Wednesday, April 8, 2009

One Month Later

Ethan is 1 month old today! In some ways, I can't believe it's already been a month; but, then again, these past 4 weeks have felt like a year. During my pregnancy I never imagined we would spend the first month of his life (and then some) in the hospital. I never imagined I would call Duke "home". I figured we would be hanging out at our REAL home, taking trips to Target, and walking around the neighborhood with our other mommy and baby friends. I've mourned the loss of a "normal" life these past 4 weeks, but have also been challenged to really think about what normal is. I've learned more about the human body than any biology class in college ever taught me, and I've found a love for another human being that I never thought possible.

I am completely head over heels in love with my son. His life is such a precious gift, and he truly is our miracle. I've learned a lot about him during this month and I'm looking forward to getting to know him even more. So far I know that if he's mad, he does NOT want his Soothie. He has a fake cough cry that is too pitiful for words. He loves to sleep curled up in positions that make me wonder if he can even breathe. He makes faces that he could have only gotten from his daddy, and he MUST have gotten his sleeping habits from Jeramie as well!

I've learned there is beauty in the breakdown, and for that I am thankful.

Happy 1-month birthday, Ethan. Mommy loves you.

11 comments:

Jesse Smith said...

ohh, he is so sweet!

Jenny Benny said...

yay for Ethan! (And his awesome parents!) Happy 1 month birthday!

Taylor said...

What a precious picture! Happy birthday, Ethan!

Anonymous said...

So happy to know that things are going well. He is just precious as are you. I will continue to keep you in my prayers. Love always. XOXO

Jenny Miller

Lisa said...

Happy Birthday Ethan! What a lucky boy you are to have such amazing parents!

Mandy said...

Happy 1 Month Ethan! It was great seeing ya'll last night. I love hearing about all the things only you and Jeramie have learned about your son. Enjoy learning all those simple beautiful things about him.

jennynaree said...

Happy Birthday Ethan! I hope you are all doing well, I think and pray for you everyday!

Jennifer McLaughlin

Jessica Davis said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ETHAN! I'm so excited I got to spend the day cuddling with the sweetest/cutest/strongest nephew ever! My days go by so quickly now b/c I have something to look forward to-driving up to see y'all! I had a great day and thank you for the pictures. oh, and WHERE is his cupcake?! I would've put 1/12th of a candle on there, but, you know..saftey regulations and what not. I love y'all so much and can't wait to see ya on Easter with your bags of goodies!! (hope to be your neighbor soon... ;))

Anonymous said...

hi Joy, you are so good at expressing yourself. i have been following your blog and praying for all of you. i think you will write a book called "Beauty in the Breakdown!" I love that, and have experienced it myself.....Holy Holy Holy is our Lord. i am happy for you and jeramie and your wonderful son. Happy Easter!! sincerely, vicki paxton

Anonymous said...

Hello Joye & Jeramie,
Just a few words to let you know that we all love you. Little Ethan is so adorable and is truly a gift from God! You speak the words from deep down in your heart, words that only a mother could feel, and a mother loves so very deeply. You are blessed! Our prayers continue daily and may God bless and keep you all strong.
All my love, Aunt Cathy

Anonymous said...

Hey Joye,
I am so proud of you, mostly because you are a mother and I have never been blessed with that
gift, but most of all because you are so strong and such a wonderful 'little mama'. Ethan is just beautiful and I am so glad he is getting better each day.
Our hearts and prayers are with you and we love you so much. I also hope that you can soon enjoy your precious little baby at home
very soon. Hope you'll have a Happy Easter! God bless you.
Love your cousin, Lori Angel

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