Well, here we are at week twenty-one! We'll "officially" hit five months next week. We cannot believe it has already been five months...time is going by too fast with him! We grow more and more in love with him everyday. We realize God has blessed us so much with this little guy and cannot imagine our lives without him.
So, what did week twenty-one bring? Well, it brought the "full" rolling. Hugh has been rolling over from his stomach to his back since five weeks, but the back to the stomach took a little longer. He was finally able to conquer the roll early this past week and he is so proud of himself. He enjoys his tummy time more now because he got there all by himself and last night he flipped himself to his tummy to sleep. However, he now forgets that he can roll himself back over and will fuss until someone comes to roll him back over...what is that all about? Probably, it is a glimpse into my future with boys. It has brought a lot more focus on toys - he loves to grab things more and more, and play with his toys. It has brought lots more giggles...for aunts and uncles, and my mom said he had a "giggle attack" while she was here. He thinks he is really funny. It brought more time hanging out with friends - we love to see little kids around Hugh; they get so excited and just want to love on him, which we love. It brought his first trip to the mall (yes, he is five months and we haven't gone to the mall yet...I am not a shopper) to buy his Easter outfit (it is the cutest thing...with a tie...love it!). Well, I was glad my sister-in-law and mom were with us because he decided to "christen" his first trip to the mall with a major blowout...it was awesome. I saved his life...yes, I saved his life. We were on our walk and one of those wood bees or turtle bees (the REALLY HUGE black ones that my mom swears don't sting, but whatever...they are super scary) flew into his stroller. Well, of course I stepped away from the stroller...what else would I do? (I hate bees...really hate bees.) However, within a second, I realized that I needed to protect my child, so I batted the bee away, grabbed the stroller, and ran. Luckily, we both walked away (well, I walked and Hugh was pushed) with no battle wounds. We are still really battling with the eating issues...they have gotten worse; however, we realize God's goodness in it all and we also realize we have to put everything into perspective. We tried introducing solids again, and he'll take them a little bit, but not really. He still prefers to eat while sleeping - it is easier for him (and it is very interesting explaining to people that, "No, I don't want to lay him down. I am waiting for him to fall asleep so I can feed him."). We are looking forward to meeting with the GI specialist this next week - Jake's cousin works at PCH and has heard good things about the doctor we are meeting. He has also been running a low grade fever, which we think is due to teething...he is always running a low grade fever. Overall, it has been a great week with another milestone!
I must admit that some days are harder than others...I have seen my patience running very low this past week and getting more and more frustrated about the eating. This week, I was studying 1 Corinthians 13 and I really needed the reminder of "Love is patient and kind...it is not irritable or resentful" (1 Corinthians 13:4-5). I needed to ask Jake and Hugh for forgiveness because I was not loving them like Christ has loved me. I know I am not patient at times and it is very ugly. I love this little guy so much and do not want to allow his eating issues to drive me crazy. I need to constantly be reminded that God has us here for His purposes and we trust in His goodness. So, I am constantly preaching 1 Corinthians 13 to myself all day. Praise God that His patience with me is not contingent upon my patience with others! We also had the chance to spend time with friends who have three little boys - one of their twins, who will be two in May, has Down syndrome. They are such amazing parents, who love the Lord so much. I felt silly telling her Hugh's problems with eating, but she was so encouraging and just wanted to listen. What was so encouraging to see from them is to not dwell on the issues because they are easy to get caught up in, but to focus on the successes and celebrate them. There was also another couple at dinner and their son was potty trained at nineteen months...that is some serious encouragement as well! Praise God for using others to point me back to Him!
We thank you all for your prayers...we are so blessed to have so many family and friends who love us and our son. We hope you all are doing well and you all are in our prayers!