"What would have become of me had I not believed that I would see the Lord's goodness in the land of the LIVING. Wait, hope for and EXPECT the Lord. Be strong and of good courage and may your heart (Ned) be sturdy and enduring.....Yes, Wait For and Hope For and Expect the Lord."

Psalm 27:13-14 (Amp)

Sunday, May 18, 2008

We have been home for several days and are finally starting to get settled in! Thursday and Friday were pretty hectic just trying to get Ned in a routine and get our hands around all his care. He has settled in wonderfully, we really couldn't have asked for a better transition. Our biggest hurdle has been trying to get everything moved in and cleaned up in our house. We've also run into a coule of glitches with things not functioning properly while trying to get cable and phones and such as that installed over the weeknd. As of tonight, I feel safe saying "I think we have made it over the hump"!

Our most difficult part of bringing Ned home was the actual ride from Chapel Hill. We think he may have been a little car sick. I'm hoping he'll do better on the trip to his pediatrician tomorrow? Otherwise, he spent a couple of days looking around a bit bewildered but has now settled down and is acting like his old self. With one exception....he is trying to nurse a little bit. He still isn't taking any volume to speak of, but he is attempting to suck and swollow without gagging. For him, it is a huge improvement!

We've been so busy that I have hardly had time to reflect on how God brought us to this end. All I can think of in my head is that we have finally arrived to the only place I have wanted to be since last August...at my own home with Travis and my two boys. Above is a picture of Ned at home.....he looks like he's posing for the SI swimsuit additon with his hand cocked behind his head!

I just found my computer tonight so I'm going to sign off for now. I'll give better updates tomorrow!


Jason and Danielle Wofford said...

We PRAISE GOD for this wonderful blessing to bring Ned home. What a beautiful reflection of God's work in action!! Speaking of beautiful, he is breathtaking!!!

Jason and I are thankful to GOD for his continued strength to you both. Please know that our prayers will continue as we ask GOD to bless your family during this transition time. God has been there since the beginning and he will help you all now and always!

Thank you for sharing his journey with all of us. You all have reminded US ALL what life is really about: FAITH, FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

May God bless you all,
Danielle, Jason, Landrie and Ava Wofford

Cadenne Hope's Grandma said...

He is such a cutie! Such a serious little guy!

So glad to hear you guys are home and doing well. And he's attempting to nurse! So cool!

God is good!

Tricia said...

I had my browser fixed on your blog all weekend! I think I might need to go out and buy a new "refresh" button!

I'm thrilled to see that Ned likes his new home and that he already is making great progress! There's no place like home!

Anonymous said...

He is just so precious posing! I'm so happy that you have gotten to the point where you want to be. It is a sweet feeling. Take care.

Rusty said...

Congratulations on getting home!! I really think getting settled in at home and getting in a routine will do wonders for little Ned. I'm sure he'll like his own house much better than the NICU. Be sure and keep us all posted!

God Bless,
Rusty, Liz, and Par Rich

Kim said...

Oh he is so beautiful, and I am so glad that all of you are home and settling in, I know it must be a wonderful feeling. I will never forget sharing this part of Baby Neds life with all of you. He has been a blessing to me personally, and to my children at the Y, they have prayed for him and been kept up to date, so I can't wait to tell them that he is home, and I am sure they will want to send him a card. I know you have plenty of baby sitters but if you ever need me so the two of you can have a little time, I would be more than happy to come over and stay with the boys. It would be more than a pleasure to spend time with both of your little miracles. Sincerely, With Alot of Love, Kim Alexander and Family

Dawn from CHERUBS said...

I am so glad that you are all home!!! What a miracle Ned is!

Hope to see you all at the conference in Raleigh in July!


Cadenne Hope's Grandma said...

Haven't seen anything new in a couple of weeks, so I pray that it means that everything is good and you are just enjoying being home!