A Photographer's Journal

Rita Spiegel is an Oceanside-based portrait and pet photographer. Photographs not only to document our lives, but also tell a story. They bring back memories at a glance. Click here to get back to the main website: www.RitaSpiegel.com or Rita@RitaSpiegel.com. I invite you to look through my portfolios and I hope you enjoy my images.

Friday, March 12, 2010

First Time in Mommy's Arms

Francine and Jason got to hold Freddy for the first time yesterday.  His blood pressure is getting better.  Jason said that it was low, but being a "preemie" Freddy has a few challenges.  But, he is getting stronger and stronger every hour.  They felt much better after being able to hold him.  

Freddy is still in the Prenatal Intensive Care Unit, so Francine and Jason can only visit him at certain visiting hours. Also, they don't know when he can go home.  He must weigh a minimum of 4 lbs.  We found things out as soon as the doctors let us know.

Francine was able to get out of bed and walked to the elevator ... and can eat whatever she wants!!  And, she finally got a good nights sleep.  The first on in 7 months.

That is about the scoop now ... More news as we find it out.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Are you ready Freddy?

"People of earth, your infant oppressor has arrived!" This was one of the first fun comments that my Nephew-in law Jason Toettcher said when he posted the birth of Frederick Howard Toettcher on Facebook.  Born on March 10, 2010 at 6:18 pm. Freddy weighed in at 3 lb. 12 oz. 

My niece, Francine and mommy of Freddy, called home around 3:00 pm to ask "what's happening"? to her mother, Diane. The answer "not much ... what's up with you"? Francine's response ... "my water broke". Within in an hour they headed to the hopspital and by 5:30, we were driving to St. Jude's Hospital in Fullerton.

Freddy was born 7 weeks premature. He scored "high" on the evaluation tests that Doctors gave him.  In the coming weeks, they'll be more tests coming his way, but Freddy's a fighter and making his mark on the world. 

Mom, dad, grandparents, uncles, aunts and the entire family ... and friends are happy and looking forward to spending time with Freddy and the entire Toettcher Clan!