Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Needing backup...



My mom flew in from Mpls. to help us out this week. I am so grateful to her for coming and helping relieve us of some of the stress of what's been going on at our house. Wyndham, as you can see, is still not back to her usual self, and it is hard to know just what to do.
The problem was she had so many things go wrong at once, and her recovery has been very slow. In addition, because of her symptoms, it wasn't clear as to what was actually at the root of her health issues. So, we have been waiting and trying different things and taking a variety of medical advice- all the while seeing her only make small gains.
She is still very weak and only eats when we 'make her'...we feed her every bite- but at least she is keeping food down and is eating a bit more each day. Thanks to many of you who continue to keep her in your prayers. We are still observing her for side effects of her medication and just really hoping that she will start to feel more like her old self soon.
Thanks so much for all the congrats and excitement in regards to the pregnancy news we shared. It is beginning to 'sink in' just a bit more, and we are all feeling comfortable that a new baby will be a wonderful addition to our family. Whoever commented about 'an itty bitty Nitty Gritty' made me smile. I think there will be some fun stories and pictures to tell as a result of another baby. As for details...I am feeling okay. I have been tired- but that is due to my life in general. I delivered Teagan on her due date, and the other 4 kids were all born early. So, although our due date is around Oct. 1st, I think we can anticipate an earlier arrival.
I also have to say that I feel like I am 'starting over' in some respects. I've had more time between this pregnancy and my last baby...and it is funny that even after 5 babies, I seem to have forgotten some of what goes on. Don't ask me how that happens- it's just something that the mind does. I think it's the only way that women have more than one kid. =) And in case it comes up should I ever try to run for presidency...I believe that life begins at conception. The very fact that I am having to wake up and use the bathroom each night at this early on, is proof enough to me that the developing 'cells' are fully human already. When something so tiny has that much control, that is enough arugument to me that at life begins at conception. {I have other arguments as well...I just thought I'd share that humorous thought.} =) And don't worry...I have no plans to run for presidency anytime soon. I'm just not ready for major debates and campaigns in my life- outside of my home. =)

19 comments:

Tiffany said...

Your poor little girl. I am going to continue to pray for her. It is so sad when little ones don't feel well. So are you gonna find out the sex for this new baby? Are you a planner or do you like surprises? I am a planner...although Madi was definitely not in our plans for another 5 more years!

Tina Vega said...

I'm so glad your mom is there to lend a hand... moms are good like that, aren't they?

Praying still for Wyndam's complete recovery...

Sonja said...

Thank you God for Moms...even of grown up children. Prayers for your little lady (Wyndham that is) and prayers for your developing lady or gentleman (just one or the other;) Hope you are feeling a-okay, I have a doctor's appt. tomorrow, I love to hear that little heartbeat:)

Adrienne said...

Mom's rock! Glad she could come out for a bit. Good to hear Wyndham is eating, even if it's just tiny bits. Rest, time, and nutrition add up. Praying for continued strength and healing in her body and blessings on you all as IBNG (itty bitty nitty gritty) grows in your belly!
Love,
Ade
xoxox

Anonymous said...

So happy to hear your news. New little lives are so precious. I ran into a friend of mine the other day at the hospital. She was leaving with #10 - no multiples and she home schools all of them. Another super mom like you.
Praying still for your daughter and glad to hear your mom made it safely from the Twin Cities. My family has been telling me how chilly it is.
Robyn S

KatieButler said...

How wonderful that your mom was able to come and help out.
Wyndham remains in my prayers--I hope every day finds her a little stronger.

Holly T. said...

Praying for Wyndam's complete healing and over you. I actually couldn't come up with your name the other day so I had down Wyndam and Nitty Gritty in my prayer journal. :)
Now I will need to add your "itty bitty Nitty Gritty". Blessings to you all!

shawnna said...

SUPER DUPER CONGRATS -- I am so excited for you - How wonderful - Sending up prayers for Wyndham and for your new little one - as well as the rest of your fam :D :D :D

Erica said...

If you ran for President...I would so vote for you! :o) I'm glad your Mom is there to lend a helping hand. I wish my Mom were a part of my life to come hang out or just come spend some time with us once in awhile.. O'well. Anyway...Wyndham is still in our prayers every night. *hugs*

Anonymous said...

I am keeping Wyndam and your family in my thoughts and prayers. I really enjoy reading your blog and hope things take a better turn soon. Congratulations on your new addition! How exciting!

Susan in VA

Shauna said...

I agree completely - no matter how many babies you have had...I feel like I would have NO IDEA what in the world to do with one of those little people now! :) But - it just comes back - like riding a bike!

Kate said...

Oh Wyndam...get better little girl! Big smiles your way because I miss seeing yours! And WOW...I miss one day checking your blog and come back to find...another little blogger on the way! Congratulations! So many babies this year...you are the 12th person I know of...including myself. And 9 of them I am very close to! Babies, babies, babies. Little giant gifts from God. Many blessings to you and your growing family. xox

Patty said...

Congrats Jody....blessed with another baby. I've had you and your family in my thoughts and prayers ever since seeing you on Oprah. You are an incredible lady and I so admire your strength. Keeping Wyndham in my prayers. Hope she has a speedy recovery from her recent illness. We miss your sweet smile Wyndham...get well soon!

Allison said...

wanted to let you know that i will definatly be keeping not only wyndam in my prayers, but you're whole family. a sick child can really effect everyone.

and i have to say, this was one of the first times i visited your blog. i went ahead and read through all the posts on the main page, and it brought me to tears. the way that you keep your faith and love your kids amazes and overjoys me. my little sister is extremely developmentally delayed, so i know how it can be tiring to have a child who is more involved, especially when it comes to health. i know how nights can be sleepless and days can be filled with worry. the strength that you and your husband have inspires me and the way that you strive to provide all of your children the best possible life fills my heart. thanks, for sharing your story.

*kim* said...

Just so you know....I would vote for you Jody if you run for President!!!! :D

Glad to see Wyndham is slowly feeling better.

Prayers continue...

~kim

FlipFlop Mom said...

You are so blessed to have your mom come and help!!! She's awesome!! Still praying for Wyndham!!! and praying for energy!!

Anonymous said...

Jody, Have a wonderful Friday! What a blessing you have growing inside of you. May you feel God's love surrounding you! JW

Anonymous said...

Come on already, Jody! Blog, Blog, Blog !!! We need an update. We want to know if you're nauseous, We want to know how Wyndam is. We want to know if you are showing....(whoops, might be a little early :)

Anonymous said...

Jodi,
I have read your blog off and on from way back and just now came back to it and am reading about Wyndam's health issues. I am so sorry to hear about this and will be keeping her in my thoughts and prayers. Meanwhile I'm so excited for your good news about the new baby! You are such a strong person and I can't wait to see how this enriches your lives. I'm finally coming out of lurk-dom. :)

lisa sigler
siglerl@mst.edu