Friday, October 1, 2010


My entire family is under one roof tonight. That makes me happy. Jonah & I had a full week of visiting friends and family. Dan had an intense week of school that caused him a good bit of stress but feels encouraged by the end of it. Max spent the week with Ms. Dottie and is currently on the floor asleep and most likely dreaming of what a good life he had over there.

I have tons of pictures to post but tonight I'm in recovery mode. I'm super sore and have swollen feet for the first time ever. I'm feeling pains I'm not sure are completely normal so my goal is to relax for the rest of the night and hopefully sleep some of this off. I'm beginning to wonder if this last minute trip was a wise decision after all. Hopefully tomorrow will bring happy memories of a great week instead of more aches and pains. 6 weeks to go! Eeeks!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Enjoying the pool

I'm really sad that we haven't utilized the pool as much as I thought we would. I totally blame that on how sick I was over the summer but it still seems like such a waste. Jonah LOVES to swim and would do it for hours each day. But, since I spent most of March-August horizontal, he just didn't get much time out there.

But, over the last couple of weeks, he has gotten to be out there a little bit more than normal. And, he loves every second. We have enjoyed watching him "get" swimming. Just this past week, he mastered the cannonball and started diving. It is fun to watch him learn new things.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

SBC showers Micah with love

When we first found out we were expecting Micah, people started approaching me about doing a shower. I never expected to have a shower since Micah is our second child. They quickly reminded me this was the first pregnancy while at Stetson and they would most definitely do a shower. I was so grateful and very humbled at the many offers of people who wanted to express this type of love to our family.

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about the shower the Widows ministry of our church gave us and today I want to share with you about the church wide shower we had last Sunday. I knew there were 5 hostesses and I knew the shower was at the church in the Family Life Center but every other detail was kept under wraps. So, you can image my surprise when I walked into our church gym to discover this!

I am not exaggerating when I tell you it took my breath away. It was the most classic, beautiful shower I have ever attended. The fact that it was in honor of my sweet baby boy made it even more special. I had not even opened a gift and my heart was blessed beyond measure.
Three of our staff wives and two other church members who are very special to our family all gave so graciously of themselves to make this day perfect. And, perfect it was!! (L to R, Tracee Gmitro, me, Melody Dowdy, Gina Edwards, Margie Wood & Kim May)
Dan and Jonah spent the afternoon together then arrived at the shower the last 15-20 minutes. Since it was come and go, there weren't tons of people left when they arrived. I loved the come and go idea because it never felt overwhelming. There was always a steady stream of people but never too many to make it feel personal. It really was just perfect. When Dan and Jonah arrived, the spoke to everyone then made their way to the gift table to check out all of Micah's sweet gifts.
I was happy to have a few pictures with my first little boy. I know my heart will explode with love when Micah arrives but for now, I treasure every second with the first blessing God gave me. Jonah is such a sweet, tender hearted, precious little boy who reminds me every day that God has blessed me immensely.
And of course, after 12 years, I'm still over the top in love with this guy. I hear people say how much work marriage is and I just think to myself that I must have gotten lucky because it isn't all that hard for us. He makes it easy. I'm a lucky girl and I know it. He makes choices every day that prove his God is his priority but Jonah and I are right after him. He lives a life of integrity that makes me never question his word. He doesn't react quickly and his calmness settles me. Seriously, I'm the luckiest girl ever and I know it!
Our baby shower at Stetson was one year to the day of Dan's first Sunday at Stetson Baptist Church as pastor. If you would have told me a year ago that if we fast forwarded a year, I would be attending my own baby shower, I would have freaked!! But, God in his providence, ALWAYS knows best. This last year has been an incredible ride for our family and the people at SBC. I'm excited about the future and all God has for us here.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Waiting for Daddy

One day last week, we headed to Daytona to visit two different hospitals in hopes of deciding where to deliver Micah. We chose that day because Dan had to visit church members there. So, Jonah and I tagged along. We spent a lot of time waiting in various waiting rooms while Dan visited. I didn't think to bring anything to entertain Jonah so he used my camera to take pictures. Due to the lack of any flattering images, all of his were deleted. But, I did have at least two that weren't too hideous to share!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Eye Doctor: Round 2

We scheduled the consultation with the 2nd opinion doctor at a time that Dan could be sure to go with us. He has never had an eye exam due to his perfect vision so he was quite intrigued with everything in the office. Jonah was a little annoyed because he wanted to "play" with the cool eye doctor toys.

The assistant and doctor came in to do basically the same tests that were done at the other clinic. This time, there was a problem getting his eyes to dilate so we were there quite a while. Fortunately, daddy was there to tell us stories and entertain us during the hour plus wait. Jonah even got to wear cool 3d glasses and look at pictures with the doctor.
After all the testing was done, we received a MUCH better report. Yes, he still needs glasses but his vision isn't as bad as we first suspected. Rather than putting glasses on in the morning and not taking them off until he was in a dark room, this doctor said he needed to wear them for school, TV time, computer time and when he needed to see things far way. Other than that, we should just let him be a little boy and enjoy life. He said that over time, he may need to wear them more. But, for now, we can limit the time he is in them.

He isn't super concerned about the calcium spots on the back of his eyes and said we would watch that. Overall, he was MUCH more encouraging and everything seemed like much less of an emergency. We actually talked to him about why the other doctor seemed so emergent about everything. He said that many times, docs tend to go to the opposite extreme because many parents are non-compliant. They can't be honest about exactly what needs to be done because those parents would not meet those standards. So, they go overboard with what is needed in order to get the actual amount of usage for the child. He said he felt like we were very hands-on parents who had Jonah's best interest at heart and would follow the instructions he gave.

As we walked out, we stopped to look at some frames and he didn't even cry. He said he didn't want to wear glasses but he put them on and didn't even try to take them off. And that smile? Well, as cheesy as it is, it is real. And, this mommy is so very happy for that!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Eye Doctor: Round 1

I mentioned in an earlier post about Jonah failing his vision test at his 4 year check up appointment. We were referred to a pediatric Opthamologist but had to wait a couple of weeks to get there. The only day they could see me was a day that Dan had obligations with work that he could not miss. So, I put on my brave face and headed towards Orlando with a sweet little boy.

I didn't really prepare him for what was ahead because I didn't know. I've been seeing eye doctors since I was 4 or 5 years old but I didn't want to hype him up for something that I didn't know would happen or not. So, we just took things as the came and I explained to him what was going on as it happened.

I wish I had known to prepare him for the eye drops that dilated his eyes because they burned and made his vision so blurry. He did not handle that well at all. Fortunately, a little snuggle time with mommy made it better.
When the Doctor came in and did his exam, he wrote lots of things in the the chart and kept saying "mmmhmmm, mmmhmmmm." That led me to believe he was agreeing with his pediatrician. As soon as he turned to me, he said "he MUST have glasses ASAP." I felt my eyes fill with tears and the typical "hold it together" person that I am completely lost it. I kept wiping my tears and trying to keep Jonah from seeing me cry. But, I knew what that meant for him and it broke my heart. Besides, he had already told me he "never wanted to wear any glasses" when he saw the racks of them in the waiting room.

The doctor continued to brief me on Jonah's eyes only for me to discover he had lots of issues that needed to be addressed. One eye was seeing 80/20. The other was 40/20. That big of a difference is apparently a problem. He has an astigmatism. He has calcium deposits on the backs of his eyeballs that will require an ultrasound of his eyes as soon as he can endure it. Apparently, 4 year olds aren't exactly cooperative for that sort of thing.

He explained that Jonah needed to wear glasses from the moment he woke up until the lights were off in his room at night. He told me there wasn't much hope of him every doing without them and he would get worse as he aged. The more he talked, the sadder I became. I know this is a very minor issue compared to what some parents deal with but it didn't matter. I was sad for him.

He sent us on our way with a prescription for glasses and everything written down for me so I could explain it to Dan when I got home. We headed out to the lobby so we could pick out frames. I put the first pair on him and he started crying and begging me not to make him wear them. BROKE. MY. HEART. You can see in the following pictures that he never warmed up to the idea. I didn't take the pictures to document this experience. I took the pictures to show Dan some of the frames. Needless to say, we didn't order any of these because his sad face and eyes totally swayed our opinion.

I finally had to just leave. I couldn't do this by myself. He was crying. I was a wreck. The baby was making me sick. I just wanted Dan to help. And, I just wanted to take my sweet boy out of that and let him be a little boy who didn't have to wear glasses again. Since his eyes were dilated, he had to wear special shades on the way to the car. He thought those were super cool!
Later that night, we met up with Dan and tried to find frames at Target Optical. As soon as we walked in, the tears started again. We kept forcing him to smile so we could see the real Jonah under those frames but you can still see the red, swollen, sad eyes.

On the way home from Target, we both decided to get a second opinion. We don't want to question the doctor but at the same time, we want to make sure we are getting the best care possible for Jonah. Neither of us had a real peace about Jonah's vision being as bad as he said because we have never noticed him squint or have headache issues. So, the next day, Dan made a phone call to a lady in our church who works for a group of Opthomologists. She was very understanding of our doubts and made an appointment for us to see one of her doctors who isn't a Pediatric doc but does have small children.

Stay tuned for what we learned at that visit.


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