Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Brandon is 8 months old

Brandon turned 8 months on August 14th.  He weighed 17 lbs, 14 oz.  He is such a delight to our family.  He smiles so much and is so happy.

Brandon is doing good.  He is still working on perfecting his rolling over.  He can roll over he just prefers not to.  His physical therapist is working on that as well as working on strengthening his core so he can be strong enough to sit up.  He will get it, but I'm getting somewhat impatient as I want to see him beat spina bifida and not let it slow him down.

Brandon's personality is showing more and more.  He is a happy, easy going baby and likes when people talk to him.  In fact he will stare at someone as if he is waiting for them to talk to him.  When someone does he gives a big smile.  He's working on talking himself.  He's making more sounds (started mid to late August) and is making a "da da/ta ta" sound.  He is going to be a talker I can tell already.

He had his first dentist appointment on August 23rd.  All his 8 teeth are good.  The dentist said his back gums were puffy so he is working on getting more teeth in.  He loves to chew on anything and his hands are grabbing everything as well.  Loves his toys especially his green O-ball and his blue puppy dog.

He's doing better at eating baby food.  He likes oatmeal cereal with formula mixed in it along with a little baby food fruit stirred in.  He will eat a good serving of that.  He doesn't really care to eat baby food fruit straight from the jar.  It must be too tart or sweet for him because I get some really funny faces from him when I feed it to him.

Brandon is wearing 6-9 month size clothes and is in a size 3 diaper (wrote that so when I look back at my blog later down the road, I can remember all the little details).

Brandon is such a good sleeper!  He will sleep from 9:30 pm to around 8 am.  What a blessing he his!

Brandon will see his pediatrician next month (at 9 months) as well as the urologist.  We are still cathing Brandon 4 times a day.  It gets old having to do every day, but its something that has to be done.  Brandon sometimes has good days when 2 or 3 out of the 4 caths we get very little or no urine.  So that means he is sometimes emptying his bladder on his own.  We hope and pray that he will be able to empty his bladder completely every time all on his own again one day.  We have been told it could happen, but not sure what Brandon's chances are.  I continue to pray for a miracle.  We sure do love this boy!

Love his smile

Brandon loves jumping in this
Sitting in the Bumbo chair
He loves this green ball!


  1. Oh my goodness, that's a funky Bumbo chair. We only had solid ones when my daughter was a baby

    1. Actually that is a Bumbo seat cover I got on walmart.com. The Bumbo chair underneath is solid pink.

  2. What a sweet cute boy he is! Lovely photos of Brandon!

  3. So sweet! Does it hurt when he is cathed?

    1. No it doesn't hurt him at all. He doesn't seem to feel it.

  4. He is just wonderful, a beautiful baby


  5. He is such a beautiful child and doing so well. Thank you for sharing how he is doing. It is hard to believe he is 8 months already. Love the picture of him with Kayla too


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