Sunday, January 4, 2009

I'm afraid of saying it too loud or even typing it for fear of jinxing myself,  but I think that the OG feeds are dwindling. I think. Things are subject to change at any given time. However, Miss Morgan Kate has not been OG fed since early Saturday morning. Yep. That's right. She took all bottles Saturday, through Saturday night, all day yesterday and through last night. Keeping all my fingers and tossed crossed, well along with all my prayers, that this good fortune continues. Life without OG would be so very nice. 

As I was driving to the grocery store late yesterday evening I was thinking about all the things I have learned since August 24.
 
I have learned...
-I have learned that God is more amazing that I ever knew and that he does hear my every prayer and that I need to spend more of my day with him. I have always believed in God and seen his works. I have prayed and asked for his guidance. However, a few months before Morgan Kate was born I was having a hard time with prayer. I wasn't sure what my prayers were supposed to be about or how they should sound. I wasn't even sure if my prayers were important. I have learned that my prayers are important, that I prefer talking to God "conversational style" and that my prayers are quite specific. I have learned a great, great deal about prayer and about faith. 

-I have learned about a kind of love that I have never experienced before. The love a parent has for a child. I look at this precious baby girl and I am captivated by her eyes and her smile and the way she smells. I love watching her sleep or seeing her sit in her daddy's lap. I could sit all day and watch this wondrous site. 

-I have learned a great deal about the medical profession. Now, I am by no means qualified to insert an IV, diagnosis a medical condition or even take someone's temperature for that matter, but I have learned a lot. And if there is something I don't know then I know where to go for answers. I have also learned that the nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists and other staff employed by Palmetto Health Baptist NICU are the BEST around and that God put us at that very place for a reason. 

-I have learned that at 26 weeks gestation most babies don't have eyelashes, nipples or cartilage in their ears. Their ears are extremely floppy and fold over very easily. So easily that at times, when folded just right, it almost appears to some people as if they have no ears at all. (Not mentioning any names....Owens.)

-Since August 24 and through the blogging scene I have learned about a whole new world. A whole new world of parents that have unwavering faith and children that will make your heart melt.

-I have learned that I can shower in just five minutes. And that lipgloss and mascara are all I really have time for and they happen to work just fine. 

-I have learned to change a diaper with one hand and hold a "paci" with another, while opening the diaper genie with my big toe.

-I have learned that I can get by on just a few hours of sleep and that I will survive. It might make me slightly cranky, but I can survive. 

-I have also learned that there are all these great books about raising babies, but who has time to read a book when you have a newborn or any children for that matter. I prefer to rely on advice and help from my fab mommy or from other mommies/parents out there. 

-I have learned that the "crockpot" is the best invention.

-I have also learned that actually posting to this blog takes a lot longer these days. I started this post yesterday afternoon and I am just getting a chance to finish and post. Whewh!

-And I have learned that I have the most incredible family and friends that have supported us, encouraged us, called us, sent us cards, brought us meals, and prayed for us each and every day. You have all made each day so much easier!

As I think of other things I have learned I will post. Believe me, I have learned a lot.

13 comments:

Hollie Heming said...

This post has made my day! I'm crying and laughing at the same time. Who knew our lives could change so much in such a short time? Can you believe that this time last year, you weren't even pregnant??!! Wow! I'm so proud of you. You are an inspiration to me. Thank you for keeping up the blog. I know it's extra work, but it lets us all know how you are. I look forward to reading it EVERYDAY. Love you and miss you!!!!

Anonymous said...

WOW! What good news about the bottles. We have all been waiting for this news for months. WOOHOO! I know you are happier than anyone. I LOVE YOUR LIST OF WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED. You are so cute and I miss you tremendously. Thanks for taking the time to blog...we all anxiously check for updates. Love you!

Jessa

Anonymous said...

That is Great about the bottles. We will continue to pray for God to always keep you in the palm of His hands. When you have children or 1 child your life changes forever and you are never the same. Whether you are A mommy or daddy. One day when we have time I will share my experience with you. I won't take up time on the blog. You will continue to learn more and more. Mothers and G-mothers can share their experiences of raising children and that is great but each mommy and daddy have different experiences/ ways of raising children. And oh yeah each time you have a child it is different. Each baby/child has their on personality and what works or worked for one child/baby does not work for others even though they may be in the same family or connected family. You do learn the basics with the first and then modify after that. You, Travis and Morgan Kate have learned so much and you and Travis have taught Morgan Kate so much also. You and Travis are wonderful parents, stay encouraged for God will comfort when comforting is needed. God will love when loving is needed and God uses other people to do this as well. Lots of Love and Kisses to all of you until I see you again.

Love,
Aunt Jan

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear that MK passed another test! From the looks of that tummy in her "photo shoot" Saturday, she seems to be getting plenty of nourishment. I will continue to pray that she can get rid of ALL those tubes (for her sake and yours)! She looks precious cutting those little eyes like she's up to something! Thanks for keeping us up to date and for being an inspiration to us!
Love,
Kathy C.

caryn said...

I'm not sure if have ever posted here but I have been following your blog since you posted it in the comments over on Kayliegh Freeman's board and have been praying for Morgan Kate. I just wanted to say how happy I am for you and your family that Morgan Kate is doing so well. Give yourself a big pat on the back for doing such an amazing job! We will continue to pray for her. Thank you for sharing her story.
Take care

Jill said...

LOLOL...Heather...I just love you guys!! I waited for a call today...I guess you managed JUST fine without me...but..I am always here if you DO need something...Give that baby a kiss for me. You and Travis are awesome

(Crazy) Nurse Jill

Justin and Jessica Jones said...

That's why I love you so much...you realize that life is about a journey of continual learning and you are open to every learning experience...even the really tough ones.
Love you!
Jessica

Terry Sowell said...

Heather, what a blessing it is to see how God is working in your life. If you have never read Experiencing God, I recommend it for your next devotional. You will see that Morgan Kate is milestone in your spiritual journey. I am so glad He gave us the Bible for His wisdom for parenting. I need more and more every day. Blessings on your sweet family! Love, Aunt Terry

Wendy S. said...

GOD is great and you are a wonderful mother!! I am so proud of you and love the list you shared. Morgan Kate is beautiful and I love watching her grow in the blog.
Thanks for letting us all be a part of her life.
All my love,
Wendy S.

Betsy Crawford said...

Okay, your list made me cry! Then laugh! I had to sneak in the bathroom and bawl my eyes out 'cause I'm at work. . . I'll start checking MK's blog from home, I guess. We all miss you at school and anxiously await any news or pictures of your precious baby girl. Another great blog you might enjoy is LPM.org (Beth Moore and her daughters moderate it - great fun and inspiration from a Christian perspective). Keep posting and multi-tasking! Love, Betsy Crawford

Deni said...

Hey Heather, first of all, I am sure you will be so excited when the tube can come out. Second, you learn a lot when your kids are going through things like ours have! But God knows and he is awesome!

Monica said...

This is wonderful news...I don't want to jinx you either...so I'll keep it on the low. I am glad that I have this blog to go to--to get my "fix" of Heather. One day, when everything is alright, I will have to bring some apples and peanut butter over. We could talk ALL day. That would be nice. I miss you lots and lots. You are a wonderful Mom! Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

I am sooo glad to hear that things are going so well. I hope that things continue to improve. God is good!
Wendy H.