Archive for March, 2013

Pictures!

Posted: March 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

As promised! Pictures of our week!

The last combo pic is Matthew week 1 (on the left) and Matthew today! The growth is amazing for just 3 weeks!

Getting The Swing Of Things

Posted: March 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

We knew it was coming. We've seen it before. We knew that no matter how much we prepared, it would still hit and catch us off guard.

What is “it”?

Adjusting to a different routine…or frankly, making it without a routine for a while.

Tired moms and dads know this reality all too well, and we just accepted that once Matthew was here, our “routine” was gone…period. For a bit of a control freak like me, this acknowledgement helped make the transition a bit easier for our family, including the older boys. We knew that Matthew could have been born with multiple health issues and our concerns were for a healthy delivery. That just kicks any routine out the window.

BUT everyone has been home this week on Spring Break. Mommy's back is still sore and now three members of the family (mommy, daddy and Caden) are dealing with colds. I thought this week was going to be insane. I was wrong. The older boys LOVE getting time with their younger brother. Mommy made time to be with the older boys for a bit and daddy has spent awake time with Matthew. I even got into see a doctor about my back and finally have a routine that provides temporary relief (involving ice, stretches and lots of Aleve). I even made it to the mall by myself with the older boys without screaming in pain!

MAtthew is doing great too. He is still in that “I'm napping during the day” phase and he is a HUGE eater! It has been a relief NOT having any doctor appointments this week! Yay!

Someone wants to eat…so I will end here. Pictures to come later when I can! love you all!

Hearing Test Update

Posted: March 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

On Thursday morning we headed-out around 5:30 with Matthew bundled-up tightly. My parents are still in-town and were able to stay with the older two. My back was still sore, so I'm so thankful Steve is around to help lift.

Matthew was scheduled at Arnold Palmer for an ABR hearing test. He failed the hearing test at the hospital. The pediatric audiologist was unable to get a good read on him which referred us to Arnold Palmer…a good 90 minute drive for us.

I was hoping that everything was just a mistake. I wanted the results to show that Matthew was hearing and we could finally put this chaos behind us.

As we sat there, trying to get Matthew to sleep for the test, my stomach just knotted up. We were told before the test even started that we would get results today. I was so nervous. Steve ended-up rocking Matthew to sleep due to his consistent hiccups. I could view Steve holding Matthew during the entire test…as well as the computer screen showing sound waves that made absolutely no sense to me. As a mom, you just sit there, watching these cords coming from your child and you feel helpless. I wanted to cry – but I kept telling myself that I needed to be strong.

We were told that Matthew did have hearing-loss, but the severity was never discussed. We were told to follow-up in 4 weeks with another test, just to make sure that the loss is indeed consistent in both ears (I'm still hoping that the results will show otherwise). If things remain the same, Matthew will need hearing-aids. So, we praise God that the hearing loss can at least be corrected…but as a mom who grew-up with hearing-loss, I just dread the challenges our son may face…nor can I imagine a baby actually wearing hearing-aids…this will be an adventure for all of us.

BUT…we are getting ahead of ourselves. His next appointment is April 18th. In the meantime we roll-on as normal.

We finally have a break from doctor appointments this next week…and all of our kids will be home, together. My back is feeling somewhat better, but I'm hoping to get to the point where I can take Matthew out by myself.

Pictures from this week are attached – one from the hearing test and the other of all three of our amazing boys! Mixture of emotions this week, but when everything is said and done, God is in control and He has never left us thus far…and doesn't plan on going anywhere anytime soon. That's enough to keep me smiling…well, that and our boys!

2 Weeks Old!

Posted: March 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

Tomorrow Matthew will be 2 weeks old! It is SO hard for me to believe that he is here, one ounce less than his big birth weight and besides a diaper rash, he is doing just great!

Tomorrow we head to Orlando to Arnold Palmer Children s Hospital for the ABR hearing test. We leave early in the AM (we decided to save money and not get a motel…and everyone trying to sleep in that motel thanks us I’m sure!). The test should start around 8AM. In order for them to do a complete test, Matthew MUST be asleep…and this is our responsibility. A week or so ago when we met with the pediatric audiologist, Matthew was sound asleep, but moved constantly due to the poking in the ear that was necessary to do the test. So, if he does this again tomorrow, most likely we will go the following Tuesday for a sedated test…and I REALLY do not want them to put our 2 week-old to sleep (its a mommy thing).

So, pray for a successful test. Pray for CLEAR results. Pray that mommy and daddy can get the results tomorrow (they could send us on our way without saying anything and it can take up to THREE weeks to learn the results from our local doctor). i will post again when I can about our day tomorrow.

…And as for the older two…they will be heading to preschool like normal (grandma and pap-pap will make sure of that!). They are enjoying their new baby brother, BUT having a hard time trying to adjust to getting mommy and daddy’s half attention at times. I’m sure they will get the hang of things eventually.

My back went out late Monday night. I literally went from picking up little cars off the floor that i could barely see a few weeks ago over my huge belly, to rolling to the edge of the bed, biting my lip in pain. It’s Wednesday evening and I’m able to walk in a certain way to have less pain, but bending down and especially lifting anything other than Matthew is a no go. It’s frustrating! For those of you out there that know me well, you know how HARD it is for me to stay home for a long period of time. I need people! i need to be out! I want to show-off our kids 😉  i am hoping by the weekend to feel well enough to get out with all three boys…next week is Spring Break!

Here are a few pictures from week 2! Enjoy!

Matthew Jacob Is Here!

Posted: March 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

Our son Matthew Jacob Boring arrived March 7th 2013 weighing 8 pounds, 15 ounces and 21.25 inches long.

I think my head is still whirling! He is a week old now. He is doing great! Mommy and daddy even had this weird thing called “energy” today! HA!

My thoughts are so scattered, but I wanted to update being some of my readers do not have Facebook.

Our lives have completely changed in the matter of a few days. Before Matthew was born last week, I completed my ministry at Palm Bay Christian Church. It is exciting to see the church move forward in the search for a senior minister. Though I wish so badly there were enough funds to cover both positions, I am glad to see this congregation leap out in faith and start a journey of growth and leadership. My role at this church has been an incredible journey that I truly can never thank this church family enough for their support.

On Wednesday last week I left my keys in my office, shut the door and headed to my car. No sooner had the car door shut, had I planned the rest of the evening…getting ready for Matthew! Thursday at 6:30AM we reported to the hospital and in a few hours Matthew made his grand entrance! There were two knots in his cord…something our doctor was just in awe of. I remember the nurse saying, “This is a miracle baby!” I remember thinking, “Girl, you have NO idea!” All of the tests came back great, with the exception of the hearing test. The hospital told us he failed, but we now believe they did not get a solid reading. We have already seen out pediatrician and a pediatric ENT this week. After retaking the same test multiple times with no result (go figure, Matthew HATES things in his ears!) we are reporting to Arnold Palmer next Thursday for a non-sedated GBR test that should accurately measure the amount of hearing loss (if present at all). If still no results (being he will need to be sleeping for the test to be accurate…thus not moving) we will report to Florida Hospital the following Tuesday for a sedated GBR test…which I’m hoping we will not need to do at this point. We have been reassured that many babies have failed the hearing test with absolutely no hearing loss. Yet, if there is hearing loss, we want to catch it early to get the best start on this as possible.

So, I sit here, looking at our sleeping week-old miracle. The boy who survived chemo. The boy doctors told us would not be. The boy who knotted his cord TWICE and never needed the NICU. So, as we are concerned about these hearing tests, we look at the miracle God has already been doing as rest assured that “He aint done yet!”

Here are a few pictures…I realize my writing has been scattered, but I wanted to update! Please continue to keep our family, baby Matthew and jobs in your prayers.

Love you all!