Sunday, December 25, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
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Sunday, November 27, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
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Monday, October 31, 2011
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Sunday, October 9, 2011
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Kids nowadays achieve in ways we never dreamed of. It seems like the news is filled with third graders doing astrophysics, 10-year olds with college degrees and teenagers making millions off their IPOs. Brayden, not to be outdone, took his first steps AND built a house today. I hope someone from Harvard is reading this…
Monday, September 12, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
If you ask me, first birthdays are just as much about parents surviving the year as they are about the baby’s big day. So even though Brayden will only know what happened through the photos and video taken at the party, Brian and I wanted to host a celebration worthy of our family’s milestone.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Brayden is one! It’s been a crazy year. Five days in the hospital, four rounds of antibiotics, three ear infections, two bouts of RSV and one case of croup couldn’t keep Brayden down. And you’ve been with us for every step (and story) along the way.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Brayden is officially standing. He stood for five seconds on Friday and has been improving ever since. There is nothing in this world like watching your sweet baby release your hand and stand on his own two feet without needing your support. That moment was a precursor of so many things to come.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Brayden learned how to blow bubbles into his food while I feed him. Oh joy. And conveniently, he discovered this neat new trick while eating bright orange mangos. This picture from the momentous occasion teeters somewhere between absolutely hilarious and totally bizarre.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
There is an epic battle of skill and cunning being played out between Brayden and his fur brother, Avery. Brayden moves fast; Avery moves faster. Brayden stealthily hunts Avery; Avery can hear him a mile away. Brayden grows by the day; Avery jumps higher. This picture perfectly captures their duel…
Sunday, July 24, 2011
This post is part flashback, part current day look at Brayden’s experiences with all modes of transportation. Besides the cuteness of the pictures, it’s neat to see how the little man has grown over the past several months.
In November 2010, we visited Grandpa Jewell in Sacramento when we bought the Acura MDX. While we were there, Dick (Brian’s dad) brought us to see his airplane so Brayden could play pilot at 5 months old.
Forgive me for skipping the order of the post’s title, but our next stop down memory lane is going to be automobiles (or in this case, trucks.) Brayden’s Grampa (my dad, Bob) has always wanted a classic car, and this year he found a great cherry red Ford 1950s truck to fulfill his dream. Here are some pictures of Brayden and Grampa from June (when Brayden was 9 months old) in the truck snapped by my Uncle Henry. I can’t wait for Brayden to be old enough to cruise around town with his Grampa!
That brings us to trains! Here are some pictures from today with Brayden’s new Alphabet Train. Yes, I realize this isn’t the train you were exactly expecting to see but I’m allowed some creative license with my own blog. Brayden is 10 1/2 months old and already doing such a good job standing and walking with help. And just look at that smile! It literally stops people in their tracks at the store. If I had a dollar for every compliment I got on Brayden’s cute face and smile, his college education would already be paid for!
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
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Monday, May 30, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
There's nothing like seeing itty bitty hands and feet captured in clay. When babies turn into kids who grow up into adults, those little molds always stand as a reminder of where they started no matter how big they get.
Monday, May 9, 2011
Our first Mother’s Day was a wonderfully fun three-day event. Friday was a special celebration at daycare with a lovely breakfast and presents from the babies, Saturday was a visit at Nana and Grampa’s (which included playing with their new puppy, Bella, one of Lacey’s daughters) and then lunch and shopping Nana and Sunday was a happy family day with Brian, Brayden and me.
Brayden and Brian gave me a fabulous spa certificate for some pampering, and we went to dinner that night all together. Brayden was on his very best baby behavior, and all the waiters and waitresses at BJ’s stopped to say he was the cutest baby they’d seen all day. We would tend to agree…
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Brayden has had an adventurous eight months. Here are his most recent stats:
Weight: 16 lb. 2 oz. (the doctor thinks he lost 1 lb. when he was sick in the hospital)
Height: 28 inches
Eyes: Still TBD but mostly blue with tinges of green and brown at the center
Hair: A totally unique color – honey caramel with glints of auburn
Teeth: None yet (still!)
Sleeping: About 10 1/2 hours every night from 6:30p to 5a, sometimes waking up once
Personality: Brayden is very happy and social but also plays by himself nicely
Health: If you read the blog, you can answer this for yourself
Here are three totally cute pics from the little man’s past month:
|Dressed for success|
|Bath time is happy time!|
|Fingerpainting at daycare|
Monday, April 25, 2011
Brian and I took Brayden to his pediatrician Monday afternoon once we got the call from daycare about his 102-degree fever. We thought he had caught something and would work it out over the next couple days. Well, instead of getting better, things got worse. Way worse.
We ended up at the doctors on Tuesday as Brayden’s fever kept rising and he got sicker, and then again Wednesday when he became dehydrated and started throwing up blood. The pediatrician’s office made the arrangements as we quickly drove to Renown hospital with a very sick baby.
Once we arrived, the pediatrics unit went into full throttle. There were IVs, blood draws, ultrasounds, X-rays, visits from doctors, surgeons and nurses and more tests than I could list here. It was 11p before Brayden was allowed to sleep. And all we had to show for the day was more questions than answers.
Each day included more testing, poking, prodding and meeting with doctors. Late on day three, Brayden’s temperature started to stabilize and his sweet smiles slowly returned. We were allowed to venture to the playroom, go for wagon rides around the pediatrics wing and enjoy visits from the Easter Bunny.
In all, Brayden was at Renown for five days. And although the tests indicated something was going on, no test could identify exactly what. We left on Easter Day with a healthier baby but no concrete answers. Sometimes these things remain a mystery.
We are so thankful for everyone who visited, texted, called and prayed for us. We are grateful beyond words. The photo album below is in chronological order so you can see the progression of our days, including the happy homecoming on Easter where Brayden was showered with love and presents.