Monday, December 31, 2012
Another year has come and gone. 2012 was a difficult year in our house, but it was a wonderful year too. For every challenge there was a blessing, for every heartache there was more reliance on God. This year medically for both boys was very overwhelming and scary. But this year also was very rewarding medically. In being vigilant and proactive, we have finally gotten some answers to Sam's abdominal issues. And although the eosinophilic colitis was certainly a scary diagnosis I am praising God we found it, that we were able to pinpoint the foods that were bothering him and remove them. Praise God that this year was a year of healing for Sam's stomach. As we look forward to 2013 and realize that there may yet be some more scary news in the first part of the year for him, I am placing my trust in Him the one who created Sam and us. The One who knows the answers, the One who knows the outcomes, the One who will walk with us through each step with Sam. Rejoicing in knowing that whatever comes in 2013 for Sammy that God will be there too. Sammy has thrivied this year emotionally and spiritually. When I listen to my children' pray I am so blessed to know that they KNOW that God is there and that He hears and loves them. Sam has really become a much more sensative individual this year. He has definitely reached out to those around him that are hurting. I am so proud of the person he is becoming, a person who enjoys helping others, and is aware and sensitive to others feelings.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Matt has one sibling, his brother Tim. Tim and his wife have three children. Today was a special day for their two older children. Jacob got baptized. In our faith, we have a "baby dedication" when a baby is born, as at that point we as parents are responsible for teaching our children about God, and we allow them to make the decision to be baptized when they are old enough to understand what that means. Well today our nephew Jacob made that decision. What a special and most important decision to be making. Unfortunately wiggling doesn't lead to the best quality pictures...
Saturday, December 29, 2012
There are a few things we did during the Christmas season that I haven't posted about yet. One of them was making some giant gingerbread men/women at my mom's house. The kids had a blast :-) It made quite the disaster at my mom's house though... And unfortunately most of the pictures are on my sisters phone. But here is a picture of the completed cookies.
Friday, December 28, 2012
Today Sam had his IVIG. On the way into the hospital he totally wiped out on black ice in the parking lot, but thankful he is ok. He will probably have quite the nasty bruise on his leg tomorrow from the fall but otherwise he is fine. We had one of our favorite nurses today, although there are so many that we love at Heywood. Nurse Carol is one of our favorites. On Sam's first admission to the hospital after discharge from NICU she was our nurse. She has been our nurse many times through the years, for Sam and now twice for Preston. We are praying that in 2013, the only time there is a need for nurse Carol is for IVIG :-) But in case it isn't we are so blessed to have her. She got the IV in on the second try which is great, I love when it is the first try but that doesn't always happen. Then Sam played a lego game on the website about Pharoahs. I got to do a little reading which I love to do and don't often have much time for. And then I played SuperHero Uno with him. It was so fun :-) Praising God for a good day!!! But also anxious becuase Sophia is still feeling yucky and coughing lots.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Last tuesday night the 18th Sophia started running a high fever. On wednesday my friend took her for me even though she was sick so I could take Sam to the ENT. On wednesday night Sam started with a cough and a fever too. I brought them both to our doctor on thursday and she checked them both for the flu. I am praising God that it was negative! But Sophia was so so angry at the doctor. When she told Sophia that she was sorry and asked her if she forgave her Sophia said "Hmmm, NO!" and then proptly walked away from her. She was SO MAD! After two days I was speaking with the doctor again (on the phone). Sophia heard me speaking with her, and asked if she could speak with her, so I put Sophia on the phone, and then she told her that she forgave her. I am so thankful that my children understand forgiveness and the importance of it. I am so thankful that each of us, myself included ask for forgiveness and realize what a blessing God's forgiveness of us is. On Christmas night I checked Sophia's temperature when we got home. I felt quite guilty when I got home as she had a fever and I hadn't realized. She had been snuggly and cuddly, but not miserably or crabby. I panicked a little when I checked her temp in her ear and the thermometer said HIGH, all I thought was I think it says HIGH after it reaches 105! So then I tried to check her in her mouth, this time the thermometer said 103.5, but she wouldn't let it go until it beeped! So needless to say she made me a little anxious. I brought her to the doctor first thing in the morning, as it had now been nearly a week since she had started the fevers. So the doctor diagnosed her with a sinus infection and started her on augmentin, with instruction to bring her back if things got worse.... MAN is it a challenge to get this little lady to take medicine. I forgot to post the pics of her the other week when we FINALLY let her get her ears pierced. My parents had my ears pierced when I was a baby, and my sister Denise had her girls ears pierced as babies too. Sophia has asked many times, and her daddy was hesitant until she was old enough to really understand what it was all about. So for the last few months she has been asking and we finally got them pierced. She was SO EXCITED! She just said "OW" when they were done and nothing more :-)
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
I woke up so early Christmas morning. I was so excited for the kids. I knew that the gifts we had bought them were going to make them so happy. I was so blessed this year with peoples generosity and helpfulness. I responded to an add on craigslist prior to Christmas for someone who was getting rid of thousands of legos. I responded to the add and the man was so wonderful. He was a Christian and was so generous with what he sent to us. Sam was so excited to get so many legos for Christmas. Sophia got a doll house for Christmas. I was so excited to find it and let our families know about it, and therefore she got some furniture to go with it. But when I asked her what her favorite Christmas gift was, her response was the clothes that she got for her and for her Bitty Baby Baby Jess. I found this wonderful lady (she also made Preston's birthday outfit and bib) and had her make something special for her. If you are looking for something wonderful for your child to wear that is high quality and beautiful, check her out....The fresh vintage shop I don't have any really good pictures of it to post today but I will post them soon. She looks so cute in the outfit. She is wearing it but no great pics of it. Christmas morning we built legos, did puzzles, played with the doll house, and then my parents came over with their gifts for my kids. After my parents left we went to Matt's aunts house for Christmas dinner. The kids just love playing with my father in law as well as their cousins. It was a great time.