Sherry and I didn't get much sleep last night....Bennett was unable to get comfortable and nothing would satisfy him. Sherry started to notice before my arrival that he was developing some congestion and the thrush in his mouth was not healing, even with antibiotic. He developed blisters on the roof of his mouth and he couldn't eat which in turn caused him to be really frustrated. At some point, I crashed really hard and then woke up in the wee hours of the morning to seeing Bennett's first temper tantrum. I can tell you that he has great lung capacity! I took over from there when I watched Sherry kneeling on the bed and then watching as her face smashed into her pillow and her eyes shut. A warm bottle of milk and a tight squeeze caused him to finally settle down and rest. I think that all he really needed was his Auntie Bre...
We slept in to say the least and decided to make a trip into town to visit his doctor. Seeing the town in day light was something else---and riding in the car was somewhat terrifying. The doctor saw us quickly and was very responsive to what we told him. He listened to Bennett's breathing and decided that nothing was in his lungs but that he did have some mucus within the upper respiratory area. He told us not to worry because around this season it is normal....whatever "normal" is? I will say that he was very compassionate and thorough during the visit and even explained why the Nystatin (antibiotic for thrush) was not healing the thrush. He instead prescribed something different and gave us something for the congestion as well. However, we did hear great news....Bennett now weighs in at 11 pounds! He is becoming a big boy...double chin and all. The doctor even said "You know how you can tell when baby is gaining weight....pull the skin under the chin". Sherry and I started to laugh ....Bennett is beginning to gain some "skin" under the chin.
The greatest part of today was watching the people stare us down while holding Bennett and then to have one of the woman come up and say "Whose baby?".....then to watch their mouth drop when we would say Bennett was ours. They would respond ..."No, you a liar, that cannot be" (smiles and all)---then they would walk off and look as if they were amazed and somewhat confused. Everyone seemed quite friendly when walking by---I love it here as if that is hard to believe.
Tomorrow we go to the Commissioner of Gender's Office to request a letter giving us permission to file for Bennett's passport. Please be in prayer for this- they requested Monica to be present but due to her school exams is unable to be. We are believing that the commissioner will pardon her absence because he is a child welfare advocate and would not want her to miss school on his behalf. I know we have favor and the Lord will grant us what is needed to get Bennett home quickly. Sherry and I took some pictures today--enjoy! We love you all and miss you.
P.S. Mom- Sherry says thanks for the snacks. I find her often unwrapping snickers bars and eating them while trying to put Bennett asleep. The beef jerky is definitely keeping us occupied---we pick at our teeth 24/7.