Thursday, December 15, 2011
Molly had her appointment in Knoxville at children's hospital yesterday morning so we decided to make a day of it..and as fun of a day as we could.
The doctor told us she was all better and her intestines were on the mend. Still a little blood in the stool from inflammation of the stomach tissues and esophagus lining, but X-rays were clear, no malformation or disfunction! She did fabulous and so did her brothers waiting on her turn and being helpful opening doors for me as I pushed her stroller.
Then we had a blast at West Town mall. We had "chik a lake" according to Knox, for lunch, then we rode the train that goes through the mall called " the bumble bee express" (gotta love that as much as these boys sing "bringing home a baby bumble bee"! ) Then we went to the disney store and bought their cousins Christmas gift, and got a baby dip of ice cream at the marble slAb to share. And folks with three little ones that took us THREE HOURS!!!!!!! Then our exhausted little munchkins fell sound asleep on the way home and stayed that way as I put them in their beds and woke them at 4:15 so that bedtime wouldn't be too late.
I am a last minute Christmas shopper and confess I have SEVEN more gifts to purchase.
We leave Wednesday for Alabama and I am getting ready to see everyone .
Bens new office space is coming along great...all the rooms and trim are painted, the carpet is ripped up, the floors need to be sanded and refinished (a job my dad is coming to help with) so pray for his eyes!
Our days are turning sweeter around here, for that I am rejoicing beyond imagintion...you should see my happy dance! Thankful to God for seeing us through every season and for his grace and kindness today!
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
We went to my parents about a month ago and I am just now getting photos up..
Here is Molly with her 12 days younger cousin Amy kate.. Or as Knox calls her "amy cake"...
And Molly with her papa who calls her his angel...gotta love that look on her face!
We celebrated Charlie's birthday while we were there because his birthday lands on thanksgiving this year..here is Hope and here two girls..
My dad managed to construct a wagon for the grand kids to ride in so that we had a real live hayride while we were there. It was a hit!
Here we are on our Annual trip to Mayfield Farm on Halloween. We dress up and go enjoy the festivities and then come home to go door to door with our three neighbors. You gotta look T the expression on knox's face. He was Molly's age last year when we did the hayride so i Asked him what he thought, he said it was "bumpy".
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
You see me through the seasons
Cover me with Your hand
And lead me in Your righteousness
And I look to You
And I wait on You
I'll sing to You Lord
A hymn of Love
For Your faithfulness to me
I'm carried in everlasting arms
You'll never let me go
Through it all
-Hill songs Through it All-
We are still so filled wth thanks at the improvement in Molly. Knox has shown improvement in the bedtime issues as we consistently discipline. Brennan has returned to his more usual self, although three is quite the testing stage..to God be the glory for tidbits of rest we are receiving! Just doing formula instead of nursing is a HUGE break for me. B feeding always drains me in the most powerful way. More than being pregnant. Yes really. I usually feel great during pregnancy..just not while nursing, I literally feel like the babies suck the life out of me. My skin looses luster, I loose all my baby weight and then some, I have dark circles under my eyes..so although I may have to fight the flab extra hard this time, I am feeling more energetic and lively since she has been on the bottle.
Now, for another HUGE answer to prayer, while talking with a friend the other night I was reminded of a very dear little family here in Athens that has three older teenage daughters. They are/ were home schooled and may have time available during the mornings and/ or regular school hours. I called their mom out of sheer desperation to see if she might be willing to lend me one or two of them occasionally for help with the kids and or the home. You will be awed by our Gods kindness as you hear her response:
Joy! This is unbelievable we are doing a Book study with their girls called "preparing to be his helpmeet" ( read more here)
My husband and I have discussed how we feel it would be beneficial to have them kind of ' intern ' with a young wife and mom..
Wow! If that is not God's hand at work? You can read about them here
We start on Thursday I am so thrilled! Thank you GOD!!!!!!
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.
FOR YOU HAVE NEED OF ENDURANCE
That is why God is taking us through this little family trial right now. And HE is making us stronger! We are learning so much through this season.
We are rejoicing today leaps and bounds. Molly Is a different child! She has gained two pounds, has slept from 9pm -4 or 5am the last three nights! She is eating well not crying or fussing during feeds, she is fussy only if ungry or tired. She has found her thumb and self soothes it is AMAZING! Sosososo many people have been praying for her and we are so grateful!
We are trying to decide whether or not to ome forward with bloodwork and further testing. Her reflux is still a dr concern. She still spits up but not as much. We don't know if we should put her through all of that if reflux supposedly gets better at 6 months we are considering waiting until then to make further plans for tests etc.
The boys are glad to have things closer to normal and enjoyed daddy time this last week as he took them to his memaws and left me and Molly to rest and recover. What a precious husband huh? He has been an amazinkg husband and dad through all of this thank you Jesus for the gift of a wise caring man!
Monday, November 21, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Also she believes that she needs further testing on reflux. Molly is only in the 8th-10th percentile and weighs 11.1 lbs. I didn't think much about this until as I was leaving I met a lady who had her son who was born at 24 weeks and weighed 2.13 lbs at birth and he was now 3 1/2 months like Molly and they weighed the same thing. She thought her son was way behind because he was a premie and I just then realized that maybe Molly isnt keeping enough food down. If the reflux is simply a laundry inconvenience then I could care less, but it's more. She still spits up about 2 oz after a feeding and fusses after each feeding. The doctor wants us to run blood work and do x-rays. She said she didn't want to run a scope on a baby this young but if the X-rays show malformation or disfunctin she will. We go back to children's tomorrow (sunday) to do bloodwork and take a stool sample. We go on November 30 to have the xrays and we go December something ( i will haveto doube,check) for the results of the labwork.
We had care group at our house last night and they prayed for Molly's healing. We know that if God chooses to heal her we will giveHim all the glory,but if not He is still a good God working out good things in our hearts and teaching us much aboutHis Father heart.
Our boys are struggling with all the crying. Brennan is dealing with it by becoming very aggressive. He has never bitten anyone But left a hard black circle on Knox arm this week. When I asked him why he but he said he was angry..he has been hitting, taking toys from Knox and being defiant towards ben andme. The sound of a crying baby is hard enough on adults who know what to try to do to help a baby, but for a toddler who got mad at the doctor for hurting his brother and sister because he gave them shots and made them cry, it's difficult to understand. We think he is mad that we don't help her and plus just the sound of babies crying is a frustrating sound. It is their scream for help. Brennan is angry that we "won't" help her. He tells me all the time mom Molly is crying- can you help her? Or asked why I can't help her. It is effecting knox's sleep. He hears her up crying after her middle of the night feedings and doesn't understand why he can't be up too. I had just fallen back asleep around midnight the other night and we heard Knox get up. Ben got up and found im in front of the fridge with the fridge wide open with a carton of milk trying to open it. He had to be put back to bed three times that night and to without a spanking.at four in the morning. Both of the boys were doing so great with potty stuff. Brennan had gone three months without wetting his pull up at night. It was wet twice this week. Knox has had to go back to pull ups complelty after wearing underwear for a month before molly was born.
Ben can't get away from the crying even with his soundproof headphones and the office door locked. He is looking into an office space downtown again. We are looking for household help.
There are numerous times when I have to set Molly down as far away from the boys as I can and go discipline them over jotting, taking toys away etc. I have to raise my voice for them to even hear me over her cries. They have been yelling at me and each other now as a new thing.
I could go on and on telling ou the drama at our house but I want to leave you knowing that ben and I have faith that Gods Grace is sufficient and that he will do abundantly more than we could ask or imagine.
For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O LORD, from my youth.
Hebrews 10: 35-36 therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised
Saturday, November 12, 2011
She was 4 weeks old.
She is now 13 weeks old. we try to keep the schedule, sleeping and feeding, we stay at home most every day. It isn't that. The dr called in Zantac. We didn't see a change. After being in Alabama last week and my parents observing her and concluding something was definitely amiss we revisited pediatrician on Monday. He recommended that I go on formula completely even though he agrees "breast is always best". He recommended me to a gastreologist and we have an appt on Friday the 18th. He called in Prilosec and after one dose she vomited and had diarea. We haven't continued that medication.
She sleeps for about four maybe five hours at night. She naps for about an hour at a time during the day. She has been very gassy and congested since we started the formula. She has had green snot the past two mornings. But dr said no relation, that her ears are clear.
The boys are so tired of her crying (and me toooooo!!!!!!!!)
We pray for her daily and every time I was in th nursing room at our church since her birth some sympathetic mom has prayed for her healing. She is a very happy baby when she isn't n pain. I wish I knew what to do to help her. I have tried everything I know. We are praying for answers this Friday. They may have to do a scope which means she may have to be put to sleep. Those are not fun thoughts for a mom, but we just want her to get help.
We have read through the symptoms of colic and really don't feel like that is what it is. She doesn't cry only at certain times of the day. She doesn't seem to be soothed by the things that sooth colicky babies...so...we just want to know what it is bemuse she is in obvious pain.It seems to have worsened in the last few weeks. Please pray for us but know that although we are physically and mentally exhausted we are spiritually encouraged and being strengthened.
Friday, November 11, 2011
For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give Grace and Glory: no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
O Lord of Hosts, blessed is the man that trusts in You!”
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Many of you are waiting for an update, you have seen the failed attempts of my last two posts and you are beginning to wonder about me (or so ivebeen told:)
Well that is where I am that swimming-need-to-come-up-for-air point. I spent some time at my parents last weekend because my dads family was having a get together and my parents Came and got me and the kiddos. My mom dad and sis felt like something more was going on with Molly and so I have spent a week trying to help her. And care for two full of energy little boys and keep clean clothes and dishes. And that's all. For those of you familiar with my cleaning schedule you know what that means. I have done NOTHING except survive each moment each day. I know I thought I was there before but I got there in a new way lately. I don't want you to hear this as complaining for God tells us to do everything without complaining. And truly I am thankful I n my heart for what I am learning and experiencing.
We used to play a game called highs and lows. You had to give a one word summary of a your day and if I could give a one word summary of this season it would be weary.isnt it good to know that GOD NEVER grows tired or weary? 28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
The lyrics to these three songs have ministered to m y heart in ways I cannot explain:
Hillsong's I will run to you
Your eye is on the sparrow
And Your hand, it comforts me
From the ends of the Earth to the depth of my heart
Let Your mercy and strength be seen
You call me to Your purpose
As angels understand
For Your glory, may You draw all men
As Your love and grace demand
And I will run to You
To Your words of truth
Not by might, not by power
But by the spirit of God
Yes I will run the race
'Till I see Your face
Oh let me live in the glory of Your grace
And Scott underwood you are in control:
You are my shepherd, I have no needs.
You lead me by peaceful streams,
And You refresh my life.
You hold my hand, and You guide my steps,
I could walk through the valley of death,
And I won't be afraid.
Because You are in control. You are in control.
You cause everything to work together
You truly have a sovereign plan.
And You know who I am, and You made who I am,
And You love who I am.
And Charlie Hall's on the road to beautiful
I crumble at Your kiss and grace
I'm a weakling in the dust
Teach me how to cling to You
With all my life and all my love
Father come to me, hold me up 'cause I can barely stand
My strength is gone and my breath is short, I can't reach out my hands
But my heart is set on a pilgrimage to heaven's own bright King
So in faltering or victory I will always sing
And on the road to beautiful
My seasons always change
But my life is spent on loving You
To know You in Your power and pain
You're my portion in this life
You're my strength now in my fight
And to You I pledge my heart
In the pain and in the dark I'll love You
I'll love You, I'll love You
I'll love You...
And my heart is set on a pilgrimage to heaven's own bright King
So in faltering or victory I will always sing
I love You
I pray this blesses you for I am truly learning of Gods strength in my weakness right now.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
A real date. Like gone more than an hour..We went to a really net place in Chattanooga called fFood Works. We got sweet potatoe chips and dip and I got a crab cake and ben got shrimp and grits. It was sone of those places you know its safe to order seafood and it will be good.
As a child we had huge maple trees that dropped TONS of leaves. Sme of my favorite memories are piling up those leaves and jumping in them...history repeats its self..here is Brennan diving into a pile at the bottom of our slide.
And here is littleMolly-Lu. That's whati call here but ben calls her Molly pop. The boys are still crazy over her! She is doing great full of grins and beginning to form a schedule..she wakes when hungry, stays awake aftere each feed for about an hour to 1.5 then goes back to sleep for an hour to 1.5. She is beginning to grab for things and really spends to her. Daddy and Knox. Brennan is kind of oh well about her most of the time.
We went to the doctor on Tuesday for shots. All three kids.yep. My attitude was get it all over with at once.we did. Knox got four,Brennan three Molly two and the rota virus oral stuff. She weighed 11 pounds at 10 weeks. It was quite crazy with three crying kids. And as we left Knox set off our car alarm so picture that..me leaving the dr with Molly in her infantino on my belly, and a boy in each hand and my Yukon honking at the entire scene..it was great...I just had to laugh out loud..
Our verse for the week is "i am weak but God is strong" it was perfect for the moment.
I got to go get a haircut while the boys were at mothers day out yesterday. It was such a treat! As soon as I sat down she poured some rosemary mint oil in here hands and massaged my head before she got started. I said its worth coming for a trim just for this! Plus she did a fabulous job and I got to catch up on her son, a former student of mine..she said that two years ago when he got a letter from himself that i mailed it was so timely as she a going through a divorce and felt like he wasn't listening to her. She said he still hadn't pinned to his bulletin board. I always had my students write a letter to themselves reminding them of what their goals where in life and what they needed to do to accomplish them,then I mail it to them a year later..I was so glad to hear that it mattered and didn't just get tossed..you know?
Well our house is quite messy and we ha care group here tomorrow night do I better go get my worker bees and get to work..
Thursday, October 13, 2011
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Sock monkey number two..
Loves his cowboy hat.. And he what the shirt says is true!
With his papa and brother..it doesn't get much better..
He is learning to ride his bike and doing really well. You should see him fly down the driveway!
All grown up with his hands in his pockets!
Everywhere that Brennan goes, Knox is sure to follow...
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Molly's baby dedication was last Sunday. At our church it's not the dress up where a white handmade dress, you're the only one type deal. There were eleven babies dedicated on sunday. They do baby dedications four times a year and there are always this many. Really. Our church has a ton of babies! They show a picture of each baby introducing them to the church n the pastors spray for each family for the salvation of the child and guidance in raising them for the parents.
We are the ones right next to the podium on the left
Knox loves his sis..and she loves him. He brings a smile to her face, as he does the rest of us..
Here is Nana. I love this because she has her little hand wrapped around my moms neck!
I am so proud of Brennan. He knows all his letters and is beginning to form words. He wrote this with chalk when my parents came to visit.
He wrote this last Friday to welcome our CARE GROUP to our house. I love that he mixes capitals and lowercase it looks like a font..
Here he is the one behind he camera..BRENNAN took these pictures! Ben got some new camera equipment and was outside trying out different lighting techniques. Brennan went inside, got my camera and came out for his own photo shoot..
Knox has his play camera..thats all we let him have right now, he is a bit destructive..
Yep..he took these pictures too. Im thankful that he just got my feet in the last one because no one wants to see me in my pjs, no makeup doing chores..right??!!
And here he is trying on his fall festival costume..a sock monkey..isn't it precious?
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Just to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
Oh, for grace to trust Him more!
Oh, how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood;
And in simple faith to plunge me
’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!
Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace.
I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Today the words of this hymn have been playing through my head:~ Chorus by Ralph E. Hudson, 1843-1901
Alas! and did my Savior bleed?
And did my Sov'reign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For such a worm as I?
At the cross, at the cross,
Where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away -
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day.
Was it for crimes that I have done
He groaned upon the tree? Amazing pity! Grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!
Well might the sun in darkenss hide
And shut its glories in,
When Christ, the mighty Maker, died
For man the creature's sin.
Thus might I hide my blushing face
While His dear cross appears;
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,
And melt mine eyes to tears.
But drops of grief can ne'er repay
The debt of love I owe:
Here, Lord, I give myself away -
'Tis all that I can do!
I love that last line. Moms doesn't that encourage you?
Monday, October 3, 2011
Respect is phobeo in Greek meaning to reverence, venerate, to treat with deferene or reverential obedience.
Respect in websters is an act of giving particular attention or special regard to
Deferene- esteem due/ affected or ingratiating regard for another's wishes
Ingratiating- capable of winning favor/ intended or adopted in order to gain favor
Venerate- to honor, reverence and show admiring devotion
Honor- to show evidence of distinction
I have often wondered what it meant to respect my husband. This morning I was looking for a bible verse to teach Brennan about respect so that he would understand why we use Mr. And Mrs. In front of names. I stumbled across this verse in my search and decided to do a little word study.
I have read books, searched for books and resources that would teach me what respect looked like in my life towards my husband. This word study helped me more than anything I have read
Friday, September 30, 2011
-knox's happy birthday muffin...
It me forever to figure out what Knox asked for..
Check out those boots
All Knox wanted from Hunter and Chase was a ride on their gator..
Here we are at Bens birthday celebration.
We all had a blast!
Happy birthday Ben and Knox!
This is how we spend our evenings after supper. Outside enjoying the fall weather
Yesterday Brennan found a tiny caterpillar and said look mom its the very hungry caterpillar!
Then he had to show it to Molly who was quite interested!
Knox is quite the fan of little sister, especially her hair!
Nap time on Mommy and Daddy's bed..
Monday, September 19, 2011
Molly is a great baby. She cries when she is hungry or has a gas pain. She rarely cries, but she fusses during feedings. Pulling off occasionally, gurgling, gulping, clicking..sounding like a little piggy. My milk always seems to come so fast. The boys did the same thing, except they didn't cry. She cries, like she is choking like she is strangled, then she spits up. And it is about the same amount as Brennan did, maybe more and it seems to shoot out. Brennan's seemed to almost just burp up, but occasionally was explosive. Her's always seems to explode from deeper...
She sleeps great. Her schedule is usually eats every three hours except right before bedtime I feed her every two. Then she sleeps for 5-6 hours. I feed her then she goes back to sleep for another 3 hours. She naps well in the mornings between feedings and stays awake happy for about 20 minutes after each feeding. She likes to look around,she follows voices, faces and grabs for her pacy.
I talked with two friends whose babies had milk sensitivities/ allergy and they said their babies cried all the time. One of them even noticed obvious blood in the stool. After two- three days of no dairy they both saw an obvious difference. I have not, molly does not cry all the time and I have not seen a difference even though it should take three weeks to get it out of my system..
I am trying to decide if I should continue this diet or not. Dairy is in everything! And I read that milk oversupply can cause the same symptoms. I know that you don't have all the time in the world but I am including the links from a VERY reliable source sent to me from my lactation consultant and I would REALLY love to hear what you think, especially you nursing mommies.
Here is what is says about reflux
Here Is what it says about dairy allergy
Here is what it says about milk oversupply.
Here is what it says about blood in the stool.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I put it on our chalkboard in the Playroom to remind myself as much as the boys..this weeks verse is" rejoice in the Lord always"...we sang the song and talked about the Lord being another name for God..we have just begun this Monday morning bible time with the boys to work on a verse and concept all week.again I will tell you it is much more than for me than for them. It sets my heart right and teaches me to be the example of a follower of Gods commands.
Knoxmight have had an ear infection didn't take him to the dr but he complained of his ears for two days.Brennan had some pimento cheese with food coloring in it on accident and we had a wild child for two days. Molly ...
We think has colic...or reflux...or a dairy or protein allergy.we talk to the dr again tomorrow. I have researched the symptoms and she has all the symptoms of reflux. We go to the dr tomorrow.
My brain seems like scrambled eggs, I don't think I have finished a phone conversation or any other conversation for that matter in weeks, so sorry friends for not returning calls etc.
But for the most part it is good. As crazy as it is I would have it no other way. I think Knox and Brennan being so close was so tough there about a year ago that just about anything seems less than that:) God is faithfully providing grace one day at a time!
Monday, September 12, 2011
Here are some super late pics from the hospital...now that Molly is one onto old...
Here is reality..it is 2:30 in the afternoon and Brennan is still in his pjs. He has woken me up from a nap because he woke up from his. Knoxis still snoozing in their room and if my picture was taken I believe my pjs are still on!
On august 25 Knox turned two years old. Ben and I said we don't remember Knox not walking..it's like his baby days are a blur..maybe that was because that was brennans intense stage..Knox is in his. INTENSE seems such a mild word to describe this little man! Happy birthday knoxie..
It took about four times of me asking Knox what he wanted for his birthday to understand what he was saying it was like "llbrro"... I didn't know what he was saying until he took me to bens and said like daddy's. So grandaddy searched the county for a usable wheelbarrow that is already dirty and still full of sticks.
We got Knox a book called 'my truck is stuck' for his birthday. We were all so excited because when we had checked it out of the library we read it over and over and he asked for it everyday after it was returned. Do you want to know his response when opening it? "Pops"... He was excited about the plastic popping wrapper!!!!!!
Brennan and Ben in after dinner entertainment mode..you should hear Brennan he is quite the understudy!
Here is our rainy day fun brought to you from nana's back porch...yes all the way in "nanabama" as Knox calls it.
Brennanbob the builder..
Anna beth..look at that hair! Brennan thinks his cousin is so pretty..
Here they are..the rainy day hat party..yes knox is pant less. Is there any other way?