Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Getting messy

Note the new accessories she's sporting in her earlobes, thanks to her Nana.

Alex playing with shaving cream during OT (occupational therapy) today

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Got a new camera

So I thought I'd post some of the test shots we took while messing around with it. We love it already. In fact, it was seeing the great pics on most of our friends' blogs that made us feel like we needed to step it up a notch ;)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Alex's new chair

(It's actually a loaner until we get the one we ordered
through medicaid over 6 months ago)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The power of prayer

October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month, and we SB moms have on our minds, more than anything, the precious unborn babies who are so often terminated before they even have a chance to prove their lives have meaning and value to the world. To say that 50% of all Spina Bifida affected pregnancies are terminated is a conservative estimate. But we SB moms know there is no reason to terminate a baby because of SB. Our children are beautiful and intelligent gifts from God who have every opportunity to live full, productive, and totally normal yet extraordinary lives.

So we proclaim Wednesday, October 20 as the Spina Bifida Kids Worldwide Day of Prayer. We believe in the power of prayer, and we are excited at the prospect of many people praying at the same time for these unborn babies. We moms can make a difference individually and collectively, but that is nothing compared to the change that can come if we have God on our side.

We will begin at noon EST. Pray for as long as you feel led. Pray individually or with another person or group. On your knees, at your desk, while driving your car … the logistics do not matter.

Here are a few things you can pray about specifically:
1. There is one woman in particular who is on our hearts. God knows who she is. She is expecting a child with Spina Bifida, and she is afraid and considering termination. Today (Wednesday) is her appointment with a pediatric neurosurgeon to find out the severity of her baby’s case and to learn more about the diagnosis. Please pray that she will go to this appointment with an open heart and mind, that the doctor will give her a prognosis that is realistic and hopeful (we believe these adjectives are not mutually exclusive when talking about SB), and that most of all, God will give this woman a peace beyond understanding and a clear indication that she should keep her baby or give it up for adoption. There are many mothers willing to adopt this baby.

2. Obstetricians are usually the doctors who first diagnose Spina Bifida based on a prenatal ultrasound. Unfortunately, most know very little about SB except for what to look for on the ultrasound. Many of us were told by our OBs very scary and inaccurate information, such as “Your baby will likely not survive,” “She will be a vegetable,” “Terminating is the most loving thing you can do for this baby.” If this is the first time you’ve really even heard of SB, and a doctor you trust tells you this, you’re probably going to believe it. Please pray that these doctors will be educated about the SB prognosis so that they can give the diagnosis accurately and compassionately.

3. We SB moms will always remember the day we received the diagnosis as one of the most terrifying days of our lives. An initial grief response is denial, which often presents as “Please make this problem go away.” Termination is offered quickly. Please pray for these mothers and fathers, that they will first and foremost trust God to get them through this scary and uncertain time instead of letting fear guide their decisions. That God will draw near to them and make His presence known, as He did for so many of us. That these parents will be so filled with His peace about the future and love for their child that they will consider carrying the baby to term the easiest choice.

4. These precious babies are absolutely innocent and helpless. They are being thrown away because they are not “perfect.” Not one of us is perfect. Please pray for the lives of these babies to be spared. That each movement and kick will remind the mother that God knit that baby in her womb exactly as he or she should be. That their lives will bring glory to our Father.

5. Many of us SB parents cite the support of our family members and friends as the biggest comfort during the time right after receiving the diagnosis. But there are also families and friends who are unsupportive and even encouraging of termination. Please pray for these family members and friends, that God will use them to minister healing to the parents’ breaking hearts. That they will be wholly supportive, not hurtful, and they will lift up and help these parents as their raise their child.

Please pass this on to friends, family, church prayer groups, prayer warriors, pastors, and strangers.

“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:19-20 (NIV)

Monday, October 11, 2010

The new Sissy

Our littlest Diffee is finally here and we couldn't be happier. Life has definitely not slowed down for us. Between Alex's therapies, appointments and keeping up with a newborn we are busier than ever.

We've had lots of help from the fam and don't know what we would do without them. I ended up having a c-section which is a big deal having an almost 20lb toddler at home. I was trying to avoid the c-section but Ryan was really cozy and proved to be a true Diffee by showing up late. I was one week over due and after an ultrasound to check on the baby, I was told my amnio fluid was too low to continue my pregnancy and I would have to have a c-section that evening. Ryan and I made it through the surgery without any complications and she is perfectly healthy. We are absolutely in love with her and in baby heaven :) I love newborns and being home with her and Alex has been amazing and something I don't take for granted. As you can imagine, our experience with Ryan has been incredibly different from Alex's and to top it off, they couldn't be more opposite. Alex is our calm child and Ryan is rambunctious. Alex is always hot and Ryan is always cold. Ryan loves to be held and cuddled and Alex was never much of a cuddlier.

Alex has adjusted well to her new baby sister although it was a little rough at first with mommy and daddy giving someone else so much attention. Now she reaches out to touch sissy and says she loves her which is so sweet. Alex's eyes are getting better but still not completely cleared up. She had blood work done last week that was ordered by Endocrinology to see why we haven't seen a spike in her growth. She is growing, but not as much as she should be with the growth hormone she is taking. We are waiting to hear back on the results this week. Other than that, Alex has been in good health and working on her therapies. We have more pics to come but here are a few for now....

Sweet baby Ryan

Proud Daddy

So much hair

On our way home

Big Sister

Momma is in love