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Birth/New born
Joshua was born in Independce, MO at 8:36 am on December 24th, 1987. He weighed 6 lbs 15 oz. and he was 19 1/2 inches long. He was my first baby. I was instantly in love with him. I would say I loved him from the time I knew that I was pregnant with him. It was so good to be holding him in my arms. Yes he had ten fingers and ten toes. On Christmas day instead of just being wrapped in a receiving blanket the babies were wrapped up and it looked as though they were in Christmas stockings. Plus the little hat was Santa clause hat. It was so cute. When I brought Joshua home his older brother and his two older sisters were brought over by their mother and they had a present that said "Welcome to the real world". I don't regret having to spend Christmas in the hospital because I received the best present I could have ever hoped for. One of the unpleasant memories is how colicy he was. He would cry from 5pm until 10pm. In the end it was all worth it.
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Poke Berries
Josh was about two and he was outside with me while I was hanging out the clothes. He and his dog went around the corner of the house. When I was done I called him and he came up to me and he was berry stained from ear to ear. I asked him what he ate and he said nothing momma. (We had just been down to his grandpa's and grandpa had blueberries and other kinds of berries that were not quite ready so they were sour) Any way I asked him again what he had eaten. He said "I didn't eat anything momma". Finally I asked him to show me what he ate and he reluctantly showed me the poke berries. I called the poison control center and they said to give him ipacac. By that time he already had a headach. Well you probably know what he did all night after the ipacac. It was strange because just the day prior when I was shopping I bought some ipacac. I never had it in the house prior. The part that makes me laugh is when he didn't know that his face had berry juice on it and he kept telling me he hadn't eaten anything. It wasn't funny at the moment but after every thing was fine it was and is.
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Story time
Josh was almost two and I was pregnant with his sister. I had to stop rocking him to sleep. So when ever I laid him down to sleep even for a nap I would make up stories that had him in them. One of his favorites was about a little boy named Joshua that went to a circus and went up to a clown who had balloons. The clown liked him so much that he gave Joshua all of his balloons. Well Joshua was still small so the balloons lifted him up into the sky. Joshua wasn't afraid because he could see his mom and she was smiling. Finally the ballons started letting their air out slowly and he was gently put down next to his mom. They both walked back home together and Joshua went to bed and fell asleep. We had our story times until he was about 3 because by then he would go to sleep on his own. Those times are so special.
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Clothes basket
Before Josh could talk real good his brother and two sisters would put blankets and pillows in the square clothes basket and push him around the living room. It was like he was in a car. They would all laugh. Of course Josh wanted to keep doing this so when they would stop he would cry. I know there were times when Sasha, Jim, and Eliza didn't want to do this but they did because they knew that Josh loved it and they loved him and wanted to let him have fun and laugh. He couldn't of had any better older brother and sisters.
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Imaginary car
I was pregnant with Josh's first younger sister. I would get tired and I didn't know what I was going to do because Josh was not quite 2 and a busy boy. He minded very good. So I told him to sit on the couch while I laid down on the couch too. I didn't sleep but at least I was resting. During the time we were on the couch Josh would pick up which ever leg was on top of the other. (I was laying on my side) He would lift up my leg and pretend he was getting in a car and he while he was behind my legs he would pretend to be driving some where. Then he would stop. He would lift up my leg and get out do something and get back in and drive some where else. Through out his life he always had such a good imagination as did his brother and all 5 sisters.
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Grandpa Fitzpatrick
When Josh was about 4 his grandpa and Grandma Fitzpatrick came up to visit us. They lived in north central Arkansas. They drove up in a motorhome and stayed 1 week. They wanted Josh to go back with them for a visit. He had not been that far away without me and/or his dad being with him. I didn't know if after they got down there he would want to come home. Of course he had fun. Grandpa grew blue berries, strawberries, and raspberries. Other types of berries grew wild there. While he was there grandpa took Josh and got his hair cut. After 2 weeks I took his two younger sisters and drove the 8 hours to pick him up. The girls, Josh, and I stayed a week together there. So Josh got to enjoy being with his Grandpa Fitzpatrick for 3 weeks.
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