Thursday, April 14, 2011

First Birthday!!!!

I have been delaying blogging about this. This birthday was way harder for me than I expected, for several different reasons. I feel like tonight I can blog about it without getting too emotional.

We had planned a party at the park, but of course it was raining. We changed it at the last minute for Pizza Inn because my house is WAY too small to hold even the family. Joey couldn't have cared either way. It was a great party. We had our family there plus a few of our close friends from church. That was way nice. We have friends. haha. There were lots of gifts and cake and happiness. I'm not going to lie, I totally teared up when we sang to him. It was just a great time!

(I am totally stealing this idea from other blogs)

Things Joey likes:
Mac and Cheese
Hiding in the bathroom
Hannah (his physical therapist)
Flashing those smile at every lady that complements his hair
Big Brother

Things Joey doesn't like:
Anybody taking him from Daddy (including me!)
Chocolate pudding
Doctors/nurses bothering him
Being hungry
Loud noises
Trying new stretches/therapy

This year has been somewhat of a roller coaster. At General Conference last time there was a talk that questioned "Could it be possible that you need this child as much as this child needs you?" Sometimes I wonder why things have to be so hard. Don't get me wrong, it could be worse, A LOT worse. But, as we have prayed about things, to find comfort and strength, to know what to do to help Joey progress, we have both determined something. Maybe Joey wasn't sent here so that we could help him. Maybe he was sent to our family to help us. His trials have brought us closer as a family and closer to Heavenly Father. Joey has taught us in a special way that prayers are answered, that the priesthood is here, and that Heavenly Father has a plan for each of us. Although sometimes I get overwhelmed I do know these things are true.

We are getting close to getting a diagnosis for him...(I hope). We went to a orthopedic doctor yesterday and he said something that kind of made me feel a bit better about things. He said that he really didn't care what the exact diagnosis was as long as we had a happy baby that was progressing. And he is....slowly but surely! We've still got a ways to go, but look how far we have come.

I love little Joey. He has blessed our lives and brought so much love to our family.

Happy Birthday, Joey Monster!!!!

(that was from Kirk!)