Sunday, March 17, 2013

Letter from her Namesake

 Lucy has the honor of sharing her middle name with Josh's maternal grandmother.  Loraine is a wonderful woman of God and we look forward to sharing with Lucy as she grows all the reasons to be proud.  Loraine shared with us a letter to Lucy as she anticipates meeting her hopefully in the coming month.
 (3 weeks old)
Dear Little Lucy Loraine,

I am so anxious to meet you face to face.  I smile everytime I look at one of the pictures of you that Mommy and Daddy put on their blog.  You are so cute and your eyes are so big and bright!  I just want to kiss and hug you!

I trust you are growing and eating Mommie's good milk and staying away from any germs that seem to be around this time of year.

I am so proud to have you carrying on my name.  My heart was blessed and thrilled beyond measure when your daddy gave me a letter telling me!

Maybe when we come to GR in April grandpa Chuck & I will be able to see you.  You will soon be one month old.  WOW!

I love you dearly and so excited to meet you face to face!  We are still praying for you daily and your parents and siblings.  You have such a wonderful family to love and care for you.

I pray you can feel our great love for you!

Hugs and kisses,
Grandma Great Loraine

Sunday, March 3, 2013


Before we left for Ann Arbor two and half weeks ago, some friends from school gave me a large tote filled with stuff to bring along. It had all sorts of fun stuff from snacks and drinks to gift cards, magazines, etc. One thing included was a large plastic cup with straw. Part of the design was the word Trust and the reference to Proverbs 3:5
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;" 
I was surprised to see that a big hospital like U of M did not give out great water bottles or something to all their postpartum patients (like in GR). So I carried that cup with me everywhere. Drinking water all the time you would rarely see my hands without it during those 10 days. 

We have been home just over a week now and I'm still filling that pink cup multiple times a day. More importantly though I'm reminded constantly of the words it references...Trust in the Lord!
I was ready to be home and understood some of the challenges it would hold just integrating back into life with the other three kids, school, laundry, Josh back at work, etc. I was however unprepared for others. Tuesday afternoon we had Lucy at the Pediatrician and she had lost a full half pound just since leaving the hospital. The Doctor was not terribly concerned but knowing the emphasis that the hospital was putting on her weight gain even for discharge, left us feeling like complete failures. Especially me  who is the one providing the food and calories. I started to believe the lies of inadequacy and wept as I held my little girl who had clearly lost that half pound...not noticeable until pointed out. She was scrawny! 

Start Wednesday morning I'm not feeling well; chills and body aches all day long. Knowing it wasn't the flu, how did I not think of it until after 5 o'clock when the doctor's office is closed...Mastitis. Here's where my amazing husband swooped in and did everything for two days. I barely had enough energy or emotion to do anything but hold and feed Lucy. After a shot of antibiotics I was feeling much better. 

Friday morning Lucy had a follow up at the cardiologist. Everything still looks great, we head back again in a month.  Good news was she had gained two ounces already since Tuesday. 
Challenges of this week come and gone I know there will be more to come. We "Trust in the Lord with all our hearts" and know that he is Good!

The kids both wanted printed pictures of them holding Lucy to bring to school

Oh yeah and throw into everything Max dumps the chocolate milk mix all over the floor. The way he said "uh-oh" was priceless :)