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Half a million dollar baby

So most of the hospital/doctor/mics bills from the States have come in to Great-West Life, my insurance provider, and Evan’s running total is over half a million dollars right now! He’s one expensive baby! Mine was about $60K.

Just to give you an idea of how expensive the health care system is… the hospital bill originally came in at over $2.3 million (that’s the “ticket price” I guess) but it was negotiated down to just under $500K because of Great-West Life’s preferred rates. Air ambulance came in at over $37K and then there’s a bunch of other misc costs. I am so glad I was covered by travel insurance from Miovision because otherwise, Joseph and I would be in a heck of a lot of debt!

Pictures from December 29 to January 19

Quick update

  • Evan weighed in at 6 lbs 11 oz on Tuesday! He’s now looking the size of a normal small newborn! :)
  • He had a newborn photo-shoot last week with Little Smiles Photography and we’re going to go see the proofs this evening! I will share the photos once we get the digital copies.
  • He’s eating over 3 oz per feed now and is still a pooing and peeing machine.
  • His cries are growing ever so slightly louder. Go lungs go!
  • Last night, he went 4.5 hrs between a feed. Hurray for a bit more sleep for me!!!
  • Eye exam at McMaster went well again. One eye has reached maturity but the other one still needs a little more to go. No sign of ROP in either eye though which is excellent!

Overall, Evan is doing very well! I look forward to more sleep though! Being a mom is sooo hard!!! Props to all the moms out there!

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  1. Kate Mowry
    Posted January 21, 2012 at 8:53 AM | Permalink

    He is so cute! Glad everything is going well for all of you!

  2. Laurie Clarke
    Posted January 25, 2012 at 9:48 AM | Permalink

    Xiaopu – I am so happy to know that you and your family are home. Evan is so adorable!! What a sweetheart. Wishing you, Joseph and Evan all the very best!! (we miss you)

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