Thursday, June 28, 2012

Birth Pictures

Photos are so important to me.  They capture a moment in time.  From the beginning of my pregnancy I knew that I wanted Piper's birth photographed, due to having an emergency c-section that was not possible. I did not have the natural birth experience I had hoped for but I still wanted Piper's first moments captured.  Gill Bayless who owns Gillian Dyan Photography was on call to preserve our memories.  Once we were out of recovery Gill was there ready to snap my baby girls first moments of life. 
I will treasure these photos forever. 
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

3 Weeks New

My little Pip is 3 weeks old already!  This week you slept through the night for the first time.  Even though you slept through the night, this new mama did not.  I was so worried...I was up every hour checking on you.  Sleeping through the night was just a tease though.  You seem to be back on your 10:00pm, 2:00am, & 6:00am feeding schedule.   During the day you nurse every 2 hours.  You are such a great nurser, I think we both have the hang of it now and are working well together. This week you are more alert.  You have been staying awake for longer periods of time.  In the morning and early evening you seem to be awake for about an hour and are very content just looking around and kicking your feet. You loved to be rocked and to be held upright. You are still wearing newborn clothes and diapers.  I am enjoying staying home with you!

You weigh in at 7.8 lbs. 

Daddy's Mini Me

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Pip 2 Week Update

2 weeks...NO! My baby is growing to fast.  I just want to stop time already.  It is hard to believe that I should still be pregnant right now.  We feel so blessed Piper is such a good baby.  She sleeps about 20 hours a day still.  When she is awake, she loves to look around and take in all her surroundings.  Piper nurses every 2 hours during the day and every 4 hours at night. That's right I am one lucky mommy her nightly feeding routine seems to be 10pm, 2am, and 6am (not bad)! She loves to snuggle and be rocked by her mommy and daddy.  We are enjoying every moment with her.  She is such a sweet baby. 

2 weeks
 She loves to sleep in her bouncer
 Max loves her.  He is so good with her.  I have to remind him that one kiss is enough.  Hopefully they will be buddies someday. 
 Daddy's mini me.  She looks just like her daddy.  Some people think she has my mouth.  Who knows her looks may always change. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Home Coming

Bringing Piper home was truly an emotional experience.  We felt so blessed to be bringing home a healthy baby. Our joy also had undertones of fear.  We are now responsible for her in entirety. Deep breath...we are going to take this one day at a time.  We hope that each day we can make the right choices as parents. So here begins our journey as parents. 

Last Picture at the Hospital 6/3/12
 First Picture at Home...I flagged down a runner to take this picture
This gown has been in the Strobel family for 31 years.  Ron (Eric's brother), Eric, Ben(our nephew), and now Piper have all wore this gown home from the hospital. 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Piper's Birth Story

It all started last Tuesday.  I went to my regular scheduled Dr.'s appointment.  They started  the appointment with a Non-Stress Test.  Piper had a strong heart beat but was non-reactive to the light and sound instrument.  I then went in for an ultra sound.  Again during the ultrasound they noted she had a strong heartbeat but would not move, was not making breathing motions, and had low amniotic fluid.  I then saw the Dr. she was very concerned with her low functioning level.  She examined me and then decided to send me straight to the hospital.  Once I arrived at the hospital and was all checked in, they started monitoring both our vitals and gave me steroids and antibiotics for Piper.  Piper continued to have a strong heart but was still unresponsive.  My vitals were pretty steady with the occasional high blood pressure spike.  I really wanted to deliver her naturally but I was not in active labor so my Dr. prescribed cervidil. Cervidil is a cervix ripening agent.  After 12 hours there was no progress.  We tried another cervidil, another 12 hours later no progress.  My Dr. had one last option.  We tried two 4 hour rounds of cytotec.  After 28 hours we were no closer to having a baby. 

Dr. Mills decided a C-Section was going to be the best and safest option for both of us.  My initial reaction was sadness.  I felt robbed of the laboring and birthing process.  After a moment of sadness I bucked and knew I had to do this for Piper.  She was starting to show signs of stress on the monitors.  They started preparing me for surgery.  We finally reached the O.R. at 9:00 pm on Wednesday evening.  They made Eric wait in the hall until my spinal block was complete.  After 5 tries they finally got it to work.  It was now 9:50pm They laid me down and told me once they draped me they would allow Eric in.  I was nervous but knew this was best for Piper.  Dr. Mills then entered the O.R. she was explaining the process to me.  She started draping me and all the sudden I screamed out "Someone Just Kicked Me in the Head".  All the Dr. and nurses were very concerned and tried to explain to me that no one was near my head.   I then started freaking out and screaming "Stop Kicking My Head".  My Dr. then checked my blood pressure and it was 200/104.  At that moment everything in the O.R. changed. My Dr. started giving everyone orders. I was so confused and in so much pain. I had no idea what was going on. My nurse ran out into the hall and got Eric and told him he could only enter if he could handle the pressure and stay calm. Eric says he enter the O.R. at 9:58 and she had just made her first cut.  Piper was born 3 minutes later. 

When I first saw my little Piper my heart sank.  She was was totally purple, limp, and not crying at all.  I remember looking at Eric and asking if she was alive.  Eric responded quickly yes, but just give them a minute.  Once Piper was born they gave me blood pressure medicine.  My blood pressure went from 200/104 to 58/38 within seconds.  I went from one extreme to another. Once they had me stable they continued with my surgery.  Meanwhile the NICU team was assessing Piper.  She scored a 4 out of 10 on her 1 minute APGAR.  They then gave her oxygen, suctioned her lungs, warmed her up, and started simulating her.  Within 13 minutes she was lively and finally let out her first cry.  At 15 minutes old they let Eric start taking pictures.  I remember the moment I knew she was okay.  I have never feel so much joy.  They then brought her over to me and let me kiss her head.  She was just perfect in every way.  Once I was in recovery they let me hold her for the first time.  Love at first sight is real.  I knew once she was born I would love her but I had no idea I would have this intense overwhelming love for her.

So after 6 days and 5 nights they discharged us from the hospital.  They sent us into the world to start our lives together.  My life will never be the same again.  She has already made me a better person and I love being a Mom.