Friday, August 28, 2009

Long break between posts....broken computer ;(

Well, I had a free moment and was able to borrow Matt's computer while I pumped so here is a very brief update just to keep you all informed ;)

Asher is growing and growing and growing....I almost don't believe the pictures of him from his stay in the hospital. It feels like a movie I watched once. I'll try and post some soon so you can see what I mean. We have been released from his Ear, Nose and Throat doc which leaves us like 9 more to go, but it is progress. He is wonderfully healthy and growing right on schedule, although he does seem a bit slow on some of his physical milestones, such as sitting and bearing weight on his legs. His ped recommended having a physical therapy evaluation done to make sure he isn't falling behind so that is scheduled for September 15th. His next swallow study is scheduled for October 20th, although I'm hoping it can get moved up some. We are going to try him on purees next week with his therapist to get him use to taking the spoon and hopefully he will do better during the study. We have been having some trying times regarding my milk production. I simply don't have enough for his needs, and produce maybe half of what he needs in a day. My heart is to have his solely breast fed because I believe it is the best for his immune system and general health and well being, but when the milk runs out you have to feed your baby with something. I hated it, but I tried formula and he threw it up. I tried goats milk and he threw it up, so maybe this is God's way of saying your baby needs to be breast fed and I will provide the milk. We have had many donations from the wonderful mom's who are part of the Bosom Buddies support group out at Heart 2 Heart in Sanford. I really don't know what we would have done without them and their generous donations. My heart is so moved each and every time there is milk in my freezer to feed Asher. I can feel God's provision and love and am learning to be thankful for the "daily bread" and not worry about what looks to be tomorrow's lack.

Joel is beautiful and growing tall. He has quite a vocabulary and is VERY independent. He is becoming a protective big brother and defends Asher's toys as if they were his own when his cousin comes over to play. We are teaching him how to share and today he broke his cookie into smaller pieces and handed them to each person in the house. It was wonderful watching the fruits of our labors!

Matt has been busy with the house of prayer, doing his regular morning hours, playing on 4 sets a week and teaching on Intercession, when the opportunity arises. He carries the message in him and I love hearing about it when he gets the opportunity to pour it out.

Well, that is all for now, Joel woke up and needs momma....



Dixiemom7 said...

I'm so happy to hear an update! It seems like I haven't seen you in ages. You've been on my heart and I've been praying for Asher and all of you. Don't worry about him being a little behind. Carlo was (and is) always very small for his age, so physical developmental milestones were a little slow in coming, but there was no reason they could find and he was happy and growing and had a good appetite! He's 5 now and right on schedule for everything, even if he's still little. Each child is unique and God has created Asher for more than these small steps. He'll get there! Love you.

Matt & Erika Bond said...

Thanks for the encouragement Dixie! It has been difficult for me to get to church lately so I have been staying home with the kids. This week Asher and I have a cold... he is running a fever and my milk production is taking an even greater hit due to the cold. I stayed home to pump more. You can always give me a call if you think about it...maybe we could let the kids play together. Joel needs to be around other kids to further his sharing skills ;)

Anonymous said...

Have you tried to search out milk anywhere else..there are a lot of resources if you really want to find some.

Matt & Erika Bond said...

Hello Anonymous... yes I have tried to find milk elsewhere. I looked into milk banks but didn't like the fact that they pasteurize the milk, killing all of the beneficial enzymes and vitamins that babies need. I do have a few family donors besides the momma's at H2H, but even with them I have days where I run out of milk. God always provides for my little man though, even when I am stressing out, he is always fed! Doctor's are upping his feeds again because he has dropped into the first percentile for kids his age and he needs the calories.

Anonymous said...

Have you gone on milk share..or other mothering forums? There are A LOT of resources out there, you just have to spend some time looking/searching them out. =]