Update on us 3/3/12

3 Mar

Well, things have come to somewhat of a standstill here in our home due to me getting sick with the flu about 2 ½ weeks ago.  The problem is the simple flu turned into pneumonia and I have never been knocked off my feet quite like this before.  Being very pregnant doesn’t exactly help, but each day I am getting a bit stronger.  I’ve been told by several people it takes a while to feel yourself, so being patient with this has become something I’ve had to accept.

Graham has done awesome with the boys and we have been blessed with a few people bringing us some meals so we can still function.  Poor Graham is an awful cook, so I know the boys have appreciated it!

We finally found out that I am indeed carrying a little girl who will arrive sometime mid-April!  We couldn’t be happier.  Especially Graham.  We feel very spoiled and blessed because honestly, we would have been happy with any healthy little bundle He sent.  That it’s a girl just seems over the top for us; an added bonus, so to speak.  We will reveal her name at the time she enters this world, and I’ll share the story behind it.  It’s a very special one to us.

Graham has not been wearing his glasses now for about 3 weeks due to them just not working (according to him).  He claims he just woke up one morning, put them on and they caused him to see triples rather than the normal doubles he normally sees.  I’ll be honest, I didn’t really believe him at first, but after all this time and him still not wearing them, I’m not sure what to think.  He’s functioning fine without them, but we’re just not sure what is going on.  Are they getting worse?  Or better?  He has an appointment on Monday and I’m curious to see what the Dr. has to say and what he’ll do to help Graham with this.

He also has a treatment of Botox on Monday as well, which has been so helpful to his left side.  It helps his left arm not shake and tremble and just gives him more movement all around.  His left arm and fingers will probably never be what they were before, but they are VERY functional and it’s only an annoyance for him, rather than detrimental to his life and quality of it.

This winter has been crazy here with not a lot of snow, but tons of ice.  Graham used to be like a cat on the ice, but now….not so much:0)  He makes me nervous all the time and has fallen so much this winter, I just couldn’t take it anymore.  My grandfather owns some “yak-tracks” which he gave to us to try on Graham to see if they help on the ice.  They fit easily on his shoes and have made a HUGE difference for him.  I was nervous that he would feel dumb or embarrassed that he needed them.  Quite on the contrary!  He loves the things and we all feel better watching Graham move around on the ice now!  So far, no more falls!  Even with the belly I remain like a skating pro on the ice moving from car to house or wherever I’m going:0)

Just a fun picture to share of us on our way to church…

Miracle of the day:

I remain extremely humbled through so much of what the Lord has done and continues to do through this journey with us.  When Graham was injured so many of you felt the need to give monetarily to us and with that our church set up The Stump Fund.  The fund was set up for needs such as medical expenses and other things that come with an injury like this one.  Even after all this time, expenses remain through insurance companies not covering everything and Graham surpassing all the coverage he could get.  It has been comforting so far knowing that the extras that come up have and will be covered through what you all have so graciously given.  I could never thank you enough and it’s nice not worrying about it.  It speaks volumes to me as a testament to all the love and care from people who felt called to give….many of which are complete strangers.  I can’t wait to thank you in person when we get to heaven someday!

Humor of the day:

Graham and I own and sleep in a Queen-sized bed.  We have been fine in this thing together, but I must admit when I’m pregnant it gets a bit trickier especially with the body pillow and big belly in the way.  When I was pregnant with the last baby I was working full-time and we decided that sleeping in separate beds would work best for us:0).   I moved upstairs and Graham happily slept in our bed.   Since Graham’s accident, he sleeps differently.  He’s more restless and somewhat crazy.  He sleeps great, but flails around more and is just more difficult to sleep with.  Just the other night he punched me in the stomach and has also been guilty of hitting me in the face.  The last time it hurt so badly I started crying and tried to tell him how bad he hurt me.  At the time he felt bad, but unfortunately, he didn’t even remember doing it.   With the added pneumonia and being up a lot at night dealing with that we once again decided that separate beds is the way to go for us.  Graham has moved upstairs while I remain downstairs.  We laugh because of course we don’t really like this arrangement, but don’t really feel we have a choice right now.  We feel more like roommates right now rather than husband and wife, but we know it’s just temporary…..hopefully:0)  Are we the only ones that have done something like this???

Thanks for continuing to pray for us!


6 Responses to “Update on us 3/3/12”

  1. Becky Wade March 3, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    No, you are certainly not the only ones to find that at times it is best to change sleeping arrangements. After all, getting enough sleep is the best way to stay in good health. I am so happy for you guys as you prepare for your little girl! Love!

  2. Codie March 3, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    Glad to ‘read’ about you again ….. Hope you continue to feel more yourself (as much as you can being 8 1/2 months pregnant). AND I’m slightly jealous of the sleeping arrangement — being pregnant and NEEDING a body pillow and having a restless sleeper for a bedmate isn’t fun! 🙂

  3. Donna Langman March 3, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    We did the separate bed thing for quite awhile too when Steve came home from his 5 months in the hospital. He always wakes up early and then flails around a lot. I couldn’t take the sleep deprivation and since I am the pin that holds the whole thing together around here…I need my sleep! After awhile (maybe more than a year!) we bought a new mattress. Most of the time we sleep pretty well although he still wakes up early but can now control his urge to flail around. I have gotten walloped in the head a few times too but that hasn’t happen in awhile. Enjoy your own bed and try again later!

  4. Candi March 5, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

    Aaaw! I didn’t know you were pregnant! 🙂 Yay! I’m sure she’ll be a precious little girl!!! Glad you’ve gotten over the sickness!! I will be praying for you and the family as always!!! Love and miss you!

  5. Helen Laine (Jackie) word of life,fl March 12, 2012 at 5:31 am #

    Your sharing of your story is so appreciated.I follow your joys,sorrows,victories and
    challenges and I pray for you and your precious family.You share such honesty in
    dealing with this new and different daily life.You share in such a way that those of
    us who have never met you feel we know you. Congratulations on your little one
    soon to make her debut. By the way,seperate beds at different times is not new,it
    only makes together time more special.God bless and keep you ever in His hands.

  6. Molly Lawton March 31, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    Haven’t checked your bog for some time. It was good to take the time this morning to catch up. So excited for ya’ll and your daughter. I know you are eagerly awaiting her arrival. May Jesus continue to give you grace for the journey and encouragement with each day. May His peace continue to rest upon you. Friends of your in-laws, Molly and Don Lawton

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