Friday, April 13, 2007

Please Don't Buy A Watch

I have been telling Joseph's aunts and uncles to please never buy him a watch. It was interesting back in November when I met with his Kindergarten teacher. She had all good things to say about Joseph--no problems academically or behaviorally(is that a word). BUT she asked if Joseph gets nervous about things--I think this is her nice way of saying is he OCD. When he was going to school in the a.m., Joseph was the one who would tell her it is time to load up backpacks and get ready for the bus. One day they were all lined up to go to where the buses are and his teacher wanted to go over one more thing. Joseph questioned her "Do we have time?" Each morning when it gets to be 10:00/10:30a.m. no matter where we are, Joseph starts asking "what does your watch say?" I let him open the door at 11:40 by my watch and his bus does not arrive until 11:50 but it settles him to have that door open. Today I did not have my watch on and he ran up to my room to get my watch. I never really noticed his behavior until his teacher pointed it out. Daddy insists that he gets this behavior from me--he's probably right but watching how Joseph gets is really telling me that I have got to take a big chill when we go places and NOT get so caught up in the time.
Whether JiaLi is reading a book or just in a new place, she loves to ask "what's that?" Even if she knows the answer she still asks the question as you can see above with Daddy. Sad to say but we have only taken her to the zoo once which was last year in May. We have an annual walk that we do in May in a Boston Zoo and we are so excited to do it this year with all the talking that JiaLi is doing. The walk is a Kidney Foundation Walk and we do it in honor of a good friend who has had a Kidney Transplant. He is Joseph's Godfather. We have had a few scary moments this year with him ending up in the hospital with very high blood pressure and always the scare that he is rejecting his kidney(which he received from his brother). We are so thankful for the Kidney Foundation and the walk that we do each year with all our friends including his family--it's one of those times that you learn to truly appreciate. The walk is May 20/21st(I don't have a calendar in front of me) and I really can't wait to see the kids this year. Last year JiaLi pointed at everything--this year she will be able to point and speak:) We are so thankful for all the help we have had with her.


LaLa said...

Poor Joseph...he couldn't live with Aunt LaLa..I don't even own a watch (of course I have a cell phone to tell time) Yeah, the Zoo will be so much fun this year!

Kayce said...

Hi there! What a beautiful family you have and a great blog to boot! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your comment. We should definitely chat sometime. I've been a diabetic since I was 7. It's nice to see a fellow type 1 out here in cyber land adopting from China. Talk to you soon.