Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Joseph with Joseph

The national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was playing at the Kennedy Center, and we thought it was the perfect show to see with our own Joseph.  (Plus it was starring 2 American Idol alumni from back in the days when I actually watched it, Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo!)  Funky foot issue aside, we went ahead and saw the show shortly after our trip to the ER that morning.  At one point we got him a wheelchair, but Joseph preferred to hobble along the majority of the time.

We all loved the show, and it's been hard not to belt out "Go go go Joseph!" at every turn.  We had also planned to walk around the city at night, showing Mimi the national Christmas tree and treating her to dinner at Old Ebbitt Grill, but after a lot of whining and moaning during a pitstop at the Willard, we decided it was too much for Joseph in his condition.

Speaking of which, he seemed to be a lot better after 24 hours on antibiotics, but there hasn't been much change since then.  The poor thing still absolutely refuses to stand or walk, so we also had to cancel our plans to cohost the 2nd annual New Year's Rave.  Looks like we're ringing in the new year on our own, with echoes of the other Joseph in our heads:

Go, go, go Joseph you know what they say
Hang on now Joseph you'll make it some day
Don't give up Joseph fight till you drop
We've read the book and you come at on top 

Monday, December 29, 2014

My Left Foot

Well, more accurately, it's his left foot.  Joseph's, that is.  What is wrong with it, that's a mystery.  He most certainly didn't have an accident or injury of any kind.  He hasn't been acting sick in any way, shape or form. He just started complaining that it hurt when we were walking around shopping 2 days ago, but it looked perfectly fine.  We humored him with Motrin and soaks and ice even though it appeared completely normal, thinking maybe he stepped on a Lego and bruised it.  Then he woke up yesterday with it all red, swollen and tender.  When he absolutely refused to bear weight on it, we decided to stop being doctor dads and took him in to the ER for an evaluation, worried that it was turning into a cellulitis.

His XRAY was normal and he was free to go with a special shoe.  They thought maybe he had just gotten a bug bite (ummmm, because that happens so often in the middle of December when you spend the whole day inside???) but gave a prescription for antibiotics just in case.

Even with the shoe he wouldn't walk much yesterday.  As of this morning it was even a little more red and swollen, so we started the antibiotics and will see if that makes a difference by tomorrow.  

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas 2014

Let's see if I can wrap this all up into one tidy post.

Grammy and Grandpa visited the weekend before Christmas.  Joseph got to open his 1st gifts of the season and was thrilled with his Giants jersey.  He has most definitely become a jersey boy, and perhaps he's a Jersey Boy at heart.  We also had Aunt Missy and the gang over for dinner and gift exchange as well.  We don't see them nearly enough anymore!

We didn't do any travel at all this year for the holidays due to our combined work schedules, and were graciously invited to spend Christmas Eve at Benjamin's grandparents' house again.  We were shockingly on top of things this year, so all we had to do was come home, put out some cookies for Santa, and get the presents out of hiding.  No last minute wrapping or assembling at all - first time ever!

Joseph was SO ready for more presents, and Santa did not disappoint.  I know it looks as dark as the night before, but we made it to a pretty reasonable 6:45am Christmas morning.

Tons and tons of Star Wars action figures and vehicles (much like the tons and tons of army men and vehicles we're already stepping over).  Many new Star Wars Lego sets too, which he was so desperate to receive that he hugged them.

Several "Call of Duty" Mega Bloks sets, which are exactly like Legos, except army themed.  I've mentioned before that he likes Legos, and Star Wars, and army stuff, right?  And jerseys.

The 2 things he really, really wanted Santa to bring were a Nerf gun and an iPad.  I told Santa I was completely opposed to both.  Santa came through with an iPad anyway, and Joseph's mind. was. BLOWN!

Even after all that, Santa still stuffed his stocking pretty good, with Pokeman cards, Minecraft minifigures, chocolate, and T shirts.  Santa has a pretty good sense of humor, because he also slipped in a Frozen Elsa PEZ dispenser.

After a special breakfast of gingerbread Belgian waffles, my main job was setting up the iPad with Joseph's favorite games, and then staring at the top of his head.  (He may not think so, but there will be limits)

And then it was on to prep for dinner Christmas night, as Mimi was flying in from Louisiana.

Santa may be done for this year, but I may have found a way to help him get around next year.