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Thursday, April 23, 2009

One Month





We survived one month today!!!!!! Carson is officially one month old and he is growing so much. I had an appointment today but they had to call and reschedule so now I won't know how much he weighs or has grown until Monday, but he is fitting into newborn stuff now perfectly and soon will be wearing all 0-3 months stuff. I think he is starting to focus more on me now, and sometimes I think he actually is smiling purposefully at me. It is so cute. And definitely this week he has been more alert and awake without crying, which is nice too.

This month did come with some challenges. My mom was here for almost all of it, and I know that is a long time but it was perfect for us. The 3rd week of Carson's life I got pretty sick with an infection and then a side effect of the antibiotics, it was terrible and I almost gave up nursing every day. But I pushed through it, and only got through it because I still had my mom here. She was so so helpful with everything. I really believe that God knew I was going to get sick and perfectly worked out the timing of her stay here. She is a godly woman who always sacrifices so much for her children. I really hope I can show my kids that sacrificial love like she always does to us. She was away from her husband for over 3 weeks (which I was hard for her, and I don't know if I could do that) and she helped financially and time wise with so many things while she was here. God thank you for a wonderful mother.

My best friend from College (kristen lownes (steinmentz)) came that week too. I was pretty emotional and did not plan on spending our time together as sick and crying as I was, but she was such an encouragement to me and helped me through it. I loved spending so much time with her since we are so far apart now. She is truly my best girl friend and we have so man memories together. She really is a good example to me of a christlike wife and homemaker, and I am so thankful that God put her in my life to challenge me to be more like Christ. I can see her desire to be a godly woman and she always challenges me, even if she doesn't know that.

SO I survived through the worst of nursing I hope and came out on the other end still nursing. ( I won't go into too much detail in case there are male readers).
Now we just have to make it through one more week of school. The end of the semester is always pretty terrible, and I think it's mostly because throughout the rest of the semester school is always what gets put off first, so then we pay for it in the end. But this week has been pretty hard on Richard, and then I am hard on him too. I hope that one day I will not be selfiish about things. It really is so so hard and sometimes I think impossible to not be selfish about his time, but I know that God can help me through it.

My mom left on tuesday this week and so far I've been good. :-) I am still really enjoying being home all the time.

The month of May will be pretty busy and at the end of the month I go back to work, so I have much to accomplish in May. My grandparents and my sister Juli are coming that month too which I'm really looking forward to.

We just can't wait until the summer. We have high expectations of enjoying this little boy together as a family without school work. :-) I hope it doesn't go by too fast.

5 comments:

Tim, Kristen & Megan said...

Thanks for the update!!! I hope this last week goes well for Richard in school....then enjoy your time as a family!!!! I am with you on struggling with selfishness. That struggle will probably last until we are with the Lord in our glorified bodies. But we have the Holy Spirit to help us overcome, and the Lord Jesus as an example to us in the areas of serving and loving. Keep up the good work with your baby! Good job on sticking with nursing and making it through the tough times. Your baby is very cute!

The Horaks said...

Happy one-month birthday to Carson! He's such a cutie! Sounds like your first month has been pretty eventful! I'm so glad you're doing better now, and that Richard's semester is almost over! What a blessing your mom could be there for you during that hard time when you were sick! I'll keep praying for you!

Trina Mayfield said...

WHAT??!!! You hope it doesn't go by too fast??!!! Thanks, Jess, for being such an encouraging daughter to me! It really is all worth it when I read how appreciative you are - and REALLY, it is MY privilege to be able to be there to help. I just praise and thank the Lord that He allows me to do that and gives me the grace and strength to make it through without Daddy! I wouldn't have traded the last 3 and 1/2 weeks for ANYTHING!!! LOVE ALL OF YOU!

jeileenbaylor said...

The fist month is always the toughest - I am glad you guys are doing well :) You look great too- the little guy is super handsome!

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