Our Weekend

This past weekend we had the pleasure of introducing David Michael to two of his Great Grandparents.

We first went to see my Grandmother, Mema, who is 93. She was patiently awaiting our arrival. She was so excited to meet David Michael! He was an angel around her too. He smiled and laughed and even fell asleep to her rubbing his foot. It was so good to introduce her to her first great grandson.

Next we went to see Michael's grandfather, Papa Lea. David Michael gave him lots of smiles and laughs. Even though Papa Lea has a lot of great grandchildren he is always overjoyed to meet a new member of the family!

We have such an amazing family and we can only hope to leave a legacy close to theirs!

Month 3 Must Haves

When I was racking my brain as to what I should include in my list... nothing came to mind. Partly because of exhaustion has affected my brain and partly because I am completely in survival mode. When I made Grace's list there were really things that were new to us and that we used everyday. Now those are things we still use almost every day, but here are a few new things to David Michael.

1. Humidifier-We have gone through a lot of humidifiers over the past few years with Grace and this is the one that has stuck around the longest. We now have one in the living room and in Grace's room.

2. Bouncer- This seat has been a life saver! We are borrowing it from a friend and David Michael loves this seat. He sleeps in it a lot, watching mommy work, and helps me out so much!

3.Blue Blankets- When David Michael arrived we had two blue blankets. I thought that was plenty and really did not want to spend money on blankets. Well two is NOT enough. So I found myself reaching for Grace's pink blankets. David Micheal's daddy wasn't too pleased about this. Thankfully a friend is letting us borrow some blue blankets now.

4. Bottle Warmer- Ok so this is not really a must have... but David Michael doesn't really enjoy taking a bottle at all! This definitely helps to an extent. I never had one for Grace and she was fine and took a bottle fine, but her little brother prefers his bottle warm.

5. Angelcare Baby Monitor- This has been really a life saver! We are finally able to lay David Michael down and not worry! The first time since he has been born. This mat monitors his breathing. If he stops breathing an alarm goes off. We can leave him in the other room or fall asleep and not worry!

Hope this list helps you!

Our Schedule

After three months of David Michael being in our lives I finally feel that we have somewhat of a schedule. David Michael has not been the easiest baby, which has made it much more difficult for me to make a schedule. However, if you know me at all you know this has been killing me! I am very much type A and want to have a time schedule for everything. Here is what our typical day looks like lately...

12:30 - 1:30am: He wakes up for his first feeding of the night. Due to his breathing troubles his daddy would stay up with him until this time, until last week. We would stay up with him to make sure that he continued to breath. We were just given a sleep apnea mat and we now can lay him down in his crib, so we do not have to stay up with him any longer in the evening. After I feed him I have to hold him up for an hour to make sure he does not spit up his entire feeding. (literally!)

3:30 - 4:30am: He wakes up for his next feeding of the night. I hold him up for an hour.

6:00 - 7:00am: He wakes up for the day. I try to make him wait to eat until 7am, sometimes I am successful and sometimes I am not. After this feeding, I also pump so I will have milk for future use either in his cereal or for a bottle. Grace usually wakes up somewhere in this time period too. Somehow I attempt to change diapers, make breakfast, eat breakfast, dress children and most importantly grab caffeine!

8:30am: Around this time I am usually able to get David Michael to take a nap. I attempt to clean up breakfast and spend some alone time with Grace. David Michael usually will sleep for exactly 30 minutes.

10:00am: Nursing time for David Michael again. Before he gets hungry, I try to have a snack ready for Grace and something to entertain her, either an art project, blocks or a movie. After he finishes eating and while Grace is still occupied I am usually able to squeeze in a quick shower before chore time. This is also the time period if we need to run errands we will.

11:30am: Nap time for David Michael, which really is wonderful timing because I am usually able to make lunch for Grace and I and at least eat a few bites before he wakes up.

12:45pm: Begin getting Grace down for her afternoon nap. Since David Michael arrived, sadly she has not been taking a nap very well? However, I do make her stay in her room for an hour sleeping or not.

1:00pm: David Michael nurses again. I hold him up for an hour (like I do after every feeding).

2:00pm: David Michael goes down for around 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours. Grace gets up and it is mommy and Grace time. Usually we are in the kitchen working on dinner before daddy gets home.

4:00pm: David Michael is up and hungry again, more food for him. Usually Michael gets home sometime after this and oh how I am so glad to see him! We all rush to see him and this momma breathes a sigh of relief that I have made it another day! We always eat dinner as a family and attempt to catch up on each others day.

6:30pm: Bedtime is underway. Grace usually gets a bath (if she didn't get one earlier in the day) and we head to her room to read books and pray.

7:00pm: Grace is laying down for bed and David Michael is nursing. (Daddy and Mommy are trying to keep our eyes open.)

8:00pm: This momma is in bed! Michael takes over David Michael duty, they have father son time.

I know this schedule is pretty detailed, but that is how I roll. I don't always stick to the exact nap schedule for David Michael, but I do stick very strictly to his feeding times. I find that it makes life easier for me! It leaves a lot of the guess work out for me.

I am hoping soon David Michael will start to stretch out his nighttime feedings to just one feeding at night instead of 2-3. (hey I can hope can't I!) 

I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into our crazy, wonderful life!

Update #3 on David Michael

The past two months have been very trying for us. There has been A LOT of sleep lost, tears shed (both by kids and parents), and most importantly prayers said. It is during times like these you really know who your friends are! I have not been the most diligent at writing "Thank You" cards here lately, but I wanted to make sure that I give a shout out to all of our WONDERFUL friends and family! Thank you all who have been so generous and fed us: Drew & Lesley McCabe, Stephen & Darci Watson, Barry & Kelly Kaldenbach, Josh & Raven Anderson, Eric & Hannah Stephens, Travis & Susanna Hancock, Steven & Heidi Bozard, Ken & Lynn Cross, Barbara McKenzie, Elliott & Brittany McKenzie, James & Ann Robinson, Steven & Kassi Owens, Railey Maree, Michael & Beth Anders, and Luke & Christina Jenkins. It really means more than you know! Also thank you to everyone who has been bowing before our Father for us and David Michael. Also a very big thank you and hug sent to our prayer warriors: Alison Burns, Oliver & Callie Cross, Uncle Eddie & Aunt Kay, Uncle Scott, Mema, Sean & Alex Alford, Dustin & Suzanne Thore, Cay & Aubrey Baldwin, Kendra Martin, Leandra Davis, Sarah Curry, Tara Shaver, Caitlin Pope, Julianna Simmons, Kelly Evans, Jessica Rowen, Carrie Lott, Kathryn Schumpert Jordan, the Moorehouse family, Lindsay Franks, Amber Angell, Carol Peterson, Paige Koon, Stacey Geddings, Moore Family, Margaret Cross, Karen Cross, Rebekah Cross, Renewal and Lakeshore Church in NC. (I tried to remember everyone, but I know my exhausted mind can not)

David Michael is really improving. We decided not to go through with the gastric emptying test due to the use of radiation during the test which made me a little uneasy. We have been continuing both the Zantac and Prevacid and the combination really seems to be helping. With the help of a few new contraptions he is also sleeping much better! (which means we all are!!!) He is going to out grow this, it might be a long next couple years, but we praise God for our precious baby and the best friends and family anyone could ask for!

Update #2 on David Michael

First off I want to thank everyone who has been praying for David Michael. We are eternally grateful for all the many prayers! We know our God is The great Healer! (If you are wondering what I am taking about check out this update.)

We have now seen two different ENTs (ear nose and throat physicians) in Greenville who have been very encouraging! David Michael has been diagnosed with laryngomalacia. Laryngomalacia is the most common cause of stridor (high-pitched breath sound resulting from turbulent air flow in the larynx) in infancy, in which the soft, immature cartilage of the upper larynx collapses inward during inhalation, causing airway obstruction. 

Monday David Michael had a scope sent down his nose into his throat to look at what was going on in his throat. He took it like a trooper sitting on my lap. We were able to watch the video and see first hand what was happening when he breathes. 

The doctor pointed out to us the tissues that were "floppy" and not working correctly. Also in David Micheal's case, due to him having pretty severe reflux everything including the "floppy" tissue was very swollen and only adding to his difficulty breathing. The doctor is also worried that he is not emptying his stomach correctly because he will spit up hours after eating and not just small amounts causing more inflammation.

David Michael is now on two different acid reflux medications. He is scheduled on February 3rd for a gastric emptying test and scheduled in early June for a sleep apnea test. We will have to continue holding him up for one hour after he eats(any volunteers I will gladly take you up on that!), he does not sleep well on his back but the doctor says it is perfectly safe for him to sleep in his bouncer. If we wanted to lay him flat at night he suggested getting a sleep apnea mat to alert us if he stops breathing. 

I actually feel very relieved! The thought of surgery really scared me. We still have a very long road ahead of us, but I know God has His hand over my baby. We feel very blessed to be surround with excellent medical staff. 

Thank you for praying and continuing to pray!