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.
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. :-)
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.
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.
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?