Thursday, October 15, 2009
Feeding time is a challenge in our home with Angel (our lab)...Brayden LOVES to feed her every other bite! It's a constant battle to keep food on his tray...needless to say - feeding time requires close supervison and LOTS of patience! :)
Monday, October 12, 2009
Loves climbing on ANYTHING and EVERYTHING!
WE DON'T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT OUR BLANKET AND PACIFIER...
Yes, he is laying on the concrete. We were at my Mom's...he was so sleepy but fighting it.
Forget the toys, just give me a BOX! :)
My little BIG Boy Helper! He's going to be a great big brother one day!
He LOVES Baby Cade...he is the first to his side when he cries, when he sees me make his bottles he gets all excited b/c he knows he gets to give it to him...he's still anxiously waiting for Cade to be able to play with him...but it won't be long, as Cade will be crawling any day!!!
Brayden was 16 Months on October 4th...WHERE DOES THE TIME GO????
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Every time Brayden would wake up- I'd offer him a bottle, I knew he was to old for that but it was the only thing that would get him to go back to sleep, I was tired and I knew it was a 5 minute fix...my pediatrician kept telling me I'm creating a really bad habit and only making it worse on myself ...but something in me (along w/my Mom) kept telling me, when he's ready - he'll stop...and he did! I hope. :)
Of course I still wake up at least once throughout the night, I don't think I'll ever sleep as sound as I did before I became a Mommy, but that's OK - it's so much nicer to wake up on my own and not to a crying baby!
If your reading this and know anyone who's battling sleep issues with their baby or toddler I strongly encourage you to share this website: http://www.picknicksbrain.com/. Every piece of advice she gave me throughout the last 13 months was helpful...and it's not all just about sleep.
We have learned so much with Brayden. I can promise you that so much will be different with the next one. :) I'll post some new pics soon.
Well...I'm off to enjoy some ZZZZZ's myself. Goodnight!
Saturday, July 4, 2009
So we finally gave Brayden a haircut. It was the week before his birthday (shows how belated this post really is), but I wanted to show pictures! After he received a couple comments from loving friends/family members that he was growing a mullet, Mommy said "that's it - where are the clippers Dad?" I guess I envisioned the first haircut to be a big event at the barber shop w/Mom and Dad snapping pictures, while Brayden sat in the booster chair w/a gown on....anyways....not so much what happened! As you'll see below - Daddy was his barber and he did a FANTASTIC job and the best part - it was FREE! We like that word! We pulled out the Bumbo seat and used that as the barber chair. Worked well!
Brayden didn't know what to think of the loud buzzing clippers, he had to touch them, hold them, play w/them first before he'd let Daddy even get them close to his head. Overall, he did pretty well. Fortunately Brayden doesn't have much hair yet to begin with, so it was quick and painless! His attention span (of about 2 minutes), bought us just enough time to do the job.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Well can you believe it - Daddy actually snatched the camera to capture this Kodak moment. Finally one of me w/my handsome little man...after a day at the pool we were exhausted. We came home showered and had some cuddle time before bed. I don't get much of that anymore!
I love this little guy!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Thursday Brayden turned ONE! My baby is a toddler. Wow - what a year! I sat at the dinner table Thursday night with Steve after Brayden went to bed and shared moments/memories of the day Brayden was born. I remember it like it was yesterday...
On Monday June 4th, we made a trip to L&D around 10PM. I can't help but laugh now when I think back at it...we were laying in bed - timing my contractions, when they got to 4-5 minutes apart we packed up and got in the car. But - the funny thing was - I wasn't even in pain, just a bit uncomfortable. It was my first go-around with this. I didn't know what I was looking for or waiting to feel - could this be it? Of course, once we got to the hospital the nurses knew I wasn't in labor but hooked me up to the monitor and checked to see if I had dilated. 2CM! So you know the drill...well those of you who've had babies do - WALK! It was late, I was tired, I knew it wasn't time. I felt silly walking the floor with other soon to be mommies who could barely stand up when their contraction hit. Needless to say - the nurse told me - YOU'LL KNOW! But will I?
So we headed home to get some rest - we would need it for what was to come...
Tuesday morning, Steve gets up and goes to work. I start my day...all morning I could feel my contractions but still no pain - AND THEN...as the afternoon went on...it got more and more intense. Not unbearable but definitely uncomfortable. I went for a walk, and made it only half way down the street - now I knew what those ladies in L&D the night before were going through...but still I was doubting was this it? I went home...laid in bed, the pain intensified. I got in the bathtub. Nothing soothed the pain. It's an indescribable feeling. FINALLY, I called Steve. He left work to head home, by now it was about 4:30PM. By the time Steve walked in the door - I was leaned over the bed crying - AND STILL...I didn't know if this was it. I think I was worried that it wasn't and didn't want to look foolish going back to the hospital where I was just 12 short hours ago. SO - Steve and I started some of our techniques we learned in LaMaze class...we did this for about 30 minutes until finally Steve said - "Lets Go...It's Time". So off we went. I'd never seen Steve in such a state of panic. He was feeling everything I was...excitement, nervous, anxious, scared...he flew down the road w/his flashers on. Again, I laugh as I write this b/c I can see it like it was yesterday. He pulled up to the hospital, got me in a wheelchair and in to L&D we went. Truck still running, doors open, parked in the front of the hospital! :)
I think everyone knew we were new at this!
This time the nurses knew I was in labor and bypassed the screening and admitted me right away. I can honestly say I had never expierenced a pain like what I went through for those 2-3 hours. It was BAD! To make a long story short - I labored all night, but after I received my epidural, everything was so much better - I then reassured myself "I can do this". I remember being so dehydrated and just wanting to drink water so bad. I told Steve as soon as Brayden is born I want a huge glass of ice water waiting for me. I didn't get much sleep Tuesday night, b/c I was just to anxious. The nurses didn't really tell me much and I guess I thought it could happen any minute...didn't want to fall asleep and miss it. J/K! Around 7-7:30AM Wednesday June 4th, my doctor finally came in to see me (I had an appointment with her at 8:30 that morning). She checked me and said your at a 10, your ready! Brayden was born that morning at 9:38AM.
He was perfect! Beautiful! Healthy! 7lbs 2 oz.
Now, my 22.5 lb boy is ONE! Time goes by so fast when your having fun! We love him so much and although it's only been a year, we can't remember life without him.
I feel so blessed to have been able to spend the last year at home with him, it's something I never thought would be possible. I am so thankful to my husband for that! I never missed a beat. I was there for the first smile, first time he rolled over, when he started crawling ,first step. I don't know what the future holds for us, but I pray everyday that I'll be able to continue to stay at home w/him and watch him grow.
We had a big birthday celebration at our house Saturday. Pictures to come! We had a great day with friends and family. The much anticipated cake wasn't all it was built up to be...he must be like his mom - not big on sweets b/c he wanted nothing to do with it! I'm sure he'll make up for it next year. Below are a few pictures taken on his actual birthday. I baked a birthday cake and we had our own birthday party Thursday night.
Happy Birthday sweet Brayden! We love you so much!!!
Friday, May 29, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Can you spot the 3 munchkins...lost in the toys???
AND...a few pictures of Baby Cade. It's so funny to watch Brayden and Brooke interact with him. Brayden wants him to play and I think he gets frustrated that he can't just yet, but Brooke is so gentle and sweet and LOVING. She is amazed with babies! She is going to be a great big sister one day. Don't get me wrong Brayden has his loving side to - he gives great hugs and kisses, he just is a bit rougher - I guess that's the difference between boys and girls.
What a cutie pie! Babies Babies EVERYWHERE!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Check out the set of quads (first babies to be dedicated). Can you imagine???
What a perfect gift for my first Mothers Day!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Our buyers on our old home were very wishy washy towards the end (should've known it was to good to be true selling in 10 days), our appraisal came in lower then expected due to the market, our financing company was so slow that it was hours before closing and we still didn't have documents, and on top of all of that we picked the worst day weather wise to move. It was a rainy Friday. The weather was horrible. BUT - we made it. WE LOVE IT! And we can't wait for you to see it!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Welcome to our blog! Now, 11 months later I hope to update this blog on a regular basis. I follow a couple bloggers and really enjoy it - which is part of the reason I finally decided to create ours. I hope you enjoy reading about what's going in our home as much I enjoy reading about what's going on in yours! :)