It was an exceptional Father's Day for Roger Reedy, of Crofton. Two of three triplets born to Reedy and his wife, Donna, came home Sunday, officials at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore said.
Julianne and Jillian Reedy were allowed to go home, but their brother, Jared, will spend a few more days in the hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said. The triplets, who were born April 30, were the first born in the hospital's in vitro fertilization program.
Roger Reedy has a daughter from a previous marriage, but the couple wanted another child. After surgery to open blocked fallopian tubes failed, Donna Reedy underwent the in vitro process.
When born, the babies ranged from 2 pounds 2 ounces to 2 pounds 13 ounces. They now weigh from 3 pounds 13 ounces to 4 pounds 9 ounces, hospital officials said.
Roger Reedy said the triplets mean he probably is going to have to give up his five-seat car.
"What we really need now," Reedy said, "is one minivan."
Police on Fitness Patrol
The 1940s Hollywood image of the typical cop was a caricature of a big-bellied, heavy-smoking flatfoot. But some Maryland police departments are out to change the image for good.
The newest catchword in law enforcement these days is fitness, and the Maryland State Police and police departments in Howard and Anne Arundel counties are developing fitness standards for veteran officers.
"This is a relatively new area, and we are going to have to reinvent the wheel," said Lt. George H. Hall, director of planning and research for the state police.
The most common health dangers for officers are heart disease and hypertension, Hall said, a reflection of a career that involves spending 90 percent of the time sitting in a patrol car and the rest in anxiety-packed situations.
It also is a profession conducive to eating fatty fast food on the run and chain-smoking, Hall added.
Howard County Police Chief Frederick W. Chaney said his department is developing physical fitness standards for recruits and that a fitness program will be phased in to cover veterans.
This fall, the department plans to consider some prohibitions on smoking by officers once the fitness standards are developed.