that night, I’d no longer be a mom. Dr. Shakeel stopped by Juniper’s incubator that afternoon, where I sat curled, pale and fetal, in the chair. “Babies are very, very resilient,” she said. I had my chin on my hand and was rocking like a mental patient. Dr. Shakeel wrapped her arm around me. Juniper didn’t die that day and she didn’t die the next. She didn’t die all that week. I was terrified that she’d die on Mother’s Day, but she didn’t. Maybe the simple act of cutting her open had relieved pressure in her abdomen, allowing ...

The San Diego Gulls are nearly the halfway mark of their maiden season and, by all

The San Diego Gulls are nearly the halfway mark of their maiden season and, by all accounts, the American Hockey League club has surpassed all expectations. The AHL serves as the top-tier affiliate of the National Hockey League and local fans have flocked to the Gulls’ new nest to watch top young prospects on their way up to the NHL as well as players with extensive NHL credentials working their way back to pro hockey’s “big show.” The San Diego Gulls are nearly the halfway mark of their maiden season and, by all accounts, the American Hockey League club has surpassed all expectations. The AHL serves as the top-tier affiliate of the National Hockey League and local fans have flocked to the Gulls’ new nest to watch top young prospects on their way up to the NHL as well as players with extensive NHL credentials working their way back to pro hockey’s “big show.” Besides being a hit at the turnstiles (the Gulls have the second-best attendance average of 8,621 in the 30-team league), the team – the top affiliate of the NHL Anaheim Ducks — has also proven to be a hit on the ice with a record of 17-12-0-1 heading into this weekend’s set of games at the Valley View Casino Center. The la...