Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Back in business

It seems like I dropped a bomb and then fell off the face of the earth. At least I managed to squeeze in the quick post for Blake's birthday to that let you know I am still around! I have a good excuse.

The timing of things is quite ironic. I am put on bedrest. Friends graciously install a wireless router and loan me their laptop. Then, like clockwork, our internet service basically stops. We have been able to log on for 10 minutes here and there for the past 2 weeks. Of all times, when I have NOTHING to do, our internet goes out. To make matters worse, we have Vonage. So, when the internet is out, our home phone doesn't work. LONG story short, (I actually had most of it typed out and then decided you probably didn't care to read it!) our internet is up and running. I feel like a new person now that I am connected to the world, once again.

Seeing how my days are spent lying around on one of two couches or the bed, there is little excitement to share. Despite the circumstances, the past two weeks have flown by! We have had so many people stop by to hang out and keep me company during the day. They have come with meals, books, movies, magazines, a knitting kit and cleaning supplies. I already mentioned the router and laptop! We have been overwhelmed with offer after offer to help us in anyway. Needless to say, we owe lots and lots of "thank yous" to lots and lots of folks. So here is the first of many you will hear, "THANK YOU!"

As for the latest news. Our appointment with Dr. B went really well this Tuesday. My measurements were even better than last Wednesday. While I still have contractions daily, they in no way compare to those I was experiencing 2 weeks ago. Things have really calmed down. Was it the antibiotics, bedrest or both that did the trick? Who really knows! But we will take the end result. They were also able to do an anatomy scan this week. Our little guy is right on track. We now have 2 VHS videos (humm...we don't have a VCR), 1 DVD and 44 pictures of him from June 4th through September 2nd! Maybe I could share a few soon! Dr. B continues to recommend limited activity. Therefore, I will gladly stay put in an attempt to keep this little guy safe inside my belly!

I have been able to relax a little more since things have improved. I am just trying to take life one day at a time. It is hard to think too far into the future as we approach the window when things went terribly wrong with both girls. 20 weeks 5 days and 24 weeks 2 days are just around the corner and anticipating those milestones can be scary. So, I try not to even go there. I am grateful for each and every second I am given with this baby. I am cherishing his kicks and punches, letting Blake feel them as often as possible.

Thank you for your prayers. I really believe they are keeping our spirits lifted and giving us strength daily. Please keep them going. Our goal is 17 more weeks so we will need them!

11 comments:

Rachel said...

YAY cervix! Can't wait to see pics of little Mr. Blondie! I am praying you are bored for many many weeks.

Karina said...

Blake and Danielle, We go to Otter Creek, but I have never met you. I just want you to know that another stranger is keeping you in her daily prayers. May God bring strength, hope, and peace to your life, through your relationship with Him and through the wonderful friends you have. Hope to meet you, and your little boy, soon.

Karina Walters

Anonymous said...

Yeah!!! I am so glad to hear that you are doing well. How far along are you now? We will keep praying!!! We love you and Blaaaake, as Bruno likes to call him :)!

Sybil

Kristen said...

Another Otter Creek stranger is praying as well. I will keep the next several weeks in mind and be praying for new milestones for you and Baby Boy Malone. Blessings. Kristen Brown

bettie and joe said...

danielle and blake... just recently heard the news that you have a little boy growing inside you and that's where we are praying he will stay...for many, many weeks to come! just talked to caroline tonight and she says you are doing well and she knows the prayers are keeping you strong. don't blame you for just running in for a loaf of bread...if i were you i would take these next 22 weeks and rest up for the next 22 years will be very eventful!! on jon and kate plus 8...do you watch on discovery??? she was on bedrest with their sextuplets from the 7th week!!!!!!!!!! so see....you are already way beyond that!! when reading your earlier blogs where your faith was weak and wonderings many....just remember,nothing surprises God...He knows our heart and He knows every thought, doubt, question and is BIG enough to handle them all. THat's only one of the things i love about our Lord...He is acquainted with all our "stuff" ....He loves us in spite of ourselves !! c.s lewis wrote...relying on God has to begin all over agian everyday as if nothing had ever been done. like the manna God provided to those wandering souls in the desert...just enough for today...it's all we really need and reminds us to be in His presence in such a natural, easy way that He's just always there...like breathing! Just abide! He will do the rest! Moody on 91.7 FM is a great radio station....great teaching, music, info on family life, etc. ..Heather can't pick it up in her house in east nashville...but try...i turn it on when i get up and it doesn't go off till late afternoon. you might enjoy it! please know we have had you both on our hearts in a way i can't quite understand, possibly because i know how heartbroken our family would be had we gone through such trials and loss...ever since Findley and then Caroline...and now with this little fellow...it's gotten to be a habit...praying for the malones and one we intend not to break. God loves you all and we do to! bettie and joe...you know, the gobbles.

Kristen said...

Hey! I have a VCR you guys can borrow. I used it for our ultrasound VHS collection also. I will run it over to you tomorrow. I always check to see if your front door is open before intruding over, just in case you are sleeping on your Vera Wang...which by the way we have matching! So glad to hear things are going well!

Anonymous said...

i claim a movie/junk food day soon. maybe the end of the week. adam had fun with blake yesterday. lots of prayers are being lifted everyday for you and the baby...love you- jac

stance. said...

It is so encouraging to read your newest posts because you sound hopeful and optimistic, and that is another miracle I think! We are DEFINITELY still praying for you, Blake and Baby. I'm also trying to collect a couple movies and a book or two to bring over next time that might keep you entertained (wait up, aren't you the movie sleeper?) for a while at least. Let me know if I can do anything for you!

Carla and Daryl said...

i am so glad to read that things are going so well but will continue to keep you guys in prayer. it really is good to hear that you feel less stressed.

Rachel said...

"Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God's will. Then you will receive all that He has promised" Hebrews 10:36

Anonymous said...

Hey Blake and Danielle, I am also glad to hear about the progress. I know your heart's desire and your submission to God and your physicians to do everything you can do for the life of your child. I believe God is blessing you and I will pray for him to continue to bless you and your son. I pray that he annoints you with his healing spirit and that your body will do what God created it to do in growing this precious baby boy. God is mighty and powerful. He loves you and your son more than any of us can understand and I believe he will listen to our pleas. Keep posting. Love you, Jennifer H.