SUMMER

3 Aug

Joseph has been home for almost 6 months now!  Half a YEAR!

In some ways it seems like it’s gone fast, but when I think back to the first month or two after we were home, it seems like almost a lifetime ago.   So many changes for Joseph, his brother and sisters and for us as parents.  To be honest, I do not think we were as prepared as we THOUGHT we were to bring home our “bouncing ‘baby’ boy”!!  We have been on a wild ride that seems to be slowing down a little each week.  Joseph has learned so much since he’s been home.  He is picking up English incredibly fast.  Each day he comes up with some word that I KNOW he didn’t know the day before…actually, probably LOTS of words each day.  He is learning that he can do things that he didn’t think he could do.   He is learning to trust his Pappa and Momma.  He loves to snuggle with his sisters and tease his big brother.

I believe that Joseph has found his cozy little spot in our family.

This summer has been filled with “firsts”.

New foods like CORN ON THE COB and WATERMELON!

New foods like CORN ON THE COB and WATERMELON!

Lots of walks around the neighborhood.

Lots of walks around the neighborhood.

Fishing!

Fishing!

First haircut at home.  (This picture was taken after a few "swipes"!)

First haircut at home. (This picture was taken after a few “swipes”!)  He was so nervous he was shaking!  I never realized how much trust it takes to let someone cut your hair!

Having his very own money for the first time ever!

Having his very own money for the first time ever!

AND buying his favorite candy with his own money!

AND buying his favorite candy with his own money!

Many trips to the ZOO!

Many trips to the ZOO!

Playing in his pool for the first time!

Playing in his pool for the first time!

Visiting a museum about South East Texas.

Visiting a museum about South East Texas.

Joseph's longest car ride ever.  Just ask him, it took TWENTY HOURS!  --On our way to Indiana!

Joseph’s longest car ride ever. Just ask him, it took TWENTY HOURS! –On our way to Indiana!

Joseph met and played with ALL of his Indiana cousins while we were there.  He remembered everyone's names right off.

Joseph met and played with ALL of his “Holland” cousins while we were there. He remembered everyone’s names right off.

Graduated to a BIG pool.   Joseph had lots of fun at Uncle Wil's pool.  (Notice all his flotation devices!  I didn't make him, that's how he felt safe!)  He was BRAVE getting in for the first time ever!

Graduated to a BIG pool. Joseph had lots of fun at Uncle Wil’s pool. (Notice all his flotation devices! I didn’t make him, that’s how he felt safe!) He was BRAVE getting in for the first time ever!

Watching 4th of July FiReWoRkS!!

Watching 4th of July FiReWoRkS!!

He waved his flag off and on all day!  At one point he was singing "Joseph, you are American!" to the tune of America!  :)

He waved his flag off and on all day! At one point he was singing “Joseph, you are American!” to the tune of America! :)

WELCOME TO THE FAMILY JOSEPH (and happy graduation to Andrew!) PARTY!!

WELCOME TO THE FAMILY JOSEPH (and happy graduation to Andrew!) PARTY!!

Joseph's special "welcome home" cake!  (He really wanted candles!)

Joseph’s special “welcome home” cake! (He really wanted candles!)  I just love his smile in this picture!  It took 8 years, but he finally got those candles!!!

Riding his new, perfect for him, plasma car.  (Or "bike" as he calls it.)  And being able to get WET...just for fun!!

Riding his new, perfect for him, plasma car. (Or “bike” as he calls it.) And being able to get WET…just for fun!!  (“Just for fun” is one of the new phrases he likes to say lately. — I like that phrase too, unless it’s the answer to, “WHY did you DO that?!!!!!” 

And lastly, SCHOOL!  Joseph and I have been doing school each weekday since about March.  He is starting to READ and is really good at Math.  Ok, honestly, he USUALLY does school at the table, but last Thursday we were having a big tree cut down in our yard, so he did school work and watched the guys work.

And then there’s SCHOOL!   Joseph and I have been doing school each weekday since about March. He is starting to READ and is really good at Math. Ok, honestly, he USUALLY does school at the table, but last Thursday we were having a big tree cut down in our yard, so he did school work while he watched the guys work.

Another BIG first that I didn’t get any pictures of was the DENTAL WORK that Joseph has had done!   It took many dentist and doctor visits before he was ok-ed for oral surgery.  (And almost just as many screaming fits.)  To make a long story short, he finally had surgery and all of his teeth fixed!  YAY!  He’s sporting some crowns and extra holes that will soon be seeing permanent teeth!   No more tooth pain!  Double YAY!!

Thanks so much for following along with us.   Joseph is a FUN and FUNNY kid.  I’m thankful that he is a part of our family!

Some upcoming things:  In the next few weeks, Joseph will be assessed to see where he fits into elementary school and will most likely begin going to the public school at the end of August.

August 15th we go to Shriners in Houston for Joseph to be fitted for a wheelchair.  He is super excited to be getting a chair he can “run” in.  :)

In the near-ish future we will be contacting the doctor at Shriners in Philadelphia to see what he says about Joseph’s Hall’s Contractures.  (New name for Arthrogryposis!  :) )   If the doctor is willing to see Joseph we may be making a trip there.   When we took Joseph to Houston, back in March, he was very traumatized and uncooperative so they were unable to get a good diagnosis/look at him.  At that time we were told there was nothing that can be done for his arms or legs.  (We are stretching his wrists at home.)  We would like to get a second opinion– for sure.   We are waiting until we feel that Joseph is ready for a long day of being “messed with” before we try that experience again!  Joseph HAS been telling us that he wants to walk, now, so we would really like to see if that is even a possibility.  (Until we were in Indiana and Joseph was around a lot of cousins, he had never mentioned walking.)  Now that he talks about it a lot and has bonded more with us, we feel the time is approaching.

Many more new “firsts” to come!

We appreciate your prayers!!

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One Response to “SUMMER”

  1. marla August 3, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    love reading your updates. The family pic of all you guys is awesome.

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