Saturday, August 8, 2009

A Great Week...

This week was GREAT for Jacob. Everyday we witness a new skill that he has mastered and we're so thankful. Jacob is bringing his hands together to grab his Frog Paci, or hold a toy. He has begun using the "raking" grasp to grab items (even small ones like Cheerios) that are in front of him. He is reaching out for toys and bringing more to his mouth. We even witnessed him trying to put the paci back in his mouth. What a sight! He is so close to sitting on his own, and we have seen him get up onto his side all on his own, this means he's close to rolling over. He still needs some leg and upper arm strength in order to "fully" do these things, but he's working on that! YAY Jacob!

Many of you have asked, and YES, we are getting out of the house! We are pretty busy during the week. We have been attending church on Sundays for the past few weeks, and that has been great! Also, Jacob has various therapy sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and sometimes other doctors appointments on either Tuesdays or Fridays. We get visited every other week by a nurse from the program Nurses for Newborns. She weighs and measures Jacob, then listens to his heart and lungs and checks on his developmental progress. I have been taking him on a morning walk (about an hour) every day with a neighbor and her son. Occasionally, we are able to get out for dinner or run errands. Jacob handles all of this SO well.

This week we were visited by Jeff's Aunt Vonnie from Little Rock, Arkansas. She had a great time holding Jacob and watching him play with his toys. Here's a few pictures of them together.

I was able to catch these photos of Jacob and Jackson this week. In the first picture, I am not sure what they both are looking at...but apparently, it was interesting enough to keep their attention for a while. I was making all kinds of sounds and noises to get their attention for a picture. Finally it worked, thus the second picture in this group...

This picture just shows how Jacob is using both of his hands to grab a toy.

There are a couple of CDH babies that have been fighting hard for their lives, or about to be fighting. Please keep them and their families in your prayers this week. Please pray for Baby Jackson, who lost his battle with CDH. Pray for peace to surround his family. Also, Baby Max and Baby Ireland will be born some time next week, and will begin their CDH journey. Thanks so much.
Thanks for checking in with us. Have a blessed week!


  1. Hi Jacob Gramma Jo here: You look so much like your mommy to me. Wowee you are doing some amazing things these days. Keep up the good work and before you know it papa bear and I will be there to see you ! can't wait!!! love and hugs and kisses. XOXOXO

  2. Thank you for your thoughts left on my blog. It sounds like Jacob is your little miracle, and he has a wonderful and loving family. Hope he continues to do so great!

  3. The picture of Jacob and Jackson looking at something is hilarious! Boy are you two going to be in trouble when he's big enough to get himself and your dog into trouble! What fun!!! (I have 2 boys and 1 girl, all 3 are fun but boys definitely have a way of keeping things interesting!) Thanks for always sharing. We love seeing you at church even if it is from afar. I always am overwhelmed with joy to see you all there with Jacob! God is good!!! What a blessing!

  4. Dear Julie and Jeff,
    It truly is always so amazing to see you three at church each Sunday! Still sending prayers baby Jacob's way!
    Jimmy and Darci

  5. Julie and Jeff,

    I love that you keep everyone updated about your little bundle of joy & I love the pictures.

    The pictures of Jacob & Jackson remind me of the ones I took when Ethan was Jacob's age with Lucky.
    Keep the pictures & updates coming!

    Ryan & Family