Sunday, May 31, 2009
Nonnie (Jackie) went to Savannah over the week for a girls trip with her friends and brought back these cool shades!!! Thomas and Maddy wanted to chew them more than wear them! They brought smiles and giggles to us all! Thanks Nonnie!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Here are the cutest angels in the cutest onesies ever!!!! Nana and Poppy bought these two springs ago in Gatlinburg....well before the angels were even born. We didn't know if they would be girl/boy, boy/boy or girl/girl at the time...hence the gender neutral colors. If anyone knows Shannon....they know he has a wardrobe of Life is Good T'shirts. He even carries the founders logo and history with him for motivation. We truly believe God is Good....therefore "Life is Good"!!!!!! Hope this makes you smile!
**** Please be sure to check out the Relay For Life post if you haven't already!!!*****
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Today's appointment was quite the reassurance that I needed. It is so hard this go around. Last time....we had appointments every week due to the fact that we were carrying twins and I had the whole Lupus thing going on. Well...this time around is different. The appointments are about 4 weeks apart and the ultrasounds about 6-8 weeks apart. I know...I have been spoiled. Today we heard the heartbeat....a good strong heartbeat. The beat was around 150-160 and sounded great!!! It was so comforting to hear. Dr. Holsten listened as I discussed my fatigue, aches, my stress that I carry (my own fault) and other questions about the lupus meds, etc. She gave me some advice....suggestions to rest and to try and relax more. It is just not easy with my personality first, having twins second, and living between two homes and constantly on the road. We are praying God's direction in all of that and I am beginning to find comfort in letting go and letting HIM take the reins....as hard as that is for me. Those of you that know me know I am a type A personality and love order, plans, schedules, routines, etc. NO Surprises please!!! Well....all in all we are so very blessed and I am most thankful for all the chaos in my life as LIFE IS GOOD!!!! God is Good!!! Thank you for your prayers...please keep them coming. We have our next appt in 4 weeks and an ultrasound in 6 weeks.....can't wait! We hope to find out the sex....for now, Baby Smith is our little "it". Hugs and blessings!!!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Today we took Thomas to the Speech Therapist at MCG. We had to go to the Radiology department. There, they performed what is called a Barium Swallow Test in order to check Thomas' swallowing ability. Maddy and I had to step out due to the radiation while Shannon got to wear a snazzy coverall. Maddy and I watched on the TV screen. We have had so much trouble with his eating and have been very concerned. Today did nothing but ease our hearts and minds. Thomas has what is called an aversion to textures.....foods with texture that is. He also is dealing with Reflux issues that makes meal time a bit more frustrating for him as he cannon take in the quantity that most children his age can. Therefore, our tasks are to gradually try to increase textures in his food.....slowly.....in order to build up the consistency he will accept. We are to also allow him to chew and taste various objects in order to build up his acceptance toward textures (this will be easy as he already chews on everything). We will also let him play with spoons more and massage his tongue to try and desensitize his gag reflex. In addition, we are to give him smaller and more frequent meals in order to help the reflux. The Speech Therapist was wonderful!!!! She gave me her phone number and told me to call with any questions or concerns. She also said she would like to follow up with Thomas and help us with his eating development. Shannon and I were both very happy with the outcome. We will discuss all we learned with Dr. Jester....our pediatrician. There may be an Upper GI in our future but not at this point. We will also get to cancel next Friday's appt. So....for next week, we have a Baby Smith appointment and that is it!!! WOW.....I won't know how to act with only one appointment to go to......thank you all for your prayers of support and words of encouragement. I will continue to keep you posted!
Please continue to pray for Baby Stellan. For those of you curious about this little angel....check out his mommy's blog and the link for the Fox news story about him......
It seems there are so many children in need of prayers.....I am in constant prayer for my own angels (Thomas, Maddy, and Baby Smith) but we have been so fortunate in terms of illness, etc. A few of the names that I know of that are in need of our prayers: Ella Newmiller, MaggieJo Rennie, Baby Stellan, Parker Scott, Little Hunter, Jacob P., rocky tales, and so on. If you would like to add names to the list for others to pray for....please comment and add your special names.....they will surely be lifted up! God Bless all the little children of the world....
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Thomas did very well today...despite the long day!!! We drove from Valley to Augusta (leaving at 8am and arriving at 11:45am) unloaded, grabbed lunch, and then headed downtown to MCG for our appt with Dr. Goei. Thomas had an appointment at 1:30pm and we were finally leaving there at 3:45pm. They first did an exam, then dilated his eyes (45 minutes long) and then 2 more exams. All looks good at this point...praise GOD! He has intermittent eye turning but nothing to be concerned about. Dr. Goei will continue to monitor him but sees no need for glasses or extra therapy for now. We will see her again in 3 months...oh...and we just loved her. She has a real disposition for children. Thank you for your prayers. Our Barium Swallow Test is Thursday.....I will keep you informed! We wish our friend Jacob a good appointment with Dr. Goei tomorrow as well!!!
Monday, May 18, 2009
We have a busy week ahead and I am requesting your prayers. Thomas has his eye doctor's appointment Tuesday. This is just to check and see if he has the hereditary "lazy eye" that his daddy and granddaddy and so forth have had. Again, this is only a check....just to be on the safe side. There is a lot that can be done if the doctors do see a problem. Thomas also has his first of 2 appointments with the Speech Therapist on Thursday. This appointment will consist of the Barium Swallow Test to determine if there is a problem with his swallow that is adding to all of his trouble with eating. He continues to struggle with solids and only wants the jarred baby pears, prunes, applesauce, etc. Maddy on the other hand is eating up a storm (she evens sneaks and gets things off my plate). I try so hard not to compare the two but it is hard not to....especially in the area of food! You would just think that my "boy" would want to move on and eat!!!! After all....he is a Jones/Smith. I will keep you all posted but your added prayers are much appreciated!!! God Bless!
Okay...so I've gotten some cute pics and had to share.....I also wanted to catch you all up on our busy weekend. Friday and Saturday, Shannon and our great neighbors worked on the tree that fell in Stacey's yard and the trees that fell in their yards. We had wings with our friends the Green's Friday night, dinner at the Green's on Saturday night, family and friends (The Green's) over for steaks on Sunday night and then a busy day visiting today. Shannon had a meeting in West Point so the angels and I went to visit Rosemont....it was so great seeing my fellow teacher friends and students. I can't believe my 4th graders from last year will be graduating on Friday. The angels and I also got to join our daddy and friends from WP Knology for lunch. As you can see it has been a busy weekend. The weather has been weird too!!! Rainy...cold....messy.....now sunshine and cold....what a weekend. I also want to send a shout out to my brother, Jeb, and his first day as a pharmacist!!!! So proud. He and the girls (Lacy, Emma and Ella) will move into their new home in Athens, Al next week. I also want to send out a special prayer request for a special friend.....I also ask for prayers for Baby Smith. With all that has been going on I feel a little more stressed than usual and just pray that it gives this angel strength for the busy future it has ahead of it.....which we call life! What blessings we have. Hope you enjoy the pics! Oh.....as you can see...Thomas and Maddy should be crawling any day now! HUGS!