Monday, March 27, 2017

Happy Today!

     Another week in the life of Buirlen Elder has flown by. He's getting bigger, the weather is getting warmer, and life is just good.
3 weeks old and cute as can be. 

The Lovely Keren Ruth made this awesome quilt for Buirlen.

      This past weekend, my brother Jordan got to come up for a visit. He is quite happy to be an uncle and I am always excited when he gets to visit. Nebraska is a long way away!

They became buds real quick.

Worn out from all the fun we were having. 

Saturday morning pancakes.

Cheeks made for kissing

Sporting a classy shirt from Uncle Jordan

 Sometimes you wear yourself out with crying. 

Buirlen and Brody finally got to hang out yesterday. 

Andrew and Luke checking out each others babies

A new week lies ahead. Happy Adventuring!

"When you love and laugh abundantly you live a beautiful life." ~Unknown

Monday, March 20, 2017

And So We Become A Family

      Buirlen is a little over 2 weeks old now. He likes snuggles, snacks, and car rides(He is certainly my kid) and is the sweetest little bundle. My mom told me that the 2 weeks after he was born would fly by in comparison to the 2 weeks leading up to his birth, and boy was she ever right. So much goodness packed in 17 days!

This makes me so happy. The man I love and our sweet baby, my heart is full.  God is so very good to me. 

      After our week long stay in the hospital, my Mom and sisters were able to come up and help out for a week. It was nice, they took care of the cooking, cleaning, and laundry. And my Mom helped out in the middle of the night and early morning when I just wanted to sleep and Buirlen didn't.

From Mamma to Ama. 

My Dad was able to come up at the end of the week to pick up my Mom and sisters. Dad loves all things tie dyed and so Buirlen got some pretty groovy clothes. 

I can't get over this outfit or the little dude wearing it!

Three generations. 

Three generations of Williams men.

My sweet Pumpkin Pie

I am so excited to get to be a stay at home mom with the Lovely Keren Ruth. Sunshiny afternoon adventures with our babies here we come. Ephraim thinks his cousin is pretty great!(Photo credits to Keren Ruth)

My friend Katy who was due the day after me finally had her baby, Brody,  almost 2 weeks after Buirlen was born. So maybe we didn't get birthday buddies like I was hoping, but I do believe that these 2 are going to be best buds. 

    And so here we are, it's the first day of Spring and life is so good! Happy Monday. 

"The family is God's greatest masterpiece." ~Unknown 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Buirlen Elder Williams

       Our sweet boy is already 10 days old. Buirlen Elder Williams arrived at 10:14 AM on March 3rd, right on his due date. He weighed 8 lbs 1 oz(Though he has now passed his birth weight) and is 22 1/2 inches long. He has a head of fluffy blond hair, a cute birthmark on his wrist, and long fingers and toes, He is perfect and has stolen our hearts. His arrival, however, did not go quite as we had planned.
      I started having contractions on Thursday night and we headed to the hospital in the early hours of Friday morning. I ended up having a c-section because after 4 hours of pushing, he wasn't making any progress. Unfortunately all of this lead to some pretty severe bruising on his poor little head. As his body worked to heal the bruise he started getting really jaundiced. All of this landed us a week long stay in the hospital.
    He was in the special care nursery for all of that except the last day. They put him under the bilirubin lights on Sunday and he stayed there till Friday morning. He was also on an IV to help get his blood sugar up, a O2 sat monitor, as well as a heart monitor. We were able to stay in our hospital room even after I was discharged, though we almost had to leave one day, due to a large amount of patients coming in, but thankfully we never had to. The nurses in the nursery would call us whenever he needed to be fed, so basically we spent the week bouncing back and forth between our room and the nursery.
     This was certainly a week of emotional ups and downs. There was never a time when sweet Buirlen had any critical needs, but it was hard at times non the less. We were very blessed to have some of the best nurses ever! They were incredibly kind, encouraging, and reassuring through everything that came our way. Thank you to all the nurses out there who bend over backwards to not only take care of your patients, but the families as well. You are awesome!
    And God is so very faithful, he gave us this sweet boy and He has been with us through all the ups and downs from the very beginning. Through this journey, I've been thinking about the verse             1 Samuel 1:27 "I prayed for this child,  and the LORD has granted me what I asked of Him."          There were days when I wondered if I would ever get to have a baby of my own. And yet, here I sit today with the most precious little boy I could have ever imagined. I am excited to see the adventures that lay ahead with this boy.

I have loved watching this guy fall in love with his baby.

Wearing a big bulky cast over his IV. We sure were glad when that finally came out. 

My heart!!!

For awhile they wanted us supplementing him because he wasn't gaining much weight due to the bilirubin lights. So we fed him with a syringe after I'd nurse. 

Looking a little loopy after dinner. 

Meeting Ama and Poppy Shearer

The Blue Light Special. 

So very snuggly!

Early Friday morning, one week after he was born, he was wire free and done with the lights and they brought him down to our room. That was pretty awesome. 

Sweet smiles

 And then we got to go home!

Uncle Jesse

Grandma Bonnie

3 generations of Williams

Adventures ahead...They're going to be good!

"A baby fills a place in your heart you never knew was empty." ~Unknown

"A new baby is like the beginning of all things...hope, a dream of possibilities."  ~Eda LaShan