Thursday, September 18, 2014

Our newest addition!

Our sweet Noah Henry was born 9.10.14 -- 7 lbs 7 oz -- 18 inches

Lots of blonde hair!  And he looks exactly like Liam when he was born!
Right after delivery

Noah's first family picture

Going home!

Noah is doing great and we came home the next day after birth.  My labor was a little longer than I expected being this my second child I always heard they came a lot faster than the first.  But I am thankful he come on his own in the timeframe we were looking for! I started having contractions shortly after my OB appointment Tuesday morning of last week.  It was a slow going until the next morning, and Noah came pretty quickly and arrived at 9:05 Wednesday morning.  I opted to forego pain meds and epidural, and was successful, however I am not sure I would do that again! LOL  But I am glad everything went smooth and I recovered much faster this time around.  He has been feeding great, gaining weight and being a normal baby.  We did have a slight jaundice issue which prompted some home phototherapy treatment last weekend.  I actually got a little emotional when they delivered the equipment to our house, mainly because I am hormonal!  But it brought back some memories of Liam's birth, and those feelings came unexpectedly.  But all is well, after much prayer and hearing from the Lord about it, I am at peace.  It is so sweet for me to see both my boys together - Such sweet precious miracles they both are!

We have been adjusting to life at home with a newborn and trying to maintain some sort of consistency in our days for Liam sake -- it's been a challenge, but we have wonderful family and friends here who have helped out this past week and we are SO appreciative! 

More to come!  I'm off to feed our lil guy!  Love and hugs to all - thanks for keeping up with us!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Progress Reports and Back to School!

Thought I'd better post another update before the baby gets here and you don't see me for awhile again, haha.  I'll be 37 weeks tomorrow and we are counting down the days until delivery!  I've started on some Evening Primrose Oil to help things along, so it could be anytime!

About 36 weeks here!
 Liam had his 6 month cardiology appointment last Tuesday, and it couldn't have gone better!  I think this was the best visit he has EVER had - news and all!  So, Dr. V has been watching him for some isolated high pressures in the 70's in his conduit they have been seeing on the Echo at each previous appointment....I was so very hopeful, this would be the year with NO medical interventions being needed (aka, no heart cath!)...Praying very hard for favor and a break to say the least.  Well, it turns out, Dr. V reported that they didn't even see ANY isolated high pressures on his Echo this time, and pressures were consistent in the 40's!!  You can't even imagine how sweet that news was to our ears!  We serve a mighty God, who hears our prayers!!  So we go back for a routine visit next February.  SOO very thankful!!

Liam also had his first "official" day of Pre-K yesterday...He is growing up so fast!  He still is going 2 days a week at a local church right down the street from us.  His teachers are super sweet and have already sent multiple communication emails, which gets a HUGE A + plus with this momma!  He had a great first day, although he did say he was a little "nervous" and then asked me what that meant, lol.  He is very excited they do not have to take naps this year too, and I am grateful we do not need to lug his nap mat up to school anymore, ha!

Ms. Kim and Ms. Jen at meet the teacher

First day of Pre-K!

Mommy and Liam before class starts

Cute first day picture taken by his teachers - so thoughtful and sweet!!

We are also "trialing" a year of homeschool Kindergarten on our days at home.  I have always gone back and forth with a decision to homeschool, but I feel like there are a lot of great reasons it will work well for Liam and our family, so decided to do a test run this year, since he won't officially be Kindergartner age until next year.  We are mainly focusing on learning to read, handwriting and math.  He loves the idea of me being his "teacher" and having "lessons" at home.  My parents will also be helping some in his teaching, as my mom is a grade school art teacher and my dad is a musician, so it has become a family affair!  I opted not to start with an actual curriculum set, but instead, researched and chose several books to help guide us in our goals for his learning this year:

Devotional: (REALLY loving this devotional for little boys - perfect in length and content!)

 Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
Engelmann, Siegfried

Character building:
Coriell, Ron

Barden, Christine H.  
Science:   God's Marvelous works; Book One by Teacher's Edition (1975) - I found two editions at our local thrift store and bought them on a whim -- Indeed they are a little old, I love the way it presents science in relation to God's creation, and I am excited about doing some simple experiments and reading out of them, hopefully for a few years!
History and geography will be more play (puzzles, games) and bible story based.   

I am holding onto all my plans for the year loosely and just letting God take control and direct our steps.  I know with the new baby, there will be a lot of changes, so I am at peace knowing things may or may not work out, but I am hopeful homeschool will work out and be a fun process.

That's about all in our world right now - We have a lot on our plate, but are full with God's blessings and provision.  We are excited about this new stage as parents and a family and can't wait to see all God has for us in this season!  Thanks for journeying along with us, we are so grateful for all the loving support and prayers you all provide us!