Thursday, May 31, 2007

Bad Dreams

I asked Mat to write about Braeden's bad dream because he was the one to hear Bray crying in the night. So, here in his own words, is Mat's story:

Bray has been waking up once almost every night between 1 and 3 am, I’m not sure why. Normally, I just have to go upstairs, give him his blanket, and tell him that it is nighttime and that he needs to go back to sleep. After this, he is usually quiet until morning. Tuesday morning, this didn’t work though. When I heard him, I went upstairs and he was sitting up in bed, wide awake and yelling. He kept looking over the side of the bed and crying “jeep! jeep!”. He was inconsolable for probably 45-60 seconds, then he suddenly got this look of awareness on his face, and immediately settled back down to bed and fell asleep. I suppose he must have dreamt that he lost his jeep (one of his favorite toys), and once he realized he was safe and sound in bed, he could settle back down again.

More Tumblebus Tricks

Braeden's tumblebus report card said he had learned how to do sit-ups, but when we ask him to show us he refuses. Sometimes he says okay (one of his most favorite words that comes out more like otay thank okay). And then he gets into a push-up position. He doesn't actually bend his arms to do a push-up, but he does assume the position. It reminds me of when he was a baby before he could crawl.

I found this picture from August 2005 of Braeden in his push-up pose, so I thought I would post it again. Now he can actually lift his head to look at us and smile proudly. I'll try to get him to do it for the camera one day.

Sunday, May 27, 2007


Braeden learned how to do somersaults at Tumblebus. He's known how to do them for a few weeks now, but he wasn't getting all the way over. He kept falling to the side. We finally realized that he needed to have his head very close to his feet in order to flip over right. Here's the end result!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Bray must've had a really tough day at school because he fell asleep in the car on the way home.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Funny story

There's this other great mom of one of Braeden's friends at school, Robin. Her daughter Makena is a little bit younger than Braeden, but they've been in the same rooms for their two years. Makena is a beautiful little girl. Very slender and very, very blond and pale. She still LOVES her paccy, like it's permanently attached in her mouth. Robin is pregnant again, due in mid-June and is one of those pregnant women who just looks perfect.

Anyway, Makena cried when Braeden moved up to the two-year old room. The day she moved up, I'm sure she was ecstatic! Most days, Braeden plays with Makena and Alex, one of the other little girls in his room. Today I ran into Robin on campus (she works for one of our vendors). We were talking and she asked if I knew what had happened the other day. I assumed it had to do with Matthew, the thug of our day care. He beats her up, bites her, pulls her hair, and steals her toys. But this story was about Braeden.

I guess it was last week, Braeden stole Makena's paccy out of her mouth and threw it over the gate, just out of reach. Makena was screaming for her paccy, having a total meltdown. I can only imagine how funny Braeden thought this new game was. Apparently fun enough that he did it again yesterday!

I felt terrible. And since Robin and I had already talked about what a bully Matthew is, I was worried Braeden would be heading down that path. But Robin thought it was funny. She's very slowly trying to break Makena of the paccy habit, so Makena isn't even supposed to have the paccy outside.

Today when I went to get Braeden, I saw him running towards the opposite end of their playground. Then I watched him throw a toy over the fence and run back to me. Maybe throwing stuff over the fence will be more fun than eating sand, rocks, or mulch and he'll give that game up for good!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Recent Pics

I thought it would be a good idea to post some recent pictures of Braeden. He makes that scary, toothy grin every time I ask him to smile. And that kid LOVES his Giants shirt! He asks to wear it a lot, and even has it on today (with shorts!).

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Mommy do it!

Braeden is insistent. He was such a go-with-the-flow baby that it's amazing to see him turn into such a stubborn kid! He knows what he wants and when he wants it. And right now, he's absolutely insistent that mommy has to do just about EVERYTHING. Unless mommy doesn't do what he wants, then he'll start calling for daddy. Or Emmy (is that my friend Emily or Elmo's babysitter Emily?). Either way, I know he's mad at me when he does that.

Lately, mommy has had to be the one to change diapers, to hold him, to put him in his highchair, to get his juice, to do it all. Sometimes he tells Mat to leave us and pushes him away. Poor Mat. He takes it in stride though. And when the day comes that Braeden would rather talk about cars or tractors or some other hideously boring topic, I know I will remember these mommy do it days and wish Braeden was two again!