Sunday, July 20, 2008

Reality setting in...

Grandma left yesterday morning and we have gone 24 hours without her. The meals prepared by our friends have stopped coming (they provided us with almost 3 weeks worth of meals...thankyou!!) and reality is setting in. Zac has been doing some cooking, so that's been great! So far, it's been OK. Addie is doing great. She ate great yesterday and is doing good today. She has been eating about every 2 hours now, which means less sleep for me, but if it means gaining weight for Addie then so be it! Zac has been great at taking care of Addie so I could catch up on some sleep this morning. I think Grandma is having a harder time being away from Addie than we are having without her..she says she'll be back this week for a visit. I think Grandma will be putting some miles on that car of hers! We love having her visit, so no complaints here!

Addie has been doing great, Zac is doing great, and I am doing OK. I have lost my appetite, which I am trying to be good about eating something, even if I don't feel like it. I have been pretty emotional and physically drained, but I know the Lord will give me the strength that I need.

I was able to talk to Michelle, who is the president of the HADSA (hawkeye area down syndrome association), and she was able to give me a lot of great information! The HADSA is having a picnic at the Kernel's stadium the first weekend in August and so Zac and I will be taking Addie to meet everyone. We are looking forward to meeting other parents and children with Down Syndrome and hear some of their experiences. I know it will be a great time. I have had several other parents from the HADSA contact me on the blog and offer to get together and I will probably take them up on it soon. We'll see how this week goes when Zac is at work and I am here alone.

I wish we could have went to church today, but I just don't think I was ready and I don't want to have to tell people that they can't hold her and to not crowd her (dr. said limited contact until 2 months)...probably will wait until she is atleast four weeks and then see how things are going. Zac and I are going to listen to the sermon online this afternoon so we can atleast get some time with the Lord and a good sermon.

Addie is sound asleep in her bouncer. I could sit here for hours and just watch her sleep. She has changed so much since she was, almost 3 weeks now! I am learning her different movements and what they mean and we have learned that she likes her milk a little cooler than room temp. She fusses at fresh breast milk or if I overheat milk from the fridge. It is funny. I thought most babies liked their milk warm, but she likes hers a little cool. I gave her some milk earlier today that wasn't quite warm enough and she gave me a frown so I heated it up a bit more and all was well. It is funny to me, not sure why. I think it's pretty cute. Time for me to pick her up and let her have some good sleep time on my chest...I love that.


  1. oh I am so glad you will be the the Kernals game so we can meet you!!! If you want to get together before then, email me!!!!

  2. I can really remember how hard it was for us to isolate Ben so much. We had to do it for 8 months, 6 months until his surgery and 2 months after. It was hard and lonely, but we sure had some amazing time with our son.
    I also fed Ben every 2 hours, eating wore him out so much, so he needed those frequent feedings and the food to gain weight.
    We have an "old" website up still from those days.
    I'm so glad we'll get to see you in August, if not sooner! Looking forward to it!

  3. Hey, sorry I didn't make it back by. You know you can call ANYTIME! Tomorrow is full- a play date, Dr. appointment and Bible study, but I think I can squeeze in some time to stop by with a snow cone! And then let's plan for me coming over on Wednesday. We can talk about the announcements, since your hubby hasn't sent me the info. :) Anyhow, I hope you aren't too overwhelmed in the info. on Downs department... cause I have another resource for you. I came across 5 Minutes for Special Needs, it's a blog you should definitely check out. The mom's there are super nice and you can find tons of support and other resources. OK, I'm headed to bed. Love you lots and please send miss Addie my love!
    P.S. I know you aren't prego anymore, but Philip 4:6-7 is still a great passage! :) Love you!