First Picture of Kat

Hello, everyone.

This is Kat, in the hospital in Columbus, getting treatments to make her lungs stronger, and her breathing better.

No pictures of me yet, however!

I am going up to Columbus tonight to be with her; Zak came and brought Morganna back so she could go to school tomorrow, and is picking me up and heading back out this evening.

We’ll stay up there as long as it takes.

Until then, Tigers and Strawberries will be quiet–go to visit Habeas Brulee and see what the next Spice is Right challenge will be–and when I can get to it–I will post the roundup for challenge six here. But, right now, I have been concentrating on healing myself and making colustrum and milk for Kat, and tomorrow, I will be concentrating on holding her and loving her.

I figure you all understand.

Thank you for all of the positive comments and energy–it has meant a great deal.


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  1. Congratulations! What a dollie!

    Comment by Missy — September 17, 2006 #

  2. (talking quietly so as not to disturb anyone’s rest) Kat’s beautiful!!

    Strengthen well!


    Comment by ejm — September 17, 2006 #

  3. What a cutie pie. 🙂

    Sending healthy wishes your way.

    Comment by veuveclicquot — September 17, 2006 #

  4. Oh, Barbara, she’s gorgeous. I’m sending thoughts and prayers up your way for safety, growth, and strength for the both of you.

    Comment by Jennifer — September 17, 2006 #

  5. What a beautiful baby. I am sending all my best thoughts your way.

    Comment by Stephanie — September 17, 2006 #

  6. Oh wow, congratulations. Best wishes for her health and yours.

    Comment by laughingrat — September 17, 2006 #

  7. Congratulations!

    Comment by shreyas — September 17, 2006 #

  8. She is beautiful! I am so very, very happy for all of you!

    This month’s challenge for the Spice is Right is now posted here.

    Comment by Danielle — September 17, 2006 #

  9. […] Barbara of Tigers & Strawberries created one of my favorite food blog events, The Spice is Right. Every month, she sets a challenge with a spice-related theme. Since she just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Kat, she doesn’t have time right now to run the event. I couldn’t bear the thought of it losing momentum or disappearing, so I offered to host it instead for October and November to give her a chance to recover. […]

    Pingback by Habeas Brulee » Blog Archive » The Spice is Right VII: Seasons of Love — September 17, 2006 #

  10. Congradulations! She looks adorable!

    I am so happy for both of you. I am certain that she is a strong girl and will be keeping you awake by howling through half the night soon!

    Best wishes!


    Comment by kitarra — September 17, 2006 #

  11. Take care of yourselves!

    Comment by Mel — September 17, 2006 #

  12. Congratulations! Kat is simply beautiful.

    Rest well, heal and strengthen, all of you. I am very happy for you.

    Comment by Dan Jenkins — September 17, 2006 #

  13. Looks like the picture of my daughter at that point. Makes me look back 11 years and say “Boy, she’s as tall as me and half as mean as me now. What happened?”

    Good luck to the four of you. I’ve done it, you can too!

    Can’t wait for more info on what I am cooking and how she is being mom!


    Comment by Sarah — September 17, 2006 #

  14. Sending our prayers and best wishes you way that Kat comes home soon! She is beautiful.. Cherish every moment because they grow up so fast.

    Comment by Dave — September 17, 2006 #

  15. she is lovely! take care and enjoy your time with her. all the best! 🙂

    Comment by rokh — September 17, 2006 #

  16. Bless you both and may your new darling be healthy and home as soon as possible, Barbara! She’s absolutely beautiful (but you knew that!) and I know she’ll bring you all much joy.


    Comment by Meg — September 18, 2006 #

  17. Beautiful 🙂
    And you know you can fuel-up on your chicken stock, so you’ll heal fast and Kat will start off with the best raw ingredients for the milk you’re making 😉

    Steph (in the UK)

    Comment by Steph — September 18, 2006 #

  18. Congratulations to you and your whole family! May you both be able to go home real soon.

    Comment by maki — September 18, 2006 #

  19. Welcome to the world Miss Kat! Here’s to a life full of much love, much happiness and all the wonderful friends and family she could ever wish for.

    Heal well and take care! 🙂

    Comment by Joyce Ann — September 18, 2006 #

  20. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I have been a silent reader of your site so far! But I am excited that your precious bundle is finally here!!!

    Comment by Teresa — September 18, 2006 #

  21. Conratulation! Best wishes for a speedy return home.

    Comment by Anita — September 18, 2006 #

  22. Hello all, Dan here.

    Hopefully folks find this buried in here, as I can’t post directly to blog. I didn’t see a laptop among the things they were frantically packing when Zak got back to Athens yesterday, so I don’t know when Barbara will be posting any updates.

    Anyway, Heather, (my wife,) and I helped ferry Barb and Zak to Columbus last night. Zak was really tired, and although he insisted he’d be fine to drive, I didn’t want them taking any chances, (plus it gave us a chance to see the baby.)

    She’s off the oxygen, but it still having difficulty swallowing on her own, so the feeding tube in still there. She’s looking a lot healthier and stronger than she does in the picture, and was fairly active while they were feeding her around 8 PM last night.

    The Doctors were saying then that they might keep her in the hospital for up to a month, but NONE of us see that happening, (including most of the nurses who are with her round the clock.)

    So, right now, Mom, Dad, the Baby, and big sis are all doing great. Just wanted to let folks know. We’ll keep you posted!


    Comment by Dan — September 18, 2006 #

  23. Congratulations!!!!! Sending you all warm wishes, healing thoughts, and plenty of positive energy. Is there anything in this world more amazing than a new baby? 🙂

    Comment by farmgirl — September 18, 2006 #

  24. Congratulations and good luck, Barbara, Kat, Zak, and Morganna! Thank you for keeping us updated. I look forward to the return of your wonderful blog! Lucy

    Comment by Lucy — September 18, 2006 #

  25. Congratulations! Kat is beautiful and she looks like a real trooper. Rest well and pass on all your strength and love to Kat every time you hold her and nurse her. We will keep you in our prayers and thoughts.

    Comment by Manisha — September 18, 2006 #

  26. All the best wishes for this most amazing girl, for Barbara, and for the whole family. Hope you will all be home soon, robust and happy, bid sister, little sister and all.

    Comment by lindy — September 18, 2006 #

  27. Thanks for the update, Dan!

    I was away from the computer all weekend, so am just catching up now. Beautiful baby – congratulations!! My best wishes to you, the baby, the whole family.

    Comment by Bomboniera — September 18, 2006 #

  28. She’s beautiful! (And all that hair, I’m jealous.)

    Thanks for the update Dan!

    Comment by Scheherazade — September 18, 2006 #

  29. I just want all of you to know that I so empathize with the problems following beautiful Kat’s entry into our world. When my son was born prematurely he was in a separate nursery at New York Hospital and because there was an outbreak of staph in the general hospital nobody was allowwd behind those glass walls. I could only look through — not touch him, never mind breastfeed him. I was disconsolate until we were able to bring him home with us.

    This week he is onstage in San Francisco in Stoppard’s Travesties — and he has a beautiful teenaged daughter and a strapping six-year-old son of his own. But I can still feel the anxiety and need for support I experienced when he was such a tiny infant. I send you lots of good thoughts and wish you the very best. I know everything will be okay.

    Comment by kudzu — September 18, 2006 #

  30. […] This month, the Spice is Right (SiR) VII will be hosted by Danielle (Habeas Brûlée) because Barbara (Tigers and Strawberries) is busy with her lovely new baby. Danielle has come up with a fitting theme to celebrate the birth. […]

    Pingback by blog from OUR kitchen » Event: Spice is Right VII - Seasons of Love... we adore good food — September 18, 2006 #

  31. Glad to hear Kat’s improving; Barbara, hope you keep healing up well too (and hope the post-birth hormone crash doesn’t hit too hard!). Will be thinking of y’all four.

    Comment by Castiron — September 18, 2006 #

  32. Congrats on the baby. My prayers r with u and ure family.

    Comment by deepz — September 19, 2006 #

  33. Congratulations to you all, Barbara. What a beautiful baby!

    Comment by Debi — September 19, 2006 #

  34. congratulations!

    Comment by sarah — September 19, 2006 #

  35. Best wishes and prayers.

    Comment by lucette — September 19, 2006 #

  36. Hi,

    Fresh baby smell !!! Congratulations and wish ya’ll health and well being.


    Comment by Dr. Biggles — September 19, 2006 #

  37. I take a couple of days off and look what happens:) She is beautiful! Thanks Dan for the update. Barbara I wish you, Zak, Marganna and little Kat all the best. The way I look at it is this – you wrote so much about what you were going to feed her she couldn’t wait to make an appearance. She knows there are some good eats in her future.

    Comment by Maureen — September 19, 2006 #

  38. i don’t read any blogs for a few days and then look what happens. I missed it. I am sitting here balling my eyes out now. I don’t know why, for lots of different reasons I expect, the most important of which is happiness for you and your family. Take care, Barbara,


    Comment by sam — September 19, 2006 #

  39. Hello, everyone!

    Thank you all for the positive comments and the “net-Love”–it means a great deal. I feel very bouyed up by a cloud of well-wishes and kindness right now. Thank you, thank you, thank you–again and again. I can probably not say it enough.

    Dan–especially–thank you for updating for us–that was a big help. It wasn’t until today that we had wireless Internet, a laptop and a moment to sit still all long enough to visit T&S and give folks the report.

    I’ll go ahead and give an update above for folks who don’t read comments–there are more and better pictures to come, probably later tonight. For now, though–thank you all once again, now and forever, for the love and support. It means a great deal to us all.

    Comment by Barbara — September 19, 2006 #

  40. Barabara! Congratulations on your new little blessing. I was born at 34 weeks and was in the NICU for 10 days because of lung problems, too. I turned out just fine! I think your little one is beautiful and will blossom as she grows!

    Comment by Claire — September 19, 2006 #

  41. Very glad to hear that Kat is getting better, it must be a great relief to you (a banal thing to say, but we’re expecting our first one to arrive soon and I find myself being constantly worried with the thought “if only child is healthy and okay”; a real grey-hair-generator if there ever was one…) Congratulations, best wishes and all such things to you and your family!

    Comment by Kalle — September 20, 2006 #

  42. Barbara, Kat, Zak, and Morganna – congratulations. Kat looks so cute and adorable. Sending best wishes and prayers. Take care of yourselves.

    Comment by mandira — September 20, 2006 #

  43. Congratulations! She is adorable. Sending all my love and good wishes for little Kat to be well and healthy… 🙂

    Comment by Kate — September 20, 2006 #

  44. What a precious little thing. And Dan, thanks for the update. So glad to hear she is doing a bit better. She is just beautiful, and I hope she can be home soon with her family.

    Comment by Diane — September 20, 2006 #

  45. I came across your blog through LJ’s food porn (someone posted a link to Hillbilly Fried Rice)…as a recent mother (have a 1 month old in my lap as I type), I send you lots of well wishes – and lots of milk making thoughts…

    Comment by jill — September 20, 2006 #

  46. Hi, Barbara, Zak, Morganna, and Kat,

    Been thinking of you all these last few days and sending good wishes across the miles from Canada.

    Comment by Moya Mason — September 20, 2006 #

  47. Thanks Dan for the update. That’s very encouraging news that Kat is no longer on oxygen.

    Wow, Barbara! You are amazing to be in here so soon! All the best!


    Comment by ejm — September 20, 2006 #

  48. Wow – so early; looks like she couldn’t wait to join everyone! A huge congratulations to you and your family, Barbara!

    Comment by Cate O'Malley — September 20, 2006 #

  49. Congratulations Barb!! My good wishes and prayers are with you all so that she can come home ot you as soon as possible!

    Comment by Meena — September 20, 2006 #

  50. congrats! I am right behind you (3 weeks till due date).

    Your little Kat is a beauty. Will be thinking of you all in this stressful time!

    Comment by nika — September 21, 2006 #

  51. Congratulations on your beautiful little girl! Sending lots of love and best wishes your way!

    Comment by Nupur — September 21, 2006 #

  52. Congratulations to you both!! Your little girl is absolutely beautiful!!

    Lots of love and all the best!

    Comment by Pamela — September 22, 2006 #

  53. […] Congratulations to (sorta) local food blogger Barbara of Tigers & Strawberries on the birth of her beautiful new daughter Kat. […]

    Pingback by Columbus Foodie » Blog Archive » Friday Round Up 9/22/06 — September 22, 2006 #

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