Monday, June 1, 2009

Updates with Pictures!

I'm beginning to feel as though I'm neglecting my blog, and all of you lovely people who follow it, BUT, wouldn't you agree that I have a good excuse for not updating regularly?

This little fella takes up the majority of my time, and I wouldn't have it any other way! I'm not sure if I'm still in the "honeymoon phase" of this new adventure, or what, but I LOVE being at home with my son. I never saw myself as a "stay at home mom", but the thought becomes more and more appealing everyday. Unfortunately, that's not really "do-able" for Jeramie and I, so I'll be back with my other babies in August.

But, enough of that crazy talk...

Ethan is doing REALLY well! I LOVE being able to say that, and I smile like a giddy little girl when I do. It seems as though he's doing something different every single day!

Jeramie and I have been working with him on head & neck control, since he's a little behind in that area. (I guess we all would be if we had laid in a hospital bed for 9 1/2 weeks!) Anyway, I've noticed a HUGE difference in his ability to hold his own over the past few days. It was so impressive yesterday that we decided to break out the Bumbo!

Isn't he precious?! Man, I love him :)

Ethan went to his first birthday party on Saturday, then we took him on his first overnight trip that evening. Other than some medication leaking out of the bottle and having to call the on-call cardiologist at Duke to prescribe some more, things went really well! He slept great and enjoyed all the attention from PawPaw, Grandma A, and Uncle Nick (who finally got to hold him for the first time EVER).

In medical news, we head back to the pediatrician tomorrow for a weight check. I'm very interested to see how much he's grown. We're pretty much done with his newborn clothes, and I finally stopped squeezing his booty into newborn diapers sometime last week! I think part of me is in denial that he's growing (like he should be), and I don't want to let go of these newborn baby things. Oh well... I'll continue to remind myself that bigger = stronger = healthier!

We also go see the orthopedist on Friday. I'm very anxious to hear what she has to say about his arm and any treatment options. I've said before that this is the one issue that I feel like I know the least about. I'm looking forward to being educated on our options and plan for his future.

Grandma B (my mama) comes into town tomorrow and is staying with us until Thursday. I'm looking forward to having her here, and I know she's about to pee her pants with excitement!

Y'all feel free to follow me on Twitter (@joyemullis) or Facebook for more frequent updates on Ethan! And stay tuned for new pictures; I hope to get those up in the next day or two!

Until then...


Chris Waluk said...

That is one great looking kid.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, look at him in his bumbo!! He looks great!!

Good job on that head and neck control therapy.

He is going to continue to impress all of us!!

Thanks for sharing the photo's and the update.

Love you guys
Grandma A

Kendra B. said...

He is sooo cute! Look at him...and to think he was in the hospital for 9.5 weeks. God is so good! Enjoy your mommy-baby time.

Still in my prayers,

Anonymous said...

Joye & Jeramie I just want to say that God has truly blessed you both. Just following your updates and praying for your strength & Ethan's strength to be where you are now has allowed me to see God in a total different light & continued faith that He is in control no matter how big or small things may seem. I wish you nothing but happiness and blessings as you all journey ahead.

Andrea B.

Anonymous said...

i can't believe how much he's grown!!! how amazing! those Bumbo chairs are awesome! they do so much for their strength and balance development. so glad to hear things are good and that he's growing along as he should.

much love!
maggie jo

Becca Barnhart said...

He looks so adorable sitting up like a big guy in his Bumbo! He is so beautiful. I'm so glad you all have adjusted so well into life at home.

Anonymous said...

Hi! My name is Tricia Crabtree Surles and I was in youth group with Jeramie at one time! I caught wind of little Ethan's website and I have been praying for you 3 like crazy! Your strength and trust in God amazes me! I'm so happy to see he's doing so well!
Blessings!!! I'll keep praying!

Jessica Davis said...

OMG he looks TOO grown up in that bumbo picture! How long have I've been gone?! I cannot WAIT to see him and his amazing progress. Good job with his neck and head control..he'll be break dancing before we know it. I am also very interested in the appointment friday b/c like you said, our education on it is kinda, well, there's not much! Besides everyone sharing me stories of friends they had that did everything still amazingly and in their own style, so I know either way he's going to be fine! I miss y'all and cannot wait to see you soon! I love y'all 3!

Terry said...

I love it!!! Rich & I get excited every time we see Ethan & read the blog updates. But not to worry, enjoy this time and we'll take what we can when you have time -- no matter how far between blogs. Besides, I have an "in" with Grandma & Pawpaw -- so I get updated pretty regularly. Have fun Jeramie & Joye & Ethan -- laugh & savor every minute -- enjoy your time together -- it's been a long time coming kids!! Love you all --- Auntie Terry

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