Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Our Christmas actually began on Monday the 21st by exchanging gifts with my birth mother and her husband, David. Although I have only known Carolyn since 1999, our bond is one of 29 years! She has always made me feel so welcomed into her life and into her family. This year she and David gave us numerous gifts, but the best and most anticipated gift of all is a Disney Cruise to the Bahamian Islands...in October 2009! I am not sure if Sid and I are more excited or if the kids are! Thanks a bunch Carolyn and David!
Carolyn and Lainey
Christmas eve we went to the 9:00 pm service to accommodate Sid's work schedule, and it was wonderful. Mom, dad, Dayna, Brad, and Lilly Anne joined us for church. Lainey was very well behaved and sang nicely throughout the Christmas hymns! We thought going to church would make the boys extremely tired....not so much! They were up until 11:45!
The Snug Bug at the Christmas Eve church service.
Christmas morning Logan came into our room around 9:00. It was still as quiet as a mouse around our house! Everyone was worn out from our late night Christmas Eve! When it finally dawned on Logan that it was Christmas morning, the morning he had been counting down to for 364 days, he was down the stairs in a flash! He came back upstairs to report that Santa left a lot of presents, but he only saw gifts for Liam, Lainey, and dad. After convincing him to wake up his brother and going back downstairs to look for his name on the presents, he finally found "more than I asked for!"
Our tree after Santa visited!
Logan's organized stacks of presents. I wonder where he gets that from?
Logan with food for the kitchen set.
Logan has memorized many infomercials, but this is the one thing "we have to get!"
Gigi and Logan handing out presents.
Sid and Liam waiting for their presents.
Logan opening presents at Gigi and Papa's house.
The day after Christmas we got up early to begin our trip to South Georgia. First we went to my dad's parents house in Perry. Grandma D had tons of yummy food prepared as she always does. We opened gifts and lucked up with some money. It was great hanging out with Grandma D and Pop. Our visits are always so short.
Great Pop and Lainey hanging out.
The great grandchildren with Grandma D and Pop.
Lainey, Liam, Logan, and Lilly Anne
Grandma Lil with Dayna's baby, Lilly Anne.
As always, we missed Sid's dad Noel, whom Lainey carries his name as her middle name. He sent us a very nice monetary gift, but to have him here would be better than anything we could dream of! Maybe soon it will be in our schedule and budget to take a trip to Texas to visit Sid's relatives!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
With this news, Liz recommend adding another enzyme to the three she already takes before each meal! Now Lainey is taking 4 Ultrase enzymes before she eats a meal! Although this is on the high end for a child of her age and weight, we are hoping this does the trick! If this is not the solution, we will try another brand of enzyme! In case you are unsure of what the enzymes are designed to do, if they are working properly they should help take the place of natural pancreatic enzymes. They help breakdown food and assist in absorption of fat, vitamins, minerals, and other important things found in food. Since the mucus within Lainey's body is very thick as a result of Cystic Fibrosis, her pancreas is plugged. As a result of a plugged pancreas, Lainey's natural pancreatic enzymes are not able to be released into the stomach to aid in breaking down her food. Now we are working on finding out exactly how many enzymes she needs to correctly and effectively breakdown her food! What a chore this has proven to be! We have been working on this since she first ate when she was in the NICU at Egleston! I am pretty sure it will be something we will always have to work on....until there is a cure for Cystic Fibrosis! BLAH....but we will do ANYTHING it takes to make sure Lainey is healthy, happy, comfortable, and everything else she needs to fulfill her dreams!
Thank you for keeping us in your prayers! We are blessed to have so many people keeping us in their thoughts and prayers! Have a Merry Christmas! Look back tomorrow for pictures of the Smithson Family Christmas morning!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Logan waiting for "a long time" to see Santa!
Logan riding the horse.
Logan was too heavy for Santa's lap, Lainey would stare and cry (she isn't liking too many men right now), and Liam....Isn't he such a pleasant child?
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Night Night Buggy!
Lainey and "Yellow" ~ "Yellow" was a Christmas gift from the doctors, nurses, and staff at the CF Center.
Lainey and her new friend, "Yellow."
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
The Christmas Bug!
Lainey and Mommy checking out the tree!