"I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me." Galations 2:20

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Good News

Well, this blog post has been in my head for at least two weeks, and I just couldn't seem to find the time to get it started! We've made some progress in the past few weeks.
For starters- Henry's diaper rash FINALLY started improving (after a solid five weeks of frustration). I've been planning to post this since the first day it showed huge improvement.. I was SO excited. Since that happy day, it has started to get worse again.  It didn't get as bad as before; now he just has a constant seemingly "normal" rash; I can live with that. Sorry, this is a public blog, so no pictures ;)
Video editing- I finally figured out how to do it! Or should I say, Chad bought me a computer last year that made it easy enough for me to do it.. either way, we have a snapshot of his first six weeks.

These are basically the same, but youtube wouldn't let me use the song I wanted

Then, there is the matter of sleep. Thankfully, there has been a little more of it lately!  He slept through his middle of the night feeding once a few weeks ago, only to be right back to his 3 hour routine the next night, it seemed so much more painful after his little tease the night before! Now, however (since about 8 weeks), he is pretty consistently going for 6 hours between feedings at night.
He had a good 2 month check up. He's up to 11 lbs, 1oz, which was 34th percentile I think.  His head and length were right on the curve, too, though I don't remember exactly what they were. He did pretty well getting his shots, he was a little fussy that afternoon, but then he actually lost all his energy and just slept for a day or two. Thankfully, after a few days he was back to his happy self again. Speaking of happy- he really is a happy boy! He smiles so much and it is so sweet!! He's also starting to "talk".. every once in a while we hear his little voice trying to "coo".  It's adorable.

Henry and his "bear".. we love that thing!

Chad caught us both passed out after a feeding

I finally bought this poor boy a "play gym" and he LOVES it! He'll stay entertained for 20-30 minutes at a time.  

Now, I can't seem to justify having a post titled "Good News" without mentioning the Best News of all.. We are daily and continually thankful to Jesus Christ for dying on the cross for our sins. Christ being the center of our personal lives, and our marriage has made this entire parenting thing, and life in general, so much better! I was reading this morning about praising God through ALL circumstances and was reminded of the verse Katie gave me to provide strength at Henry's arrival. It's the first one I've memorized in a while "Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." Philipians 4:4-7.  So then I was thinking of the most recent trial that I should be praising God in.. well, the freshest thing on my mind was Henry's waking me up every few hours last night after I had just started a blog post saying he was sleeping through the night! Seems trivial now, but the last time I got up, I think I threw the covers off with a bit of "angst"! So, although I am not thankful for sleepless nights and diaper rashes, I can still have a good attitude and praise God while dealing with them, and for the fact that that is the worst thing I am dealing with right now!


  1. Annie - he looks so so sweet and smiley. I think 6 hours at 8 weeks sounds great! Hopefully he'll continue to stretch out a little longer and a little longer each week. Congratulations again to you and Chad... keep the pictures coming :-)

  2. What great pictures!! So smiley...makes me want to go over there and get some of 'his sugar'!! :) We have so much to be thankful for....and it all starts with God loving us SOOO much...that he sent HIS son!! I love you!

  3. I've learned that babies take babysteps in ALL aspects of their lives (sleeping through the night, eating solids, talking, potty training!) Lots more steps to come. Join the midnight crowd~the worst in me comes out at night and if it's more than a couple of times I usually do some cover slinging too!!! It's the hardest and most amazing thing I've ever experienced.
    ADORABLE pictures!!! Thanks for sharing & encouraging.

  4. Thanking God for all your good news. :-) Love the pictures - he really IS smiley!

  5. Hey Annie! I was looking at your video and it brought tears to my eyes. After a awful couple of hours I ended up with an emergent C-section and no delivery pictures of my own, let alone video. That was very hard for my NICU nurse-self to swallow. :-(

    But I also had to laugh because I noticed that you had your insulin pump clipped in the exact same place I did. The anesthesiologist wanted me to take it off but I refused! ;-)

  6. Henry you are so sweet! Can't wait to see some of those smiles in person. And Henry you are blessed with an awesome Mommy who loves the Lord that I am so thankful for because of the blessing in my life that she is!

  7. Okay, jealous of your Mac right now and video software :) But loved the snapshot of the first weeks. Isn't motherhood just amazing? The tough nights will be a distant memory soon. Miss you guys!