Friday, February 29, 2008

Time Flies..........

I can't believe that I have already worked one full week. Well almost-minus that day I had to call in sick. I can honestly tell you that I cried when I had to leave my baby for the first time with his Aunt Lacey. I am not one that shows many emotions but I tell you what, I could not stop the tears that day. Not to mention that I was getting sick but I went on to work anyway. I worked for two days and then the chills and body aches began late Wednesday night. So needless to say I did not go to work on Thursday and today I feel fine except for a cough. I feel like I haven't seen my Andrew in a month. What is wrong with me? Can you really have those kind of withdrawals? :-) Well, you sure can!

While I was at home with him for two months, people would come over and say, "Boy, he has grown so much." but I could not tell. I guess it was because I was with him everyday. But now after just three whole days away from him I would say he has grown a foot. Funny how your mind plays tricks on you like that.

Hope you have a great day and wonderful weekend!!

Monday, February 25, 2008

BOO HOO.......Back to Work........

I go back to work tomorrow! :-( I can't believe 8 weeks of maternity leave have already disappeared. Boy how time flies these days. Andrew is now seven weeks old. I can't believe just how much God has truly blessed my family and I. I keep thinking about how I almost lost Andrew and how the Lord gave me enough knowledge to know that something was wrong with him. I don't talk about it much because it scares me think about how close I actually came.

After Andrew was born Nick and I were left alone with him so I could start breastfeeding him. Once he was done I noticed that he didn't seem quite right. He began to gasp for air. He wasn't choking or anything like that. So I told Nick to go find someone. A nurse came into the room and took him. She bolted out of the room and ran to the nursery where she noticed under the blankets he was wrapped in that he was turning blue. Apparently his temperature had dropped so low that it caused him to do this. So His first night here he spent in the nursery under an oxygen hood. Talk about scary.

So I find myself truly blessed and very thankful that the Lord was and still is watching over my family everyday. I will NEVER be able to thank him enough for what he did that day. -----Thank you Lord for everything! God is sooooooooo good!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Pictures.....Pictures.....Pictures.....

Hi! My name is Melissa and I'M a Pictureholic! I have a daily photo shoot with my precious baby everyday! I know when he gets old enough to talk that he will tell me enough is enough! :-) But tonight I was printing out some photos (well.........alot!!!) of Andrew and Nick comes in the room and tells me I have printed enough! (WHINE!) ENOUGH?-----you can never have enough photos of your own child! Plus, I just can't get enough of him! He makes all kinds of cute faces and I just have to capture it just in case I were forget what it looks like! Which will probably never happen!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Six Weeks and Counting............

I can not believe that Andrew is already 6 weeks old!!!! He is growing soooooo fast! I go back to work next week and I am not sure that I can leave my baby!! :( I am ready to go back to work though! I feel horrible that I feel that way, but there is no way I could be a stay at home mommy! I salute the ones that can!!!!!! I would go completely crazy! (I'm already some what there as it is!) Atleast he won't be in daycare. I have wonderful family who are going to keep him for us. As I write this Andrew's wonderful Gran and Pawpaw (2 of his babysitters)are in the living room spoiling him rotten! They are bitten by the grandbaby bug, if you didn't know!! :-) After all it is their first! I think Nick and I are truly blessed with wonderful families that are ready to help at any need!!! Thanks!!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Priceless......................


Have you ever wondered how much it costs to have a baby these days? Well for the wee small town where I live it costs a small fortune. Well, let me just share with you a little of what it costs........

Room- $1,372.80
Nursery-$777.30
Delivery Room-$807.35
Labor-$830.70
Circumcision-$278.00
Drugs-$557.04 (I work in a drugstore...this is a complete rip off!)
Laboratory-$242.70
Chemistry Lab-$478.30
Immunology Lab-$145.40
Hematology Lab-$265.30
Urology Lab-$38.30
Audiology-$223.60
IV Solutions-$54.25

TOTAL--$6,071.04 (This does not include doctor fees!)

Doctor Fees-$2,760.00

Grand Total--$8,831.04

Birth of the most wonderful baby in the world--PRICELESS!!!

Thank the Lord for insurance! We didn't pay a dime! :-)










Friday, February 15, 2008

Yes.......Another Poopy Story..........

I can't resist just one more story about poop.........................................

Two weeks ago was our first Sunday back to church since Andrew was born. If you read my other post about POOP you would know that I was worried that my son was constipated. We waited a couple of days to see if he would poop on his own or if we would have to intervene. Well on this particular Sunday I had gone to get ready for church and Nick was feeding Andrew and getting ready to change him into his Sunday clothes. As soon as I had started shampooing my hair, Nick came into the bathroom and this is what our conversatin consisted of.............

Nick- "Sissy, We have a situation."

Me- "What's wrong?"

Nick- "Andrew finally pooped and it is very bad."

Me- "Alright!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" "Yipee!!!!!!!!!"

Nick- "Are you almost finished washing your hair?"

Me- "Why? You know how to change a diaper."

Nick- "Yes I know, but I think I need back up."

Me- "I'll be done in just a minute." (laughing my head off!!!!)

Needless to say it was a very funny morning for us! But once again I was thankful for poop!!! Plus, I am the one who ended up changing the diaper anyways! HEHEHEHEHEHEHE!

Well enough poop stories for the week! Maybe I will have something else to talk about next week! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

To My Hubby On Valentine's Day...........

Dear Nick,

I want to take this time to tell you that I LOVE YOU! I know that lately I have been a little busy and all with Andrew......HEHE....but I just have to tell you how much you mean to me, especially today.

First of all, Thank you for everything! Thank you for being the one person that understands me even when I get a little crazy and all! (you know!) Thanks for always being there for me no matter what. Thank you for being a wonderful father! I know you can't wait till Andrew is a little bigger so you will feel more comfortable with him! But again I thank you for helping me when you can anyways! Even if I have to help you change a poopy diaper or two! :-)

Thank you for working so hard to give us the things that we need most....like a beautiful home with a not so perfect toilet..(it breaks alot, but it's fixed for now)(it's not leaking!!!)...the list would go on and on so I will stop there.

Thank you for being a good christian man who goes to church with me every Sunday and helps me teach Awana on Wednesdays. There aren't alot of men who would help their wives do things like that! I really appreciate it!!

I just want you to know how thankful I am for you and for your love! This year we will have been together a total of ten years. Dating for 5 and married for 5. It seems like we've been married forever already. I just want you to know that these past ten years have been the greatest! I don't know what I would do without you! Just know that I LOVE YOU and am truly thankful for you and all that you do for our family!

Thank You.....Thank You.....Thank You.....Thank You.....Thank You.....Thank You.....
I just can't say it enough!

All My Love
Melissa

I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus.
1 Corinthians 1:4

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Thankful for Poop......YES POOP......

First of all let me just say that I am sooooo thankful for my precious baby boy Andrew! I have never experienced anything like motherhood before ! I thought helping raise my nephews prepared me for raising my own child......boy was I wrong! I thank God everyday for giving Nick and I a chance to be parents! He is such a wonderful baby! I couldn't ask for a better baby! He sleeps good, eats good, well.........he does everything good! I am the type of mother that wants to know if I am doing everything right. So if you have been around my house lately you would notice all the books lying around that I read and also the computer on because I constantly find something to read that makes me think I am doing a good job as a mother. Come to find out you can't learn everything from books and computers. Sometimes you just have to go with your instinct. Well I am so stupid because I find myself doubting my instincts. Like whether or not I am feeding Andrew enough, (by the way he eats like a pig) or pees and poops enough!
Because I was not able to breastfeed any longer that 3 weeks, I had to swap Andrew to formula which meant less poopy diapers. And you know that if you breastfed your babies, baby pooped MANY times daily. Well now that Andrew is on formula he poops once every 2 days. So I found myself panicing because I just knew that he was constipated.......(are you grossed out yet?).....because I had read so many books! Well tell you what I did........

I turned it over to the Lord and I just have to say that everything is fine now with me and I can say that I am honestly thankful for POOP!!!!!!!!! I don't think I will ever get tired of changing poopy diapers! (Ask me that a few months down the road!) Andrew is happy and healthy and I just have to say that I am truly blessed!

I hope you find yourself truly blessed today! Whether it's because of a stupid thing like poop or something quite larger like waking up today! May the Lord bless each of you today!

"Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord." Jeremiah 17:7

Monday, February 11, 2008

Growing Like A Weed...........


Baby Andrew is growing sooooo fast...................I have been trying to add new photos for 2 days but we got a new lap top and I haven't been able to work it!!! Until now! So here are a couple of new ones. Hope you like them! Have a blessed day!! God is soooooo good!!!