Archive for October, 2015

Hartley Grace

October 10, 2015

Our little girl is here!!


Hartley Grace Strebeck

October 3 at 11:03 a.m.

8lbs 5oz, 20.5 inches long

When Jordan was growing up, Tom and Lori Hartley treated the Strebeck boys like they were their own kids, and it is our prayer that, from beginning to end, this sweet little girl will have people in her life who care for her and love her like Tom and Lori (and dozens of others along the way) did them. When Jordan texted Lori the morning of October 3 to tell her Hartley was here, Lori said, “that’s the best anniversary present ever!!” I can’t believe Hartley was born on the Hartley’s anniversary! So special.

I want to remember how this sweet girl came into the world, (don’t worry, I’ll spare a few details), so here goes. Friday night, I had a hard time getting to sleep and my mind was wide awake (too much chocolate perhaps?). I had been watching Boone closely because there was a little one in his Children’s Day Out class who was diagnosed with strep and flu, so while I was wide awake, I thought I’d sneak into the boys room and take his temperature. 100.3.

Bummer. So at 8:30 Saturday morning, Jordan took Boone to the doctor (yay for Saturday clinics!) While they were gone, our alarm system had started beeping and I was on the phone with them trying to troubleshoot and whatnot. It was about 9 a.m. when I started thinking I was having contractions. Real ones this time, not that Braxton Hicks business. They were intense, and they were every five minutes apart, and the technical support lady with Vivint was laughing as I had to stop talking to her each time I had a contraction. I texted Jordan and told him after the visit with the pediatrician, we miiiiight need to go to the hospital.

Meanwhile, the alarm is fixed, my mom is googling how to have a home birth, our sweet friends (the Copelands!!) randomly were in town, so we were all just hanging out until Jordan got back from the doctor. My mom was in town to keep the boys, so Jordan and I headed to the hospital and arrived at 10:15 a.m., and got all checked in and whatnot. I saw the doctor at 10:45 (he left to do a few rounds and was “just a flight of stairs away”), and long story short, a nurse in training delivered Hartley at 11:03 a.m.

It was a crazy whirlwind, but it couldn’t have been more perfect! We’ve been loving our newborn snuggles and squeaks and stretches. And y’all. Jordan is already mush and I’ve even caught him with tears in his eyes while he’s looking at her. It’s the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen.

Thanks to Jordan and my mother-in-love, we have some pictures from our time at the hospital – it’s only been a week, but already seems like forever ago. My heart melts a million times a day. Cooper is so protective and gentle, and asks to hold her 20 times a day. And when he does hold her, he just stares at her and says adorable things like, “hi hartley, it’s your big brother. I love you so much,” and “you beautiful little grill,” and when she’s twitching or making a sad face in her sleep, he says, “don’t be sad, your big brother is right here.” It kills me. And Boone has been pretty great with her, too. He likes to point out where she is at all times and give her sweet kisses. God is so good to give us these sweet little humans to love.

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