Thursday, May 23, 2013

A Boy Named Silas: The Blogging Life

Today's topic: I blog because...
     Silas was born five and a half years ago. It took two and a half years and a pregnancy later until I was able to write about my experiences.

     Today, we got great news from the dietician. Silas is clear to go another month without using his feeding tube. Our little guy has been eating yogurt, burgers, eggs, ice cream, sandwiches, and cookies like a starving child.

     I started to blog years ago because I was pregnant with my third son and was terrified of going through another NICU stay with another sick baby. I knew there were issues in my heart that needed to be healed up before I was ready to deliver another child.

     I continued to blog exclusively about Silas and my life as a special-needs mother for several years. Now I've expanded and blog about writing, faith, and life in general in addition to special needs, but I'll probably always have a tender place in my heart for the years when I blogged to keep our family and friends up to date on Silas and his medical condition. He's doing so well now that there's not all that much to report, but it's on days like today when I'm glad I have this blog - not only to connect with friends, get feedback on my current writing projects, and share what's on my mind - but to keep everyone up to date on the happenings in the life of a little boy named Silas.

Random Fact: Silas met a newborn baby the other day who has a feeding tube like his. He was pretty excited to see another double belly button!

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19 comments:

  1. Alana, these are FANTASTIC news!!! I am so glad you get another g-tube free month!! Way to go, Silas!!!! Woo hoo!!

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    1. Thanks Joy! We're really excited too!

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  2. Oh Alana I'm so happy for you, your family and of course Silas for being free of his feeding tube for another month. Wonderful news! x

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    1. Thank you so much, Kate! It's been so exciting for our family!

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  3. Oh so happy to hear that your son is doing so well and I had a rough second pregnancy being high risk and on bedrest at one point. So, I had tons of fears and thoughts that would creep up on me. Should have totally started to blog back then, but just glad I did when I did. Thanks for sharing this and linking up with us again!! :)

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    1. Thanks Janine, sorry to hear about the difficult pregnancy. It's true that blogging can really help through those times. Happy weekend to you!

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  4. Alana,
    I'm so happy to read that Silas gets another g-tubeless month! Awesome news, friend! I enjoyed reading how your blog has evolved. I feel that way too - almost exclusively about my son at first. Now, only sometimes.

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    1. Kristi, I think that probably means we're venturing out so special needs are no longer THE determining factor in our lives. At least I'd like to think so!

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  5. Aww! I was praying you'd get a good report! I am so glad you blog. You have encouraged me in so many ways. :)

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    1. You're so sweet Christabelle! You're welcome and thanks for being such a great friend!

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  6. Round of applause from our family! Go Silas, go Silas! Woot, woot!

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  7. This is such exciting news, I'm so happy for you and your family! Here's to many more tubeless months in the future!

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, we're hoping this is the beginning of a new "era" in our home! :)

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  8. That's so cool that Silas can eat regular food for another month! Yay! I'm so glad I've connected with your blog and am eager to read your book. :-)

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    1. Thanks so much Kate! I've enjoyed getting to know you via the linkup too!

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  9. First time here and sounds like you have some excellent reasons to blog.

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  10. Congratulations on the great news!

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