Thursday, May 29, 2014

5 years.


This world has been graced with five years of this little boy.  

Mr. Zihao.  Named Zhong Hua shortly after birth when he was found in a small shoe box.  

Oh my boy.

He's loved. When he's lovable and when he's not.  

He adores his siblings.  And they adore him.

His best friend is definitely Izrael.  He's 2 years older but they are total peers.

We celebrated little Zihao this week.



On Izrael's birthday we bought Zihao a few gifts since they are so close.  So we did the same for his birthday. They were so cute :)


His siblings got him a pillow pet :)


Teaching the gift of giving even on your birthday...he gave Izrael a wagon of blocks :)


:)


His gift from Auntie Joss 


Happy day Zihao!!

1.5 years.

So...I'll back up.

The moment Taizi was handed to me in China, I looked at Dean and said "woah...he smells like infection".  I'm still not sure how I knew what infection smelled like...but obviously I did.

We took him back to the hotel and first thing we did was bathe him.  With oils. Strong oils.  Then we took him out of the bath and brushed his teeth. Surely that would take care of the smell.

Not even close.

It's been a bit of a private battle but a serious one.

When he would freak out (which was so very often, especially in the beginning)...and he would sweat...it was completely off the charts.

In fact...if you touched him (which we did...) and got the odor on your hands (which we did...) we would scrub and scrub and scrub our hands to get it off.

I was pregnant with Nazara and my sensitivity to smells ... is really bad when pregnant. So this was lots of...fun :(

Well I've fought this for 1.5 years. We have done blood tests and every kind of scan looking for hormonal deficiencies...

and found nothing.

Finally I asked my doctor to hold him and smell him.

She looked at me and said "oh Janice...he smells like INFECTION".

Ok but he had no fever, no illness. What could it be...?

Well...that little tract on his ear that was tiny and oozed pus from the very beginning was the only thing that was infected.

So we did the surgery and removed it.

It got reinfected...and the smell...oh...my...goodness.

It was surgically cleaned out and removed for good. And it is gone. I mean...it's gone. I could cry.  Cry b/c the smell is finally gone. And I could cry b/c I (barely) endured it for 1.5 years. YEARS.  :( It was so unbearable at times. His room would smell so bad. His blankets.  Dean's shirt (from holding him).  My hands.  Oh...it's been so difficult.  Because it smelled so bad and so very strong.

A few days ago Taizi freaked out about something.  He was sweating and just really worked up. I boldly put my head close and smelled him. And...he smelled like his shampoo from his latest bath.  And I almost cried.

Such a small thing. But such a big thing.

A tiny tiny tiny little oozing sore. And it changed the smell of every sweat drop out of his body.

SO thankful for my doctor that loves our family and didn't give up on my seemingly silly plea....to please please please help me with this odor.

Ahhhhh..

Friday, May 23, 2014

Oh my!

It's been a while since I have written...and I haven't even thought about it. That's just a little peak into how busy we have been :)

We have moved. Lived. Worked. Lived. And been very tired :)

Everyone is doing really well.  Kids are doing well. Therapy has been on temporary hold for a few weeks but is resuming soon.  Weather has warmed up.  Baby is growing and oh-so-fun.

Thank you for checking on us, I promise silence has only been indicative of busy-ness :)

Will update more soon.