Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I've been praying a lot more these days. I tend to only do it when I need something. But I have so many friends in need of prayer right now that I've been busy today praying for them. I have a friend who just had a D&C yesterday, one who is having her ovary taken out Friday and she's only in her early 20's. Another who is working so hard, depressed and can't seem to find much time for her family that she longs for. Friends that are starting new jobs, trying to lose weight, dealing with relationship issues, the list goes on. And I really, really want a new job for my husband. One where he will be happy, busy and stable. There seems to be a lot of things to pray for. So if you are a pray-er, I'd love the help with my list. I've just had these peoeple on my heart this week!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Hook it up.
Fill with formula.
Its pretty easy in all reality. Especially when he's been sick.
Ok, how could this not make you smile?
My shopping for this weeks meals. $26.00 Not too bad, right? (Humor me would ya?)
2 gallons of milk($1.99 for 2), 4.5lbs of hamburger ($1.49lb), 7 cans of beans ($1/can), sour cream(2/$5), cumin($3.69), skittles for Joshua.
My new cookbooks!
Monday, February 23, 2009
I made a meal plan for the week, so here goes. This is my attempt to be smart and feed my family. Maybe a little budget wise too.
Meals for the week
Chicken tortilla soup-here
Baked soft pretzels- here
Homemade taco seasoning
Black bean veggie patties- here
Baked French fries- here
Left over soup
Polenta- I've never had this, so we'll see how it is.
Homemade caramel corn- soo good!- here
So late Friday night, Lucas decided that he wasn't going to sleep and be super fussy. He was eating ok, but couldn't breathe, was coughing and he was just plain miserable. As the day progressed he stopped eating and just became more cranky. Come Saturday night, and keeping mom awake he was just unsettle-able. (Nice word, huh?) We skipped church and took nice long naps, everyone. I started thinking in the beginning that it was tummy issues again, but as the days went by it because more apparent that it was RSV. We took him in this morning and the doctor said that it was RSV, but not much could be done about it. His oxygen levels were good, so that is whats important. He felt the Lucas was old enough to fight it. Unless he gets worse and wasn't breathing well, we should just watch him. The wheezing was really bad and so we tried a breathing treatment at the office, but it didn't seem to help. But I cant hear him breathing right now, so maybe it did work. Here are a few pictures from the office today. He's such a little trooper.
So Josh and I are deciding to get debt free. We know that its going to be a process, but we're going to make it work. We are going to get rid of cable (Lord help me!!!), I want to start budget grocery shopping (Lord help me!!!) and we are going to stop eating out (I can handle that one, I think.) So any advice on the budgeting home front, I would gladly take. I am looking for stores with double coupons, good coupon sites and whatever else you can pass along. Thanks! :o) Pray for me! LOL.
Friday, February 20, 2009
2 of my favorite things. Joshua and Mt. Rainier.
This is just a cute little video of Lucas in his high chair.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Here was our Valentine's Day dinner. I made big ol burgers and bakes fries. They were really good and really unhealthy.
Well, that's it for now. I'll be sure to post again soon.
Monday, February 9, 2009
This one just shows you how crazy Joshua really is.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
In other news, we saw the eye doctor and audiologist today. The eye doctor was good. There has been definite progress since our last visit. We are around a 3-4 month range with his visual development. That is where I would rate him on everything, so at least he's even.
For the hearing test today, I thought that it was going to be a waste of time. Lucas failed his newborn screening and then only completed half of the follow up test and passed. I know that my little guy ca hear and there is no doubt in my mind. They ask that you bring your child hungry and tired so that you can feed them and they will sleep for the test. They put a little device in his ear and send sounds and test for the nerve reactions to those sounds. He was doing pretty good during the test. Not moving too much and sleeping decently. After she test for congestion in the ear, which he has because he is sick with a cold. But as she went to tell me that he has significant loss in both ears, my mouth dropped. I just told her that I was shocked. Shocked. We'll be repeating the test in 2 months and they will be sedating him for it. I know that my kid can hear, I just don't understand why the results would come back that way.
The eye doctor did say earlier today that babies use their other senses to help out if one isn't working fully. Like if he didn't hear well, he would use his sight and smell to help find things or hear things. It makes sense, I guess.
Anyway, that is the latest. I know that God has done miracles and will continue. Just think, 5 months ago they told us that he was blind and deaf. Look at us now. And well if we're on that subject, they told us almost a year ago that he wouldn't even make it and well, look at us now!!!!
A few days ago a friend commented on how strong I was. She said, I don't know how you do it. I couldn't. Well, I responded saying, yeah, you would. There just isn't a choice. I know that when I get to a point of self pity I think about the others that have it way worse and they manage just fine. I don't deal with as much as Lucas actually deals with either. And when I get overwhelmed I think about my friend Heather (blog to your right-McCann Happenings) she has 4 kids (triplets and a big sis) who deal with so much as well. Somehow she manages to do so much! Its amazing.
I will say that I've been struggling a bit though. I feel like I go in and out of feeling it all. A little bit numb sometimes. Its hard dealing with 3-4 Dr's appts a week. Having a sick baby almost all of the time. Worrying about his weight, how many ounces he's taking each bottle, his bowels, his poops, his sleep, his belly, his eyes, ears, brain, mouth, neck. Its a constant stress, really, literally, constant. Its been taking a toll. I'm not sure exactly what I'm to do about this whole thing. I worry that this is they way that it will always be. Will he ever be healthy? Will I ever stop feeling numb to it all? Trust me though, I don't feel numb to him. I am so in love with this baby of mine. I cry at night for the pain he must feel all the time. I can't imagine going through what his little tiny body goes through. He has done nothing to deserve all of this pain. If I could take it from him I would in a heartbeat.
Ok, enough whining. I will say that Lucas is up to 13 pounds! YEA!! 13lbs 1oz and 27 inches long. He's long and lean and oh so sweet. Thanks for reading.