Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place, as we progress through Cooper "Superman" Cox's NICU milestones and eventually bring him home. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. On Monday, April 22nd, Whitney wasn't feeling well, and we ended up in the hospital thinking it was severe dehydration from throwing up. By Tuesday afternoon, we made the decision with our doctors for an emergency C-section to preserve the life and health of Whitney and the baby, where her sickness was actually an extremely rare and rapid onset pregnancy complication known as HELLP Syndrome (more about that here: https://www.preeclampsia.org/health-information/hellp-syndrome
). With platelets plummeting and her liver levels and blood pressure skyrocketing, the only way to stop the condition and save their lives was to deliver the baby. Cooper "Superman" Leighton Cox arrived at just 30 weeks gestation (standard pregnancy is 40 weeks) weighing 3 pounds and measuring 15.75 inches. For comparison, Evan was born naturally at 40 weeks + 3 days at a roly poly 8lb 10 oz and measuring 20.75 inches.
We now begin our journey of recovery as a family and we look forward to the day we bring sweet Cooper home, which should be in early July. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us to communicate directly. This site is just a means to make sure everyone receives updates without blasting texts and/or forgetting to include folks. We love you all and are happy to talk about everything!