Monday, April 28, 2008

4/28 Babysitting for Lydia Schedule/More Help needed!

William is now on full feeds and being fed now every 4 hours.  This means my times I need help have changes slightly this week.  I've listed this weeks schedule below with where holes are.  We've been given a target of next Monday (5/5) for discharge provided his is showing good weight gain.  If he shows great weight gain then it may be a little sooner (Thurs or Friday).  I have several holes this week, and because of the change in times I wasn't sure I could fill them with people that previously said they were free to help.  So please let me know again if you can cover one of the holes, or a time when Rob is home so he can see William too.    

12:30-2:30 Miranda (her house? will call to confirm may be too short of notice)

4:30-6:30 **someone could fill this slot Tommy and Micah**

8:30pm-11:30pm  Rob or **someone could fill this slot too Micah Only**

Rob Off  ** any help these days Tommy and Micah will allow Rob to see William too  feeding times are 9am, 1pm and 5pm and 9pm**  
8:30pm-11:30pm Kara (her house? let me know if the change in time is ok if not that's fine too)

Rob Off  ** any help these days Tommy and Micah will allow Rob to see William too  feeding times are 9am, 1pm and 5pm and 9pm**

8:30pm-11:30pm Rob or **somone could fill this slot too Micah Only**

8:30-10:30am Rob
12:30-2:30           **Slot could be filled  Tommy and Micah**
4:30-6:30             **Slot could be filled Tommy and Micah**

8:30pm-11:30pm  **Slot needed filled  Micah Only**

12:30-2:30pm        Lori Shoe (Lori can you do either of these slots or both?)

4:30-6:30    ** Slot could be filled Tommy and Micah**

8:30pm-11:30pm  **Slot needing filled  Micah Only**

or                        **need one or more of these filled Both Tommy and Micah**

Any other times people could take Tommy to the park so I could nap would be much appreciated too!

Thanks so much to everyone who's helped or said they could so far.  I've had ALL needed times previously covered and it's been so helpful.
Lydia Conrad
Mommy to Tommy 2 yrs 3/2006 + William and Micah 3/2008
214-226-3206 cel

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Mother of a "Special" Child

When I was young, I'd often say,
I'd like to be a mom someday
While playing with my baby doll,
I thought that job's not hard at all

I'd have a baby, maybe two,
a girl in pink...a boy in blue
Well I grew up and sure enough,
I'm now a mom and gosh it's tough

The baby that was sent to me,
was born with disabilities
At first I'm frightened through and through,
there's much to learn to care for you

This wasn't in my plans at all,
when I was young and played with dolls
Your mind and body were so weak,
you might not ever walk or speak

So much special care required,
I'm often scared and often tired
As months and years go slowly by,
I smile a lot but sometimes cry

To watch you grow and not complain,
though you endure your share of pain
Oh, how I'd hold you and I'd pray,
that you'd be healed and whole someday

But I knew that was not to be,
not physically or mentally
And so I taught you best I could,
your progress wasn't very good

But then one day I realized,
as I gazed into your loving eyes
That I had learned so much from you,
determination...courage too

A love so unconditional,
it floods my soul and always will
I'm proud to say I gave you birth,
for you're an angel here on earth.

God Choose a mother for a "Special" child

Most women becaome mothers by accident, some by choice, a few by social pressure and a couple by habit.

This year nearly 100,000 women will become mothers of handicapped children. Did you ever wonder how mothers of handicapped children are chosen?

Somehow I visualize God hovering over earth selecting his instruments for propagation with great care and deliberation. As He observes, He instructs His angels to make notes in a giant ledger.

"Armstrong, Beth; son. Patron saint...give her Gerard. He's used to profanity."

"Forrest, Marjotie; daughter. Patron saint, Cecelia."

"Rutledge, Carrie; twins. Patron saint, Matthew."

Finally He passes a name to an angel and smiles, "Give her a handicapped child."

The angel is curious. "Why this one God? She's so happy."

"Exactly," smiles God, "Could I give a handicapped child to a mother who does not know laughter? That would be cruel."

"But she has patience?" asked the angel.

"I don't want her to have to much patience or she will drown in a sea of self-pity and despair. Once the shock and resentment wears off, she'll handle it."

"I watched her today. She has that feeling of self and independence that is so rare and so necessary in a mother. You see, the child I'm going to give her has his own world. She has to make her live in her world and that's not going to be easy."

"But, Lord, I don't think she even believes in you." God smiles, "No matter, I can fix that. This one is perfect - she has just enough selfishness." The angel gasps - "selfishness? is that a virtue?"

God nods. "If she can't separate herself from the child occasionally, she'll never survive. Yes, here is a woman whom I will bless with a child less perfect. She doesn't realize it yet, but she is to be envied. She will never take for granted a 'spoken word'. She will never consider a 'step' ordinary. When her child says 'Momma' for the first time, she will be present at a miracle, and will know it!"

"I will permit her to see clearly the things I see...ignorance, cruelty, prejudice....and allow her to rise above them. She will never be alone. I will be at her side every minute of every day of her life, because she is doing My work as surely as if she is here by My side".

And what about her Patron saint? asked the angel, his pen poised in mid-air.

God smiles, "A mirror will suffice."