This was Thanksgiving #3 for Shepard, and he’s still getting the hang of it.
More pictures September 19, 2008
If you haven’t had your Shep fix lately, here are some pictures just for you. Pictures of Shep resting, hanging out with his grandparents, not watching TV as his dad does, being monitored by his pal Henry, his visit with his Great Aunt Linda and Great Uncle Chuck, and just chilling with Lil Lion Happy Hang Out.
P.S. I can hardly believe that I have been blessed with a beautiful son and a winning season for the Cubs. What are the odds? (Shauger, maybe you can answer this one).
Pictures of Shep, Family and Friends September 3, 2008
I am getting much better at this blog thing. Here’s a link to some pictures from the very first few days–moments even–of little Shepard’s life.
So, yesterday it became apparent that our little Shepard was getting a little yellow. It was something we were told to watch when we left Abbott last Friday. His bilirubin numbers were a bit high, but they thought they were safe enough for him to go home.
Around 3 yesterday, we headed off to urgent care at Bandana Square and had him checked out. The results were clear–his bilirubin numbers were high. High enough that they wanted to be a bit more agressive in treatment than just having him sit outside in the sun. The doctor asked that we head over to the Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis to have him admitted.
We quickly made our way through admissions–bypassing the “we spent the whole day at the fair today and my son’s tummy is upset” crowd–and got our kid on the track to getting better.
And, by the morning his numbers were quite improved. He had dropped from an “uncomfortable” 22 to “not-so-bad” 13. The doctors and nurses were quite impressed by the change. Still, they suggested we turn off the bili-lamps and keep him around so they could check things out again this evening. His bilirubin numbers look quite good, but they are monitoring a few other numbers. We’re quite hopeful that we’ll be heading out of here in just a few. Fingers are crossed.
9/3 Update: Shepard was discharged at 8:45 pm last night. The family is back at home and everyone seems to be doing fine (now that we all got a decent night sleep, too!)
Welcome to the world, Shepard James August 31, 2008
By 12:58pm on August 27, 2008, Shepard James Cox announced that he was ready for the world.
The previous night, Colin and Meg Cox traveled down Lake Street and up Chicago Avenue to Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. It was definitely a situation of “third time is the charm,” as this was his parents’ third visit to the Maternal Assessment Center over the last couple of weeks.
As we enter Day 4, Shepard is doing quite well. He’s adjusting to his new found routine (“eat, sleep, repeat”) at his permanent environs in St. Louis Park. He’s also becoming acquainted with several members of his family and many of his new friends.
Shepard’s Vital Stats
Birth Date: August 27, 2008
Time of Birth: 12:58pm
Weight: 6 lbs. 4 ozs.
Length: 19 inches