But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him and his righteousness with their children's children . . . Psalm 103:17

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Saturday update

We're having a nice relaxing day at home. This is the first Saturday we haven't had any volunteers around (not until this evening) and it's quiet and kind of strange! I kept notes of my first few hours alone with the babies this morning, thinking it might make an amusing blog post, but I think it's just pretty boring. :)

Just after 11:00 a.m. I took the girls to the Cowan Retirement Center to visit my mom and the residents and visitors there. The girls loved the break from home and all the attention, of course. Marcie is such a little charmer!! Gracie is more sober and more focused on things than Marcie is.

This afternoon my dad and I took David and Will on some errands. Poor Seth was the only one home all day, but he doesn't seem to mind. He's so good-natured, seemingly more so since he got rid of all the oxygen apparatus. Thank God, that is still going really well! He has just become more and more one of the pack, rolling around on the floor, sitting and playing with toys, submitting to being climbed on, grabbing and touching and talking to the others, and always ready with a chuckle and smile for us. He is SO precious! When I think back to how we nearly lost him, humanly speaking, I can't thank the Lord enough for sparing this precious little guy. Our circle would have such a huge Seth-sized hole in it. He's even more adorable and delightful than I realized way back then. I never would have thought that 10 months from his birthdate he would be completely off of oxygen. I have never seen the power of prayer more vividly and powerfully displayed in my life. Thank you to all the hundreds or even thousands of you who have prayed for him and for us! We can tell God's hand has been on us this whole time, especially on Seth.

One of our NICU nurses, Frances, visited yesterday. It was such a treat to have her here and "show off" the babies and their skills. She remembers such funny things about them from the NICU, like what a sloppy eater Will is, Marcie's demands for attention and her birth mark, and the "Miss Grace" song another nurse taught us to sing to Gracie. There were blessings during that very hard time, and the nurses and other staff were very much among them!

One really exciting development today was Seth voluntarily putting what he KNEW was food into his mouth and eating it, not once but two or three times! It was a Gerber arrowroot cracker, and he chewed/sucked and swallowed - and gagged, but hey, it's a great start! And even after gagging the first time he apparently liked the taste enough to try again. :)

Here are a few pics of the kids: Seth in his bath after his breakfast this morning (the speech therapist wants him to experiment with his food, so he was COVERED in baby cereal and fruit!), David butting into Seth's occupational therapy session yesterday, the boys in matching outfits from Donna, and Will and Grace laughing at each other out on the porch with David in the background.

Gracie makes this funny face and breathes heavily and rapidly through her teeth just because she can.
Isaac used to do the same thing. :)
Love and Gratitude,

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

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