Monday, August 30, 2010

~A little late ~~ 24 weeks old~

Okay, so I'm a bad mommy..... I was totally too wiped out to update the blog last night. My little man is eating me out of house and home in baby food! He LOVES to eat!!! He is eating 4 times a day. He gets fruit and cereal to start and end his day. He gets veggies for lunch and supper. In addition to that, all of his bottles have cereal in them...thus the chipmunk cheeks!!!

As much as I've felt like I have been drowning with school, I have done a really good job leaving it at school each day. When I leave school, I am MOMMY!!! God blessed me with my angel for a reason, and I intend to give every minute that I am not at work to my children. I am finally feeling like I'm about caught up with school stuff so I can actually function normally instead of being behind. This has definitely been a challenge.....being a full time teacher AND mother of THREE children. All of the changes of the past 6 months have definitely taken their toll on me and worn me down....but they definitely have NOT beaten me down. God has graciously brought us through the past 6 months triumphantly, and for that we are eternally thankful.

Are you blessed today? Have you thanked God for all He has given you? He has put you right where you are at this moment for a reason. Allow Him to use you right now right where you are.

Love to all,

Sunday, August 22, 2010

23 Weeks

Reed is 23 weeks old!!! Not a whole lot to report this week, as we have had a pretty uneventful week.....just surviving another week of school. Everything seems to be settling into a routine.....even though Anna asks each morning, "Mommy, how many days have we been to school?" I tell her, and the next question is, "Mommy, how many more days of this till we get to have summer again?" Oh, my goodness!

We are so thankful for our friends' baby getting to come home this past Wednesday, and he celebrated his first week birthday Friday. Yay, Spence!

We are so thankful each day for another day with our precious children. I look at Reed each day and thank God for loving us enough to bless us with this little fellow. I'm not sure what I did before he was born.....Surely, I had way too much time on my hands.....Of course, that was when I was spending my time running rather than gaining weight. HA!!!

I have done very well coming home each day and TOTALLY leaving school at school. When I get home, my whole focus is my children. I can't wait to get home each day to grab my baby and love all over him. His cheeks are so JUICY!!! He actually ate 4 meals of baby food each day this weekend. He LOVES to eat!!! Okay, enough rambling...... Here's his pic!

Remember to take time out each day to thank God for all He has blessed you with, as we are ALL so RICHLY blessed by our Father. We are super thankful this week for all three kids and parents settling into a routine quite easily in the first two weeks of school.

Love to all,

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Weight Check

Wayne took Reed for his weight check today. Thanks to all the dirty diapers he's finally had in the last few days, he had lost a little weight. He weighed in at 10 pounds and 13 ounces, which is still outstanding for our little man!

I finally took out the mattress that was purchased to go on his changing table, which we had been using inside his big baby bed to snuggle him better. These are pics of him laying in his bed talking to his mobile. We will see how he does without the extra padding to snuggle with. He's a big boy now!

Love to all,

Sunday, August 15, 2010

~ 5 months ~ 22 weeks ~

This weekend has definitely been a roller coaster ride! We started by sending some dear friends to Macon with their premature son on Friday night. I was blessed to be able to share in that moment of uncertainty with them and offer support from the experience I had gained during our time in Macon. He is doing well. He just needs a little time for his little "wimpy white boy" lungs to mature a bit more. We are hoping and praying he will be home sometime around Wednesday.

Reed officially turned 5 months old yesterday. He is 22 weeks old today. Not a lot to update tonight. I'm battling the crud...yeah, after just starting school. Reed goes to the doctor on Tuesday, so I will official weight and height updates then. For now, I just want to share a few pics and head to bed.

Please keep our friends in your prayers....our favorite nurse has worked this weekend, and actually got to be his nurse today and will be tomorrow as well.

Love to all,

Friday, August 13, 2010

Please Pray

I just left TRMC from seeing a friend's baby off to MCCG NNICU in Macon. God blessed me with the opportunity to share what this family should expect so that they weren't walking into it blindly, as we did. Baby Spence is having breathing trouble because he was four weeks early. He's a healthy little fellow, and was doing great when they drove him off in the big blue Cadillac to Macon. I feel sure he'll only be there a few days to receive the steroids and the rest he needs to allow his lungs to mature enough to support his body. Please pray for this little angel. Pray for his mommy who is still in the hospital here, experiencing the feelings only those who have been there know. Pray for his daddy who is with him in the ambulance. We want God's grace to cover them and give them the peace that they need at this time. Thanks to all of you for your faithfulness in lifting these babies to the one and only Healer.

Love to all,

Sunday, August 8, 2010

~~21 weeks~~

Wow! Today makes 21 weeks ago, in a little over an hour, that our precious miracle became a part of our family of five! He has made such tremendous gains that we were told would not come to be. God is so good! This was a CRAZY BUSY week for us! I went back to work on Tuesday, and that was a huge adjustment having been out since March 12th! 21 weeks on vacation makes it hard to get back into it. Actually, I sort of enjoyed being back on a routine. I'm sure I'll change my mind about that really soon! Three days of preplanning and one day with students in no way compares to how a full week with students will be! Gonna need lots of prayers this week! :)

Okay, so those of you who know me know that I tell on myself. We ran into his pediatrician at the grocery store this week. I just went ahead and told on myself for feeding him baby food....which she had told me not to start at our last appointment. She laughed and said it was fine. I asked if I could do it more than once a day and she said it was fine. I admitted that I'd been giving him juice, too, which she also laughingly said was okay. I guess since it hasn't killed him, it must all be okay. :) He LOVES to eat and to drink his juice!

Reed is now eating baby food twice a day....most days....when we don't run out of time. :) He is still having cereal in all bottles. We have not found anything so far that he does not like, which is wonderful! He is still developing the skill of eating from a spoon, but does really well considering his age.

The girls both had great first days at school, but were glad to have a weekend following the first day. :) We are expecting FANTASTIC years for both of them.

Wayne will take over the duty of taking Reed to his doctors' appointments since I have no leave except for the days we were given for this year, which I need to save in case of sickness with any of the three children. Reed has a five-month check-up on August 17th, which we are anxiously awaiting to get OFFICIAL growth information.

God has blessed us with an uneventful week, for which we are always thankful. Reed continues to thrive and grow, and all the glory goes to God who decided to let us keep the sick premature baby that I delivered. We thank God for this every day. As school has begun, it requires much more time management and prioritizing. The biggest lesson I learned through my preemie adventure was that my babies (and Wayne) are my PRIORITIES. God has blessed me with this precious little family of five, and I am to always put them first. For so many years, my job was top priority. However, when my life was in turmoil with Reed's delivery, my job went on without me. God opened my eyes to see that my priorities were wrong. My children and husband will be first and foremost before any job from now on. I know many people who shared in our journey took away a different moment of enlightenment, but I also hope that our journey with Reed reminded all of you to make sure you put your family first. It can all be gone in the blink of an eye....and your job (or whatever you have put as your first priority) will go on without you.

Tonight I thank God for opening my eyes to see that I needed to rearrange my priorities and focus on what really matters....FAMILY. We don't have all of eternity to mold our children into the people we want them to grow up to be.....those years of molding and rearing are very short in reality, and we need to make the most of every second. Have you been blessed today? Have you taken time to thank God for the blessings He showers upon you?

Love to all,

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

New pics!

Yay! I've got new pics of my little man to share! We did these on the 24th, with a very fussy fellow. Guess we can attribute that to the two teeth he is cutting. :) You can view the pics at Emy's site:

The password is: Putnal_07242010

I am uploading a few, but feel free to look at the rest on Emy's website.

This is the sweet outfit he was christened in, which was his original homecoming outfit....before he was born 11 weeks early! He still has some growing room in it. :)

He truly is a gift from God...a complete miracle.

He loves his mommy!

And his mommy loves him!

Welcome home, little angel!!!

We all survived my first day back at work, and for that I am thankful!!! Everyone had a great day! We're praying for many more to get us through this school year and into another summer! heehee

Love to all,

Monday, August 2, 2010

~Seriously??? 2 Teeth????~

Okay, so I looked in Reed's mouth last night and saw a white spot on his bottom, there are 2 white spots!!! Seriously???? My man is cutting 2 teeth at once....all on the first week of school??? That would definitely explain his recent bout with fussiness. Bless his little heart! We have started some Tylenol and teething tablets. Even with two teeth cutting through, my little man is still full of smiles and laughs!

Today I'm thankful for milestones reached right on time with his age...not his gestational age. So far we have seen no delays in him, which is a miracle in itself since he was so early! God has definitely blessed us and continues to bless us with his accomplishments. What are you thankful for today? Spend these last few days enjoying your kids before school starts on Friday. Today is my last day home with my three angels, and it is going to be very hard to leave them tomorrow!

Love to all,

Sunday, August 1, 2010

~~~AAHHHH, the BEACH~~~

So, we finally made it to the beach!!! Oh, how the ocean makes everything better! Reed loved being on the beach with ocean breeze on Friday night. He smiled and talked the whole time we were out there.

We spent almost 3 1/2 hours on the beach on Saturday, with Reed sleeping off and on the whole time in a swing. :) 

Mommy bought this crazy sun hat....and expected me to wear it!

Reed is officially 20 weeks old tonight! Wow, how time flies! He, unofficially, weighs 11 pounds 9.6 ounces! Who's been working hard all summer to fatten this baby up????? Holy cow!

This is the picture of happiness!

Happy baby!!!

Check out those rolls on the neck!

We are truly blessed to have this precious miracle in our lives. God has blessed us abundantly with this gift. Have you found something to be thankful for today?

Love to all,