Posted February 6th, 2011 by Carrie
We are enjoying our baby boys so much! Thank you God for our precious babies!
Bath time! Graham followed this picture up by peeing all over himself, resulting in bath #2!
Just catchin’ some Rio rays - don’t worry, it was 8:30am, but still SUPER intense! I think that this is a South American practice, but the doctors told us to take them out in the sun for around 10 minutes per day. I love it!
Graham and Daddy
Gibson and me
Our family….so thankful to be all together!!!
Posted February 4th, 2011 by Carrie
“Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion” Psalm 103:1-4
Our precious baby boys were born and PRAISE GOD right now I am looking at them both peacefully sleeping in their little swings….my heart is so full. Gibson got to come home on Monday - what an incredible blessing it is to finally have him home. We LOVE putting the boys together on the floor, in their beds and holding them together - it is just the sweetest thing to see them side by side! On Tuesday we had them sitting next to each other before feeding time and Graham stuck his arm out in front of Gibson and Gibbers tried to suck on it :). It is hilarious how often we are replacing pacifiers for them - there have been several times that one of us in on the floor with both of them sticking a pacies back in one mouth then the other and back and forth. They have both been hungry little men through the night and we have found it hard to get much sleep with all of their grunts and groans. Right now we have them both in the same pack and play, swaddled, but that isn’t going to last long because they are moving so much and doing everything they can to get out of their swaddles!
Leaving the hospital Monday was so wonderful, but also sort of strange. The people at the hospital have really become a part of our lives and it will be strange not to see them daily. But we are so thankful!! We have even gotten to watch some movies all the way through in the evening without having to pause to head out the door :).
Gibson is doing so well at home - he seems more alert and active each day! He watches us so intently and has really been eating well. It is hard to believe that he had his shunt surgery just 2 weeks ago. Praise God, he has recovered so well from it. We are going to see the neurosurgeon this week to have a check-up and for him to look over the incisions. Gibson looks so much like Graham did when we brought him home 5 weeks ago. It is amazing to see what a difference 5 weeks can make!! The Graham man truly has some chunk! He is doing so great and has even smiled at me a couple times this week! We have an appointment with our pediatrician next week and I can’t wait to see how much both boys weigh! We just feel so thankful to finally be all together and to be able to really enjoy our sweet babies. There were so many days in the hospital that I wondered if we would ever come out on the other side. Thank you God for bringing us through.
We’ve had the blessing of wonderful help here with us since Christmas. My parents were here for several weeks and Wes’ parents have been here as well. It is so precious to see our parents’ joy over the G-men. Because we’ve had extra arms, Wes has been able to spend some time at the church. He has doing 2 different studies with groups of guys from the church. We are so thankful because tonight 2 of them were baptized! One of the men that was baptized tonight has such a precious family who has become very special to us here. He and his wife are such encouragers and have really gone out of their way to help us while we’ve been in the NICU. I remember after one particularly difficult day I arrived at our apartment to find a box that had been left by Dilma, the wife, with quotes and scriptures to encourage me. She also left some delicious food. We feel so blessed by the wonderful relationships God has provided us here and are so excited to see these particular friends committing their lives to Christ.
These relationships and our love for this country have made facing the reality of our current situation extra difficult. We have decided that because of the care we want our boys to receive we need to return to the US. We are so sad to leave this place that has become such a part of our hearts. However, we feel that it will be best for our boys for us to return to the US. Brazil has changed me in so many ways. I have so much I want to write about this, but it is almost time for another feeding and I need to go get ready.:) We do know that so many of you that read our blog have been so diligent in praying for us and we ask for those prayers to continue! We need God’s continued strength and guidance as we head back home and seek His will for our lives there.
Snuggly men in the arms of their Granny:
Proof of the pacie wars:
My favorite boys
Also, here is a link to our latest team newsletter: