Sunday, March 29, 2009

Another update! Elden is off the bili-lite (today anyway and I won't be surprised if he is on it tomorrow again) and is at 23 milliliters of milk. The nurses are also adding some "booster" to it. It's some sort of powder they put in my milk to fortify it or something. Today the nurse and I got to bottle feed Elden. He drank almost 3 milliliters. It was his first day with a bottle and the doctor and nurse told me not to expect much. (Which didn't surprise me because he is only "31" weeks today and usually babies don't develop the suck-breathe-swallow thing till 34 weeks.)

It has been nice having my parents and Cal here with me. I don't know if I am the best hostess, but it has been fun having family around. My parents and Cal came to church with me. I wasn't going to have Cal go to Primary unless he wanted to, and he didn't want to. But my mom offered to go with Cal to Primary and he wanted to go! When they separated into classes, Cal said goodbye to my mom and went off with his class. I was happy about that.

Our 3rd hour meeting at church was good. They talked about church welfare, budgeting, and self reliance. I made a comment about Lee and I getting out of debt and how fun it is working towards this goal. It is so fun for us that it is extremely easy to say "no" to our kids when they ask us to buy stuff and it is easier for us to delay our own personal spending desires too. I thought it was great that when people do need assistance from the church, that one of the first things that is done is really looking at if the people are in need financially and then education begins right away on budgeting and managing their finances. (Sorry for the long sentence.) I think that is a HUGE problem with many people-- they are financially illiterate/uneducated, whatever you want to call it. Wonder why there are so many people in foreclosures? They believed the bankers that they could "afford" the maximum approved loan. I know that isn't the only reason for foreclosures, but it is one of the reasons I think.

I hope all of you have a great week!

















8 comments:

Nostrebor said...

Those were ALL really good pictures!! I MISS YOU!!!

Kelly said...

Glad to hear things are going so well! You're amazing!

Oi Polly Cervantes said...

Oh Baby, great job!

Roger said...

I love the picture of cal in his black sweat shirt and his tongue sticking out.

The Letterman's said...

Little Elden looks like your others even though he's so tiny, what a sweetie! Love your comment about your 3rd hour, our bishopric had the same theme and I have a few sisters (even my counselors) getting "sick" of this topic. It's kinda the theme of our new bishopric and me-we're on the same page. Just trying to help others really see the importance. It's great to know that all over the country the Lord is inspiring his leaders to make sure the members know how to be self reliant. Now if I can gently help my counselors and members see the light. We even had a special training a few weeks ago with about a new "welfare system" of the church but I still have my counselors dragging their feet. Sorry I seem to be venting! Glad to see the little guy improving!

MissouriMormonMama said...

I love all of the pictures~ You look great and so do all of the kids! I am so glad Elden is doing well. And you know I agree about the importance of being financially literate! It is soo important.

teresa said...

Is it possible that he already looks like Lee? Look at his face in the picture where his leg is lounging out the side...t

Mike and Lena said...

You are looking good Ruth! Will you get to try nursing him at some point?