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November 4, 2009 - Ron Deuter
My wife Jo Anna and I were blessed with a second healthy baby last week. Allison Joyce was born on Oct. 28 at 2:48 p.m. She was 7.6 pounds and 19 inches. Mom and baby are both doing very well and only spent a little over 24 hours in the hospital, which was good considering the tight visitor restrictions in place at DCH due to the flu.

On our way to the hospital for delivery, we still hadn’t picked out a name for a girl. We had a boy’s name decided, but couldn’t narrow down our list of girl’s names other than the middle name of Joyce which is after my grandmother. Funny thing is, Allison wasn’t even on our list. It was something I just threw out there a few hours before the baby came, and my wife really liked the name. And that was that. After months of indecision, we ended up going with a name we never even discussed previously. And it fit perfect.

Since bringing Allison home from the hospital, her two-year old brother Jake has been all smiles, hugs and kisses. (Something tells me that won’t last too long) When we asked Jake a few weeks ago what mom and dad should name the baby, his response - after a short but very serious-looking deliberation - was Baby Yellow. Even though he did call her Baby Yellow a couple of times at first, he’s caught on to Baby Allison pretty quick. And he has yet to give her a kiss without a loud verbal MMMMMMMMAAHHH accompanying the peck.

Sleep, in large chunks, has been tough to come by the past week, especially since Allison is up more at night than she is during the day. But mom and I have no complaints.

Thank you to my co-workers for the flowers and to all those who also sent well-wishes and cards.


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