Monday, February 28, 2011

That's okay, Daddy

If you have a four-year-old, you know what a terror the Well Child Checkup is at the four-year mark. Elijah had three vaccination shots in his legs, then they drew blood to test for lead (I mean, as if).

Meanwhile, Elijah has been in all kinds of other discomfort this week. He's losing weight because we're experimenting with his formula, trying to find something with more calories but still tolerable to his little tummy. He may or may not have strep throat (if not, then he definitely has something), and his sleep schedule is off again. So when I tell you we jabbed him with needles today, you can understand why I just wanted to scream. Instead, I cried a little.

I caressed his little head and kissed his cheeks as I held him down and watched them vaccinate him. Then, when Eli thought we were done for the day and going home, I took the elevator up, not down, to the phlebotomy lab. They couldn't find his veins in his arms, because they've never been able to, so they sliced his fingertip open with a razor and literally squeezed the required number of drops out of him. Once again, I held him tightly to my chest even as I forcably held his arm out for the technician to assault. I realized that, although I intended to whisper to Elijah, "It's okay, Daddy's here," I was actually unable to speak.

After they had enough blood, the tech put a little band-aid on Elijah's finger. With tears still streaming down his face, he perked up and said, "Oooh, I like a band-aid!" Then he looked straight at the guy and said, "Thank you for my band-aid!" Well, that did it. I just broke down in tears. The tech didn't know what to do with a grown man crying, so he just left the room without a word. Then I did the same.

In the car, Elijah said, "I'm tired, Dad." I asked if he wanted to go home, and he said, "Can we go home and sleep? I want my blue blanket." To this I responded, "Elijah, I'm sorry you got hurt back in that office." Before I could explain further, he answered in his very most chipper voice, "That's okay, Daddy." Then he sort of slumped down into his seat and said, "I still tired, Daddy."

I saw a documentary recently about how sand falling through an hourglass builds up in a cone at the bottom of the glass, until the cone collapses and it all fills up at the bottom, only to have the cone build up again. The documentary says the scientists found there's always a faultline that reaches from the center of the cone interior to the base of the cone exterior--or any sand structure, really--and although the sand is pouring through rapidly, the cone stands intact until one grain, EXACTLY one grain of sand strikes that faultline in EXACTLY the wrong spot. Out of all those grains falling together in a pouring flow, only one of the grains is responsible for the collapse.

So yeah, my sand castle shattered this morning, but the good news is, Elijah kept on going, and right away he started building the cone back up. When I tell you I don't know how he does it, I mean that literally. Even I'm amazed at what he's able to withstand, let alone accomplish, and I'm the one who's standing there every day watching him do it.

Pray for Elijah this afternoon, if you think about it. And don't forget to pray for my friend Lee Ann, whose father passed away very unexpectedly and rather quickly, just a few months before her wedding. We're simply heartbroken for her.


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Here's your Eli fix

Eli walking (physical therapist is hiding behind him).

Eli and Sophia washing mommy's car.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Eli's Greatest Hits

Elijah's Video Time Presents: Another action-packed episode of... "Eli At Play"

This week's episode: Elijah plays with a train, builds a track and a tunnel, COUNTS TO FOUR, says please and thank you, then eschews politeness and demands more blocks, figures something out, has an idea, and finally, gets excited when a friend calls. "It's all very uplifting." - Owen Liebermann, Entertainment Weekly

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Snow is Scary - Eli is Awesome

The Four Ramiri have been trapped at home since Monday night, and we're pretty okay with that. Sophia has been in snow drifts up to her neck (literally!) since the temperature rose above 14. Meanwhile, Elijah has been intimidated by the sight of all that strange white stuff outside, as any sane person would be. He has definitely made the best of the situation, eating and playing and watching shows. His favorite thing to do now is watch a Thomas clip loaded on YouTube, then pick from the four clips that show up which one he wants to watch next. He's pretty bright, this one.

We're praying for all of you! Stay safe, and stay home!

P.S. I don't have any videos right now. Why don't you send us some of yours, huh? Huh?