Saturday, December 29, 2007

David's 18 month Birthday

Hard to believe that David is a year and a half! Jane took these pictures of David when we had our pregnancy pictures taken and I have been saving them to share with you on his special day. What can we say about our little monkey? He is very imaginative and really enjoys playing on his own. His favorite show is backyardigans and he lights up when he hears the theme song. He's talking lots and we even understand some of what he says. He loves story time and he likes to tell his share of stories too. All in all we think our little guy is pretty smart... and adorable too. We are so glad to be his parents. He is a joy, bringing us so much love every day. We love you David... Happy Birthday!


Thursday, December 27, 2007

30 Weeks

Christmas Day marked the beginning of our 30th week of pregnancy. Today we had a check up and everything is continuing to progress like normal. Noah's heart rate was normal as well as my blood pressure, weight gain and measurements. This means Noah should currently weigh about 3 lbs. The above picture is from www.babycenter.com just to give you an idea of the size of a 30 week baby... pretty big, huh? He is continuing to move lots but I can tell that he is running out of room. Comparing my pregnancy with David everything is very similar. Our next appointment is in 2 weeks and we have a bunch of specialist appointments in 3 weeks.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Noah's Dedication, Dec. 9th

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Dear Noah,

Today we thank God for the gift of your life. We are thankful that God chose us to be your parents and for the opportunity to have you as our precious son. As we think of the hard times we have come through this pregnancy, and the difficult times still to come we reflect on the truth found in Psalm 139.

Psalm 139:13-16 (NIV)

13 For you created my inmost being;

you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

your works are wonderful,

I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you

when I was made in the secret place.

When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

16 your eyes saw my unformed body.

All the days ordained for me

were written in your book

before one of them came to be.

Ecclesiastes 11:5 (NIV)

5 As you do not know the path of the wind,

or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb,

so you cannot understand the work of God,

the Maker of all things.

These words remind us that God is in control of your life and of all our lives. Though we do not know how long God plans for us to be together, we will cherish each day and hold you close in our hearts forever.

As we dedicate you to God we rededicate ourselves and your brother David. We ask that God will continue to give us strength as a family and wisdom to make the right decisions as we go through life.

Our prayer for you is that you would experience God’s love and the love we have for you. You are so very loved. We pray that God gives you peace and comfort and that we will be able to comfort you aswell. Amen

Saturday, December 22, 2007

David's New Favorite

I think we have found something David likes better than his bathes...

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Jonathan, David, Melissa & Noah

Leave us a comment and let us know which one is your favorite.








Here are some of our family pictures and couple pictures that Jane took. I hope that everyone enjoys them, I know that some of you have been almost as anxious to see them as we have. I have said it before but I will say it again... we are so happy to have these wonderful pictures to cherish as memories in the future. Thanks again to Jane for all of her hard work.

David, Mommy & Noah



Here are some more of Janes lovely pictures.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Cherishing Pregnancy










I love this picture with Jonathan's hands in the shape of a heart over my belly. These pictures were all take by Jane of JanePhoto. We were thrilled to get a wonderful CD with our pregnancy pictures in the mail the other day. We weren't expecting them this early so they have been a wonderful Christmas surprise. Thank you Jane and NILMDTS!



Tuesday, December 18, 2007

More tears still to come...

Tomorrow marks the 8th week since we first discovered there were serious complications with Noah's health. We were told that same day it was likely trisomy 13 or 18 and the results were confirmed only 2 days later.
Today marks the 29th week of my pregnancy with Noah. This means I potentially have 11 weeks left. Time is passing so differently now and lately I have really been wrestling with the uncertainties ahead of me.
Knowing that we have come so far in the last 8 weeks from the first day we found out encourages me that the next 11 weeks (should we go that far) can continue to be weeks of growth. We have mamaged 8 weeks, surely we can survive another 11... almost half way to our due date. But the uncertainties seem to be catching up to me.
I have begun preparing for when I go into labour since it could be any day. I have a few things packed for Noah, though I don't have anything that would fit him at his current weight (almost 3lbs). I am getting my lists ready... who to call... what to do... what to bring. Starting to read about labour and getting back into that mindset. How do I prepare when it could be any minute or not until the beginning of March?
More than the timing of his arrival are the questions that remain about his health and the length of time we have with him. How can I prepare at the same time for the death of my son and/or caring for a baby with special needs? Do I pack away my baby things or get them ready? No one can answer these questions for me. No statistics have answers. Each case is so individual.
I know I need to be thankful for each day I have and when Noah greets me each day with his morning kicks I smile and am thankful that he made it through another night. Sometimes (like now) it is just really difficult to maintain that as my focus.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

We love you Noah!



On Monday, December 10th we had some pregnancy pictures taken by Jane Eaton Hamilton, a professional photographer who volunteers for NILMTS (Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep). Jane has created some beautiful pictures of my pregnancy with Noah that we can cherish as memories when he is no longer with us. Jane will be with us to take pictures of Noah shortly after his birth aswell and I cannot fully explain how much comfort it brings us knowing we will have these treasured keepsakes. Here are a few sneak peaks of the beautiful moments Jane captured for us last Monday. Thank you Jane!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Noah's Dedication

DEDICATION OF
NOAH JONATHAN NEUFELD

Dear Noah,
Today we thank God for the gift of your life. We are thankful that God chose us to be your parents and for the opportunity to have you as our precious son. As we think of the hard times we have come through this pregnancy, and the difficult times still to come we reflect on the truth found in God's word.

Psalm 139:13-16 (NIV)
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

Ecclesiastes 11:5 (NIV)
5 As you do not know the path of the wind,
or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb,
so you cannot understand the work of God,
the Maker of all things.


These words remind us that God is in control of your life and of all our lives. Though we do not know how long God plans for us to be together, we will cherish each day and hold you close in our hearts forever.

As we dedicate you to God we rededicate ourselves and your brother David. We ask that God will continue to give us strength as a family and wisdom to make the right decisions as we go through life. We think of the lyrics to "Blessed be Your Name" and we know that no matter what our circumstance... God is good.

Our prayer for you is that you would experience God’s love and the love we have for you. You are so very loved. We pray that God gives you peace and comfort and that we will be able to comfort you aswell. Amen

Jonathan's 25th Birthday

Today Jonathan turned 25! I can bug him that he is 1/2 way to 50 but I know that I am only 3 months behind him. He is a good sport about it anyway. We had a nice day together and even though it was busy we were able to celebrate him. I celebrate him everyday, I am so thankful to have him as my husband and father to our children. It has been about five years that we have known each other and yet it seems like he has been with me my whole life. I couldn't imagine life without him and I hope we are blessed with many, many, many more years together. It keeps getting better. Love you Jonathan!


Kids Christmas Party






Today was a busy day! After Noah's dedication we left for BC Place where Jonathan's work hosted a kids Christmas party. As you can see from the pictures it was lots of fun. David got to see Santa, dance to Christmas music, decorate a cookie, eat some food, bounce, run and play. He is going to sleep well tonight!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Sneak Peak

Introducing Noah! Yesterday Jonathan and I got to spend 50 minutes watching Noah via 3D ultrasound. It was a non medical ultrasound courtesy of a bunch of friends and family who wanted to give us this beautiful memory of our son in utero. Thank you so much to those who have contributed to this special time. We have a DVD of the session as well as pictures and video clips. And we were so happy to see Noah's beautiful face. His nose is completely formed as you can well see and there was no sign of a cleft pallet. We also got a peak at some of his male parts which have descended (not always the case with Trisomy 13).

Side profile, you can see Noah's ear and maybe even some hair on his head?
Here he is flexing his big muscles for the world to see.

And here we can see his left arm and right hand. Needless to say we are a very proud mama and papa and we look forward to meeting our little guy when the time comes.

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Today is the beginning of my 3rd trimester. We are 27 weeks pregnant so that leaves 13 more weeks to go. I am definitely feeling the discomforts of pregnancy though my hip/back are almost healed. So far Noah is continuing to grow at a normal pace which means he weighs a little over 2lbs and measures approximately 15 inches from head to toe.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Family Fun In The Snow



Even though the snow wasn't supposed to last long, we decided to make good use of it. David had a lot of fun, but we had to cut it short because he was quickly soaking through his jacket and pants.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Work Christmas Party

Last night we went to a Christmas Dinner for Jonathan's work (the store in Cloverdale). He caught up with some of the people he used to work with and we enjoyed a nice meal. This year we even got to stay for dessert (as last year David was screaming for gramma and grandpa and we had to leave early). Before we left we took a family picture since Jonathan and I were dressed up. David was really tired but this one turned out okay. Can you believe it is December 1st?

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Snow

I just wanted to update everyone with a few pictures from our visit to the Island. We did get a bit of snow which David got to walk in. He thought it was pretty neat but we are going to have to get him a full snow suit if he is going to further explore.
And yes he is wearing a tutu but don't blame mom... it was my cousins. I would have taken more pictures but he wasn't too happy with the new frilly pink thing.


Thursday, November 22, 2007

Fun in the back yard










Jelly Belly





Last night I said I would try to post some more pictures of David soon and I couldn't resist this morning when I caught him with a mouth full of jelly beans. I was in his room packing clothes for this weekend and I thought things were a little too quiet. Sure enough he had pushed a container to my dresser and helped himself. I thought it was fitting to include him getting into the celery earlier this week. He grabbed it off the cutting board while Grammy was making stir-fry.