Thursday, April 30, 2009
Row Row Row your boat
Gently down the stream....
Merrily Merrily Merrily Merrily....
life goes down the drain!
Hmmmmm.......does he need therapy? Is he unhappy? Life goes down the drain....seriously...it sounds a bit disturbed!!! But he looks happy when he sings it!!! :)
Monday, April 27, 2009
This is already a cool day because it is Uncle Brian's birthday! And soon after we called to wish our favorite guy at happy 29th birthday (again)..... we headed to the Nassau County Court House to officially adopt Mr. Joshua Song Mongold!! Because STeve was not with me in China, our adoption was not final. We can now apply for a birth certificate and all the other things that go with a citizen of the US!
The judge said to us....."now you realize that once you swear in front of the courts, this is final and this little boy is yours forever?" ....and he didn't even smile when he asked it? Very serious dude!!! ha ha ha.....and we said yes...and of course we are thinking...yeah....and if it is not...you can find us in Mexico with our family.....hiding out from anyone that would want to take our baby!!!!! :)
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
He is still numb from the waist down and can feel no pain! That will be nice for the next few hours. And poor guy…does not realize he can’t walk…he has fallen about a million times!!
Doc is not all that optimistic that this is the final surgery! But hey…if it is simply one step closer to fixed....then I am happy with this day!!
Can’t really tell what is going on down there with all the tubes and swelling…I’ll keep everyone posted! For now…all is well and we are very relieved that he is smiling and hanging with us!! Good day!!
Thank you for all your love and prayers!! .…you have no idea how much it means!
Monday, April 20, 2009
From paperwork, to homestudys, to china trips and adjusment phases....and now the next step in our journey is about to begin! Our path to making Josh's body as perfect as his heart and mind!!!
Tomorrow is Josh's surgery day! I am full of fear, excitement, hesitation, anxiety, and love....as we wait another 24 hours for the Doctors to have their time with little Josh. I hope for great things, I know the percentages, yet I have a gut feelings that we are going to be able to fix our little guy.
Please give Josh and his doctors your prayers and positive thoughts tomorrow as we take this next step in our journey.
I can't wait to write again and send you all the results of our time in Jacksonville!!!
We are so happy that with all the colds and crud's that Josh seems to catch...he is now well and snot free!! He is happy and healthy and learning more and more each day. It is a good time for this surgery. Mom will be here to help me out this week and Daddy has a couple of days off work. All in all, we are as ready as we can be!
Love to all of you and thank you for loving this crazy Mongold family! More soon!!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Yep...highest point east of the Mississippi - in the clouds really! The weather went from Crap, to slightly better than crap and then back to crap!! ha ha ha ha....but who cared! We had a ball.
All of my siblings, my mother, my brother in law, niece, and grandparents - all under one roof. And to top it all off.....Aunt Shelli, Shane and Ryan came for the fun and stayed with their Grandma...just down the street! We were visited by life long friends and super sweet girlfriends.
The rain did not keep us inside - we had Easter egg huts, bonfires and hikes in the woods. The snow did not keep us from climbing trees and taking walks to the park! We had a ton of food and a million laughs! The week flew by and I am already looking forward to the next time
Sorry that there are so many photos in this show...but I just could not seem to whittle it down!! Thanks for a super week everyone! The boys and I are already home sick!
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Thursday, April 2, 2009
And along those same lines, he has seen each little Einsteins episode so many times that he will say what they characters say - one or two words - before they say it. And they die laughing because he is so proud of himself.
Josh wakes up every morning and plays in his crib - he finally knows that each day will be a good one and each day he will have this same family to love him. I can see it in the way he walks around the house and in the confidence he is showing more and more of each passing moment.
Josh point to everything that we pass each day - counter, bird, tree, car, chair, carpet etc. etc. etc. And when I don't tell him what it is...he says - Mommy....look!
When i say a Mandarin word to josh he shakes his head no a starts pointing to his body parts so that I will tell him what they are in English.
He can walk farther than any of his brother without fussing. And it takes him at least twice as many steps to get to the same place!
Josh thinks the word MUM means look. So when he sees something he wants me to look at he says "mommy....MUM!"
Josh will not go to bed without hugging, kissing and saying night night to every member of the family. We have had to retrieve kids from the woods in order to fill the bill so that Josh can go to sleep without crying. Once this ritual is over...he walks to his crib to be put in!
Josh screams "DADDY" every time Steve walks in the door and runs to him!
If josh does something that he knows is wrong and I say "josh...did you (throw)" or whatever the crime...he will shake his head yes and run to his time out chair on his own.
He copies EVERYTHING Will does. He wants to BE Will. But he sees Kyle and Ben as more like "other" parents. He treats them more like he does me. Hugs and kisses and such. And he does not really fight with them - only with Will. But in the end...Will is his life partner - he LOVES LOVES Will.
Josh brings me a diaper when he needs one and if he is naked...he will always ask to use the potty.
Bath time is our favorite time of the day - we sometimes do it twice. If you don't bath him upon request...he will follow you around the house....saying "Bath" over and over and over...in the same voice, without changing it up a bit.....over and over and over....It is truly - after 20 min of this...a small version of Chinese torture!!
As soon as we get to the park Josh will say "swing" as loud as he can...over and over and over...until we push him. he will NOT quit till he gets what he wants.
Josh still loves his bottle, he can say it clearly and if we don't get it for him...he grabs a kitchen chair...pulls it to the counter....finds a bottle and brings it to you...as if to say "You must have not understood me....THIS IS WHAT I WANT!!" He may truly be 7 and still using a bottle!! I don't have the heart to cut it off!!
Josh has a bear that he calls Bah (just like Will) and he has it with him all the time.
As long as he is fed and has had a nap...the whining is really getting so much better. I think he is replacing whines with words. Very fun for ALL of us - especially me!! :)
Josh's favorite thing to do is dance, listen to music, make music and then dance again! I think he may be the only Mongold boy with rhythm!
He runs into the Y daycare now and says - bye bye mommy!! Back soon!.......He truly knows that i will be back and that he gets to have fun in the mean time. How liberating that must feel for him!
Josh says "lush you" each night to me before bed. And he whispers it in my ear like a secret. It makes me weak and almost cry every night!
He is still very sensitive. If anyone pushes him over...on purpose or by accident...even if he is not hurt...he will cry buckets until the pusher has picked him up and said "I'm sorry". No one else, but the wrong doer, can stop the tears. He needs rectification for his trauma! The boys....pick him up and hug him without even thinking about it anymore...it is now...just "what you do" when you knock over josh! And at 25 pounds...it happens A LOT!!
I have always felt that Josh was a part of this family - even before we brought him home...but now...he feels this way too and it has brought a bit of harmony to our crazy circus!
I compared photos the other night of Josh the day we came home and of him just a few days ago...and the biggest difference is in his hair. It is shiny and the sun glistens off of it. You can no longer see his scalp when the wind blows....and it is actually shorter now than when we got him. It helps me to know that the good food and vitamins are truly making him healthy!
His favorite two foods are "golgish" and "etzels". So that tells me he is a very normal two year old!
Shoes are still a weird place for Josh...some days we want them on all the time...some days we cry to get them on....still can't have them on while the car is moving? Will the shoe weirdness ever end!?! Soooooo wish I understood it all?!?!
We look forward to continued success with our little guy! Each day I am thankful that he came to us. Each day I see more and more that Josh is supposed to be with us! Each week that passes I find a bit of myself coming back into play - as "I" adjust to life with 4 kids - and as I get to know just "who" our little Josh is inside! You have changed me little man. I now believe things that I had a hard time wrapping my head around just a half a year ago! I look forward to an update a few months from now...so I can look back and see just how much we have all grown....together!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
We had a wonderful weekend with our special friends and Chesapeake Neighbors - Erica, Benjamin and Bradley! The kids played till they dropped each day and we were so sad to see them go. We can't wait till summer when we can all be together again! Here are some photos from our visit!! :) Thank you for loving us Zayac's and for making this long trip to see us. We love you back!