Family: December 2005 Archives

Coming Home

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All his tests came out well, so we'll be bringing Charlie home this afternoon.

Matthew met Charlie yesterday and it went very well! Matthew was fascinated and kept giving Charlie spontaneous kisses. I think he's going to be a great big brother!

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Prayers, please!

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Well, it looks like Charlie may have caught the beta strep.

Ishould explain. Jenny is a carrier for beta strep, which from what I understand, is pretty harmless except for newborns. The remedy for this is to get in a couple rounds of antibiotics before the baby is born. With Matthew, since were at the hospital for over 22 hours before delivery, we were able to get in like 5 bags, I think.

Well, things went a lot faster this time, and we had about a half a bag in before Charlie was born. They're not entirely sure he caught it, but he's got high white blood cell counts and really low hemoglobin, so they're going to keep us there until Saturday and they're giving Charlie antibiotics, just in case.

It doesn't seem to be too serious. The staff seem to be on top of everything that happened, and Charlie seems to be doing pretty well. He doesn't have a fever and he's alert and relatively bright eyed for a newborn. Still, nothing puts a damper on the joy of parenthood like seeing your one-day-old hooked up to an IV.

So anyway, can you please pray for my our little Charlie, that he can get better so we can all come home soon?

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Hooray for Wi-Fi!

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Provena hospital is a hot-spot, so I'm bloggin' from our room!

Charlie is asleep next to me and Jenny's taking a nap on the other bed. I like the way this kid lives. He eats and eats and eats, and then sleeps forever. He hasn't cried since a couple hours after birth.

In fact, if I had to sum up his personality in one word from what I've seen so far, it would have to be "low-key." And that's OK by me!

All his tests have been fine so far, and in 24 hours he'll be released. We have to stay for 48 hours after birth because Jenny is a carrier for beta strep, which can be dangerous for newborns.

Matthew is staying with Jenny's mom, and he'll be coming to meet his baby brother tomorrow before we're discharged, and then we'll all go home together.

Besides that, all I have to say is hooray for 4 day weekends and tax exemptions and credits!


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Meet Charles Joseph

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Here are pictures of the new boy! Charles Joseph was born yesterday at 13:01, weighing 8 lbs 10 oz and measuring 22 inches in length. Labor was fast and relatively smooth compared to the last go round. We were at the hospital only about 4 hours before Charlie was born.

Here are some of the pics you can find at the link above:




Compare the first Charlie pic above with this one of Matthew:


Cool, huh?

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Great news!


Buddies.JPGNo, we didn't have the baby yet, but I did get the digital camera working. As a result, I have pictures up on Ophoto going back to September, including Thanksgiving in Ohio. Check them out here (somebody please leave a comment if the link doesn't work).

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Time flies

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