Friday, January 15, 2010

Catching up

Well, it's been a while since I posted, so I thought I'd catch everyone up on our happenings!

Joseph got yet another ear infection on Monday, Jan. 4th and just finished another round of antibiotics. He seems to be having a time with fluid in his ears and multiple ear infections since Oct. We scheduled an appt. with the Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor for this Tues to have his adenoids checked out. Since he's always been a heavy mouth breather and now continues to have ear infections, we think he might need tubes in his ears or his adenoids taken out, or maybe both. He's had some pretty rough days the past couple of weeks with fighting naps and just overall not feeling good. The antibiotics gave him diarrhea for several days which was no fun for anyone. If the ENT dr doesn't think he needs tubes or adenoids out, he may be put on daily allergy medicine to dry up the fluid.

Speaking of allergies, we had him tested for certain food allergies back in Dec. His bloodwork came back fine and showed no allergies to foods. However, he continues to react to the acids in many fruits. I've gradually re-introduced pasta sauce and he seems to be able to tolerate it now without any outbreaks on his skin! Hopefully he will outgrow this problem so he can eat all the foods he loves!

Today Joseph officially graduated from his Occupational Therapy program! He has met all his goals and we are so proud of him! He is eating, chewing, and biting like he should be doing now and it will be nice to not have weekly OT sessions anymore! He had really met all of his goals back in November, but due to the OT canceling appts. and rescheduling them, today was his official last day! He is still enrolled in the Early Intervention program with the city and will continue to receive Speech services every other week for now.

Here is Joseph taking a bath at Nan and Pop's house. Bath time continues to be his favorite time of the day! When we say "Joseph, do you want to take a bath", he jumps up from playing and RUNS to the bathroom. Notice his hand on the drain lever. He is a smart little cookie and has learned that when we flip that lever, the water drains out of the tub. Well, Joseph doesn't want the water to drain out b/c that means bath time is he flips it right back up when we flip it down. Little booger! We have a rubber stopper for our tub at home and he knows to keep that covering the drain to keep the water in.

Joseph and his buddy Logan playing with his new Christmas toys...

Peek a boo. I see you Logan!

Here is Joseph giving his baby sister a big bear hug! Mommy's tummy is so big these days that his little arms can barely fit around me. Update on baby girl....As of yesterday I am 28 weeks pregnant!!!! The day I turned 28 weeks when pregnant with Joseph I had my first big gush of blood and was in the hospital for 4 days and then sent home to complete bed rest (and numerous other hospital visits before he was born at 33 weeks). I felt nervous all day yesterday anticipating a problem, but thankfully I am now 28 weeks and 2 days pregnant today and have NO problems!!!! We continue to hope and pray that baby girl will be a full term baby!!! I have another ultrasound at the end of January to check my placenta.
Look closely and you should see 4 little fingers coming out of the food pantry. The kitchen is another "favorite" place for Joseph to play. He loves to go inside the food pantry and pretend to close the door.
Joseph and his friend Troy went to play at "The Jumpin Monkey". They are in the bounce house here.
They have a play section for children who are 2 and under. Joseph is opening and closing the windows here just like his does in his playhouse at home.
Giving Troy a push in the car..

Joseph's expression when he saw the bounce house...
Firemen driving the fire truck.
Oh boy! This is fun!
Joe had his farewell party with his current squadron VFA 106 last week at an indoor go kart racing place. They have a hail/farewell party to welcome all the new officers and say goodbye to those that are moving on and joining other squadrons. Joe is actually leaving this "shore duty" tour 8 months early to accept his next job on "sea duty" as a Cag Paddles assigned with Airwing 7 here in Virginia Beach. This means that he will continue to be a Landing Signal Officer (LSO they call it) and will be in charge of helping all the squadrons land their aircrafts safely on the carrier. He will spend most of his time up on the flight deck on top of the carrier on what they call the LSO platform and will be talking to all the pilots as they make their approach to land on the back of the boat. He will still be able to fly some too so he's happy about that! He is leaving soon to go to FL for a 6 week training course and then off to start his new job on the USS Eisenhower carrier which will be deployed. Joe has worked very hard as a F/18 instructor here the past couple of years and I know he has trained the student pilots well. He was also given the opportunity to be the F/18 demo pilot for the airshows this past spring/summer/fall and he really enjoyed that! I am very proud of his accomplishments! Here he is ready to go race his go kart... Ready, set, GO!!!!

Joe's current commanding officer had very nice things to say about him and his work ethic. Joe was given this framed artwork of a regular F/18 hornet and a Super hornet since he trained the students on both these planes and is now flying both planes himself. His squadron patch and name patch were also put in the frame and it's a pretty impressive going away gift! I asked him where he was going to hang that huge thing and he said maybe in our bedroom. HAHA! I don't think so!!!! :) Of course he was joking! One day we will get him a "Me room" where we can display all his awards!
A traditional part of a farewell is the reading of the "scroll". Joe's friend "Snapper" in the squadron wrote this one and it's basically a speech that pokes fun of all the mistakes and "issues" you've had while working with the squadron. It sounds harsh, but it's all in good fun and everyone gets a good laugh! Joe is laughing at himself here!

That's all for now! Hope everyone is doing well. Love, CC

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