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Stefan Hoffmann

This page is dedicated to the new person, Stefan Hoffmann, in our lives. We will post new pictures and stories on a regular basis. Please check back often for new updates.

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Finding out and Pregnancy

Returning from our vacation in Malaysia, we did not only bring back fond memories and souvenirs, but also found out that our efforts (or should we say pleasures) at starting a family were successful. On August 31, 2004 Jana took a pregnancy test and it came back positive.

In the early stages of pregnancy, Jana was quite sick with morning sickness, or morning-noon-and-night sickness, as she called it. This phase subsided with the start of the second trimester.

On December 6, 2004, we went for the second ultrasound, where the gender of our baby was also established. However, we won't find out until Christmas when we open the card, where the doctor noted the gender for us as a Christmas surprise.

The result is in

and we are excited

to have another person in our lives

Second ultrasound - a profile of our baby. You can see the head, ribs, spine and feet (if you look really close)

Second ultrasound - our baby is looking directly at us. You can see the head, eyes, ribs and feet (again you may need to squint and turn your head)

And it is a Boy!!!

And here is the proof that our baby is a boy - Stefan Hoffmann.

What we got to read to confirm the gender

The picture is clearly marked...

...leg, leg, not a leg!!!


Stefan has arrived - 03/22/2005

On March 22, 2005, our baby boy - Stefan Hoffmann - arrived into this world. He was born at 3:51 AM Pacific Standard Time at Irvine Regional Hospital and weighed 4 pounds 10 ounces or 2110 grams and was 17 1/2 inches or 44 1/2 centimeters long.

Since he was 5 1/2 weeks early, Stefan had to spend 2 weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the hospital. Fortunately, everything was working - he was breathing on his own and was able to feed. But he needed to build some strength and get his inner temperature working, and the doctors therefore ordered him to stay in the unit for observation.

It was very hard for us having to leave him in the hospital after Jana was discharged. We checked into a hotel across from the hospital and tried to visit him for most of his feedings.

Here are some pictures of Stefan in his early days. These two here were his official first pictures, and a copy can be ordered from Growing Families. We will continue to post more pictures, so keep checking back often.

Daddy performing his only official duty in this whole process (although there were lots of unofficial duties )

Not even one hour old and already exhausted

During one of Stefan's first feedings

Stefan seems to have a very content personality...and it shows.

But he is also curious and looking around all the time

Daddy is not so sure in some of the early attempts at parenting

He is just so tiny

Proud Daddy


In the Hospital

Since our little guy came a little early to this world, he needed to stay in the hospital for 2 weeks. This was mostly so that his feeding would develop to a stage where the doctors felt comfortable letting him go home with us. So, we spent 2 weeks with him in NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). A routine soon developed whereby we tried to attend most of his feedings during the day and then also spend time holding him. To establish his feeding, we were able to work with him as much as possible, but sometimes he needed an extra push and they had to insert a tube through his nose. Luckily that came out within a few days and soon after he was eating enough, so that we could take him home.

The location of our next 2 weeks - NICU

Stefan is holding Mommy's and Daddy's finger

We just love this smile - and he does it very often

Mommy finally gets to hold him and love on him

He is pretty happy

Stefan and his feeding tube

The three stages of feeding Stefan: 1. He is gulping it down

2. He wrinkles his forehead, i.e. he is getting close to being done.

And he is more food...and if you want to convince him otherwise, you have to talk to the hand.

Our little family

Mommy is happy with her boy

Daddy is working hard to get that food in his belly

The faces of Stefan...

Holding on to Daddy's finger.

Stefan and Mommy


Baby Shower and Going Home

Our friends Eliza and Shannon threw Stefan and us a great baby shower. It was coed, so that Daddy and other male friends could participate in the festivities. A wonderful lunch buffet awaited us upon our arrival. Then we played some shower games that got everyone involved - even the boys had to eat baby food from jars in a contest. Some of this stuff tastes so gross, it is amazing how you can get babies to eat anything at all.

The day after the shower, we were finally able to take Stefan home - actually, unfortunately, to our hotel, as our new house was still not finished.

Welcome to our baby shower

Nicky, Stephanie, Denise, DeeAnne and Kirk (KC's brother)

Shannon, Vicky, Nicky and Stephanie

KC, Shannon, Eliza, Sara and Jana

We are very happy and grateful that so many came to Stefan's shower

It is desert time

No party without champagne and cake

And then we received so many gifts from our friends and family - Thank you all

Daddy has to test if they bibs will fit

And another surprise...a newly decorated car. We can only show one keep it rated PG.

Thanks everyone for coming

Shannon and Us

The Neally Family and the Hoffmann Family (minus our little boy)

The last meal in the hospital

Making sure that it is really Stefan who we are taking home...look at those skinny legs and tiny feet

Mommy is very happy to take Stefan home