Dear Friends and Family,
Happy 2017! We can’t believe that we are already one month into this new year. And what a year it has already been for our family! If you’ve followed our recent blog posts, you’ll remember our chaotic Christmas season, with Amos contracting a lung infection that threatened his December MRI trip, which he fought off, made the trip, got a great scan, traveled all the way back, and caught a nasty virus called RSV coupled with a lung infection that then landed him (and Will) in the hospital here in Cambridge for a week straight through Christmas weekend.
As if that wasn’t enough, what we failed to mention is that while Amos was in the hospital, our kitchen floor flooded due to a slowly leaking valve that we hadn’t noticed. So that provided one more thing that we had to sort out as we attempted to celebrate a late Christmas and prepare for a new baby. Thankfully, we were able to celebrate a family Christmas and New Years at home together, but it was all admittedly a rough end to 2016.
Ringing in the new year, we began waiting for Samuel to make his appearance as we all continued to recover from various illnesses and rest up. Meanwhile, we also were busy trying to sort out alternate accommodations for a week while our kitchen floor was replaced, thanks to the flood. Whew! Needless to say, we were very relieved when Gigi and Grandpa (aka the Reinforcements) arrived to help out. It was impeccable timing, even though we never imagined they would get to Cambridge before Samuel 🙂
Samuel Murray Ross was born at 12:33am on Sunday January 15th weighing 8lb9oz. He was six days late but we needed those extra days to prepare for his arrival! He was born at the Rosie Birth Center here in Cambridge after a fairly brief labor and my first water birth. We were so incredibly relieved to meet our newest little man. He is healthy and just the sweetest addition to our family. We continue to praise God for the gift of a healthy baby and mama!
A week into Samuel’s life, we moved out of our house and down the street so that our kitchen floor could be replaced just as Zazzy and Grandpop arrived for their visit and a chance to meet Samuel. They were able to spend time with us in that accommodation until things were finished and then we had help on hand to move back to our house. Currently, we are back in our own home and enjoying the chance to focus on just being a family of FIVE.
Another California Trip on Saturday
Coming up this weekend Will and Amos fly out to California once again. This trip involves an MRI as usual (on the 14th at 10am PST). But Amos will also have his airway scoped on this trip (on the 13th at a time to be determined), which will extend our stay by a day. The goal is to see whether his airway has recovered since August when we did the last scope. When that happened, we learned that the musculature in Amos’s airway was still weak and was blocking his breathing slightly while he was relaxed and asleep, which was causing apnea. The idea was to wait for several months and check again. If the scope this coming Tuesday goes well, then we will make arrangements for the following trip to CA (likely in May) to try to have the trach removed completely.
We covet your prayers for this trip, the MRI, the scope, and traveling health and safety. Please especially pray for health leading up to this weekend. Luke is currently suffering from what seems to be a fairly standard virus but one that we don’t want to see passed around through the family!
Thank you so much for your prayers. We are encouraged greatly by your comments and messages and continue to feel loved and blessed in many ways. The Lord is good and we continue to see His faithfulness prevail, no matter how crazy this life can be.
O LORD God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O LORD, with your faithfulness all around you? Ps. 89:8
Will, Kelli, Amos, Luke, and Samuel