From the monthly archives: "November 2011"
Today is a day I have been excited for since April! Today is my friend Janette’s due date. Not that due dates meet too much these days but it’s still a date on the calendar to look forward to.

Janette and Dennis were married about six weeks before Brian and I and at that point Janette and I were just acquaintances. But in the last 3 years we’ve become friends.

Janette is my breakfast buddy now when Brian goes in for his surgery every August and she keeps my mind occupied. 2 years ago I was pregnant with Gray and we hadn’t told may people, but I told Janette that day, and this year Janette was pregnant and glowing. Janette was also the last non family member I saw before bedrest started. We had lunch the Friday before the bedrest sentence came down. And the first person Gray and I ventured out to see after Brian had gone back to work.

Janette has become a really good friend, and I’m so thankful for her in my life and her friendship.

Today Janette is snuggling her little boy. Caleb Michael arrived last week excited to see his mom and dad.

I’m so thankful to have your in my life. I pray blessings over you and your new little one, and your new family. Enjoy this journey and pause every day to just soak it all up.
Love you lots. 

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This morning Gray and I ventured downtown to see Kathy our Caseworker. Our second favourite Kathy, second to Mrs Kathy at daycare.
We had our 8 month corrected development appointment. Gray played with Kathy and showed her how big he’s getting. And although it was a bit disappointing that he’s falling behind where he was 4 months ago he’s still doing great.
I’m so thankful for the program. Even if Gray stays right on track or close to where he should be developmentally I don’t think our time there is a waste. If we need help to bring Gray back to where he should be we’ll have it.
Even though we came away with quite a few things to work on to keep G on track, it was worth leaving work early and running around.

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Tonight I’m sitting at my desk in the basement, catching up on tv shows I’ve missed and making some cards. Brian is gone for the evening and Gray is sleeping, so I’m taking this opportunity to do something I love and something I haven’t made a priority in a while.

A friend asked if I would make some cards for her husband’s business and I needed to get some done for work, so this was a great time to just sit down and get some work done.

The best part of this is I get to make a bit of extra money that Brian said I could allocate towards my blog and advertising.

I’m thankful for a night to do something I love, and make a bit more money for the blog. 

And it was great to chat with a friend while scrapping away. Miss you Jennifer. 

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Meg is a great friend that I have had the honour of getting to know in the last 10 months. Meg is a bedrest graduate and NICU grad just like me.
Meg is taking over my 100 Days of Gratitude today. It’s American Thanksgiving and she’s sharing what she is most thankful for this year. 


Kaleb William – Born January 21st, 2011 at 23 weeks.
Kaleb William – born January 21, 2011 at 28 weeks

This Thanksgiving we are reminded where we were just a short year ago, and just how far we have come.

Tomorrow we will get to enjoy turkey as a family of 3. There really are no words that will suffice in expressing our gratitude to God for allowing us to celebrate the holidays with Kaleb. Thanksgiving will never be the same — we will always remember how God spared us from great tragedy on this day in 2010, and will ever praise him for the great joy he has brought to our lives. Thank you Lord for your many mercies and for blessing us so richly this year.

Kaleb 10 months old – happy, healthy and SO loved

We wish all of you a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving. We thank you all for your overwhelming support and love to our family throughout the past year.

All our love,

The Spilmans

Keith, Megan and Kaleb

Thanks for all you have done for me. You have been a huge support and blessing to me! And I am so thankful to have you in my life. I pray God’s blessings on you and Kaleb and Keith.
Love you lots!



I have finally mastered, well maybe not mastered, but at least conquered the motherly way of staying calm on the outside when the insides are frantic. Tonight was a bit of a test.
I went to feed Gray his dinner after getting home from work. I went to clip him into his highchair and saw there was blood coming from his finger. So I went upstairs, grabbed a bandage and went on feeding Gray. I thought maybe I accidentally clipped his finger while buckling in him into his chair. And then half way through dinner G reached up and wiped his hand across his face and left a trail of blood. WHAT?!?!?! He had bleed through his bandage. So dinner went to the side and I called my mom and got some ideas for trying to stop the bleeding. A sock that was too small and some hockey tape and G’s happily playing again. And then he bleeds through the sock!
I was starting to get a bit frazzled. I had found the source of the cut. He had gotten his finger in the air intake vent on the wall and must have taken off some skin. My dear friend Amber had come on Skype and being a nurse she was more than helpful. We were ready to head off to the ER after over 50 minutes of bleeding and finally it stopped.
I’m so thankful for my mom’s advice and Amber’s help. Without them we probably would have sat at the ER for hours for the Doctor’s to do nothing.
G’s finger is doing great, no more blood and we covered the vent so no more cuts.

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Thanks for being patient with us as we continue to import old post from the old blog

If you’re looking back through you might notice some new posts going back to our NICU days and the first weeks at home. I’ve been going through my personal journal from that time and updating posts to fill in some of the blank spots.

See if you can find some, and keep looking, they’ll continue to pop up over the next bit. 

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I love my 4:30 drive home, well to daycare and then home. The high way is almost dead and there are always great songs on the radio. And this week I’m appreciating it so much more.
I’m working late every day this week to bank time for an appointment we have with Gray. So my drive home at 5pm is not as peaceful as my 4:30 one.
People at 5:00pm seem to think signals are optional and that their journey is more important than the rest of us (especially when they cut across two lanes of traffic because in their heist to get home they almost miss their exit).
Today I’m thankful for my stress free drive home at 4:30 and I can’t wait to get back to it next week!

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Today I’m thankful for the 8 minutes that it takes to bake a Coconut chocolate cookies.

My dear friend Janette makes these incredible chocolate cookies. And after eating the serveral times at our coffee dates I decided to try them on my own. And then inspiration hit. I wondered what they would be like if I added some coconut extract along with the coconut in the cookies. I have a few members of my family that cannot say no to coconut! Goodness was I right. I even got the stamp of approval from Janette.

So I needed a pick me up this afternoon and decided that I would throw a batch in the oven between blogging and getting more food ready for the freezer for Grayson. 

Don’t they look devine!!

Here’s the recipe for those who are interested. 

1 cup butter

¾ cup white sugar

¾ cup brown sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp coconut extract

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

2 ¼ cup flour

1 cup coconut

1 1/3 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

Blend together and drop onto cookie sheet. Put in 325 degree oven for 8 minutes.


Also – I fixed the video on last night’s Vlog – sorry that it didn’t work properly at first. 

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