Update on Sherri Shepherd's son Jeffrey Charles
Longtime readers of the Celebrity Baby Blog may remember a series of posts we did in 2005 concerning actress and comedienne Sherri Shepherd. She first gained fans on CBB when she was extremely open about her IVF procedures needed to conceive her son, but readers really started paying attention when Sherri delivered her son while only 25 weeks pregnant on April 22nd, 2005. Jeffrey Charles weighed in at 1 lbs, 10 oz. In June 2005, we received an updated report from a friend saying that Jeffrey was holding on, but his health difficulties continued. In August 2005, after 4 months in the NICU, Jeffrey went home. In October 2005, Sherri, after chatting with Ellen DeGeneres about the joys of pumping, she introduced Jeffrey to the world. Since then, we hadn’t heard much.
However, now Sherri is back in a big way. Watchers of The View have seen her quite a bit in the last few weeks – rumor is, she may take Star Jones co-host spot on The View. Unfortunately, she shared some sad news on the show – she discovered that her husband began cheating on her while their son was in the NICU, and they’re now divorced. You can read how she found out, and what she did at Black Voices. On the positive side – Jeffrey is doing amazingly well – and as you can see, he can grow some hair! He’s now 20 months (15 months adjusted) and is the light of Sherri’s life.
There are still some challenges – Jeffrey has a weak immune system and has therapy four times a week to deal with issues arising from his prematurity. Sherri is easing her way back into work, but has a hard time getting everything done. She writes on her MySpace, "With a 20 month old and laundry constantly screaming my name, I’m finding it near impossible to answer everyone [that writes to me]. I apologize profusely, but trying to type and breastfeed just ain’t cuttin’ it!"
Still, being a mom has changed Sherri in ways she never expected. She writes, "I never knew that a child could have the sole power to take one’s heart and wrap it up in their little fist. It’s funny how having a baby changes one’s priorities. I work, but I don’t stress and hustle like I use to. If I don’t get that audition or book that job – I can walk into my house and hear my son laughing and see him crawling towards me to pick him up. He slightly opens his mouth to have me plant a kiss on his lips, and my cares melt away. Having a baby gives you a more compassionate heart. I seem to care more about the world around me now that I have a child who will be here, hopefully, longer than me. I now use that blue ‘recycle’ garbage can!"
Thanks to CBB reader Tami for suggesting this topic.