Sunday, April 24, 2005

April 24, 2005

Drew is three months old! I can not believe how quickly the time has passed. This week was rough, Drew's reflux has been gradually been getting worse since I stopped consuming dairy products. The burning of his throat from the acid reflux has been keeping Drew up all day long. His longest nap was only an hour, normally he has a 3 hour nap in the morning and another one in the late afternoon. I called a lactation specialist who helped me understand "GERD" as they call it. I also did some research online. I went back on dairy and started a food journal. So far Drew is doing much better, but I have discovered that he reflux is irritated by orange juice, Mexican food, and dairy in large quantities. I also started pumping some of my breast milk and then mixed it with rice cereal. Then, near the end of his feeding I will get out the bottle of breast milk and cereal. This thicker mixture has really helped keep the food in his stomach instead of on my couch! Drew is much happier and is back on his nap schedule. We are still going in on Thursday to have an Upper GI performed. Please pray that it goes well. This weekend we had beautiful weather so I did some much needed gardening! I transplanted three of my rose bushes and planted all my annuals out front. John also dug me a hole for his Gala apple tree! It is only 4 feet tall, but in another 4 years we should have apples! I will have to take a picture and show you. There will be a lot of color in front of our house in a few weeks! John was so sweet to watch the baby a lot this weekend. I needed to get my hands dirty with dirt and father and son needed some bonding time. I was walking past the garage during one of those times and John was showing and telling Drew all the different types of wrenches - it was so cute!
John filled out his forms this week to finish his Bachelors degree. He decided that it would be much easier to finish up now while Drew is still little. I am so proud of him for taking the initiative to complete his degree. He starts this summer and should be done within 2 years, so please pray for us. There will be many sacrifices, but it will be well worth it!
I can hardy wait; my mom is coming for a short visit this week! She fly's in on Wednesday and leaves on Saturday. We are going to have so much fun! I am anxious to see her face when sees how big Drew has gotten.
My Nana was telling me about this new Country Song by Billy Dean called "Let Them Be Little." I hope it will inspire her to visit the web more and look at her great grandson, and also to listen to her favorite song. I reflected to the words of this song last night and couldn't resist posting them. The words just seem to reflect our family values so well. Many evenings I find myself praying that I will make the most of the precious time God has given us with our son. Soon he will be older and our influence in his life will become less and less. I pray that we will consciously instill our core family values within his heart and that his family will someday look a lot like ours. Maybe next week I will post our core family values. John and I have been working on them ever since we found out we were going to have a baby. It was such a fun project to work on as parents, it was also very convicting. We are still working on instilling these values in ourselves and our marriage, it will be even more of a challenge to instill them in our children. Thank goodness for prayer!
Here are the words to my Nana's favorite song:

I can remember when you fit in the palm of my hand.You felt so good in it; no bigger than a minute.How it amazes me you're changin' with every blink.Faster than a flower blooms, they grow up all too soon. So let them be little,'Cause they're only that way for a while.Give 'em hope, give them praise,Give them love every day.Let 'em cry, let 'em giggle,Let 'em sleep in the middle,Oh, but let them be little. I never felt so much in one little tender touch.I live for those kisses, your prayers an' your wishes.An' now you're teachin' me how only a child can see.Tonight, while we're on our knees, all I ask is: Please, let them be little,'Cause they're only that way for a while.Give them hope, give them praise,Give them love every day.Let 'em cry, let 'em giggle,Let 'em sleep in the middle,Oh, but let them be little. The so innocent, precious soul:You turn around, an' it's time to let them go. So let them be little,'Cause they're only that way for a while.Give them hope, give 'em praise,Give them love every day.Let 'em cry, let 'em giggle,Let them sleep in the middle,Oh, but let them be little. Let them be little.

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