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As soon as we started shaving Joel’s head, I wished we hadn’t.  I cried.  Ryan and I both think it may have been a mistake.  Bald Joel just looks like sick Joel to us.  Thin, patchy hair never looks good, and so probably the shaved head is better than how it was, but frankly we hate it.  You can pray for us that we get used to the haircut quickly.  In the meantime, we’re going to find some cute hats.  Here are a few before during and after pictures.

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Pictures From Before

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Pictures During and After

We had a really fun time at Joel’s Birthday party, and I think he did too!  There was no specific theme, but we just tried to do things Joel liked, so kids blew bubbles at him, and we hit balloons up in the air and around the room, we played hot potato with a football and we all had rootbeer floats.  Our big boy is 3-years-old, and he starts pre-school on Tuesday.

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Joel will be in preschool four days a week, three hours a day.  It seems like a lot for a 3-year-old, but he will get lots of very focused attention and speech, physical, occupational and hearing therapy.   I think the experience will be really good for Joel and that he may overcome more of his developmental delays.

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We have been wondering for the past couple days if Joel might be getting sick.  He acts cranky and feels slightly warm, but never with a temperature.  We are watching him closesly, but Ryan and I both suspect we may be spending some time in the hospital soon.  Maybe Joel’s counts are still high enough to let us stay home even if he does get a fever!

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Here are a few photos from Joel’s party!

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Joel’s surgery is underway. We got moved forward in the schedule because of a no show. They expect the procedure to take about an hour and a half. Joel was very sweet all morning.  (In the pictures below, the purple mark on Joel’s forehead is where the surgeon wrote her initials above his left eye so they would all remember which eye to operate on.  I think it looks like a tattoo Mike Tyson would be impressed with.)
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Joel’s nervousness about Elijah has passed. Joel held Elijah for a long time today and kept patting him and giving him little squeezes. Joel just loved getting to hold Elijah. All the boys got to come and visit Joel today with their Aunt Hannah, who took some pretty cute photos of all my men!
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Tomorrow is my gallbladder surgery; so, I would love for you to pray for me. Enjoy these new photos.

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Our youngest son, Elijah Joseph Green was born this morning, April 19th 2011 at 8:06 am. He weighed six pounds, 12 ounces and was 19 inches long. He was born 6 days before his due date, because we had a required c-section. His due date was Easter.
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The c-section went very smoothly, a much different experience from the emergency c-section we had with Joel. I have had a little anxiety on the pain medication but it is being managed now and we are all doing well. Elijah is a very sweet baby. He calms himself very easily and has been sleeping a lot. He looks just like his brothers. Here are lots of pictures from our morning (although we haven’t taken the time to take any real beauty shots of Elijah, so look out for those later today or tomorrow.
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A fun random fact about Joel: He loves to eat Jelly Beans!
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Joel, Caleb and Isaac went to the park with their grandma today and from the photos she took, it looks like they had a fabulous time.
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Today, we took the kids to a 4-H carnival and they had a great time playing games. My favorite part was letting Joel enjoy the Petting Zoo, something we could never have done while he was on therapy because his immune system would not have been up to the challenge.
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Also, we received a new high chair this week as a gift from a small group here in town that had been praying for Joel. Our old highchair was a $10 garage sale find 5 years ago and had been through all three boys, it was in terrible shape and Joel spends a lot of time in the highchair lately. Anyway, the new highchair is fabulous and it has wheels so Joel has spent the last ten minutes walking around pushing the highchair like an over-sized walker. He is very proud of himself and it is the most interest he’s shown in walking in a month! Joel even pushed it with Isaac sitting in it which was adorable. I’ll have to take video of this next time, but this time I was enjoying the moment too much to stop and record it. In the meantime, here are some photos from the petting zoo, and I’ll add video of the petting zoo in the next few days.
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This photo really shows how much Joel’s hair has grown in the last few weeks, Ryan told me the other day that part of him wanted to shave Joel’s hair just so he “looked like Joel again.” (For the record, I couldn’t disagree more!)
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Caleb is out of school today, tomorrow and Monday so we are making the most of it with a little stay-cation. Today we took the boys to the Children’s museum. It was a really fun day, and Joel actually cried, like a little mini-fit, when we left because he wasn’t done playing yet and didn’t want to leave. It was a great opportunity to take some cute pictures of Joel.
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Do you remember how excited we were that Joel got to go swimming for the first time in over a year? Joel got to go swimming because they removed his broviac and decided not to replace it until “something changed.” We thought he would hate it because he really hated baths, but he actually really enjoyed swimming and was very peaceful in the water. Here are a few pictures.
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Joel Goes Swimming December 23rd (first time in a year)

Joel Goes Swimming December 23rd (first time in a year)


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These are pictures from a Chinese restaurant we went to after church the Sunday after Christmas. Joel had a great time!
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Joel enjoying egg drop soup.  December 26th

Joel enjoying egg drop soup. December 26th


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Joel with rice on his nose on December 26th.

Joel with rice on his nose on December 26th.


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I didn’t know how I’d feel about finishing up this second round of radiation. It didn’t feel at all as monumental of finishing up the 6-week round of radiation. It was nice to have all the pomp and circumstance of a “last day” but it was a little disheartening since we had already had “last day” celebrations and it was kind of sad to be back. One of the neatest things they do for your last day of radiation is let you put your handprint on the wall of the recovery room. I had pictures of Joel’s handprint the first time and we decided to do Joel’s other hand this time and put it right next to his last handprint. A matching set. Again, it is hard to say whether it is sweet or devastating, but Joel’s “matching set” are the smallest hands on the wall.
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Joel's last day of radiation January 2nd 2011.

Joel's last day of radiation January 2nd 2011.


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The hand on the left is Joel's hand print on the wall of the recovery room for finishing this round of radiation.  The handprint on the right was from finishing his first round of radiation back in May.

The hand on the left is Joel's hand print on the wall of the recovery room for finishing this round of radiation. The handprint on the right was from finishing his first round of radiation back in May.


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See the two tiniest green handprints in the center, they are Joel's.

See the two tiniest green handprints in the center, they are Joel's.


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On the ride home from radiation.  Joel enjoyed his sucker which was a prize for finishing radiation, he also got a toy stuffed rat, a certificate and some bubbles.

On the ride home from radiation. Joel enjoyed his sucker which was a prize for finishing radiation, he also got a toy stuffed rat, a certificate and some bubbles.


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I think it is striking how much chubbier Joel looks in this next photo compared to the previous one. These photos were taken just three days apart, but Joel’s huge appetite due to the steroids he was taking have really made a shift in Joel’s appearance. We’ll try to take a few more “fat” photos before the steroid hunger wears off.
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Joel just three days after finishing radiation.  Look how chubby he's gotten from drinking 7 bottles a day!

Joel just three days after finishing radiation. Look how chubby he's gotten from drinking 7 bottles a day!


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I mentioned in a post a few days ago that Joel loves mylar balloons.  Well actually Joel just loves balls in general.  Especially balls that hang in the sky.  We went to Caleb’s kindergarten class to drop off cupcakes for his birthday a few weeks ago, and Joel was positively thrilled about an inflatable globe that hung from the ceiling of Caleb’s classroom.  I can not explain to you how excited he was, and how hard it was for us to pull him away from the globe.  Later that day, Ryan decided that eventually we should find a way to hang all kinds of balls from the ceiling in Joel’s room.

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