Tuesday, April 14, 2009

home again, home again

A couple more pictures from our time at the hospital.

The following picture pretty much speaks to how tired we are these days. The rigor of new parenthood coupled with giving meds, pumping, mixing milk, dressing changes, time in the hospital and just worrying in general lead to UTTER EXHAUSTION. We sleep when and how we can.
We're home now. Our friends Rob and Leigh are visiting from Greenville, and it was so nice to have a happy day to come home to. I slept for about 2 1/2 hours this afternoon. Napping is glorious - I just wish I got to do more of it. The running joke is that if we need Jonah to wake up to eat, I just go lie down in bed and pretend I'm trying to sleep - that wakes him right up.
Things I'm thankful for tonight -
- Jesus and the gift of salvation and ultimate hope
- Answered prayers
- JONAH
- Jonah's healthy airway
- Beautiful friends and family - a huge support network
- Blog readers (aka PRAYER WARRIORS)
- HGTV (which has good shows all night except between 4-6am, when it's lacking which is unfortunate considering this directly coincides with Jonah's play time. Sabrina, I blame you for this. I don't feel like reading Bible stories in the middle of the night like some night nurses I know)
- Still Target

59 comments:

Stacey said...

I am so glad you had such a great homecoming. What beautiful pictures of you and your little man. I love that! You will cherish those pictures, they definitely don't stay that little for very long.
We're continuing to pray,
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Kristin said...

You guys sooooooo rock...Although it's so normal to be tired, I can't believe how you and Matt are getting through all this! Rock stars...

Kristin said...

Sorry - one more post, I can't help thinking that this is the luckiest unlucky kid ever. I know he is .5 in a million. Thank God. Thank GOD. He has you. He is precious beyond words.

Janel Waters said...

I am getting sleep deprived for you! I am back to not being able to sleep until I know Jonah is ok! I have checked your blog and EBF all day waiting for an update that said you were home!!! YEA!! YIPPEE!!!! I am just so relieved that all is going well!

I am off to bed now before my 2 yo gets up way to early!!

I hope you have a very peaceful and uneventful night!

God Bless you all!
Janel

Anonymous said...

Oh he is so sweet! I have been praying for you since he was born. You are doing great. Being new parent is always hard. You are SO special. Keep your hopes and hearts upbeat!

Debra said...

Still praying for you out on the west coast. You are amazing and strong! Don't forget it!

Anonymous said...

HAHA very funny! When he was here after his 3 am feeding he really did think it was play time, wide awake. I am glad you guys are home! I hope you have restful sleep tonight (if at all possible)

Love,
Sabrina

brandie said...

He is too cute, and all that hair! Glad you're all home safe...and praying that you may continue to. God is good, oh so good!

Jensmere said...

Have been away from the computer, and popped in to say that I am still praying! Love the pictures...he is such a beautiful little guy!!!

Bless you,
Susan

This IS The Fun Part! said...

How beautiful those pictures are that have Mr. Jonah looking at one or the other of you! His eyes are so alert - I bet he doesn't miss much, does he!!

Praying with you!

Claire said...

Lovely post! :-)

Praying.

Cxx

as written by Barbara said...

So glad you are home! You know I think your beautiful boy's hair is getting thicker. He is one gorgeous knock-out!
Barbara (Lee) Lyman :-)
Marysville, WA

jewelrylady said...

Loved hearing that you guys were able to bring your little sweetheart home! Praise God for answered prayers!

Careful....if you watch too much HGTV, you'll start remodeling your house in your dreams. I did it when my little one was a preemie. :o)

Melissa said...

Hey guys...I haven't been on in a couple of days, but you & Jonah have been in my prayers anyway. I am sooooo happy that the scope went well and that ya'll are HOME!! I love the pictures you posted...that boy has got so much character! Oh, and on a funny note, that lion looks almost identical to one that my youngest son, Zack, had when he was a baby....and he's turning 14 next month! Anyway, welcome back home, hang in there, and know that you're in our prayers...

Jackie said...

I am continuing to pray for Jonah's healing and for your strength. You are an encouragement to me.

Karen & Shahin said...

Praise God for such good news on Jonah's scope. I know reading all those online studies and such probably wrecks your head but just remember that Jesus' hand is on Jonah and helping you get through all of this. Jonah continues to be in my prayers.

Love, Karen in Boston

Kim M said...

Welcome Home! Yeah!!! I love to watch Jonah's eyes in the pictures! He is Mr. Personality!

Bobbi said...

Glad you are all home safe and sound. Great pics. He is so handsome

Melissa said...

That is one precious boy! So glad you're back home with him. Praise God for his faithfulness! Sleep when you can, enjoy that wonderful baby, and squeeze in some Target shopping, too! Praying still in NM.

Cathy said...

So glad that you are home. Praying for some much needed rest.

Toni :O) said...

Here's hoping blissful napping is in your very near future! At our home...family nap time is usually in order on the weekends...my kids are almost 6 (my daughter has the same Puddles Duck you have for Jonah that I mentioned in an earlier comment so it's getting on in years!) and my son is 10...woot woot for napping! Hang in there...you both are doing an amazing job and I was glad to hear you are home.

RLR said...

Yay! Good news all around!
I'm heading out to Target this morning - need anything? :)

Katherine said...

Love the new pictures, love the hope, love YOU and JONAH!

Katie said...

I love the picture of Matt zonked out. I have quite a few pictures of Nathan passed out with Rory in his arms. I took one every chance I got - which was often, what with him getting up for work at 3am, then going to class directly afterward, and then coming home to help me take care of a baby. I'm still not really sure why he was so tired...

I love you guys and I'm glad you're home. I miss you.

Erin Hingley said...

Thankful that Jonah is home!! On a complete random side note, his Winnie The Pooh blankie is my son's "bedtime blankie". He absolutely loves it! Hope Jonah does too!!

Love and prayers,
Erin in VA

Megan @ Hold it Up to the Light said...

Love that you still have such a sweet and charming sense humor!

Praying for you and that sweet boy everyday! We need to come up with a clever name for Jonah's faithful prayer warriors...don't ya think?!

Get some rest today!

Anonymous said...

Jonah's looking fabulous- hmmm...must be a baby thing with naps- my Josiah does the same- I lay down, he wakes up ;)
Job 19:25-26
"I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.
And after my skin has been destroyed,
yet in my flesh I will see God"


He is Risen! Happy Easter!!
Emily Ebeling

Watts Family said...

I'm glad y'all are home. I remember those sleepless nights....you will get through it!! We are all praying for you and your sweet family.

Many Blessings,

Amanda

Amanda said...

Hooray, God, that the scope went well! :)

Baby Bird said...

thankful also that you are home and continue to have a HUGE support constantly around you...Isn't God good?!!
got another scrapbook to work on where i left off after the first 2...sorry it's taken so long:)
Love and prayers!
Aimee Pence
ps-hopefully the babies I am keeping will get well and quit running fevers and my family and I will stay well so we can bring a meal to you guys...and Hannah's surprise for Jonut:)

Stephanie said...

:)
I just wrote a blog on battling despair. Some of the verses might minister to you.
Praying-
Stephanie

Lil' K said...

You are an inspiration to me as a person and new mom...I am so glad I found your blog - it has changed me in so many good ways! Jonah is also my hero - what an angel!

Oh - an Target is simply amazing and gets all my money. :)

Continuing prayers from Tx!!

momma said...

been traveling out of town and this is the first chance i've had to get caught up on you and Jonah. i've been praying consistenly while traveling and am glad to know you are home!!

mandi said...

So glad you're home! Still praying for your little Jonah!

the-mommy-person said...

He's so beautiful! Those pictures made me cry. You are honestly, honestly THE best mom I have ever 'met'. And dad too. God bless you both, you're doing a remarkable job and God will richly bless you. Prayers sent up daily (and nightly).

Our family page said...

Loved your praises! The Lord gave me a song for you. It may be one you have heard a 100 times and it may be one people have told you about 100 times, but, He told me to give it to you RIGHT NOW! So, see if you can listen to the Third Day song, "Call My Name." It is awesome and it will speak directly to your heart, I am sure! So happy you are home and that things are going well. I am prayin', prayin', prayin'! Keep lookin' up! Love in Him, Missy in Mexico

Beth said...

Love the pictures!!

Kristine McKowen said...

Welcome home! Just found your blog and will keep your sweet baby in my prayers.

I've been reading through and see that you use Aquaphor. I'm sure you have read many things, but was wondering if Aquaphor would cause him pain?

My 8 year old has had eczema since she was born and our doctor always recommended Aquaphor. So I'd slather her up really well. When she got older and began to talk she would always tell me it hurt. Not until after I put it on my very own chapped hands did I finally realize that this stuff stings.

Alyson said...

Welcome home!!!

I'm hoping that you ALL can sleep a little easier and MORE in the next coming days!!

p.s. I still have that tub of Eucerin cream if you guys want it!

>>Here's praying for a good night's sleep or nap tonight for you all!!<<

Alyson

Alyson said...

Great!!! I'll get that sent out to you, hopefully tomorrow morning!!!

Alyson

Erin said...

I am so glad his airway is good, I know you were worried..I have been prayin' for ya'll daily. Jonah is so precious and I enjoy reading your blog. Your faith is so incredible!! You are such an inspiration!
love and blessings from ga~erin

Martin Family said...

Welcome back home. Great news about the scope!

L2L said...

Praise the Lord!!!! I wanted to share something with you that the Lord revealed to me after praying for my own children: He gently reminded me that He picked me to be their mother and Big D to be their dad because no one else could do it better. As I am a new reader (and prayer) of your blog, it is so evident why God gave you Jonah, because no one else could care for, love on, and provide for him better than you two!!! It's amazing how far we can really go when God is our strength supplier. Praying for more healing days to come!!!!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news that Jonah and you are back home. Hope you will be able to get back into your routine. Pictures are precious...love the one of Jonah focusing on you! Praying for healing and lots of naps.

Gail
Annapolis, MD

April said...

I just now had a chance to read your post. That's so awesome Jonah is back home! Praise the Lord for such a short and sweet hospital stay. God is Great! :) Thank you so much for continuing to keep us updated on your journey with your little guy.

Hugs from Springfield, Missouri.

Tricia said...

Praying here for your little Jonah and your miracle.

Anonymous said...

Praying and watching daily for new.
Denton Texas

Laura A said...

Jonah is a BEAUTIFUL boy. Those eyes - they melt my heart! Glad you're home and am continuing to pray for you.

And yes, there is NO substitute for Target!!!

Love,
Laura in TX

Aunt Joyce said...

So glad the scope gave you super news and that you are able to be home. Will continue to pray that Jonah will improve, that you will get some much needed sleep, that your support system will continue to be strong and that your stamina, faith and love will stay strong and grow day by day.

Love you to Heaven and back,
Aunt Joyce

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

What a beautiful little boy you have. I have been praying for you since the beginning and am so happy to see him doing so well!

Just know that you are being lifted up daily to the throne of Grace.

Beth

Anonymous said...

No good programming from 4-6am? You MUST have DVR?!? If not, it's the least you can do for yourself, so that in the few and far between times you can actually watch something, it can be EXACTLY what you want it to be! So thankful for Jonah's good airway news :)

Jane said...

Leigh showed me the pictures and the videos she took, and I got that personal message. So glad they got to visit. Jonah looked so precious and I saw him lifting that head up, going to be a strong little guy, but we knew he was a fighter anyway. My thoughts and prayers are continuing for all of you. May God Bless and keep you.

alan pardoe said...

Thank the Lord. Wait till Jonah starts to walk you will have eyes in the back of your head.praying for his healing. pray you can get your feet up and rest. St. POD.

Anonymous said...

Patrice and Matt: Jonah is just so beautifully handsome. So glad to hear that he is home again. I am still keeping him as well as Matt and you in my thoughts and prayers. Much love your way~Darlene

Anonymous said...

Got to love those baby blues! , Jonah is adorable. Hope you are getting some peace and rest, after the good report from the ENT. take care and try to get out and enjoy the sunshine today if you can. praying for God to continue to work in a mighty way thru your little man baby.
Praying for a healing!
I love you all!
Gina

Nathalie from Toulouse said...

wonderful pictures! I am so glad you are finally home! no news I hope it means you are too busy cuddling and kissing your precious little one!

I keep praying that that things continue to go well.

Jenny said...

So glad that you guys are doing well! I pray for you every day. For those early morning hours, check out Nick at Nite. They have shows on all night.

Kelli said...

Jonah melts my heart. Adorable!! Rest every second you can!! Still praying in SC.

Cynthia said...

okay, you seriously need DVR/Tivo so you have some shows recorded for those middle of the night wakings,lol!