We are on the eve of Kyle being officially a month old! Tomorrow at 10:01 am, Kyle has been here for 1 month!
I am amazed by him. He has grown!... ok, not much, but he has grown. I can tell he is growing a little more each day.
Today was a very big day, indeed.
Today, Jadon and Jack got to come see the hospital where mom and dad spend a lot of time.
We wanted the day to be perfect, so we started it in usual very hectic fashion, trying to get Jadon and Jack ready amongst Kelly and me trying to do the same. For some reason, getting ready for the day at the sherrill house is no real easy thing to accomplish,... but, we finally made it. At that point, it was off for some much needed family fun. We headed toward the cinema to take jadon and jack to see the new "bee movie"... That was a lot of fun. Then, it was off to toys r us to hang out and do a little advance christmas looking,... Jadon managed to thoughtfully contemplate all the things that he saw, some ranging from, "I want this right now, to I want you to get this for me for christmas, to maybe my next birthday I can have this; to... this just cost too much money." He is so funny sometimes the things he comes up with. He did talk me into a Go Diego Go toy that he has been bugging me about for some time, ... I figured that he deserved a little splurge on him, so I caved....... I know right,...? What great parenting the month before christmas.... Then, it was off to the house so jack could nap before the big meeting. Kelly and I headed downtown to get to the hospital in advance and make sure all was well. Kyle was having a great day. One of his new favorite people, Valerie was his nurse this afternoon. His saturation was looking a little better today. There have been no big changes to speak of in his condition for the last few days. He has had two cultures come back negative for infection, so we are praying for one more, maybe two more... this would allow for them to put the central line back in. That would be a good thing. It wasn't long until Brandi and Steven showed up. Brandi is Kyle's primary - primary nurse. Steven is her husband. They are some cool peeps to go see the Texans win the game, and then get up to the hospital as quick as possible to meet Kyle's big brothers! Jadon and Jack showed up soon after. Jack got to hang out and play a little wiht Carol, Nonna, Aunt Stacy, Zack, Sarah, and Jacob. Nonna and Stacy had bought them some cars,... so they had a pre-christmas today... haha... Jadon, Kelly and I headed into a play time session with Child Life. Child LIfe is a group of people who help younger siblings understand what is going on with new brothers/sisters. They brought out a doll that was about Kyle's size. Jadon assured them that he didn't play with dolls, but never the less, when they started breaking out tubes and such, Jadon was all over wanting to learn about what all hardware Kyle had going on. They introduced Jadon to all the tubes and wires and instruments Kyle had helping him before taking him in to see kyle for the first time. It was very touching to watch Jadon throughout this process, as well as the first time he saw Kyle in person. He was so happy to finally, after nearly a month, come see his little brother. Something must have immediately snapped with in him, because almost like instinct took over, Jadon went into big brother mode. He didn't really want to leave, and wanted to know if Kyle
was coming home soon, and because he wasn't coming home today, would he still be in our family?!??!! He was very emphatic about this! We assured him that Kyle was very much a part of our family, and that he would hopefully come home very soon.
We took some pics,... video,... hung out a little, then prayed over baby brother Kyle together. It was an amazing time. Poor Jack couldn't go in... he is too young, but remember, he got some great play time in the lobby. Jack loves to play. I am sure all of Children's Memorial Hermann loved that... haha... (jack knows one speed, and one volume... fast and loud)... : )
We then all headed down to the cafeteria to allow Jadon and Jack to experience the wonder known as hospital food. Yay for us. We had a great time though hanging out and talking and eating dinner together. After that, it was time for Jadon and Jack to be taken home for bed. Miss Carol and Zack took them home, ... and we went back upstairs to check on Kyle and talk with Misty (his primary primary night nurse)... she is too much fun, along with all in Giraffe A pod... HEY AMY, AMANDA and ERICA! (Amy is also one of Kyle's primary nurses, and we are working on Amanda for when she goes to days. : )
Misty quickly asked Kelly if she wanted to Kangaroo care tonight (hold kyle)! Ofcourse, what mommy would say no to that?? So, our quick trip back up turned into a couple more great hours of hanging out with Kyle ( and the fun team from giraffe pod!) Misty is threatening me that next friday night is my night to hold Kyle. We'll see about that. : )
What a great day.... a really great day... and a very big day, indeed.
Please continue to pray for Kyle. I know we say it a lot,.... but we mean it a lot too!
Pray for all these nurses and doctors. They are being the eyes and hands of Jesus to our little guy!
Pray for Kyle's complete healing and wholeness. God has a plan. We are part of it. So are you!
- John and Kelly
- This story begins with 5 people. John, Kelly, Jadon, Jack, and Kyle (he is only 23 weeks old... and he is still safely tucked away in his mommy's belly) In an hour's time Kyle made his way into the world. 1 pound, 3 ounces- 11 and a half inches long. This family will never be the same. This child is a warrior. He has the spirit of a Lion, and more courage than a whole pride. He is fierce, and fearless- and he is teaching us to fear the Lord- and to believe that God is in our midst and healing even now. Join us as pray, as we praise, and as we journey through this life as lovers of God and all His glory.