to Ginny’s adoring fans

Yes, she is adorable.  yes we love her a huge amount.

Yes, we are “home” from the hospital at JoAnn’s house where there is much better internet connection


We now have no nurses coming in at all hours and doing things for us.  We have no one to bring us food, or ice water.  And the bed is really really super comfy.

Hence the lack of posting for the last two days.  Sorry ’bout that.  We’ve been trying to keep Ginny on a feeding schedule (20 ml of formula every 2 hours or so.  Actually it’s more like every 3 hours since it takes an hour to get her to drink 20 ml of formula and then she sleeps for two hours afterwards)

So photos.  Ok.  here you go.

Ginny wants a nap now, and her needs are more important than her fans……sorry 😉



Virginia Altie Aspen Gerard Russell

Born 8/29/2008

1:45 a.m. central time

weighed: 5 pounds 1 ounce

measured: 17 inches long

APGAR score: 9/10 at 1 minute and 9/10 at 5 minutes

took 15 ml at first feeding (2:15 a.m.)

has slept ever since then

Pediatrician has just been to see her and says she is doing really well.

Mel is doing well too.

1:38 a.m. Thursday, August 29, 2008

Everybody needs to thank God right now for Steve’s mother.  After Mel & Steve got home with their mom and step-dad, Steve’s mom started noticing the Mel’s contractions were getting more severe.  She forced Mel to go to the hospital at about 1 a.m.

This may have saved Ginny’s life.  Ginny was not doing well with this long drawn out labor process.

Of course no one knew this till they got to the hospital and put the monitors on her

They called us and we got here in time to comfort Mel before they sent her in for a C-section

Mel on the way to surgery

Mel on the way to surgery


getting Steve dressed for success

getting Steve dressed for success


Steve is dressed up to have his hand squeezed off in the operating room.

right now we are sitting in the waiting room with Steve’s parents……praying.