A Granddaughter can change your life…

4 09 2011

Reese Carolina has changed our lives for a few reasons…first she is the daughter of my firstborn son.  Shane and his incredible wife Shannon are incredible parents and are raising Reese in an incredible home environment.  Second, well, we love Reese and would do anything for her.  Her smile and personality melts our hearts.  Finally, we know she belongs to Jesus and He will guard, protect, guide and nourish her as she grows.  Having a daughter of my own, I know He is faithful and now He has another opportunity to show off with Reese.  More to come later…

Advertisements




My (and Karen’s) GRANDBABY!!!!!

25 06 2010

Shane and Shannon's baby at 2 1/2 months!!!

Needless to say, Karen and I are absolutely beside ourselves with excitement.  I called Shanes father-in-law, Billy Quinn yesterday afternoon and he and I just laughed and yelled (it was a man conversation kind of like…waz up?).  Anyway, the reality of being a Big Papa really set in yesterday and it is so exciting.  It also brought back to mind the reality that a child is a human life at the time of conception and that we ought to cherish life more than we do as a society.

This is easily one of the most exciting times of our lives and we’re proud of and happy for Shane and Shannon.  Pray for them as they continue to settle in Boston!

Now, not to get radical here but I just had to include this information for your perusal…

A Childs Development from conception to birth!(taken from nric.org)

Day 6: embryo begins implantation in the uterus.

Day 22: heart begins to beat with the child’s own blood, often a different type than the mothers’.

Week 3: By the end of third week the child’s backbone spinal column and nervous system are forming.  The liver, kidneys and intestines begin to take shape.

Week 4: By the end of week four the child is ten thousand times larger than the fertilized egg.

Week 5: Eyes, legs, and hands begin to develop.

Week 6: Brain waves are detectable; mouth and lips are present; fingernails are forming.

Week 7: Eyelids, and toes form, nose distinct.  The baby is kicking and swimming.

Week 8: Every organ is in place, bones begin to replace cartilage, and fingerprints begin to form.  By the 8th week the baby can begin to hear.

Weeks 9 and 10: Teeth begin to form, fingernails develop.  The baby can turn his head, and frown.  The baby can hiccup.

Weeks 10 and 11: The baby can “breathe” amniotic fluid and urinate.  Week 11 the baby can grasp objects placed in its hand; all organ systems are functioning.  The baby has a skeletal structure, nerves, and circulation.

Week 12: The baby has all of the parts necessary to experience pain, including nerves, spinal cord, and thalamus.  Vocal cords are complete.  The baby can suck its thumb.

Week 14: At this age, the heart pumps several quarts of blood through the body every day.

Week 15: The baby has an adult’s taste buds.

Month 4: Bone Marrow is now beginning to form.  The heart is pumping 25 quarts of blood a day.  By the end of month 4 the baby will be 8-10 inches in length and will weigh up to half a pound.

Week 17: The baby can have dream (REM) sleep.Week 19: Babies can routinely be saved at 21 to 22 weeks after fertilization, and sometimes they can be saved even younger.

Week 20: The earliest stage at which Partial birth abortions are performed.  At 20 weeks the baby recognizes its’ mothers voice.

Months 5 and 6: The baby practices breathing by inhaling amniotic fluid into its developing lungs. The baby will grasp at the umbilical cord when it feels it.  Most mothers feel an increase in movement, kicking, and hiccups from the baby.  Oil and sweat glands are now functioning.  The baby is now twelve inches long or more, and weighs up to one and a half pounds.

Months 7 through 9: Eyeteeth are present.  The baby opens and closes his eyes.  The baby is using four of the five senses (vision, hearing, taste, and touch.)  He knows the difference between waking and sleeping, and can relate to the moods of the mother.  The baby’s skin begins to thicken, and a layer of fat is produced and stored beneath the skin.  Antibodies are built up, and the baby’s heart begins to pump 300 gallons of blood per day.  Approximately one week before the birth the baby stops growing, and “drops” usually head down into the pelvic cavity.