A Growing Family!

If you are on Facebook most of you know the news by now. But if not, I am currently 3 and 1/2 months pregnant and due March 6th! This was a bit of a surprise for us, but we are excited and thanking God for another opportunity to help give life!! What a blessing! Liam has been such a good baby so I’m praying this next one will be too;)! I actually didn’t know I was pregnant until I was almost 10 weeks along. My breast milk supply was drying up and Liam just wasn’t interested in nursing anymore and I couldn’t figure out why (sorry if that was too much information)! Well, it turns out it was because I am pregnant. I was a bit sad to have to stop nursing Liam, because I had planned on nursing until he was 1 year old. But I didn’t really have a choice. During the first trimester I didn’t have any morning sickness but am experiencing fatigue like never before!! I don’t remember dealing with this when I was pregnant with Liam, but then again I wasn’t caring for an infant then either;). I’ll keep you updated as the pregnancy progresses.

Another update… Liam is now 9 months old!!! I just can’t believe it! This fall we are starting him in swimming lessons. It’s 30 minutes one-on-one with a lady who is a swim coach for the Special Olympics. Liam just loves the water so I’m thrilled to get this opportunity to work with her! We are also starting with a new Early Intervention teacher who will be coming once a week to help me work with Liam and make sure he is up-to-date with his development. She is wonderful –  I am excited about her too!! His physical therapy will continue once a week this fall as well – we’ll be busy!

We finally got the results back from the sleep study that we had done on Liam. I had suspected that he may have sleep apnea so we had a study done at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital the end of July. The sleep doctor called me a couple weeks ago and confirmed my suspicions: he does in fact have sleep apnea. He told me it’s not severe but definitely significant and should be dealt with soon. In a matter of 6 hours (the length of his study) they noted 49 respiratory breaks: 26 were shallow breaths, and 8 were a stoppage of breath for a few seconds (not sure about the rest of the breaks). Liam’s normal oxygen saturation level is 96, which is great because it needs to be 92 or above. But because of his apnea it dropped as far down as 79 during the study. So our sleep doctor is sending us to an ENT doctor this week to discuss removing his tonsils and adenoids to help open up his airways and hopefully get rid of the apnea. Once again I’ll post more when I have more information. I’d appreciate your prayers!

Here is a cute picture of my little 9 month old! We go in for his 9 month check-up this week to see how tall he is and how much he weighs… I’m so curious! He is getting so tall… and he sure loves the exersaucer!

Exersaucer

6 responses

  1. Awww… Erin. I am so excited for your family!

    I will be prayin that the doctors can help Liam out with the aphnea. He is such a little cutie!!

    September 5, 2009 at 9:48 pm

  2. Hey Erin & Jeremy –

    Erin, you won’t know me – I’m a friend of Bruce & Donna’s way back from my FSJ days. I knew Jeremy through our C&C group, though I’m likely a very distant memory to him! (He would’ve known me as Melissa Flinkert.)

    Anyway, yes, I’ve been somewhat keeping up with your happenings through Donna’s Facebook updates and your other blog; somehow when we moved and changed computers I stopped getting your RSS feeds… so anyway, I finally “found” you online again!

    Liam is a cutiepie – it’s been good to read some of the history that you’ve had with him these last 9 months! He has come a long way, it seems, and I am so thankful for your obvious faith and joy in Christ!! Liam is a very blessed little boy, and God will do wonders through him and you guys. It is so neat to see how many opportunities there are for Down’s syndrome kids now. And he IS a cutie – I just wanna reach through the screen and give him a big hug!

    And… yes! Congratulations on a new little Bundle coming your way! God does have a way of surprising us, doesn’t He? Our #3 was a surprise, but a huge blessing nonetheless!

    May He continue to bless and keep you, that you will know His presence moment by moment!

    Blessings,
    Melissa

    September 5, 2009 at 10:32 pm

  3. kat

    Erin, it’s so great that you will be having another little one!!! I always enjoy reading your blog. Raising a family is a great challenge and privilege. Your little cutie and baby to be are SO blessed to have you and Jeremy for parents!

    xo

    September 6, 2009 at 12:07 am

  4. Erin,
    I’m so happy for you all!!! #3 will be a huge blessing for sure, and it will be wonderful later on for them to be so close together in age! I’m sure they will have a deeper bond because of that. Liam is so adorable in your photos… I look forward to meeting him someday! Kudos to you too for suspecting the sleep apnea now… better to get that diagnosed and hopefully fixed this early than many years down the road!! It seems to be becoming more and more common these days…

    Holly

    September 6, 2009 at 1:48 pm

  5. Jen Strange

    LOVE the picture. he has the greatest smile. (I know I’ve said that before, but I think it every time I see him.)

    I remember how exhausted I was when I was 2-4 months pregnant . . . I don’t know how you take care of the kiddo while feeling like you need 20 hours of sleep a day! Hope you get past this phase soon!

    jen

    September 6, 2009 at 10:27 pm

  6. look at that head of hair! hope-ing you get ur princess this time

    September 8, 2009 at 4:30 pm

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