Saturday, February 25, 2012

School Fun

We had some fun times at school this week. Thursday night was Pancakes, Pj's and pages. We got to eat pancakes for supper while dressed in our Pj's and on then to the book fair and reading in the classroom.







She is very intent when she reads...but thank goodness they both LOVE to read. Yipeeee!



We ran into her friend Reese who was helping her grandma out that is a teacher :)
They went to check out some books at the book fair together!

The next day was Special Friend day. Her "special friends" came to eat lunch with her.





And of course more shopping at the book fair!!!

February 22nd.....Due Date

February 22nd was Kooper's original due date if everything would have went like it should have. As you can see in the picture below it shows that date in one of my many sonograms I had. The weeks leading up to this date were rough but surprisingly I did pretty well that day. It was the warmest day of the week and was beautiful outside. I figure we are getting out of the snow days with kisses from Kooper-- so I will be looking at the sunshine as love from him. And of course his love shone down that day. I think it was good for me to have sunshine and keep my spirits up.

To our little buddy, Kooper--
We miss you and love you so much and there is not a day that doesn't go by that we don't think of you. We will always wonder what you would be doing or what you would look like....oh wait, I am pretty sure looking at your older brother I will have a good idea :). Know that one day we will all be together. We can't wait for that day. I wish I could changes things and have you here in my arms but you are in the arms of your Maker and I know he will take care of you till I get there. We still have rough roads ahead....holidays, your 1 year birth date and every year after. But we know you are with us and that will get us through. Save a place for us!! We love you!!!!!
Mommy, Daddy, Sissy and Big Brother

Blood Drive...Part 1

A week and a half ago was the blood drive in honor of me and in memory of Kooper. It went great. Their goal for the 2 days was 188 units. Final Total-212. Not only was the goal met but it was exceeded. Thank you to everyone who donated, volunteered, prayed, and supported this drive and our family.


This was the news release in our local paper.

Blood drive to honor McPherson mom

McPherson County — The American Red Cross will host a special blood drive Thursday and Feb. 17 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 N. Elm, McPherson, in honor of Tiffani Eilrich and in memory of her son, Kooper Eilrich.
Last October, Tiffani needed 22 pints (almost three gallons) of blood to live, but unfortunately her newborn son Kooper did not survive.
Pregnancy is supposed to be a happy time of your life. It is a time to imagine life with your future child. But after two successful pregnancies and births, the third time for Tiffani Eilrich was very different.
Tiffani’s third pregnancy started out like the others but after the first month, she began having problems and went to her doctor for answers.
Tiffani and her husband, Steve, learned she had placenta previa, which meant the placenta (the temporary organ joining the mother and fetus) was lying unusually low in her uterus. She also was diagnosed with placenta accreta, a condition when the placenta attaches itself too deeply and too firmly into the wall of the uterus.
They also learned placenta accreta could cause a premature delivery, so the doctor would closely monitor her pregnancy.
Tiffani’s pregnancy proceeded as planned. She’d made it to 20 weeks, a good sign. On Oct. 3, she had an OB visit. The sonogram showed the same potential problems, but everything seemed fine.
Just a few days after this OB visit, her day started out like any other. Tiffani left the house about 8 a.m., took her kids to school and then when on to work. She worked a normal day at the bank until 3 p.m. when she started having “massive abdominal pain” and worry swept over her. Her husband and mother called 911, and she was rushed to the McPherson Hospital. Doctors discovered she’d had a uterine rupture and was bleeding internally. The decision was made to LifeWatch Tiffani to Wichita for care.
At the hospital, Tiffani had an emergency C-section where she gave birth at 20 weeks to her son Kooper, who weighed a mere 13 oz. and measured 9 and three-quarter inches long. She also had an emergency hysterectomy. Doctors worked diligently to save her life, and during the course of these surgeries, Tiffani needed 22 pints of blood (almost 3 gallons).
“The doctors told me that I came within about an hour of dying because I had lost so much blood,” Tiffani said.
The family’s main goal throughout this difficult pregnancy had always been to make it to 24- weeks, a time at which doctors said the baby could successfully live on its own. But they just didn’t make it. The baby, they named Kooper, was not physically developed enough to live.
“He lived for just three and a half hours,” Tiffani said. “But even with everything that was going on with me, I was still able to hold him, and that was very important.”
Red Cross Gains Advocate
During this harrowing experience, Tiffani learned first hand the importance of Red Cross blood donors.
“I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the blood I received from Red Cross,” she said. “My husband wouldn’t have a wife, and my kids wouldn’t have their mother.”
About a month ago, Tiffani’s cousin Cassandra Snyder, who is a phlebotomist with Red Cross, suggested a blood drive in her honor and Kooper’s memory. The family thought this would be a great way to honor the child they had lost and bring awareness to the need for blood and blood donors.
Tiffani tried to give blood back in high school, but wasn’t successful. Now, she says she’ll do whatever she can to encourage people to donate.
“I can’t donate for a year because I received blood, but when I’m eligible, I will try again,” she said. “I’m recruiting as many people as I can for the upcoming drive — my husband, my parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents. My mom has never donated, but now knows how important it is, and she is planning to donate.”
Most people are just like Tiffani and don’t even think about the need for blood until it becomes personal.
“I feel terrible that it took this whole experience for me to understand how important it is to have blood available for emergencies,” Tiffani said. “From now on, I will do whatever I can to encourage people to give blood.”

Drive information
The McPherson Community Blood Drive in Honor of Tiffani Eilrich and in Memory of Kooper Eilrich will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 17 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 N. Elm St., McPherson.

How to donate whole blood
Call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org for more information or to make an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 in Kansas with completed
Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, visit www.redcross.org.


Tiffani Eilrich, pictured here with her family, nearly lost her life due to pregnancy complications. She received 22 pints of blood during emergency surgery. A blood drive Thursday and Feb. 17 in McPherson will honor Tiffani and her son, Kooper, who did not survive.

I will have more pictures of the blood drive in another post!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Full Weekend....And Valentines

Warning....lots of pics. I have again wrapped multiple events from the weekend and earlier this week in one post :) So here we go...


1.One of my friends sent me flowers the other day just because....she sent three beautiful white roses...one for each of my beautiful children.






They couldn't be more perfect 2. Saturday morning....Another Bball game










3. Saturday later in the morning, we went to the church and the kids did a service project where they made, frosted and bagged almost 500 sugar cookies. They then greeted and handed out cookies before the church services on Sunday.




















4. After making cookies, on to Charlie's 5th birthday party....bowling. This was Reanna's first time to bowl.
















Birthday Boy







Thanks Charlie for inviting Reanna to your party. She had a great time!!



5. This is a little out of order but after serving at church, we worked on Valentines.



Hunter played on the computer while sissy made Valentines.











Moving on to Bubble Guppies...















You Rock Valentine! From Reanna.....iPod Valentines.



6. Back to Saturday....We Celebrated Tucker's 15th bday with Supper and an Ice Cream Cake.















Happy Birthday to our 1st "Little Man" :)







7. Tuesday morning, the kids got their Valentines presents. Reanna was all decked out in pink and Red for her Valentines Party at school....Topping it off with a Bow from Bows and Bands! :)











Enjoying some chocolate!



8. And finally, Tuesday afternoon was their class Valentine's party. Thanks Chelsea for capturing pictures for me......
















This was their Valentines holders that they made.....so adorable!!!!