Has it been ten months already?

I have pretty much disappeared from pleonast, but decided to jump on and see what's going on. The boys have colds this week, first Judah then Silas. I'm trying to stay well, but exhausted nonetheless.

Please pray for Dan & Serena DeGarmo's (my cousin) new daughter Amitiah (or, Tiah , for short). She had some breathing/oxygen issues in the hospital and they kept her about a week for observation. Both mama dn baby are home now, but everyone is keeping a close eye on Amitiah.

Also, pray fervently for Donovan Redding and his fight to wake up from sedation amidst all the health troubles he has had recently.

Where did these genes come from?

At Judah's 4-month check-up today he weighed in at 18 lbs., 5.5 oz., 28 inches, with a 43 cm. head circumference. This puts him at or above the 98th percentile for weight and height. The nurse practitioner that we saw today said that i must have some high calorie milk. Makes me wonder if Silas' growth would have been different had he been able to nurse, but that's in the past. Maybe Judah's growth will taper and even out so that he won't be giant forever, but I think that Silas better be nice to him just in case. :-)
  • dawnmk23
    Wow! :0)
    by dawnmk23 at 01/15/13 1:08PM
  • crazy_mama
    Milk is packed with good stuff. Sounds like your little guy is loving that milk!
    by crazy_mama at 01/15/13 10:21PM
  • iamyourfather
    43 cm = 16.9 inches. Pretty big head for a 4 month old. Not that I can talk with my pretty big head for a 35 year old.
    by iamyourfather at 01/16/13 4:52PM
  • figpicker
    Nathan at 4 months: 14 lb 13 oz, 26 1/8 in. He hit 18 lb 12 oz at 8 mos. Uncle Lucas at 4 months: 14 lb 3 oz, 26 1/4 in. He hit 18 lb 15 oz at 8 mos. Those genes must be on your side of the family.
    by figpicker at 01/18/13 10:01AM

please pray

i haven' t posted here in over 4 months, but I feel the need to reach out to those who may not have heard otherwise. Last night my cousin Serena DeGarmo and her husband Dan lost their 2- month old son, Azaiah. apparently they went to get him up from his nap before dinner and he was unresponsive. they called 911 and rushed him to the hospital, but his heart had stopped beating and nothing could could be done to save his earthly body. this is a devastating loss. please send prayers up on their behalf. also, a memorial fund has been started to help with their medical and funeral expenses: http://www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/Memorial-Fund-for-Azaiah-DeGarmo/38508 -- it has already reached the initial "goal" of $3000, but I imagine that won't cover everything.
  • crazy_mama
    They have lived through ever parents worst nightmare. I have been thinking/praying for them non-stop. This is a horrible situation but I know they are going to use it to bring glory to God. They are an amazing family. I am so sad that they are having to experience such a unimaginable thing.
    by crazy_mama at 01/08/13 11:03PM
  • bruke
    You're right. They are using this terrible tragedy to bring glory to God in every way. Lost souls have returned to the Lord, everyone is readjusting their priorities and recognizing the immense value in today-- not taking tomorrow for granted. Everyone is still mourning and grieving and still need every prayer.
    by bruke at 01/15/13 12:10PM

We made it to September!

I'm now 37 weeks and 3 days-- 18 days from my due date. I wasn't sure I'd make it this far, but I guess it's a good thing. I think we have all the physical necessities ready, but I need to work on getting mentally prepped, not only for a newborn, but for a second child. Silas has been very cuddly as of late and I'm curious how the dynamics of our family will change when Judah comes. We'll find out soon enough. In the meantime I'm trying to be calm, take it easy physically, and waiting patiently for the accompanying pain and discomfort to subside. Oh, and trying to remind myself how much is too much to eat when your stomach is being squished to a fraction of its normal size. Apparently a bagel with cream cheese and two sausage links is too much! I found that out the hard way today.
  • dawnmk23
    Glad to hear you are doing well! Praying for a wonderful birth and smooth family transition to a family of 4!
    by dawnmk23 at 09/01/12 11:02AM
  • justg
    Eager to meet the newest member of your family.
    by justg at 09/01/12 7:37PM
  • iamyourfather
    I've heard that the "big boy" versus "little baby" dynamic can be useful in motivating the older child to do what you want. Not that I really know.
    by iamyourfather at 09/01/12 10:13PM
  • shanda
    IMO it is easier to have 2 children than it is to have one. Before you know it they'll be best friends, and off playing like you don't exist :) I love it!
    by shanda at 09/02/12 6:31PM
  • crazy_mama
    With each new baby we add, I always struggle with wondering how it will all work out and I actually feel bad for the current baby because they will be getting the boot from their baby position. But it always does work out and each time it is for the better. Somehow we get on a schedule and a routine and the other children adore the new baby and life is even better. It will be different and it won't be like it used to be but it is even better! The neatest thing that happened when we welcomed our 2nd baby was that I loved to watch the girls play together. I loved to see the baby love her sister and watch everything she did and I loved to see my oldest girl learning how to be a mother. Such fun times.

    Congrats on making it to 37 weeks and 3 days. Such an accomplishment in the world of pregnancy!
    by crazy_mama at 09/03/12 11:05PM

35 weeks today... almost there!

My due date is September 19th, but I'm not really planning on making it there given my history. I have my last progesterone shot next Wednesday and then the nurses and doctors say that whatever happens, happens. I've been told that I shouldn't be having more than 4 Braxton-Hicks contractions per hour, but let's just say that a week ago Sunday my body decided to have between 5 and 11 per hour on the way home from a drive to the panhandle. Luckily, I haven't had that many since and my last doctor's exam didn't show any dilation-- whew. Just hanging in there, taking it easy, and all that good stuff.

In the meantime, Silas turned 3 last Saturday. Amazing to see how much he's grown. I keep looking at him and thinking, "I can't believe he's 3. I can't believe how big he's gotten." (sigh) Some pictures of his past couple months posted on Facebook.

In preparation for this coming baby, I'm trying to be better prepared regarding food and such. I have a couple books of freeze-ahead meals, but having never tried any of them before, I'm a little hesitant to load up the freezer with them. Anyone have any suggestions for meals to fix and freeze, or even super-easy and fast no-cook or slow cooker meals?
  • dawnmk23
    Congrats on 35 weeks! Can't wait to meet the new baby through pictures! :0) I have been thinking about freezer meals myself and chili, soups, & stews freeze really well. If you add cornbread, you have a nice meal. Lasagna freezes well, too.
    by dawnmk23 at 08/15/12 10:29AM
  • jenn
    love the new picture to the right :)
    by jenn at 08/15/12 1:31PM