Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
The boys on the carouselWe have had a fun filled week here. Lots of visitors which has been great. Colin helped with he boys on Tuesday which was fun. They LOVE him. We went to Greenfield Village on Wednesday with Aunt Kim, Amanda and Teddy. And the boys had their 1 year appt today. They rode the carousel at the village which was fun for them (I think) and gave me and Amanda (my niece) queasy stomachs. We truly must have rode it for 5 minutes. Anyways it was a fun day and the boys were still recovering today by taking a 2 hour morning nap. They had their 5 billion shots this afternoon and seemed to come out unscathed. Our pediatrician said that Eli could start whole milk b/c he is in the 50th percentile uncorrected. Meaning, that he is an average one year old weight/height wise. So much for 2 years catch up growth. GO ELI! Alex is staying on formula for another month because he is in the 5th percentile but he is doing really well AND (drumroll please) he has two teeth poking through. I am so thankful for this because I was beginning to think he was just becoming unbelievably "high maintenance". Tomorrow we hit the library and get our carseats checked at the police station. Other than that all is normal in our neck of the woods. Pics are on their way OF course. I am just kind of tired and heading for bed. Goodnight!
Saturday, April 19, 2008
I'll cry if I want to! This was Eli's response to us singing him Happy Birthday.
Friday, April 18, 2008
This is the best one that I could get of them together. They are no longer lumps that you prop up to take pics of . They are moving targets :)
Today is the day that the boys were born 1 year ago. Alex was born at 9:45 and Eli 9:46 weighing 2lbs 6oz and 2lbs 2oz. They now weigh 18lbs 11oz (alex) and 23lbs 3oz (eli). We had a fun day. Jared and I went in to get the boys together and wished them a Happy Birthday and tried to explain to them that they are ONE!!! It is beautiful here and we went to the park and walked and to the library. Aunt Missy, Colin and Olivia visited us and so did Aunt Kim. All of this before Daddy is even home. So here are some pics of our day! Their party is tomorrow and we are looking forward to it.
Eli, feeling cocky about his age, attempts to conquer the world :)
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
We ran into a Grandma who had twin grandsons in the unit who were born at 24 wks 3 days and weighed appx 1lb. 5oz. She started crying when she spoke to us and we tried to encourage her with the story of the boys and their progress but Jared and I both wished that we could just remove this trial from them and that their little boys would be perfect and healed and HOME. It is hard to say why some of us endure certain trials while others have different ones. All of this reminded me of a story that was passed onto us from a friend called "The Smell of Rain". Some may think it sounds crazy and unbelievable but it encouraged me greatly and I believe in a God that is this big. When I was pregnant I read a lot of books and all of them talked about the need for skin to skin contact with your babies after birth. To a mother of preemies this become greatly discouraging b/c not only could I not have this contact with them at birth but I didn't even see them for 2 days and then too much stimulation tends to overwhelm them at times. This story reminded me that God had it under control. It is not for me to stress out about whether or not this lack of contact will deter them in any way. They are taken care of by their heavenly Father.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
My babies are almost one! Sniff, sniff! Enjoy the music. I need coffee, lots of coffee!
Thursday, April 3, 2008
I was packing for Alex and Eli for Florida while they played in their room. Alex hit the jackpot and found 3 binkies. He is still using his NICU binkies. He doesn't like any other ones that we have tried. The pics cracked me up so I thought I would share. Have a great day! I almost forgot to add that today we are getting the last Synagis shot for the season!!!! I am so thrilled although probably not as much as Alex and Eli!
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
I put new shoes on the boys today and it was cute to watch their reactions to having shoes on for the first time. Alex kind of did a dog chasing the tail thing in order to see them. While Eli just pondered the feeling. I thought of the above song (which is on my ipod spring playlist b/c it is just so upbeat and fun) today as I walked OUTSIDE in the sunshine with my little boys. Yes, it is finally warm enough in MI to take walks that don't involve the word mall. The boys enjoyed their walk and as I walked along the streets that we Michiganders complain about, you know the ones that are so cracked and bumpy and jiggle the whole stroller, Alex giggled away. He LOVED it. It was so cute every time we hit this part during our walk he was excited. Yes God used one of the boys (again) to teach me a lesson. Lesson being, I too need to have that attitude when I hit the rough spots.
Through the experience of having preemies I believe God has taught me to appreciate most of the moments in Jared, mine and the boys life. More recently He reminded me of James 1:1 "whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy." Ok so appreciate not only the little moments but also the difficult ones. With the huge challenges in life Jared and I would "man up" so to speak but what about daily frustrations. I know that this verse was talking about all of that. He means the 3rd blow out of the day, the feel of warm spit up hitting your newly cleaned shirt, but also the friend who is ill and battling for life, the people that you know who are losing a baby, friends struggling with infertility ALL of it. I am learning that I have the desire to control these things when I am not supposed to. What he is showing me, specifically, right now is that I cannot control the boys lives. It is in his hands. This may be hitting me b/c of Eli's upcoming surgery but it is a hard lesson. I can't go through life waiting for the other shoe to drop. This was not God's intention. If you want to be inspired I encourage you to check out this blog. It is what reminded me to not only find joy in the little things but also about the freedom that comes with giving God the control. Read the story on the left about Teagan. Their story of faith in God through their loss is amazing!