Wednesday, November 26, 2014

This IS the beastie you are looking for!

A perfect six weeks early, the beastie has arrived!

Name announcement, made day-of by a fabulous friend

Beastie and his mama, right after birth

Oberon Christopher was born November 24, 2014, at 4:55 a.m., weighing in at 6 lbs, 2.6 oz and measuring 19 inches.  He only waited through 34 weeks of gestation, the little early bird!  He's had a busy first couple days of life, and we'll provide more detailed updates on his health and progress later.

Both Chris and Elizabeth have had a chance to hold the little guy, and there was even a quick opportunity for skin-to-skin!  Every visit to the NICU is a little different depending on how Oberon is doing, so we take what we can get.

Elizabeth was discharged today, so now we embark on the challenge of trotting between the house and the NICU.  Oberon had the omphalocele surgery already, but he's having some trouble with stable breathing.  He's currently hooked up to a ventilator to allow him to rest and let him grow a little bit without having to work so hard to get air.  In a few days, the doctors will figure out a more permanent solution to the breathing as needed.

Oberon taking a break (and a nap)

Here are a couple more pictures of our little family!

Getting weighed, with the "turkey diaper" protecting his umbilical cord and omphalocele
Morning, 11/24/14

Oberon after successful omphalocele surgery (see the heart bandage?)
Afternoon, 11/24/14

First family photo, getting a chance to hold the beastie!
Evening, 11/24/14


  1. As much love as you can imagine is sent to all of you! Can't wait to get there and meet our sweet grandson!

  2. (from Judy Baran) - Wow ! He is a "Little Cutie Beastie" ! I'm so glad his surgery went well. I've loved reading your blog. You have such a good grasp of the "medical language". I am very impressed. He is lucky to be born to such loving parents ! (& grandparents too!). Babies really are a blessing in our lives !!!

    Judy Baran

  3. Congratulations, Oberon us a cutie. I'm glad his surgery went well. Love the heart bandage :). I am hoping for a speedy recovery and that he will be home very soon. Lots of love!!