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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Joshie at 2!

The first thing that happened when Joshua turned 2 was he became a big brother to McKenzie 5 days after his birthday, 3 days before Kellys. She was a cute little birthday present to both of them. Joshua wasn't quite sure what to think of her though. He was the baby and he told everyone that. He was one of those kids that refused to potty train and would tell people he was the baby so he had to wear diapers.

He was a cute little guy with a hilarious sense of humor though. Look at this face. He is laughing though I can't remember why now.

Another one of my favorite of him. This one is also out of my scrapbooks. A rare photo of him actually sitting in a chair hehe. This was about the age we started noticing some behavior issues with him. Ah this kid had 2 tempers, actually still does. Either he is happy and he is really happy and he is flying of the walls happy. When he was not happy? He was pissed. This kid was strong! He litterly destroyed things when he was mad. I gave up with baby gates after the fifth one he destroyed with his temper. He broke the railing outside our house clean off! Oh yes he was fun.....


Like I said though he had a great sense of humor. We just had to pay alot of attention to his nap times and bedtimes. Any variation in his normal schedule totally threw him for a loop.



Notice his hair? He had the whitest hair! Mine was actually the same way when I was little only difference is mine was curly. Look at this sweet little guy. Although boy did he (still does) have a temper! I know I keep commenting on that but this kid was the reason the terrible twos ever became. I was actually convinced something was wrong with him and had him tested. He did score as having social delays and not responding correctly to social ques a few other things as well but he was (is) quick as a whip. Man is this kid smart!
We took him on his first camping trip this year and he loved it. This boy loved getting dirty and playing in the mud. Haha he could find mud in a desert! I've always said that about him. He also liked machines such as the quad below that he is sitting on. Don't worry he wore a helmet when actually riding it but he loved just sitting on it and insisted on wearig the gloves.


This was also the year I changed my idea about child leashes! One of the things with Joshua and his not having any fear is that being away from me never scared him. Around the time this picture was taken we went to the zoo with Izzak, him and Kenzie. In the split second I reached into the back of Kenzies stroller he disappeared out an enclosed exhibit. This was a good sized zoo and he was gone in an instant. Honestly I'd never been so scared in my life and Izzak was sure his brother was gone forever. He was actually missing for over 45 minutes. They found him climbing on a gate near the tiger exhibit. All the way on the other side of the zoo! He had made it there in such a short amount of time it scarred me to think of how far he could have gotten with any more time. He was not upset about not having us with him during that time at all he was just excited because when they found him they brought him to me in a golf cart. After that I changed my mind about the leash things. He would not ride in a stroller.
He was a difficult toddler and had a lot of issues from that but after almost losing him when he was born it didn't matter I was just grateful he was a thriving healthy little boy. I still am. I did learn something with him during this time though. I don't ever judge people or their parenting based on their kids behavior. Joshua and Izzak were being raised the same way and had completely different personalities. Sometimes when kids are difficult there is something more going on and the parents need more sympathy then glaring looks when they are trying to hold their child down during a major tantrum! This may not seem like a glowing report on what he was or is like but it's honest. I have people tell me I'm a good parent sometimes I don't feel that way and sometimes don't look that way either. One thing I can say though is I've fought for him and all of my kids to get what they need and deserve to be able to live normal lives. Joshua has always been an example of that. He was too young to diagnose with anything in everyones minds at 2 but even then we knew something was going on, I'll get to that later.

14 people had something to say:

frannie said...

OMG-- how scary to lose him!!!

in that picture where he is laughing so hard-- he looks so much like you!

It must have been incredibly challenging to have a child with that kind of temper! you must be superwoman!

Janice said...

Hey, Terri, I am just catching up on your blog. After seeing these pictures, I keep thinking, how fast time flies. Joshua is sucha cutie pie!!!!

BTW, I read your post about carrying babies in front of you instead of on your side. I'll have to remind myself to do that with Ava.

Janice said...

Oops, I forgot to add, I wasn't a big fan of child leashes either until I had my own children. I still need to get one, because Cameorn runs all over like a mad man when we're out. Those 45 minutes must have felt like 45 years! Glad he was safe. :-)

philosophyoflife said...

Such is your Joshua, the all American Action Boy - he laughs at'fear'...

One can see his mischevious eyes and smile from an early age in your photo's....

Alas when he went missing, an anxious time for you and 45 minutes can be a lifetime. Just pleased all was well.

Glad you looked at certain issues from an early age - it is so vitally important.

Enjoyed reading as well as viewing the photo's..

Karmyn R said...

There is definitely something in people's genes that causes them to behave certain ways. I think a lot of who you are comes before you are even born!!!

My children are totally opposite - and I could tell my daughter was going to be "spirited" by the time she was 2 months old.

I've never lost one of my children for more than 5 minutes - and that was pure hell for that 5 minutes. I can't imagine 45 minutes....oh you poor lady!

Amy W said...

I would definitely use a kid harness after that!!

Debbie said...

I agree with not judging other parents. What we see in public is such a small snippit of reality. I've certainly had days out with my kids that suck.

Joshua has such lovley eyes!

Emma in Canada said...

I love these posts. Losing him for so long must have been terrifying. I used trainers (the leash) with both Taylor and Liam. I definitely needed it with Taylor, once she could walk she hated the stroller. I didn't have them for these 2 though, but I have a feeling it would be a good thing for Sophie.

Pamela said...

I applaud you for deciding on a leash. Anything to protect the precious guy. Dang he was a cute towhead!!!

Kila said...

Wow, he sounds so much like my middle son. I understood everything you wrote about.

As for losing kids, I can't even count how many times my youngest son has run off and "lost" himself. Yikes.

dawn said...

I can relate to the losing a kid. We were at an RCMP musical ride and there was the hill, and the tents and the road. We were crossing the road and next thing we knew, T wasn't with us. I didn't even give a good description of what he was wearing. That was because he slipped into the portapotty, and when he came out, he was not longer wearing the garbage bag raincoat, and he was wearing a hat I forgot about, so they couldn't tell he was bald. When he couldn't find us, he headed in the opposite direction to the vehicle, and he got a cart ride too.

Heather K said...

Yeah i hated those harnesses too...I tried one but it was a velcro wrist one?!? What kid isn't going to figure out velcro??? Well mine sure did! So it didn't last for long and once I had 4 of them, I rarely went out.
Great post Terri...Joshua is a real little cutie! I'm sure your phone will be ringing with girls calling for him before too long! I must say I hate that about girls calling.....cousin in town has 3 boys and girls are always calling for them...drives her(mom) nuts. Oh well anyway..I guess you're not going to have a hard time finding things to write about this month with Josh's bd and the stories leading up to it! Keep it comin'.
Heather :)

Steffi said...

Great post of Joshuas life again and I agree with Frannie:you must be superwoman!

Melanie said...

How scary that you lost him. I can't imagine what that must have been like. My mom used to keep a leash on oe of my brothers b/c he did a lot of wandering too.