Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Friday, December 09, 2005
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Monday, December 05, 2005
Monday, November 28, 2005
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
On Sunday I rolled from back to my stomach for the first time. So now I can role both ways!
I’m also able to stand up while daddy just holds my hands. Daddy says no one will believe us, so he said he’ll post a picture here in the next couple of days to prove it to the world.
Mommy and daddy say I’m beginning to make a liar out of a whole bunch of people which I don’t think is very nice, but they say it is perfectly acceptable in this situation. They say it makes God smile. Thanks for smiling on me God!
Sunday, November 06, 2005
Mommy and daddy tend to get pretty excited when I do stuff now days. I just picked this block up with both hands cause it was sitting on my lap and mom had to go get the camera and started taking all sorts of pictures. They just keep telling me how amazing I am.
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Friday, October 28, 2005
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Saturday, October 15, 2005
Would you protect her eyes,
so she may see what you would have her see.
Would you protect her ears,
so she may hear your voice.
Would you protect her mouth,
so she may speak your words.
Would you protect her hands,
so she may serve you with them.
Would you protect her feet,
so she may dance for you with them.
Would you protect her lips,
so she may smile with the joy you have given her.
Would you protect her mind,
so she may think your thoughts
Would you protect her heart,
so she may always love what you love
Would you protect her stomach,
so you may always be her bread of life.
Thursday, October 06, 2005
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Mom and dad say that I am one big miracle. They believe God is doing a great work in me. And since God is in the miracle business I ask you to pray for this guy named Mark Palmer. He is a church planter near OSU in Columbus. Though Dad has never met him before he has a ton of respect for him. A couple of girls who go to his church actually pray for me regularly (Mandy and Kelli, I can't wait to meet you this week!). Mark has a real serious form of cancer and dad and I pray for his complete healing nearly every morning. Would you join with us?
He actually has a blog that tells his story as well. To check it out go here.
Monday, October 03, 2005
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Dad took me to the library at MVNU with him so he could get some research done. I was hoping for some picture books, but all he read was boring books. He did take me for my first visit to an art gallery while on campus. He took me around so I could see every piece of artwork. My favorite was this one called "712", dad knew it was my favorite cause I made all kinds of cute sounds when I was looking at it. Maybe I'll be artist someday...
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Some time during the middle of the night one of our nurses came into the room and sat down. She told us that she was a pastor’s daughter, just like Lucy, and that her father has a brother who has downs. She then teared up and said that she couldn’t imagine life without her uncle. Now I know that God was with us that entire night, and that He is always with us, but sometimes he sends a messenger to remind us that He is there. That nurse coming into our room with that story was the first sign we received that God was there for us and that He was never going to leave us.
Sunday, September 25, 2005
A few minutes later everybody came back into the room and marveled at our precious daughter in such a perfect way. We have the best family in the world and they showed it that night (not to mention every night since). Mandy and I each got to hold her for a couple of minutes and I got to say the first prayer over her young life before having to put her back in the incubator for the rest of the night because of her low body temperature. All we wanted to do was hold her, but for that night we just got to watch and pray.
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
We had a lot of family out in the waiting room so I went out and did the dad job of telling everybody that we had a girl. Since the nurses said they wanted to clean some stuff up first before I brought everybody back I told them we would get them into see her as soon as possible.
The nurses took forever to get everything cleaned up and they kept telling us that our family had to wait just a bit longer before coming back. Finally one of the nurses came in and told us that they thought Lucy had down syndrome. While being one of the greatest nights of our lives, it also began to be one of the hardest nights of our lives.
Monday, September 19, 2005
When the doctor came in he was all business. He got all his equipment together and then sat down at the foot of the bed. He then put both sides of the forceps together and then another piece on them to hold them together. A forceps delivery is a sight to see!
Once he had those things around Lucy’s head it didn’t take long and there she was.
It was crazy cause the doctor said it snapped. Her cord snapped! On her way out the umbilical cord snapped in two, there was no need for someone to cut it; she took care of that herself (I guess that hardly ever happens). The doctor quickly got the cord from around her neck, tossed her on Mandy’s belly for a second and then off to the incubator to get worked on by the nurses cause she was blue and really not breathing yet.
The nurses got her breathing pretty quick and we got to hear her cry for the first time.
There she was for the very first time. Born at 11:04 PM on Sunday night June 12, 2005 in Knox Community Hospital. She was 7 lbs 3 oz. and was 20 inches long. She had strawberry blond hair and she had a hook mark across the left side of her face from the forceps. She was named Lucy Kay Peterson.
Sunday, September 18, 2005
She also likes to smile a lot at mom now. Not too much luck with dad yet.
She explained to us that it could be that the cord was wrapped around her neck or it could be nothing. After the heart rate went up again Mandy started pushing again, but every time we started making progress Lucy’s heart rate kept dropping, so we kept taking breaks to get her heart rate up again. To be honest, I (dad) was a bit scared at this point, but I’m pretty good at blocking things out.
After almost two hours of that process repeating itself over and over again the nurse said she thought Lucy was far enough down for the doctor to get her with the forceps. So she left and called the doctor and we knew the time had come for Lucy to join the world.
Monday, September 12, 2005
To our surprise the nurse told us we were in active labor and that they would start getting a room ready for us right away. So we started calling family, but we told them to take their time cause we had a long way to go. An hour later we had to call back and tell them to hurry cause she was now almost five centimeters. By 9:30 PM they had to really hurry because Mandy was now fully dilated and they were telling here to push. Both granddads were almost late to the hospital because they thought they had plenty of time to get there.
It was the oddest thing for us when they said it was time to push and they started rearranging the bed. We had been waiting for this moment for nine months and we couldn’t believe it was finally there. We were so excited and we knew in the next few hours we would meet our baby daughter.
Sunday, September 04, 2005
Friday, September 02, 2005
Thursday, September 01, 2005
I know chapter two is a big jump from the first chapter, but I had to make that jump or there would be like 80 chapters in this story. Anyway, we pick up the story again as Mandy wakes up early on Sunday morning, June 12th. (By the way this is dad talking and unless otherwise noted the “My Birth” stories will be told by me.)
Well Mandy woke up early Sunday morning complaining of back pain. I got real excited and asked if this was it. She said all the books and information sheets we had said it is not real labor if you only feel it in your back and that’s the only place she felt it at. So we got up and went to church where I’m the pastor and Mandy leads the singing.
Needless to say Mandy had a rough time leading the singing that Sunday morning. Whenever she had a contraction while singing she would mess up a bit which I think is pretty normal. After one of the songs she said something along the lines of how thankful she was that she is a part of a church that still accepts you when you make mistakes. The whole time she was saying this I was laughing inside cause I knew those weren’t mistakes she was making, they were contractions she was having.
After church Mandy still wasn’t convinced she was in labor so we went to Taco Bell with Jamie and Amber. Mandy didn’t look to well, but she made it through dinner without letting on to anybody that she was having any problems. We then went home where Mandy did some laundry, packed her bags, and took a short nap. After two phone calls to the hospital and her contractions (still only in her back) getting within two and a half minutes a apart we decided to go to the hospital. The picture on this post was taken just before we left for the hospital.
It was sometime last October when we first found out that we were expecting Lucy. At the time we didn’t know if we would be having a boy or a girl. In my misguided way of thinking back then I was actually hoping for a boy and if we had one I wanted to name him Hobbes, but no one else really liked that name.
Soon enough we found out we were having a girl and we were really excited because we knew we were going to name her after Mandy’s grandma, Lucy Marcum. You should have seen the look on her face when we told her that was what we were going to do. Oh, I happen to have a picture of that moment, here it is:
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
I love when he plays with me and talks to me. I love when he kisses me over and over-except when he doesn't shave. I love when he reads me stories. He takes such good care of me. I'm having so much fun with him I don't even want to nap some days. I've even heard Mommy say how wonderful he is at helping around the house and getting dinner ready. And when Mommy comes home she doesn't have to do anything except love on me. I hope all you other babies are as lucky as I am.
Sunday, August 28, 2005
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Wednesday, August 24, 2005
He took me on a walk in this carrier thing that is like a bookbag, but you put it on your frontside. He took me during my wake time, but I promptly fell asleep. Then the sun started shinning on my head, so dad had to stop at the Rowlands to get a blanket to shade me from the sun. I like the Rowlands!
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Then a few hours later we went and met my physical therapist and my early intervinsion specialitst (I'm not exactly sure the difference between the two). I will see each one of them once a month for the time being. I liked them a lot and so did my parents.
Tomorrow I go to get my two month shots. No one around my house is very happy about it either.
Friday, August 12, 2005
That was all I was going to write today, but dad said I had to put something on here about how good God has been so good to us. He's says as he looks back over the last two months all we can see is God's grace. (Dad's eyes are watering up right now.) He also says he sees God's fingerprints all over me.
Can I tell you why I love my mom? Well, she's just the best. She knows how to get me to sleep, to eat, and to stop crying. She reads me books, sings to me and prays for me all the time. When she comes into the room my face just lights up! I could not have a better mom.
Monday, August 01, 2005
In regards to the post a few back about Lucy rolling over we thought we had to add a little bit to it. Our doctor told us that for us to figure out when Lucy should be going through the developmental stages we should take the normal time period they have for a kid without downs and double it. So if a they say a kid without downs should be able to walk between a year to a year and a half of age we should expect Lucy to be able to walk between two and three years of age.
Well Lucy rolled over today at 7 weeks of age and she actually did it yesterday too, but she was on a slightly slanted surface so we didn’t count that. She even tried to role over a few more times today and almost pulled it off. In the book “What to Expect the First Year” it says babies may start rolling over at two months (Lucy’s not there for another week and a half) and they should be doing it by five months. So a kid with downs should be able to role over, according to our doctor, sometime between four and ten months.
We know this doesn’t tell us exactly how the rest of Lucy’s development will go or how smart she will be when she gets older, but it’s so much fun to watch her do at least one thing ahead of schedule and to have that schedule be a “normal” kids schedule she is ahead of.
With all the tears of sadness we cried the first couple weeks of Lucy’s life it’s really nice to be crying some tears of joy and pride. God’s been real good to us. He has done many miracles in Lucy’s life and in her parent’s hearts already. Keep praying and thank you for all the prayers!
Kevin, Mandy, and Lucy