Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Farewell oki

So I put together a little video for my "farewell" to Okinawa. As much as I never thought I would say this, Iam kind of sad! I made some great friends and of course....met my soul mate in Okinawa. :) So its kind of sad leaving. It was definetly an experience, I can say that much. I had A LOT of pictures and the slide show keeps going after the song ends, haha! I couldnt find another song that "fit" the slide show. So, hopefully everyone enjoys it. It will be nice to look back on.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Back to out process...

Today was the day that Cj flew back to Japan to outprocess the base and the house. Alek and I will stay here in Hawaii and CJ will fly here when he is done ( about two weeks) and pick us up and we will fly to Arizona together as a family. Alek is doing awesome. He is working on sitting up by himself....he is not quite there yet, but I give him another two weeks or so and he probably will be sitting up. He is absolutly amazing. He has been sleeping through night for about a month now and he always has the biggest smile on his face. I love it. I love waking up to him every morning and seeing his sweet face.

Poor Cj has to take on the WORLD and I literally mean the WORLD when he gets back to Okinawa. He has to get our entire house packed up, paint the house ( the house I HAD to paint 4 months ago), outprocess his squadron, then out process the base, try and figure out how in the world we are going to our dog stateside with us. Come to find out long nosed dogs cannot fly when the temp. is over 85. So we have to try and figure out how we will get her with us. Getting rid of her just is not an option. So poor Cj has his hands full. Unfortunatly there is not too much I can do from here. So Iam helplessly waiting for him.

On a more selfish note, I definetly do not like that fact that Alek and I are stuck here in Okinawa by ourselves. Everyone says " What better place to be stuck than Hawaii". Yes it is beautiful here but Iam very much ready to get to our new home! We have been living in a hotel and a hospital for almost three months.

We have been looking at houses, and we will more than likely rent for the first 6-12 months and after that we will be buying our first house together in Tucson! We are ecstatic to get there and get Alek settled it and start over! It will be nice. And.....Jonathan will be joining us. So as you can imagine, I could not be happier! I have 4lbs to go until Iam at my pre-baby weight. I have been "stuck" at 4lbs out for about two weeks now! Iam actually shooting for about 10 lbs total to loose. That will be ideal. :) But...Iam still 4lbs out from my prebaby weight. My old clothes fit me, and Iam pretty happy about that! It took me about 4 months with Jonathan. Iam sure it will be alot easier to work out after I get out of this hotel room! haha!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Sorry the video is such bad quality. I had to take it with my cell phone because our camera charger is M.I.A.!!

Alek now weighs 10 lbs and is almost 23 inches long! He is eating about 5-6 ounces every 5 hours or so! :)

Alek is 8 weeks/ orders to Arizona

So, it has been a while since we have written in our blog. ( Sorry about that). Alek has pretty much made a full recovery. The doctors are absolutly blown away with how fast he recovered. For a while, he was having a very very bad diaper rash, so bad it was bleeding. So we were constantly worried about it. The doctor prescribed a very hard to find, diaper rash paste for his butt. It works great, only one problem. It is nearly impossible to get. We have to go through a tube in a half in a 24 hour period just to keep his butt somewhat comfortable for him. For 5 tubes of this stuff it us $200. We are in a run around with the insurance company about paying for it. But other than that, Alek is doing wonderful. He is smiling and laughing now. I love it! He is sleeping through the night, he has been doing that for about two weeks now. He goes to bed around 11 and wakes up around 6. Works for me! I love waking up to his smiling face. But he can change his mood REAL quick....if he gets hungrey or has even the slightest wet diaper...everyone knows within a one mile radius! haha! The boy has some lungs, that for sure. But he is amazing. We are so proud of him. He has been through so much and you would never know by looking at him. In fact, the doctor did her " two month assesment" on him at his appointment and he is ahead of his age group according to her. She says with everything he is doing ( lifting his head up as high as he does, holding his weight up with his legs, trying to crawl if you lay him on his belly) he is ahead and by the "books" at about 2 months and three weeks. So of course, we are happy!

Now, people say " wow..how do you guys do this, watching your baby go through all of this?" I have to say, it is really one of those things where you really have no choice but to just stay strong and you do whatever you can to make him comfortable. With everything he has went through, after the IV's and tubes, and most of all the surgery...you would think his 8 week immunizations would be NO big deal for me, right!? WRONG!!! I was sooo sure I would be alright to go in there with him and "hold him down" so they can give him his 4 shots. I held him down and that doctor stuck him with that needle in his little leg and he looked up at me with his big brown eyes and they filled up with these big ol' teers and I started crying! Then I held him for the rest of the day! Poor little guy. But he is doing good.

On another note, in case you havent heard....WE GOT ORDERS TO TUCSON, ARIZONA!!!! That was our first base of choice. So we could not be happier that we got that base! CJ was stationed there for three years before moving out to Japan. So he knows the area really well. Jobs seem to be decent out there from what I saw online, which is awesome! We will, more than likely, be there for good because Alek can only be one hour driving distance from a pediatric GI and CJ has only certain jets he can work. So anyway, we are very very happy to be moving to Arizona. It will be really nice living state side again. Japan was a great experience but Iam ready for the US again! :) We are still in Hawaii right now. Cj has to go back to Okinawa only to out process the base and get the house all packed out. Alek and I will stay in Hawaii ( because Alek obviously cannot go back there) and CJ will come down here and pick us up and we will fly to Arizona together. So, in about three weeks or so..we should be in Arizona!