Thursday, May 19, 2011

This and That

Things have been quiet around our house, other than the fact that Eli has an ear infection.  I kind of felt like I was overreacting when I took him to the doctor on Monday just because he had a fever but he just wasn't being himself so I did and I'm glad I did.  The antibiotic makes him feel a little yucky but it's better than the screaming from the pain in his ear.

He hasn't let his ear infection slow him down though and started pulling up this week.  He has this little toy that allows a baby to play with it when they are laying down, sitting up and eventually standing and every time I put him in front of it he pulls right up.

He's also trying so hard to figure out crawling.  Last night he got up on his hands and knees and scooted back a little but didn't get far.  I don't think it will be long before my little monster is mobile!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The March & 7 Months

Well, things around our house have been very crazy the past couple of weeks.  Since the tornadoes hit Doug has been working a lot.  It's finally getting better and yesterday Doug made it home before Eli and I went to bed.

The March for Babies last weekend went pretty well.  I ended up raising $213 and Doug raised $450.  I had been practicing what I was going to say over and over again and had timed it at about 5 min. which I didn't think was too bad.  Well, when the program started we were standing to the side of the stage and I heard the director tell the Ambassador Family (who spoke right before me) that they had 3 min.  I panicked a little bit because I wasn't sure if I was under the same restriction.  So while the Ambassador Family was speaking I was thinking through in my mind how to shorten my story.  After hearing their story, we were called up to the stage and I had already started crying.  I made it through though and I didn't stumble too bad and it wasn't too long.  As I walked off the stage the director gave me a big hug and when I got down, the mom from the Ambassador Family was making a beeline for me.  She hugged me too and just said some encouraging words, thanking me for telling my story.  It felt so good to stand there with someone on the other side who knows what we went through those days in the hospital and NICU.  She'll probably never know how much it meant to me that she did that.  At the end of the program Doug and I released the balloons that are released every year in memory of the babies who don't survive and then we walked.  We walked two miles through a nice wooded path and I was so glad we brought the jogging stroller.

Yesterday Eli turned 7 months old!  We weighed and measured him at home this morning and he was 19.2 lbs. and 27 in. long.  He is really starting to learn to play and has so much fun on the floor with his toys.  He doesn't seem to have any motivation to crawl but does like to try standing up.  He loves bath time even more (if that is possible) now that he can sit up and play with toys in the tub.

Tomorrow is Doug's 30th Birthday and Sunday is what I'm going to call my third 1st Mother's Day.  I considered Mother's Day of 2008 (when I was pregnant with Logan) my 1st Mother's Day.  Then in 2009 I said it was my second 1st Mother's Day because it was the first one I would celebrate with Logan gone.  But this year will be the first Mother's Day I have gotten to enjoy the company of my child.  And while I'll still be missing Logan, I feel so blessed to be able to spend this day with Eli.