Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Deep Love of a Father


I have to admit, one of the awesome by-products of being a Mommy is getting to watch my husband be a Daddy.  This is my favorite picture of Peter and Stafford.  I'm sure I'll have new favorites as the months and years go by but the one just melts my heart.  I just look at it and think of how much I know we love this little guy.  It seems immeasurable!  The more I think of  the depth of my love for my Son the greater it makes the depth of my relationship with Christ grow.  I'm not saying you have to be a parent to experience this, but for me becoming a parent has raised my awareness of the magnitude of the Cross.  I don't even like to hear this little guy cry because I just want to make it better.  I can't imagine the way the Father felt at knowing his SON was suffering for the sins of the world.

This is one of my favorite praise songs right now.  It doesn't really seem like a praise song by the lyrics, they are kind of sad at first glance.  But when you think of the implications of Christ on the Cross it makes it a joyful song!  I am thankful today for a God whose wounds have paid my ransom!!

How deep the Father's love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Stafford's Birthday Story

Lots of people have asked me about Stafford's birthday and how everything went.  Here is a recap of that day and our hospital stay!

I woke up early on Saturday, August 7th and kind of thought my water might have broken over night.  I wasn't sure and I didn't want to be the person that went to the hospital and was sent home.  At the same time I didn't want to not go and find out later that I should have gone.  I called my good friend Amanda and asked her what she thought.  As we were talking I stood up and then I was sure!  I called Peter and told him that we needed to head to the hospital.  We both showered, had breakfast and then got on the road, thankful that it was a weekend and we weren't faced with traffic on 526.  I really didn't want to have my baby on the side of the road!!

We got to the hospital around 11 and I was admitted.  The nurse confirmed that what I experienced at home was indeed my water breaking and she set me up with an IV and we waited to see if my contractions would start.  At around 12:30 Dr. Williamson (love her!!) came in and let us know that we'd need to get me started on Petocin because my contractions weren't starting naturally.  I declined the epidural at that point because I didn't want to be tied to my bed.

That Petocin is quick stuff!!  Around 2:30 I started telling Peter I wanted the epidural.  By the time we let the nurse know and the epidural was finished I had experienced about 45 minutes of intense contractions.  I was very happy to have the medicine!!  At that point I was still only 4cm and the nurse said we could expect an average wait of an hour per cm so we thought I might start pushing around 11pm that night.

At 6:30 Peter was getting ready to leave the hospital and get dinner.  Before he left the nurse came in to check my progress.  As he and I are talking about him getting dinner she finishes checking me and then says, "I don't think you should be going anywhere.  You guys are getting ready to have a baby!"  We were shocked!  The nurses started getting all the baby stuff ready and at 7:45 the doctor came.  I started pushing around 7:45 and baby Stafford made his grand entrance at 8:30, exactly 12 hours from when my water broke that morning!

Stafford weighed 7lb10oz, was 20 inches long and had his beautiful blue eyes open as soon as they laid him on my chest.  Peter got the camera out and began snapping pictures of his bath, measurements and of course that full head of hair!!

We were fortunate to deliver in a wonderful hospital!  They took such good care of me and baby Stafford.  The food was good, the nurses were friendly and helpful and the rooms were beautiful and private!  We got a decent night's sleep on Saturday night and were up in time to welcome visitors after church on Sunday.  It was so nice to be supported by our "Charleston family" since we opted to give birth with none of our family in town.

On Monday we were discharged and brought our sweet boy home!  The last two weeks have been amazing and we are having so much fun taking care of him and watching him grow!  We know we have a lot to learn but are enjoying the process.  I am so thankful for an easy birth and recovery! 

We had our two week pediatrician appointment yesterday and Stafford weighed 8lb1oz and measured 21.5 inches long.  He is along skinny guy-hopefully he got Peter's build and athletic ability!!  Stafford is eating and sleeping well so far.  Last night he was fussy before bed but then slept from 12-5:30.  So far he seems to understand the difference between daytime and nightime sleep and we are praying this doesn't change!  I love to watch him fall asleep because he does those goofy "gas" smiles and they are so cute! 

I've already posted a number of pictures from his actual "birthday" but here are a few more and some from the last couple of weeks! Hope you enjoy little Stafford as much as we do!!


Minutes before we left for the hospital!!  My last "belly shot"

Happy happy parents!!

Clean baby!
Memaw wanted this shot!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Week One

It's been a little over a week since little Stafford arrived!  We opted to spend the first week home with him by ourselves.  We weren't sure what to expect so we thought we would give it a shot and spend some time together as a family of 3.  What a fun week we had!  So far Stafford has been a great baby and so much fun to take care of!  We are definitely tired but we just love our little guy so much!  We went to a couple of pediatrician appointments and so far he is gaining his weight back just like he should be.  Mostly we sit around all day and stare at him and hope he'll make cute faces for the camera.

At the end of the week Grandpa and Memaw Roxberry arrived and we gave him his first bath!!

Here are some highlights from the past week!



Tired after the ride home from the hospital
Daddy sharing his wisdom
Rare awake time!

First "getting peed on" experience
My first bath
Meeting Grandpa
Meeting Memaw!!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Sweet Stafford

I warned you this would turn into an "I'm obsessed with my baby" blog!!  Hopefully we'll get back to recipes and other fun stuff in the next couple of weeks.  In the meantime here are some snapshots of our first week home!!  We opted to try things on our own for a week and it has been so much fun.  We have both enjoyed getting to know our sweet son and Peter has taken great care of me.


Stafford napping
finally showing off those beautiful eyes

quizzical about Daddy's singing
"I have a question." (he does this all the time!!)
mmmm....breakfast!!

We are head over heels in love with this little guy!!

Monday, August 9, 2010

The Newest Chapter

Introducing....

Nathan "Stafford" Euler
August 7, 2010
8:30 p.m.
7lbs. 10 oz.
20 inches

Our gift from God!!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

3 Wonderful Years

Today Peter and I celebrate 3 wonderful years of wedded bliss.  I could get all mushy about him but I saved it for the card. :)  I am so thankful for our relationship and my wonderful husband!!  What a gift from God!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Flying High...

I've been waiting a LONG time for this post.  Sometimes it seems like I've been waiting forever.  In fact, the Euler household has become the patience capitol of the world.  Ok maybe not the world....but we've definitely been learning some patience over the past couple of years.

I could write a novel about what the past year has been like for us.  At times it has been good and other times frustrating.  But ultimately we want the focus to be on the outcome and how God was faithful through it all.....not on the scary, "what's going to happen to us" parts.

Timeline of Crohn's Events

September 2008-Peter returns home from deployment
December 2008-Laura starts to worry about Peter b/c he has lost a lot of weight
March 2009-Peter finishes IP school and goes on an overseas trip
May 2009-Peter is diagnosed with Crohn's disease

Crohn's Disease = No flying and potentially being "kicked out" of the Air Force

July 2009-Peter submits original waiver (we are told it will take 6-8 weeks)
November 2009-Peter finally receives original waiver, recommending a medical retirement from the AF
January 2010-Peter's petition to stay active in AF is approved
February 2010-Peter is given the order to stop taking his medicine in order to fly again-he must be steroid-free for 5 months before they will consider a flying waiver
February 2010-Peter starts the Maker's Diet
July 2010-Peter submits medical waiver
August 2010-Peter is finally cleared to fly

When I type it out like that it doesn't seem like that big of a deal.  And honestly as a family we can say we have truly been blessed by this disease.  I know that sounds a little crazy but you know us-we're a little crazy!  God has shown us so many things through this rough time!  And he has given us so many blessings!!

Some of the things we are thankful for because of Crohns:
  • awesome European vacation last year
  • getting pregnant
  • Peter being home and able to see his Grandma before she passed away
  • spending holidays with our family
  • spending time with one another
  • getting to have Baby E while we still live in Charleston
  • learning to trust God with everything
It's been a wild ride!  And of course the irony is that now he is able to fly it means he will start to go away again and will definitely miss out on some of the new changes that are soon to come.  But we are so thankful for this opportunity.  We want to be living in God's will and for now that means flying for Peter!!  We are incredibly thankful for our family and friends who have walked and prayed this journey with us.  We have an amazing support system and are so grateful for that.

I guess now that I've talked about how patient I am I can't say anything about how I can not WAIT until Baby E arrives.....but it's true!!!  We are looking forward to the next piece of exciting news we have to share!  Until then we are thanking the Lord for His leading in our lives!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Ups and Downs....

Newsflash...I'm very preganant.  Each week I keep saying "I haven't felt this pregnant until now" and I guess technically I am more and more pregnant each week rendering that statement true regardless of when it is uttered.  However, this week I am finally REALLY pregnant.

I'm stuck in this strange land of inevitable.  Right now it is inevitable that I am going to be pretty uncomfortable.  It is inevitable that this baby IS coming.  And after he gets here it is inevitable that life is going to change-fast!

Things I'll miss about being pregnant:

  • not feeling super guilty if I have ice cream after lunch...and dinner...and before bed...(just kidding I'm really not that bad, it's more of a couple times a week thing!)
  • those sweet little kicks (I can never get enough!!)
  • the "can I do anything for you?" mindset that everyone seems to have (I realize once the little guy arrives he gets ALL the attention!!)
  • sleeping through the night (IF you can count getting up to go to the bathroom 18 times "sleeping through the night")
Things I will NOT miss about being pregnant:

  • the wardrobe (don't get me wrong...I'm super thankful to be pregnant in the summer when I don't have to be dealing wtih shoes but I am recycling in and out of the same clothes at an alarming rate)
  • my swollen hands, face & ankles (seriously people, I tried to wear slip on sandals this morning and couldn't get them on....ridiculous!!!)
  • the psycho comments I received....and often (pregnant ladies do not want to hear that they are huge, look ready to pop, might have dropped, are going to have an enormous baby etc....if you didn't know this before learn it now!!)
  • advice about being pregnant & what I'll need to do after giving birth (although I know that will just change to "how to raise your baby advice" so I might as well take that one out)

All in all I feel like that isn't too much to miss either way.  I have had a very easy and comfortable pregnancy up until the last month or so when my ankles decided to take on a mind and shape of their own.  I am very thankful for the time to slow down, get the nursery ready, spend time with family and friends and mostly just appreciate the gift of a new life!  I can't wait to share this new little guy with you too!!

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