Thursday, January 31, 2008

New Mercies

Bon jour, everyone! It's Erin and I'm finally writing my first blog entry... I'm so proud of myself! :o) So, I thought I'd start out with a cute video I filmed this morning with Lilee. It's been a real priviledge to get to see her personality form and emerge with every new day, especially when it involves big smiles and joyful giggles.

Yesterday, January 30th, we had a cardiologist appointment. It's been a month since her last one, so we were praying for a good report. After a brief check up with the doctor and an ultrasound of her heart, he said she sounded and looked good. Chris asked him if Lilee was "on par" with her weight, since we were set back a bit from being in the hospital. After Lilee's weigh in at over 11 lbs, his response was, "You don't have anything to worry about. She's made up for lost time". Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! We've laughed because she's "fattening up" and getting those cute little folds in her thighs. Cute on babies, not on mommies. :o)

So, that's the latest update. Thought you'd enjoy seeing our happy little girl in action here at home. We continue to appreciate your fervent prayers and love we've received through this whole ordeal! Hope you keep checking this blog, as I'll keep it updated with fun tidbits often.

Love to you all!

Erin, Chris and "the bean"

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Lilee turns 3 months!

Just last Saturday as Erin, the bean and I were trying out a new Mexican restaurant near our house, it dawned on me. Today (then), Lilee was 3 months old! Wow has this last month flown by. We have had such a fun time watching her grow and change each day. Sometimes it seems like she's grown even while I've been at school for the day. Part of me is jealous that mommy gets to spend so much time with her, watching her grow and change every step of the way... then reality hits me and I remember what she does all day with diapers, feedings, naps, tantrums, more diapers, laundry and on and on! Yep, I've got it pretty good and I'm thankful! We're each getting to do what we love to do but also still sharing in what the other person is doing. It's nice being able to share school stuff with Erin because working there for 3 years gives her the knowledge, perspective and background that she can still relate with what's going on there now.

I think that she will be taking over the blog soon since she is with Lilee 24/7 now and I'm at school. Mom has all the fun stories of "Lilee did this today" and "She's doing this now." We were thinking that she could post some entries now and keep you updated on our post-hospital life! Thanks to all of you who still check in every now and then to see how the bean is doing. We hope and pray that all is well with you and yours! Until next time,
Chris, Erin and the 1/4 year old baby Lilee! :o)

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Happy New Year!

Can it be almost 1/2 way through January already? Wow, the new year certainly is flying by quickly. Life has been busily getting back to normal... back to school... back to work... back home... back to life.

Lilee has had an appointment with her cardiologist for a follow up check up. All seems to be going very well with her recovery. We're supposed to see him again at the end of this month and if things are still looking as they should it may be 6 more months for her next appointment.

She's slowly catching up with her weight gain although she's still pretty tiny for an almost 3 month old. I don't mind, as long as she's healthy then I think her small is cute! :o) Erin is enjoying and adapting to her new life of being an at home mom. She does such a good job with the bean, it's fun to watch them together!

Lilee smiles up a storm and we got her first laugh out of her last Saturday. Although that was the only time so far we've heard her laugh, we've got the video camera poised and ready to catch her next one! :o)

Over the past month, since we've been back from the hospital, it's been amazing to talk with dozens of people who have been impacted by the blog and Lilee's story. She truly is a tiny witness to His power and faithfulness. She's practically famous at church and so many of my students at school ask about her all the time... her own little fan club. She can't help it, she's just so cute!

We hope and pray that your 2008 has been happy and healthy so far. Looking forward to catching up with all of you in the near future. If you've got a chance, drop Erin a line, she'd love the "e-company" while she's at home with the baby! Lots of love,
Chris, Erin & Lilee Bean! :o)