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My husband and I, the Dynamic Duo, have been married since 2003. We've weathered the storm of chronic disease (diagnosis 2006), infertility (diagnosis 2007), turning 30 (2006/2007 respectively) a first adoption (2009) of a tender hearted, compassionate Ukrainian BIG boy (born 2006), who has told us he'd like a baby sister, baby brother, big brother, and REALLY big sister. We recently completed our second Ukrainian adoption journey, which brought us a daughter (born 2005). We'll see what else God brings our way!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

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This was taken while Grandma Karl and Aunt Wendy came to visit...he was zonked! Those casts weigh about as much as he does, so he gets tired pretty fast, although all the excitement and entertainment by Grandma Karl and Aunt Wendy were the reason for this nap.

Papa let Eli help him reorganize the shed. Eli loved it!

We can't get water in the casts because it can cause some damage to his skin, so Papa put plastic bags with tape over them and Eli watered the flowers for us. He's such a good helper!

This week marks the start up of all our activities, so it's been an adjustment. Eli is doing great and loves hanging out with all the kids. I may pull him out of the AWANA program because he isn't potty trained, and he won't be able to memorize verses this year so he'll be the only kid without a vest and handbook. I really think he'll be affected by this, but I might give it one more week. We'll see.

Today Eli was fitted for his night splints and his braces. They'll come in before he's done with his serial casting so we're ahead of schedule for that, which is good. We also changed his casts today, which was heartbreaking for me. This poor kid was so excited to wear shoes and have those things off that he flipped out at the therapists office when they started the casting process. He was rewarded with some M&M's because of his bravery. But I could tell they were still hurting him because he woke up 2X while napping. After the second time, I wrapped him up in his blanket and took him to the couch where I craddled him for about 10mins and let him wake up a little more. Poor kid! And to add to everything I think he might be coming down with something. I can't tell for sure, though. Maybe it's just allergies.

The good news is that he gained 2 degrees on his right, and 5 degrees on his left ankles. Woohoo!


Christine said...

You guys are so great wrapping the casts in plastic.

Richard and Lisa said...

Great to see Eli doing so well.

Nicholas sends his regards!

We hope we can all get together again sometime soon...

Take care,

Richard, Lisa and Nicholas

Chris and Celeste said...

wondering how eli is doing, are his casts off? Would love to hear how he is adjusting.