Monday, May 4, 2009

Graduation, new knee brace, and 2 month check up!

This past weekend we went to a graduation dinner/ceremony for JW. He completed the classwork to become a Journeyman Electrician and at the same time took courses through Vincennes University to earn an Associate's Degree. This has required him to go to classes 1 or 2 nights a week for the last 4 years from 5-9pm with a 45 minute drive there and back straight after work. This has been a sacrifice in that he was gone from the time he woke up to the time he had to go to bed on those days. I am proud that he pushed himself to complete the classes and finally is done with it! It was a great opportunity to better himself and it was sponsored by his work. Hey, you can't beat a free college degree nowadays! He also received certificates for having the highest grade point average in his class and perfect attendance (What a nerd! Ha! just kidding). Here he is shaking hands with the president of Vincennes University.

He received a leatherman multi-tool, some "cool" safety glasses, and a $50 giftcard to Lowe's. The program also paid for a hotel for the night so we spent the night at a Hampton Inn for free! Lottie really enjoyed lounging in the big king-sized bed at the hotel
JW has been attending physical therapy 3 times per week and just received a nifty aluminum brace to help stabilize his knee. Right now they are working on getting it to straighten. He still cannot bend it much but I imagine it is slowly getting better.

Today Charlotte had her 2 month check up. She weighed 11 pounds 8 ounces (70th percentile) and 22.5 inches long (50th percentile). Everything looked good. Her rash has cleared up around her face. I switched us all to the Dreft laundry detergent and got dye free/perfume free dryer sheets. I also have been using Aquaphor on her face when she gets out of the bath. That seems to help some! She had to get her first shots today.... :( I believe Tante Kirsten was with me when Luke had his first shots. I think he cried with the initial pain/surprise of it but was soon soothed when he was picked up. This girl... no way... she was ticked for a loooong time! I think she is going to be like her mother. She doesn't forget quickly and once you start crying, you can't stop! She screamed even after I cuddled her and theN I gave up and had to just carry her out of the doctor's office still crying. She does this very sad frown face when she gets hurt and her little bottom lip shudders and it's just ohhh soooo sad! It breaks my heart. Hopefully she won't be too bothered by the shots tonite. Luke has swim lessons, so that is where we will be!



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