Saturday, August 16, 2014

Has it already been more than a month??

Wow, time is flying by. My mom says that the more kids you have, the faster it seems to go, and I'm inclined to believe it's true!

I started to write an update when we first got back home, but after a week I realized that the things I had written about were not truly the things that I wanted to share with everyone, so I decided to wait to update later to give a better picture of how things are going for us. 

Our short time as a family of five has been very good and full and sometimes hard so far. We have been blessed to be able to ease into our new life slowly. Since Aaron is self employed and is able to set his own schedule, he has been spending mornings at home with us, and for the first few weeks his mom came to help me in the afternoons, which was wonderful. 

As for me, I have been relatively slow to mend from this pregnancy. Though I am fine now, it took me some time to recover mentally and physically from the birth experience (which is a story that could be a post unto itself!). This combined with the expected lack of sleep and acclimation to having three kids has made me very grateful for all of the help I have been getting!! :)

Being mom to 3 under 3 is going to be one of those unforgettable experiences in my life. What a beautiful and difficult thing it is. Every day is peppered with trials and triumphs alike as I attempt to meet the physical, mental and emotional needs of three tiny people. All things considered, we are doing pretty well, even though we all have our moments. 

Milo is doing great! He had a bit of a dip in his weight at first and there were some concerns raised about jaundice during his first week, but since then he has been fine. He is growing steadily, is very strong, and is very tuned in to everyone around him... he reminds me a lot of Norah at this age. Not to mention, he is super cute (I'm not biased at all ;^D).

We are continuing to get care for him in San Francisco. His next appointments are on Monday with the Children's Renal Center, Radiology, and Pediatric Urology. 
That's quite the mouthful now that I've said it!

Through these appointments we will get a better idea of his current level of kidney function and take a look at what a long term plan for care will look like for mister man. We are hoping that his kidneys will be working fine, that they will be less swollen, and that surgery will not be needed. 

We are so thankful to everyone who has been praying for us and for those of you who have graciously given us financial support. I can't begin to put to words how grateful I have been for all the people who have helped bear our physical and spiritual burdens. You guys are amazing. Every day I see this little baby boy, blessed by God to be alive, and can't help but think of what a part of that miracle has had to do with everyone's petitioning The Lord on our behalf. Thank you to you all. 

I will try to keep posting updates as I can manage. I have very busy with making our basic needs happen at home, but writing on here is important to me as well. It helps me keep in touch with everyone and also helps me to process out loud all that is going on here at home.  It's a win for everyone :)