Moving…

August 8, 2011

I’m moving my blog- wordpress is causing me a few problems, so we’re just up and leavin 🙂

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Evie girl, part 3

February 28, 2011

Check out Sweetie Evie giving away some snuggles… she is doing so well!  This past Thursday, she was 2 weeks old! The only tube that remains is a feeding tube, but she eats SO well on her own… her Daddy even got to give her a bottle this weekend 🙂  But that’s not the only good news going around– Evie may be able to come home THIS Wednesday. Pray pray pray!  Anna and Robert can’t wait to have her home, but obviously don’t want to rush things- pray for wisdom and for this super strong girl to take these next 48 hours to triple quadruple her strength!

Big sister Lizzy LOVES Evie- she is so protective of her toys and stuff- she won’t let my Max near it 🙂  She talks about Evie and sends her videos and looks at her pictures all the time… they’re bonding without even meeting!

The “average” day for the Prusas includes taking Lizzy to the sitter, Robert working, and Anna driving an hour to the hospital to hang out with Evie, then an hour back home, to get Lizzy before the sitter closes up shop.  Then they spend their evenings with Lizzy and sleep– and repeat it all the next day.  At this point, Anna is pumping regularly too, in order to feed Evie… which still includes middle of the night “feedings” even through the baby isn’t home with them right now. This is all very tiresome, as you can imagine.

Lastly, at this point, there is no way to tell if there are any side effects to being born so early- a learning disability could possibly be a reality as Evie was so anemic when she was born, among other things.  BUT God is the Healer- He can do anything, fix anything, and grow Evie into the most beautiful, most healthy, most intelligent girl you’ve ever known!  Pray over her!

Overall, while life is hectic, there is still so much to be grateful for- for all of us who have gotten to walk through this with the Prusas- we’ve gotten to see God’s healing hand and His wisdom, we’ve gotten to see many prayers answered and a tiny baby grow and blossom much quicker than anticipated- continue to praise Him!

Needless to say, they still need our prayers and if you’re close by and willing and able, meals are very appreciated at well!  Here is a link to sign up:

http://www.foodtidings.com/SignUp.aspx?ScheduleGuid=eecdb7a8-1f05-447a-ae85-f6a1d5c5142d

**UPDATE: As of yesterday (Sunday), Evie does NOT have a feeding tube- she takes a bottle for EVERY MEAL!!!  HUGE news 🙂


Blog Roll

February 10, 2011

I finally added a blogroll to the right hand side of my blog– if you go to my actual website:  www.parentingbuildscharacter.com and look in the column on the right, my favorite blog links are listed down the side.

SO,

1) If you read my blog, but I don’t ready yours, please comment with your blog site so I can follow you too 🙂  I love reading blogs!

2) If you know of other awesome blogs that I’m not following- even if they’re not yours, then please comment with the site so I can stalk, I mean follow, those too!

3) If you love blogs like I do, then let me encourage you to get google reader or some other site like it- it pours all the blogs you read into one place, every time someone posts something new.  You can even get an app to read them on your phone– anytime I arrive somewhere early or have a few minutes to kill in my car, that’s what I’m doing 🙂

Happy Blog Reading!


Snow Day! (Or two…)

January 11, 2011

Yes, we live in Georgia, yet, this is already our 3rd experience with snow/ ice– crazy!!  My grandma who lives in Indiana keeps calling to get the scoop because this really cracks her up.  Then she made a joke about global warming- funny woman.

Anyway, on Sunday night, the good Lord dumped a bushel of beautiful snow on top of our house.  Chad and I were watching a movie and all of a sudden there were bright lights shining in the windows. I went to open one and it was because there were INCHES of snow.  This NEVER happens in GA!  We got about 5 inches before it started to sleet/ freezing rain, which made a thick coating on top of the snow.

We took Max outside to play, not certain how he would feel about it.  He had on long john’s, 3 pairs of socks, big shoes so his fat socked feet would fit, 2 hats, a thermal and a sweatshirt, 2 pairs of pants- then his coat.  (Obviously, we don’t have really snow clothes for the child– we live in GA for Pete’s sake!) Needless to say, he was the walking Michelin man baby and it would make him fall and when he fell, he would get stuck.  But despite falling, it didn’t soak thru the layers so he never got cold.

 

Both entrances to our neighborhood are big hills- so we couldn’t get out of our place if we wanted to.  (Please make note that I am NOT brave at all when it comes to ice and losing control and I could not be paid to get in the car and “hope” we make it somewhere without landing in a ditch or in a wall or stuck for hours behind a jack-knifed truck.)  BUT we did load Max in his stroller and walk up to the main road.  There were no tire marks down our whole road, and only one set on the big highway in the front of our neighborhood.  Crazy!  And we found out from the news that many of the roads near our house were closed.

Seeing at thought I’ve lived in the south my whole life, I had NO idea how difficult it was to walk in thick/ deep snow.  I was so out of breath from walking up the hill that you would’ve thought I had gone for a swift jog.  Chad was tired too, but he was pushing Max.  The only excuse I had is that my pants were too tight and restricted how much oxygen I could get! On the way home (downhill) Chad just held the stroller and skied downhill. I was a nervous Nellie and begged him to put the stroller rope on his arm, but apparently that’s not manly.

If any of you know Chad, then you know that the man doesn’t hold still.  He always is working on something or playing with something, so by late afternoon on Day 1, he was going nuts!  But obviously there was no driving to be done.  So he went exploring.  First he was to a gas station up the road, made friends with the manager, and discussed the BCS championship.  Then he came home to report his findings.  There were cars trying to get out of our neighborhood spinning out, one girl ended up in a ditch… not good!  Then he walked back up to the main road and went to Ingles.  He got me some Cherry Coke- I was majorly craving it, and popcorn for the both of us for game time snacks.  He made it home just in time for dinner 🙂

Some important things to note:  if we’re going to continue with this kind of winter, I need maternity snow pants– I squirshed our baby!  Also, Max will need appropriate clothing as well!  Secondly, being snowed in makes Chad and I eat, and eat, and eat.  We had 4 cups of hot apple tea (yum) biscuits and gravy, pb & j with chips and dip, pizza and brownies, and popcorn during the game.  Third, I didn’t enter this storm with enough cookie dough on hand- fail!  And lastly, a real snowy snowday in the  south east, on the same day as the BSC championship, that Auburn wins, is proof that God loves the SEC 🙂


The Weekend to End Breast Cancer: Check!

October 7, 2010

So almost 2 weeks later (because better late than never, right?) I wanted to give you the low down on the breast cancer walk.  It was really a very cool experience- being a part of something so much bigger than myself- walking with survivors, fighters, and people who have lost loved ones.  There were people cheering and people crying– without sounds too cheesy, it was really moving.

My mom and I walked together, and my Mamaw, currently cancer free herself, provided us with our t-shirts.  It’s one of those things that everyone should do at least once- it brings a lot of perspective to your life!  And it was an honor to walk for Mamaw and her fight with that dumb, horrible, nasty, awful C-word.

Also, I wanted to make a special thank you to all of my supporters– with your help, I was able to reach my goal.  Thank you friends and family, thank you thank you!

The Opening Ceremony

The goose bumps on this GA gal's legs in the IN weather

me and my mom at lunch

Max also had fun in Indy– it was nice to get away from our normal daily-ness and see lots of family.  Both sets of my grandparents were there- and they each love the chance to hug on (and laugh at) Max.  We got to celebrate my Mamaw’s birthday, and I got to see a lot of my cousins too.  And let’s be honest, Max was SPOILED.

He got another fire truck, because he clearly needs one in Indiana and one in Georgia… or so his Annie thinks!

He got several other new toys during a trip to target

And he had some man time with my Dad and brother, which included Dairy Queen.

(Doesn't he look like such a little man in this picture?)

Every time I think about the life Max leads, I just shake my head in agony- I’m mean he has it so rough- no love, no toys, no friends, no treats, nothing.

And to reward me for taking him to the land of spoils, Max screamed BLOODY MURDER all the way home on the plane.  He was pulling at his ears, and thrashing around.  He was exhausted– but too upset to just give it up.  The people all around me on the plane were gracious (except for the flight attendant who needed a knuckle sandwich)- but I have NEVER felt so embarrassed my whole life.  I had no control over the situation, all I could do was sit and hold him, and try (for an HOUR) to calm him down. By the time we got off the plane, I was the one crying.  But we survived.  And we’re stronger for it…. at least I am!


Go Braves and The Chop!!

September 13, 2010

On Friday night, Max went to his first Braves game!  The rest of us went too, of course 🙂  The children’s ministry at church got a whole chunk of tickets, and then we went with Matt and Danielle and sweet baby Reed (they are some of our small groupies and they also coach in KCRG opposite of us).  We all loaded up the Swagger Wagon and headed to the ATL.

First stop- The Varsity, of course!

Then we headed to the game!  We had the cutest cheering section at the whole game!!

And we got some cute family pics!

And so did the Morgans:

BUT the very best part?  Well in the 5th inning, after being down by several runs, the Braves TOOK off and starting putting the bat on the ball over and over again!  So of course all the fans started going nuts, and the game went from fun to really super fantastico!  Well that also means that the tomahawk chop music was played over and over again!!  The Braves were rallying and everyone was pumped… including Max.  And he’s so smart, that he figured out the Chop, and did it over and over again. Adorable.

And yes, I cried.  No joke.

Braves win!  Braves win!


Party Time

August 26, 2010

On Saturday, we celebrated Max’s first birthday with a lot of friends and family.  My friend Jill’s parents, let us have the party at their house and they have a great pool- is there a better party for an August birthday, than a pool party?

The party set up

The Birthday Boy's Chair!

My parents came in town from Indiana, Chad’s parents came in town from Texas, Uncle Eli came to town as well. All of our small groupies were there, Max’s Maggie (and Josh) and Max’s CoC0, aka Courtney (and Miles) were there too.  The Halls were there, and my friends Erin, Ruth, and Anna were there too, along with their hubbies and Anna’s Elizabeth Grace came in her party dress.  Uncle Chris came and Jonathan was our host– too bad Hudson slept through the party 😦  And of course, Big brother Gabe kept us all in line, and helped Max open (and play with) his presents!

Max showed up, after being dressed by my Dad and Eli….

Thankfully, I had packed his party clothes!  Our friend Lisa, took real pictures– and she got all the action- including the cake “eating”.  I’ll post more of those later.

I just wanted to thank everyone who came– it was wonderful!  And for all you other people that love my boy and have helped with him over the past year- through prayers and encouragement and just overall excitement about him, thanks!

Aunt Ruth and Uncle Jonathan

And last but not least, Max got enough new toys to last until he’s 5– therefore we will be skipping birthdays until then 🙂