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.