Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Inside Our Family

Cole's colonoscopy yesterday went well. The results were both good and bad. His colon looked very good --no polyps or anything. So that is all good. The bad thing is we still don't know what is causing all of this. The GI doctor said it may just be "bad luck intussusception" and he may grow out of it. If it happens again, we may do an upper GI test. The other option is a surgery to pin his colon so it can no longer slip into itself.

As for us, we are doing okay. I thought the grief would be linear--each day and moment would be easier than the one before, but now I am learning it comes more in waves. It also leaves a lot of questions that we are trying to work through. Luckily, we have God and each other and that is making all the difference.

Cole and Logan are wonderful and a constant reminder of the blessings we have received. For that we are thankful. Here is what greeted us first thing this morning.

Cole, of course, had to climb in and join the party. He can't resist a picture.

Monday, January 21, 2008

The Baby We Lost

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

After a difficult weekend, we had a confirmed miscarriage last night. We started having complications on Saturday afternoon and our doctor (who was thankfully on call this weekend) put me on bed rest. We were hoping it was just a normal part of the first trimester and everything would clear up. On Sunday, however, the symptoms increased and began to include cramping. Our doctor had us come into to the ER and through a sonogram, we confirmed that we had lost the baby. We were at nine weeks in the pregnancy. They will monitor my hormone levels, but our doctor prefers not to do a DNC as it does not look like one is needed at this time. We are sad, but healing and preparing ourselves for the fact that we may hurt for a while. Please pray for physical and emotional healing for us and pray for the baby we lost.

As for the future, we are required to wait six to eight weeks before getting pregnant. We will be prayerful in what to do after that.

Please don’t feel like you have to respond to this. We know that you are thinking of us. What we need most at this time is your prayers.

Lauren, Zach, Cole and Logan

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

A Day in the Life...

Did I mention we are potty training?

This is right before Logan did a face plant when he knocked the basket over. (But he was still happy!)
This sums it up nicely...

Friday, January 11, 2008

Yipee! My son has a wedgie!

Yup! Cole is walking around with a wedgie these days due to the switch to underwear. Diapers are a thing of the past (except for naps and night, or course!). We are officially potty training.

We started on Saturday and once he felt wet on his undies he got it! He did not have a single accident--until yesterday. Yesterday, I think, he decided this potty training was not fun anymore and he really didn't care about M&M's so much. So it felt a bit more like we had switched to cloth diapers than underwear. A bit frustrating when I now know he can do it!

He is back on track today (except for the more difficult one). I think we are going to have to go get some Hot Wheels as an incentive (read: bribe). That is what we started with and it worked very well!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Cole's Half Birthday!

Sunday was Cole's half birthday (two and a half). Between church, naps and community group we had to wait until Monday to celebrate.

Here are some pictures of the glorious event.

Here is Cole awaiting his cake. (His 1/2 cake.)

He looks so old to me!

Here is daddy with his "My wife is crazy, but at least I get cake" look.

Here is what Logan did during the half birthday celebration. Cole was not offended though, Logan did the same thing during his own 1/2 birthday party.

Any Thoughts?

No! I haven't retained all that weight! Yes! It was your first reaction--We are pregnant!
We will find out for sure tomorrow, but somewhere around eight or nine weeks probably. The third baby shows A LOT faster!