Monday, April 10, 2017

Bluebonnets and pictures 2017

We finally got out to get pictures in the bluebonnets on April 2.  We found a small spot on private property in Pearland, TX.  The owners of the property were ok with people taking pictures in the bluebonnets.  This year has been a terrible year with the bluebonnets.  There's just not as many spots/locations of bluebonnets this year.  I think the warmer winter in Houston didn't help at all.  So here are our pictures this year!  I'm glad I was able to get them.  I have gotten pictures of my kids in the bluebonnets for 6 years in a row!









Sunday, April 9, 2017

Brandon is 15 months old

Brandon turned 15 months old on March 14 (Pie day)!  The big news for this month is he is sitting up almost on his own!  I got some pics of him sitting up at a local park.  These are the first pictures of him sitting up on his own.  He is still not 100% perfect at sitting up on his own, but he is slowly but surely getting there.  We are closer than we were.  So I am so happy about that!

Brandon had his 15 month check up.  It was discovered that Brandon has large tonsils (size 3).  We have to see the ENT to determine the next steps for this.  Brandon has been having sleep apnea episodes and some snoring so we figured that his tonsils were big. Rachel and Haley had to have their tonsils and adenoids taken out so I know Brandon will be going down that road too.  Poor boy!  Brandon also has seasonal allergies though it's not bothering him too much.

His 15 month stats at his check up:

Weight: 20 lbs, 10 oz (23 %ile)
Length: 29.5 inches (5 %ile)
Wt/Lt: 48 %ile
Head circumference: they took it but didn't write it down for me.

Brandon is a shorty like Haley and Kayla.  Rachel is my only average to tall kid.  As big as Brandon was when he was born, I thought for sure he was going to be more on the average/bigger/taller side, but I was wrong.  That's okay, he's great just as he is.  His smaller size is NOT stopping him from getting around.  He is crawling around everywhere!  He's still army crawling, but attempting to get up on all fours.

Brandon is eating well.  He likes his food!  He likes his baby cereal still as well as those Gerber puffs and other Gerber snacks.  He doesn't like the yogurt drops at all.  We are introducing more textures and foods.  He's doing well in this area!  We are trying to get him off the bottle, but Brandon is not interested in a sippy cup.  Will continue to work on this issue.

Brandon is still not talking or saying any words besides "ma, ma".  We are in the process of getting a speech therapist to come evaluate him to see if any intervention is needed.

He continues to sleep well at night though some nights he will cry a couple of times.  One of us will go in and comfort him and he will go back to sleep.  Most likely he wakes up due to his sleep apnea.

Brandon is a social little boy.  He likes to be talked to and he will wave Hi/bye when someone waves to him.  We are so blessed to have him in our family.

  

Clapping!


He kept looking at the grass trying to figure it out.  He doesn't like the grass.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Brandon is 14 months old

Brandon turned 14 months old on February 14th.  I am getting later and later on getting these posts written.  He is actually already 15 months so I will be attempting to get that update posted when I can.  I'm still going to try to do monthly updates for Brandon until he is 24 months.  I did this with Rachel, Haley and Kayla so going to try to get it done for Brandon as well.

Brandon weighed 20 lbs, 2 oz at 14 months.  He didn't gain any weight from 13 months to 14 months old.  He is using so much energy army crawling everywhere.  He sure is getting where he wants to go.  He still isn't sitting up on his own.  He is making progress though - slowly but surely.

Brandon is not really saying any new words.  He can say da da.  I have heard him say ma ma, but he has decided to not say it much anymore.

Brandon is eating well.  He still loves his baby cereals.  We are still doing baby foods, but slowly trying new table foods with more texture since Brandon tends to gag easily on chunky foods and he ends up vomiting.  So we are working on that.  Also Brandon loves his milk in his bottle.  Another challenge is getting him off the bottle.  He doesn't seem to care for the sippy cup.  We will just keep trying....

Brandon is a great sleeper still!  He goes to bed around 8:30 pm and sleeps through the night until about 8 am (+ or - 30 mins).

Brandon loves people!  He knows how to wave hi or bye.  He can be a flirt with his cute smile and big brown eyes.  He is precious sweet little boy.  So glad to have him in our family.

Here are his 14 month pictures.  I took them a day before Valentines's day.  He didn't want to smile much for pictures that day.





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!

Rachel
Haley

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
Haley
Kayla
Rachel and Brandon
Haley and Rachel