Brennan's Journey

The support Brennan has received is overwhelming and incredibly humbling. There is a growing number of people who are asking us how they can help Brennan through his journey and our main focus and priority continues to be prayer for Brennan, his overall health and for the doctors. But so many people are wanting to help even more. For those that feel led to help Brennan financially, a "donate" button is now available. It is linked directly to a special account for Brennan and his long road ahead. Any amount is greatly appreciated. I wish there were words to express our gratitude for all of the support and prayers B is receiving. Thank you to all and God Bless.

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Last Post as Family of 3

I started this morning as usual: Heard B making noises in his room so I looked at our monitor and there he was, sitting in his toddler bed waiting anxiously for me to come in and get him. As usual, I walk in and he says "Hi" and "Chair" as he points to his rocking chair. I sit in the rocking chair and he brings me his 2 blankets, one by one. He then lifts his arms for me to pick him up. I place him beside me in the chair, since my belly is sooo huge, and we rock back and forth for a while as he plays with his stuffed monkey and continues to suck on his paci. Sometimes we sing songs, sometimes we read a book, and sometimes we just sit there and rock back and forth in silence. This has been the usual morning routine for some time and today I got very emotional. Maybe it's just my prego hormones kicking in or maybe it's because it really hit me this morning that as of tomorrow I will be a mommy of 2. I pray that B adjusts well and I pray that Joel and I can adjust well also.
So far, everything is scheduled to go as planned tomorrow morning at 7:00am, March 30. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers!

So...this is officially the last post as a family of 3. Next post... Family of 4!!!

Friday, 27 March 2009

Date Night with B

Date Night with B and other fun things this week!

Joel got me a gift card to Red Robin for Christmas to take B on a date. I figured it would be fun to take him out just a few days before his little sister arrives. We sat in the area where you can see the mall so he could watch the merry-go-round and the toy rides (which of course he had to go on after dinner). I had such a great time with my little man. I still plan on having one-on-one dates with my little guy so he knows he will always be cherished and that I love him so much!

B enjoying his milk

Eating his yummy pizza and apple slices

We had to finish off the evening with an icecream sunday!

Me and my little guy

B's class met at the library this week for some story time

Listening to the story with daddy

Picking out Books

He was SOOO excited when he found a Blues Clues book

My mom wanted to "prepare" B for the upcoming arrival of his baby sister. She got him the new Elmo Baby doll which comes with a swaddle blanket, bib, paci, diaper and birth certificate.

He was very excited to get it out of the box

Playing with Grandma
B's favorite feature... the paci
When we say, "Where is your baby?", he runs and gets his baby Elmo. I think this will help when his little sister arrives... hopefully... we'll see!

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Tyke Hike

I took B to the "Tyke Hike" at Henry Mayo Hospital today. It was an hour class that parents can go to with their kids to prepare them for becoming an older brother or sister. It was such a great experience to share with Brennan. I'm not sure how much he "gets" or understands, but I figure I should prepare him as much as possible. The class consisted of a creative video for the kids to watch about babies and becoming an older sibling. Then the nurses showed the kids how to wash their hands before touching the babies, how to hold a baby (doll) and how to help change a diaper. We were also given a tour of the nursery and the kids were shown a baby through the glass. Then the kids got to go into the labor and delivery rooms where their moms will stay. Brennan was the youngest one in the group, but I think it will help him feel more comfortable to have been there before when he comes to see us.

Here are some pictures of the class:

He was given a name tag that says "I'm a Super Sibling"

They gave him a pin that says "I am a BIG Brother"

They put Hospital ID Bracelets on the kids (like their mommy will have on)

The video about becoming a big brother/sister

Snack time... B's favorite!

Holding the "baby"

Helping change the diaper

Seeing the room where the baby and mommy will be
Being there brought back lots of memories of my 4 day stay almost 2 years ago. I can't believe that it is going to happen again in 11 days!

Saturday, 14 March 2009

Random Picts

Some Random Cell Phone Pictures:

Audiologist Appt (does great at all his appointments!)...

B is in LOVE with Buses... we had to take a picture by one...

B enjoying a snack in the garage while mommy was organizing (going through the "nesting" stage) ...

B loves swings...

My two favorite boys...

B loves his Push Toys...

Loves "Nanas"...

First Ice Cream ("I-CEAM") Cone experience...

Fun at Babies R Us...

Painting in Class...

Loves playing with the Thomas the Train set at the mall...

Trying on daddy's shoes...

First Donut Hole Experience...

Loves Jamba Juice...

Helping mommy bake (or clean up the mixing spoons)...