Monday, May 18, 2009

Happenings from Home

Man, do I love being a mommy!! I guess I've technically been one all along, but there's something about being home with my son that makes it seem even more real. We've had a really good time here in Raleigh, and Ethan is proving to be a very good baby. Here's what we've been up to over the past few days:

-We took our first family outing on Saturday. We managed to make it to Target AND Babies R Us, and experienced our first tube feeding "on the go". It's only fitting that Target was a part of Ethan's first trip out. It is, by the way, where I found out I was pregnant and where I waddled around the day my water broke. So, of course I felt like he should experience it outside the womb as soon as possible!

-We've had many great visitors, and a couple of great meals brought to us. We look forward to seeing many more of y'all!

-Ethan finally made it to his first service at Visio Dei. I have missed worshiping at my church in a major way! To be back, with my son in my arms, was almost more than I could handle. And wouldn't you know, of all songs, the band played Amazing Grace. Remember this post? Yeah, I pretty much lost it. Thank you to everyone there for the warm welcome, prayers, and love.

-Grandma B, Poppy, and Aunt Jessi came and spent the day with us today. It was so good to see them, and I think they were equally excited. I'm pretty sure Ethan was held from the time they walked in the door, until they left! :) Well, other than when we took our trip to the Farmers' Market. That's right, we're showing Ethan every part of Raleigh possible! Too bad he slept the whole time and missed all the sights, but we enjoyed strolling around anyway.

-We planned to give Ethan his first bath at home last night, but that didn't quite work out. We've got our fingers crossed for tonight, because, good grief does he need it! There will surely be pictures to come of that whole event!

-Ethan had his first appointment this morning and it was with our INCREDIBLE feeding therapist. I would describe her as "appropriately aggressive" and I am encouraged by our plan to get him on oral feeds. Speaking of, Ethan seems to be tolerating his G-tube feeds a little better these days, so thanks for your prayers on that! Keep them coming, though, because we're changing his formula tonight and we're not sure how his tummy will handle it. We've also gotten his feeding time down to 45 minutes!

I think it's safe to say we're enjoying every minute of our new life. We're slowly, but surely, getting used to the feeding/medication schedule, and our house becomes a little more organized each day.

Please continue to pray for us. We see our pediatrician on Wednesday, then our cardiologist on Friday. We're praying for a good report on the echo he'll have done (improved heart function from his arrest & slowed narrowing of his conduit), and I'll be sure to update you guys on those results.

Until then, I'll be loving on and cuddling with my boy like there's no tomorrow! We love you guys!


Jessica Davis said...

i love hearing this! Ok, so I knew all this already, but it's so great to hear it again! we had such a great time with y'all today and I look forward to the next one! I still continue to pray for ethan every day for everything! I'm so glad to see how much prayer works! Can't wait to hear about his other appointments and see how wonderfully he's improving! I love y'all!

Kendra B. said...

Joye, I'm so excited to see that things are going well. You seem to be falling right into the swing of things. That's what being a "mommy" is all about I guess. My prayers continue to be with you.

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