Friday, July 24, 2009

Home Sweet Home

We moved into our new house over a week ago (explains lack of blog posts). We are so thrilled to finally be back in our own home. We have lived with my parents for the past year to save money for Gavin's big surgery in California. Gavin enjoyed living with Nana and Grandpa and getting in lots of swimming time in their pool. Thanks N & G for letting us invade your household for a year!

Gavin news:

Gavin is officially in a BIG boy bed! We are so proud of his achievement. He loves his new bed and his new house. When we are out and about for to long he asks to go back to "my new house, my room". I think he is a little proud of himself to, every morning we wake up to him saying "I did great, I sweep in my wroom". Next achievement: potty training... tips, suggestions, greatly appreciated! Gavin is really into taking showers now, he prefers them over baths. He actually takes the washrag and trys to clean himself like a big boy. It's a little hard trying to open the door and give him a good cleaning with out getting soaked!

Gavin goes in every week for his weekly blood draws to check his INR levels for his cumadin medicine. He is so brave, most the time he doesn't cry and always looks forward to the new toy, sticker and sucker he gets from the nurse at the end. I think he was trying to sike himself out this last time, the entire way to the hospital he said "Bwood work not hurt, I not cry". His poor arms are suffering from the battle wounds, lots of bruising going on! I just wish I could get all the blood work done for him! Hopefully we will end this once he has his heart cath in December.

Brody news:

I had my first OB appt. since the fetal echo last week. My OB was pretty bummed and focused on the heart the entire ultrasound. He advised me to go ahead and have Brody at the bigger hospital here in Tulsa instead of the smaller one where I considered having him. A lot of people have asked how we are holding up... to be honest, my first emotion was mad. As soon as the cardiologist said "VSD's" I knew what she meant, I didn't have any questions and I wanted to get out of her office. Adam was on a business trip so my mom & sister attended the appt. with me. My mom was full of questions because she didn't know what "VSD" meant. I think she could tell I wanted to leave, I just wanted to get back to that spot in front of the elevator where Adam & I had once broke down when we found out about Gavin. So we got to the elevator and I lost it. I am glad I had support there because I honestly felt as if everything was ok and I could go to the appt. by myself. God knew I needed them there. Adam's initial reaction was mad, I think he is still there. Rightfully so, it's hard to understand why this is happening. But I have come to the conclusion that all this worry and "what-if's" running through my head is not doing me any good. YES, I am thankful this is fixable, YES, I am thankful it is not as severe as Gavin, YES, I know it could be worse and YES I know God does not give us more than we can handle. But it doesn't take away the pain, the anger and the frustration that we are experiencing. All I know is these two little boys will have one special bond that none of us can comprehend.

(Pictures to come soon)


Stephanie said...

For potty training, I have heard really good things about the Peter Potty training urinal. I even went out and bought one, even though Aiden isn't ready to stand up to pee yet.

HUGE HUGS to you on the heart diagnosis.

Anonymous said...

Faith...your post made tears flow down my face.

Gavin and Brody will be the best little buds!!!

We love you!

KohensMomma said...

Congratulations on the house and the big boy bed achievement!
We are constantly praying for you and can't wait to see some new pictures! :)

Jelly Bean's Family said...

Praying for you guys, Faith. I'm so sorry to hear about Brody. I'm glad you have a new home to spend some time "nesting" in!

Drea said...

Glad to finally hear from you. I was getting worried.
If you figure out the potty trainging let me


Kelly said...

Faith - I wish I could take away your pain as much as you wish you could take away Gavin's.
It's so hard to understand and so unfair. I know we will never know things like this on earth. Praying for Brody. And you and Adam and Gavin. So glad you are in your own house but what a blessing that you could live with your family for a year. I bet they LOVED that!!!!

Davis Family said...

Glad to hear you are in your new home. What a great fresh start.
We will continue to pray for Gavin and Brody.

I don't know you personally but I have a feeling that you are tough when you need to be.

God's blessings on you all!

Heather H said...

I just wanted to tell you how much I love you and treasure your friendship. I am so thankful for you! I will be here for you for whatever you need.

I am so glad I got to hang out with you this week! Let's do it more often. And I LOVE your house!!! Lily sends Gavin lots of kisses,


Kimberly said...

Just read your post and have been meaning to email you about the news of Brody.
I so appreciate your honesty on this post!! And I gotta say that I was thinking the same thing...what are the odds? Why?
But I know God has used you tremendously to strengthen so many people's faith (including mine) so I know there are big plans for little Brody and will be keeping you all in our prayers as always.
Love you all!!!
Congratulations on your new house!