Monday, December 28, 2009
Celebrating Daddy's "30th" !
Wow!! What a year. I can't believe that Sam is 9 months old already. Which also means in 3 months he will be a year old! This has been quite a year. As I thought about everything that we have experienced in 2009 I am overwhelmed with joy and thankfulness of the Great and Mighty God we serve and worship. He has blessed us beyond our wildest dreams with the most precious little man that we fall more in love with each day. I never imagined that I could love something so much. He brings smiles and tears of happiness to my face so very often. I was thinking about our time in the NICU this past week. Some of the memories are so vividly etched in my mind but what I remember the most is the first time I saw Sam in his little bed (box). I remember his birth being such a special, yet scary time. Then he was here and I automatically felt so close to him even though I couldn't even touch my very own son. I had naturally weighed all of the outcomes of his birth and thought about how hard it would be if the Lord decided to take him to heaven. As hard as that would've been I knew that God would have still been in control and provided the peace needed for a situation like that. As I rethought all of those thoughts this Christmas, the birth of Christ was so much more special to me. I thought about Mary and how scared but obedient she and Joseph were. (having your child in a manger!!) I thought about God and how hard it must have been sending his only son to us sinners knowing the outcome was death on the cross. How thankful I am this Christmas season to have celebrated the greatest birth in the world and the grace that was shown for me and my sins when God sent Jesus to us. Having your own son seems to put so many more things into perspective for me. I am so very blessed to have Sam and family and friends that have prayed for us and been there for us to help us through a year like we've never experienced before. Merry Christmas 2009! We are looking forward to a fun-filled 2010!
Posted by Samuel~"God Hears" at 12/28/2009 10:40:00 AM
Sunday, November 15, 2009
This is me and my cousin Elizabeth.
Cutest little monkey ever!!!!!!!!!
I think my cousin Elizabeth is really fun and I smile at her a lot.
Posted by Samuel~"God Hears" at 11/15/2009 09:43:00 PM
Monday, October 12, 2009
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Sunday, September 20, 2009
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Friday, September 11, 2009
We got news last night that some of our dear friends (that had a baby yesterday around 1:45pm , 8 lbs 11 oz) were having their baby boy to B'ham for low oxygen levels. This morning I got a text saying that the baby is in critical condition. I've been told that he has fluid on his lungs. They have ruled out any heart problems. Please pray for Baby Ethan, Bonnie, and Kerry Williamson. I know what it feels like to know that there are people all over the world praying for your child and the power that there is in God's children crying out for healing, peace, and comfort no matter what the outcome may be. When I look at Sam even now I know that he is a living testimony of God's Power. Please lift the Williamson family up in your prayers.
Posted by Samuel~"God Hears" at 9/11/2009 06:26:00 AM
Monday, September 7, 2009
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Monday, August 3, 2009
Ok, so it's been a while since the last update and I can't wait for you to see how much our little guy has grown. We went to Destin for a week and Sam loved his first vacation with his Nonna, Pawpaw, Aunt Cori, Uncle Debo, and Mommy and Daddy. We took him to the beach one day and he stayed asleep the whole time. It was really overcast and a good breeze was blowing off of the ocean - so I'm sure it was the beginning of a love for the beach. It was my last full week with him before I start back to work. :(
On the way home from the beach I sat in the back with Sam and just stared at his sweet little face and thought of how far we've come. The Lord has blessed us in so many ways. It brings tears to my eyes to think about all of the things we have to be thankful for. A baby born 2 months early and weighing 2 lbs 12 oz now weighs over 10 lbs and has started smiling and even laughing a little bit. It seems so unfair to see parents struggling through the death of their child or an incurable sickness, but reminds me that I have a miracle living in my house. I've been with Sam 18 weeks and enjoyed every second of the fears and laughs that came along with each day. From the 42 days in the NICU to the 2 1/2 months we've been at home, Sam has filled my heart with joy and a love that I've never imagined possible. Last night was a long night as I thought about the chore ahead of me-DAYCARE. I prayed for strength and a peace that only God could give as I knew that I had to take him today to meet his teachers and begin a new chapter in our lives. Sam of course just looked around with those beautiful eyes of his, while his mama was fighting to hold it together. I've always known that my children would be in daycare but I never thought about the emotions that come along with having to leave them that first time. I made it through it! School starts Wednesday. Sam and I are going to enjoy the day together tomorrow. I love him soooo much. Thank you Lord for your creation and for allowing us to be Sam's parents.
Posted by Samuel~"God Hears" at 8/03/2009 07:39:00 PM
Monday, July 20, 2009
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Sunday, July 5, 2009
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Thursday, June 25, 2009
Sam's newborn pics are online for viewing. go to http://www.studioenvogue.com/main.html
click on proofing - the password is 033109 they are only up until July 4th Check them out, enjoy!
Posted by Samuel~"God Hears" at 6/25/2009 11:16:00 AM
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Naptime on Nonna's Couch!!
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Sam loves Aunt Cori and his mama loves when she spends the night! :)
Posted by Samuel~"God Hears" at 6/17/2009 10:18:00 PM
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Our little guy that was born 2 pounds and 12 ounces is growing fast. We have a digital scale that we bought to kind of track his weight gain. It is not as accurate as the Dr's office but it lets us know whether or not Sam is gaining or losing weight. Last Thursday night Sam weighed 6lbs 0.5oz! Tonight he weighed 6lbs 9oz. He has been eating like crazy which is good but very tiring for me. :) His daddy calls him the milk monster (like the cookie monster). It is weird for me to look at someone else holding him and see how big he is really getting, but very exciting. Sam was getting a little better with his night schedule but just blew it the last two nights. When I say he stayed up all night, I mean that! He didn't go back to sleep after his feeding at 11 until 4am!!! I am very sleepy after two nights in a row without sleep. I'm not sure if it's a phase that he's going through or if he is just a stinker, but I'm hoping that our nights will get better very, very soon. We went to the morning and evening service on Sunday. He is still grunting a lot and I think it is rather disruptive in a church service. Sunday morning he even began passing some gas. He sleeps during the music pretty well but he wakes up to distract Bro. Richie as he preaches. I'm glad some of our church family is getting the opportunity to see the baby they have been praying for since March. We have our next eye exam Thursday the 25th. Please continue to pray for Sam's eyes. I'm also praying that his nights will get better and he will be able to sleep at least 3 -4 hours between each feeding time. That would probably help the headache I have right now. :)
Posted by Samuel~"God Hears" at 6/16/2009 11:05:00 PM
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
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Thursday, June 4, 2009
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Monday, June 1, 2009
5 pounds 5.5 ounces!! Sam has gained almost an ounce a day since his last drs visit. The dr said everything looked good and to come back in a month. :) We will be going to Montgomery Thursday for the next eye appointment.
Posted by Samuel~"God Hears" at 6/01/2009 10:46:00 AM
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
It has been an exciting yet tiring week. Sam is so precious! Jeff and I have enjoyed having him at home with us and watching him grow each day. Sam is still small but he thinks he is a real big boy. You certainly wouldn't think he was a preemie hearing his cry at 2 am. :) We are still working on getting on a regular schedule. Sam thinks that you are suppose to stay awake at night and sleep all day. I've always been a "night-owl" but now I think I would enjoy a night of sleep. Every second of each sleepless night is worth it! We are still working hard on the feeding issue. We are trying to get Sam to eat more at each feeding and he is doing some better. He is eating between 55 and 65 ccs at each bottle feeding. We tried a different bottle tonight and he seemed to do a little better. We are very proud of Sam and how he has adjusted to everything and continued to grow a little each day. We go back to the dr. next Monday. We will see how much he has grown. Please continue to pray for Sam. Pray that Sam's eyes and blood vessels will continue to grow properly and that his appetite will get larger (along with his weight). I know that I've not done a good job updating the blog daily - it's been a little busy around here. :) I will try to put pics up on a regular basis but will probably only post information once a week. Thank you for your continued prayers and support. We've come a long way and praise God each day for the little miracle He's blessed us with and we are trusting that He will continue to bless and protect Sam as he grows older.
Posted by Samuel~"God Hears" at 5/24/2009 10:21:00 PM
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Sam had his first drs visit in Dothan today. The dr called him a "thriving preemie"! Yipee, we didn't lose weight our first week home. Sam now weighs 4 lbs 7 oz. The dr did say that we need to feed Sam more at each feeding every 3 hours. This is going to be a task. Sam does this thing we like to call sleeping when we try to get him to take a bottle. :) He doesn't sleep the entire time, but he falls asleep mid-way through the bottle. You wouldn't imagine the things we do to try to wake him up. From feet rubbing/tickling to a cold wet wash cloth on his face. Sometimes he sleeps most of the way through the bottle feeding and then wakes up acting hungry at the end of the bottle feeding. I think it was easier feeding Sam in the NICU when you have nurses around that could 'fix' mostly anything including a screaming child. I also had my school baby shower today. It was wonderful getting to see everyone after so long. It is an humbling experience to have friends and co-workers that go the extra mile for you in times of need. I got so many wonderful and much needed things. Thanks so much Highlands!
Posted by Samuel~"God Hears" at 5/19/2009 12:59:00 AM
Thursday, May 14, 2009
We had a long, but good day today. Sam's eye appointment was today. We had to travel to Montgomery and back - Sam was ready to get out of his car seat! :) They put drops in his eyes to dilate them and then we waited on the doctor for a little while. When the doctor came in he put these metal clamps on his eyes to hold his eyelids wide open. He said he was looking at the vessels behind his eyes. They are checking to see if the vessels are growing correctly toward the retina. The doctor said today that everything is looking good!!! We do have to go back in 3 weeks for another check-up. It was music to my ears to hear that everything is looking good. :) We are praying that Sam's eyes will continue to grow properly and that we will be getting good news again in 3 weeks. Thank you for remembering us today. God has continued to show his love and power. He has used so many things and people to confirm that He takes care of His children. It has been mind-boggling to see how our friends and family have been so unselfish and made many sacrifices to help in so many ways. Thank you to all who have gone the extra mile to show your love and concern for us, we are very grateful.
Posted by Samuel~"God Hears" at 5/14/2009 09:35:00 PM
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
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Monday, May 11, 2009
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