Thursday, December 30, 2010

Returning the favor

Nathan and I feel so incredibly blessed to have so many people praying for our boy. It really means the world to us. Please do not stop...we are so desperate for the Lord to do a work in Price. Most days I am full of hope but then I have days like today where I don't want to hope too much as to be disappointed. Does that make sense? As I was rocking Street today, I was praying for Price and for renewed hope. I felt the Lord reminding me that my hope is in Him alone.
But back to the point of this post...we are wondering how can we pray for YOU? Yes, I want to return the prayers. We can never thank y'all enough for interceding for OUR family, and want to so to speak "return the favor".

We are SO blessed with family and friends and people we have not ever met that tell us they are praying for Price and our family...THANK YOU!!

I shared this with my FB friends but here is Price figuring out how to get himself down off the couch. He still can't stand up straight due to his tone, but we will take it! He is so funny...he slides himself down so cautiously until he feels the floor. It is so wonderful to see him upright....my heart just bursts.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas in pictures

Sometime not long after Price was born, we stopped taking pictures. Seriously, this is all I have from Christmas. Not even a shot of our family together or the kids together. I realized this after watching my sister and her husband and their new little girl take a gazillion pictures and analyze each one.

So here it is our Christmas in pics.

Ellery woke up at 5:30am on Christmas morning...and so it begins!
Price enjoyed opening a few presents but then he was ready to move on. We call this his center- fold pose.

Brrrr..it was actually cold here on Christmas morning after being in shorts and flip flops on Christmas Eve.

lulu and poppy with the kiddos

Rager boy with his stocking

And his sweet, innocent smile that for a few seconds makes you forget about the raging.

We made a trip to Dallas to visit Bebe and Pops and they treated us to Six Flags Holiday in the Park.
Back tracking here...Price enjoying his new train track.

And look at this side-sitting transition...it's a big deal in case you weren't aware.


Back to Six Flags..the cold, dry air did a number on Price's skin.
Ellery rode every ride she was tall enough for...

and Price did lots of patient waiting in his stroller, making silly faces for the camera.

Snow sledding in Texas.
That's it. Pathetic, I know. I am going to try and do better. Street deserves more than a handful of pictures from his first year of life.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Mary and Merry Christmas

Ellery was Mary in her preschool's Christmas program...a role she had wanted since she was in the toddler class. They drew names for the parts and I was just so thankful to the Lord for giving her the desire of her heart.



Ellery has been participating in this program for 4 years now and it doesn't change so she has got it down. It has been neat to see her understand and learn more about the Christmas story each year.

Christmas 2010
MERRY CHRISTMAS from our family!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Santa


2 out of 3...not that bad!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

PEACE

Today Price fell down the entire flight of front stairs. I can't believe it. I turned my head for a second to put Street down for his nap and then I hear the thuds. I really think it scared him more than anything. He cried for about 3 minutes and then was ready to get back on the floor and play. He had a little blood on his lip and a few bumps on his head but nothing else. Surprisingly, I was not panicked. Sure, my heart beat a little faster as I heard it happen and I ran right to get him, but I did not panic.

Panic is in my nature. I am the most fearful, anxious person I know. Seriously. It's hard to admit, but I had a couple of panic attacks right after Nathan and I got married that landed me in the minor ER. I thought I was dying.

Slowly but surely the Lord has done a work in me. I wasn't sure I was going to share this as we haven't told many people or even family, but Price's MRI last week did not result in the news we had hoped for. In fact, it was not at all what we expected. The neurologist and radiologist had a consult about it, that's how not typical the results were. We were back at Texas Children's the following day subjecting Price to more testing because they now think what he has could be degenerative. Like I said, not at all what we expected. Not at all what we have been praying for. Degenerative? That's like the worst word I have ever heard. Especially when it applies to something my baby could have.

Did I cry when the neurologist called me on the phone? Of course, I have been crying all week. Does it keep me up at night wondering about the future? Sure, I think about it all day and all night. But did I panic? No. If this is how the Lord chooses to glorify Himself through us and through Price's life then I say okay. It's not without tears or sadness or us pleading to the Lord for something different, but it IS well with my soul. I am not trying to make myself sound all perfect and together because I am definitely not. Not at all. But, I am trying to make the point that the Lord has done a great work in me and in our family. Anxiety has no place in all this. Panic and worry has no place.

Our Sunday school teacher told us to focus on two things this Christmas season: His GLORY and His PEACE. Peace does not mean having all things lined up and to be without suffering. This is what it used to mean to me. It is being in the midst of pain and suffering and still experiencing the peace that only He can bring. I feel it, Nathan feels it. Peace.

Do you have it?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Three musketeers

Ellery, Ella, and Madi Kate and the moms went to see a cute little production of The Nutcracker at the ballet studio where Ellery takes ballet class once a week.

The girls had a great time watching the big girls dance, sipping "tea", and eating lunch. I think Ellery was on the fence about ballet until now...she has decided that she wants to keep dancing so she can be in The Nutcracker one day.

How do these three go from this
to this?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Meeting Street

Street meets Aunt Sherry...
and papa...
and I know my nanny would have loved to meet him. she was crazy about babies!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Street is 2 months!


At 2 months Street weighs 15 pounds. His percentile is HIGH (meaning it's not even on the charts). The doctor told me today that the average one year-old weighs 20 pounds and that we might be looking at a new carseat by 6 months. Geez.

His height is 24 inches (85th percentile) and his head of course is in the 90th percentile. He's a big boy all around.

He is starting to give us glimpses of his personality. His name really suits him. He smiles all the time and has started "talking" to us. He is so strong. He holds his head up so well for a 2 monther and the doctor today told us his tone and strength are wonderful. She said he's ready for the bumbo. As you know, this is something that we do not take for granted. The doctor did notice a small heart murmur today at his appointment but she said she is not worried about it. I am not going to worry either.

At 2 months, Street still loves to be held and to be part of the action. He also loves to have one hand in your shirt while being held. He can raise one eyebrow. Everyone comments on his reddish-blonde hair and his pretty skin. He is eating about 6 -7 times a day and has been consistently sleeping for at least a 4-5 hour stretch at night.
At 2 months of age, we can't imagine life without him. The smell of his bald little head, the grins and coos, the way he still rages when he's hungry or tired, his serious little face that looks so intently into our eyes...we love it all (well maybe not the raging, but the rest of it).

Sunday, December 5, 2010

We know that you can...

We got up extra early this morning to get everyone dressed, fed, and out the door to church. Ellery had her first choir performance during both services. Ellery and her bestie, Madi Kate, were front and center singing their little hearts out!

Because of this choir performance, Nathan and I headed back from a wedding in College Station late last night. I now realize that we needed to be at our church service this Sunday. It has been really amazing to see the Lord lead us step by step on this journey with Price. People we meet, places we are led...could all be looked at as mere coincidences but we choose to believe that He is lighting the path in front of us little by little. The message at church was Jesus Heals. It was awesome. If you want to listen to it you can here (it is part of the Jesus Saves series). At the end of the service our Pastor asked for those who needed healing to stand as well as those who wanted to intercede for someone close to them. Of course, Nathan and I stood and we cried. The entire congregation prayed for everyone standing. There is nothing more desperate than a mother or father pleading to the Lord to heal their child. We are in a desperate place, my friends, as we know that He alone is the only one with answers and the healing that we so desperately seek. So to quote our pastor we will continue to pray, "Lord we know that you can heal Price, and we pray that you will heal Price."

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Half-Birthday

This year, Ellery's class celebrates half-birthdays for those kids that have birthdays in the summer months. I love it and think we might keep the tradition. Ellery's will fall on December 14th, and she is loving that it will be during Christmas time (so different than the hot, muggy month of June).

She found these in a magazine and has her heart set on taking these cupcakes to her class party.

What's so special about these cupcake toppers is that not only are they the original Rebel Alliance characters, but that they include Princess Leia. Poor Leia is left out of everything. It really is a bummer for the little girl Star Wars fans.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

football, fishing, and falling in love

We went to Austin for Thanksgiving and had the privilege of seeing both sides of the family. My mom cooked a wonderful Thanksgiving meal...it was beautiful and delicious. The boys stayed at the lake while Nathan, Ellery, and I went to the Texas/A&M football game. I am proud of those Aggies! Ellery told Nathan that she wants to go to A&M now because they won the game, have a better band, and you get to kiss every time the players score. Well said my dear.

Speaking of kissing, Ellery came home from school a couple of weeks ago and told me she is falling in love with Jack. Falling in love? Where in the world did she hear that? I will blame it on Disney. Jack is a very handsome little guy so I can hardly blame her. She also told me that she kissed him at school...on the hand. I fear for the future. Not really.

Ellery went fishing at the lake and caught something. I was in shock that she had a fish on her line within 5 minutes but she told me that she prayed God would send a fish. Silly me to doubt...faith like a child. She didn't want her picture with it though because "fish are gross". I told her that's why God gave us two boys that can do all the dirty work for us. They can kill the bugs, handle the fish, and all the other yucky stuff that we girls don't enjoy.

Street has been flashing a little grin every once and awhile and it makes all the screaming completely worth it. He's kind of a serious little dude that likes to be held ALL THE TIME. He is not big on naps either. In order to get our Christmas decorations put up tonight, Lulu had to come over and be the "baby holder".

Price is getting over his first cold in over a year. Seriously, the kid rarely gets sick. It was nice to have a little time off from therapy, especially since he was under the weather. Price cracks us up these days. We gave him benadryl for the ride home from Austin and Ellery and Street slept but he was awake the entire trip. He was so bored that he started pestering his sister....grabbing her hands, pulling on her hair, trying to steal her Gatorade etc. I love when he does stuff like this, the "typical" little brother stuff. He's a funny guy.

Nathan and I stayed up late last night working on arts and crafts and watching football. He was helping me make some ornaments that I am taking to exchange with some ladies from our church for an Advent Jesse tree. We were also putting together Street's birth announcements. I must say it was more fun than being on the computer or checking our phones. I am not sure if Nathan would say the same though.
Poppy bought her some camo for her fishing adventure...a girl's got to look good

fishing with pops

Monday, November 22, 2010

there's something about poppy...





ellery has always been smitten with her poppy and now this little guy is too!

{by the way, don't you love his "fratty" hair!}

Friday, November 19, 2010

Gifts

I forgot to mention one more thing about Street...he is the world's best burper.

Not much new going on around our house except that Piper and Paige are coming to stay with us tomorrow! Very excited about having them here. Since Ellery and Nathan will be going to the Texas game, Paige and I will be here with the 3 littlest ones. We will probably order in some yummy dinner, have lots of nursing sessions, and just hang out. I can't wait.

I was going to make this post about Christmas gifts and list some of our favorite "therapeutic" toys, but Street started screaming and well, I will save that for another day. I can't help but think about how a toy will help a child's development every time I am out looking or shopping. What can I say, I am a therapy mom. Ellery wants a Star Wars bike. Has anyone seen one? Not the Clone Wars but the old school Star Wars with Leia. Her second choice: a pink and purple Barbie bike. Go figure!

Speaking of gifts, a friend of Nathan's who is spiritually gifted in intercession came to pray with us at the house yesterday. It was a sweet, sweet time. We so easily forget the spiritual battle that is being waged everyday. I could write a really long post about our afternoon but I'd much rather talk about it in person.

Also, this week I had a good friend call me and tell me about a dream she had of Price. He was older in this dream but he was walking and talking. This is the second time someone has had a dream about Price where he is walking and talking in it.

I truly can say "it is well with my soul." I have such a peace about what the Lord is doing in our lives and in the life of this special child of ours. Of course, we want (and will not stop praying for)Price to be miraculously healed, but most of all we just want to be faithful.

Monday, November 15, 2010

More about Street...


-he grinned for the first time a couple days ago...much earlier than Ellery or Price.

-he slept from 10-4 last night...his longest stretch yet...not holding my breath

-he is not fond of sleep during the day...we are working on that

-he can go from 0 to 60 in no time...not alot of middle ground with this kiddo

-his eyes are already starting to darken...we are thinking either green or brown...he won't take after his big brother

-he likes to move...he's a wiggle worm and won't stay still for long

-we think so far he's been the most difficult of all 3 at this stage...maybe because he has to cry more since I'm not always available to hold him or soothe him...yes, I am saying he's high maintenance

-he loves loves his sling

-he already weighs over 12 1/2 pounds...he's the size of a 6 month old

-he loves Ellery and Price's voices...and searches for them in a room

-nathan has nicknamed him "rager boy"...poor little guy

-we think he looks like lulu...of course this could all change...but lucky for him if it doesn't :)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

1 Month

Happy 1 month handsome!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Hard

Hard is dropping my 2 year old off in the infant class at church because he can't walk or crawl on all fours.



Hard is not knowing what the future holds for Price. Will he walk, will he talk, what will it look like?



Hard is not knowing what his little voice sounds like because he doesn't talk. Not hearing mama.



Hard is the heartbreak I feel everytime we are somewhere "normal" like the park. Instead of focusing on what he can do I tend to dwell on the cannot's.

Hard is the guilt I feel even though it's irrational. Did I do something wrong?



Hard is watching every other 2 year old who is developing normal. That's what Price should be doing I sometimes think...that's what 2 year olds are like.



Hard is this road that we have no choice but to walk down. I would give ANYTHING for life to not be so stinkin hard for my boy.

Hard is battling the fear concerning Street's development. I should be enjoying every minute of his baby stage but I'm not.

Hard is knowing my baby is capable of so much more...if only his body would let him.



Hard are so many other things happening in this world and in the life of friends and family.



Hard but good is our blessed life. He didn't say it would be easy. When I want to throw myself a pity party I am reminded of just how blessed we are. Things could be so much harder. It doesn't always make it easier though.



I was watching a video by Matt Chandler about prayer and it spoke to me. The Bible says to labor in prayer. I definitely know what that means now. Labor is hard- it's sweat and tears. The Lord wants us to bother him with prayer. Bothering I am definitely doing. Please Lord hear our prayers.



{sorry for the downer post...it's just my heart...i've never been one to fake it}

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Meet sweet Street



A few things about Street...He loves to be held, to be in his sling, to EAT, to use his pacifier when he's not eating, to take naps anywhere besides his own bed, and to be a part of the noise and the action!


Monday, November 1, 2010

a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away

Another fun Halloween night with the Melton family! Ellery picked costumes this year.
Pre-Halloween
Princess Leia


Dorothy and Leia




And our little Yoda

Our little unhappy Yoda (I think he's having helmet flash backs...wanting this hat off)



And R2D2!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Ellery-isms

For a really long time, my family has teased me about my "kristen-isms". It's true, I sometimes make up words and get phrases mixed up.

Well, Ellery has a couple funny words that I don't want to forget.

"hanitizer" for hand-sanitizer (in my opinion, it's a much better, more functional word)

"hang-a-burger" for hamburger

I know there are others too..she's so funny.

And then there are the very creative stories she makes up. Here is one from today.

"Once upon a time there was a house. It had a park right by it. There were 5 people in the house. They went outside and saw a hurricane and tornado.
The sun started to shine. So they decided to go play in the park. The tornado and hurricane decided to go to Wichita."

It was complete with pictures. A house with lots of clouds and lines through it and then a pretty house with the sun shining.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

thoughts from a sleep-deprived mom

having a newborn is a lot of work...why do we forget this?

street weighed 10 lbs, 6 oz last friday. the dr said he didn't need to eat every 4 hrs at night. he has been waking up about every 2-3 hrs to eat at night. am i a bad mom for letting him cry 5 min last night in an attempt to get him to go back to sleep without eating? it was out of desperation and it worked.

i so desperately want price to talk. the crying is getting very old. i think i am treating him more like a toddler now that we have a baby in the house. i decided if i treat him like a baby, he will act like one.

wow, i sound like a mean mom. we really are doing great. street fits right in.

yesterday i asked nathan if i could die from no sleep. he said yes.

i was off therapy duty for 2 weeks but it starts again this week. price was so happy when i picked him up on monday. it made me feel so good.

price is very interested in his baby brother all of a sudden. i see the beginnings of a life-long friendship. we have been praying constantly for price's healing and development. why do i feel like street is just part of the Lord's answering of that prayer?

speaking of price, his lumbar puncture went just fine last week. we won't get results for months. there is only one place in the entire usa that tests for what we are testing for.

i have been doing alot of late night thinking about suffering. i came to the realization that suffering will never end here on earth. i always knew this but it really hit me. it makes me long for Jesus to return.

nathan and i have been doing a lot of talking about price and our hopes and prayers for him. i said we are running a marathon. i don't care when we get to the finish line, i just want to get there. nathan corrected me and said we are walking the marathon. so true!

ellery is sounding out every word she says lately. it's funny and awesome to see her learning more and more each day. i am just crazy about her.

poor street..i am watching him like a hawk. is he smiling? is his head control okay? etc. etc. i have to remind myself that he is only 2 weeks old. i kind of want to fast forward to a year old and see him walking but then i know i need to take it one day at a time and enjoy him.

i hope to post pictures of streeter tomorrow. what a blessing.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

No stone unturned

Nathan, Ellery, and I are adjusting quite well to life with a new little one around. Ellery loves on her little brother and is so much more helpful and understanding this time around at 4 years old. Believe me, if anyone was cut out to be a big sister to TWO brothers, she is! She will have these boys in line in no time!

Price, on the other hand, is not handling the transition quite as well. He is a very sensitive child and while he cannot communicate what he is feeling with words, he communicates in so many other ways that he's just not sure about these changes. Poor guy. This morning he wouldn't even acknowledge my presence while I was holding Street....talk about making this mama sad. I know it's just an adjustment period but it has me a little heartbroken at the moment. On top of a new brother, he is cutting his molars.

Street is such a blessing. He's feisty and sweet all at the same time. I am trying to savor even the long nights. He had his first photo session yesterday and I can't wait to share pictures. Unfortunately my ones from his birthday are really not ones I would like to share with the Internet world. Natural labor looks a whole lot different than the smiling, hair-done epidural pictures.

Life just keeps moving. Price is having his lumbar puncture tomorrow morning. He will be sedated for it. It's just something we need to do - even if it's just to rule something else out. Unfortunately, I don't think I am going to be with him at the hospital during the procedure which is creating even more mommy guilt. Street and I are just a bit attached and I do not think the hospital is a great place for an almost 2 week old.



Happier days!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Cousins


Monday, October 11, 2010

10.9.10

Introducing...
Street Michael
9 lbs 7.1 oz
21 inches
I want to write Street's birth story before I forget the details. Friday I woke up and decided enough is enough. I was tired, swollen, and very over the pregnancy. I decided I would do everything in my power to get labor started but ultimately put it in the Lord's hands. Nathan and I had been attending birth classes and I was so determined to have a different birth experience this time around. Not that my other two births disappointed me in anyway and I can't really explain it, I just knew the Lord was doing something new this time.
So back to Friday...I walked Ellery to school that morning and just kept walking. Friday night I sat on an exercise ball doing all sorts of stretches I thought might help. Oh and on Thursday night, I went to see a chiropractor and had a massage.
At 10:30 on Friday night, I mentioned to Nathan that it kind of felt like my water had broken. I couldn't decide and ultimately decided I must have just peed on myself a little (pretty, I know). I decided to go to bed and just see what happened. At about 3:30am, I woke up to some cramping and that's when I knew labor had started. I called my midwife and told her my contractions were about 4-5 minutes apart but not too intense. She didn't want us to wait too long at home because this was my 3rd baby and there was a high possibility he/she could come really fast.
We took our time. Nathan showered, I finished packing us up, I went upstairs and kissed my two lovies, Nathan's mom arrived at our house to stay with the kids, and off we went. My contractions were still close together in the car and never let up, however, I was a little worried I would get to the hospital and it would be false labor or I would still be 1 cm dilated. I was pretty confident my water did break (although it wasn't that big gush you see in the movies) and felt better about waking my midwife up and getting her to the hospital so early on her BIRTHDAY!

We got to our labor and delivery room and waited on midwife Titi to arrive. She checked me and said I was 4-5 cm dilated and about 90% effaced. Phew... some progress. At about 7 am, her shift was over and another midwife Debbie arrived. I somehow always knew Debbie would be the one to deliver this baby. She was the one who gave us the "bad" news about our 20 week ultrasound and she even called me over the weekend to see how I was holding up until I could see the specialist the next week. Our personalities just clicked. My nurse Melissa was also wonderful. I had met her at my non-stress test in the hospital on Tuesday and she requested to be my nurse. The Lord hand-picked these precious ladies.

Debbie, Melissa, and I walked the halls, stopping for each contraction. When Debbie checked me at about 11am, she said I had made a little progress. She didn't think my water had fully broken and said that it would help get things really moving forward. After she broke my water, things got intense. I labored in the bathtub and on the birthing ball, the birthing ball being the best. My mom and sister came in the room to see me and while I was so happy they were there, it was hard. I actually teared up a bit when I saw them.

Debbie checked me again at about 12 pm and said that she thought this baby was not going to come down on his/her own without some help. She guessed that we might have a bigger baby on our hands. She decided to help me out (I will spare you the details) while I pushed a little. This is when I decided enough was enough. I was in so much pain. I wanted her hand out of me and I wanted this baby out. I told her to stop and that I needed a break. She gave me that "break" but what she did worked and I couldn't help but keep pushing. She later told me she saved me hours of labor. Nathan gave me an eye-to-eye pep talk and I realized that the only way to get through this was to push this baby out. I put my hands on the baby's head and at 12:42 pm, Street Michael entered this world. His shoulder got stuck a little and we soon realized why...he weighed 9 lbs, 7.1 oz! Nathan helped deliver him and declared "It's a boy. It's Street" with tears in his eyes. In an instant all the pain and discomfort turned to joy and relief. The baby nurse placed him on my chest, we let his cord pulsate, and he was given Apgars of 8 and 9. He stayed with me for about an hour before the nurse took him to be weighed and examined. Our baby boy was here and he was healthy and he was perfect. He has Price's light hair and maybe eyes and his nose and mouth look like Ellerys. At least that's our opinion as of today.

I am pretty sure I told Nathan I was never doing that again, EVER. He was my biggest supporter...he was incredible throughout it all. I love him even more after experiencing Street's birth together. The Lord has been gracious to us...that is how I have been feeling all weekend. He was gracious to give us the birth experience we had prayed for and so gracious to give us this healthy little guy after such an initial scare. Our "growth restricted baby" was not growth restricted in anyway. Gracious.

This is a long post with lots of run on sentences but I didn't want to forget anything. We are all doing well, just tired. Ellery is thrilled with her new baby brother and even though she had her sights set on a baby girl, she knows that God has given us what we needed. She is helping already and sweetly smothering him. Price just looks at Street and smiles. And when Street cries, Price's lips quiver and he looks like he might burst into tears as well. Brotherly love I guess.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Who wants a coke? (and a baby update)

I went to the hospital today for a non-stress test to check up on baby. Everything sounded great! My midwife was debating on giving me a medicine to help get this baby moving down and labor started, however, after much discussion we both decided against it. We are going to give my body more time to do its thing and if there is no baby by Sunday, we will have an induction on Monday. The standard is 40 weeks with our cord-issue and while I would be willing to go another week or so, I am trusting the doctor on this one.

I am so peaceful about it all and know the Lord has the perfect time and day for the arrival of this much-loved little one.

In the meantime, I am walking, walking, walking. In fact, if you saw a huge pregnant lady and a certain 4 year old walking down a busy street today...it was me and Ellery. Ellery has become quite the entrepreneur lately and wants to sell everything from art work to water to random household items. Today, she decided she wanted to sell cans of coke. At first I said no (I don't want to be the crazy neighbor) but then I thought back to my childhood. I was just like her! So we came up with a plan to give cokes away to people we saw in the neighborhood. She would be satisfied and I could get some walking in. We carried around a diaper box of cokes and handed them out one by one. There are several houses under construction and the workers had huge smiles on their faces when Ellery presented them with an ice-cold coke. One man gave her a dollar and that really made her day. We could have been a coca-cola commerical now that I think about it.

I am off to eat some spicy chili for dinner. And maybe some pineapple for dessert. Isn't that the old-wives tale about labor-inducing food?

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Getting stronger

No baby news. I have had an increasing amount of contractions each day and have been trying to get in some walking to hopefully help get this labor thing started, but nothing real significant to report. I suppose Nathan missed Texas/OU weekend for nothing, although I'm not really sure he would have enjoyed it considering the outcome.

Price is really gaining some arm strength. He has started to push up on his arms and scoot himself back. Nathan will get on the floor with him and they do push-ups together. He even got himself into a sitting position from his tummy. It's amazing to me how all of the little pieces have to come together to get our body to move in a certain way. When I watch 2 year olds at the park, I'm in complete awe. We know that crawling will open up a whole new world for Price, as pulling up is pretty impossible to do while on your stomach (and believe me, he tries). It's so encouraging to see him gain new skills and strength. Your prayers for Price mean so much to our family! All of the glory to the Lord!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Baby update

We had our last (hopefully) appointment with our fetal specialist. Everything is looking good with the baby and he/she is measuring right on schedule. He/she is estimated to be about 7 1/2 pounds right now which pretty much means this one will likely be right on target with Ellery and Price who were close to 8 lbs. I am so thankful that no growth issues have come up throughout this pregnancy.

I have had quite a few comments about how miserable I must be now. However, I don't feel miserable at all and I'm not complaining. The only thing is that my feet are the size of Texas and I have serious cankles. I never swelled with Ellery or Price, so this is a new symptom for me. But, like I said, no complaints here. So many of the moms at therapy had their babies prematurely and my sister was on bed rest after going into labor at 25 weeks...and so how could I complain? Labor will be a different story, however!

Our fetal specialist said it's best to not go past my due date with our cord issue, so if this baby does not come in the next week and a half I am supposing they will most likely induce. I am just praying and hoping that this little one will come on his/her own timing. Ellery was 9 days early and I was induced with Price a couple days before my due date because of the hurricane, so I really have no expectations about when the big day might be!

The fear has tried to creep in over the past couple of weeks. What if this baby has hypotonia? What if something is wrong? What if we have to do this therapy/doctor thing all over again? And so I am just trying to combat it with prayer and the truth, relying on the grace of God to give me faith instead of fear.

Oh, and just a funny side note. We have been doing a nightly devotional with Ellery. A couple of nights ago it was on the Lord giving us the desires of our heart and if we are following Him, it will be what He wants. Nathan told me later that night that Ellery's exact words were, "I wish for rainbows each day and I wish there were unicorns for real on earth." Oh, to be a child again!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Day of nesting

My dad, Nathan, and Ellery were on the road early today to make it to the Texas game in Austin. My mom, Price, and I decided to stay at home since the game was going to be a middle-of-the-day scorcher. My mom is the most organized person I know, and I always enjoy her coming over to our house to "do some work". And some work we did! Kids closets, nursery, pictures hung, laundry done, and the grand finale my closet! I have done very little shopping since before Price was born...all of a sudden we were thrown into appointments with him and therapy and my clothes and style took a backseat. (Don't feel too sorry for me though, because my mom was always looking out for me. :) ) And being very pregnant now, I just wanted to get rid of everything and little by little start all over. My closet looks very empty...a clean slate...and it feels so good. I have nothing to wear...but it really does feel good.

After our purging, we decided to make a trip to the galleria of course. I needed a couple of things for labor and after delivery, and the kids both were in need of pajamas. Of course, a little detour through Nordstroms was a necessity as well. Too bad I am too big for the clothes and too swollen for the shoes.

Price seemed to enjoy his one-on-one time with the ladies. He doesn't get out and about much these days. One, because he is always at therapy and two, because he is difficult for me to maneuver right now. He loved the galleria with so many people and things to look at. His favorites were the elevator and the balloon that a lady in the shoe department gave him.

Here he is holding his balloon and doing his fake "smile" for the camera. I love this boy!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sitting pretty


I was called out of the waiting room at therapy to come see my boy sitting on a step! It's such a BIG accomplishment for our low-tone little guy! Go Pricey!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Piper time

Thanks to everyone who said prayers for Price on Friday. We actually re-scheduled his procedure. Orally sedating a 2 year-old just didn't seem like a great idea to us...we just don't want to take any risks. It would have left him still awake, able to feel the procedure, and still able to move. And even though he can't move as much as most 2 year-olds, he can and would have still tried to get away and squirm. I will let you know when the new date is.

Piper and Paige are in town and we are loving it! She's such a doll and it makes me even more anxious to meet our little one. Speaking of little one, I went to the doctor on Friday and I am maybe 1 cm dilated and the baby has not descended at all. I am thinking I might go the full three weeks. I am feeling great, other than being tired and hot, but no complaints.

I always tell the Lord that I believe He heals. I know He can heal. I read about healing all over the Bible. Sometimes though, I doubt that He will. Gasp, I know. Most days I am full of faith and belief and then I will have a day where I have my doubts. Well, the Lord provided a most perfect example of His healing power and His working of a miracle in a good friend's life. Most of all, I am thrilled for this friend of mine and just thanking the Lord for His goodness and faithfulness in her life. I get teary-eyed just thinking about it. But, I am also encouraged. It was almost like He was saying to me, Look here my child, I am still in the business of miracles. I am the God who heals. The same God you read about is the same God I am today. I am so thankful I serve such a powerful God.



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