Sunday, January 15, 2012

6 Months!

Elliott is 6 months old today!

It was about one year ago that we announced here on the blog that we were having our little peanut, and here he is now, almost 18 pounds (according to our Wii Fit).  Because his last well visit was later, he won't go in for another until he's almost 7 months.  He may go in soon for a quick flu shot though.

We're having a really fun holiday weekend.  I've been crocheting up a storm (post to come) and we've been doing things we enjoy.  Last night, I went out for my friend Em's birthday to a restaurant called Frankford Hall.  It's a beer hall, and it has outdoor seating, fire-pits for smore's, and ping-pong tables.  They also had heat lamps, so sitting outside wasn't so cold.  Tonight we're having a game night with friends, and on Monday, I'm going to Quizzo for the first time in months.  I like to take advantage of Monday nights that Jason doesn't work.  He has a 4-day weekend because of his new schedule, so I'm sure he'll enjoy that.  Tuesdays will be so nice this semester.  In the fall, he had class on Tuesday, so he went into work 3 hours early and came home at the normal time.  He was gone for 12 hours, so I was on my own with Elliott for 12 hours.  Now, I teach my seminar on Tuesdays, so he switched his Fridays off for Tuesdays.  When I come home from class (which I don't go in until noon to teach), he'll be home and we can have a normal night together.  :)

I promise; I will have a craft post at some point this weekend.  I finished 5 projects in the last month, 2 of them being large items.  I also have a number of things on commission to finish.  It's a good thing I love to crochet.

- J, M, E, & B.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

March for April!

Last year, while I was enjoying a complication free, blessing of a pregnancy, my friend Liz's sister was going through the opposite.  Liz was one of Jason and I's roommates in the Sansom house, and it was so difficult to watch Liz and her family deal with her nephew's ups and downs.  Liz was always so wonderful during my pregnancy, willing to listen to my aches and pains and complaints and worries.  After Jason, she was the next to know that we were pregnant.  She was the one who first suggested that I might be's like she has baby radar.

Fast forward to this summer.  Her nephew was born via emergency c-section about a month after Elliott was born.  He had a number of health problems and was stronger than anyone anticipated.  However, it was all eventually too much for him and he passed away in October.

Any woman who is expecting, no matter how well she takes care of herself, worries about the possibility of complications.  When those complications arise, the March of Dimes is there, doing research and helping families with premature little ones.  The March of Dimes original mission was actually funding polio research.  Polio is now near-extinct, so they have moved on to the health of babies.  When Elliott spent his few days in the ICN, we saw first hand how these littlest of the little ones are taken care of.  Advancements have been made to help those babies who need a little extra help when they come into the world.

In April, Jason, Elliott, and I will be walking with Liz in memory of her nephew, Dylan.  Well, Elliott will probably be riding in his stroller or wrapped in the Moby, let's be honest.  I am usually apprehensive to ask others to donate money to things, but this is a cause we feel very strongly about.  If you can, consider clicking on my March for Babies badge and donating.  Even $5 helps!  I'm already 1/3 of the way to my initial goal, which I would love to increase and help more babies.  I'm also excited to participate in the walk with my family.  It'll be a great day out on the Parkway (Ben Franklin), and it will be fun to spend the morning with Liz and our other friends who are walking.

Thanks in advance!  If you can't donate (which I totally understand), keep our endeavors in your thoughts and prayers.  We walk for babies on April 29th!

- J & M & E & B.