Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Internet Woes & 1 month

Our internet is back from the dead! It was busted for 2 weeks-2 very long weeks.  Actually it's not back from the dead.  Our provider is Suddenlink and supposedly amidst the construction near our house a line was cut that affected our connection. After several phone calls, 3 maintenance visits and lots of frustration because they kept telling us our connection was fine & there wasn't anything wrong, we decided to SWITCH TO XANADOO.  We didn't cancel our Suddenlink yet b/c they said we wouldn't have to pay for anything and it might be working again by the middle of October.  Have you ever heard of an internet company telling its customers, "Yeah, we should have it up and running again in 3 weeks".  Are you kidding me?  All to say, I can now get online again!  

Enough about that.  I'm sure I am well overdue for an update on Baby A.  

Happy 1 month birthday to Annerson!  She turned 4 weeks on Sunday.  It's gone by so fast.  I feel like I just had her.

I don't have much time but here's a brief run down on what's been going on.  I go up to Covenant every week to meet with Nancy, the coolest lactation specialist ever.  She weighs Annerson to see how many ounces she's getting each feeding.  Each week she gets more milk than the week before. Praise God.  Seriously Praise Him!   I've been praying for years to be able to breastfeed my children and He answered that prayer favorably. It's nothing short of a miracle.  I'm sure the moms out there understand when I say that it's often frustrating.  It's tiring, sometimes takes forever, and is just one more reason for you not to get much needed sleep!  I have to remind myself that it is a gift & to not take it for granted.   I am taking herbal supplements, Fenugreek & Blessed Thistle, pumping & drinking Lactade (a yummy shake for milk supply).  It's a lot of work but so so worth it.  Last Friday she weighed 8 lbs. 5 oz.  She was born at 8 lbs. Not bad, at least she's gaining at a steady pace.  
 
Lex went back to work full time on Sunday.  He had been off work since she was born w/ the exception of 2 shifts.  We were able to focus on bonding with Annerson & adjusting to being parents.  But now he is back in the ER and taking Genetics at Tech.  He worked Sunday & Monday, has lab & lecture all day today, is off tomorrow & then back to class on Thurs. & work on Friday.  He's juggling a lot right now.  I'm so proud of him though.  He made a 92 on his first Genetics test.  He's going on basically no sleep.  Still,  he's positive & loving & points me to the Lord daily.  

If you want to know what to pray for....Pray for Lex to find a balance w/ school, work & us.  He's stretched really thin right now.  Also, pray for me to adjust to being at home w/ Anner alone. I still need help & it's kinda lonely so far.  I know it'll get easier.  

I hear some chores calling my name. Gotta go. 

I tried loading some pics but it won't let me for some reason.  I did put a new album on our website so you can see the newest pics of our bundle of cuteness!  





Monday, September 15, 2008

Pic update


We updated our new website with some pictures of Baby Annerson.  She is doing well. The website is an Apple site that allows you to view & download our pictures.  You can even subscribe to it in order to receive a notice when it is updated. Hope all is well & that you know you are blessed by the Lord today. 


When I get more time I'll catch up on what's been going on.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Emotions


Emotions...today is Annerson's due date but Sunday was her birthday.  Our daughter has been with us for 6 days.  We have experienced more ups and downs, news & firsts, laughs and cries in the last week than I thought possible.  We had a small scare on Tues. when we took her to the doctor and they told us she'd lost too much weight for her only being 3 days old & that she was jaundice.  The remedy-bili light 24 hours a day except during feeding & diaper duty-this meant that we couldn't snuggle with her and hold her whenever we wanted.  She just had to lay there. She was very dehydrated and had several dry diapers and very few wet/dirty ones.  Last night was a turning point.  After a very very very very hard decision we started supplementing my milk with formula to get her calories and fluids up.  This broke our hearts because we don't want her on formula.  It's only temporary, but still.  I feel like a mother who can't provide for my daughter and that's hard to take.  The cycle of effects-more calories=more hydration=more dirty/wet diapers=bilirubin leaving her body=less lethargic=able to eat more and start the process all over again.  The hard part has been balancing this delicate cycle and trying to figure out how to get on top of it & get her feeling better.  I guess we are being successful because she came off her bili bed today!  Her levels went from a 14 to a 8.5 & her weight increased 2 ounces.  She had originally dropped 1 pound in 3 days.  She has now gained back almost 3 ounces since Tuesday. 

All to say...it's been an incredible journey thus far.  I love that little baby girl with everything inside of me.  I find it hard to sleep because I don't want to be away from her for a second. I love to sit and watch her sleep.  I love to stroke her crazy head of hair.  I love holding her tiny little hand in mine.  

Praise the Lord of lords for healing.  Praise Him for life.  Praise Him for allowing us to be a part of this wonderful thing called parenthood.  

I have so much more I want to share but I must sleep for 45 minutes to be ready to feed her.  Thank you to everyone who has been praying for us.  Please don't stop.  I need prayer that my milk production will be adequate for Annerson.  I won't go into details except that it has been the source of a lot of stress & tears.  We're getting there though.  


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Prayers

Hi, Aunt Steffany here.

As I was getting ready to get on the plane to fly home, I got a call from Lex and Leah. Annerson's billirubin levels are extremely high, she has lost a pound and is dehydrated. I'm here at their home with them right now. Annerson is in her billi bed, which she'll need to stay in at all times unless being fed and changed. . It has been a difficult few days for them. Please pray for God to continue to bring peace and comfort to them, that Annerson's levels would come down fast. Please pray that Leah's milk would be abundant and nourishing to Annerson. 

Thank you so much, I know your prayers and thoughts mean the world to them. 




Monday, September 1, 2008