Thursday, October 30, 2008

Long Post - Scroll down for Stellan's Story!!!

This weekend was busy busy busy!! Saturday morning, mom and dad got up EARLY, like 7:00 early, and were out of the house by 8:00. Yes, there was a crazy sale going on at Ashley Furniture, you know, their really cool garage sale. But, unfortunately, that's NOT why we were up!! We were actually helping some of our very best friends move into their new house!! It was really fun! We got to help them move from a 2 bedroom apartment into a HUGE 4 bedroom house that was her grandparents' house!! We helped them paint and texture the previous weekend, and we got to move everything in this weekend! It was so cool to see it all come together!!

Then, we went home and chilled for a little while, then got up and got ready again! This time it was to help celebrate Pops' birthday! Happy 23rd...right??? We love you!! We went to the mall to get him a new watch and here are a couple of pictures from the big trip!!

Here's Mali eating Prunes for the 1st Time (Yes he's in his carseat)
He looks happy right??

Hey this really isn't that bad

Mommy and Mali at the Mall

Pops and Mali Playin' Around

Mali Loves his Pops
Malachi Doesn't Look Impressed by Karter Does He?

Now We're Having Fun! Love Those Little Faces!!

And Then Came Monday...
I've been bragging for 5 1/2 months that Malachi hasn't gotten sick and how amazing that is...especially with the wind as bad as it is around here! Then, God hit me on the head (you in those V8 commercials) and said...uh uh uh, don't count your chickens before they hatch...and Malachi was diagnosed with Croup on Monday. Okay, can I just say, CROUP SUCKS!!! I've been off work since Monday and finally made it back Thursday. Then, around 11:45, my mom called me and told me that Malachi had been throwing his little guts up. This, my friends, is what we call "A New Symptom." So, yesterday, it was back to the Dr. (for the 3rd time in 4 days...) It's still Croup, throwing up is a side effect of the virus that is in his system. Give him 10cc of Pedialyte every 10 minutes until he gives you a few good, wet diapers and then try him on formula again. Yeah - not so much. We tried Pedialyte every 10 minutes until 7:30 last night and he kept throwing it up. Finally, he slept for a little while and then woke up again at 8:15. We got 50cc in and it was back to sleep. (At least for Malachi) I didn't get much sleep, I was too worried about him getting dehydrated. Then, at 1:00am, Thomas and I both got up and fed him 3 oz of formula. He kept MOST of it down, and then he FINALLY went back to sleep around 3:45. (Or so Thomas tells me, he let me go back to sleep) Then, he woke up at 6:15 and ate 4 oz and has kept that down. Maybe we're on an uphill swing!! Last night, I broke down. I kept thinking, when does this whole "I'm a mom, I can handle anything" feeling kick in? I thought moms ALWAYS had it under control. I called the Dr. 3 times last night just to make sure he was okay. I know, I panicked, but it's scary having a sick kid for the first time. At least maybe we're improving!!

Monday-Wednesday were wonderful...that is, if you can overlook the crying infant telling you he doesn't feel good...not wanting to be held, but crying when you put him down. Okay - I can see you all scratching your heads asking, "how could they be wonderful?" Let me expound. They were wonderful because I've had 3 whole days of just me and Malachi. Yes, at the end of the day, I've needed to escape a little, but for the most part, it's been great spending all this time with my little boy. I actually cried yesterday morning before I left for work. I so hope God works out what I HOPE is his next plan for my life.

In the meantime, we had fun this week together.

Here's momma's little man -
It looks like we're watching a football game or something...haha!

**Alright - enough with the Sappy crap**

I have great news!! If you've visited my blog recently, you've noticed that I added a button to the right for prayer for "Baby Stellan." This is a blog about a wonderful family who, until yesterday, was facing unbearable news. At 24 or so weeks, Stellan's mother and father were told that he was likely to die due to some MAJOR abnormalities with his little heart. The doctors didn't give him a chance to live, they basically just told his parents that he would likely die, in utero, and they would never be able to meet him. After several more doctor's visits, the outlook didn't appear to be any different. However, his parents, God-fearing, God-loving, God-believing people knew that God is bigger than anything a sonogram, or any other man-made scientific discovery can say. And thus began one of the largest prayer chains I've ever been a part of. No, I have never met this couple - and I probably won't. But, I was part of the millions that began a prayer vigil for Stellan on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. (Actually, we've been praying for MUCH longer than that) And, I'm proud to say that Stellan was born yesterday at 10:19am and with the NICU team on hand, and a team of doctors ready to jump in - Stellan was perfect!! They took him to a special care nursery just in case, but, if you go to, you'll see that he is a perfectly healthy little boy, who, just minutes ago, went to be in his mommy's room and will be heading home soon!!! I should say, I'm not proud of the prayers that I prayed...I'm proud of the God that answered those prayers and showed HIS power and HIS grace and HIS mercy to the world through little Stellan! Thank you God for renewing my faith continuously and showing what a MIGHTY and WONDERFUL God we serve through this wonderful story!

Okay - I'm crying here - I thought I was done being sappy - but, no, not quite yet....okay...deep breath in...deep breath out...I think I'm better....oh, oh...Yeah, I'm better now!!

I've been anticipating this birth for weeks now and yesterday was such an exciting day!!

Congratulations Little Stellan - the World has been anxiously waiting your arrival!!

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