Graas Family Blog

NYC Baby Shower
March 31, 2009, 3:47 pm
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Who knew that in less than a week after Soo hosted a really nice baby shower, the baby would be in NYC just across Central Park from the shower’s location. The shower was held on Saturday, March7, and it was a great ensemble of friends from college, work, NYC, elementary school in Texas, and my mom.Thank you for coming and thank you to those of you who couldn’t come and sent your wishes.

The afternoon flew by and before I knew it I had to leave the party to meet Jon at Mt. Sinai for the official hospital tour. Oddly enough, the private room they showed on the tour was the one we were assigned less than a week later. The women giving the tour was a long-time nurse and lactation consultant at the hospital who did a great job explaining why the hospital doesn’t really need to place a limit on visitors, because, frankly, the hospital makes it so exhausting with the vital checks, the shift changes, the cleaning, eating, sleeping, etc, that you really don’t have time for extra visitors. I thought she was exaggerating at the time, but turns out she is right on! All strength was going towards trying to see Emil, feed him, get him out of NICU-jail, keep the pain at bay, eat, sleep, and eventually brush my teeth…i think by Saturday or Sunday night this finally happened.


Updates still to come but
March 31, 2009, 3:18 pm
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I am amazed at how medical providers and insurance companies work. The insurance explanation of benefits are beginning to come in and all I can say is WOW! To date, the delivery, hospital stay, and our care totals $34,965.67. This is the full amount that the providers try to charge the insurance company. Aetna paid about half of that and the other half vaporizes. Of the above total, we paid two $25 co-payments plus the ridiculous cost of the private room. While the actual medical cost has been close to nothing for very good care, the private room return on investment is pretty shameful, which is why once my spit-fire is recharged and the final bill comes in, a letter will be sent to Mt. Sinai and the insurance company asking for some reimbursement. Who knew that on weekends, Mt. Sinai has sub par coverage at all staff lines. If there is a lower standard of care and service on weekends, than the private room rates should be lower also. Just practicing for the letter….

Welcome Emil David Graas
March 24, 2009, 10:01 pm
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After a week of being home from the hospital, I have exactly 15 minutes before feeding time to play a little catch up. This will be the regular announcement (from Jon’s first email mostly), and then as time comes I will go back and recap the roller coaster ride of the last two weeks.

Please join us in welcoming the newest ginger to the world:

Emil David Graas was born at 11:21 AM on Friday the 13th (We were going to name it Damien, but when he turned out not to have horns and a tail, went with more traditional names). He was 6 lbs, 4 oz; 19 inches long and 3 weeks early in a surprise C-section.

The name: Emil was Jon’s grandfather’s name. He passed in 1994, but not before passing on a love of Manhattans, pork and spicy peppers. David is Jons Dad’s name. The first name is pronounced “ay-meal” as opposed to “ay-mull”.