7/25/2006

All hail the hamburger

Jealousy is a dangerous thing. After reading about OvaGirl's impending delivery of her little boy, someone inside me stirred. Not content to wait until 15 August, she of the chunky labia decided that labour waited for no baby. My uterus was no longer accommodating enough, prompting her to think, "Well, fuck that, I'm blowing this joint*" in the early morning hours of Wednesday, 19 July, exactly one week short of my 28th birthday.

Piper made it to a whole 36w1d of gestation, contrary to the 35 weeks mentioned on the blogs of a couple of dear friends. I have only just been released with her from the hospital today, thanks to a nasty case of jaundice, breastfeeding conundromes, and a heart murmur. I plan on recounting my labour and delivery story, as well as my prolonged hospital stay tale shortly, but at the moment I'm just glad to be home with the baby I never thought I'd have.

Here is a picture of my badass, stubborn daughter at two days old. Pardon the incubator and blue tinted photo, but it was taken whilst she was undergoing phototherapy. Additionally, please ignore the bulldog face. What can I say...my birth canal was a rough old place and the poor kid just barely made it out with a nose. This is what she thinks of the situation:


Now that is punk. Cool sunglasses and the old two-fingered "V" (British equivalent to the finger) for all the haters out there. This girl is hardcore already. How could I not be in love?


*C'mon now...you surely must rely on me for giving a fetus a foul mouth. If I'm not going to do it, who is?

47 comments:

Holly said...

Congratulations!
I had been checking in every day, figuring you must be due soon.

I love her name. Well known without being common, and everyone will know how to spell it.

Alexa said...

Congratulations! Piper is beautiful, and I am so happy for you, I could just DIE.

Lindy said...

Love her name, love her rep, love the pic!

Congratulations!!!!!

susie said...

So, so happy for you! Look at that gorgeous, badass baby!

EJW said...

Excellent name! She's super cute, even with the blue tint. Congrats!

mm said...

I loooove that name!!! Adorable yet rockstar at the same time, you genius namer you. She rules. Congrats!

Ornery said...

What a perfect name for your beautiful, badass rockstar! Congratulations!!

Panda said...

ANOTHER Piper! Now poor Spudly's gonna be confused and wont know which chick I'm setting him up with.

Congratulations Ms Pru!

Jen said...

What a lovely girl! And gotta love her punk-rock attitude. Many congratulations!

kiwi said...

Congratulations! She looks adorable! Cool pic too!

lala said...

My Piper welcomes your Piper! Great name!

Mollywogger said...

She is the walrus, goo goo g'joob.

What a gorgeous little rockstar. I can't wait to get to know her.

Oh, yeah, and -- AN ENTIRE WEEK WITHOUT INTERNET? HOW DID YOU LIVE?

deborah said...

You go, girl! Piper is one of my favorite all-time names. (Sadly, it just didn't flow well with my last name.) Enjoy your beautiful daughter!

Jenn said...

Congratulations!!

Julie said...

Oh!! I am so happy for you! Gorgeous!

Kellie said...

Congratulations! Glad that she's doing well :) Piper is a gorgeous name for a gorgeous baby.

Hetty Fauxvert said...

She's bee-YOOOO-tee-full, even in blue! Congrats!!!!! And what a terrific name. She should be the only one in her class, which prevents years of switched sweaters. Glad you all made it home at last!

Ova Girl said...

pru!

congrats and welcome to piper! how funny we should both go at same time thereabouts..mine finally at 36 wks 3 days...

she is beautiful! and scary! Go the fingers!

Pamplemousse said...

Well done, Pru! Piper just needs some tartan trews to go with the name and she will be totally punk rock!

Lynnette said...

Congratulations, Pru! Welcome to the world, Piper! (I've always loved that name...)

Lynnette said...

Oh, and Happy Birthday, Pru! Best present, ever!

statia said...

And in that picture, she's so close to giving everyone the finger too. Aim high kid, aim high.

April said...

Congratulations mom.

Wow. Just wow.

electriclady said...

What an adorable punk-rock queen. Congratulations, Pru! So thrilled for you!

DD said...

Why will I not be surprised if the first words out of Piper's mouth are Fuck You. Maybe you should start her off with something like "asshole" as many may just think she's saying "apple".

Congratulations, to everyone!

rockmama-in-waiting said...

Big old congrats to you and the hamburger! May her first words be not fit for utterance until after the watershed. :)

Georgia said...

CONGRATS, Pru!!! I can't believe it! Already!!! Piper! So happy for you and The Dude!!!

Fertility Faux Pas said...

I've been stalking your blog waiting for the good news. Congratulations! So happy for you and The Dude!

Rachel said...

Awesome. That is just the most awesome thing ever! Congrats to you and The Dude and all hail your Bad-Ass Punk Baby.

I knew there was a good reason you ignored us for two weeks!

Happy Birthday to both you and Piper!

T said...

Huh, Molly also made me think you named her what I named my girl - go figure. Anyhoo - congratulations and welcome Piper - rock on little one.

Lisa said...

Wowza! The time has flown by! Why I remember when Piper was just a wee embryo. I'm so happy for you!

Twisted Ovaries said...

You have to respect a half-American half-English chick who comes in already adept at both cultures.

Congratulations.

Now on to teaching the four letter words.

pixi said...

Oh, she's just the coolest! So very happy for you, Pru.

Manuela said...

So, so happy for you!! Adore the name Piper... but I do have to ask...

Piper, Pru??? Are you a fan of Charmed??? ;-)

fisher queen said...

Congrats! Welcome Piper! The world always needs more bad asses.

Thalia said...

Hey she looks like she's a good size for 36weeks - well done! I look forward to hearing more of her foul mouth. Many congratulations my dear,.

amyesq said...

SO THAT's where you've been... congratulations, mama! She is gorgeous and my office mates are now wondering why I was gasping with giggles at the great photo!

Can't wait to hear the full details.

Vacant Uterus said...

Congrats, Pru! I can't see the pic due to a complicated set of circumstances but I'm sure she's lovely. So happy for you guys!

PJ said...

So happy for you Pru. Piper is an awesome name.

Lut C. said...

That must be the bestest of birthday presents you'll ever have!

Congratulations, it's a punk!

Manuela said...

Oh... I also wanted to add that I ADORE the fact that motherhood hasn't transformed you into a cutesy-poo sugar-spouting annoyance!

And... rest assured I didn't REALLY think Charmed has anything to do with it. ;-)

elle said...

Wow! I wasn't expecting a baby! What a lovely name - and I see that she is already copping an attitude - well done Pru!

Millie said...

Perfect name for a perfect baby!

Congrats!!!!

zhl said...

Beautiful! I love that she's already a punk rocker.

erinberry said...

Congratulations! I lov that she's giving us the vicky ;)

Suz said...

Congratulations! Love everything - especially the pic of wonderful little Piper.

Brooke said...

That is quite possibly my favorite baby picture ever.

I even called the Brit Hubby in the room to see.

LOVE HER!