Monday, December 28, 2009
Drew's parents and sister came down Christmas Eve afternoon to share in the festivities here in Georgetown.
One Christmas tradition we started was on Christmas Eve we go to church. (Of course we started this tradition before Brayden had a terrible aversion to church!) So we went to Gano on Thursday night which is where my parents and sisters were as well. Brayden lasted through a few songs, and then got upset and COULD NOT be consoled so him and myself spent the Christmas Eve service in the nursery playing with trucks. I guess we did follow tradition, but just spent it in the nursery.
We then went to my parent's house where we had dinner with my parents and sisters and Drew's parents and sister. Brayden got a big catepillar truck, musical drumsticks, and a basketball goal. He loved showing off his hoop skills and kept shooting the ball over and over. I got lots of maternity clothes, and I gave Drew his PS3. Yes, I am a great wife. :)
Christmas morning was spent at our house, and Drew's parents and sister were here to see Brayden. His face was priceless when he came down the steps and saw the toys underneath the tree. He had a lifesize Elmo, another catepillar truck, a bounce turtle, and a cars suitcase. Gran and Grandpa gave him a fisher price nativity set that is precious! He kept running from one toy to the other. Drew's family left shortly after his presents and we hung out at the house for a while.
After nap time we headed to Drew's aunt's house in Cincinnati for Christmas night. (We missed my dad's family but it was impossible to fit everyone in!) There we had a yummy dinner and Brayden received a whole bunch of Disney's Cars gear for his big boy room.
We went on up north to Drew's parents house that night. We did their family Christmas on Saturday. Brayden got a potty seat, and the fisher price little people animals a-z collection which is awesome. I collect the willow tree figures, and his mom got me the willow tree nativity set!! It is beautiful!
Sunday afternoon we headed home to KY, and went to see my mom's family as soon as we got back. It was nice to see my aunt from Florida, and it was fun watching all the little cousins running around!
I am really enjoying my time off, and this week am catching up with family and spending time with my sweet boy!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Every time the nurse of doctor even approaches Brayden he freaks out. Putting him on the scale, measuring his length, and head, listening to his heart, looking in his ears and eyes all result in a meltdown that would make you think they were stabbing him! We are a little dramatic at the doctor's office!
Besides the meltdowns and the ear infection, Brayden is growing beautifully. He weighed 27 pounds in the 60 percentile, measured 33 1/2 inches in the 75 percentile, and his head was in the 95 percentile. :) Dr. Q. was very impressed with how he had grown two inches in the last three months and how tall he had gotten! He is also right on target with the milestones.
Today I went to the doctor to get an update on Keaton. I had gained 6 pounds this month which brought me to 121. My weight is now gaining instead of losing. Dr. Spirek was very excited about my weight gain, and although Drew tries to give me a hard time about how my weight fluctuates so much she told me I need to gain as much as I can. So I am very excited about enjoying my foods. Keaton's heart rate was 160- he is just as active as his brother always was. We go back next month for the glucose test.
Until then we will be enjoying Christmas break. I am spending time with my sweet Brayden and getting some rest! My house is clean and I haven't had to rush like I normally do during the work week. It is very nice!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Brayden has been sick the last few days with a cold. He doesn't like taking his medicine, and has been extra sleepy.
We did go to his swim lesson today at the Pavilion. We started these a few weeks ago, and he does really well. He is the youngest one in the class, but he jumps in the pool, reaches for objects, is learning to float and kick and become really comfortable with the water.
Brayden still loves his books, and will bring a book to you and back up and sit in your lap for you to read it to him. He also loves music. As soon as we get in the car he says music and we have to turn on his veggie tale cd. Whenever we are upstairs we have to listen to his music and jump on the bed "monkey" as he likes to call it, while the music is playing. When the song ends he bounces down on his bottom and claps. Then we are up and bouncing again for the next song.
He knows his colors, can repeat the letters in the alphabet after me, and can tell you pretty much anything that he wants. He still gets his paci in bed, but has been a trooper with letting go of it during the day. We are thinking about trying taking the paci away soon, but we will see how that goes! He was terrified of the bath tub for a few months, but now loves bath time again. He is terrified of getting his nails or hair cut. Which is real convienent since he needs that done all the time! He loves looking at the Christmas cards we have received, and naming the people in the pictures.
We have been wondering how he is going to do with the arrival of his baby brother, and thankfully there is a baby at Krisi's house that is getting him used to a newborn. He has done so well with baby Sarah that I am optimistic. He says "gentle" when he touches her, and whenever he talks to Sarah or about Sarah he talks in a high pitched voice.
Brayden goes to the doctor on Monday for his 18 month check up, and we go to the doctor on Tuesday for Keaton's check up. I will post about how both boys are doing!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Halloween was last weekend. On Friday night I had a party for Brayden and a few of his friends. Brayden was a spider, and Caleb, Bailey, Ella, Parker, Ryleigh, and Bryn all came. They ate pizza, played in the duck pond, colored pictures, decorated cupcakes, and played in the garage with all the toys.
Saturday Drew's parents came down and we went trick or treating. Brayden was content running around the block and not going up to anyones door. When he did go to the door he wanted to stay and play on the patio furniture. He walked around most of the time, and then got pushed around the last block in his car.
Brayden started his swim lessons this week at the Pavilion. He was too cute. The other kids were all older than him, mostly two and three, but he hung right with them. He worked on jumping in, blowing bubbles, reaching, and kicking. He loves the water and enjoyed the play time.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Brayden just had a seriously scary episode this week while on fall break. He woke up one morning and wouldn't get up- after lots of tests they concluded he had a seizure from dehydration. SCARY! Other than this crazy scary incident- he is doing great. He is almost 16 months old. He is running everywhere. He talks all the time. His words are: Pa, Mom, Da, hot, up, basketball, Nanna, Gee (Garrett), ball, shoe, e-i-e-i-o, b-i-b-l-e, no. He can point to anyone in the family if you ask him where someone is. He still doesn't sleep fantastic at night. He is transitioning from taking two naps to one- sometimes he takes two great ones and other times not. He likes to yell no and throw tantrums when something doesn't go his way. He also likes to love and hug and snuggle. What a sweet boy. He loves the outside.
We had a check-up for Baby Beckett #2 a few weeks ago. The doctor moved my due date up because the baby is measuring big so we are now at April 16th and 13 weeks pregnant. I have been majorly sick this time as well, and really tired. The medicine has been ineffective at times, so I am still below weight, but am actively trying to gain. We find out I think around the end of November if Brayden will have a brother or sister.
Drew and I are doing well. I am in grad school, and he is doing fantastic as his new job as a manager at the Health Department. He tries hard to help out and undestand how tired I am, and he is great with Brayden.
I will try to post more often. Promise. :)
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Here we go!
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Drew's sister, Audra, is in law school (getting ready to start her third year) and she has spent the summer interning at JAG in Chicago. Last weekend Drew and I went with his parents to Chicago to visit and sight see. Brayden stayed with Krisi and my mom and dad for two nights. This was the longest I had ever been away from him, but I knew he would be ok. The trip was great! It was jam packed, and we went to a Chicago deep dish pizza place, rode the train into town (I admire how Audra lives in the big city, it makes me nervous), walked around, did a bus tour, visited Navy Pier, and went to a Cubs game. This was my first trip to Chicago, and I wante dmore time to see it all, but was so ready to see my baby! Brayden did really well, and loved being spoiled by his favorites. I enjoyed Chicago, but it made me appreciate living in Georgetown.
This past week we went back to the Children's Museum with Brooke, Ella, Sarah, and Ivy. IT was so cute to see the kids play together, and they all had so much fun. It was also a good chance to get to see my friends before school starts.
This weekend we got to visit with Lynsie Robert and Emmie. They came in from Owensboro. I couldn't get over how chubby and happy Emmie Kate was! It made me miss Brayden at that age, and really verified how much I do want another baby in the future. Friday night we ate at Giovanni's pizza, Saturday went to the water park (which they loved) and then the park that night. I wish they lived closer, because we always enjoy our time together.
I start back to work TOMORROW! :( It hasn't really hit me yet! We have training eveyr day but Wednesday, and then the kids start next Monday.....I have LOVED my summer home.
Updates with Brayden:
*Lots of trouble sleeping due to molars coming in
*literally climbs in your lap with the same two books over and over (Opposite book and counting book)
Thursday, July 23, 2009
We have spent some time in Sadieville playing with Brooke and Ella. Brayden loves going over to their house, and playing with all of Ella's toys. We walked down to the park in Sadieville, and they are too cute running all over the equipment.
Yesterday my mom, my grandma and I took Brayden to the LExington Children's Musuem. I was a little nervous, because I didn't know if it would have anything he would be real into, but he loved it!! I am so sad I didn't bring my camera in, but we will definitely go back! He enjoyed the music area where he walked on a Big size keyboard, loved the bubble room, and there was even an area for kids under three with a water table and fountain, a train station, and a little tree house for them to climb in and slide down. Brayden does think he is big though, and participated in many of the other big kids stuff too. It was a great experience!
Brayden is quickly turning into a toddler.
His biggest changes:
*He runs in place when he gets excited or mad...hilarious!
*Loves playing peekaboo with himself...lcovering his face up
*He has become SOOO loveable! He constantly gives hugs, and blows kisses. He loves to love other kids, and babies in his books.
*He now LOVES his books...turnig the pages and pointing.
*He explores our street by walking up on porches adn seeing what each person has on their porch.
Funny Brayden story of how he is growing up...
He constantly wants to get in the dog food, and he was trying one night and we looked at him and yelled, "NO!" He pointed his little chubby finger and us and yelled back, "DOH!!" So not funny that he was being bad, but we turned our heads and laughed!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Megan, my middle sister, got engaged on Friday night! We are so excited. Her and Garrett plan to get married next May, and Brayden will be the ring bearer!
We are still having issues with church and not knowing what to do. Brayden naps in between both services so that he is unable to go to either. Even if we did work our nap time, he refuses to stay in the nursery longer than 10 minutes without either one of us. So...we have been taking turns going to church while the other stays home with B while he naps. I hate this, but not much else we can do!
Monday my mom and I took Brayden to the mall to get some new shoes. This is really the first time I have worried with nice shoes, because he just has really started walking well. This was actually the first time I had taken Brayden to the mall since he was a newborn, because it never really worked with naps and it is so not close to our house. Now that he has more time in between, we made the trip. He loved eating at the food court and staring at all the other people. He did pretty well in the shoe store, and got a pair of tennis shoes and brown shoes for the fall. Then he went and played in the play area. It was alittle difficult at first, because it doesn't have a gate, so he kept wanting to run out into the mall area. ONce he got the hang of it he was running and climbing and making friends. He is definitely a ladies man!
Tuesday Drew was off work, and we went to Southland pool. It was SO nice for him. There was a whole baby area with wheels and fountains and slides, and even a playground. He did pretty well, but is teething with his molars so a little fussy.
Today we went to play with Jenny and Alexis. Brayden loves going to their house and playing in her play room. He especially loves the keyboard she has!
My class is going pretty well- working on a research paper. Say a prayer for Drew- he has a big interview this week. His boss retired and he is getting an interview for the position. It is highly unlikely he would get it, but he is definitely going to try!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Brayden and I have had fun meeting up with friends to play with. We have spent time with Brooke and Ella eating and playing. We have been hanging out with Jennifer Wright (a girl I teach with) and her two year old Parker. We met Andrea today for lunch, and are going to visit Sarah and Greg and Ivy on Friday.
Monday Drew and I went out for his birthday. He turned 26! We went to eat at Old CHicago and it was yummy! Greg and Laurel and Megan and Garrett met us there.
In a few weeks Drew and I are heading for the weekend to Chicago where Drew's sister Audra is working for the summer. We are going with his parents, to visit, sight see, and go to a Cubs game. I am super excited because I have never been but also nervous about leaving my boy. He has only spent one night away from us!
Updates with Drew:
*Still working at Lexington Health Department
*Playing softball two nights a week
Updates with me:
*Started a 4 week grad class, and writing papers for that
*Think I am NOW teaching a 1/2 split class next year
Updates with Brayden:
He is developing SO MUCH!!
*He has gotten so much personality! When he gets excited he lets out this really loud belly laugh that sounds like an old man. It cracks me up. He belly laughs when he is served his meals, when we go to the park, run through the sprinkler, when Drew pulls up after being at work, and when he gets to watch his video.
*He is running everywhere. It is crazy to me that he just started walking well not too long ago, and now he is all over the place!
*Still takes two naps a day...usually around 10 and 2.
*Still wakes up in the night- usually five times a week. We can normally get hiim back to sleep pretty easily.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
So this year we went with Blake and Lauren and Caleb to Myrtle Beach for a week!
The guys drove down with all the stuff, and Lauren and I flew with the boys. The flight down was a little hectic, with having to wait in security for an hour, and getting to our gate five minutes before the plane left. (See bottom for things I learned about flying with a toddler.) We made it safe to Myrtle Beach.
We stayed in a condo complex that was SUPER nice. It was called Ocean Keyes, and it had several buildings, five pools with baby pools and hottubs. We were a five minute walk to the beach, and a ten minute walk to a park with a toddler playground. Lauren and Blake took the big room and Caleb slept in his packnplay in the walk in closet. (I know it sounds terrible but he slept great in there! :) Drew and I had our own room, and Brayden was in his pack n play in the kid room. There was a big kitchen, living room, and a screened in porch.
The boys had gone grocery shopping, and we ate all but three of our dinners in the condo. This saved us a ton of money, and hassle without having to worry about the boys in a restaurant.
We got into a routine daily. We would go to the beach in the morning. Brayden liked the sand a little. The ocean he HATED. He would walk up to it, and the minute the waves would take the sand from under his feet he would scream. So then when we go to the beach he would immediately start running towards the street. Since we traveled so far to come to the beach we did go several times, but it never lasted long! I got to swim in it one day and it was so nice!
We would then have nap time, and lunch and then head to the pool. The pool was SO nice as well. It was warm, almost too warm! The boys went between the baby pool and the big pool in their floats. Then it was another nap, and we would wait and have dinner.
Three nights we went out to dinner. This was the only time we ate out! We went to Dick's Last Resort which is hilarious! They put hats on you with crude sayings, and throw stuff at you and are generally rude to where it is funny. The boys enjoyed it because it was loud. We went to a Brick Oven Pizza place one night that was yummy, and to a Buffet. (I am totally not a buffet fan, but that is what the Drew and Blake wanted so we went.) Brayden actually loved it because he could have as much as he wanted!
We usually went to the park after dinner for the boys to play. This park was kind of hidden, but I was asking around for a playground, and someone told me about the park. It had a walking trail, pond, and a toddler playground. It had teeter totters for babies, slides, swings, tubes, trains, airplanes. They LOVED it. It was something easy and fun for the boys to do.
Then the boys would go to bed, and we would stay up playing cards and games on the porch. We got the game Partini and I recommend it to anyone looking for a fun new game!
One afternoon Lauren and I went shopping at the outlets, and the boys went the next day. We went to Barefoot Landing one night (which has restaurants, shops, and boardwalks) and the boys rode the carousel and walked around there.
Caleb and Brayden were hilarious together. There were definitely hard times when Caleb would scream for fun which would make Brayden scream and cry and they would do it over and over usually in the car. Caleb is also used to older kids taking toys from him so he took advantage of being around a younger baby and took anything Brayden had. Brayden did pretty well, and it was a good learning experience for all! By the third day they realized that they could be friends, and enjoyed running in the condo together. Caleb would hide in the blinds, and Brayden would find him and they thought this was hilarious. They went out of the room and it got quiet, and I found them splashing in the toliet. They generally loved running from room to room together and yelling baby talk at one another. It was so sweet to see our boys play and it made me sad to see how big they are getting.
The last day we went to the airport and Blake and Drew dropped us off. After waiting for our flight we learn that it has been cancelled. I was a stress ball to begin with and it sent me over the edge, I was crying and Brayden was crying. After waiting in a huge line we go back to the ticket line and they tell us that they booked us for a flight the next night. All of our stuff was in the car with the boys on their way home so I told them this was impossible. They send us in a van taxi two hours to Charleston and fly us home from there. Thankfully being upset got us home that night! Brayden went all day with about a 20 minute nap, and we made it home!
Besides the airport experience, we had a wonderful trip! It is so great to have friends to spend time with, and time with Drew and Brayden all together.
Things I learned on this trip:
1. Flying is not single parent friendly- nearly impossible
*I had to pack a survival backpack with bottles and toys and books, have Brayden in his stroller. They make you take the child out of the stroller and put it up for security. They pull you aside and test all of your juice.
*The survival bag kept getting taken away from me by flight attendants because they said you couldn't have anything at your feet-which defeated its' purpose.
*One seat isn't big enough for the two of you. Last year Brayden was 8 weeks old when I flew, and he slept on me. This year he was wanting to climb all over me and my poor neighbors.
*MOST people are very understanding and nice. Some are not.
*Lines are ridiculous. crazy.
2. Putting two one year olds together in the back seat of the car side by side might seem cute, but not a good idea
3. Having good friends on a trip makes it more fun!
Monday, June 15, 2009
We ate hotdogs and tons of sides, and Brayden loved it. He opened his presents, while sitting on top of his new car. (Krisi gave it to him.) He LOVED the car, and had to be wheeled around. Thank you Brooke and others for pushing him around! With his cake (which was made by Drew's aunt) he was very dainty and only had a few bites before pushing it away. What a fun day!
Today he went to the doctor for his 12 month checkup.
Weight- 24 lbs
*one finger prick + 2 shots= screaming
We will work on when we get back from the beach getting off the bottle. (He only takes one a day)
He is RUNNING now!
Loves water (playing in it), food (fruit, hotdogs, grilled cheese), music, dancing, books
Has a MEAN temper when he gets frustrated
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Brayden had some trouble adjusting to his new place to sleep. It took a while for him not to be scared of sleeping in the cabin. He had a ball though playing in the hot tub, swimming in the baby pool, and playing on the playground. My dad and sisters and I went horseback riding one morning. That was fun! We had to keep the horses on the trail, and it was a beautiful ride through the mountains. My family went to some shows at night, and I stayed back with Brayden. He is not quite ready to sit through a show!
It was such great quality time to spend with my family. We joked that a lot of the things we did could have been done in Georgetown, but we knew that it was just taking the time to do them.
We were supposed to stay another day, but my great grandmother "Gran" passed away and we had visitation and funeral tonight and tomorrow. It is always sad to lose a family member, but she was 96 years old and lived a long life! She passed in her sleep and is now in heaven with her husband.
Drew left for Phoenix yesterday for work. He will be home late Friday night. It has been so hard not having him around. I can't wait to see him again!
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Sunday Brayden and I leave for Gatlinburg with my family for five days. Drew will be going to Phoenix for work on Tuesday. Then when we get back it will be time for Brayden's birthday party!
I also look forward to getting together with friends this summer. I feel like I haven't been able to see friends a lot lately, and it has been hard!
We had a good weekend. Friday night we went to a lady I teach with's retirement dinner. Brayden ate well and then walked around and greeted everyone at their seats. Saturday we went to Trevor (Krisi's son) birthday party at Tumble Zone. It was so cool! They had trampolines, a foam pit, spring floors, basketball goals, and all kinds of mats. There was also a baby area with TONS of baby toys. (The lady who owns the place has three little girls which she has raised there!) So Brayden had a ball. After Brayden went to bed Jessica and her friend came over and played some games.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Saturday Blake, Lauren, and Caleb came down from Ohio to visit. Caleb is five months older than Brayden, and they are about the same size now. The boys splashed in Brayden's baby pool Saturday afternoon, and then we cooked out. Caleb now runs everywhere, and Brayden tottles behind him or crawls behind him. After the boys went to bed we all played games. (We love games!)
Since the boys are on opposite nap schedules we didn't go to church on Sunday. We had lunch at Cici's. They did pretty well, but definitely wanted to get down and play. Which that is sanitary in a public restaurant. :) After naps we headed over to my uncle's pool and we enjoyed swimming. After the boys went to bed we taught ourselves the card game Rook, and had a lot of fun playing that until the wee hours.
In the morning the Cripes packed up and left. It was so great to spend time with them. I wish we lived closer!
In the afternoon we went to a Memorial Day cookout at Kelly and Todd's in our Sunday school class. We played corn hole, and Brayden crawled around outside. Since it is impossible for us to make sunday school, it was great to see everyone again.
Back in school now with 6 days left after today!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
I have seven more days of school!
Drew and I went out last night for our anniversary. (A little early but we are going out of town and have work things on the weeks coming up.) We went to the Melting Pot (which was so cool and yummy!) and then to see a movie. Brayden stayed the night with my mom and dad. It was the first time he stayed somewhere without me. I was nervous, but he did really well. The air went out upstairs at their house where the crib is, so he slept in a teeny pack and play I had left there. (Literally this is a mini pack and play) He was hanging out of it, but slept all night long!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
My favorite things about Brayden right now:
*He holds my hands when I give him his bedtime bottle.
*When I have been gone in the evening from grad class and come in, he gives me kisses.
*He is so curious and into everything. He loves getting dirty and exploring!
*When he goes to bed at night he lays his head down on your shoulder until you carry him to bed.
*He loves meal time, and always enjoys his food.
*He cackles when he is happy. Best sound in the world.
*He is walking. Pretty well now. Our main mode of transportation is still crawling, but we are getting more comfortable with walking.
*He is talking (somewhat!:)
1. ttttt- means hot, or Trent (friend at the babysitter)
2. pppp- means up
5. mama, dadda, nana
*Is eating everything! There isn't much he doesn't like.
*Still won't stay with anyone unless he is 100% comfortable with them. So nursery is still a no go.
*Sleeps 9:30-7:00 with three naps a day. Total of about 4 hours of naps.
*Weighs about 24 1/2 pounds full head of brownish blondish hair
*love banging on things (anything)
*down to two or three bottles a day
Sunday, May 10, 2009
For dinner we went to my parent's house and had a yummy dinner.
Drew had gotten me a solitaire diamond necklace!! So pretty! And Brayden's chubby little handprint which is priceless. Thank you Drew!
To my mom:
I love you for always being there for me. I know we have had our ups and downs in the past, but you have been my rock these past few years. The sisters and I couldn't ask for a better mom!
To my sweet baby Brayden:
You have forever changed my world for the better. You were so fun today with your sweet smile and infectious laugh. I thank God for blessing me with my sweet little boy.
Friday, May 8, 2009
It is crazy time at school with all of the end of the year tests, and parent conferences I am squeezing in. I have such a good class though, and am a little sad to let them go here in a few weeks.
Brayden is such a happy boy these days. He is walking pretty well now. His main mode of transportation is still crawling, but he can walk across our living room. He loves getting into things that are not toys- especially the kitchen cabinets and heaven help us if he finds a toliet lid up....we think it is a pool! He is jabbering constantly and says "htt" for hot, "mmmm" for moo cow "gggg" for dog mama, dada, baby, nana, ppppp (He really likes consonants!)
Drew and I went ahead and got the kitchen for Brayden's birthday. I am excited! And for all of my skeptics there was actually a little boy on the box it came in! We are now just looking for some play food to put in the kitchen.
Four weeks of school, two weeks of class...I can handle this!
Monday, May 4, 2009
Saturday night Sarah, Greg, and Ivy came to visit. We ate pizza, and the babies played. (I call them babies but they are quickly growing up!) Ivy wasn't used to Brayden toddling around, and it took her a little while to warm up. Once she did they had a ball. It was so nice to get to hang out and talk.
Sunday we went to church and Brayden lasted twenty mins in the nursery before I had to go in there with him. The workers said he did so well until he realized he didn't know anyone in there. He screamed like a maniac. Once I was in there he calmed down and ate lunch.
I have also been thinking about birthday gifts for Brayden. He loves this play kitchen at Big Lots, and so I have thought that would be a good gift for him. Of course Drew first reacted like he didn't want this for a boy because it was too girly. Things like that don't even cross my mind. It doesn't bother me at all for him to play with any toy even a doll- I don't think a toy "girlies" up a boy. I have heard from a lot of people that they would never get their son a kitchen. Well- say if he wants to play cook- so be it...doesn't make him girly to me. :)
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
(My grad class went well last night....didn't like being away but I think I will survive.)
Monday, April 27, 2009
We then headed up to Drew's parents house. We had beautful weather Saturday and Sunday and played outside most of the day. Brayden played in his little pool, went on wagon rides and a tractor ride, and visited with family. He didn't want to nap with so much going on so he was exhausted yesterday when we made it back.
New Brayden update:
Brayden is climbing stairs...fun times
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Also Brayden and myself will be going to Gatlinburg for four days in June with my family to stay in a cabin! So excited! (Drew can't take off work any more. :( )
Brayden is walking! (On his walker toy!) But nevertheless, he is so proud of himself as he pushes that thing across the house. :)
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Right now I am finishing up teaching this school year at Northern in second grade. I think I will be moving to fifth grade next year. (We will see!) I am starting my Masters at the end of the month. I am taking a class in May and in July. (wanted to take one in June but didn't work with vacation) Needless to say my May will be hectic with work and class but I am excited to get started....actually more excited to get it done!
Drew is working for the health department as a tobacoo educator. He is playing softball two nights a week and golfs whenever possible!
This summer we are going on vacation in June with Blake, Lauren, and Caleb to Myrtle Beach for a week. In July Drew and I are going to visit his sister Audra in Chicago. (She is working at JAG there for the summer.) We are going to a Cubs game, and staying a night. We are leaving (ahh I'm nervous) Brayden with my sister and she is going to come stay at the house with him. In all our decisions we try to do what is best for Brayden, and although it pains me to leave him (he has never been left over night) it is much better for him to stay at his house then to ride five hours, go to a baseball game in the July heat for hours, and ride five hours back. In June we will also be having Brayden's first birthday party! It will be on his birthday June 13th....crazy!
Back to work tomorrow...only 7 weeks left!
Monday, April 13, 2009
Easter morning Brayden had a basket from the Easter Bunny! He had bubbles, a glove and ball, and a book. He didn't really care too much about it but we got some cute pictures! Then Drew, Brayden, Roxane and myself headed to church. (Don was waiting on the dish guy to come install our new satellite dish!) Brayden was too cute in his chaps green plaid button down and navy pants with brown sandels. I kept him in the service with me for as long as possible (since he loves the nursery ) and he listened to the music and ate some lunch in the service. I actually made it through most of the service before I took him to the nursery to play. He loved playing with the other babies!
Our Easter was different this year without all the running around to different families, but it was nice to relax with our own!
Brayden is 10 months old today! I can't believe it...he is changing now SO FAST!
*LOVES to eat- he can spend an hour and a half eating meals- he really enjoys his food now- mini pancakes for breakfast, pasta, cheese, lunch meat, green beans, Crackel Barrel dumplins , his juice, bread, yogurt bites
* Is SOO mobile- crawls full speed, pulls up on everything, loves anything that is not a toy, loves to bang- the dryer, the top of the toliet seat, the side of the tub (maybe he is a drummer)
*Is very vocal- saying Mama, Dada, yum yum, ppppp, nananana
*waves bye-bye, gives high fives
*loves Baby Einstein videos- stares intently and gets ticked if you turn him away from them or turn it off before it is over
*has quite a temper when he does something he doesn't like- changing his clothes, diaper, cleaning his face
*weighs 22 pounds and is ~29 inches tall
*still loves paci for comfort at times
*loves water and swimming
*loves being outside
*his stranger anxiety is better!
*has two teeth with 4 more coming in on top!
*he still takes two naps sometimes a third little one in the evening
*sleeps 9-7:45 unless I have to wake him up for school
I can't believe how big he is getting!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
It was very insightful and true. Basically all of us have doubts and worries when it comes to being a mom and a wife. We worry about fufilling our husband- they need relations to communicate and we need to communicate to have relations and this gets hard after having a baby. We compare ourselves to others and wonder why we can't work and be a mom while some women have it under control or stay at home and be content. We feel guilty when we take the much needed time for ourself.
This all hit home for me, and it made me feel good that there are so many women stuggling with the same issues. I have always been an open person, but there are definite struggles I have had that have made me wonder if I was the only one.
We are all so different and we are all the best moms we can be to our babies. What works for one mom doesn't work for another. I have seen this played out with my family and friends as well. But be encouraged mommy readers- you are doing a great job and you aren't the only one with struggles!
Monday, March 30, 2009
Monday- *Brayden's dr's visit (see previous post for details)
*Brittany, Maria, and Brayden and I went to lunch at Mancino's, watched Twilight while B napped, and went for a walk and played outside all afternoon. It was so good to see them! We all taught together our first year teaching at PCA and it was so good to catch up.
*Mom had my two year old cousin Ryleigh and they came over and played in the afternoon.
*Drew and I went to dinner at Logan's (it had been over a month!) and to the new Carter's store.
Wednesday- *Brayden and I went to see Drew at work for lunch.
*my mom, Brayden and I went to eat at Crackel Barrel while Drew worked late
Thursday- *Sarah, Ivy and Kayla came over in the morning to play. They brought lunch as well. Ivy was so good and played with toys. Brayden was pretty fussy and wouldn't take a nap. Because this wasn't like him I took him to the dr. in the afternoon. He has an ear infection! Poor baby...so hopefully with the medicine we can get him feeling better.
Friday- *In the morning I took Brayden to the pavilion to swim. He loved splashing in the water and relaxing as I swam with him in the lazy river.
*Megan and Garrett, Greg and Laurel came over and we cooked out. It was yummy! We played games afterwards.
Saturday- *Met Brooke and Ella for lunch (I got to sneak away during nap time to shop!)
*Went to Eric and Ariel's (small group peeps) to watch basketball games
Can't wait till the summer time!!!
It was the first time I had seen their house and it is so nice! It was also the first time I got to meet sweet Emmie. She has a head full of black hair and is so sweet and little. We hung out for a while and headed back to Dale and Cathy's for bed. They actually have a crib for Emmie so we were able to put Brayden in there. He did so well staying the crib! He slept all night and then we headed back to Lynsie's to hang out.
Saturday we went to a fun Japanese restaurant for lunch and cooked out that night. We had to hurry and cook out before the tornado came through. Thankfully it wasn't close to us! We also attempted to go on a walk. Emmie was of course great in her stroller all bundled up. Ella was too cute and wanted to get out and walk and pose for pics, and then Brayden thought he needed to get out and be held on the walk. Brayden and Ella played well together on the piano, around the house, and in the tub. I'm sure Emmie will join in when she gets bigger!
Sunday we came and visited again before we headed back to Georgetown. I wish we had more time to spend with them, and they weren't so far away!
9 month check-up
Today we saw the doctor for Brayden's nine month check-up.
Weight- 22 pounds 55% (this is slowing down!)
Height- 28 1/2 inches 65%
She said he looks great and is doing well! He didn't have to have shots today thank goodness, and he goes back at 12 months!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday we headed to Ohio to visit Drew's parents. (We did not take WIggles- he stayed with my sister Megan.) Brayden did so well on the 2 hour drive up. He ate a lot, played with his toys, jabbered a ton, and played with my magazines. When we got there we went to Max and Erma's that night and he bounced in his seat as he ate. He was so excited in the new surrounding that he stayed up till ten laughing and playing.
Saturday we hung out at Drew's parents' house. Greg and Laurel had spent the night on Friday because they went to the Morehead game in Dayton- so we hung out with them in the morning. Brayden took a tractor ride with Grandpa and LOVED it! He rode for about 45 minutes grabbing the steering wheel. Saturday night Blake, Lauren, and Caleb came to visit. The boys ate dinner, went for stroller rides, and played in the flooor. They both had some of an oatmeal cookie and popsicle!
Brayden woke up around 5 really fussing- I think he is teething some more...so I had to hold him the last few hours of sleep.
Sunday we went to Drew's parents' church and the whole service was music. Brayden did well for about twenty minutes just looking around and taking it all in. We then took him and fed him. We headed home after church and were glad to rest!
Brayden is full fledged pulling up, jabbering up a storm, and usually in a great mood!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Yesterday we soaked up the gorgeous weather and headed to the park. We were on the swings and strolled around. It was nice to spend time together outside!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Saturday Drew's parents came to visit. We went to lunch and Brayden showed them how he loves to eat all kinds of things now. When we got back to the house he loved showing off how to crawl and move all over the place. He loves spending time with his grandparents!
Today Drew and I worked the nursery at church so Brayden actually made it in there today. He didn't like it when I went to help another baby and screamed until I picked him up. This afternoon Jenny Josh and Alexis came to visit! We had missed Alexis' birthday party because it was the same day as Whitney's wedding. (Alexis is now 3!) So we gave her a gift and hung out. It had been way too long since we had seen them as well.
I got some exciting news this morning that Lynsie and Robert had Emmie Kate at 4:40 this morning. She is a healthy little girl weighing 6 lbs 10 ounces and 19 inches long. She has a head full of dark hair. I am so happy for them, and wish I could be there to hold her! We are planning on visiting on spring break.
Not looking too forward to going back to the week but only two weeks and then spring break!
Friday, March 13, 2009
Physical- thick light brown hair, big hazelish eyes (still changing color), ~22 pounds (goes to the doctor in two weeks), little feet, chubby thighs and arms!
Eat: bottles, fruit baby food, real green beans, crackers, cheese off pizza
Sleep: USUALLY goes to bed at 9 p.m. and wakes around 7...still takes two naps a day and sometimes takes a third cat nap...about 20 mins
Play: loves exploring by crawling around everyone, loves his music table to pull up on, likes playing with Moomy and Daddy, loves Trent at the babysitter
Separation development- strong as ever, won't stay in church nursery, won't go to anyone who he doesn't know really well, still cries for us even if it is someone he knows, new situations are tough
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Just today Brayden started really crying when I dropped him off this morning. This was the first time I had a really hard time at work and thought about him a lot of the day. I try to keep the mindset that I have a great job to be a mom, and spend so much time with him. And of course he was fine about two minutes after I left.
Time is flying, and it really showed it when we saw Kaden yesterday. Congrats Kelly and Todd!
Monday, March 9, 2009
Saturday we woke up and immediately went for a walk after breakfast because the weather was so nice. I went to Whitney's wedding that afternoon, and it went well. She was beautiful, and she had a great day. Drew brought Brayden to the reception, and he danced with me. :) Then that night Greg and Laurel came to visit. We went for another walk, and went to eat at Beef O-Brady's. Brayden loved all the tvs in there and was very entertained. Then we came back, put him to bed and played Family Feud. The girls won twice!
Sunday we wanted to go to church but babies really don't understand the time change memo, so he was napping during church time! So we stayed outside a lot of the day again! There was Cheri's birthday in Ohio (Drew's cousin) yesterday but Drew had bible study so we didn't go. I wish they were closer so it wouldn't be so hard!
Brayden is crawling EVERYWHERE! We had to take the bumper off his crib because he was standing on it. And he has been throwing his pacis out of his crib. He sometimes has quite the temper! He loves being outside- here's hoping for lots of warm weather!
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Friday night was Whitney's bridal shower and Brayden went with me. Whitney seemed so excited, and Brayden did really well. He seems to like young girls (go figure) and liked crawling around the floor. Drew had a poker night here while we were at the shower.
Saturday we went to lunch at Applebees- the three of us- because we had a gift card! Brayden has a new fascination with crackers and was content eating crackers the majority of the time. I forgot his sippy so he drank some apple juice through the end of a straw. Such a big boy.
Saturday night Drew and I went and saw an early 5:00 movie, Taken, while Brayden stayed with my mom and dad. It was a good movie, intense, and Brayden did well.
Today Drew had to work a health fair, and I took Brayden to church with the help of Megan. We tried the church nursery...he lasted 8 minutes!
Updates with Brayden:
* He is full fledged crawling! We cannot change a diaper, change clothes, or turn around without him crawling away.
*He is trying different table foods. Loves crackers, green beans, bread.
*Jabbers, jabbers, jabbers
*He is pulling up on everything- his crib, his toys, you name it.
*Loves playing games with me and Drew. Peekaboo, tickling, laughing.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
When we finally made it to their house after three hours (normally it is a two hour trip) we had some pizza and hung out. Brayden was so happy and played in the floor. He showed off his laughing, jabbering, and semi-crawling. Saturday night we went to a spagetti dinner at a church where a lot of his family goes. Brayden was very overwhelmed with all the people. Once he screamed at everyone who came up to him he finally calmed down and enjoyed the music.
He actually slept in till 9 each day and Drew and I enjoyed the rest! His nights have been restless with teething. We headed home Sunday after lunch. Brayden had a good time and it is always good to visit!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
1. He thinks his belly button is dry skin and got a cream for that.
2. Couldn't find anything wrong with his ears, throat or stomach so he narrrowed it down to teething and gave us a gel for his gums.
Well he still woke up last night and screamed for an hour but once it was time for more gel he did calm down and go to sleep. I am hoping that this will get better soon!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday we stayed at home, and tried to go to Trevor's championship basketball game. (Trevor is Krisi, the babysitter's, son. ) We got there and as soon as the music and buzzers and whistles started going off Brayden was SCREAMING! He was so scared of all the loud noises. As soon as I would calm him down- he would rev right up again when another noise would happen. So we stayed ten minutes and then went home.
After his nap Drew went to the Pavillion to play basketball, and Megan, Brayden and I went there to swim! Brayden hadn't been swimming since he was 8 weeks old in Hilton Head, so needless to say this was a new experience. Thankfully the water was warm, and he Loved it! There was a whirl pool that I would swim around and he would lean back against me and cross his chubby feet all relaxed. We swam for about forty minutes, and then went and he ate dinner while watching Drew play ball.
Friday the 13th, Brayden was 8 months old! It is so hard to believe! here are some updates:
**Weight- ~23 pounds
**Fav. food- anything with bananas, french fries, and wagon wheels
**Fav. book- "My Little Love Bug"
**Crawling??- Well sort of - butt up in the air on his tip toes and then kind of fall, not really full-fledged crawling yet
**Fav. toy- Jerry the Giraffe, his blocks, the sing and play stage
**Jabbering all the time- Mamama, Daddadada, Babababa
**flaps arms when excited like he is going to take off into flight! :)
**waving- not sure he knows what he is doing but is waving :)
Monday, February 9, 2009
Saturday was a nice day to relax. Brayden had fun at home, and I went and saw the movie "He's Just Not That Into You" with Megan in the afternoon. That night we went on a double date with Megan and a friend, and played games here at the house. Brayden played in the floor the whole time.
Sunday was church- and we tried the nursery again. tried. I dropped him off, and I hadn't made it out of the doors before he was screaming. So I spent the rest of the time with him. We will keep trying. :) After a nap Brayden and myself headed to Sadieville to visit with Brooke, Ella, Andrea, and Amber. It had been SO long since all of us had gotten together- Amber had never met the babies! We went for a long walk through Sadieville- it was so nice outside.
Now I have started back to work this week and am looking forward to the afternoons to see the little man!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
P.S. I found them at Kohls after looking at four other places!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
2. Our First Date - We went to the Outback- which was very sweet of him because he hates steak, but knew I loved it.
3. How long did we date before we were married? - 3 years
4. How long have we been Hitched? - 3 years in June
5. Favorite Feature - Physical feature- his smile :) and his blue eyes
6. Favorite Quality - Drew's sense of humor- he can take any stressful situation and make it funny.
7. His nickname for me - babe
8. His Favorite Color - Yellow
9. His Favorite Sport - Baseball- loves ALL sports- football, tennis, golf, basketball, but his passion is baseball. Brayden doesn't have a chance
10. Who Said I Love You first - Drew did. He actually said it to me in Spanish first because he thought it was too early to say. :)
11. Our First Kiss when and where - In my dorm room- I was sitting on his back studying for a stats test and rubbing his shoulders, and he pulled me down for a smooch
12. Favorite couple thing to do - go to eat, watch movies, play games
13. His Hidden Talent -Drew has too many out in the open talents-everything he does it seems to be better than me- which is annoying- except for iceskating, dancing, and Disney Scene It :)
14. His Favorite Music - He likes oldies (I mean real oldies), country (but only recently started listening so doesn't know some of the stuff when we were growing up)
15. What I admire most about him - He is an amazing dad. He is there for Brayden and tries really hard to help me out with him.
16. His favorite pastimes - golfing, playing poker, watching sports
17. Will he read this? - Well he is sitting here
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Then last night we headed to Blake and Lauren's in Cincinnati for Caleb's first birthday party. The actual party was during Lynsie's shower so we had come to visit. Caleb was too cute, and him and Brayden played with his new wagon, swing set, and other toys. We watched the video of him eating (and playing) in his farm birthday cake. (It was too cute, Blake made it!) The boys went to bed and we were able to play games. Brayden slept in a pack-n-play in our room and did well. Then this morning the boys played some more, and we talked about going to the beach this summer. It will be quite a trip with out little men! We left after Brayden napped and headed home! Happy birthday Caleb!!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
So I was so surprised when my cousin called me the other night to tell me she is having a baby! Whitney called and said she is about 7 weeks pregnant, and is having a baby in September. I have been wanting Brayden to have a cousin, and here we go! It will be fun to have them grow up together and play!
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Friday night was Drew's work's Christmas party (a month late), and it was a luau theme. We went and took Brayden which was interesting. It was in the town of Keene which was about 45 mins away, and Brayden had his cold and it was getting near bedtime when we started to eat. So we couldn't stay very long. But It was really nice to meet all the poeple Drew works with. They all bragged about how great a guy he is. :)
Saturday afternoon Drew's parents, Gran and Gramps, came into town to visit. We ate chilli, and hung out. Then they stayed the night, and watched Brayden on Sunday while Drew and I worked the nursery at church. (we didn't want to take him since he was sick!) He did really well for them, napped an hour and a half, and ate some prunes and a bottle. He was home playing on his sing and play stage when we got back. They stayed through the afternoon and visited, but then wanted to get back home before it was too late.
This weekend I was letting Brayden chew on my fingers as usual and I felt a tooth! On the bottom front poking through. Right beside it is another one coming through as well!
Sunday night we were supposed to visit Sarah, Greg, and Ivy and Kayla and Nick but Brayden napped late and by the time he woke up it was too late to head to lex! I was really disappointed. I really love seeing my friends, and it is hard finding a time when we can all meet. I know it will get easier soon.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
1. He is now pulling up in his crib. Whenever I try to lay him down for a nap- up comes his little head and I have to walk out so I don't laugh at him. :)
2. He is now preparing for crawling by rocking on his hands and knees! THis is too cute...he gets up on his hands and knees and starts rocking back and forth. He surprised Drew and I one day with this!
3. His hair is ultra thick. I have to cute every two weeks and it continues to thicken and get longer!
4. He eats like a maniac. Three times a day he is getting his solids now. He loves bananas. He tolerates vegetables when I subdue them with a bite of fruit. He likes the biter biscuits, but makes a complete mess.
5. He loves bath time. He loves slapping his arm down on the water and making big splashes. He also loves trying to get the loofah on the faucet so he can put it in his mouth.
6. If you are eating he has to be eating. This is a little difficult since he can't eat much yet besides baby food without choking, but if he sees you putting something in your mouth he has to be doing the same! So you need to have soemthing ready or hide your eating!
7. No teeth yet! We have seen the break in the gum but no little teethers have popped through!
8. He is still growing! Probably about 20 pounds (a few weeks ago was 19.5)
9. Loves being naked.
10. Lights up mine and Drew's life more than we ever imagined!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
1. Calming down- I feel like I constantly go go go as a working mommy, but I know there are times when I just need to sit down and relax and not worry about the house work or the bottles. I just need to relax.
2. Reading more books- I LOVE TO READ and really have been into the Twilight series and the Jodi Picoult books. I read a little over this past year but would like to indulge myself more in this.
3. being a great friend/sister/wife/mommy and a better Christian- Now this is so easier said than done but I do want to work on this. Be there for my friends unconditionally, support my sisters in their lives the way they have been there for me with everything these past few months, really focus on having a better attitude towards my husband (I love him but I really would like to LISTEN to him more instead of just taking my own opinions), not be so stressed out with the baby and work, and focus on having a consisten prayer life.
4. Do something for me. This year even if it is one day or a class or something I would like to do something for me. I have wanted to take yoga, or go on an all day shopping spree. I have been focused on really being here for Brayden and let the me time dwindle.
Ok friends now you know...you can help me now! :)
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
He did better with sleep last night. He is just not doing very long naps at his sitter's two days a week and that effects him at night...I hope today is better!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
1. Brayden's sleep. Since he was sick he had started waking up every fourty five minutes in the night and the only thing that would calm him down was the bottle. Friday he was cleared healthy and we started to break that habit. Friday night he was up from 11:30-12:00 crying and 1:00-2:00 (Now I go in every five minutes and check on him). Saturday night he was up 4:00-4:10. And SUnday night 6:00. So it got much better. Then last night it was every 45 minutes again!! I'm not sure what to do....I am back at work and would like to sleep, but most importantly I want him to be able to sleep. He seems fine once he is awake he is happy for the day but the nighttime is crazy. Help.
2. Food. Right now Brayden is on the cereal bottle, babyfood bottle, bottle, babyfood bottle, bed time bottle. How long did you keep giving the bottles in between the food meals? He is six and a half months and I know eventually will move to just the solids and a bottle in the morning and at night but wasn't sure when...
Monday, January 5, 2009
Saturday we went to Bryn's (my cousins) first birthday party. Brayden loved playing with her and Ryleigh, and loved Bryn's birthday present- the sing along stage. He loved looking at himself in the mirror and watching the lights and music. He liked it so much I went and got hime one! I know I am terrible. Bryn loves Brayden though, and the entire time was trying to hug and kiss him- hilarious.
Yesterday we went to church and Brayden ate his bottle in the service, and I took him to the nursery. Well he got called out of the nursery again because he wouldn't stop crying! They took him out of the exersaucer and he went bananas. Brayden 2 Nursery 0
Then Drew and I headed to Florence to meet his family for dinner for Audra and Roxane's birthdays. We left Brayden with Aunt Megan because it fell right in a nap time. We had fun and he did great with his aunt!
We have been tackling the sleep problem- since his ear infections he was waking up every fourty five minutes at night screaming. Since then we have let him cry it out (I go in and check every three minutes!) and it has gotten better. The first night two hours, last night not till 6 a.m. Much better!
Thursday, January 1, 2009
1. January 29, 2008 We found out we were having a healthy baby boy! I was raised in a family of girls, and had no idea what to expect with a boy and was SO excited.
2. March 2008 I retired (for the time being) from my position as the Royal Spring cheerleading coach after two years. Cheerleading was a passion of mine growing up, and it was amazing to be able to share that with the middle school girls, but it was time to spend more time with the baby coming.
3. June 3, 2008 Drew and I celebrated our 2nd anniversary! We have been together now 5 years, and I love growing our marriage more every day.
5. July 1, 2008 (This wasn't a great thing, but a significant thing in my life) My Grandpa "Pop" passed away from a long battle with pneumonia. He was the first grandparent I have lost, but I know he is so much healthier now in heaven!
6. August 2008 Drew, Brayden, and I went to Hilton Head with Drew's family. We stayed in a house for a week. I LOVE the beach, and it was great to experience it with our 8 week old baby!
7. August 2008 Drew got a job in his field!! After a year and a half search for something in the public health field, Drew got a job at the Lexington Health Deparment as a health educator for tobacco. He worked so hard and I was so proud of him for being so diligent.
8. November 21, 2008 we dedicated Brayden at church. This was an awesome experience in which a lot of our family came to see. God is the foundation of our family, and the sole reason we make it from day to day. We are excited to raise Brayden in church.
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