Monday, July 7, 2008

Happy 6 Month Birthday Jackson!

I really can't believe Jackson is already 6 months old! Well, sometimes I can. It has been a LONG 6 months. But still, time is moving along and today I'm taking a moment to reflect.

Jackson, 2 days old. Our 6 pound 6 ounce sweetie:

One month old, finally home from the NICU:

2 months old, beginning the NAM procedure:

3 months old, NAM with nasal stints (we hated this):

4 months old, just out of surgery. What a trooper:

5 months old, recovering:

6 months old, our precious lil guy:

So here we are... the 6 month milestone.

Jackson, although it may not seem like it all the time, I love you. You are my lil companion, my "bubba luv", my son. I'm sorry if I get frustrated with you at times, whether it's because I have to put down that tube over and over again because you can't take a bottle, or that you get so wiggly you spill the entire bottle I just pumped for you, or you just won't go to sleep because you're a night owl like your Daddy. It's not your fault. None of this is your fault. I know the past 6 months haven't been easy for you. You have had to endure in the first months of life more than many have to face in a lifetime. And yet, you smile. You have a way of brightening up the worst of days, of making me laugh when I lose sight of what truly matters. Thank you, Jackson. I wouldn't change you for the world. I wouldn't want you to be any different than the endearingly sweet, smart little boy that you are. You make me a more broken, kind, patient, and compassionate person because of what we have to walk through together. I love you my baby son. You are perfect in my eyes.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

July Adventures

If you've wondered at the reason for the lack of blog posts recently, it is due to the fact that June has been a fairly boring month in the lives of the Whittingtons. Well, aside from Jackson's latest pattern of not wanting to sleep for 3 days, then catching up the next 2... I really have no idea why this is his new thing. He'll barely sleep for a few days in a row, then because he has exhausted himself, he takes the next couple days to catch up. Let's just say he slept two 10 hour nights following our last sleepless episode. Then he's back to not sleeping again.

We have, however, had the opportunity to house sit for some of our friends recently which has been nice. First for the Allshouses, now the Caldwells. We're leaving here today to pack up for the weekend. We'll be heading down to Seal Beach for the 4th and my cousin's wedding on the 5th. Then on the 10th, Jackson and I fly out to Austin to visit Daniel's family. Daniel will meet up with us following his work trip to Orlando on the 18th, and we'll fly home together on the 27th. Jackson has his craniofacial team appointment July 31st at CHLA. So it's looking like July will most likely be a more eventful month!

Just to give you a glimpse of the cuteness that's in store for us in Austin:

Hair Had a Party Dance from Sarah Combs on Vimeo.

Taylor Sitting Up from Sarah Combs on Vimeo.

Jackson can't wait to play with his cousins!