Those names didn't make the cut.
Introducing Benjamin Lawrence LeDuff.
Weighing in at an earth shattering 5 pounds, 7 ounces at a height of 18 1/8 inches at 2:58pm on November 14th, 2013, he made his way into the world by c-section. After some rapid breathing in the observation nursery, he was brought to the NICU. Clearly, he just wanted to see where his daddy works and make his momma and grandmothers anxious. :)
Any amount of time spent in any NICU is too much. But in the grand scheme of NICU time, eleven days is quite short. Fortunately, my leadership and teammates were amazing in letting me take time to see him while still being at work.
Thank you to all the nurses who took care of him directly. And thank you to all the nurses who came to visit him and to hold him when they had a few extra minutes. Thank you to the NICU NNP and medical teams for all your smart decisions in his care. Thank you to Katie for taking care of both our boys. You're definitely a huge part of our family. Christy and I can't thank the NICU team enough for the two times that they've been part of our pregnancy and parenting experience.