Yep, that was my guy at 3 weeks, while visiting a friend’s baby, trying to catch a cute photo of their first playdate.
To tell you mommies the honest truth, I was stalling to write this post. I was waiting on the Lord to heal my son from his reflux before I finished it, so that I can tell you all our awesome testimony.
I was challenging the Lord – “So here I am Lord, putting my life out there, wearing my heart on my sleeve, to help other moms relate and feel normal, while bringing glory to You Big Guy – so please heal my kid, so that we can share our story.” It was a pretty one sided conversation. Until I got around to actual listening.
And then I was reminded that this blog is not all about sunshine and roses. Its about the real and the rawness of life.
Most moms, including myself, want to crawl in a ball under the duvet when we hear the word reflux. Gosh, it makes me gag – excuse the pun. For those who don’t know what reflux is. It is also known as spitting up or oepsies in mommy terms. It happens when the milk your baby has swallowed comes back up into his food pipe (oesophagus).
And it totally breaks my heart that my child has got to go through it. Their little tummies cramp, their legs curl & they look uncomfortable most of the time. And oh my….the sporadic screeching cries of pain!
The reflux journey is one of many trials and errors. You read different opinions and ideas all the time. Use colic drops, it helps with cramps. Don’t use colic drops, it has alcohol in it. Let your baby sleep at an incline. No, let your baby sleep flat on his/her back. Cut dairy out of your diet, or don’t cut dairy out of your diet. Jeepers!
Then – my favorite – hold your baby up straight after each feed for 20 minutes. Now, I am not saying I am the busiest person on earth, but what mom has time to sit still for 20 minutes at a time? I don’t even know what that feels like anymore.
So in a nutshell, reflux sucks! But…
So on Sunday at church along with friends & family, we prayed for our Arden’s reflux. And by the grace of God, he has been so much better. Not 100% healed YET, but so much better. Even his big brother Landen came to pray – he told me that afternoon, that while he was playing outside, Jesus told him to come in and pray for boetie while tickling his head.
And then on Monday, we got to see this lovely lady, Dr Ernsl Conradie, a Chiropractor. I do firmly believe God has blessed certain people with amazing talents to help others while glorifying Him through their abilities. And Dr Ernsl is definitely one of those people. She clicked Arden’s back and neck into place…he gave sighs of relief.
But still, Arden’s reflux is not 100% healed, but we are contending for it, as we serve a good good Father. And even if it doesn’t get healed straight away, I will continue to say that God is good. Because I believe God is good, all the time. He has already used Arden’s reflux journey to introduce me to new friends, who understand what we are going through.
And I know my God gives perfect gifts – and Arden is a perfect gift. He was fearfully and wonderfully made. He was knitted together in my womb by God Himself. He has been set apart.
PS 139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well
PS 139:13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Jer 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
So I know God heals! I know God can heal! I know God does heal! I just don’t know when God will heal, but He teaches us faith and perseverance in the meantime.
Till next time mommies, be blessed!