Monday, March 31, 2008

Feeding time

He's a big eater. He's got new pajamas on underneath his schmate. They're very cute with little puppies all over them.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

My first whole day away

I was on call yesterday so I missed anything exciting. Joshua met Luke, his 4-month-old next door neighbor. Today, Grandma Linda will come to visit. 

Friday, March 28, 2008

The end of a busy week

So, this is the end of a very busy week for Joshua. He was re-admitted to the hospital on Monday after his first pediatrician visit, discharged Tuesday, circumcised at a beautiful Bris and later examined by a pediatric dermatologist on Wednesday, returned to the pediatrician on Thursday, and screened for glaucoma and other potential eye problems at the pediatric ophthalmologist on Friday. All of his recent check-ups have been, thankfully, unremarkable; confirming only that he has a Port Wine stain on his left forehead and eyelid.

On Friday night, his umbilical cord fell off and it looks like he's going to have an inny. 


He is only getting sponge baths as I wait for his cord to fall off and for his circumcision to heal but this is still one of my favorite things to do with him and he seems to enjoy it, too. After the bath is over, I wrap him in a towel (with a hood, of course) and put him on the bed and then Jenny and I both play with him until he's ready to fall asleep (or eat). This is really just too much fun so far.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Today's bris was conducted by Cantor Phil Sherman, the E-Mohel. He does an excellent job. It was a beautiful ceremony. My brother, Richard, his wife, Cecily, and Jennifer's brother, Joseph, and his wife, Orly carried the baby to and from the Chair of Elijah.

The man pictured below is my father, the Sendak. He did a very good job of keeping everything in place while the mohel did his business.
Afterward, I told everyone the origin of Joshua's name:

Our new lttle boy's english name, Joshua, and hebrew name, Yehoshuah, come to him in honor and memory of my mother's father, Julie Bass. His second name in english, Louis, and in hebrew, Eliezer, come to him from Jennifer's mother's father Louis Krieger and my father's father, Louis Stein. These were all great men who loved and cared for their families.We hope that the strength and inspiration he will gain from carrying their names will lead him to a long, health and happy life.

Additionally, his middle name, Louis, is a link back to Joshua's older brother, Daniel Louis, who we remember and love and hope will look over Joshua throughout his life.

We are grateful, also, to G-d and to all of you, our friends and family, who have supported us and allowed us to arrive at this day.

When it was all over, we went downstairs and enjoyed some 2nd Ave Deli.

Re-admission on Day 6

He looked a little jaundiced over the weekend and at the doctor. The nurse drew a bilirubin level and sent Joshua home. In the afternoon we were called back to the hospital for a stay under the "Bili-lights." Fortunately, a combination of the lights and IV fluids brought Joshua's level down very fast and were discharged 24 hours later with enough time to prepare for the bris.

Monday, March 24, 2008

First trip to the doctor

Today was Joshua's first trip to the doctor. It's his first trip by car. He's gone around the garden in his stroller but mostly he just stays in for now. He's 5 days old. It's been a pretty uneventful 5 days. Mostly he just sleeps and eats. He really like his new clothes and car seat.