Kimberly and Craig

Cohen Alan – Day 28, Finally Home

Four weeks to the day and almost to the hour, Cohen Alan left the NICU at Children’s Hospital and rode his chariot home. What a difference four weeks make. Make no mistake, he is still quite small. But 1 1/2 lbs later and passing all of his required milestones meant “home” would be the new office.

If you had to be in the NICU then we believe we were in the right place. The Nursing Staff all the way down to our favorite cashier in the Cafeteria made our time a very good experience. Dr. Kessinger kept us informed and encouraged. The variety of shift nurses must be commended. How they handle the ups and downs in the NICU offering great care and compassion is a tribute to their sense of vocation – God’s angels for us. Read More

The Cohen Alan Report – Day 24

Yesterday I received this photo on my phone with the caption, “Hello G-pa Doc.” Needless to say nothing could go wrong after that!

Cohen weighs just under 3 lbs. and 11 oz. He is eating well and growing. We are not sure when he will get out of the “box” but he is holding his temperature on his own. We hope he moves into a new bed when he hits the 4 lb. mark.

I have some thoughts about the “box” and our natural tendency to both want to escape the box and at the same time feel the comfort of the boundaries the box provides. But, this is not a time for the “preacher” to reflect. It is a time for Grandpa Doc to thank you for your thoughts and prayers as Craig’s “mini-me” continues to grow.

Enjoy!

Friday Photo – In Grammy’s Arm

Seventeen days later. Patty waited while I finished helping Dad lay tile in a bathroom. Earlier in the day she asked how long I would be. The hidden meaning was, “When will you be ready to go see Cohen?” I thought we might be finished by noon. She then remarked it would be 2:00 p.m. She knows my optimism too well. We did finish before 2:00 p.m. but not by noon. So, we split the difference as to “who was right.”

Once at the hospital there was no question who would head back first. Not long after Craig came out and said, “Patty is holding Cohen.” No time to ask questions. Grab the camera. Get back to the room.

Once there I realized, this is how she gets one up on me. I have taken Kimberly to this hospital twice this week. I refer to this as “Cohen’s Office.” I can work there. Patty cannot get free so easy. But even at that I had not yet had the occasion to hold Cohen. She beat me to it. And, she deserved to.

Little by little, day by day, there is always something new. And yes, I too got to hold the little boy today. And wow, how little he is.

Enjoy … I do.

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“Hold Me Momma” – Cohen Alan

“Will he break?” I remember one of the nurses telling us how easy it is to fear preemies might break. She went on to suggest that they are very limber so when putting on that very little diaper one would not break his little leg. I tell you in those very early days, not that we are not still in his very early days, we did wonder just how to “handle” that little boy.

The problem was, we could not “handle” him. We could get into the “isolette” (the more proper word than “box”) through the portholes but that is hardly “handling.” Now we are in day 17 and not only may we touch him through the porthole, Craig and Kimberly can hold him. This week’s weekly video is taken from Tuesday of this week; my day in Cohen’s Office as I like to refer to it.

Cohen Alan has gained back what he had lost in those first days and then some. We are looking forward to the 4 lb. mark when they will take him out of the isolette. He does not have any IV’s at present and they may take the PICC line out tomorrow. As always, thanks for your thoughts and prayers. We are all looking forward to the day when we can “handle” him.

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Look Ma! Clothes – Cohen Alan

Toddler parents often talk about the difficulty keeping their little ones in clothes. We remember that but will spare our now grown daughters those embarrassing tales – if there are any to tell.

Kimberly sent me this photo taken with her cell phone, or maybe my mom’s cell phone sent to Kimberly’s. Things change frequently and rapidly with our little preemie. He now weighs over 3 lbs. (3 lbs. 2 oz to be exact.). Nurses and doctors conferred and aside from increasing his “feeds,” amount not number, they will begin the process to move him out of the “box” (read, incubator). That means clothes!

We hope he maintains his body temperature. If he does then soon he will move up to the next “bed” for preemies. He is on is way. A few more goals to make and then they will look toward home. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers.