Thursday, June 7, 2007

Due Date

"Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life." Deuteronomy 30:19-20

Kyle had a great day and seems to be fully recovered from his surgery. He was moved back to Level 2 last night. His oxygen is back down to half a liter and since last night Kyle has been on room air (21%). Full feeds were resumed today and his IV was also removed. Kyle is still on one bottle a day until he completes the Swallow Study, which is scheduled for tomorrow morning. Hopefully once this test is completed, Kyle's bottles will be increased.

Joe flew back to Ohio this afternoon. It was great to see him, we have had so little time together over the last few months. Last night we had date night, probably our last one for quite some time! Joe is such an amazing father, he is a natural with Kyle. I know Kyle is going to miss his Daddy now that he is back in Ohio.

Today is my official due date! Joe mentioned something on the blog about my due date being earlier in the week, but my official due date was June 7. Joe was a little fuzzy on the date because I had calculated a due date based on conception. Since Kyle was a "test tube baby" and conceived in a petri dish at the Cleveland Clinic, there wasn't any question on the time of conception! I calculated my due date based on conception but my first ultrasound revealed that my due date was June 7. Boy, am I babbling about nothing! official due date is today. Since Kyle's birth 15 weeks ago, I can't help but think of how different things could have been, but lessons often arise in our trials. One that has stood out very clearly for me is how easily distracted I could be by my own pursuits and good intentions. I was always on the go...working full time, taking care of my family, serving at my church, volunteering at Madison's school, etc. My mindset was "Get the job done and look ahead to what you have to do next." As I grew more scattered, more divided, and more exhausted, I lost sight of God's plan. "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith" (Hebrews 12:2). This trial has helped me to refocus on Him. I praise God that this journey has helped me to pay attention to what really matters...being centered on Him!

Much Love,
Jennifer, Joe, Madison and Kyle


Aunt Karen said...

What a wonderful testimony to your faith. Bad things happen to good people, but there are always lessons to learn and even though we would not have asked for those tough times, they really do make us stronger. But you have taken it even further by sharing your faith with so many and you have been an inspiration of faith and love, as well as parenting role models for all these months. I hope the blog doesn't stop when you get home because we have come to enjoy hearing from you and following the progress of Kyle and your whole family. Maybe some day this blog could be published and be a source of information and inspiration to many more who may be walking in your footsteps. We love you,
Aunt Karen

Anonymous said...

What wonderful progress for Kyle and apparently for you, too! Kyle has been strengthened physically and you, spiritually. God does work in mysterious ways!!! The pictures of Kyle with Joe make him look as if he were born at full term, though a little small,and quite healthy. Who would possibly guess the ordeal each of you has been through based on having just them as documentation? I have shots of my children that look much the same.
I anticipate good things from the swallow report. It is hard to imagine you won't be home in Ohio soon totally reunited. Laura