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!!!!! :)
Later that day...Nana and Grandpa came to visit.
Then just one day later - Uncle John, Aunt Sylvia, Amelia and Quinn came to visit!
The guy golfed as the ladies played in the sun with the kiddos!! What a fun week and weekend we had!
Mexican food in the down town court yards!!!
The kids even enjoyed our night out!!! :)
We had ice-creme in historic Fernandina Beach! Yum!
On Sunday - before Aunt Sylvia had to leave us...we solicited her help for our Earth day project. "Make anything you want out of recyclable material"...that was our task! We were very happy with the Rhino!!
We had one day to get our selves mentally ready...and then on Tuesday morning - bright and early - Mommy and Josh headed to Nemours Children's Hospital in Norfolk, VA. Surgery went pretty well. Josh felt like crap when he first woke up from Anesthesia. He looked so sad and pathetic!! Broke my heart.
I had to hold him up because he could not feel his body from the waist down! He was like a little puppet.
In typical Josh style...the "down" did not last long! Within 30 min...he was already smiling and being silly!
He even got himself on all fours! He also fell over and conked his head on this metal crib...but of course there are no photos of that...I was rushing to help him and feeling like quite the terrible mother! ha ha ha
The day after Surgery was mommy's birthday! We had a yummy ice creme cake and went to pick up nurse grandma at the airport!!
Since Josh was not allowed at the park, beach, pool etc. etc.... we spent our afternoon hanging by the pond, catching fish and feeding the ducks!
Because nurse Grandma was here...I was able to go to the ball Military Ball with Steve! Mommy and daddy ran in to get ready for the ball about 30 min before we had to leave? yeah...wish I had thought ahead a bit...but we cleaned up well and had an pretty good time.
After the ball was over - there was nothing else on our plate, so we could kind of just relax and have some fun! Josh was feeling pretty good and so we ate out at the surf and went to the beach for the afternoon. (I promise...I put PJ bottoms on josh and three diapers - to keep the sand out of "there"!!!)
Most of the time Josh is in good spirits..but after a diaper change or a catheter flush...he can get kind of sad...and that is where the boys come in! They sit with him, make him laugh, hold his hand...and all in all - just feel so sad for their little brother! They have been a huge help and because of them...and all the rest of our friends and family...Josh is one step closer to a normal happy life! Tubes come out on Friday! Thanks Mom...for a week well spent! We miss you!