Friday, February 12, 2010

6 Months Old!!!

Guess who's six months old today? I you guessed Jackman, you are correct. I know it's a little obvious, but that's okay.

Anyway, we have been at home for over a week now. It's been quite an experience. You may have noticed quite a drop off in the frequency of blog post, and i assure you it is directly proportional to the redness of my eyes. Needless to say we have gotten very little sleep since we got home. Turns out Jackman is used to getting a lot of attention.

Things have gone pretty good, but the past few days are a blur. Me and Lisa both got sick... probably from being exhausted. I think that makes taking care of the boy a little tougher, but we're figuring things out. We keep asking each other questions like: "Is he supposed to sleep this much? Is he supposed to sound like that? Is that diaper going to hold? How do we clean this up? What do we do now?"

We've already had a few crazy moments. You know a diaper change has gone south when someone starts yelling for towels and plastic bags. Yesterday I trimmed his mullet. No joke... his hair was laying on his back. I just trimmed up the back and a little on the sides - just a clean up job. His hair is still in his eyes. I'm still not confident enough to do the whole thing yet.

Well, keep your eyes peeled, you never know when you may see Jackman out on the town. He's getting restless at home, so we are going to start venturing out little by little. We've got one more week of easy time until Lisa goes back to work, and then who knows what's going to happen. It'll be just me and the boy then. I don't know how the two of us will manage without mama around all day long, but we'll take it moment by moment.

We are all enjoying ourselves (don't be fooled by the screaming coming from inside our house). It really is good to all be home together. We all miss the nurses because we had gotten so close to them, but everyone is glad we're home. I think we are all starting to get used to the idea of living together, and finding it pretty agreeable.

Hopefully, in the near future, we'll get a chance to put up some new pictures and videos, and maybe even update Jackman's status. The last major thing to overcome is getting him to take feeds by mouth instead of through the g-tube. That's going to take a while seeing how you could put everything he's ever ate by mouth in his life to date in a single table spoon. The boy is doing good though... I'm proud of him.

Stay tuned...

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

First Week Home Highlight

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Well, all three of us have been home for one week now. Each one of us have had to make some adjustments; Jackman to only having Greg and I instead of the his entourage of wonderful nurses, and Greg and I have been trying to function with little sleep, and adjusting to our high-maintenance little man. From what I've been told all babies are demanding, and ours is no exception. With all the exhaustion of the fit-pitchin' (which my parents would say comes from me, and Greg's from him) there are always those moments that make you forget about how crazy things had been earlier in the day. This is one of those moments that we caught last night. Hope you enjoy this as much as we do. By the way, Jackman did roll completely over today! Lisa

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

No Place Like Home...

AFTER 174 DAYS...
AFTER 5 MONTHS AND THREE WEEKS...
ALMOST HALFWAY THROUGH HIS FIRST YEAR...

JACKMAN DALE HARPER IS FINALLY HOME!

God has always given us just the right amount of grace and peace to get through Jackman's hospitalization, and everything else during that time. We never lacked for anything. There was always a bright side. There was always a few extra bucks in a card when we came up short. There was always a meal right when we needed it. There was always encouragement... right in the nick of time. There were always nurses and doctors who treated our son like their own flesh and blood. Whatever was needed, He provided..... correction..... He provides.

God never left us hanging, not even once. He has amazed me on almost a daily basis. Today is a new beginning, but the same God, the One True God, will be the One taking care of me and my family every step of the way.

Thank You God

Monday, February 1, 2010

Quick Update...

Just wanted to give everyone a quick update. Tonight will be our fifth night roomed in at Children's. Needless to say me and Lisa are ready to get back home. Jackman is just fine; he's an old pro at living in the hospital. As should be expected, we are exhausted. We've got a touch of cabin fever (Lisa hasn't seen the sun since last Thursday). It's just time for the three of us to be together at home.

It ain't over when we get home... it's just the beginning, again. We've learned it's going to take a lot of work to take care of the boy, but when you see him grin at you, it all makes sense.

Must get sleep. I'll try to catch up when I get caught up. Thanks for the prayers and support.