Comfort and Joy

I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will
give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.
Jeremiah 31:13

Saturday, May 4, 2013


This has been one of the most tiring weeks of my life...what am I saying...most tiring 2 months of my life.  The first 2 months of Maggie's life were a breeze compared to lately.  Between 2 hospital stays, her being sick 2 times between that, David out of town, and the boys just being energetic 2 and 4 year olds...I am plum worn out.  This most recent recovery from her last hospital stay has been difficult.  She definitely didn't bounce back like I hoped she would.  David had to go to Canada for a work conference so I was left by myself for 6 days.  Both my mom and David's mom were sick so my reinforcements were also not available.  By the third day I must have had SOS written across my face because sweet friends started texting and calling asking what they could do to help.  2 different friends took the boys for a morning so I could sleep and another friend just came over to help me one afternoon with the kids and tasks around the house.  I knew I was utterly exhausted when I hired a babysitter just so I could sleep for 2 hours straight.  I am hoping we are finally on the road to recovery.  On Wednesday the Pediatrician gave her two shots, one antibiotic because her ear infection had not improved after 8 days of another antibiotic and also a steroid shot because her wheezing was not getting any better.  We are back on 10 days of antibiotic for the ear and 5 days of steroids for the lungs.  I can see improvement but it seems the steroids are messing with her sleep because we have had very little.  The first night David was gone there was no sleep from 2-5:30, the second I didn't get her to sleep till 2 am and she only slept till 6, the third night I got her down around 11:30 with her waking me at 2 and Austin waking me at 3:30, the fourth night she went down great but was up for 2.5 hours in the middle of the night.  Praying we have one good night of sleep.  It would make all the difference in the world.  Thankfully she is cute and happy or she might be in more trouble.  So here is a picture dump of life lately.

Swinging after dinner.  Right after this picture was taken Miller let go of the swing and went flying..literally flying through the air.  Thankfully he was fine.  I was laughing so hard that I couldn't help him.  Not my best mom moment but man it was funnny.
Nothing better than swinging after dinner.  *right after that picture miller went flying off the swing. #millersmanyfaces
We have been taking strolls/scooter rides whenever its pretty.  Keeps me sane.  Love seeing these little toes peeking out at me.
My views this afternoon. Thankful for the sunshine, little boys on scooters, and little feet peeking out of a stroller.
My sick pumpkin.  It truly breaks my heart to see her this way.
Sick baby + no sleep last night + needy 2 year old + energetic 4 year old + daddy out of town for 6 days = exhausted mommy. Motherhood is not always sunshine and rainbows like we often portray it is, motherhood is H.A.R.D.  #justbeingreal
Austin's class had "Muffins for Moms" at school on Thursday.  It was precious!  I am going to do a post just dedicated to it but I had to share this picture of my biggest love and I.
Me and my special guy at "Muffins for Moms" at CMDS. #we❤cmds
Miller wanted a beard like daddy.  =)
Sweet friends took the boys one morning so I could sleep for a little while.  They know the way to my boys hearts...donuts.
Afterwards they went up to the church and played preacher/teacher.
Austin and Miller performed in the Children's Choir at our church.  Miller was actually too young to be in the choir but Austin refused to do choir without his brother so their sweet teacher let Miller be a part of it.  Miller was actually one of the best ones up there.  He did every move and sang his little heart out.  It was precious!  They are the two dressed in red.
My littlest loves.  Miller asks almost daily if he can hold "my Maggie".  He adores her.
My littlest loves. #hispjsarebackwards #hecantgetoutthatway
A sweet moment captured.
I think she's worried they are about to go all crazy on her like they usually do.
Happy weekend!


Molly Witherington said...

Bless you. You have been dealt a tough card, Brittany. I am dog-tired and we haven't even been sick this winter (besides Kate and Hunter). I mean, this is tough stuff and you throw a very sick baby on top of it and it is more exhausting and stressful/worrisome on top of that!
Love to you all and praying that her sick days are behind her and that everyone SLEEPS!!!

Ashley said...

Brit- this makes me tired just reading it! Oh my goodness. Hoping lots of rest is in your future!! The picture of the boys with Maggie are precious. Especially that one with miller and Maggie. Such sweetness!!

Emilee Odette Garrett said...

Sweet friend! I am so sorry these past months have been so stressful and exhausting. Wish I had been healthy last week - we could have helped out too! I didn't have nearly the struggles you have had, but something about that 3rd baby really kicked my butt. Praying easy, smooth days are ahead! I am thankful that you have had some sweet moments to cherish between all the yuck.

Emilee Odette Garrett said...

I know I don't have to say this, but Miller makes me laugh. That kid...

EBW said...

SO sorry for such a rough time!! I started a text to you to see about getting the boys, but with a surprise party we threw this weekend then prep for a trip tomorrow, I knew it wasn't realistic. :( Hopefully everyone is on the up and up and you're finally getting some much needed rest. Much love! Hopefully there won't be a next time, but if so, I'd love to help!