Friday, November 7, 2008

We Are Alive

This week was all about survival mode. Even though William is not working, we still have so much to do in keeping up with the new baby, the old kids, and the mess of stuff we brought home with us.

Monday, Benaiah got to meet the pediatrician. He has an ear infection, and she swabbed a wound on his arm where he received a TB vaccination. He is on an antibiotic for his ear and is as difficult to medicate as our Marissa was when she was a baby.

Our assignment this week was to collect 9 vials of baby poo. This was disgusting, and William is a wonderful daddy and husband.

Wednesday, Marissa went to the doctor for her ear. She has fluid in both ears and an infection in one of them. She is also on an antibiotic.

Our friend Nancy took Jeremy to swimming on Monday and Tuesday which was so helpful. Mom made chili for us on Tuesday and Cindilee brought our dinner on Wednesday.

Jeremy, Annika, Benaiah, and I went to home school co-op on Thursday morning where Benaiah was a rock star! He really got a little overwhelmed and withdrew a bit. He got to see his old friend, Mercy Bethlehem. Their stays at the transition home overlapped, and Mercy's parents got to meet and love on Benaiah 5 months ago.

Mercy and Benaiah at the transition home in June.

We met with our social worker that afternoon. NC required a visit within 10 days of placement. Not much to say, but it was good to see Rebecca and her children!

I can't believe that William's week off of work is over. I'm gonna cry! He brought me flowers today.


jill coen said...

About the poop....ya'll may have done this, but we didn't figure it out until vial 4 of poop....maybe this will help another family reading.

The ones we had came with a "scooper" on the lid of the vial. No good..grabbed the diaper and at that point the BM was not "sturdy" enough for that.

We asked the lab techs for tongue depressers. Worked like a charm. We even had to do some over because of our mistake and I was like, "no problemo. we have tongue depressers." :)

Carpenters said...

Don't worry, survival mode does eventually transition to "new normal" mode. It sounds like you all are doing well. How wonderful that Benaiah and Mercy were able to meet again. Such a sweet picture. We'll be praying for you all.

With Love,

Rob & Candy said...

YAH! I am so glad you are alive. I will call soon- would you like me to bring a meal?
I'm with Jill on the poop- tongue depressers all the way!

Team Dragovich said...

Okay; I'll have to remember the tongue depresser thing!

I'm so happy your home and hoppin'! What fun that Mercy and Benaiah are able to hang out and be buds... Hm. That settles it. In four years when we're done with the Army... we're headin' to Raleigh! :)
See you soon!