The Phoenix

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

The Little Phoenix

And now for something completely different...

I present to you:

The Little Phoenix! Halloween 2005.

Things to note:

1)We worked on this project for a month. He wanted to be a Transformer, and they don't make Transformers costumes. Hasbro needs to get on the ball.

2)Yes, those are lights on his shoulders and on his back. They're actually small tap lights.

3)Those are laser cannons on his back, flanking the energon jetpack - they even have the laser burn marks on the muzzle of the cannons.

4)The symbol on Little Phoenix's chest signifies that he's an Autobot Transformer. The Decepticons are the bad guys.

5)I don't know if you can see it, but on his right hip, there's a little gadget with a speaker. I rigged a microphone/robot-voice changer to his robotic helmet. You should've heard him say, "Trick or Treat." The look on other kids' and parents' faces was golden.

Tomorrow (Thursday) The Little Phoenix goes in for surgery for an inguinal hernia. Poor guy. He's a little apprehensive, and when he had his consultation with the surgeon, Dr. Bell, I told him to ask the doctor any questions he had. Here are his five questions, pretty much verbatim:

Little Phoenix: Will it hurt? Will I be sore?
Dr. Bell: No, not at all. We have medicine you will take so it won't hurt.

Little Phoenix: Will I need a shot? Do I have to swallow a pill?
Dr. Bell: No, no shots or pills. You will drink some medicine that will make you feel a little goofy, and it will make you sleepy.

Little Phoenix: What does the drink taste like?
Dr. Bell: All of our children drink it, and they've never complained. So it must taste ok.

Little Phoenix: What does hospital food taste like?
Dr. Bell: Well, you won't be allowed to eat after the surgery for a while, so you probably won't be eating a full meal here in the hospital. But I hear it's pretty good.

Little Phoenix: Are you and Dr. Sterkel (his regular pediatrician) cousins?
Dr. Bell: Um, no...we are not cousins. Not that I know of anyway.

The surgery is pretty routine, and I'm sure all will go fine. It's a little scary. To be honest, the toughest part is going to be post-surgery. For 3 weeks after, my five year-old is not to engage in any sort of physical activity. No running, jumping, skipping, kicking, hopping...nothing! Lord grant me strength...

Maybe the doctor can give me some of that "relaxation medicine" so I can slip it into The Little Phoenix's chocolate milk.


Blogger puremood said...

OK, that costume ROCKS!! Wow!

I'll be thinkin' about Little Phoenix and ya'll. I hope and am sure his surgery will be fine. Also... I hope the recovery process goes smoothly! Being a Mom of a 7yr old and a 3yr old I know how active kids are... so wishing you the best!

11/09/2005 7:42 AM  
Blogger Dirty Butter said...

There's just GOT to be some costume contest you could win with that one, for sure! The pictures are dark on my monitor, but I see enough to tell that it's really quite good.

It might not be a bad idea to really ask the doctor for something to help keep him calm. Can't hurt to ask, eh?

11/09/2005 7:54 AM  
Blogger ObilonKenobi said...

Wow. He must have looked the best in that costume. Doesn't matter if Hasbro had a Transformer costume or not, because if they had one you'd have gone and bought a cheap plastic costume instead of constructing ther mega transformer costume that kicks ass!!! Gotts love the transformers. Did you hear about the movie?

Little Phoienix. Don't worry about hernia op. I just had one in August. Ingunal Hernia. It was fine. Best thing is that you get to sit around after and veryone caters to you.

Keep transforming...

More than meets the eye.

11/09/2005 8:19 AM  
Blogger whitesgem said...

What an ADORABLE little boy! And a FANTASTIC costume! Do you have video of this? Id love to see a clip...
Best wishes to all of you on the impending surgery. He may be a bit sore at first, (and groggy from the meds) which will decrease his activity level at the most crutial time, right after the procedure. (Oops, slipped into 'nurse mode' there)
3 WEEKS of reduced activity? Who are they kidding? I think you all will be just fine!
My thoughts will be with you!

11/09/2005 8:29 AM  
Blogger Josh said...

That costume is too cool! If he would have shown up at my door, I think I would have lost it and just emptied the whole bowl of candy in his bag.

I'm not sure how you are going to keep the little guy still for 5 weeks. That's an eternity for a little boy.

Wow, I just looked at my calendar and 5 weeks puts us just before Christmas.

11/09/2005 8:46 AM  
Blogger HW said...

oh my god. that costume rocks. kudos to you for putting it together.

here's well wishes on the op, too. my brother and my dad have both had hernia operations w/no ill effects. may i suggest a little video gamin' in his down time so he can at least vent some of his energy virtually?

11/09/2005 9:12 AM  
Blogger KC said...

That is one of the most amazing costumes I've ever seen! You are truly gifted! Too bad you can't make those kind of costumes and sell them on ebay or something. Damn Hasbro would probably come after you.

Little Phoenix (and you) will be in my thoughts. Bittermom's suggestion of video-gaming sounds like a great idea to fill up the time while he recovers.

11/09/2005 9:50 AM  
Blogger Mojotek said...

NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! I was supposed to be the first one to make such a cool Transformer costume. You bastard! It's so freakin' cool too! I swear to god I've been obsessed with the Transformers since I was your son's age. I didn't by the Transformers movie until a couple years ago, and I gotta say I was mighty disappointed. Who told the writers they could kill all my favorite characters and then make a bunch of new ones mid-movie!

ANd on the surgery note, my brother had almost the same surgery at almost the same age. And my parents were supposed to keep him inactive for 3 weeks too. Man, was that a joke. He was running slides, playground equipment, and swings just a few days after. Seems ok now though. His intestines never popped out of the scar or anything.

SOrry your little one has to have that done. I'm sure everything will be fine though... he'll be tougher afterwards.

11/09/2005 10:12 AM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

Thanks for your kind words...
I know with respect to my blog, I don't share anything personal with everyone. But I had to with this because his questions to the surgeon were just too funny.

Also, I'm pretty proud of his costume. We had a great time making it, and the time my son and I spent together creating it is what I'll remember most.

11/09/2005 10:52 AM  
Blogger Sherri said...

Great costume!!

Poor little phoenix. :( It's so scary for little guys to do something unknown to them. I did love the comment about the doctors being cousins. Classic! It reminds me of the time my oldest son asked me where he lived when I was a little kid. He had just discovered that at one time, even his mom was a little kid too.

11/09/2005 11:04 AM  
Blogger Willow said...

Hope he pulls through with a quick recovery!

The costume was too precious!

11/09/2005 11:51 AM  
Blogger FantasticAlice said...

Boy lil' P is a cutie! Smart as a whip too! If you ever need the money you could probably sell him for a good chunk of change! Little kids and their questions... it never ends.

Well, hope everything goes well with the surgery.

And the costume rocks!

11/09/2005 1:58 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

Three weeks, huh? I'll be praying hard for your sanity!

Hope the little guy gets better really soon. He seems like a bright and sweet kid.

Love the costume (which I think you enjoyed making just as much as he!!!)

11/09/2005 3:17 PM  
Blogger Keshi said...

aww all the best lil phoenix! I'm sure he'll be fine...take care u's...

btw, the costume rocks!


11/09/2005 5:02 PM  
Blogger Grafs said...

Best wishes for little Phoenix!

11/09/2005 5:37 PM  
Blogger NowhereGirl said...

That costume is BAD ASS!!!!!

11/09/2005 6:22 PM  
Blogger David Amulet said...

Here's a solution--make him wear the costume after surgery, and add a few extra little belts and weights to the construction, rendering him immobile!

-- d.a.

11/10/2005 5:56 AM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

Again, thanks for all of your thoughts and prayers. I read them all to Little Phoenix last night (with some editing of course) and he was laughing. It helps to know people are thinking of him and have gone through similar experiences.

I'm off to take him to the hospital in about 40 minutes.

11/10/2005 6:37 AM  
Blogger kim said...

That is one BAD ASS Transformer costume!! You are the coolest dad ever - he's going to remember making that with you forever.

Maybe see about getting some movies from the library and video games from Blockbuster? (3 weeks - yowza!!)

Thinking about you guys today!!

11/10/2005 7:17 AM  
Blogger whitesgem said...

Please be sure and update us about how Little Phoenix is doing- we love yall!

11/10/2005 8:56 AM  
Blogger Free at Last! said...

Update,have an appointment with lawyer,definelty going to police,thanks for your comment.I had two hernias like your lads,each side at age 3 and again at 5,my prayers are with you and him.
You must get a lot of traffic,you should get AdSense.
Delete this if you want,
as it off topic a bit,won't take it personally.Check out my memorial day piece at imfreeatlast.blogspot

11/10/2005 3:04 PM  
Anonymous delmer said...

The "cousins" question was a hoot.

My middle boy had hernia surgery when he was very young. Maybe before his first birthday ... it was a long time ago.

I'm sure everything will go well.

Nice costume.

11/10/2005 3:07 PM  
Anonymous the weirdgirl said...

That costume is AWESOME!! I have a Transformer fan friend who would be SO JEALOUS (and I mean his dad).

11/11/2005 12:29 PM  
Blogger Pixie said...

That outfit is fantastic.all the hard work was certainly worth it.

11/12/2005 9:58 AM  
Blogger grrrbear said...

OMG that totally takes me back to 5th grade when I built my own halloween costume. I was Optimus Prime and I could actually transform. Thank you oh unknown inventor of the cardboard box!

I think my dad was a little upset at what I did to his old football helmet though. Still, totally worth it.

But I'm still way impressed with lil'P's - I never had lights or blast points on mine. That's a great idea...

11/14/2005 9:59 AM  
Blogger Jillian said...

Awwww - I hope that "Little Phoenix's" surgery goes well!

Thanks for the update - keep the posts coming though! :-)

11/14/2005 4:18 PM  

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