Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Elizabeth's Two Month Checkup

So, today was Elizabeth's two month checkup. The doctor said she is growing well and all looks good:) She is 22 1/2 inches and she is in the 50th percentile for height. She weighs 9lbs 14oz placing her in the 25th percentile. And her head circumference was 37cm and she is in the 25th percentile with her head measurements. For those who do not understand the percentiles, her weight for example, 75% of babies at her age weigh more than her, and only 25% of babies her age weigh less than her.

Jonathan was able to come and meet me for some of her appointment. Lucky for him he left before the hardest part of the doctor's appointment, the shot time:( Elizabeth got 3 big ole, ugly shots which sent her in to hysterics. It broke my heart to see those big crocodile tears come down her face and her little lip poke out. But when I picked her up she immediately stopped crying. I must say, it makes me feel good to know that sometimes mommy can make everything feel better:)

Sorry these pictures are not the best quality, I took them on my cell phone since we are waiting for Jon's poor computer to come back to life!

(Here's our boo-boos, but we did get some pretty bandaids)

(As you can see, Elizabeth is okay, but completely worn out:)

Monday, February 25, 2008

A Birth Day

So, tomorrow (February 26) will be my birthday. And this birthday will be completely different from all the other 21 birthdays that I have previously had for a number of reasons. One reason being, this is my first birthday as Melissa Parnell, and another is I have recently experience the joy of giving birth. When I was pregnant, I learned much about the development of babies. It was always so cool to see what was developing next, or to estimate how big she was (I also loved going down the produce aisle at the grocery store because would say stuff like, your baby is the size of a small pineapple:) Of course when I was getting closer to my due date, I would naturally say things like "I hope she comes early." And the most popular response I got in return was, "She decides when it is time to come." And so, on a Wednesday, February 26 in 1986 around 12:30am I begin making my way out of my mother's womb and arrived at 3:15am that morning. And although, I don't know the exact feelings my mom felt when she first laid eyes on me, I can only imagine it was a feeling very similar to mine when I watch my daughter take her very first breath on Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at 6:57am, two months ago from my birthday. As I think about my birthday and Elizabeth's 2 month birthday, I am reminded of Psalm 139, about how God has woven and knitted us in the depths of our mother's womb. One of the most amazing discoveries I learned, was that the very first organ a baby develops is her heart. She has no brain "telling" her heart to beat. She has no ears to listen and copy her mother's heartbeat. Her heart is simply beating because her Creator is telling it to. And His sustaining grace and power continues to uphold and make our heart beat. And for that I am grateful.

But as I think about my birthday, I am reminded of a second Birth day, one of which I had no initiation in the time I should be birthed. My second birth day is the time in my life when God sought me when I was still a stranger, spoke light into my dark heart, and did the thing that only He could do, turn my heart towards Him. This second birth did not occur when I was seeking religion and tried to create my own way of being reconciled with God. No, reconciliation did not occur when I completed my checklist that consisted of going to church, being baptized, walking an aisle, or going to an alter. It was when I realized that there was nothing I could do to merit God's love, and that my very vain attempts to have a relationship with God was as filthy rags. And in such a desperate state of knowing there is nothing in my power to make things right, God spoke the gospel of Christ into my hard heart. It is Christ's work: his life, death, and resurrection that enables me to be in fellowship with a Holy God. It was when Christ on the cross took God's justice and wrath upon Himself for my sake, so that I may be able to receive the mercy and grace of God and be reconciled to Him. You see, I am thankful to God, who not only created me, but also saved me. I'm doubly His, and for this I am even more grateful!

As I celebrate another year, and as Elizabeth celebrates another month, I pray that God too will one day seek her out and speak light into her dark heart, and that she accepts and trusts in the work that Christ has done on her behalf so that she too can be reconciled to the One who created and made her.

So here is to Elizabeth and myself..HAPPY BIRTHDAY:)

Monday, February 11, 2008

Time is Flying..

So, originally my idea was to post at Elizabeth's one month birthday and then atleast weekly, and what do you know..Elizabeth is almost 2 months and it has been almost seven weeks since she entered the world. I'm still getting adjusted to school and being a wife and mom...which is daily getting easier and easier. I'm amazed at how each day our little girl is growing up. Jon as my witness, I cannot tell you the many times I have cried just thinking about her getting older. One instance was when she out grew her premie stuff and started fitting into her newborn outfits (which she still wears:), I got all teary-eyed. And another instance was when we were taking pictures of her (oh the many pictures we have taken:), I kept thinking about how one day we would be digging them out for her wedding, and I did cry. It could have been my hormones...but nonetheless, even if I do think she is growing entirely too fast, it has been amazing to see her "grow up" thus far. So now, I will just post some pictures and let you see for yourself how quickly time is flying...

Okay, so this I know is a complete no-no..
but when she was sleeping in her bassinet and would
randomly wake up after only 30 minutes of sleep we did not
feel bad about putting her in the bed with us to sleep another hour
so we could get some shut eye ourselves before she woke up again:)

Then we realized how much she loved her
bounce seat..and she slept a little longer at a time:)
(which she completely hates now, go figure:)

Then we put her in her crib...and she slept a little longer
and I know, the belly thing is another recent "no-no"..
(oh, and don't worry..we do put covers on her..but I wanted
to show you what she looked like under her blankets..
When I wake her up, she has her little butt in the air..and it
is simply too adorable!:)
and now..she sleeps all by herself in a queen size bed.
No, only kidding..but she has for 2 weeks slept from
10:30 pm to anywhere from 7:00-8:00am.
(thanks to Babywise:)