Monday, October 24, 2016

Joey at 3 1/2

Half a year has gone by, time for an update!

Joey has been so patient with me as a mom and sweet to his brother (for the most part). Perhaps I struggled to be his mama at times (especially when Sam was gone for a month), but more recently I have enjoyed the little man he is. I love to see the things he is taking in and learning.

Things about Joey:

-He switches what shows he wants to binge watch. At his birthday it was Curious George, then Super Why, then Octonauts, and now he's back to Curious George.

-Once shy of sand and dirt, now he is always covered in it. He loves dump trucks and excavators.

-His favorite foods are cereal, pizza, hamburgers, vanilla ice cream, yogurt, and suckers. He has a sweet tooth for sure.

-His language is blossoming, but he still switches his words around in his sentences. Sometimes he totally sounds like Yoda.

-No potty training, but one day Sam noticed pee in his little potty. No asking, no stickers or candy bribing. Perhaps we can do it by his 4th birthday!

-He loves his brother, but can still be rough with him, especially if Eli is playing with a toy Joey wants.

-He has become somewhat of a loner, though he loves to be with other kids. He hates sharing and is pretty content doing his own thing.

-If he feels threatened by another kid, he bites! We are still trying to find what works to kick that habit, but I hate the biting. I'm always on edge when he is near other kids, including his brother.

-Some of his favorite phrases: "Clean up, clean up everybody every share!", "Monkey eat nana in tree", "that's dangerous!", "a hungry", "have a picnic, get shoes on, lunch at park", "cayful, cayful", "E E!" (his brother), "Ki-leh" (me), and a bunch of monkey noises. Like, most of what he says consists of monkey noises.

-The other night he melted my heart by saying "Love you mama" for the first time.

-Had his first ER visit, and probably not his last. 

-Still in speech therapy. He might have trouble with "auditory processing", but it is still a little early to know for sure. He has started covering his ears if there are loud noises or if he is in trouble within thsese past few weeks.

-Other things he loves: Mickey Mouse, pumpkins, garbage trucks, bubble baths, and cousins.

One day got the toaster out and put his play bread in.

Only naps he takes are in the car.
His love for dirt and water.
Has to have his picture taken during Eli's monthly photoshoots too.

Ask him to make happy, sad, and angry faces and it's cute.

Left, Hitler mustache after drinking Shakeology. Right, ready to go to the store with Daddy's shoes.

We love you Joey! I love your sweet kisses, hugs, and face.

10 Months


::Now has 6 teeth::Still a wiggly, happy little man::Getting picky about what he eats::Favorite place to play is under the table::Has a desire to stand on his own and balances for a few seconds::Follows his brother everywhere::Becoming a biter like his brother too::


We are two months away from Eli's first birthday and wow. He has been the perfect addition to our family and I'm so grateful for his smiles and love. We couldn't get a good picture of him in his 10 month photo shoot. This kid won't sit still! He has started to get more brave and let go only to stand for 2 or 3 seconds then sit down. Sam also says he tried to take a step during church during one of those times. It might still take another couple of months to get it down but the desire makes a big difference.

He likes table food and sweets (it's almost impossible to hold off!) but even then he has started to turn his head away from foods before he has even tried them. So mama's milk it is. Both our boys are hard to feed at times (Sam takes over at meal time to ensure they get something, thanks!). Eli loves Joey even though they can annoy each other and will still follow him around. However, this kid bites. Hard. I don't know if he's doing it for fun or is teething but Eli chomps on shoulders if you are holding him or knees if you are sitting near him. Still trying to figure out how to ensure the habit doesn't continue.

This month we tried to get him to get him to wave or learn words, but he hasn't caught on yet. That's okay, each child is different. He will figure it out! Meanwhile I will enjoy whatever is left of his babyhood.

Loves playing with Daddy.

His face right after waking up.
Such a big boy!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Joey Got Stitches

I've truly entered into parenthood last weekend. Joey had to get stitches, woohoo.

WARNING: I've got pictures of it! Also, I am not making it a long story short for journaling purposes so feel free to skip this one.

STORY: After coming home from visiting my parents Friday evening I had to get dinner started. I thought it would be great to have Joey help me for the first time in making dinner, and he said he wanted Taco Soup when I gave him the choice, so Taco Soup it was! While defrosting hamburger meat I let Joey "help" me open cans of beans and corn. I set them aside each time we open one, but on the last one (!) the microwave beeped for me to flip the meat.

I turn around and Joey had put his fingers in between the can and its lid. All I knew at this point was that I had to get his fingers out, but they were pretty caught. Maybe I could have done a better job in getting his fingers out, but the can sliced two of his fingers. I cried out to Sam who took over. He ran Joey to the sink to rinse them but quickly realized how bad the cut was. He had me put pressure on it with a paper towel, then we took a look.

I started bawling when I saw it. His ring finger's pad was flapping off, and it was deep. Sam looked up the hours and location of pediatric urgent care, dropped Eli off at our WONDERFUL neighbors, and we rushed to the hospital. The nurse checking Sam in wondered why we didn't use super glue to close it (she didn't see it). By then end of the night we got a lot of those responses from people before they saw the damage.

When we got to see the doctor, he took one look at it and then called for the nurses to bring gauze and tape. I was shocked for a moment because it seemed like the doctor didn't think it needed stitches. But then he turned to us and said he couldn't do anything and we would have to go to the ER. He didn't turn down too many stitchings, but Joey would most likely need sedation. The doctor and nurses were really nice, making sure he got the best care he could (along with a stack of stickers) before we headed to the opposite side of the hospital.

We knew at this point that both of us couldn't stay with Joey when Eli was at the neighbors. It was going to be at least a 4 hour wait and we did not give them anything. So I drove home to him up. The neighbors were already babysitting for another family and had two of their own, so I was so grateful they took Eli right then and there, and they offered to sit in our house when I had to pick Sam and Joey up. While Sam was with Joey I cleaned up the blood in our kitchen, got Eli ready for bed, and let our parents know the situation. My mom then offered to take Eli for the night, and although I didn't want to impose any more on people, I REALLY wanted to be with Joey.

I raced to get dinner, a bag for Eli, and other odds and ends, then met my mom at the hospital. Sam and Joey got into a room already at that point (although it would be a while before he would be seen by his doctor). While getting checked in Sam told the nurse that urgent care sent them and thought Joey would need sedation. The nurse rolled her eyes and said urgent care doctors always thought that when it turns out otherwise. A doctor happened to be walking by and asked to see Joey's finger. "Yep, I would sedate him" after a quick look. Not at the ER in vain!

Poor Joey at this point was really hungry, but we had to withhold food if he was going to be put under. I grabbed something to eat for Sam and me, so we quickly ate in front of our little man (he hadn't eaten since lunchtime and we were making dinner when he sliced his finger). Joey did so great! Sure, he cried when people wanted to see his finger, but after a dose of tylenol, he acted like a normal 3 year old. He put stickers on the pain management chart:

Maybe at this point his pain was "My life is a rainbow". At least it wasn't a rooster! He loved his glove balloon and the fact that we let him watch a crazy amount of cartoons while we waited. Both our parents kept tabs on our little man and it was nice to have people worry about the well being of our child. Our actual nurse came in and when we asked about sedation (and the fact that two doctors recommended it), he said to wait until our doctor came in to see it. The doctor came in and (surprise) Joey would be sedated to get the best results.

With the help of two nurses and an EMT, Joey got an IV in, where they would give the sedation meds through. The rest of the night seems more blurry as it got really late, but eventually the doctor came in with the nurse, EMT, and respiratory therapist and administered the sedation. Joey's eyes glazed over and then they inserted lidocaine into his finger. Although he was sedated and drooling, you could still see tears roll down his cheeks. 

Eight (!) stitches later and some super glue, they were able to close Joey's fingers. I was so grateful to the team that took care of our little guy. But we couldn't leave just yet. The doctor kept having to give Joey sedation but in the end he passed out. And he was OUT. The next step was to wake him up and it took a very long time. Nothing in our arsenal worked but eventually we were able to get a reaction by tickling his feet.

He still had to be awake to leave so the EMT brought him a popsicle to eat. Joey would stick out his tongue while still being half asleep and Sam would rub the popsicle on his tongue. It was a little comical. Sadly with sedation it made him nauseous so he puked a couple times after finishing the popsicle. But it woke him up and we were able to be discharged. From the time he cut his finger to the time we left the hospital was around 8 hours. It was not how I wanted to spend Friday night but it was over!

I wish this never happened, but going through this ordeal made me realize how much I truly love Joey. I want to make sure Joey knows that and so I am doing my best to convey that. I'm grateful for those who helped us and checked in on Joey to make sure he was okay. It really helps to know there are people who care for Joey like we do.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Around ABQ

Since this will most likely be the last year we will live in Albuquerque for a long time, I made it a goal to make it to all the iconic New Mexican activities. We took the tram for our anniversary, next on the list was an Isotopes baseball game. Luckily our complex passed out free tickets (the stadium is within view of Student Family Housing) so we could do so with decent seats. All the food was crazy expensive and Joey whined for some. The people next to us gave us their leftover cotton candy and we took frequent trips to the water fountain to avoid concession stands (sorry Joe Man). I think Isotopes won, we left early with whiny kids (hey free tickets!) and didn't miss the fireworks since we could view them from our front window.

Left: Joey trying out the playground while we waited for the game to start.
Right: Sam and his doppelganger

In September we hit up the State Fair. Turkey leg and pulled pork sandwich for dinner, a McDonald's farm tour and hunt, farm animals, a duck race, and we called it good.

Eli doesn't mind the carrier.
Tractor Fun!!

Left: we were going to pay for a pony ride but good thing we tried this wooden horse first. Joey freaked!
Right: Totes mah goats.

Not a New Mexico tradition, but Sam found an ad for Disney on Ice, and if our trip to Disneyland wasn't enough this year he bought some. Glad he did because it was Ah-maz-ing. They focused on four Disney movies along with Mickey Mouse (Joey's favorite part).

Waiting for the show to start. Note our Disneyland shirts (thanks Kristy!)
A rendition of It's a Small World. All the skaters wore elements of different cultures.
Lion King. This had the most impressive skating in the show.
Peter Pan. They could have cut this one a little short!
The Little Mermaid. You try skating with your legs wrapped together like a mermaid!
Frozen. They had the best special effects for this one. 
Lots more to do to on our New Mexico list, but so far it's been fun!