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Monday, 05 April 2010 09:22

Beth well, but lack of sleep!


All has been going as well as can be expected, even better in some ways.  Beth has had another run now of NO seizures since about a week before Timothy was born, which is just the Lord's goodness to us - one less thing to have to worry about and it makes it easier on mum looking after Beth for us while we were in the hospital.


Timothy is putting on weight - fast! - which means eating all the time - which means waking up every 3-4 hours during the night, which is leading to a lack of sleep for us all!  The good news is that although Timothy does cry when hungry, he's pretty calm otherwise - we prayed for a calm baby that would be able to get alng with Beth and not ause us too much trouble, hopefully he will continue to be like this.  When he does cry he does have a good set of lungs, but the good news is that Beth seems to be able to sleep through it, so far - the real test will come when they are sleeping in the same room together in a few months.


Beth has also gained a good amount of weight - upto 14.3Kg now.  We will have to start discussing lifts and things with DADHC as she is getting rather a heavy one to lift.  Thanks to the lack of seizures Beth has improved again somewhat and is back to her 'old' self rolling and this time talking a lot more.  We've even had some laughs lately which has been great.  She loves her new little brother, although I think she's stil coming to grips with this noisy little addition!


We have already noticed some differences between Tim and Beth in terms of the way he is gripping our finger and just other little things that we didn't really pick up on with Beth being our first.  It has caused us to revisit some of those thoughts "what would Beth have been like if..." which we had managed to keep away for a while.  It is going to be a whole different experience now with Tim for us to learn and get used to.  Hopefully we will get settled into a more stable routine soon and get some more sleep.


Thanks to all those that gave us gifts for Tim - the little man now has more clothes than he can handle!  At the rate he's growing he might not get to wear them all!  We appreciate your continued prayers.


We have been able to organise some respite to assist Jo over the coming period just while she fully recovers and settles in - looking after two is a challenge - some of our friends agree that going from one to two is a big step - even bigger than 2-3 or 3-4!  Though Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres we have been able to access three weeks of assistance for 3 hours per day (mon-fri).  A volunteer from Interchange will come to assist in looking after Beth just to give Jo some time here and there.  We are also applying for some in home child care services, which may provide some additional assistance for a few more weeks, through http://www.nswchildcare.com.au/bwWebsite/.


Hope to get back to regular weekly updates from now!  Thanks for your patience!