Friday, May 29, 2009

We are home!!!

Micah was discharged from the hospital this evening. His pneumonia is starting to clear up and we just need to finish up with some oral medication for a little over a week. His fluid intake is still down of what the doctors wanted to see, but we did not want them to hook him back up to an IV for the night hoping he will drink more for them the next day. They are optimistic though that once he was in the comfort of his own home and the effects of the IV wore off that he will resume his normal fluid intake and stay hydrated. It will help that he does not have a high temperature anymore.

Thank-you for your prayers and if you could please just continue over the next couple of weeks until his pneumonia is completely gone, I would appreciate it.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Our first hospital visit

Micah has been admitted into Devos Children's Hospital. His temperature ended up spiking really high this afternoon and he was not taking in hardly any fluids during the day. They took some more x-rays of his lungs and his pneumonia has gotten worse. The doctors described it as his first ones as being like walking pneumonia and now he has full blown pneumonia.

Hopefully we are not here very long, but prayers would be appreciated.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

One Sick Little Boy

Sunday morning we woke up to go to church and Micah was coughing most of the night. TJ and I decided that I would just go to church (since I had nursery duty) and TJ would stay home with the boys. We were thinking that Micah was just starting to come down with allergies since when my allergies are bad, I cough really bad in the mornings.

After church, we packed up the car and headed to my parents place on the lake. He was a little crabby when we got up there, but thought that was because it was his nap time. We laid him down and let him nap. He woke up really crabby and not himself. Was always cuddling with us, and just did not want to do anything. That night at supper time, my mom said that he was just feeling warm. We decided to go home and my parents neighbors gave us some Motrin to help with the fever.

When we got home, we took his temperature and it was 103 under the arm!!! We called the doctor right away, but they assured us that he was just fighting something viral and to call us back if it reaches over 104. We woke up every couple of hours and took his temperature, giving him more Tylenol as needed. All day Monday he just laid on the couch and watched his movies. (I did feel like a bad mom having him in front of the TV all day, but he was sick so I let him)

Monday night his temperature still ranged int he same area 101 with Tylenol and went up to 103 when it wore off. We decided to take him into the urgent care room since it just did not feel right to us and with the persuasion of our parents.

Come to find out he has bronchitis and the starting stages of pneumonia. Poor little guy. This morning my dad came over to watch the boys so I could get his prescription filled and got him some new movies. Hopefully he gets better soon.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

I'm sorry

I am sorry. I promised you that I would continue filling you in about our trip. I still promise to do that, but its going to take longer than I originally thought.

Since being home, we have been busy adjusting to being a family of 4. That is doing very well. Micah is our big helper. He lets me know when Ephraim is up from his nap and even wants to help feed him. That needs a lot of supervision as he just likes to shovel it in as fast as he can.

I addition to adjusting being home, we have been spending a lot of time at doctor offices. Our poor little Ephraim has an ear infection and a sinus infection. We are on our second medication trying to fight the ear infection. We also have other problems that we are still working on figuring out. We also have had an appointment with Early On. We will be starting some therapies with him to help him get caught up with other kids in his age group. One of the things we need to work on is getting him to feed himself and eat solids. This has been a struggle for us as he just does not put things into his mouth. Very unusual for a baby. I have been giving him graham crackers and leading them to his mouth to show him how to eat them. We have not had any luck on it until TODAY. He ate his first graham cracker without me guiding his hand to his mouth. I just had to take a picture of this moment

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Our trip- day 1 -3

Now that I am home and starting to settle in, I will start posting about our trip some more. I am sorry to everybody that our pictures we did try to post while in Ethiopia did not come through. I'm breaking it up into days since it will be a long post if I did everything in one. It was an amazing trip.

We started out at Grand Rapids airport and met up with another family that also lives in the Grand Rapids area. We found out that we actually live about 10 minutes from each other, so that was a lot of fun. We flew first to Chicago and then to Washington DC. In Washington DC we met another family that lives in the Detroit area. From Washington DC, we flew to Ethiopia. Our flight was late taking off by 2 hours. They say that is how long it took to get everybody on the plane, but I thought that was kind of weird. We landed in Rome for a quick fuel stop and cleanup of the plane and then we were off. We finally landed in Ethiopia around 9 their time. Went through customs and immigration to get our visa's and met up with our contact.
We rounded the corner at the airport and there was hundreds of people crowded in the lobby waiting for their loved ones to come home. It was an amazing sight and wish I had a camera ready to take a picture of it. We got everything packed up in the van (it took 2 van loads to get everybody to the hotel) and off we went. We got to the hotel around midnight their time.

After we checked in and got everything up to our room, our contact took us to pizza. I thought the pizza was very good, but you did not know what you were ordering. We thought we were ordering pepperoni and cheese and it came out with green peppers and olives.
The next morning was interesting. I was woken up by a goat. No, there was not a goat in my room licking my face, but it was making the neighing sound from the neighbors. I later found out that it would be Easter dinner.


That evening we went to an authentic Ethiopian restaurant. We got to experience their food and some dancing. It was a lot of fun seeing the sounds and tasting the food. I enjoy their food, but TJ would rather eat it with a fork then with the injara. It does have a bitter taste, but their food is spicy enough that it covers it right on up (in my opinion)


Driving around town is something you cannot describe. There is such a variety of housing and wealth that it amazes me that people can live that way. You would have a rich mans house right next to the slums. I would just stare out the windows in amazement whenever we drove around town.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Happy 1st Birthday!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY EPHRAIM!!!!!!

Friday, May 1, 2009

week 1

We have been home for almost a week now. It has been an adjustment becoming a family of 4, but it is slowly coming a norm for us. Ephraim is becoming stronger every day. When we met him for the first time a little over a week ago, he could barely hold up his head and struggled to roll over. He now rolls over with ease and can hold up his head very well. He was 17 lbs 2 oz at his doctor appointment on Wednesday. He is not even on the charts for his weight, but we are very eager to see how quickly he catches up to other kids his age.
Micah is doing well with his new role as "big brother." He helps out by giving him some toys to play with and giving them back when he throws them off his excersaucer. He is growing big also. He was 26 lbs at his doctor appointment on Wednesday.