Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The end of February already???

I cannot believe how quickly the time is flying by. It seems only yesterday Christmas was here... and now the end of February is on us. I keep thinking I'm going to blog more, but most of my internet time is one-hand browsing during feedings. Makes it rather hard to comment and blog.

In only a few short days, my precious baby will be 5 months old. He's growing so fast and changing in so many ways. Part of me wants to just sob, but the other part of me is so happy and proud of my little man. He's so precious. I try to smother him in love everyday. I want him to grow up knowing his Momma loves him. The picture below is from Valentines Day; he was wearing his "Mommy loves me" onesie that I love so much.

He's become quite the pro at fighting sleep. I'm trying to deal with that the best I can. I've started a routine of bath time, cereal, and then nursing to sleep. It works most nights but not all the time. Once he's asleep, he usually only wakes up once or twice through the night. He's usually out until 6:30 in the morning.
Elijah's doing very well with sitting up, but hasn't completely mastered it. He loves his Exersaucer. He'll sit in it and just play for a very long time. The first time I put him in it, he loved it! He smiled, laughed, and then started accidentally pushing the electronic buttons. He couldn't figure out where the noises were coming from, but loved them anyways.

I think most of you know we have a new nephew in the family. Jereamiah Briden-Ray Beard was born Feb. 12th at 10:33 a.m. He weighed in at 4 lbs, 10 oz. Christina had a super fast delivery... I'm so jealous (of the fast delivery). We were visiting them at the hospital and she was saying that the birth certificate listed his birth at 10:33. Then she got out her phone and looked at the call time... at 9:55 she was on the phone with the nurse telling them she was nearly at the doctors office. In 38 minutes, she was checked by the doctor, rushed to the ER, and delivered. Wow! Yes, I know it was seven weeks early and something, quite obviously wasn't right, but man! Can you imagine? Makes my 20+ hour labor seem extra long! The little guy is doing so well. He's taking a bottle some, but still has a feeding tube too. Other than that, he's off the respirator, IV, etc. I can't remember his last weight... and even at that, the last numbers I heard was on Sunday and you know how fast a baby can change!

We're going to Johnny and AJ's this weekend. On Sunday we'll attend Brother Brown's church. Very few people from that church has seen our baby - and they'll be seeing a 5 month old! I hate it that we've not gotten down there, but seems life just hits you from one side and then keeps right on going.

Keep me in your prayers. Today has been one of them days that work, home-making, and mommy-hood have come crashing in on me all at once. I keep telling myself that my baby could be in NICU. I could be jobless. My life could be so much worse, but I think the hormones are in overdrive.

On that note, here's five blessings in my life:

  1. I have good health insurance
  2. We have two good working vehicles
  3. The sun was shining today - and I took Elijah for a walk in it
  4. My carpets are fresh and clean - thanks to a hard working husband
  5. I am surrounded by my happy, healthy, family

So you see, I have so much to be thankful for. Good night!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Relief and praise

Today was Elijah's big day at Children's Mercy in KC. We got there with no problems and had plenty of time to spare. The clinic is beautiful - so brightly colored and totally geared towards kids. The staff is just great; Joan, our nurse, was so kind and caring. Elijah kept showing off for all the nurses and just loved all the extra attention.

I really like the Urologist, Dr. DeMarco. He examined Elijah and said 'everything' looked good. Because of the continued events with blood (in his diaper) the good Dr. ordered a VCUG (see page 3 of this pdf file) and ultrasound.

For the VCUG, they had to insert a catheter. Thankfully, they used a topical numbing gel and sugar water to help with the pain. The nurse was brilliant and Elijah did so good. He kept smiling until his little bladder got to full. Then he started crying... Once he was able to pee, he was super happy again.

After the tests, we went back to Dr. DeMarco. He showed us in the ultrasound that Elijah has some inflammation in his right kidney, but it is minimal. The other kidney looks good. Elijah does have reflux though. Basically, his bladder isn't draining properly causing the urine to back up into the kidneys. Elijah should outgrow this condition - it rarely requires additional treatment. We're to only watch for a high fever, which could be a sign of a kidney infection.

I'm am so thankful to the Lord that Elijah's problem isn't anymore serious than this. I've been claiming and believing for Elijah's healing since day one the blood showed up in his diaper. I know it's happened for a reason - and I'm so thankful my baby isn't suffering the same as some of the children I seen today. I give all the glory and praise to Jesus!