I think I need to begin this with an apology for my lack of communication. Days have slipped into weeks and weeks into months.
Abigail is three and a half months old!
Short story is that Melanie and I love being parents. We thought this was something that God was giving us with Susannah, but that wasn’t the case. Then, as Abigail struggled so much with reflux and colic for the first few months, we felt challenged, stretched, and discouraged. Recently, I heard a phrase in Pilgrim’s Progress (audio book), something like, “Before the sweet, the bitter, For to make the sweet, sweeter.” (Not a perfect quote. I’m going from memory.) This is what we are now experiencing, the sweet joys of parenthood.
Abigail has become quite vocal. She’s also more alert and frequently smiles easily. She’s just beginning to be able to tell the difference between her mom/dad and others. So far, she’s frequently content with either Mom or Dad, but I know that might change. Her reflux is much better, she’s not colicky anymore, and she sleeps through the night! Wow, what changes!
Melanie and I are enjoying this new phase in life and see it as a gift from God. I’m sitting downstairs typing this as I hear Melanie visiting with a friend upstairs, recounting our hospital story. It almost seems like two different lives, and yet God so faithfully led through the previous eighteen months. We rejoice in His goodness, a goodness that is just as true now as it was a year ago.