Thursday, January 29, 2009
* delicious coffee and a hot bowl of cream of wheat cereal.
* a completely uninterrupted night of sleeping... no waking toddlers or potty breaks for me!
* a flexible schedule, which allows me to head to Waverly pretty much any time I want.
* Isaac wanting to sit with me and read through entire stories by Dr. Seuss.
* the book, Shepherding a Child's Heart.
* a house where we can spread out and have some space when we need it!
* good medical care and low cost prescriptions for my medication.
* God's continual work in my life with how I say things.
* Matt's gentle and caring nature.
* gas in our cars.
* windows in our house so we can see the snow falling.
* baby Gideon, baby W, baby Carmona, baby Z and baby Young ready to enter our world this year.
* a very dear friend who is turning back to Christ.
* free coupons... somehow we keep getting the Sunday paper!
* Isaac's cute and fun little personality and all the words he says and all the joy he brings to our family.
* the health of our family; it's easy to take this for granted.
* my brother, Sean, and his wife, Casey - that they live so close to me.
* hand-me-down clothing we've received for Isaac.
* finally being over the post-partum depression.
* going through that trial, even though it was difficult, because I know God used it to purge some nasty things from me.
* our t.v. and radio so I can hear the weather reports.
* healthy food that also tastes sooooo good!
* free recipe/food blogs, so I can continue finding healthy, tasty food!
* Isaac already showing a heart for prayer.
* my warm, fuzzy blue slippers and red polka-dot slippers. They keep my feet toasty warm in this frigid weather. I don't think I could live without them!
* good eyesight (through vision correction, of course!).
* Hair Biz in Waverly because they have unbeatable prices for haircuts.
* tomorrow's date with Matt.
* the pro-life movement and the heightened awareness about abortion.
* Isaac's ability to not have meltdowns when Matt or I leave him for a while.... let's hope this doesn't creep up on us during the next year.
* Mommies Night Out once a month.
* having a working fireplace and a husband who starts the fires... in more ways than one. he he! (just had to say that!!!)
* all of the lives saved during the recent plane crash.
* clean laundry.
* Isaac wanting to give hugs and kisses.
* Jesus' unchanging and never-ending love for me.
* being able to turn to the throne of grace in my time of need, which is all the time.
This list could go on and on and on.... for now, I'll stop here. These are some things I've been thinking about recently, and it helps to write so I remember to say thank you to Jesus for who He is and to know every good and perfect gift comes from above. I cherish this life He gives me, and my desire is to honor Him and give Him all the glory. For He alone is worthy.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
The staff members at the ambulatory procedure unit were wonderful. When we arrived, we were immediately taken to our room. The nurse then asked me all kinds of questions, and we put Isaac's gown on him. He looked really cute. I wish I would've taken the camera and snapped a couple pictures! The doctor came in to speak with me and take a peek at Isaac. We then waited for a few minutes and read some books. Isaac was in great spirits and sat so nicely on my lap.
We headed down to the O.R., and I stayed with Isaac for a while before the procedure. The anesthesiologist talked to me about what kind of anesthesia Isaac would have and what to expect when he woke. Isaac and I prayed together before they took him. It was truly one of the sweetest moments I've had with my son. We held hands and asked Jesus to walk with him and help him not fear. Isaac loves praying, and as we prayed this morning, God gave us peace. God absolutely answered our prayers. Isaac reached up for the nurse anesthetist and waved bye-bye to me! My sweet little boy showed lots of courage today!
I waited outside the O.R. for about a half hour or so before the doctor came to talk with me. He said everything went very well and that Isaac was waking up but would be a little cranky. Boy, was that ever true!! I guess the anesthesia makes little guys feel really crummy and irritable. We stayed in the recovery area for a half hour, and Isaac was a squirmy bug the whole time.
We finally headed back to our room and remained there for about two more hours. The anesthesia was wearing off minute by minute, and Isaac began perking up. I didn't pack him a meal because I thought he would be so groggy and wouldn't want to eat anything. This is literally the first time I haven't packed him some food when we've gone out for a while. Normally, I pack enough for two meals. Today, I only had some snacks for him. Big mistake! He wanted to eat! He drank two boxes of apple juice, a small carton of milk and ate some graham crackers, goldfish and raisins. He was hungry. They didn't even have applesauce or anything for him. I thought I might have to order some room service! Thankfully they had a full supply of crackers. Who knows... I might get a bill for all he consumed!
Before we left, we had to make sure Isaac had a wet diaper. This seemed to take forever! We sat on the bed and watched part of the Inauguration and some other shows. I was just ready to go go go! I checked his diaper every ten minutes or so, and when I felt even the slightest wetness, I let the nurse know. She gave me Isaac's discharge papers, and we were finally on our way!
Isaac and I were both pretty sleepy when we got home. I made us some lunch before we both napped. Isaac chowed down on some scrambled eggs with cheese, a banana, some blueberries, and a piece of wheat bread. The doctor prescribed him some Tylenol with codeine, but he didn't seem to need any pain medication. You would never know he had any type of surgical procedure today. He's been a terrific sport throughout the entire day; I'm thankful everything went so smoothly.
Now, I just need to snatch him away from Daddy so he can get some good rest tonight. Playtime will have to wait until tomorrow! Thank you, everyone who prayed for Isaac. Goodnight!
Monday, January 19, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I'm happy to report Isaac is getting back to himself. He is sitting here with me jabbering up a storm saying, "Kix", "hat", "pen", dad, "ma-mam-a" (banana) and "type" because he wants to help Mommy type! What a joy this little boy is to me. I'm blessed to be his mommy, and I'm blessed to be the daughter of the King. The Lord carried us through this last week, and He gave us the strength to endure some sleepless nights. Now, Isaac's ready to let me kiss all over his cute little cheeks. Did I mention that I love this little guy? Here's to a great morning spending time with my healthy, beautiful, cuddle-bug Isaac!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Here comes trouble... and pure cuteness, too!
"Wow, Pappy! Look at your ceiling!"
We had a great New Year's celebration and look forward to all the Lord has in store for us in 2009. We rejoice in knowing God, knowing He has our lives in His hands, and knowing He is sovereign in all things - the good and bad. We give Him thanks for our family and friends. May you have a joyous year in 2009!