Our 2nd son was born on May 14, 1999 and seemed perfectly healthy for the first 6 months. When we started to see signs that worried us, we went to the doctor and expressed our concerns. After months of fighting with our doctor about our concerns, we were referred to KU Medical Center.
Kohen looking as cute as ever thanks to newborn screening!
On April 22, 2012, I gave birth to my sweet baby boy Kohen. He was a healthy 7 lbs 3 oz with a full head of dark hair. He seemed perfectly healthy and had no problem coming into this world. The day was spent oo-ing and ah-ing not believing he was finally in my arms. They took him to do the newborn screen and the only thing they said was wrong was he was slightly jaundiced. I had to spend an extra five days in the hospital for a uterine infection and he was able to stay with me. He was the best baby! He basically slept the whole time, barely cried, and ate like he should.
As I ponder how my life collided with newborn screenings, I reflect on the changes over the last several years. In the days before I could recite medication schedules and medical jargon, I spent my days teaching middle school students American history; after school I picked up our healthy toddler James from day care, made dinner, and spent time with our little family of three. Life was not perfect, but it was under control.