Saturday, December 27, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Now, I got a phone call on Tuesday morning after the visit to Hudson's doctor and Lilly had a fever at MDO - so I go pick her up. She had the yuckies for 2 days and was able to go to her Christmas party at school on Thursday. She still has a cough.
Silly hats on sick days
Hudson had been getting congested throughout the week, but by Friday, he was really struggling to breath - panting really. Saturday I took him to the doctor and he was diagnosed with bronchiolitis - inflammation of his lungs basically with mucous and yucky things making it really hard to breath. They prescribed an inhaler with a mask to give him. On Sunday the breathing gets worse and I take him to the ER. He had several chest xrays, blood work, breathing treatments, among other things. The xray came back clear, thank goodness! So basically he had a very yucky virus for a 3 week old and it is going to take some time to heal with the inhaler and nebulizer treatments. Please pray for our little guy to get better and be able to breath better really soon!
At the ER, I really saw a wonderful picture of servanthood that touched my life. A mom (I think a single mother) comes in with her little baby that is screaming and sick. She sits down and proceeds to try to calm him down, but had no success. A man, a complete stranger to her, asked her if he could take the baby to try to calm him down. This man, I have to say, he must be a man of God, took this little baby in his arms and immediately the child calmed down. This man walked with a complete strangers baby for 2 hours up and down the emergency room hallway. He did not know them or have to do this at all. I don't really even know why he was there. But for that mom, this man was her angel. After talking to her, the baby had been screaming all day at home, and what a relief to see her little boy calm down by this mans selfless act of kindness. Things have been tough this week, but this was a reminder that God is there for us, he shows himself in and through so many different ways.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
My mom flew in on Monday to help us for a week - how wonderful! I had finals on Tuesday and needed help watching the kiddos while I graded. She helped us clean and took some of the late night feeds. Thanks a bunch to both moms for helping us with little Hudson.
Hudson really is doing well, he is eating great and sleeping pretty good. Some nights he will do 4-4 1/2 stretches, others he is back to 3 hours on the dot. He was pretty funny the other day - he was having tummy time and all of the sudden started rocking and turned from his stomach to his back! Pretty cool!
Lilly is doing well with him as well - she does have her moments - but all in all, is very diligent about making sure where the baby is. She is quite the helper too! I can't believe my little girl is two! She has grown up so fast! She talks so much and loves to play. She especially loves her babies and now likes to do with them what we do with Hudson - changes them, puts them sleep, rocks them in the swing. Lilly loves to read and will sit in her chair while I get ready in the morning and read to herself. She also loves to dance and sing!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
We are so excited to welcome our newest addition to our family. I thought I would write a little bit about our story this week. We got a call on Monday that the birthmom was in labor and that we should head on to the hospital. We took Lilly to Brian's brother's and then went to the hospital. I was so nervous to meet her, but the meeting went well. She was very open and honest with us and wanted us to be a part of the labor/delivery. We got there about 5 and they started patossin to start her contractions and she got an epidural. Then about midnight we went to IHOP to get some food and came back - the doctor had stopped the medication to induce labor and decided to wait until the next day. We went home from about 1-5 am and went back to the hospital. At about 8 am, they started the medication again and at 10:00 she was ready to push. She allowed Brian and I to be with her the whole delivery, which was so neat. With our first I had a c-section and did not get to experience any of natural delivery.
Then Hudson came out at 10:20 am, and Brian got to cut the cord! That was really cool! Then we spent about an hour in the room with the birthmom and the baby and they gave me an arm band to be able to go to the nursery with Hudson. Brian and I were allowed to go in the nursery and watch them do all the vitals and give him his shots and first bath and I gave him his first bottle.
The rest of the week we spent alot of time with the birthmom in her room, getting to know her and spending time with Hudson. Thanksgiving was funny - our family waited and we had turkey dinner at night and then went back to the hospital to give him his last feed before bed. Friday we got the good news he would be released. AIM - our agency received the baby from the hospital and then gave him to us to take home. We were official! All the signing went really smooth as well.
We are just so thankful for this precious gift. So many little details worked out so perfectly, God really moved and worked in our life and so many others. A big thank you to everyone who has been praying for us during our whole adoption journey. I can't believe when I look in his little face that he is ours - that we have a son. Lilly got to come to the hospital twice before we brought Hudson home, she loved saying baby! and got to push his basinet back to the nursery and was such a big helper. She likes to look at his toes and helped me feed him a bottle today. Such a good big sister!
Today was Lilly's family 2nd birthday party! She had a great time and loved all her presents and the cake and ice cream! We have so much to be thankful for!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
We are asking for lots of prayers in the next week, that this door will be opened and for prayer for the birthmom and baby.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
We are beginning the journey again. I was thinking that this is a little bit like when we lost our baby through miscarriage. Some of the same emotions are surfacing again - facing infertility and adoption are both so hard! Even though I was not physically carrying the child, we do carry adoptive babies in our heart, so my heart hurts for this loss. For the promise of a child that is now not ours.
I know that something good will come out of this and that God will reveal this good in His perfect timing. I know in my heart that there is another baby out there that will be a perfect fit for our family - that we just have to wait for that. Again, as I have said before, and I have to remind myself daily, it is not my timing, it is HIS. I take comfort that God is our mighty refuge and we can run to Him in our times of trouble.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Halloween was fun this year! We got to eat lunch with Brian at work. We also went trick-or-treating for the first time. Lilly enjoyed it I think. We just took her to the houses on street and she enjoyed knocking on the door. Everyone seemed to love her cutey pumpkin fairy costume! After that we watched a Winnie the Poo Halloween movie and she had a sucker and a twix. All in all, a good Halloween!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Lilly with her yummy sucker!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Well, what have we been up to lately? This last weekend, Nina and Papa kept Lilly. Brian and I went out to eat and saw Fireproof. This is a great movie and I recommend all married couples to go check it out, well, really anyone! It challenges you to examine your marriage and make sure you are on God's track and not our own track! There is a Love Dare challenge book that Brian and I want to do sometime. What a great time to reconnect with my Brian! Lilly is now 22 months old! She continually amazes us with new things she can say and do. She is playing so much more independently now - loves her baby dolls and stuffed animals (she loves to put her diapers on them and feed them and put them night night). She can say please (peaz), thank you, and bless you when you sneeze (bess you). I can't believe soon she will be 2!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Interesting fact - we were supposed to have gone to Galveston the 18-21st (last Thursday-Sunday for a long weekend with my parents and Brian's parents). This obviously did not happen. Our condo is a wreck and Galveston in uninhabitable at the moment! Bummer!
Things to remember for next hurricane:
1. Buy trash sacks for yard clean up before it happens (we had none and had to stand in a 30 minute line at Home Depot and be escorted one by one into the store for supplies) :)
Thanks so much to Brandon, Katy, Lexie, and Emily for letting us stay for a week. We had fun hanging out with you guys - ya'll are so generous! Thanks mom and dad for a fun weekend - Lilly enjoyed the fair!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
So, nothing too much to report. For now, I have to Rest in Him. I need to be still, and reflect on the greater purpose of our lives and yield to our Creator. I am so not in control, and that is okay.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Yesterday was Lilly's first day of Mother's Day Out! I have to say I was so nervous for her - she obviously did not know what was coming - so I was the one with the nerves. I packed her little lunch the night before and got all her things together. I tried to take a first day of school picture before we left, but she was not into that as you can see, she is constantly on the move and so hard to take a picture of! I did get one of her back and her lunch box. She also has a cute backpack and princess nap mat. Yes, they eat lunch there and take a nap. Her MDO is from 9:15 to 2:15, which is a very long time when you are not used to it.
She did cry when I left her and I did get teary walking to the car without her. I spent my time going to the bank, grocery store, and working on my school lessons. When I went to pick her up, I peeked in and she was not being held or crying - which I was so glad! She was actually playing and when she saw me, she was so excited! We got a little report card and she ate all her lunch, liked the playground, and took a 40 minute nap! All in all, I think a good first day!
I know this is going to be so good for her and me. She will get to play with other kids her age and learn, too! She is at a church, so I know they will pray there and teach her something about Jesus as well! My little Lilly is growing up and gaining some independence. She is very special!
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
We have been busy making lists of things that have to be done - with all the pink in the house, we definitely have to get this new one some blue. Lilly does not really understand yet what is going on, but I think she could sense the excitement yesterday, because she did not take a nap! I know she will be a wonderful big sister!
We have been praying about this so much, and God's timing is just so perfect. Knowing the due date, and it being a couple of months away, is great to coordinate Brian's work schedule and get all the little details in place. I think Priscilla Shirer really says it great that "events are designed to bring Him glory and also the seasons in which those events occur. We mustn't attempt to rush God. To rush spoils the very reason God initially desired the event for us and cheats us of the joy that comes when we experience God's will." I know through out infertility and now adoption, sometimes we just want to rush ahead and know the end or the outcome, but God slows us down, sets our sights on Him (and not on us) and we just wait to see what a majestic God He is.
Thank you Jesus for our blessing. We continue to pray for the birthmom and the baby - that they will remain safe and healthy.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Monday, mom took off, and we did a few errands (got some things together for the adoption garage sale). In the afternoon, all the cousins were together to play. Lilly and Drew played in the dirt/mud and got covered from head to toe and we ended up hosing them down to get clean - they thought that was too funny!!
Tuesday, Steph, my sis and I got to hang out. I babysat Drew with Lilly for a bit and then we went swimming at Tyler Tennis. They had a blast - I did not bring my camera, but my sis and dad have pics I can post later. In the afternoon all the cousins hung out again - they all played so well together and really wore each other out playing chase.
It was so good to spend quality time with the family and have 2 family dinners. We missed Brian, though! We will be back in a week and a 1/2 for my 10 year high school reunion.
In my bible study, we have been focusing on being still. With a toddler, housework, and just life - this is so hard! I am such a doer and want to get everything done in my time, when I was hit hard with the realization, it is not my time, it is HIS! I need to be still and listen to His voice and to truly appreciate where I am right at this moment. With the adoption I have been so caught up in getting a baby that sometimes I forget to just enjoy my family of 3 right where we are. Watching Lilly over the past week, I realize she is growing up so fast, that I don't need to wish time to move faster, but continue to take mental pictures of each little moment, savor the point in time we are in right now, and BE STILL. We will get a baby in the future, I have no idea when, only God knows that. So, I need to rest in that and enjoy. "Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in all the earth."
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Lilly is an early riser. She is normally up at 6:30, but we don't get her out of her crib until 7 to give us a chance to shower. She usually will stay in there and talk or say momma! She loves breakfast (cereal, oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, poptarts).
Lilly is a vegetarian, not by my choosing. She will not touch meat at all. This week she miraculously ate 2 fish sticks, but this is definitely a first. She will not eat chicken, chicken nuggets, beef, or hot dogs. She peels off the breading of corndogs. So - pretty much, she eats all fruits, drinks milk and eats cheese and yogurt, and all bread products, and a few veggies. Her main courses are PBJ, grill cheese, pasta of any kind with red sauce/no meat (loves manicotti!), cheese pizza and quesidillas (and black beans). I know it is a phase and one day she will become more adventurous.
Lilly still loves to be outside. She will just dig in any dirt she can find (main reason we got the sand box). She likes to swing and go for walks and help dad water the yard.
She is communicating more now - some words she says often are shoes (very big obsession with any shoes!), outside, drink, eat, dada, momma, papa, nana (banana), all the animal sounds (including a big snort for pigs), kitty, daka (dakota), bubble, fish, duck (quack), light, Elmo, Ernie, Dora, go, toe, eye, oh no!, uh oh!, whoa!, no!, hello, night night.... I can't think of the others right now!
She loves music and singing and dancing. She twirls around and around and makes her so dizzy sometimes she falls down! Lilly also loves books - we read alot during the day - her favorites are the ones where you look for the objects on the page. Sometimes she will just sit in her chair and look at the books, which is very cute.
She gives great hugs and kisses now (kinda selective). She blows kisses and makes smoochy sounds and will kiss us on the lips occasionally - too cute! She loves to hug Dakota!
What a joy! Happy 18 months our little girl!
We went to an adoption picnic this Saturday - it was neat to see all the families who have adopted and imagining what our little one will look like. They had a petting zoo, which Lilly loved! We also had individual interviews this week with our adoption director/social worker. We spent around 2 hours each with her - for them to better get to know us. Only one more step - the home study! This will be in July!
I have to tell on myself, mainly because it is pretty funny and Brian found it pretty humorous. I was watering the plants and feeding the dog for Brian's brother's family who is out of town. I did not really know how to work their alarm and set it off upon entering their house. I finally turned it off after calling Brian and set about watering the plants. All of a sudden I hear Sherriff department being called out and they enter the house (I had left it unlocked while I was there). I rounded the corner with the watering can and the Sheriff rounded the corner with the gun drawn! I don't know who scared each other more! Anyways - all was well! I only had to show him my ID to prove I was who I said I was (not that a robber would be watering the plants!:)) I learned my lesson!
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Mimi and Lilly were pretending to be elephants!
That afternoon we got a sandbox and blew up the baby pool for the back yard. Lilly had so much fun going back and forth between the sand box and the pool to dance and splash around. Lilly always loves to dig in the dirt, so we figured this was a good place to do that - and yes, we have pink sand! Very girly! What a good weekend!
This weekend we have an adoption picnic with our adoption agency. It is for anyone who has adopted or been adopted through AIM, birth moms, and waiting families.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Right now at home, Lilly loves to wear our shoes and will say "shoe" until you help her put one on. Also, if she does not like something now, she can definitely say "no!" I think she just likes to say that word. Nina and papa bill came over for hamburgers on Memorial Day. Lilly enjoyed playing with them, and is so glad Nina can hold her again. We also went to a birthday party for Mark Mahlmann who turned one on Sunday. Lilly loved playing with the kids, looking at the turtles, and playing on the playground which was just the right size!
We turned in our adoption scrapbook yesterday - so glad to have that done! We are praying for some little details to work out!
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
In the Dear Birthmother book, they presented a definition of adoption I had not considered, but totally agree with. "Adoption is the process of accepting the responsibility of raising an individual who has two sets of parents." We are the parents to nuture and help the child grow, while the birthparents gave the child their genes - their eye color and genetic traits. Both of us have love and will love the child forever.
Lilly dressed up in her 1 year pictures outfit today - she looked so cute, so I had to post a few of my favorites. She is saying a few new words - bubble, fish, shoe.