Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thankful for 6 months!

Yes our little baby celebrated his HALF-BIRTHDAY on Thanksgiving Day. :) Such a big boy! We cannot believe he is already half a year old.
Nina and Aunt Kelly made me my "half birthday" cake. :)
A look at last year's Thanksgiving...we didn't even know it was a boy! And here he is! What cracks me up is how David and I look EXACTLY the same. lol. We are so un-creative.
I'm not sure he liked this. lol.

We had a lot of fun with family and tried to follow the nurse at pre-op's advice and "not worry over the holiday." I still can't stop thinking about monday. Every time I come his hair, or give him a bath, or pull a shirt over his head I think about how we are going to have to watch that pretty little (or rather not-so-little) head carefully for a while as he recovers from his surgery...and then even longer as the shunt is a permanent thing. But I am thankful none the less. Thankful for my angel. Thankful he is healthy. Thankful the doctors have watched him and can help him. Thankful we are not alone and have so much support. Thankful God knows and cares and loves my baby. So here's to being thankful.
God knows we have much to be thankful for.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Expect the Unexpected

I'm not sure who came up with this phrase - but I'm sure they couldn't have been a very happy person. To "expect the unexpected" is to worry all the time about something you cannot control, predict or do anything to prevent. I feel like I certainly WAS this person during my pregnancy - always trying to prepare for the unknown. But I learned to ignore this phrase soon after Jet was born. God took care of us in ways we could not and I have been content to just take one day and a time since. And in that mind-frame I have been exceedingly happy with how everything has turned out. However, today - happy was hard for a little bit.
Today we went in for a routine check-up with our neurosurgeon and 4 hours, 4 waiting rooms and one CT scan later we were told news we had always hoped to avoid - our Jet needs a shunt. The CT scan showed the fluid on his brain is increasing and though in the past we were told it was minimal - today I guess we crossed that line where Jet is no longer better off without the shunt - now it is better to have one. While the doctor says he looks great (no real symptoms of fluid pressure or effects on his brain tissue - praise God.) the fluid is growing and Jet's head is growing and the doc says it is time to drain that fluid. We handled the news well from the neuro, asked the usual questions, thanked him as always. Then he left us and the tears came. For me anyway. :) It is so hard to swallow news like this. I thought I was prepared. I knew it could happen. I thought I EXPECTED it! But I guess I didn't and it totally breaks my heart. Jet was of course happy in the arms of Daddy. And as I am processing this change of events, I realized I cannot truly process and persevere without prayer.
So I am asking for prayers - prayers that we will remain thankful for all God has done for us and thankful for this age and country we live in where Jet can be helped by capable doctors. Prayers for strength and peace this coming Monday 11/30 when Jet is scheduled to have the shunt surgery. Prayers of protection and healing for our little boy (that the surgery will be successful and no infection will set in). And prayers for trust and wisdom as we watch for any problems in the future...but not so watchful that we worry too much.

So we know what to expect -
From the doctors who have outlined the surgery for us.
From our friends who have shared this same experience.
From our family who has always supported and cared for us.
And from our GOD who has never forsaken us.

And knowing this, we are able to face the future (and the unexpected) without fear.
Thank you for your prayers.
Love ~ Joanna, David and Jet

Monday, November 23, 2009


Dear Jet
This holiday has always been
a favorite of mine from the start.
But this year it brings brighter smiles,
and greater joys within my heart.
For while I have so many blessings
my thankfulness for one is new.
This year has been extra special-
This year I thank God for you.
~ Love, Mommy

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Enjoy the week. Count your blessings. Thank God for them. Then repeat. :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hi Aunt Kayleigh!

Aunt Kayleigh is coming home for Thanksgiving in a week - but she couldn't wait that long to see me so I'm posting some pictures from the last few weeks. :) I love you Aunt Kay and I can't wait to see you!
Me and Bunny
King of the Jungle still think I'm going to eat this stuff don't you?
What do I have to do to convince you I'm not interested?
Seriously? I'm strictly a bottle boy.
Happy boy!
Not sure what this face is but it's pretty hilarious so I had to post it. lol.
Love to you all!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Family Photos. :)

A friend of ours is brushing up on his photography and asked us if we would like some family pics! I was thinking "have you SEEN my blog?" lol. YES! We love pictures - especially if they include our little guy. So we went over to Life University for a pretty fall background and some gorgeous weather. Jet was a little sleepy but he let us take his picture for a little while. Jet is wearing the olive hat we ordered from the family raising money to adopt their little girl named Olive.
Here are some of our favorites.
The End.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Mad Hatter

Cool weather means some pretty cool hats according to our little guy. Here are some pics to make you say "Hey...I need a hat like that!" :)
This sweater and hat were hand-made by a friend of ours who lives next to grandmother and grandfather. It was a gift before Jet was even born and we couldn't wait for him to wear this cuddly combo. They fit perfectly!
Jet loves it - he tries to chew on it of course but I can't stand to let him! I sure do have my work cut out for me with this little caterpillar chewing through everything. :)
This next one is a favorite of mine. :) It makes his eyes look so grey! And who doesn't love a raccoon on your baby's head?
A view from of our driveway.
And his sweatshirt matches! :) Sweet boy - I'm so glad you have no choice but to wear whatever mommy puts you in. :)
Here Jet is "in the hood".
But underneath is this fabulous fashion statement. lol. It has jets on it...did I have a choice?!
His shirt says "knight in shinning armor". And he is.
From our home to yours - Enjoy this fabulous fall weather. And don't forget to wear a hat!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

You expect me to eat this?

Jet - I'd like you to meet oatmeal.
It's time you two got acquainted.
Just remember not to judge things by their appearance.
And first impressions aren't always correct.
I took a video of this first encounter with cereal and for the first minute and a half he cried (oatmeal running down his chin) until I gave him a little of bottle. lol. This is the edited version. But it still shows a little of his feelings about his first taste of solid food. :)

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