Thursday, September 8, 2011

Update on Baby Arlo (a.k.a. Ziggy)

Thank you, everybody, for the amazing rally of support for Arlo. We now, b/c of your unbelievable compassion for him from old friends, and new friends, from colleagues, and clients, from family and from absolute strangers, from California to Georgia to AustrIalia, will have to start referring to him as 'the people's baby.' We're ok with that, and maybe that will help cut down on babysitting costs (not that he likely leave our sight for good 14 years. But, we are not out of the woods yet, by any means, so keep that love and strength coming.
Arlo was dealing with jaundice immediately after his birth, like many babies, but a day after we got him home his bilirubin count skyrocketed, and we rushed him to the ER at Children's Hospital, where he stopped breathing for a time. The wonderfully talented and compassionate team at Children's incubated him and stabilized him. We now sit watching his little belly rise and fall under his tanning bed lights. This morning they felt confident enough to remove his breathing tube, and mom even got to hold him for a bit as they changed his sheets. And as I write this to you, I hear his first Arlo gurgles since we came, gurgles of appreciation I'm sure to you all. He's always looking to get his 2 cents in. Keep it up everybody and thank you for being so wonderfully overwhelming.

Ted, Sharon, & Arlo "the people's baby.