Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Sleep when the baby sleeps!

Apologies all around for the lack of posting. Ever since Nateman was sick, he has decided that sleep at night was for the weak. It's totally like having a newborn all over again...though he's one LOUD newborn who has seemed to have lost that delicate newborn smell somewhere along the way. *sniff, sniff* Okay, let's just call him a lousy sleeper...who obviously hates his sleep-deprived mother. And who never seems to get tired of crying all stinkin' night long and then waking for the day at the ripe ole' time of 6:00am sharp...with a poopy diaper. We've had a grand time around here lately. (Read that with as much sarcasm as you can muster, please.)
My blogging time has recently been spent nestled on the couch snoozing away whilst my girls beat down their doors yelling, "Can we come out yet?" Don't worry, I'm pretty darn good at throwing in some snacks and juice boxes under the door in my sleepy-stooper. That's productive sleep walking at its finest.
Nathan is doing a whole lot better GI-wise. We started giving him solids again yesterday, and he did really well with them. He's still seems to be in a little pain in the mornings, but he does fairly well with it. He is still spitting up a bit more than usual (our PT got a good eye of this at this morning's therapy session), but it doesn't seem to bother him as much anymore. He still gets progressively cranky throughout the day, but we think that is exhaustion more than pain. We still see the happy side of Nathan often, but we are also seeing this new cranky side a lot more...that is new with him, as he has always been this happy-go-lucky kid. I hate seeing him so unhappy at times. Hopefully this will decline when he starts sleeping better at night.Little man had PT this morning, and it was such an encouraging appt. Over the past couple of months, we have been able to change our weekly appts to being every 6-8 weeks now. I love our therapist dearly! I enjoy the friendship we have been able to create over the past few months, and I am truly thankful for her advice and input on Nathan. She has said that there is nothing we can do to change Nathan's muscle tone...thankfully, it has gotten better as he has gotten older, but we do still have quite a few problems with it when he is sick or tired. Nathan may always have issues with lower muscle tone in his core and higher muscle tone in his legs during these times for the rest of his life, but it also may continue to improve as he gets stronger. Regardless, all we can work on is his strength...which is VERY good right now. So good that there is virtually nothing we need to do at therapy appts anymore. We know what we need to do at home to help the muscle weakness he gets after he has been sick, so there isn't a need to go to PT regularly anymore.That is wonderful news!!! I am so thankful to hear and witness this. However, I am honestly going to miss seeing our friends over at the pediatric therapy place so often. We have created quite a few wonderful relationships with the women over there, and I miss them when we don't get to see them. They have been such a help and strength during this difficult year...quite a blessing to us in so many ways. But on the other hand, I am indeed thankful that we have come to the point that we don't need to be there as often as we have been. A few months ago, I never would have thought that we would have reached this milestone...what a wonderful milestone to reach! We will still go periodically (our next appt is for late Jan) so they can keep tabs on Nate's progress and still be in the loop shall we ever need to come more frequently again.
Everything is slowing down around here, and it is so wonderful! I am finished Christmas shopping...oh wait, no I still need to get something for Jay's stocking (NEED IDEAS!!!), but I'm finished for the most part. All of the photo shoots for this time of year are done and photos are sent off. I'm nearly done wrapping all the gifts. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Now if I can just figure out how to keep the kids from murdering all of the breakable ornaments on the tree...


Christy@MercyEveryMorning on December 10, 2008 at 9:41 AM said...

Those are some beautiful shots of your beautiful kids!!! Hope you get caught up on your sleep soon. :)

Dawn @ My Home Sweet Home on December 10, 2008 at 11:13 AM said...

Lily and Felicity told me this morning that a lot of our ornaments "fell off of the tree." Yeah, right.

Owl of the Desert on December 10, 2008 at 12:32 PM said...

Underwear and Starbucks gift cards always make great stocking stuffers. :-) Hope you get to catch up on your rest soon, and so glad to hear Nathan is doing well on his strength. May God continue to bless you and your sweet family.

~sydney~ on December 10, 2008 at 12:35 PM said...

i want abbys hat and emmas hair!

Jill Chandler on December 10, 2008 at 3:14 PM said...

Just call me scrooge - the tree isn't up, yet, in our world!!! But then, the shopping and the wrapping aren't nearly done, either - maybe I've just become perpetually behind!

Glad to know Nathan is finally on the mend. We'll be praying for sleep and rest for the Ferrell's.
Love, Jill

Katie on December 17, 2008 at 11:05 AM said...

Oh my goodness- dang, she looks so OLD in that hat!! And no worries, I'm sure Evan would be happy to "spread the wealth" or spread the love... :)

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