Sunday, May 4, 2008

a sibling for Eli

I’m pregnant.

11 1/2 weeks. Totally unexpected, a complete surprise and shock. I am 43 years old, and this is my first pregnancy. I would not have believed it was possible. The only way to explain it is that it is part of God’s plan for our family. We had talked about a 2nd child, a sibling for Eli, but we thought we would be adopting again in a few years. Now we will have 2 children, both in diapers, before the end of the year!

It is a blessing from God, but for the last month, it has also been a challenge. I have had morning sickness (I don’t know why they call it that when it’s 24/7) and have just been exhausted. Our 3rd trip to Russia was very hard, because I felt so ill while we were there. Right now, all the energy I have goes to Eli, to taking care of him and being there for him. It was not how I had pictured our first weeks together as a family. My mom and sisters have been very supportive, and have helped me so much! I’m so grateful to have them close by.

The last 3 days, Eli has been happier. R and I talked about his attachment issues, and we agreed he needs as much love as we can give him, and that we also need to be as calm as possible. The screaming/crying meltdowns are reduced. Now he is whining instead, which is much better! He is communicating with us verbally. I am giving him even more affection, especially when he is upset, and he is accepting it. I have been giving him lots of kisses on the forehead and cheeks, and he seems to like that, as well as patting his back, holding him, and rocking him more. He has started holding his arms up for me to pick him up, so that is an improvement. He has smiled and laughed more, so I’m hoping he’s starting to feel more comfortable, both with us and here in his home. In the last few days, I’ve really felt that the bond between us is deepening.

We will really be focusing on his attachment for the rest of this year. We’re worried about his reaction to the new baby, and we definitely don’t want it to affect his bond with us.

He continues to eat well, and looks like he has gained a little weight. I made mashed potatoes for him yesterday, and he loved those! He also had a Yo Baby yogurt for the 1st time, and loved that as well. I’m so thankful that he is not a picky eater.

He is very active and is more comfortable crawling and exploring the house. R moved the baby gate in the kitchen, so now the dining room and living room are completely enclosed as one baby safe unit! He is still pulling up on all the furniture, and he’ll take a few steps while hanging on to the couch, but no real walking yet.

So far, everything seems to be ok. I go back to the doctor on the 12th. Please pray for us, for the strength and energy to give Eli everything that he needs right now, and for the health of this new baby.


Aaron & Dana Craven said...

What a blessing!! Congratulations on being pregnant! God always has a plan. It's just really funny how it is never what we expected. Also I'm so glad that Eli is showing good signs of attachment. Your family is in our prayers!!

Sally & Carlos said...

This really is one of those "well, I have a friend, and just after they adopted..." stories that will hearten so many and make all aware of God's greatness. So many heartfelt blessings for you both--like the paperwork, a year from now, the morning sickness will be a faint memory :-). Sally

Troy and Rachel said...

Congratulations!! How exciting your life has become!!

Beth said...

Congrats Ana! Hope you are feeling better soon.

Glad to hear Eli is doing well and the adjustment/bonding is deepening. I remember those metldown with our first is hard, but they do accept love and begin to trust quickly. Two and a half years later if I were to tell someone this kiddo had a difficult time adjusting they'd think I was crazy - he is so in love with Mommy and Daddy and his new brother :)
Thoughts and prayers for your family.

Heather & Jason said...

Congratulations and God bless you all!

Teresa & Kevin said...

Oh my Gosh!!! That is so amazing!!! That must have been so hard to have been in Russia with morning sickness with Eli.
It is so wonderful that Eli will have a sibling so soon. You are in our prayers. Be well...Teresa

Carol said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful suprise. You will do great. Take care of yourself and try to rest.

Joy said...

All I can say is WOW!! Congratulations. I think you will be pleasantly surprised how well he does with the new baby.

Becky and Keith said...

Congratulations!!! What an exciting year you"re having! Glad Eli is doing so well!

Adrienne and Jim said...

OH my goodness, congratulations!! What a beautiful blessing!!