Monday, September 5, 2011
Requesting continued prayer
Good morning from 717 South 15th Street! It is great to have all of our family home together, and what an added blessing that we still had Labor Day to rest and unwind before Daniel goes back to work tomorrow. Isn't God good, the way He goes far beyond meeting our needs and gives us simple things like that? And that's on top of sustaining Caleb's life this week and keeping all four of us going through such an intense experience. I really have come to a place in my life where I can be thankful for pain and suffering. There is always, without fail, something new and GOOD that God does in my heart and in my life when I go through painful times. This week has been so intense, but God has been present with us. He has never left us or forsaken us. He has given us peace beyond understanding. He works out all the things in our life for our own good. I love Him more than ever because He is the ONLY thing worth living for.
We had a rough first night at home. Caleb, understandably, just wants to be held all the time and actually wouldn't sleep unless we not only held him, but walked around the house with him in our arms. Daniel and I took shifts from midnight to 7:00 a.m. After being in a hospital bed for so long he just needs some extra attention. Also, his appetite has not fully returned and he has lost a little weight. We were told this would happen; it's completely normal for a little guy who just had surgery. I just want to see him scarfing down some bottles and get his little gut back!
All that is to say, we still need some prayer. There is still quite a bit of recovery time ahead of us. It will take 3 to 6 more weeks for Caleb to fully recover. He can't lay on his stomach or put any pressure on his chest until that time, and picking him up causes him obvious discomfort. And he requires much more attention and time being held, which is difficult with Jonah to take care of as well! Please pray for:
1) Caleb's appetite to come back full force and for him to be a good eater.
2) Sleep! Pray that Caleb would be able to fully rest and be comfortable in his bed again.
3) Caleb's chest to heal quickly so he can get back to rolling and scooting so he can stay on track developmentally.
Your prayers mean so much to us!