Tuesday, February 6, 2018

New family pictures

We had new family pictures taken in November 2017.  A friend in our church took them for us.  He did a great job!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Brandon at 23 months old

Brandon turned 23 months on November 14th.  In November he made good progress physically.  His physical therapist worked more with him using the walker.  He started taking some steps on his own while in the walker.  Also during November he started talking a lot more.  He added more words to his vocabulary.  He was only still saying single words in November.
Brandon has been a social boy even at a young age, but around October/November he increased his social skills.  While we would be out at stores shopping, he would say Hi and bye to almost everyone he saw.  He will say hi to anyone.  Even if he has never seen the person before.  He makes people smile.   He is just so cute.

For his 23 month photos, I snapped a few of him after we finished our family pictures.  So here he is at 23 months.

Back in May 2017 I finally finished decorating Brandon's sports theme room.  I took pictures of his room in November 2017, so I will add those pics here.  I really enjoyed decorating his room.  A change since we have 3 girls.  His room was Kayla's room but when he was born we moved Kayla to the bigger guest room.  His room is the smallest of all the bedrooms so it is packed!  We have a full size bed in his room for him to transition to when he out grows the crib.  The bed takes up so much room, but I was able to pack in a lot of stuff in his room despite the size and extra bed.  We use the bed to change him.  So it works!

So I got a comment regarding a question of why I decorated his room in sports theme when Brandon won't be able to play sports.  Here is my answer:  You DON'T have to participate in sports to like sports.  I have always wanted to decorate a boys room in sports theme because my husband loves sports.  We finally had Brandon and so my dream came true.  He may not be able to play sports but we don't know that yet.  There are sports like golf that he probably can play later in life.   A lot of people like sports but don't play sports.  Nothing wrong with decorating a kids room in sports theme.  Its a boy room so I decorated it in a boy theme.  I will let Brandon decorate his room however he likes when he is older and has an opinion about it. 

I made the birth stats plague for Brandon.  Love how it turned out.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Halloween 2017

Its weird to be writing about Halloween in January but I want to include these pics because my kids looked so cute in their costumes.  We enjoyed the Halloween season by going to a pumpkin patch and then to our church trunk or treat.  Kayla also participated in her Kindergarten character parade (last picture below).

Pictures from the pumpkin patch:

Pictures from our church trunk or treat:

The picture below is Kayla at her Kindergarten character parade.  She was the character from the book A Rainbow of my Own.  She wore her rainbow dress (Halloween costume in above pics) and red rain boots.  She was suppose to wear a yellow rain hat but she didn't want to.  You can tell in the picture she was being shy during the parade.  Little stinker!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Brandon at 22 months old

I will have to catch up at this point with all my posts.  I am so behind but will continue this blog as best as I can.  So the next post where I left off was Brandon turning 22 months old on October 14th.  Since it has been such a long time since then, I don't remember  all the new little things he was doing.  I wish I would have kept up with that.  I want to remember all the progress and new things he was doing.  Well all I can remember was that he was continuing to make progress physically.  He was working to pull up to stand and making strides on learning to take steps in his walker.  He was still needing a lot of assistance to initiate taking a step.

As for talking he was saying more new words, I just don't remember what new words he learned.

On October 14th, he weighed 24 pounds

October is spina bifida month and on the 25th it was spina bifida and hydrocephalus day.  I did a photo shoot of Brandon wearing a Superman costume (his Halloween costume) since he is my "super baby".  I did a photo shoot back in October 2016 of Brandon wearing a superman cape for spina bifida month. Here are the October 2017 month pictures.  I will be doing a superman photo shoot with Brandon for Spina Bifida month every October.

Standing briefly on his own
Super Baby!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Grandparents day lunch with Kayla

Kayla's school hosted a Grandparents day luncheon on September 22nd. This luncheon was suppose to have happened on September 8th, but due to school starting late on September 7th, the luncheon was held on September 22nd.   Kayla was so excited to have her Grandparents (my parents) there with her.  Her other grandparents couldn't come due to being out of town.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Thomas' 40th Birthday

Thomas turned the BIG 40 on September 22nd.  Since this was a big milestone in his life, I set up some surprises for him.  I took him to ifly.  ifly is an indoor skydiving/wind tunnel place.  When I purchased this for him I had NO intentions of doing it with him, but Thomas convinced me to try it out as well.  I'm so glad I did!  It was fun!  Thomas soared into his forty's and he did it well!  Here are some pictures of our adventure together.

Camera phone pictures so not the best:

Thomas flying
Amanda flying
Certificate of completion

After the ifly adventure I surprised him with dinner at Pappasitos with some close friends.  Thomas had a great birthday turning 40!

Happy Birthday being sung to him

My birthday was a week later on September 29.  I turned 41.  My birthday was low key this year, but Thomas surprised me with a one hour massage at my home.  It was a relaxing one hour.  Loved every minute of it!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Brandon is 21 months old

Brandon turned 21 months back on September 14th.  He weighed 23 pounds, 6 oz.  His length was 31.2 inches.  Brandon is definitely a short petite boy.  He is in the 25% ile for weight and 2% ile for length.

Again I am over a month late with this update.  I can't remember all the little things he was doing but he did visit the spina bifida clinic and all looked good.  He got his own little walker since he is working on standing and walking with his physical therapist.  He also got fitted for new orthotics.  We are still waiting for them to come in but he will be wearing kiddieGait orthotics.  These will really help him with supporting his ankles and assist him to walk when he gets stronger.  He is making progress physically and we are so excited for this progress.  Brandon is really working at pulling up to stand.  He is just having problems with getting his feet flat on the ground.  He tends to pull up with his arms so he looks like he is standing on the tips of his toes.  Also Brandon is doing so much better with sitting with his feet in front of him.  Its been a long process with him learning to sit, but I think he has finally gotten it.   

Brandon started saying new words and becoming more and more social.  He is so friendly and loves to greet people.  He is so much like his daddy - a social outgoing guy.

Brandon continues to sleep well at night.  He is getting to that age when he knows its bed time and he gets upset because he wants to stay up and play.  But he does love to be read to before bed and that helps with the bedtime process.

Brandon is such a sweet , mostly calm boy.  He really only gets upset when he is hungry or tired.  He is also such a funny little boy.  He makes me smile all the time.  His smile is a joy in our home.  Love this little boy so much!