An Update

by jessicaturner on August 21, 2008

The Journey to Wisconsin
I am in Wisconsin right now. The flight went great. Thanks to everyone for all the suggestions. Matthew was able to get a gate pass (though the guy at American was a bit of a jerk about it, despite Elias being adorable and me wearing something cute), Elias drank three bottles and slept the whole flight. Since he hates the hooter hider (I think he gets hot from being covered up and likes to look up at me a lot), I just had a bunch of pumped bottles, which worked fine. He also only seems to like the sling I have some of the time, none of which was in the airport. He screamed bloody murder both times I tried to put him in it while he was awake. I think I may need a different sling… maybe it is the style.

I asked a stranger take a picture of Elias and me on the plane for the “first plane ride” layout I hope to make. Matthew would have been embarassed. He hates when I ask people to take our picture. I, on the other hand, don’t think it is a big deal. I always tell him, people don’t care Matthew. Everyone does it. He still thinks it is embarassing.

Both of his great-grandmas have just adored him. I took more than 100 pictures between the two meetings. Our time with my Nana was bittersweet because she has alzheimers that is becoming more and more advanced, so we don’t know how much she will remember of meeting Elias. It probably won’t be much, but we hope the pictures of her with him will help a little. It made the meeting especially hard for my mom. If you have ever had a loved one with this disease, you can surely relate.

Other family and friends are going to meet him tonight and tomorrow. We fly home Saturday.

Win A Book
If you are up for trying to win another book, Matthew is giving away two different ones on his blog. Check it out here.

Matthew’s Going On Tour

Matthew has been invited to be a part of a sweet tour this fall. Check it out – and contact his management if you would be interested in bringing it to your church, college or other cool venue. It promises to be an awesome, hilarious event.



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Dani August 22, 2008 at 1:25 am

yay!! I am the first to comment! :) I am so glad that the trip went well. That is great. I would have asked someone to take my pic too. lol. :) That is awesome about the tour. You must be so proud. :) Newaz…I will talk to ya later!
~Dani

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Anonymous August 22, 2008 at 1:34 am

Dont use a “Hooter Hider” we don’t eat under a blanket why should he?

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surfmomma4 August 22, 2008 at 1:53 am

Jessica!!! I have only been lurking for a few months, so maybe I missed the post about you being in this months issue of Memory Makers..wow the LO was so great and you two look so cute in the picture. So glad to hear you had a safe and uneventful trip..God Bless and have a wonderful visit and a safe ride home..hugs Susan

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staceyfike August 22, 2008 at 2:02 am

i just love anonymous posters.

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staceyfike August 22, 2008 at 2:05 am

oh yeah, i meant to say…. jeff won’t ever ask anyone to take our picture for us either, and i’m to shy for some reason.
so that’s why all our pics are the self-portrait ones taken from arms length, lol!

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vaneblu August 22, 2008 at 2:36 am

Glad to hear it all went well with you and Elias in the trip 😀
I guess ALL husband hate when we ask someone to take our pic :p

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Kayla Grace August 22, 2008 at 3:12 am

Alzheimers is so tough. My great grandfather had it as well. I am so happy to hear your trip is going well :] Your Elias is just so adorable. The paragraph about your husband’s embarrassment made me laugh. A lot of the time it’s the other way around for my boyfriend and I! I start to feel awkward when we ask to have our picture taken :] Hope you’re doin’ well.

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Katie C August 22, 2008 at 5:14 am

Jessica, I can’t tell you how much I love reading your blog! I came over from Angie’s blog when you were in labor and I’ve been hooked ever since! My best friend is pregnant, so I passed the link on to her and she loves it, too. I am hoping and praying to join you in the ranks of motherhood someday soon, so it’s fun to hear it all from your spunky perspective.

Random fact: I checked out the link for Matthew’s tour and realized that I personally know Scott Phillips! Small world! We went to the same tiny Christian college. I was looking at the ad for the tour, thinking…I know that guy! He was a junior when I was a freshman. If the tour makes it to Houston, I’ll have to say hi!

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Anonymous August 22, 2008 at 1:23 pm

I am the anonymous commenter, my comment wasn’t meant to be mean. Nursing is a beautiful thing and I don’t think that women should be afraid to do it in public with or without a hider. If baby is uncomfortable with it, ditch it!
I post anonymous on all blogs due to the fact that they are public…

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April Elizabeth August 22, 2008 at 1:30 pm

My little guy hated the sling. We tried the Baby Bjorn, and he spent months happily in it! It was a life saver. I could clean, cook, shop, and run errands with him in it. I think he preferred having the choice of looking although most of the time he fell asleep in it!

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Jen August 22, 2008 at 2:24 pm

My little guy has a great grandma with alzheimer’s as well. It is hard to know that she doesn’t remember who we are or who he is, but it’s ok. We will know that we still visited her and took pictures with her while she was with us. And she’ll look back when she gets to heaven and see how we all still loved her even when she didn’t know us. You’ll cherish those pictures, so keep taking them, and asking people to take them! 😉

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theoneaboutus August 22, 2008 at 3:34 pm

I didn’t love the sling either – but I did LOVE my ergo. It’s pricey, but we’re still using it at 15 months and it lets you hold them tummy-tummy. AND your hubby can use it too.

Glad you had a good trip :-)

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Pen to Paper; Spirit to Soul August 22, 2008 at 3:40 pm

Jessica, I can’t imagine how hard it would be to have a baby knowing that someone so special in your life may not remember him between visits. I’m sorry, even though I know that God has His hand in this…I do know how difficult it must be for your family.

My Grandma had alzheimer’s, starting in the mid-70’s, and she passed away the summer before we got married.(1988) It wasn’t easy to lose her, but the family did take a collective breath, knowing she was happy again and not in pain and sick! The hardest part was that 3 mo later, 2 mo before our wedding, my Grandfather passed away, he just couldn’t adjust to life without her!
With that said, even though she may have no memory, you and your family can enjoy this time, and take lots of pictures to let Elias know just how special she is and was to you!!!
I’m glad getting there was not a pure nightmare! Things get different as they get older, sometimes not as hard but always different!!! Enjoy this time when you can cuddle with him!!!

Pamela in TX

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Anonymous August 22, 2008 at 9:05 pm

Great, fun blog and I think your family is so cute. My 8 month old doesn’t like the hider either. As for the sling, he didn’t like that either, which I was a little sad about. I liked the idea of the sling. Someone else commented that the ergo worked for them. I agree. I got the ergo after about 3 sling/bjorn/wrap tries. It still keeps your baby close, but much more comfortable for him and you. Later, he’ll still be able to fit in it as a toddler and on your back (like a backpack). So worth it.
jen

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