Saturday, January 28, 2017

Baby Boy Has RSV

***UPDATE***  Baby Boy is home as of 1/30!!  Thank you for praying for him.  After a week long stay at the hospital he came home on oxygen but no other meds and is ready to catch up on some sleep.  We are so thankful he's home.****

You guys, this sweet sweet little man has been through so much the last week.   He is currently hospitalized at a pediatric specialty hospital and is receiving amazing care on an ICU unit.  The poor guy tested positive for RSV and is battling a pretty severe case of it.

Please please pray for him to be making a full and complete recovery!  

He's working so hard now to get better but tires easily, coughs frequently, and needs regular suction to remove mucous build up in his lungs.  He was already medically fragile to begin with, is barely 5 weeks old, and is only the 4th percentile on the growth curve so...not a whole lot in his favor right now.

So, last Saturday night Ryan and I noticed him feeling crummy but gave him extra snuggles and didn't think too much of it.  By Sunday night I was on the phone with a nurse's line relaying his symptoms and then driving to an Urgent Care at 10:00 pm.  He had retractions at his ribs and in his neck, abdominal breathing, and this horrid cough that just wracked his little body.  It was awful for him

They suctioned him, monitored his vitals and sent us home.

Monday morning I drove back to Urgent Care because they told me to return if he did not improve.  One look at him and they knew they couldn't do much for him so while they stabilized him an ambulance was sent to get us to a big hospital for better care.

He was/is so so sick.  This little guy has been through so much.  3 IV attempts, 2 catheterizations, 3 different breathing delivery methods, countless deep suctions, countless nose suctions, fevers, coughing spells, and so much more.

He is a fighter!  We are so proud of this tiny man.  Our families and friends have been the GREATEST blessing enabling him to have 24/7 care since he was hospitalized.  We just knew he couldn't be in a big hospital alone without someone who knew him and would advocate for him.  So he's been loved on around the clock which is such a gift.

Friends are dropping off meals, family is babysitting and buying us meals, my MOPS group are dropping off supplies and meals, and so much more.  We are blown away by the grace and love always shown to us.

So please pray for Baby Boy and lift him up daily.  We are hopefully out of the woods and going to start seeing more improvement soon!

He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”

Mark 9:36-37

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

1 Billion Pictures & An Earthquake

I have an iPhone dump for this post which is approximately 1 billion pictures.  If you can write nice short posts more often then you are good at things and should be praised at the city gates.  

So anyway, here is proof that I experienced an earthquake in December!  Around 4:00 am last month I was already awake for some reason or another and all of a sudden felt this jolt in the earth for roughly 2-3 seconds accompanied by a really loud booming sound.

I shook woke up Ryan fairly franticly and said, "What was that??  Did you feel that??  Wait, how did I just have to wake you up?"

I'm a sleep talker on regular nights so he tried to appease me and told me to go back to sleep.  The next morning I googled earthquakes in California and lo and behold this popped up!  A 3.9 magnitude earthquake.  I'm not crazy!  So now I can say I have experienced a real earthquake.

These are all pictures from December and early January so just a throw back re-cap:

At the SLO airport a flight attendant became obsessed with Gideon's red hair and dimples and promptly hand delivered him a plate of Christmas party goodies.   Also he met Santa at the airport which is ghetto enough in and of itself.

We got home to my parent's warm, cozy, festive house and started celebrating Christmas full swing!  I consumed mugs of Holiday Spice coffee and Gideon played with the tree.

Ryan giving my mom Mac lessons

We went to the Denver Zoo Lights and it was gorgeous!!  Gideon must have been cold because I can't say he enjoyed all of the festive splendor as much as we did

Afternoons before Christmas looked like cousin time, toy playing, present organizing, and yummy food consuming

Gideon's mood on Christmas Eve pretty much summed up in a picture! Tis the season!  He loved his new jammies and was probably just sad he couldn't wait up for Santa

Christmas morning he ignored all his gifts and played with wrapping paper

Look at that beautiful boy!  What a sweet gift under the tree

After Christmas we got back to real life and have been settling into a new routine with new Baby Boy here, work schedules, play groups, and fun outings.

On warm days we play chalk on our back patio

This boy is such a character!  Too much personality and silliness for his own britches

Daddy and Gideon went sledding during a huge blizzard!  We were pretty ghetto and used a cardboard box since we couldn't get out to buy a sled.  Gideon was obsessed

One thing that we never take for granted is how uniquely amazing our community is.  Our family, friends, and even people we have never met rallied behind us and lavished us with support.  We have had bags of formula and diapers delivered, donated clothing washed/folded, a meal train set up, gift cards sent, and more.  My mom donates her time generously to us to babysit often and gives us immense rest.  We even have had friends offer to go through Foster Care Relief training so they can keep Baby Boy.  WOW!!

Most moving, was one of Ryan's best friends spent an entire day fasting and praying for Baby Boy and I have to say that we really saw his sleep and physical comfort improve.  We are tremendously blessed. 

Friends loving on baby cakes

 Gideon has hit the most fun stage he has been in yet.  He is all about feeding himself, helping us cook or clean and being involved in everything we are doing.

We made buckwheat pancakes last Saturday and he did all the pouring and stirring!

Gideon spending time with Peyton and Josie.  His favorite thing in life is having friends over or even better, going to their house to explore new toys and spaces!

Mr. Isaac came to see us and his mama delivered me a decaf Flat White (favorite!) and our family an amazing healthy meal.  These two played hard for an hour!

Some days I'm so so tired and recovering from the new stage of life we are in.  And other days I can sit at this laptop with a cup of coffee and blog.  It's minute by minute.  I was talking to a friend yesterday and we both unanimously decided trying to parent/doing life without Jesus is a joke and we are total messes without him.  Amen.

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
Psalm 46:1-2

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Baby Boy 1 Month Update

Age: 1 month!  This sweet, sweet baby has overcome so much to bust out of the NICU and make it home to us.  We pushed big time for his release and we are thankful to have this snuggle bug home.  While daytime naps are his favorite, sometimes we do get to see those little eyeballs pop open and look around.  What a gift to love and hold and breathe in that perfect newborn scent all day.

Weight: 8 lbs

Length: 21.5 inches

Sizes: Newborn diapers and new born clothes.  His shirts and pants are SO itty bitty!  I love to get him dressed in a tiny, snuggly footie pajama set after a lavender bath

Eyes: Navy blue!  I've never seen a shade quite like his.  They are the most pure blue color and he has very thoughtful, old soul eyes

Hair: Red!!  Say what?!?!  Oh my heart could just explode!  He's pretty bald on top but in the back right over his soft little neck are the whispy red hairs of my dreams.  SCHWOON!

Sleeping:  Come again?  Sleep?   What's  that?  Baby Boy is on a full reverse schedule with some vengeful hours of wakefulness between 12:00 am and 5:00 am.  Oh well, every newborn does it I suppose.  He sleep swaddled in a swing with motion on and his white noise machine.  He looks like a tiny little caterpillar once he's settled

Eating: He eats every 1-2.5 hours, typically 2-3 oz at a time. The NICU sent us home with some amazing soft nipples that we switched to.  We had been using Dr. Brown's and Tommee Tippee but they proved to just be too much work for him.  He will let you know he's hungry and quickly settle into grattude and gulping once he has his bottle

Milestones/Words: He has great neck strength and can hold his little coconut up for a few seconds. He likes to "hold hands", try to focus on a face if it's close enough, and kick kick kick his little legs in the bath!

Memorable Outings:  Well being discharged from the NICU was pretty darn memorable!  The nurses sent him home with a footprint ornament and handmade blanket for Christmas.  Ryan is the most attentive, caring man and got Baby Boy full discharged and safely home!

Favorite toys/activities:  Being held is his #1 favorite activity of all time.  Followed closely by eating, chomping on his pacifier we call Gerard (it's a giraffe sewn to a pacifier), soaking in a warm lavender bubble bath, and being in his carrier

Funny Moments: He LOVES to pee on us!!!  He has great aim and will take any shot he can get.  Many time we see a stream come up from the floor while the other person is changing him.  And the worst part about Ryan and I?  We have started not even caring and not even changing once we get peed on! Ha!

Looking forward to:  I cannot wait to see tiny man make some strides in his health and gain back some weight, settle neurologically, and feel more comfortable.  I look forward to walks in the spring with my boys in their double stroller and of course more sleep :)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

How Much Change Can We Sign Up For?

You guys.

What.  Is. Our.  Life.

We have a few huge updates mainly in this order:

A decision to resign from the California job and staying on contract/remote
Moving back to Colorado from California (3 moves in  year people)
Becoming a foster placement for a newborn
Gideon breaking his foot
Starting a new job

Proceed with caution because our life is a little bit chaotic, stressful, blessed, and full....

If I could describe the last four weeks it would be WHIRLWIND.  We have had as insane few weeks that are a mix of relief, crushing disappointment, stress, gratitude, and a few bewildering times we look at each other and just go, "Thanks for staying married to me"

Ok onto a ridiculously long update...

#1 Ryan's job update/moving back:

Over the last 2 months it was becoming increasingly clear to us that the new job we took in California was not a good fit for our family.  The mission of the organization and Ryan's coworkers were kind and genuine, but we couldn't reconcile a few things in order to make it work.

Ethiopia (where we were meant to ultimately move to) is an increasingly unstable country and while Ryan was there in September he was just miles away from rioting, civilian murders, and political unrest.  There was NO way we could move our family to such danger and have Ryan complete the amount of travel and time away from us that the job required.  

Many conversations clarified for us that if an international move was off the table, then we needed a stateside job that would continue to match our values as a family. Stay on successfully at HQ would have required significantly more travel than Ryan wants in a job, so with all this in front of us, it was obvious that California was not a good longterm fit and we needed to act wisely and set ourselves and the organization up for success. 

With heavy hearts, Ryan used his 90-day review to submit his resignation and transparently sharing where we were at with his supervisors.  He has stayed on as a contract employee remote from CO which is amazing!

 We packed up our apartment and headed back to Colorado to try again; thankful for what we learned and motivated to dive head first into whatever God has for us here.  We were disappointed but we feel hopeful we can still be intentional with international missions in other ways and be open to other ministries and possibilities as they open up to us.

If you ever feel like you failed, just talk to us and we'll give you a pep talk that you'll be OK and God is sovereign.  Even when it's a little confusing :)

Gideon the flight attendent, "Hello good sirs and madams...may I fetch you a drink?"

3 airports, 2 planes, 1 delay, running through LAX to make my flight, and all solo with a toddler!

#2 Foster Placement

I can't dive into a ton of detail on the blog mainly because of confidentiality reasons but you might see a new precious little human popping up in our pictures more often that would require some explanation :)

Gideon calls him The Bee

Several days after arriving home from CA, our entire family received a call about a little guy in the NICU who needed a safe home to land in once he was released.  Ryan and I had already discussed at great length foster care so this was not a new mission for us.  Through a ton of organization and help from other family members, Baby Boy was released to us December 28th weighing roughly the same size as a mini-watermelon.

We are navigating our way through the foster care system now but a unique circumstance is what brought this peanut to us and gave us the final push to really get certified.  Did you know there are 400,000 foster kids in the US?

Anyone who can open their home up, should!  These peanuts need love.

So anyway, we adore this kid.  We are so exhausted by this kid.  Our weeks look like pediatrician appointments, visitations, court dates, casework visits, paperwork, and more.  We are honored to be his safe home for the foreseeable future.  I really can't share more about him in order to protect the privacy of his bio parents but please pray for him daily!

P.S.  We moved into our new apartment December 26th, rushed to unpack and clean up for the caseworker visit, Gideon broke his foot on December 27th and spent the evening at Children's Hospital, and then Baby Boy stormed our life with newborn scent and snuggles the morning of December 28th.

Seriously, our life.

Sweetest boy had ever nurse swooning in that place.  What a stud!

He of course picked blue for his cast.  He originally picked pink but I told him to pray about that and we settled on blue

#3 New Job

While Ryan works from home, I have been tremendously and utterly blessed to FINALLY start work as a full time RN.  I'm a pediatric RN in home health (giving that another go with a much better agency!) for a mid-acuity patient who is the sweetest squish you'll ever meet.

My schedule is three 12-hour days shifts and every minute of those shifts is filled with something new: a treatment, a medication, a GT feed, an assessment, looking up side effects, making sure my nursing diagnosis is correct.

Nursing is my passion and I'm so thankful to do this 3 days per week for now.  Plus what other job lets you be full time at 3 days?  A gift we need right now!


The long silence on this blog was us trying to get our head above water.  So much changed so quickly.  New things were handed to us, we released old expectations, and ultimately we look at each new aspect and are thankful that our identity is rooted in Christ and not in any other aspect of our being.

So more blog posts will hopefully be rolling in as we get our routine set up and a handle on everything!

Please feel free to come over anytime to visit and witness the explosion of laundry that is our life now with two little boys

I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.

Job 42:2


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