My intent was to keep the journal up as a type of on-line baby book, but that just didn't happen! The past nine and a half months have been hectic, crazy, wonderful, busy, tiring, and everything in between. I'm sure not many folks will read this since it's been so long. Joshua was born 5 weeks early. I went to the Dr. on June 14, 2007, for a blood pressure check, was sent to the hospital, kept overnight for "monitoring," given some really good drugs to sleep and at 7:00am they induced labor and broke my water. Joshua arrived at 5:40pm on June 15, 2007. He was in the hospital for a week, every time the Dr's thought there was an issue he overcame it, I was able to stay at the hospital with him. The night we thought he would get to come home, we were afraid I would be readmitted due to blood pressure issues (the entire stay at the hospital regarding care was not the best). They gave me medications and we got to come home with Joshua at 7:00 pm on June 21, 2008. I lost 7 pounds that night in fluid! Thankfully my parents were here and mom kept the baby the first night home so Chris and I could get some rest. For the first few weeks we had to wake JP up every 3 hours for him to eat. We HATED to wake him up. Then when it came to the point that we didn't he was still up because we had been getting him up. The first few months of his life all he did was cry, and cry and cry and cry some more and cry some more! Thank goodness he grew out of that and we put him on Hypoallergenic Formula, that made a big difference. After the crazy nurse practitioner put him on Preemie Formula he couldn't go back to normal, and it was horrible, once we got the formula issue straight things were much better.
It has been wonderful watching Joshua learn, and grow and become his own little person.
I went back to work the beginning of August. We have a great sitter, we absolutely love her and hopefully in August 08, a year after returning to work, I won't have to work anymore and I can stay home with JP.
He's a really good baby, happy, and playful. Everyone always talks about what a happy good baby he is and he really is.
So much has occurred in the past nine months I could not possibly write it all.
We are blessed and don't know what life was like before JP. We have often thought why didn't we take advantage of going to late movies and sleeping in, and we didn't realize how much freedom we actually had to do whatever we wanted really whenever we wanted. But I would not change it for ANYTHING in the world!