Dueling Photographs


Dueling Photographs

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Lula is the star of the holiday card this year. I had dreams of a Tilley family nativity scene featuring Burns, Zelda, Townes, Jack and Lula…but no one cooperated on that one.

See our favorites from the 2010 Holiday Photo Shoot.

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Drop of Drool


Drop of Drool

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All snuggled up with Daddy in the backyard this morning. Oh, so cute.

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Smiley


Smiley

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Drooley McPhee here loves to spend time in her bouncy seat having long conversations with Mr. Zebra (who hangs above the bouncy). Sometimes what he does or says hurts her feelings and she cries. Then she avoids Mr. Zebra and focuses on either Mr. Elephant or Mr. Crocodile.

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Harness


Harness

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Just after birth, Lula was diagnosed with hip dysplasia. The pediatric orthopedist thought it might fix itself by the time she was a month old, but that didn’t work out. She has to wear the harness 24/7 for eight weeks to help her hip sockets form correctly. As you can tell by the yawn, she doesn’t really notice.

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Rockin’ Baby


Rockin_Baby

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Lula’s first month has been filled with excitement and adventure.

  • Mom & Dad rode the “Is Baby Getting Enough To Eat?” roller coaster.
  • Jack went on the lam in the black of night, then days later discovered a raccoon in the chimney.
  • Aunt Booh and Brooklynn came to visit, as did Grandma.
  • Lula made her party debut in the company of a real rock star from Styx.
  • And we all celebrated Thanksgiving at Auntie Beverly’s.

See photos from Lula’s first month.

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The Epic Saga of LulaMae Louise: Part Three–Surgery

Lula’s birth story from Shelley Scotka, our doula

Continued from Part Two–Epidural

Arrangements were made quickly–Kim had only a moment to visit with her Dad, to get love and a hug, before they wheeled her off to the Delivery Room. I stayed with Mark, giving him an explanation of what was ahead, while they got Kim ready for surgery. Mark was called in around midnight–I sat just outside the OR and could hear your first cry at 12:12am, officially 2 days after labor was initiated, and someone cry out “It’s a girl!” Then I heard Dr. Weihs report that you had a “true knot” in your umbilical cord–which explained all the varying decelerations we’d been battling all day.

Mark and Kim were able to enjoy you afor a few minutes, then I saw Mark coming out, escorting you with several nurses to the nursery. I gave him a big congratulations hug, then headed into the OR to be with Kim. Her repair took a while–there was more bleeding than normal and the “extra” work was making her nauseous. I stroked her hair, massaged her head and shoulders, and held her hand to help her stay calm. We focused on slow breathing and I encouraged her to just close her eyes and finally rest–her baby was here safe and sound, and she didn’t have any more work to do right now.

I stayed with Kim through recovery–it was about 1:00 in the morning now, and she was completely exhausted. I held her hand and encouraged her to rest–soon Mark appeared with you in tow–he looked like such a proud Daddy! Kim was so tired she could hardly hold you, but we helped her get you skin to skin, and you two enjoyed each other for a while–finally together. As you started showing signs of rooting, I healped your mom get you to the breast for the first time, and you latched on… It had been a very long day, but there was finally peace in the world. LulaMae Louise was here.

Mark and Kim,

Thank you for inviting me to share in the day you welcomed LulaMae Louise. Although we took a journey we had hoped to avoid, I felt honored to have been a part of the process, to have supported you both through those long hours, and to help that day be the best that it could be…the beginning of your life with your daughter!

Warmest Wishes,

Shelley Scotka, doula

See photos of Lula’s first days.

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The Epic Saga of LulaMae Louise: Part Two–Epidural

Lula’s birth story from Shelley Scotka, our doula

Continued from Part One–Induction

We started getting things ready. Our student nurse Brit watched the anesthesiologist do the procedure, while Mark supported Kim from the front. Things went smoothly and it was in by 4pm. As the epidural took effect, Mark came to offer a kiss, and Kim replied with “Baby, go brush your teeth!” With her pain finally gone, the “old” Kim was back.

I strongly suggested both Kim and Mark get some rest–they had a long previous night at the hospital with broken sleep, and we still had a long way to go for this labor. Mark went off to make a few phone calls and to check in with his parents, who were in the waiting room. I helped Kim get comfortable and she finally dozed off.

At 5pm, Dr. Weihs came in for another exam–this time she was 3-4 cm, 90% effaced…still -2 station, but we were encouraged with the large cervical change this time! We were still battling occasional decelerations, but with oxygen and position changes, we always were able to resolve them. We rested off and on, sadly having to say goodbye to Lakisha at 7pm. Kim was feeling more pressure and needed to press her “bolus” button to get relief, as Mark and I helped her focus on staying relaxed and not tightening those muscles.

Jaime took over (for Lakisha) at 7pm–everything was looking good. Mark went out to help find Kim’s Dad who was somewhere in the hospital. We got a knock on the door at 7:15pm, Kim’s Dad and stepmom, looking for Kim. She wasn’t ready for visitors, but luckily, Mark came down the hallway and was able to show them where the waiting area was, to join Mark’s parents.

At 7:30pm, Dr. Weihs did another exam–5-6 cm now–hooray, there was great progress! Finally we felt like we were at least 1/2 way there–things were looking good. Kim continued to use her relaxation and breathing to keep herself calm, with Mark rubbing her back and legs. I stepped out for a quick break, and updated all the doting grandparents, so eager to meet you! I encouraged Kim to continue to rest–there was still work ahead of us.

At 9:30pm, Dr. Weihs did yet another exam–6-7 cm now, which was great, however your head was still about -2 station…she mentioned that usually most babies heads are lower by now, so it was a reason for her to be a little concerned, but she was happy with the cervical change, so we’d just do a wait and see. Dr. Weihs explained we were doing everything we could to encourage a vaginal birth, but she alluded to the possibility of a cesarean if the baby didn’t make his or her way down.

I led Kim through a visulalization, focusing on thinking about your head coming down, lower and lower, then finally pushing you into the world. I helped her imagine meeting you for the first time, holding you against her chest, feeling your warm body, and finally being able to meet you and see who you were! We didn’t know if you were a boy or girl, and Lakisha had hmaed you “Shim” in the meantime, a combo of “she” and “him”…

I continued to encourage Mark and Kim to get some rest, because no matter what happened, there was work ahead of us…and it had been a very long day. Mark finally succumbed and unfolded the couch for a good nap. I settled into the rocking chair and took a rest myself. That last 2 hours flew by.

Dr. Weihs returned at 11:30pm, to check on progress. She reported Kim was still 6-7 cm, and the baby was still high. She felt every opportunity to have a vaginal birth had been presented, but with compounding indications, the meconium in the amniotic fluid, the off and on decelerations all day, and the failure to progress despite the increased Pitocin, she strongly recommended a cesearean to get the baby here safely. While Kim and Mark were disappointed, they quickly agreed it was time to “throw in the towel” and call it a day. They were ready to meet you!

On to Part Three–Surgery

See photos of Lula’s first days.

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