Tuesday, December 27, 2005
I felt a little queasy, but went to dinner anyway with Chris, Brian, Lois, her sister Romaine, and Mat and Braeden. It wasn't a good idea...I had to leave early and then was sick for a day and a half with a stomach bug. (Potentially food poisening from my office's holiday potluck as I wasn't the only one from work afflicted!) Anyway, Mat's parents took care of Braeden on Friday while I rested and Mat ran some errands, including picking up his tux for Saturday's wedding.
Saturday morning I drove Braeden to Roscoe to meet my parents at the diner. We had breakfast--Braeden likes pancakes, by the way!--and then swapped cars so that Braeden could go back to Rhinebeck with them. Mat and I had a wonderful time at the wedding, which was beautiful, and drove to Rhinebeck the next morning.
We spent the next week at my parents' house and left the day after Christmas for the 12-hour drive back to Whitsett. But we had a great time and were so happy to celebrate Christmas with my nanny, great-aunt, sister and her fiance, and my parents. Christmas was just perfect! We took it easy and didn't end up opening presents until about 5:00 that evening after a huge meal of roast beast, turkey breast, mashed potatoes, and all the other fixings! Braeden ate tiny bites of beef, turkey, roll, and peas. He was one happy baby!
And he got a bunch of great gifts...almost too much stuff to fit in the car for the return trip! I'll post a few pictures when I can, but until then picture Braeden in a Santa hat--he kept it on just long enough to take the picture! :)
We'll celebrate Christmas with his other grandparents, Uncle Mark, Jenn, and Joe at Joe's house on Saturday, December 31. And then the next week Braeden turns 1! I promise to update more regularly in 2006. In fact, I'll make that my new year's resolution!
Merry Christmas everyone!
Braeden recovered pretty quickly from his bad cold, but kept the cough and wheezey breathing for a couple of weeks. He had a second chest x-ray which looked much better, so we felt like we dodged a bullet there.
Later in November we noticed that Braeden could stand by himself. After pulling up on something, he'd often let go and just hold onto a toy. He'd only do it for a couple of seconds and it seemed like when he realized he was standing alone, he'd quick grab onto something again. But he started doing it more and more frequently and for longer periods of time as he gained confidence in his legs.
Then we figured out it was time for him to start walking (assisted, that is). G-Ma and P-Pa had given him a hippo he could either ride or use as a walker. We stood him in front of it and he started to push it and walk behind it. The first few times he mostly just fell down. The hippo would move too fast and his feet wouldn't move at all. So he'd lean forward with his arms outstretched until he couldn't reach anymore, then he'd fall forward. But after a little while of this, he started to get the hang of it! He now walks the entire length of our house from the front door to the morning room windows. We have to steer because he hasn't figured that part out yet, but boy, is he fast!
He's nursing less which means he's eating more solid foods. We've started to expand his diet because he was definitely getting tired of plain pasta and green beans. Braeden's been eating cold, homemade mac and cheese, chicken breast, cheese, animal crackers, goldfish, and lima beans. He LOVES lima beans! And drinking juice from his sippy cup which he holds by both handles. Too cute!
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Friday, November 18, 2005
He's been sleeping fine at night and eating well during the day. He's got less energy though and is quick to turn cranky. But we dropped him off at day care this morning. I'll check on him at lunch and post an update then.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Instead of sleeping in cribs, the babies, I mean toddlers, sleep on tiny cots that are about an inch off the ground. They follow the same basic schedule--breakfast, play, lunch, nap, snack, play--as he's been used to. And the best part is that Braeden will be back with his buds, Matthew and Hudson! I think the bigger adjustment will be for me accepting that Braeden's not a baby anymore.
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Braeden's first Halloween was a quiet affair. He's wearing a long-sleeved orange, black, and white striped onesie with overalls and orange and white striped socks. His onesie has a little spider on the chest. We didn't take him out trick-or-treating but we did get about 30 kids at the house. I don't think Braeden liked the interruptions to his dinner and bath that the treaters provided!
Next year, we'll take him out around the neighborhood. Mat thinks Braeden should have been a jack-o-lantern this year since that's what he looks like when he smiles. His second upper tooth is starting to come in (making four total teeth). Such a cute smile!
Friday, October 28, 2005
So, Mat went to a variety of home improvement and baby stores to purchase child-safety locks. Thursday morning he stayed home from work and installed them on all of the drawers and cabinets in our kitchen and bathrooms.
When Braeden and I went into the kitchen last night to consider dinner, he crawled right over to his favorite new attraction--the tupperware drawer. He actually looked confused the first time he tried to pull it open, only to realize that it opened less than an inch before jerking to a stop. Undeterred, he pushed it closed and tried again, with the same disappointing result. He looked up at me and made a little noise of protest, then crawled, dejectedly, away to play with the cat.
Just one more rite of passage in our new baby-driven lives.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
The timeshare was right on the beach so we had great views out the wall of windows in the bedrooms. The boardwalk was three miles long giving us lots of room to test out his new umbrella stroller his grandparents brought for him. We bought him a blue VA Beach hat but Braeden wasn't so into that. He kept pulling it off and throwing it on the ground. We're going to keep trying though. His dad loves hats, and so does his P-Pa...genetics is too strong to resist!
We went to the aquarium on Monday and bought Braeden a green plastic cup with an orca on it--too cute. He's going to love banging it on the floor, high chair, table, his mommy's head, whatever he can reach. And one day he'll hopefully love to drink out of it too.
Braeden spent most of the trip with his fingers in his mouth...his front top two teeth are starting to poke through the gums. For some reason, there seems to be a direct correlation between teething and his maternal grandparents. If the pattern sticks, his next teeth won't come in until Christmas! :)
As much as we all loved the vacation, it was good to come home and get back into Braeden's everyday routine. However, when we left Friday there was just one case of the pox, chicken that is, at the day care. Now there are many cases! And two in the infant room...stay tuned!
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Thursday, October 13, 2005
And now, for the important stuff...Braeden weighed in at 19 pounds 3 ounces and is just over 27 inches long. He remains in the 25th percentile for height and weight, but that doesn't bother us or the doctor. His next appointment will be January 11 which some will remember was my original due date.
This weekend we're going to Virginia Beach with G-Mama and P-Pa. We can't wait! And we hope it will be warm enough to at least dip Braeden's toes in the ocean!!
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Monday, October 03, 2005
Tomorrow Braeden will be 9 months old. The new big thing in his life is that he's outgrown the infant car seat. Since he has to ride backwards until he's one year old, we bought a convertible car seat. (rear-facing now, forward-facing at a year) It's very plush! And it's not something you can take in and out of the car, so from now on, Braeden has to sit in restaurant high chairs, the top of the grocery cart, or be carried around. We think it's a milestone even if there's no place to record it in the baby book!
Monday, September 26, 2005
Here's Braeden in the grocery store in his favorite aisle. As you can see, we lead very exciting lives. Saturday we went to Home Depot, out to lunch, then to the grocery store. Braeden, like his mom, loves to run errands. And for that, we're truly grateful! Like at La Fiesta, this is Braeden's first time riding in the top section of the cart. He's in his floppy seat again which is supposed to protect him from touching any part of the germy cart, but as you can see, it didn't work as well on the Bi-Lo cart. As we were checking out, we noticed that Braeden was biting the thin metal bar you can see in the photo! Yuck!
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
That was then and this is now...
Braeden must weigh 20 pounds now. Our next chance to weigh him is at his nine-month doctor's appointment on October 11. We'll get an official weight and length then. Braeden is back to hating diaper changes and getting dressed. This time around it's not that he hates being naked (seems to like it, actually); he just hates to be restrained. He is constantly in motion and wants to see and touch everything. Still loves Tilloo--crawls over top of him, pets him, shoves his tail or hair in his mouth--and the feeling is mutual. If Braeden is in his car seat on the floor, Tilloo will come over to sit with him. He rubs up against Braeden's feet which makes Braeden smile and then moves so that Braeden can pet him. They're very cute together!
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Friday, September 09, 2005
Here's Braeden and his boys, Matthew (in the front seat) and Hudson (behind Braeden), going for a walk after lunch. (That's Audrey ducking down behind Matthew...she must be ashamed to be seen with those rowdy boys!) It's a beautiful day here, very sunny and about 85 degrees. There's not much to see since they're limited to the parking lot, but they like getting outside. I'm so glad to have a camera phone so I can capture moments like this one! :)
Monday, September 05, 2005
Otherwise we had a great weekend. Sunday was Braeden's eight-month birthday. While he didn't party hard, he did eat some more puffs, have a bath, and crawl/scoot from the living room by the TV through the kitchen and around the morning room. He's pretty fast and very determined. He's really interested in playing with the cat toys, so we'll have to pick those up soon. He's great on the vinyl flooring and the best thing about it--easy clean-up when he spits up.
Friday, August 26, 2005
Since he was at the doctor's, they put him on the scale. He's gained half a pound since his weigh-in last week!! 18 pounds 2 ounces...the doctor was very pleased with his weight gain and his overall attitude--happy happy happy! She almost can't believe he's the same baby that struggled to gain weight when he was just a couple months old.
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Technically Braeden has been able to sit up since he was about 6 1/2 months. But we finally feel like he's doing it consistently and doing it well! In fact, he can now go from laying on his tummy to sitting upright all on his own. And if he has a toy (like the keys) to chew on, he's happy as a clam to sit there just like he is in the photo. He's still a little top-heavy and sometimes just tips over. Smiling the whole time. :)
Friday, August 19, 2005
At his last appointment on July 5, he weighed in at 15 pounds 13 ounces. In 6 weeks he's gained almost 2 pounds. You really notice the extra weight when you carry him around for a while. But at the same time he's more solid and controls his head and torso better which helps to make it easier to carry him for longer periods of time.
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Everything still goes directly into his mouth so it's crucial that we watch him very closely to avoid accidental ingestion of flip-flops, cat toys, phone antennas, and other thoroughly useful but Braeden-unfriendly items!
I promise to post a new picture soon too...it's been too long!
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Monday, August 08, 2005
In addition to doing push-ups, Braeden has figured out how to put his knees down. So now he can get into position to crawl! All he does now, once he gets there, is rock back and forth. From what I've read, though, that's the first step...maybe he'll be crawling this month! He loves getting into that position and he definitely wants to move. He tries to get somewhere, but he usually just falls forward. And actually, he's pretty good at moving backwards! But he still scoots forward on his tummy or rolls over to get to a toy he wants.
I wish I could post video on the site, but it looks like that's not a possibility. Sorry!
Sunday, August 07, 2005
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Monday, August 01, 2005
Friday, July 29, 2005
Thursday, July 28, 2005
I took this photo last night after Braeden's bath because I thought it was cute that father and son matched in green striped shirts (well, one shirt, one onesie anyway). And don't they look so serious?
Braeden's got a little cold so he's been coughing and sniffling yesterday and today. Most of the babies at day care are sick so we were expecting him to get it too. Hopefully he won't spread it to us, or at least that we won't get very sick this time around.
We tried putting Braeden in his new play pen this morning while we got ready for work but he just kept crying. He was too tired, so we put him in his car seat and he fell right asleep. Too cute! We'll try the play pen again tomorrow morning and hopefully he'll do better.
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Tonight was the trial run of the Happy Baby Food Grinder. We microwaved a sweet potato then peeled it and put the chunks through the grinder. It worked like magic! In fact, it worked just like the playdoh spaghetti maker that both Mat and I remembered having as kids!!
To make it the right consistency, I mixed the potato with a little apple juice and a little water. Braeden loved it! It was a little thicker than out of the jar which made dinner time much neater!
We took pictures and I'll get them up as soon as I can. We also bought carrots and I'll get a butternut squash Friday when we go to the Bi-Lo. We also need an ice cube tray so that we can freeze cubes of happy baby food.
Monday, July 25, 2005
Although this picture of Braeden (and Mat) was taken on Father's day--a month and a half ago--it is still one of my favorites. If I remember correctly, Melissa told me both father and son had been hard at work most of the day. A well deserved rest ensued.
I took this picture of Braeden from the front seat of Mat's car with my camera phone. Don't his feet look cute in those red striped socks?
So, to catch you up on what Braeden has been up to...He's got two teeth, the bottom front two teeth came in around the end of June. He's starting to sit up on his own using his hands to support himself. And for the most part he hates to be on his back. We put him to sleep on his back, but he rolls over almost immediately onto his stomach.
What's new in Braeden's world? He's discovered our cats...he loves them! When he catches a glimpse of one, he smiles and tracks it with his eyes. Tilloo, the stupid one, will lay down next to Braeden on the floor and gingerly put up with getting his hair and whiskers pulled. Braeden pets the cat (petting=swatting and hitting) and tries to stuff the cat's hair in his mouth. Hudson won't go near Braeden, which makes him the smarter cat.