Almost 8 Weeks Old

We went to Will's 8 week check up on Monday.  He is 10 lbs, 4 ozs (40th percentile), 23.5 inches long (80th percentile).  His head is 15 inches in circumference (25th percentile)  He had a good check up and everything was perfect, except for one small thing.  He has a hole in his heart.  Hopefully a tiny hole that will close up on its own.  The doctor said he could hear it swooshing blood in and out when he listened to his heart.  This was not something I was prepared for.  Yesterday was an awful day.  I just held him all day and tried not to think about what I would do if he was sick, really sick.  Then I worried myself sick.   Bo sent me the verse- Philippians 4:6- 6Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus- Which I thought- Whoever said this was obviously not a mom.  I mean how can a MOM not be anxious about something wrong with her child.  Then I thought about Psalm 139:13- For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. And thought, Well Jesus, you left out a couple of stitches when you were knitting my boy.  
 Will had also gotten 4 shots and felt pretty miserable when he woke up from his nap.  He just cried and cried and was so pitiful.  Of course when he cried I was so worried that it was causing his heart to work too much and was worried if I couldn't calm him down he was going to have a heart attack.  (completely unreasonable!!) Our preacher's wife came over that afternoon and brought us dinner.  We talked and she prayed over us and about his tiny heart.  She prayed that Satan would not take control of my thoughts and I realized that is exactly what had happened all day.  
I saw something last night on facebook that said something about Satan forces you to see the one small bad thing and ignore all the wonderful other things God has done for us.  So true.  Will's story is just beginning and this is a part of his story.  I love the author of his story and have to trust that he knows the ending and that Will's story has a purpose.  I pray that we will honor God during this time and I hope that  I will have more grace than I did on Monday.  I am so imperfect and so thankful that God loves me anyway.  We are scheduled to see a cardiologist in a couple of weeks.  Please pray for God to heal my baby's tiny heart.  


My helper

Andrew decided he wanted to help give Will a bath the other night.  He loves him so much and is being a wonderful big brother. 
I love this picture.  Will looks like he is saying "Are you about to pour that water on my head?"
Cleaning his face up
All done!  Clean little duck. 

Go Cats!

Here are some pictures of Will @ 7 weeks in his UK onsie.  For comparison - there are some pics of Andrew in the same outfit at the bottom.  Do you think they look alike?  

impromptu photo shoot

These were pictures from last Sunday
Mom and her boy
Whole Family
My 3 favorite boys on the whole planet

Blog Book

The reason I do this blog is really for my boys to have as a kind of scrap book of their lives.  I have put the first 3 years into books and I absolutely cherish them!  I will have to start ordering 2 of each starting with this year.  I hope to catch up on last year's book before the end of this year.  Then I can do one each year...and keep blogging about the current year.  Anyway, its a lot of work, but totally worth it!

Will's first trip to the beach

Bo and I had planned a date night in Gulf Shores to go to the Dave Matthews Band concert at The Wharf.  Unfortunately, Mom had to go to Texas and couldn't keep Will.  We lucked out and found a sweet babysitter who sits for some friends who live down there.  (Fun fact- Andrew's first babysitter that was not family, was also for a DMB concert)  The concert was great, as usual.  We took Will to the beach the next morning for about 15 minutes.  It was perfect.  There was about to be a thunderstorm, so it was nice and cloudy.  I think he liked it.  I can't wait to go back!  
Sweet Abbie-
Mr. Cool
Check out my sweet shades and hat
Beach Bums

Will videos

Here we are practicing our "oohs" and "aaahs".  He also practices his burp!
He is about 6 weeks in this one

Having a good Ooh and Aah conversation
He is about 7 weeks in this one.  As I am sitting here typing this, I played the video to make sure that it worked and he started to talk back to the computer screen!  I guess he knows what he is saying.  


Visit from cousin Hannah

Sweet cousin Hannah came to spend the week with Mimi and Papa.  Their first stop was our house so she could meet her newest cousin, Will.  She immediately loved him (as everyone does, I'm pretty sure).  She had a great week with Mom.  She and Andrew got along so well.  Their age difference is about what Andrew and Will have between them, so hopefully that is a sign of good things to continue between these 2 boys.  
I kept Andrew out of school on Thursday as a special treat and took he and Hannah bowling.  He has been wanting to go for a while, so it was a fun treat.  Andrew beat both me and Hannah!  He was so excited!  
Friday, Andrew had a field trip at ijump and after it was over Hannah came back to our house for a little slip-n-slide (or WIPEOUT as we call it).  It was just what they needed on a hot afternoon.  Then Andrew wanted to spend the night with her at Mimi's house, so we had a nice quiet evening and went out to dinner.
Sweet cousins!  
Hannah came back over on Saturday evening and we went swimming and they watched a Disney movie.  They were so cute together the whole time!  We love you sweet Hannah and can't wait to visit with you again.

Will's first visit with Nanny and Papa

We have tried several times to visit Nanny and Papa since Will was born.  Unfortunately, Aunt Sonya has been in and out of the hospital after her liver transplant, and they have been helping out with her.  We finally were able to take Will to meet them. I think he is their 20-21st GREAT grandson.  We lost count.  They are blessed to say the least!  Nanny loved holding him and he was so good.  We then went to Cracker Barrel for lunch.  Yummy!  Don't forget~  It's your treat next time Papa! 
Showing Will where we will come on his First Christmas afternoon!  
Papa and Nanny
Getting some good loving from Nanny!

Bath Time

Will really likes his baths.  I probably should give him one more often!  He is lucky if he gets one twice a week.  At least he is not stinky!  

Bo's Birthday

We celebrated Bo's 36th birthday on July 18th. Andrew wanted to make him a Samford cake so we made a red and blue cake with white icing with "Happy Birthday Bo love, Andrew" written on the top.  When I asked Andrew what he thought daddy would like for his birthday present, he replied with "peanuts".  So we went down to the peanut depot and got him some.  Love celebrating the most wonderful man in our lives!  Thank you God for my wonderful husband and daddy to my babies

Praise Baby

Andrew loved to watch Praise Baby when he was an infant.  I went ahead and let Will get started while I was in the shower one morning.  
I think he is hooked!

Hide and Seek

Andrew got home for school one day last week and wanted to play hide and seek.  I told him that Will was too little to play that game, but he could hide and we would come and find him.  He said " no, I want Will to hide."  Then he covered him up with a bunch of washcloths. He left the room, counted to 10 and came back "Where is Will? Not in the closet...not in the crib...THERE HE IS!" Sweet big brother!
Where's Will??
There he is!!

Visit to Dr. Tamucci

I had my 5 week appointment with Dr Tamucci on July 11.  It was so much fun to go and not be pregnant!  I loved seeing the people in the waiting room looking over their ultra sound pictures and sending texts to friends and family of their new baby.  What a fun time.  I again was reminded how special this boy is and what a blessing it is for us to have not one, but two healthy, perfect boys.  I had to thank Dr. Tamucci for helping us to have a a great pregnancy and had to get her pic with Mr. Will.

1st Month

Well we survived the first month!  It flew by, actually!  Will, you have been a dream boat!  You are already sleeping 4-5 hours at night.  You still sleep in a bassinet in our room.  We get up anywhere between 3-4 every night.  Your daddy gets up with you around 6:30 for your morning bottle.  I take Andrew to school and am back by 8:00 each morning.  My recovery has gone very well and I feel like I have so much  more energy than I did when I had Andrew.  We have had our wonderful church friends bring us meals this month. We have even gotten out of the house several times to run errands.  You are drinking 4oz every 3 hours.  At your last appointment (  2 Weeks) you weighed 7lbs, 8oz and were 21.5 inches  long. Dr Dudgeon said that you were " perfect". Duh, I already knew that. 

Andrew has been awesome. Everyone keeps asking " How is big brother adjusting?"  Honestly, I don't think he could be any better.  He loves Will so much.  He has not had the first meltdown, or moment of jealousy.  I think it helps that Will is so perfect for our family too.  Here are some pictures from the last month.  Keep growing little one!!  We are so proud of you.

The day he left the hospital- 6 lbs, 13 oz
that passy looks HUGE! 
Sweet Ella at Sara's birthday party
Mr. Monogram
Go Tigers!
Just checking everything out
One month.  
OK mom!!! Enough with all the pictures!!

Barron's Game

The Birmingham Barron's built a new ballpark and it opened earlier this year.  We finally got the chance to go. Mom and Mij kept Will. We took Andrew, Cory and Raven.  We watched a couple of innings, then walked around the park.  They had a little whiffle ball field set up and Andrew was in heaven.  There were some other boys playing, but he just stepped right in and played with them, even pitching a few balls .  (Which came no where near the plate). I just love this picture of my boy at the game!  

Funny story:
We watched several helicopters land at Children's Hospital and UAB Hospital during the game.  We have a new Children's building and it is neat to look at from the Barron's stadium. Later the next day Andrew asked if I could help him bring down his box of Lego's.  I said "Sure, thank you for asking for help instead of trying to do it by yourself.  It's not safe for you to come down the stairs with that big box.  You might fall and get hurt."  AMK- "yeah, I might get hurt, but that's OK.  I have been wanting to check out the new Children's Hospital."  
I informed him I would take him anytime for a visit, but that we did NOT want to be a patient there!!  

Visit from Paw Paw & Leighton's Wedding

One of my sweet friends from collage got married over the 4th of July weekend.   Instead of all my girlfriends going to the beach this year, we all went to Leighton's wedding. Luckily Andrew was going to stay with Meme and Raven and dad came in town to keep Will.  ( mom was going to keep both boys, but was still in Texas helping to take care of my grandfather who has been ill). THANK GOODNESS FOR GRANDPARENTS!!!   So dad came early on Thursday  and we showed him the ropes and routines. Then we were off.  Surprisingly, it was not too hard to leave the boys...especially Will.  I thought it would be, but I knew that they both were in good hands and Bo and I were off for a fun long weekend. The wedding was at Foxhall Sporting Club in Douglassville, GA.  The rehearsal dinner was nice and we all came back to the house where we were all staying afterwards.  The house had at least a 9 bedrooms and 9.5 bath s!  Huge, and it was so nice.  The wedding was on Friday night.  We laid in bed for most of the day, then Natalie and I helped decorate a little.  The wedding was so sweet.  We got up early on Saturday and got home to both our boys!  Thanks again to Meme and Dad for helping us out. I know both boys had fun too!  
3 Stooges
Happy 4th! 
Best Buddies
Also Best Buddies! 
At the wedding!