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  1. Congrats Sabrina!! He is adorable. My little boy arrived 3 weeks and 2 days early and is doing great. This whole new world of motherhood is amazing. Hope you guys are getting settled at home!!

  2. He is so adorable! I am so happy for you guys. Love the pictures over on BabyCenter.

  3. He is precious! What a wonderful son! Congratulations, again :)

  4. Maureen

    Kiss your baby. Millions of babies have survived getting kissed. Dr’s know a lot but not everything. Kiss your boy.

  5. Congrats, Sabrina! He is so adorable!

  6. Julianne

    Just wanted to let you know that if you haven’t been tested for HSV1 and HSV2 (the 2 viruses that cause oral/facial herpes–also known as coldsores–and genital herpes respectively), you should indeed hold off on kissing your little one. A lot of people assume they have been tested for these viruses, but most places won’t test for hsv1 unless you specifically ask (you’ll want an “igg blood test”). And before letting hubby, grandparents or anyone else kiss your baby, you should ensure they have tested negative for both as well. About 80% of the US population have oral herpes and many don’t know it. Some do not have visible symptoms and others do but minimize it by referring to it as “just a coldsore”. HSV1 can be transmitted via kissing or just touching the skin of someone who has it–even if they aren’t having visible symptoms. If you type in “neonatal herpes” or “post natal herpes”, you can read more about the terrible consequences that can happen when newborns acquire herpes from either their mom, family members, or other caregivers/strangers. It can result in death, deafness or profound disability. There are some really tragic stories of moms who had hsv1 (and didn’t know it or didn’t realize how contagious and damaging it could be), who ended up kissing their newborns and later the newborn died. And even getting the virus later as an older child can be no picnic either. Some people who get oral herpes can get it in their eye and go blind or develop meningitis, etc. I got oral herpes in July from my step-mom kissing me and I have zit-like bumps completely covering my face, tongue, neck and arms. My entire face and lips tingle and burn all the time. It has lasted for 3 months and has yet to subside. Even if the symptoms go away, I have no guarantee they won’t come back. And research shows you can be contagious even without symptoms (it is called “viral shedding”) so I don’t know if I should ever kiss my son (a toddler) again for fear he’ll get it. And my sex life is pretty much ruined as I don’t want to pass it on to my husband orally or genitally (you can pass hsv1 to other people’s genitals via oral sex). It is awful, so I just wanted to pass on this forewarning. Hopefully you and your hubby don’t have it already. . .

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