Just a week before the Redskins begin Week 1 preparations, defensive end Stephen Bowen has some good news to share: his wife and infant son will soon join him in Northern Virginia.
Bowen’s wife, Tiffany, gave birth to twins on June 28. Both Skyler and Stephen III wer born four months premature, and Skyler lived for only 10 days. For the past two months, Stephen III has lived in a Dallas hospital, receiving 24-hour care. Because he had to report to Redskins Park last month, Bowen has been living apart from his family.
“It takes a load off. I worry about him every day,” Bowen said Tuesday. “Just him being premature, some days were good, some days were bad. But now he’s starting to stabilize, so it takes a lot off.”
Bowen said his wife, baby and 23-month old daughter, Trinity, will be relocating soon. Stephen III will be transferred to a Northern Virginia hospital, but Bowen is hopeful he’ll be healthy enough to be released after a couple of weeks.
“I can’t even put it into words how I’ll feel,” he said. “It’s going to be a good feeling, though.”
Stephen III was born at 24 weeks, and because Bowen reported to the Redskins in late July, Bowen had little contact with his new son.
“I held him once before I left, and he was still like, maybe two pounds,” Bowen said. “It’s going to be a big difference. He was real little. They have something called kangaroo care, where you try to create a bond with your child. I only got to do it once before I left, so I’m looking forward to spending a lot of time with him.”
Stephen III now weighs more 4 1/2 pounds, Bowen said. The defensive end is eager to see the growth in person.
“I’ve been looking forward to it for the whole month,” Bowen said. “I’ve only seen pictures of him. My wife always tells me he’s changed a lot. So I’m looking forward to it.”