R. Justin Shepherd | PART-TIME PUNDIT

21.June.2008, 11.09 am
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4:05 P.M. — Justin forgot his camera cables, but…


Owen Andrew Shepherd, born 3:41 p.m., weighing 7 pounds, 12 ounces, 21.5 inches long… and a great booming voice!

Pictures up later tonight, along with more details on the birth and such.  Needless to say Shelley’s a warrior, and this little guy looks a lot like his brother.

2:52 P.M. — Contractions about two-three minutes apart, and much more intense. Shelley’s ready to get this over with! The nurse is going to call the doctor, as she says the time is nearing.

Meanwhile, back at the homestead, Mandy got Lewis to take his nap! We’re thoroughly shocked.

Baby’s heartbeat is hovering at 160. Reds lead 6-0 in bottom of the ninth. Justin is about 4 degrees too cold. Shelley is in the zone!

1:40 P.M. — Contractions are still about four minutes apart… Shelley’s trying to relax by watching the Reds vs. the Yankees. Shelley’s OB, Dr. Gass, came by and told us he thinks she’s doing fine, that he’ll be back in a few hours, unless things unfold sooner than that.

All the nurses so far seem shocked that Shelley’s going to go au naturale, despite the fact that she did it last time and did great. “Oh, you’ll change your tune” they say… but they don’t know what a tough cookie the ol’ Shelster is.

Anyway, so far, no baby (and no score in the ballgame, either).

12:02 P.M. — We woke up at 8:30 today, thinking it was yet another normal day… who knew?

About an hour later, Shelley said she thought she was seeing some signs of early labor. So she hopped in the bathtub, I took Lewis out for a little playtime, and when we came back in at about 9:50 a.m. Shelley had called the doctor, who told her to head on over to the hospital!

Our friend Mandy came over and is watching Lewis right now… the grandparents Shepherd are heading down from Shepherdsville (no, not a joke) and will be hanging out with Lewis while Shelley and I are here at the hospital.

Her contractions are four minutes apart right now… she’s in good spirits and we’re hoping she’ll get all the antibiotics she needs BEFORE the little guy is born. Last time the speed of the labor left little Lewis with Group B Strep, which necessitated a ten-day trip to Nashville’s NICU — NOT the way you want your firstborn baby experience to go.

Anyway, childbirth has changed a lot, I guess… now I’m able to liveblog from here in the delivery room! So I plan on updating this, briefly, as things progress. Stay tuned…


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Woohoo!!! Get r done!

Comment by alex

YAY!!! I am sooo excited for you guys!! I can’t wait to see your new little guy. How amazing that you can update as labor progresses. Awesome! That is so not something you would see in an army hospital, count your blessings (we also share rooms and walk down the hall to the bathroom, pathetic I know).

Anywho, congrats! Good luck and we are praying for you guys!!


Comment by Heather Spencer

Go, Shelley! Go! The O’Nans can’t wait to meet the little guy!

Comment by Laura Beth O'Nan

Hey Justin and Shelley…..we love you guys and we are praying for you! Can’t wait to meet the newest Shepherd…
The ‘other’ Shephards

Comment by Craig, Shari, Ryan and Livi

Yay and good luck! We’re praying for you and can’t wait to see the newest Shepherd!

Comment by cataltmaier

Wow! And I thought the Olympic trials were going to be the most exciting thing broadcast live today. So happy to be wrong. Can’t wait to meet the new nephew.

Comment by Aunt Beth

Congrats guys, cant wait to meet him!

Comment by Adam


I’m so thrilled for you!

thanks for keeping us posted.


Comment by Scotty

Thanks for the e-mail! Congratulations, and I can’t wait to see him!

Comment by Rachel

alex jonathan!! What a great name!!!

What? Owen Andrew, ahhh shux. Well, that’d be my second choice.

Way to go, ya’ll!

Comment by alex

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