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Life with a preemie #18

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This morning, after returning from a pediatrician appointment for Timothy, I walked from the garage through the laundry room and started singing to myself (to the tune of I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas) "I'm dreaming of some clean laundry... that will fill the drawers not floors... where the baskets are empty and children will have underwear..."

You may or may not have noticed that it's been several weeks since I last wrote an update on our life with Timothy at home. Well, ya know, we've been kinda busy! Jeremy's mom was visiting for five weeks and after she left I noticed a huge change and it happened very quickly. Having an extra adult around is wonderful!

 

I'm actually finding that having the fourth child is much easier than when I had the third child because I now have bigger kids to help. When Nathan was born Theresa was 3, Emily was 18 months and Nathan was of course an infant. Theresa could fetch diapers and wipes and pull Emily away from danger, but she wasn't a huge help at that point. It was a very mommy-intense time. Now I have a 5 year old and a 7 year old who can fix sandwiches, hold the baby, change diapers, Theresa can make macaroni and cheese, they can all fold clothes and put them away (Nathan too), they can vacuum, dust, clean the toilets, wipe the kitchen counters, clean the floors, empty the dishwasher. Theresa can read stories to the other two and help Nathan with some schoolwork while I work with Emily. And, the best part of all? Theresa is now tall enough to reach into the washing machine and pull out the wet clothes and put them into the dryer!! It's wonderful. But it's still a mommy-intense time. I have children that I'm teaching to love Jesus with all their heart, soul, mind and strength and that's a full-time job! We are all learning about setting aside our own wants and desires and putting others first. We are all learning about serving with happy hearts and how to be a family team.

 

 

So what's been going on? Jeremy is self-employed, working full-time plus some, doing work for various companies around the country doing Salesforce.com customization.  If you want details you need to ask him, but I know it has something to do with cloud computing (if you don't know what that is, don't worry, I didn't know either until Jeremy showed me this ;feature=related" target="_blank">video God is using this work to provide for our family and I'm grateful.

Timothy has been growing. He weighed in this morning at 9lbs 1oz and 21.5 inches long. He still acts like a newborn in a lot of ways, but in some ways acts like an older baby. He is five months old today, but his adjusted age is about 7 weeks. He has been home for over two months now and we all love it. I have obviously forgotten a lot about diapering a boy baby because he managed to soak two outifts in the last twelve hours because I didn't point everything in the right direction. I'd like to blame him, but really, it's all my fault.

Theresa has lost her top two teeth and, as I've already mentioned, is a huge help to me. Emily is growing into a wonderful 5 year old girl and I pray daily that I can be a good mom for her. She is working through a few minor health issues at the moment that are really changing her life in a good way. Makes me wonder what life might have been like two years ago if we had figured this out sooner. Both of the girls love American Girls and they don't know it but I'm planning our entire next school year around the American Girls from history. Nana is even going to make them period dresses! Nathan is a busy nearly-four year old boy. His birthday is in a couple weeks and I asked him this morning what he wants and he said "Thomas trains!" He loves to dig in the sand and taking walks with him is so fun. He is always squatting down and looking at the ants or worms or crawly things. His favorite show is Word World, which we watch on Netflix.

So, that's us, all updated. I continue to pray that God will use our experience with having a micro-preemie for his glory. His work is not done and I want to be ready.

Oh wait! Forgot about me :) What am I doing besides the obvious? I do a lot of mommy stuff and by the time the kids are in bed by 7:30 or 8, I'm pooped. But I've been doing a lot of reading, being challenged to take my mommy job seriously. These little people are a blessing to us and I want them to "know and rely on the love God has for us - God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God and God in him." Jeremy and I have been doing a study called "Compelled by Love" and I've been very challenged to take my job as a Christian seriously too. And I've also been memorizing scripture, which has been the most rewarding. Jeremy has written several little songs to help our family memorize some new scripture so you can sometimes hear one or more of us singing these songs as we walk around the house.

By the way, we are still somewhat isolating ourselves, but we often go to the park for fresh air so we'd love you to join us sometime! And we plan on having a HUGE party in May to introduce you all to Timothy, so please be watching for information on that.

 

 

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