Monday, November 23, 2009

One month and one day old today! What a big day!

I have to say that today has been great! James was eating every two hours for the past four to five days and it was exhausting but today has been a turn around! At least for now!

I hope you all are doing well and have a happy Thanksgiving!

This months is a month for remembering for me. I keep thinking today is the 22nd and not the 23rd, so I'm off a little, but I wanted to post a hymn that reminds me of my sister, Sarah. Not a day goes by still where I don't think about her and her impact on so many people. Sarah is my sister who passed away eight years ago from failing lungs. Sarah had cystic fibrosis. She had had a double lung transplant at the age of 16 and lived 9 years with transplanted lungs. That, however, didn't define her at all. What defined Sarah was her faith in Jesus and her sweet spirit.

Sarah and I didn't share a bedroom growing up until she was off to college (ironic), but we may as well have shared one growing up because I always ended up in her bed late at night to play Rook, Spades, Hearts, or Gin (thank you, Grandmother Sarah). I know we talked the whole time and laughed at each other (probably more of her laughing at her clumsy, goofy sister). I miss her with all of my heart and look forward to seeing her again...

Great is Thy Faithfulness

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.


Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

4 weeks old and growing up big


This post took forever because our internet has such problems! I told you all I would post today so I am staying up a little later to put this up. I hope James sleeps good tonight :)

Things have been good this week. I have had wonderful friends bring us dinner and come by for visits. Multiple thanks to the girls in my bible study, Jim's residency friends, and my 728 girls! I wouldn't be well fed without you. Also, Amelia Strauss, you are an awesome photographer! I'm so thankful for your photography this past Wednesday! James will never remember how cold the cake platter was :)

On Monday, James had gained 9 ounces in a week! What a hungry little man! Sometimes it takes more than an hour to feed him (very tiring and trying, by the way).

Jim has his written board exam in the morning, so say a prayer for him! It starts at 8am and takes anywhere from 5 hrs to 8 hrs! Gooo Jim! Daddy Jim is so smart :0)

Well, enjoy these videos and photos!

Melissa, Jim, and James

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Week Three

We made it to three weeks! Sleeping is slowly getting better as far as adapting is going. I've really appreciated all of the support from all of you. I have a huge thank you to Charlene and Allie for their encouragement. James slept five hours last night! That is monumental!

Aunt Ellen comes in town for the weekend and we are very very excited! We all love our family love it when they come visit! When it comes to important things in life, family and faith are at the top!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Cute Pictures

I'm 9lb 6oz today! I also still live with my parents!!

What is it with my parents and cameras?

I peed all over this outfit by 6am after a bath.
I was all ready for meeting more family!

We love making faces!

Just thought this was so cute!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Cinco Galbraith

Aunt Lindsey, Jim, James, and Granddad Jim Galbraith

James Walter x 3

So sweet

We love Aunt Lindsey!

James got to meet his granddaddy Galbraith and Aunt Lindsey this weekend! It was a great weekend. We learned that James Walter is a fifth generation name which started with James Walter Wise (1868-1925) a Georgia Representative who lived in McDonough, GA which, interestingly, is in between Atlanta and Macon. Jim and I are going to see if we can't plan a trip to find his grave at some point.

James also experienced a big step in growing up yesterday! He lost the last of his umbilical cord and now has a handsome little belly button. We also think he is going through a growth spurt because he is eating lot! I am going to a class in the morning where I can weigh him so I'm excited about that. Well, duty calls!

Will post more later,


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Two weeks old and looking forward to meeting James Walter Galbraith, Sr. and Aunt Lindsey!!

Well, here we are at two weeks. I don't know exactly why, but there is a huge emphasis from the pediatrician and all of the books out there that I'm reading that you MUST feed every three hours until they are two weeks. I remember them saying this and thinking "okay, I expected that". About a day or two ago I started to think.. wait, no one told me what to do when two weeks is up! (not good for the emotional new mother..). So, I started to look into it and frantically call my mom friends to find out what happens at two weeks? Does he start feeding less? Am I suppose to wake him less? Thank you Kim and Claire for your words of wisdom and sanity reinforcement.

I decided that I need to read less books and rely on Jim and the pediatricians reassuring attitude that: 1. James is well nourished and happy and 2. you can actually let them go up to five hours at night without feeding if he will. Now I calm down and remember that I am NOT the first person to do this and a lot of it is instinct too. Okay.. calm now..

for now.. :)

I am just excited to be at two weeks because it's a milestone (at least in my mind). Dr. Dad went back to work last night and Grandma "B" (so we are going with now.. that name may change) leaves tomorrow morning. Saturday is the arrival of Grand-dad James Sr. and Aunt Lindsey. We are very excited. Baby James can't wait to meet them!

Til more postings,


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

James is 12 days old today!

Another update! I just wanted to post pictures. I'm still very new at this blog thing so these pictures look a little funny.

So far, Jim and I are doing well. I've been able to recover from the C-Section and I'm not in pain anymore. With being able to move around a little more, Jim and I got our bob stroller yesterday which was awesome to say the least! We went strolling around Homewood and I was able to get out of the house. I'm a little stir crazy but it's totally worth it :)

My mom is here and will be here until Friday. She has been such a help by doing laundry, helping with cooking, cleaning up behind me, and giving me a chance to rest when James is awake and I'm exhausted.

Things James is doing: sleeping, pooping, burping, eating, following with his eyes, cooing (very little), crying, and working on that head control.

Well, that's it for now. I'll keep updates coming!