Tuesday, March 8, 2005
Baby Dedication & Checkup
Week of March 6th ~ This past Sunday we had Drew dedicated at church. It was a wonderful event in our family's life as John and I made a public dedication to raise our son according to God's commandments. During this Christian Dedication service a beautiful and serious promise is made before God and the Church to care for our child as God's child. Children are a gift from God. Like everything good in life, children come from God and they belong to Him; parents are just caretakers of the children God has given them. Scripture tells us that we are to train a child in the way he should go (Proverbs 22:6) and to pray ruthlessly for their future and salvation. This includes meeting together regularly as Christians to spur one another on to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:23 -24). Dedication of children to God is a promise to model a Christian lifestyle to the children and worshiping with a church family regularly. In a sense, a Christian Dedication of a child is a dedication of the parents to be godly role models. Please pray wisdom, faith, love and endurance upon us as John and I live out our faith before our son. Please pray that we will be pruned and convicted of sin in our lives so we are godly role-models.
In attendance to view this special and important moment was - Grandma Patti, Aunt Julie, and soon to be Uncle Ruben. Also, Grandpa Brian drove down 2 hours from his new home in Canton , Texas for the occasion. Grandma Patti also flew 1600 miles to be in attendance. What love and dedication! We had a great breakfast before church at Denny?s and then headed over to church. Drew was very good, but did manage to spit up half of his breakfast on his shirt - luckily I hadn't put on the shirt he was going to wear for the dedication! Oh, a special thanks to my Aunt Sheri and her family. Drew wore the outfit they sent to the dedication. It was a cute Tommy Hillfiger collared shirt and navy blue pants. Drew looked so grown up! The dedication was wonderful and everything went quite well, until Drew attracted Pastor Bill Anderson's attention mid-service - right in the middle of his sermon. See, Drew started working on a really nasty diaper half way through the service; one moment Drew was fast asleep in his grandpa's arms when all of a sudden he let out the loudest noise, yes it was a large fart. Grandpa immediately passed him off to Julie, who held him quietly for a few moments. Then, he let out a very loud scream; I grabbed him and the diaper bag and made run to the nearest exit. No matter how discrete I tried to be there was no question I had the attention of the entire 4,000 seat auditorium. Oops! Well, Pastor Bill, in usual humorous form, made a comment, as I was running red faced to the door, that Drew was jealous because Pastor Bill hadn't picked him to hold during the dedication prayer. (During the dedication prayer the pastor had selected a little boy and girl to hold while he was praying for the parents.) I was so embarrassed. Drew finished his diaper outside the auditorium and we made it back just in time to sing the closing song.
Drew is starting to notice toys and mirrors for the first time. This afternoon Drew finally noticed the mobile in his crib! I laid Drew down for his nap and noticed Drew's blue eyes widened and focus on the trucks and boats hanging above his head. He then gave the biggest grin I have ever seen. He even had a little bit of a laugh come out of his mouth. Everything is so new to him, I love watching him respond to the fresh new world around him.
This past week has flown by again, I can't believe that we are already into March and Drew is 6 weeks old! The week went fairly well. Drew and daddy worked on some projects around the house while mommy worked in her office. Drew has discovered he likes to be in the ?snuggle? (backpack) on daddy?s back. John worked in the garage and put of some shelves in the closet with Drew sleeping quietly on his back. John is learning how to multitask! I worked through the week upstairs and then relieved John after 5:00 . John then went to work at 9:00 pm and worked all night. We are starting to get into a routine but are all exhausted. Patti was here the past two weekends helping out - what a blessing. She cleaned the house and took care of Drew. She even took him in the middle of the night so all I had to do was feed Drew. Grandma Patti was rewarded with many smiles from Drew. I think she was the one to get his first smile!
Drew is still as cute as ever - no bias here! He has been sleeping for longer periods of time this week. He is starting to develop his own little routine. He has been napping for 2-3 hours in the morning and then again in the afternoon. When he is awake he is really becoming alert and observant. His favorite napping place is either in bed on daddy's chest, or sleeping on top of the dryer in his car seat. We are still struggling to get him to sleep in his own crib. He is very much a Williams - he loves snuggling and being close to people. He normally goes to bed around 11:00 pm and awakes at 7:00am. He has a little feeding time shoved in around 3:00am .
Well I better get going to sleep - Drew just fell asleep and I should head off to bed. Talk to you all next week!