Thursday, September 18, 2014

1st Birthday and Catching Up

Dear friends,

When I left you last the stage was set for a spectacular first birthday.  As often happens when we set our own stage, the star of the show actually breaks his leg.  

Well, Jonah didn't break his leg (yet - it's only a matter of time), but the day of his birthday we got a call from his school that he was running a fever.  Thank goodness I sent a cake so he could have a little celebration with friends because next we found ourselves in the doctor's office hearing the words "hand, foot, mouth disease."  Aaaaagh!

He was at the start of the five day ordeal and doc said no party.  So we had  to cancel the huge family bash we had planned for that Saturday.



I'm still dying from it.  I mean it was going to be the first Pinterest-worthy experience I've ever managed to pull off.  I had cake pops and cakes and a place rented and almost every single person on my guest list was planning on coming.  Even my parents from Tulsa and my brother and his NEW GIRLFRIEND WE WERE GOING TO MEET FOR THE FIRST TIME.

Gah.  It was so sad.

My parents still came down and risked hand, foot, and mouth.  Jonah had a pretty bad day the rest of his actual birthday and the next day (Friday).  But by Saturday he was up for a little fun.

You can see the spots by his mouth here:

Poor little guy.  

We cheered him up with the annual Labor Day Parade.  Last year my parents went to this while we were in the hospital having Jonah!  It was fun to get to take Jo.  (We stood on the side of the street that had no people, ha!)

Then we got Birthday Cake ice cream and a cupcake and headed over to Oma and Opa's for an intimate celebration, which quite honestly...turned out to be so perfect and Jonah loved it.  (But I'm still saving his original theme and big bash for next year).

We sang Happy Birthday and Ol' Jo Short and Jonah was precious eating his cupcake in awe. 

Sunday night Jonah had his first sleepover at Nonni and Grandpa's rental house, and everyone had a ball!!

My parents usually rent a house in our neighborhood when they come in and on our walk back down the street from dropping Jonah off, Howard stated that he didn't feel so well.

Annnnd that was the start of a horribly severe case of Hand, Foot, and Mouth for Howard.  Apparently he'd never had it as a kid because it was bad.  He missed the whole first week of school and after running a temp of 101.3 for two days he developed sores in his throat that made it painful to even swallow water.  Nothing brought him relief.  Nothing.  We tried everything.  It was awful.

So we have had a very rough start to our school year, and now that we're finishing up the third week I'm starting to think maybe it's about to get better??  Maybe??  Let's pray it does because this tired is no way to live!  I have blogging to keep up with people!

Jonah, you are loved so much we have to keep idolatry of you in check.  You are even-keeled but decisive.  You are warm and encouraging - simply put you 'see' others.  You really recognize people with you and pay attention to them.  You seem to truly care about what they have to say and how they are feeling.  You are adventurous, but practical.  You are determined, but you don't get flustered when frustrated (just today you pushed a chair around the kitchen and tried over and over to get it across the lip where the linoleum meets the carpet - not once did you throw a fit or whine - you just stayed on task and sighed and tried again and again.  I, on the other hand, stood watching and lamented the fact that we have both linoleum and cheap carpet).

On your birthday you weighed 23.2 pounds.  You say "out" for outside, "dis," for "this," and "Kkkkkkkkkkkk [+ back of throat German-like gurgle]" for "Cotton."  You recognize a lot of words (duck, ball, pat, clap, forehead, dance, cow, dog, baby, cup, plane, lion, paci, shoes, Mama, Papa, Nonni, Grandpa, Oma, Opa), and you definitely think you know how to work the remote control.

You love our Wednesday morning WeePlay class at the library.  You like dancing and singing.  You are most at home when you're outside.  You give the sweetest hugs and kisses.  You chuckle and it brings a whole room profound joy.

You light up our lives.  Thanks for being so good to us.  

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