Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Well, I still have shingles and it is annoying (painful too). We have had help coming in everyday from 8 am until 4 pm since I can't really hold the kids, feed the kids etc. I took myself off the pain meds as I had no life (very incoherent and such). I am on the mend, but it has already been 3 weeks. They told me it would probably last at least a month. I didn't believe them - I do now. We have also had many people drop off meals. The help we have received has been awesome. We would not have survived without it. Thank you so much to all who have helped us out in our weeks of need - you are very much appreciated!

The kids are doing great! We just had a visit to the doctor's office and here are the stats.

Eli - 22.4 lbs and 29 in
Ruthie - 20 lbs and 27 in.

Both kids are on the growth charts now and doing great. Both qualified for early intervention services and so will be having physical and developmental therapy starting in February. We are waiting to see the occupational therapist still. Here are there developmental ages:

Eli - 7 months
Ruthie - 4.5 - 5 months

We were very encouraged by these results given their past history! They are naking so many gains every day! Ruthie sits all by herself now and Eli can't wait to walk - forget the crawling! Ok, here are the pictures :)

Monday, January 5, 2009

Sickness update

YOu aren't going to believe this, but I also have SHINGLES. Remember the chicken pox outbreak at the orphanage? Yep - shingles. and mighty painful too. Semester starts next week - fortunately I had just about everything already ready to go. I am house bound and on the couch until at least thus Thursday when I go back to the doc. Keep you all posted. Thanks for the prayers - boy do we need them now more than ever! Please don't forget Jeff as he is pulling full time baby duty at this point since I am not really supposed to touch the kids and things like that!


Saturday, January 3, 2009

Sickness part 2

Sorry everybody. I have had and still have viral pneumonia that just won't go away. I am on my third different antibiotic to try and get rid of it. I ended up in the ER last night for about 4 hours and discovered that I also need to have my gall bladder removed, but we can't really do that until I am over the pneumonia. This means that I am trying to live on vicodin while taking the antibiotics. It is not a pleasant site at our house. Some of you may be getting the "I need help!" phone call. Jeff goes back to work on Monday which means I need to take care of the kids. Hard to do when I can't really lift stuff. I will post pictures soon but have not been able to get them together as I am not really coherent or in good shape at this point. I promise the next post will be a much happier one!