Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Valentine's Pictures, haircuts and lost teeth

So I was about a week late taking Valentine's pictures of the kids this year.  But none the less I got them done.  Also these pictures show Rachel's, Haley's and Kayla's new haircuts.  Rachel's hair was cut really short, but it looks so good on her!
Also both Rachel and Haley have lost their first teeth (see pics below).  Haley lost her first one on January 19th and Rachel lost her first one on February 12th.  As of the writing of this blog post, Rachel has lost 2 baby teeth.  Rachel and Haley are behind on loosing their baby teeth.  The dentist had told us that due to their extreme prematurity, they would lose their baby teeth later than normal.

Kayla, Rachel, Haley

Pics of Rachel and Haley's new smiles!


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Brandon's First Haircut

Just want to document this since my blog is my journal.  I'm glad I have this blog to document the goings on with all the kids in our family.  Brandon is our last baby and he is going through a lot of firsts that I want to document and to be able to look back on.  So with that said, Brandon got his first haircut back on January 18th.  He wasn't happy during the haircut but he looked so cute after it was done!

Before picture.  His hair was so long.
Not happy about the haircut

After picture.  Looks so much better

I took more after pictures of Brandon's new haircut a few days after.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Brandon at 13 months and 1 year old pictures

I thought I better get this post done before he turns 14 months.  Brandon turned 13 months back on January 14.  He weighed 20 pounds, 2 oz.  Since it has been a month, I can't remember all the little things he has done, but he has been saying ma, ma and da, da.  He started this mid to late January.  He can wave bye, bye and he also started clapping his hands (end of January).  He is a little behind on starting these things, but I am so happy he is making progress.  He is such an attentive and alert little boy.  He likes to watch all that is going on and he especially likes people.  He is a little flirt and loves to smile at people.

Physically, he is still army crawling, but is getting faster.  He still isn't sitting up.  It is discouraging but I know he will be able to do it eventually.  I have to continue to be patient and continue to have faith....  

So I was late with getting his one year old pictures taken but I did get them taken when he turned 13 months.  So these pictures are his 13 month/1 year old photos.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

New Family Pictures

After posting about our 10 year wedding anniversary, I realized I never posted our most recent family pictures that were taken back in October 2016.  So here they are....

Kayla 4 years, Brandon 10 months, Haley & Rachel 7 years

The pictures below are additional pictures I took on a different day.  The photographer wasn't able to get individual pictures of the kids due to a lack of cooperation.  I'm thankful for the ones above that he did get.

Rachel and Brandon
Haley and Rachel

Sunday, February 5, 2017

10th year Wedding Anniversary

So I will be trying to catch up on these blog posts from the past month.  To start it off Thomas and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary on January 12th!!!  We have gone through quite a bit the past 10 years together.  Our biggest is that we had 10 kids in 10 years!!  That is amazing and we are so grateful for eternal families and that we will see our other children again.  We look forward to that reunion.  We have also gone through excitement, heartache, joy, sorrow, miracles, death, pain, amazement, happiness and so much more.  We have gone through several jobs, the opening of two businesses and have lived in the same city and house since getting married.  Its been a journey, but I wouldn't have it any other way.  Here's to more years of marriage ahead.


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016 has come and gone.  It was a good Christmas for our family.  We stayed home this Christmas.  We did go to my husband's brothers house (which is near by) for Christmas eve dinner and then Christmas day lunch.  Kayla enjoys spending time with her cousins.  We are so thankful this Christmas that Brandon was home.  It was his second Christmas, but his first one at home.  Thinking back a year ago when he was in the NICU, I am so glad we have all that past us and that he was home with us this Christmas.  Rachel and Haley enjoyed opening their gifts and are getting a break from school for 2 1/2 weeks.

We are grateful for our family and that we got to spend Christmas all together this year.  We are also so very grateful for the birth of our Savior.  We wouldn't be where we are today with out him.

Here are some pictures of our Christmas:

Pictures in front of the tree.  Couldn't get one with Rachel smiling
Our Christmas tree with all the gifts
Girls opening gifts

Brandon playing with a new toy
All dressed for church

Rachel not in this picture due to a lack of cooperation
The picture below was taken a couple of weeks before Christmas.  I was planning to take one of Rachel and Haley but just ran out of time.  So here is Kayla modeling for mommy.  I had seen others doing pictures like this and I wanted to try it.  I think it turned out ok.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Brandon turned ONE!!!

This post is so late.  I will post about Christmas soon.

Brandon turned one on December 14th.  The past year went so fast and my last baby is one.  He is just a precious little boy who is so strong and resilient.  He has gone through so much with the spina bifida but he is just so happy and is making good progress.  Yes he is behind physically and somewhat behind developmentally, but he is making progress.  He just melts my heart with his cute looks and smiles.  He's such a loving little boy and gives the best hugs.  He's a precious blessing to our family!

Poor baby at his one year check up (12/15/16) was diagnosed with a sinus infection, double ear infection and a bladder infection.  Brandon didn't even act sick.  He was happy and seemed ok except he still had some congestion and a cough that had started on Thanksgiving.  Thankfully he is all better now.

Stats at one year old (recorded 12/15/16):

Weight: 19 lbs, 8oz (25%ile).  Was 20 lbs, 2 oz one week later!
Length: 28.7 inches (10-25%ile). Yes he's short!
Head circumference: 46.5 cm (50-75%ile)
Weight/Length: 45%ile

Brandon is a little guy despite being born at 9 lbs, 7 oz!  He's on the small side like Haley and Kayla.  He can still wear some 9 month clothes.  Most of his 12 month clothes are big on him.  I bought so many cute clothes in size 12 month or 12-18 months for this winter and they are big on him.  Oh well he's gotta wear them anyway.  He's still in a size 3 diaper.

Physically Brandon is rolling and army crawling all around.  He's still not sitting up on his own unless he is holding on to something.  As he crawls around he loves to get into his sisters toys and explore.  He's a curious boy!  He really likes toys that rattle and toys that make noise and light up.  He especially loves cell phones and anything electronic like the iPad.  I can't be on my phone around him because he will grab it quickly.

As for eating, Brandon is doing better at eating more variety of baby foods. He still loves his cereal and he loves those Gerber puffs.  I will be trying some new foods and textures to see how it goes as he needs to advance with more table foods.  Brandon will be getting a swallow study on Dec 30th to check his swallow.  Since he's still having issues with spitting up the doctor felt it necessary to get a swallow study to look at what might be going on.

Brandon saw a new urologist at the same place we had taken him before. This new doctor wanted us to stop cathing him since he kept getting bladder infections and since he wasn't refluxing up into his kidneys.  Brandon does urinate on his own.  He just may not always empty his bladder completely, but the doctor wasn't concerned about that.  Brandon will get a more intense bladder and kidney function test in about 3 months.  This test will give us more information as to see if Brandon will need cathing again or not.  He will be monitored frequently up to 2 years old to keep an eye on those kidney's and bladder.  Not all kids with Spina Bifida have to be cathed.  We are learning more and more about this birth defect.  We hope Brandon can continue to not need cathing.  Brandon is so prone to bladder infections that it would be best for him to not have to be cathed.  Only time will tell.

Brandon saw his neurosurgeon (Dr. Fletcher) on Dec 1st and got a good report.  Prior to the appointment Brandon had a MRI to check his shunt and ventricles.  All looked great!  Brandon has not had any problems with the shunt and the chances of having any problems are much lower now that it has been a year since it was placed.  Many blessings and prayers answered!

Brandon continues to be our best sleeper ever!  He goes to bed easily and sleeps through the night.  He sleeps about 11 + hours at night.

I can't thank my Heavenly Father enough for this precious addition to our family.  We are so blessed and are eternally grateful for this miracle!

The exact time Brandon turned one!  He was born at 1:05 pm.
Decorated for his Birthday

Not a fan of his cake
He would have rather played with the paper plate
Taking some tastes of the cake
Not interested in more cake.  Just too cute!
All the gifts he got