happy birthday, brian!

big boy brian {guess i can’t address you as baby brian since you are a whole year old now!},

happy birthday, bubby!  i can’t believe we’re already here.  the last year has absolutely flown by!  i’m so thankful you are a part of our family.  you bring me and daddy so much joy… we love you millions and millions, more than we have words to describe!

as usual, you’ve continued to grow and change over the last month.  you have your upper one year molars now (first spotted on march 20th, but they were likely there earlier, it’s hard to get a good peek into your mouth).  you are pulling up on any and everything, especially things you shouldn’t be like the oven door to play with the stove knobs!  you can walk holding on to a walking toy or our couch.  crawling is not new, but you like to crawl with toys which is interesting, especially if a toy is big and clunky.  you can sign “all done,” mommy and daddy haven’t really tried to work on other signs with you.  you definitely try to repeat words – the other day i asked you if you wanted a blueberry and you said “buh buh” over and over again.  i have a pretty cute video of it!  and any time you’ve heard the word blueberry since you recite “buh buh.”  they are the only food you’ve attempted to ask for by name, and you seem to love them!  sometimes you a repeat after us – we hear “goh” a lot for “go,” and mommy thinks you tried to repeat “oatmeal” earlier this week.  mommy also taught you how to brush your hair – you don’t get it quite right, but of course it’s cute.  and you hold up your toy phone to your ear and sometimes jabber.  you are definitely learning so much!  you know how to pinch, daddy and i are not so fond of that.  and you know when i’m not paying full attention to you.  there have been instances of you biting me and pulling my hair if i’m holding you and doing something on the cell phone at the same time.  it’s a good reminder that i should be fully engaged with you, but i also have to remind you to be gentle and not to bite. 

for activities, you love to look at books.  you’re favorite seems to be “hand hand fingers thumb,” which is a book about monkeys drumming on drums.  you always smile and laugh when we read that one together.  you also like to go on walks and ride on your smartrike.  toys don’t entertain you for long, but your current favorite toy seems to be a disney train that sings songs as you push it along the floor.  of course you’d rather be playing in mommy and daddy’s kitchen cabinets, in the freezer, with electrical chords of any kind, with the only nightlight in our house, on our console table behind our couch, or with your  nightstand in your room.  we used to tell you “brian, that’s not a toy” when you were playing with something you shouldn’t, but that doesn’t work any more.  you also love to open and close dresser drawers and remove their contents. 

we started swim lessons after mommy resigned from work.  you were a little timid at the first lesson, and you took a big gulp of pool water… we have some things to work on.  my hope is that you get comfortable with water and learn how to safely float and swim in the event of an incident in water.

your feeding and napping schedule is pretty much the same.  we’re still on formula, but your one year appointment is less than a week away, so i’m sure we will be switching to whole milk.  this isn’t necessarily new, but daddy and i have noticed that you seem to wiggle your butt as you get comfortable for naps and nighttime sleep.  like most things you do, we think it’s cute.

the last month held crazy things for you medical wise.  we decided to get a second cranial band to see if it would help correct your plagiocephaly further.  before your first band, your head was severely asymmetrical, and now it’s moderately asymmetrical.  mommy has little hope that the second band will work, but i didn’t want to have regrets and wanted to try all we could to help correct your head shape.  we had a doctor visit for a little rash on your face and legs.  the rash on the face seemed to be allergy related and the leg rash was diagnosed as eczema.  your doctor told us to just use hydracrotozne cream to clear it up (which by the way, the face rash isn’t any better yet).  then the same evening as the day we went to the doctor, you came down with a horrible, awful stomach virus.  i don’t even want to talk about it because mommy is still frustrated that her little boy who can’t even talk yet came down with such a rough illness.  you cried, i cried, it was bad.  it took you several days to feel better again.  we think you picked up the germs at church on Easter sunday. we are taking a break from the church nursery for a few weeks.

we had your one year photos made, complete with a smash cake.  you didn’t really eat that much of the cake, but the pictures were still pretty handsome.  your first birthday party is this coming saturday.  it’s a circus theme, mommy has been working hard on it.  we can’t wait to celebrate your first year with our family and friends. 

our prayers for you remain much the same.  we always pray for your health and well being.  we continue to pray that the sacral dimple doesn’t cause issues for you – we’ve seen some great developmental signs that we’re very grateful for!  we pray that swim lessons will be a success.  we pray that you will grow to love the Lord and live your life for him.  we pray that you will be smart, a leader, compassionate, caring, obedient, honest.

i love you so much, brian.  happy birthday, again, little love!

mommy

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happy 9 months

baby brian,

happy 9 months, bubby!  wow, i can’t believe we are already at the 9 month mark.  time definitely goes faster now that you are part of our family.  we just celebrated the new year, 2016, which allowed me a little time for reflection.  2015 was a good year, possibly the best one yet.  you joining our family has been such a blessing and so much fun.  being a mom definitely has challenges, but most good things in life do.  i wish i could freeze time right here… to soak your 9 month self in just a little while longer.  i never want to forget your sweet baby face and expressions, the way you sign “more” and wave at mommy and daddy.  but time will march on, as evidenced by another year, and you will keep growing.  2016 will be a big year.  it is the year you turn one, and your birthday is only 3 months away!

between 8 and 9 months you’ve added little scoots in every effort to be more mobile!  you can also get from the sitting position to the crawling position, but so far you just rock back and forth on your hands and knees before breaking out into your supermans.  you’ve learned to sign “more” for more food during feeding times.  we’re working on “all done,” but so far you use the same sign that you do for more.  in addition to signing and waving, you can give high fives and clap with no sound.  you definitely respond to your name now.  we celebrated your first christmas – you loved the ribbon, wrapping paper, and bell on your stocking more than the actual presents.  you did get a few cool new toys, but it seems like you’d always rather play with things that are not really toys – cell phones, remote controls, books, pieces of paper, jewelry.  

your eating and napping schedule hasn’t changed from last month, but you are eating more things now.  more varieties of fruits and veggies, tiny pieces of bananas and avocados, and you even tried some biscuit on christmas day (grandma’s idea).  you are doing much better with not gagging when eating table food.  mommy is becoming more consistent with offering you water in the training sippy cup; you take a few drinks with mommy or daddy holding the cup for you, otherwise you mostly play with it.  you don’t seem to mind mommy and daddy helping you hold that cup and the bottle.  speaking of bottle, you’ve taken a new interest in examining the bottle nipple after you finish a bottle.  you love to squeeze it and play with the bottle in general.

over the past month, you’ve had several helmet appointments.  mommy and daddy can see progress with your head shape and are thrilled about the results so far.  you also had your second flu shot and two sick appointments.  on new year’s eve, you woke up with a 101.6 degree fever after a restless night.  we were at pop pop and gigi’s house, but decided to come home to take you to the doctor.  the doctor couldn’t find anything wrong with you, so she said it was likely a virus.  after 2-3 days, the fever subsided, but the restlessness, fussiness, and poor eating did not.  then you developed congestion and a yucky cough.  mommy could hear a wheezing sound when you laid down, so back to the doctor we went. turns out you had pneumonia in your right lung.  you’re on an antibiotic, so hopefully you will be all better soon.  the antibiotic seems to curb your appetite, which mommy is not a fan of, but it’s important that you get well!

of course mommy still prays for you several times a day.  i pray for your growth and development, health, and well being.  and i always pray for the character traits i want you to have – to be a leader, compassionate, caring, confident yet humble, and obedient.

i love you more than i have words to describe.  you are my favorite little man, and i’m so thankful i’m your mommy.

love,

mom