July 26

Shea has grown an inch (18 inches long).
Today he weighed 5 pounds 7 ounces.
Yay! That's an increase in 4 ounces over the last doctor visit...

Daphne seems to love her new baby brother. She loves kissing him on the forehead and once I saw her plant a big pucker right on his mouth. Her behavior has predictably gotten worse (as she is no longer the center of attention). We are trying our best to make sure she receives a fair amount of attention and love.

Unfortunately, Daphne has regressed a bit with her overnight peeing since her brother's arrival. She sleeps in Huggies Overnight Pull-ups just in case of such an accident. Hopefully, Daphne's bed wetting episodes will cease before her fourth birthday in February. Prior to Shea's birth, Daphne was staying dry all night.

Jennie and I still need to purchase a crib for Shea in the coming months. His baby room has not been decorated and remains mostly empty. Shea will sleep in his bassinet beside us in the master bedroom for a few more months at least.

It's funny how we had so much baby stuff before Daphne arrived, but after Shea was born we were scrambling to find socks and any kind of baby clothes that would fit him. Thankfully, a co-worker of mine loaned us a bunch of preemie clothes for Shea. Otherwise, he would be wearing diapers, old Daphne T-shirts, and receiving blankets only.

Until tomorrow,
Dave T.


July 25

Shea has his 2 week physical tomorrow morning. We are anxious to see how much weight he has gained in the last week and a half. At his last visit, Shea was tipping the scales at 5 pounds 3 ounces (3 ounces below his birth weight).

Here are some new photos of Shea:

Happy baby

At the doctor's office...

Aunt Tammy



Thumb sucker

Until tomorrow,
Dave T.


July 17

Shea seems to have gotten over his jaundice and has an ever increasing appetite. He is one week old today!

Here are some photos of my sister's two sons, Daphne, and Shea:

Until tomorrow,
Dave T.


July 16

Shea came home Thursday afternoon!

We are trying to get used to the routine of a newborn with a crazy 3 year old added to the mix. I'll share more anecdotes soon...

Here are some photos of his trip home:

Until tomorrow,
Dave T.


July 13

Jennie and Shea are still in the hospital due to Shea's elevated bilirubin level (jaundice). If all goes well, he is scheduled to be discharged on Friday morning.

While Shea's weight has dipped down to 5 pounds 0 ounces, he has begun to nurse really well.

Here are some new photos of baby boy Shea Aston Tilson on his 4th day of life...

Until tomorrow,
Dave T.


July 10

Guess what? My son has arrived! Jennie's water broke at 4:30am yesterday.

Shea Aston Tilson was born at 7:59am CST.

Weight: 5 pounds 6 ounces
Length: 17 inches

He went to a transition area in the NICU department for a few hours of observation.

Afterwards, Shea was allowed to go to the regular nursery. He went under the lights of an Isolette incubator until he was 12 hours old. He is so itty bitty...

Here are some photos:

Until tomorrow,
Dave T.


July 7 (34 weeks pregnant)

Jennie had an ultrasound last week. Everything looks normal with baby boy (and he was slightly over 5 pounds and growing). He will be here before you know it!

More updates soon...

Here are some recent photos of Daphne:

Visiting Grandma


Like my new dress?


I'm craaaaaazy!

Ride 'em cowboy!

Ferris wheel fun!

Until tomorrow,
Dave T.