Usually when a baby is born, the waiting is over. That's not the case with our little one. My son Brent and his wife Megan welcomed their firstborn - Michael Cohen Marshall - to the world at 8:55 a.m., June 7, 2010, with tears of joy. True to the poem, Monday's Child, he is "fair of face". So darn cute! Tons of hair, of course. He looks absolutely perfect. It's just so hard to believe that on the inside that's just not the case. He came out just screaming at the top of his lungs, pink and pretty mad! Total newborn style! Although he did not require immediate open heart surgery (a blessing), he does require it - to survive. We had a wild rollercoaster of a ride on his birthday. Within 12 hours, he was great, then not so great, then needing surgery right away, then having a heart cath, then settling in and deciding on a surgery date. That date is today. Cohen will have his first open heart surgery today at 1:00 p.m. They told us to expect it to last 6 hours or more. He must be on a bypass machine during this time as they repair his arteries (TAPVR) and place the BT shunt to direct the blood flow correctly. It's the first of three open heart surgeries he will have in the first 2 years of his life. He will have a single chamber heart. There's more info on Megan's blog - InThisWonderfulLife.com. We so appreciate all the outpouring of love and support you all have shown them and the prayers for our little guy. Please don't ever stop those prayers! He needs to be surrounded by that positive Grace all the time. Our faith is strong in the doctors at Children's Medical Center here in Dallas and God's guidance of them in their care and treatment of Cohen. They have been wonderful to Brent, Megan and Cohen, explaining all the problems and the possible solutions. It's a terribly stressful time for them and the kindness has been so wonderful. Our hearts are overflowing with love for this little guy and we'll post more pics and info to keep you posted. Thank you all again for your continued support and prayers!  Cohen's slideshow

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Usually when a baby is born, the waiting is over. That's not the case with our little one. My son Brent and his wife Megan welcomed their firstborn - Michael Cohen Marshall - to the world at 8:55 a.m., June 7, 2010, with tears of joy. True to the poem, Monday's Child, he is "fair of face". So darn cute! Tons of hair, of course. He looks absolutely perfect. It's just so hard to believe that on the inside that's just not the case. He came out just screaming at the top of his lungs, pink and pretty mad! Total newborn style! Although he did not require immediate open heart surgery (a blessing), he does require it - to survive. We had a wild rollercoaster of a ride on his birthday. Within 12 hours, he was great, then not so great, then needing surgery right away, then having a heart cath, then settling in and deciding on a surgery date. That date is today. Cohen will have his first open heart surgery today at 1:00 p.m. They told us to expect it to last 6 hours or more. He must be on a bypass machine during this time as they repair his arteries (TAPVR) and place the BT shunt to direct the blood flow correctly. It's the first of three open heart surgeries he will have in the first 2 years of his life. He will have a single chamber heart. There's more info on Megan's blog - InThisWonderfulLife.com. We so appreciate all the outpouring of love and support you all have shown them and the prayers for our little guy. Please don't ever stop those prayers! He needs to be surrounded by that positive Grace all the time. Our faith is strong in the doctors at Children's Medical Center here in Dallas and God's guidance of them in their care and treatment of Cohen. They have been wonderful to Brent, Megan and Cohen, explaining all the problems and the possible solutions. It's a terribly stressful time for them and the kindness has been so wonderful. Our hearts are overflowing with love for this little guy and we'll post more pics and info to keep you posted. Thank you all again for your continued support and prayers!  Cohen's slideshow

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Comments
Aaron Snow says:

Praying for baby Cohen!

(06.09.10 @ 12:38 PM)
Sharon Ward says:

This is absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing with everyone. I have been reading Megan's blog and anticipating Cohen's birth for sometime now. Elton now has a darling little brother and Brent and Megan have a wonderful addition to their family. I just love your spectacular photography. I wish you were closer as I have two grandchildren I would love for you to shoot.

(06.10.10 @ 03:15 PM)
Jennifer says:

I'm so, so, so sorry for your loss. I've followed Megan and Brent's blog for a while and my heart just aches for them right now. Still praying for Cohen and family!

(06.18.10 @ 11:30 PM)