Thursday, March 26, 2009
Tonight we plan to celebrate and go on a real date together, which means Jack gets to have his first babysitter (other than a grandma). Jack will most likely sleep the whole time and not even know we were gone, but this is a big milestone for mom and dad. We've got the cream of the crop coming to stay with him though (thanks Kat!), so we might even take our time and have dessert.
The bad news is that he has actually lost some weight since his last appointment. Last month he was 14 lbs 15 oz and this month he's 14 lbs 9 oz. He's also been sweating a lot when he eats. I mentioned this to our pediatrician and she said I should call cardiology and let them know, just in case, since sweating is a sign of heart failure. I left a message and am waiting for a nurse to call me back. The good news though is that he looks really, really good. His lungs are clear and his liver is not enlarged, and despite losing weight his still has those cute chunky cheeks and a pleasant demeanor. Those are all signs that he's not in heart failure. So, I'm not going to worry. My mommy intuition radar is not going off, so I'm just going to wait and talk with the nurse and know that he's doing fine. I mean seriously, does this face look sick to you?
He's also getting very busy. Those little fingers of his are pretty sure they need to touch and grab anything that is not for babies. While it makes extra work for me, it is also good because it's helping him to sit up more so he can reach things. He's also finally mastered his roll from his tummy to his back. I better get my hosue baby proofed. Before I know it he's going to be struting around here getting into all kinds of trouble.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
We are sad that there is a big dark cloud outside the window as I type this. We are ready for spring to come and stay!
Other than playing in the sun, I am happy to report that we have absolutely nothing to report. We even dared to take Jack to church with us today. I know RSV season isn't totally over yet, but it's so close and Jack is doing so well. It was lovely to actually go and be able to sit together for a change. Plus, Hardy and I just got sustained today as the new ward Activities Co-Chairs for the ward. (One of us is more excited about that than the other ;)
Monday, March 16, 2009
Jack only liked Red Robin when Grandpa was holding him
I thought all the noise and craziness might upset him since he's used to it being just the two of us, but Jack loved having so many fun cousins, like Jessie, to watch and entertain him.
He was quite impressed by all the tricks his cousin Alex could do. Maybe it will inspire him.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Paul Cardall is an amazing musician and CHD survivor. He has been waiting for a new heart for over 200 days and his friends are doing a concert on his behalf. It should be fantastic and we can't wait to attend. You should all come too! We hope to see you there :)
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Yesterday afternoon our heart friends welcomed their little girl Avery to the world, and last evening she returned to the loving arms of our Heavenly Father. I have grown to truly love this sweet girl and her mother as we’ve talked and emailed in preparation for Avery’s arrival. Every scary step of the way she was so filled with hope and a positive outlook. I was sure that in a few years Avery and Jack would be getting into all kinds of trouble together at Heart Camp. My heart is completely broken for them. I am at a loss for words and am instead filled with tears.
It’s times like this when I am so grateful for the knowledge we have of the gospel of Jesus Christ and eternal families. It doesn’t take away the ache and sorrow of the moment, but it brings peace knowing that her mission was fulfilled and she will be reunited with her family again someday. It is so hard to understand sometimes, but I know that Heavenly Father sees the end from the beginning.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
...Making him smile with just a look from across the room.
...The sound of his uncontrollable giggle.
...That it’s my job to know the silly sound for the day and to perform it often.
...Being able to interpret every cry, whimper and look on his face better than anyone else.
...That he quickly forgives me and clings to me for comfort even when I am the one holding him down for his IVs, shots, and everything else unpleasant but necessary.
...Knowing the intimate details of his face from much patting, kissing, loving, and caressing, and he knows mine.
...Hearing the wonderful baby secrets that he whispers to me when we’re up late at night.
...When my body has the super-spidey sense to wake up before Jack does in the middle of the night with just enough time to pump a fresh bottle.
...Watching him examine his own fingers and toes with amazement as he discovers some new wonderful thing that they can do.
...Rescuing him in the middle of the night when he gets turned around in a crazy position in his crib.
...How much fun we have getting dressed in the morning and then getting ready for bed at night.
Who knew silly dancing jammies could be so funny?
...The look of pure delight on his face when I bring out one of his favorite toys.
...How his whole body shakes with anticipation when he’s hungry and sees a bottle coming his direction.
...The way his body curls into mine at night as soon as I finish feeding him and put in his binky.
...Watching him try new things and have new experiences (like eating a Ritz cracker)
And most of all I love these boys! Seriosuly, what's not to love?
I hope these sweet little heart babies help us all to remember to live each day to it's fullest and to be grateful for all that we have.