Tuesday, May 29, 2007

MMR Vaccine

So....I'm not knocking vaccines. I do think they're important and a blessing, but it's really not cool that Matthew is in the 5% that actually get the viruses that the vaccine is supposed to combat. Now, logic tells you that if you are being injected with live strains of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella, there's at least a chance (that's where that 5% comes in) that there could be some consequences involved.

Well, last week we had Measles and, after our visit to Midtown today, we now have Rubella. He's okay, he's just spotty. The worst part of it was on Saturday when he was so fussy. Combine that with the fever and the rash, and it just makes for a lousy Saturday.
Anyway, we'll get through it. I suppose I should expect things like this. He never has been one to follow the laws of Western Medicine. He seems to have his own way of doing things.

Well, Matthew is paging me. Later....
BTW: just tried V8 for the first time. I'm not a fan.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Matthew's 1 Year Checkup

Let me just start by saying that God is so good! I know I use the phrase "we've come a long way" too much, but it's so true! A year ago, Matthew weighed 3 pounds and was 16 inches long. He was hanging out in his temporary home, the incubator, wearing the jaundice shades with tubes and wires coming from every direction. We knew that he would be fine, but we also knew it would be a long road.

Fast forward to today's checkup: Matthew is a hair shy of 23 pounds and 29 inches long! He's in the 50 percentile for both, which makes him perfect. (I didn't need a chart to tell me he's perfect. LOL!) Anyway, after this can of formula runs out, my little boy graduates to whole milk. (Although my checkbook is excited, I'm not sure I'm ready for this step.) His pediatrician went down her list of one year milestones and was able to check most of them off. He's doing so well and she was more than thrilled with his progress. Also, keep in mind that she's going by his chronological age, not his corrected age. (Chronologically, Matthew is one year, but corrected he is only 9 months.) How awesome!

Thank you so much to everyone who has prayed for our baby! If you ever needed an example of God's provision and love, just look at my Matthew. He's our miracle and evidence that God hears His children when they pray.

What a weekend!

What a weekend! It's hard to believe it's over already. Of course, the main events were Matthew's party, his dedication, and Mother's Day. Hopefully I'll be able to get my pics uploaded and edited pretty quickly.

Matthew's very first birthday party went very well...especially when you consider how many babies and tots were there. We had five babies under one year old and five under five years. I thought all of our little ones tolerated the event rather well. One interesting thing to mention is that Matthew hated the birthday cake. He hated the taste of it, he hated having it on his hands, and he hated the production of it. He wasn't a fan of the whole "cake thing." In his defense, he was in desperate need of a nap at this time and he just wasn't into being the center of attention. We ended up having 37 people there...and we only invited family. It didn't seem like that many people at the time, but when you write it down, that's the number you get. Our family has really expanded since we've married and had kids!

Moving along, Matthew's baby dedication was Sunday morning. It was so great! The whole experience was really nice and I'm glad we were able to do it. Matthew was pretty well behaved, but I thought it was pretty funny that he was trying to grab the flowers that were on display. I was tempted to let him play with them, but Baptist in me knew that some little lady on the decorating committee was probably having a hissy fit. (After five years in ministry, I learned that little ladies get rather vicious when you mess with floral arrangements.) It was also great that so many of our family members were able to come. Nana (my mom), Drew, Ganna (Gale), Granny, and Glenda all came to share that moment with us.

Although it was super busy, my first non-NICU Mother's Day was really nice. Matthew and James made a card for me. Don't tell James, but I think Matthew did most of the work. They called it "Mommy Day" on the card; I love it! Anyway, after lunch with my mom, Drew, James, and Matthew, we were able to hang out with the Copeland/Carroll/Roan crew for a while. It was nice to spend time with everyone and just hang out. The most memorable thing to me was all of those babies crawling around Granny's floor. It was quite a sight to behold.

Well, I've got to go...Later.

Friday, May 11, 2007

My Bear

So, it's my little Bear's first birthday. We've come a long way in one year! He literally amazes me.

Ganna (I'm not sure how we decided to spell that) watched Matthew last night so James and I could go to a Dave Ramsey seminar. I had a good time and found it really helpful, but I couldn't keep my mind off of my Bear. As soon as we got in I found myself walking to his room just to look at him. There he was, in all his glory, with his sweet little butt up in the air. I love that baby!

I love everything about him: that smile, those eyes, that laugh, the gibberish, the excitement, the hugs (or "loves" as we call them), and everything in between. He's just the most amazing thing I've ever seen. In many ways and for many reasons, 2006 was an emotional roller coaster for us. Despite the negatives here and there, 2006 will go down in my book as the year my life became everything I always wanted it to be. God gave that to me by giving me Matthew.

Tomorrow, for the first time, I'll let Matthew stick his hands in his birthday cake (cringe) and get all sticky and messy. I'll let him eat something he really shouldn't and my family will help us make a great memory. As much as that makes me smile, it's Sunday that stands out to me right now. We are having him dedicated to the Father that gave him to us. God really has been so good to us!

...I've got to go back to work now.