This sweet baby boy is Jacob. (His mommy’s sister was a good friend of mine in high school!) Jacob is having surgery to fix his heart early Monday morning. Please pray for him, his family, and his doctors. His surgery will be very similar to Matthew’s, and will even take place at the same medical center!
Like most of us, Jacob’s parents started their journey with him feeling pretty alone. His mom, Susan, told me she was surprised to learn just how small the Down syndrome community is. Here in Eastern Washington, there just isn’t much. If it weren’t for you, my readers and on-line support group, I don’t know what I’d do!
Susan has also started a blog, The Ups and Downs of the Allred Family. They have already discovered that their lives have been forever changed, for the good. In her last post, Susan writes:
“…What is it about this little child that draws me to him? How can it be that after only a few short weeks I cannot imagine (or remember) my life without him? This one little soul, who has not spoken one word to me, hasn’t taken a single step, or even kissed my cheek had managed to utterly complete me…”
Please stop by their blog to check on baby Jacob. Offer your support and encouragement. Pray for them, and let them know that they are in your prayers. I know that their whole family appreciates it.
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Quick update on our family:
It has been quite a week. All 3 boys are sick with a nasty cold, and as usual, Matthew was hit the hardest. Last night, we were close to taking him in to the hospital because his fever was high in spite of Tylenol and Ibuprofen, his breathing was labored, and he just looked about as miserable as can be. Aaron patiently held him in the recliner most of the night, and as he relaxed and slept, his breathing was more comfortable. He was a little better today – taking fluids, eating a little, and even treating us to some smiles. We’re hoping and praying for a restful night for all of us. Thanks to good neighbors and my wonderful parents for helping to take care of us.
On top of it all, Wednesday morning held an emergency-room adventure for Micah and I. “Superman” here was twirling in the living room when he fell into an end-table. His bottom teeth sliced all the way through his lip. Thankfully, no stitches were required – the doctors were able to use “super-glue” to patch up our little superhero.