So instead of this post being a plea for prayers of health and feeding tube-removal, I am choosing to turn what I have into enough.
To be grateful for all that God HAS done in our lives and in the life of our sweet Happy Baby.
Happy Baby, this post is for you…
I am thankful that you are finally almost ready for size 3 diapers.
I am thankful that you don’t mind wearing all of your big brother’s hand-me-downs.
I am thankful that you hardly ever pee on me when I am changing you.
I am thankful that you are like a little koala bear. You are seriously the best snuggler ever.
I am thankful for your happy heart and insta-smile.
I am thankful that you started raising your neck so high and pushing yourself up with your arms this last week – take that hypotonia!
I am thankful that what used to take you over an hour in the hospital (drinking your bottles) now takes about 15-20 minutes (with only a little bit of a circus act).
I am thankful that we haven’t had to use your feeding tube in a super long time because you are doing so well taking everything by mouth.
I am thankful that you have been reflux-barf-free since Monday!
I am thankful that even when you barf everywhere you still have a big smile on your face.
I am thankful that you find toys so fascinating and that you love to grab at them and inspect them with great intensity.
I am thankful for when I try to give you solids and you purse your lips so tight that I couldn’t get in there even if I had a crow bar.
I am thankful for how you are like a little rotisserie in your crib – rolling around and around and around until you finally settle.
I am thankful for the belly laughs you give your big brother when he is acting like a goofball.
I am thankful that you have rock star grandmas who will come over at a moment’s notice to help give you a bottle or just give me some Jesus – reminding me, once again, where to fix my eyes.
I am thankful that I have enough crib sheets to accommodate the occasional poop explosion or spit up.
I am thankful that you have recently become an expert burper – something that I could NEVER get you to do when we were in the hospital.
I am thankful that you don’t mind sitting with me and hearing me read the Psalms to you during my early morning pump session.
I am thankful for the check in our spirits that God gave your daddy and me about the surgery you were supposed to have on the 18th of October – how we felt we should hold off – get a second opinion.
I am thankful that the second opinion gave us some hope – that the tube you have now will probably last until we can get the whole thing removed.
I am thankful that you went with me on our church’s women’s retreat in October and you were a total champ – didn’t mind at all having 3,000 different ladies love on you.
I am thankful that even though your big brother has been under the weather the last few weeks, you seem to be holding strong with just a smidge of congestion.
I am thankful that you are a photo ham.
I am thankful for those sweet middle of the night feedings where it’s just you and me and the quiet stillness of a sleeping house.
I am thankful that Medela sent me a new pump for free when I told them my old one was starting to sound like it had emphysema.
I am thankful that the Lord continues to bless my milk supply so that you get just what you need.
I am thankful for if my chin is anywhere near your mouth, you will try to eat it.
I am thankful for the way you get all stiff-legged when I am trying to change your button-up feet-y pajamas – you have quite the sense of humor.
I am thankful that you never complain on the long car rides to pick up your brother from preschool.
I am thankful that you are home with us.
I am thankful that you do not have a genetic disease.
I am thankful that the Lord seems to be making you stronger and stronger every day.
I am thankful, though, for the challenges we do face with your health because they make us rely on Jesus all the more.
I am thankful that your story has already reached so many lives – and you are just 7 months old.
I am thankful for the good and perfect plan the Lord has for your life.
I am thankful that God is in control – that He loves you more than I do – and that I can rest in that precious hope each and every day.
“Rejoice always; pray continually; give thanks in ALL circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18