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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Party and The Party Take Two.

Jadon's first birthday party was on Saturday.  It was a monkey theme because Shelby and I always call him "monkey".  I had plates and napkins with monkey's on them.  So cute!  Matt's sister Emily made him a monkey cake and then his own little banana shaped cake!  It was AWESOME!!!  There were coordinating cups, table clothes, balloons, and streamers.  And there was also one very miserable birthday boy.  That's right.  Jadon was not feeling well at all.  He was fine all morning then right about the time we started loading up the truck to take things to the hall he starting having what we are referring to as a "bad nerve day".  To explain:  Since the end of December Jadon has had episodes where he gets really agitated out of the blue.  He will start fussing and his face will become flushed.  Within minutes he is screaming and squirming in our arms.  I give him ibuprofen but it does not seem to make a difference.  We just have to walk and rock him.  After about an hour to two hours the episode passes and he sleeps for a couple of hours.  Worn out and exhausted.  He will wake up from the nap perfectly normal.  I have tried to find foods or other triggers that each episode might have in commen but there is nothing.  I have read that adults with nerve injuries report similar episodes.  Lightning strikes and shoots of pain in the area.  I am trying to take it as a good sign that thing are happening but it is so hard to see him in pain. 

So we knew what was happening and my first thought was "NO!  Not right now"!  I knew from previous experience that this was a couple hours just gone for Jadon.  We loaded up and headed out to pick up the extra cake and decorate the hall just hoping that it would go away (but knowing it would not).   He cried all the way to Bloomington and all the way to the hall.  One of is had to hold him while the other one decorated and got ready.  Luckily Dani and Brian showed up early to help.  All the guests kept trying to get smiles out of him and it was just not happening.  We sang "Happy Birthday" and the whole time he looked at us like this was the last place he wanted to be.  He did not touch his "banana" cake.  By the time everyone was done with cake and ice cream he was asleep in his Aunt Brenda's arms.  I knew he needed to rest so we just left him and I explained to everyone that we would take the gifts home and have him open them later when he was feeling better.  I promised we would take a lot of pictures.  A lot of people stayed for awhile and visited with us while Jadon slept.  He probably got in a good hour nap. 

He woke up when we were getting his coat on to leave.  By the time we got him in the truck he was smiling and bobbing his head to the music on the radio.  The whole way home he chattered with Shelby and her friend Theresa in the back.  Just like nothing ever happened.  We got home ate dinner.  Cindy and Marion came over to watch Jadon open presents.  He had a grand old time.  Loved all his gifts.  Then he ate his whole banana cake!  In the end it was a successful day just wish we could have shared all of it with family. 

Here are some pictures:

Emily's Monkey Cake

Jadon's personal Banana Cake

Not a happy boy.

Not into this at all.

And he is out!

Happily Opening his presents later that night.

He loved his Cubs Hat.  Had to wear it the rest of the night.

Enjoying his cake the second time around.

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