Monday, May 31, 2010

Seven Years

















Seven years ago today, I married my friend. It was a beautiful (HOT) day, filled with lots of love and laughter! Our wedding fit the perfect "fairy tale" ending that you would find in a little girls story book. Little did I know that our journey was just beginning! For seven years now we have traveled side by side, in good times and bad, in sickness and health, for better or worse. At times the road has been crystal clear, the days filled with laughter, our hearts filled with joy. Other times the road has been windy, with tears filling our eyes, and pain filling our hearts. But through it all, love has remained. It is what keeps us going. It is what reminds us that we are a team. Ben, I love you. Always have, always will. No matter what the road looks like in the coming years, I am thankful to walk it with you by my side. Happy Anniversary!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Two Month Update




















Look who's super excited to have turned two months old this past Saturday! I know. Sweet little man is thrilled. Have I told you lately how much we love our boy?

Today I took Jack Ryan to the doctor for his two month well child visit and shots. It's amazing how much more anxiety I have over making medical decisions for my children the older I get. Things I would not have thought twice about five years ago, now cause me to do much research! There is such a debate over whether to vaccinate or not, and there is so much information out there supporting both sides. The more I read, the more confused I became, so we decided to simply go with what the professionals suggest. In the end we have to trust God to keep him safe. Not that we aren't to be well informed as his parents, but all the research and worry in the world will not take him out of the will of God. All that to say, little man did get vaccinated today and has been quite cranky/fussy this evening. Poor baby! Lots of snuggling from Mommy should help.

Today Jack weighed in at 11 pounds 13 ounces and was 23 inches long. Growing boy! Doc said that overall he was healthy and great, but there were a few minor things that concerned him. First, Jack has something called a hydrocele (swollen testicle), and is being referred to a pediatric urologist. Today the doctor acted as though Jack would need surgery to repair this issue, but I have been doing some reading and it sounds like some babies outgrow hydroceles, so we will see what the specialist has to say. The doctor said it was not an emergency,but that we should have it looked at sooner rather than later. I will call tomorrow to schedule the initial consultation. Second, Jack had a bit of a noisy/high pitched sound when the doctor was listening to his lungs. This is a noise that Jack always makes and it is getting louder as he grows. We refer to him as our little squeak toy!Doc said that his airflow was good and that it did not sound as if he had asthma, but that he wanted to refer him to the pediatric pulmonologist, as well. He said it could be something that Jack outgrows, or it could possibly be an issue with his trachea or bronchial tubes.Again, not emergent, but something he wants checked out. Would you pray for our boy? That he would be healthy and that these issues would simply be something that Jack would outgrow.

What else? Jack continues to be quite the spitter. He was diagnosed with reflux and started on Zantac last month, and we have seen such a difference! He still spits up, but his fussiness is virtually gone. He is no longer in pain and can actually be content to simply lay or be help. He no longer scrunches his tummy in pain. Praise God! He now eats five or six ounces every three to four hours. Sometimes he does one longer stretch at night, but this seems to pretty much be the schedule he is keeping.

Sleep is going ok. For the most part Ben and I are able to feel rested each day. Jack has done several nights where he will have a six hour stretch, but so far it is not consistent. Currently Jack is still sleeping in his car seat next to out bed. He sleeps the same amount of hours in his bassinet, but his coughing/spitting/squeaking is much worse when he lies flat on his back. For now Doc suggests we stick to the upright position of the carseat until the pulmonologist clears him.

Hmm. Jack has started smiling! Overall he is a pretty serious baby, but if we work really hard he will show us a grin. It is so precious and priceless! We spend many hours a day acting a fool, trying to make that boy smile. His sisters still adore him! Kate has taken to calling him Princess Jackilyn, a nickname I am sure he will love when he is older. He also still loves his Paci, and for some reason I love this. I always wanted a paci baby, but neither of my girls were ever interested in one.

Overall, things are going well! The new baby "fog" is beginning to lift and we are developing a bit of a routine. We are loving life with all three of our blessings and thank God every day for the joy our children bring to our lives. Happy two months little man!





















There. That smile is better!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Sunshine

I've got sunshine.......





















on a cloudy day.
























When it's cold outside.......























I've got the month of May!!!