Saturday, October 8, 2011

Arriving With Flair

Announcing the arrival of our baby girl, Sylvia Luella Schafer.  Born at 3:43pm on October 1, 2011 which daddy notes is binary if you write it 10.01.11 and mom's glad is a memorable date because anyone who hasn't been called on their birthday knows, remembering dates is one of her weaknesses.  Sylvia weighed 6 lbs 15 oz.

For her one week birthday we're still hanging out at the hospital with her.  When she was born her cries were pretty gargly and she went downhill from there, so they had to rush her to the NICU and intubate her and do a good number of interventions to keep her going.   She was put on the oscillator (a high pressure ventilator) at first to help her out and kept sedated.  Through the week she's been a champ as we slowly wean her off all her medicine and oxygen and ventilation.  Now she's pretty much back to the healthy state we wish she'd started at.  The doctors don't really know what was wrong, their best guess was that it was an infection of some sort that then set off problems with heart and blood pressure etc.  The tests didn't ever show us what type of infection or confirm that theory, so we won't really know for certain it seems.  We're just happy to be able to hold her and snuggle her and take her home soon.

Sylvia with about a quarter of the gadgetry she started out with.

Family photo

Grandma and Grandpa

Only on oxygen with her "hood ornament" IV.

To add to her other troubles she had to be on the bili lights for a "regular baby problem" (jaundice.)

Beautiful flowers from the co-workers

Finally equipment free!


  1. So happy for you two, she is adorable! Glad to hear she will get to go home soon. :)

  2. I'm glad that you can finally take her home!

  3. My niece is so pretty and cute!!!! One of the callers I had said a prayer for her. And I love the videos dad has been sending of bath time and hair washing time. You and Scott make an amazing team.

  4. So glad she's doing well now...she's absolutely beautiful! Congratulations again! Sending love and well wishes from New York. :)

    ~ Erin

  5. If I were allowed to use words like 'cute' and 'adorable' this is surely where I would use them. Instead, as a man, I will say she is a champ. A truly rugged specimen and we should expect nothing less when we consider who her parents are. Congrats guys!


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