"FAMILY...is a little world created by LOVE"

Sunday, September 22, 2013


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Braden 4 years. Channing 9 months.

Nine months old ALREADY!!!!

My little man is growing so fast and him and brother just had their check-ups at the doctor!  At 9 months old Braden was 21 lbs 5 1/2 oz, and 29 1/4" tall with a head circumference of 18"....

Braden at 4 years:
Weight - 40 lbs
Height - 3' 3.5"

Channing at 9 months:
Weight - 20 lbs 12 oz (Just right behind brother)
Height - 27.95" (Wow! Much shorter than brother)
Head Circum - 17.2"

Channing is crawling all over the place and is standing up on anything and everything!  He loves to say Bubba, and Dada, and has really started to say Mama just this week really well!  He too takes off like Braden did when he knows he's not supposed to be doing something he shouldn't, but he doesn't really understand the meaning of the word 'No' either, like Braden did, but he does understand me signing the word 'no'.  Channing is super chill and hardly gets upset.  He loves to wrestle his brother, be held, or just play with anything and everything!  He also loves to eat everything in sight!  We had a scare at Walmart the other day when he had been chewing on a piece of plastic wrapper....it was the first time I had really been scared he was really choking and wasn't sure if I could get it out.  A lady who just so happened to be a nurse did not leave my side until we finally got it out! Whew!  Channing definitely does not like being away from me more than Braden ever did.  He is reluctant to go with anyone else at first, but eventually gives in.  We are introducing more and more people food to him and he just loves pizza crust and cherrios.  No teeth for this little one yet.  The doctor says it should be soon.  We can just see it sitting right under the skin!  But, then again we did for brother also and he didn't get any until he was 14 months old.  You love Baby Einstein's and its about the only show I can get you to watch in its entirety.

Well, for now that is it!  We love you more than words can express!  XOXO

Monday, September 2, 2013

Braden turns 4!!!!!

Can it be?!?!?!

My little baby boy is now FOUR!  "No way!" as Braden would say. Lol.  But, sadly, its true!

This year we kept it simple and enjoyed a HOT day at the park with family and friends.  I began to realize why we have had it indoors at Chuck E Cheeses the past two years!  But, it was fun, and we had a great turn out!  On his actual birthday we attended church and relaxed at home for the rest of the day!

Braden is growing so fast these days and the things that come out of his mouth just crack me up!  He really is becoming his own little person right before my very eyes!  He is starting his last year of preschool, and will continue with his PPCD classes in the afternoon.  This year he gets to also go into a Pre-K class at the elementary for an hour as well.  He has his first doctor's check-up this Friday and I'm looking forward to seeing how much he has grown.  The last check-up he had was at TWO!  So, I will definitely compare the two and see how far he has come!

Braden will begin soccer in a few weeks!  The more he is around other children and involved in these activities, the more I see him growing into a little boy more so than a toddler or preschooler.  He is enjoying church, and loves doing things for others!  He has a big heart, and a big personality!  It makes me happy to see how much him and his little baby brother have bonded and love each other so much!  Channing wrestles him and attacks him!  It is hilarious!

Braden's favorite color is:  Red
Braden's favorite food is:  Pancakes
Braden's favorite sport to play is:  Tag
Braden's favorite book is:  Thomas & Friends
Braden's favorite toy is:  Cars & Trucks
Braden's favorite show is:  Thomas & Friends
Braden's favorite super-hero is:  Daddy
Braden can read sight words and write all his letters and make words with help.  He is beginning to story-tell on command. And loves to sing and dance now than ever before.

I leave with a simple prayer for my sweet Braden.  Just that he follow in Jesus' footsteps as he continues to grow and learn and become a bigger boy, to continue to make his family proud, and to be a leader and protector to his baby brother and to other children.

Blessings & Love,

Thursday, July 25, 2013


Well, once again I feel like a horrible mother!  I have not been keeping up with updates on Channing's growth and development.  It is just so hard to find the time!  Channing is growing SO fast and I just know I will soon forget some of his milestones if I don't get them written down!  He is days shy of being 8 months old already!!  This kid is ALL over the place!  He is the fastest scooter I know, and is great at doing 'baby planks' as I call them!  It is really a funny sight to see :) 
He is saying "bubba" and "dada" and an occasional "mama".  He truly is the sweetest little boy!  He sleeps alone so much better than Braden ever did.  Braden was in our bed from practically birth to 3 years old.  Channing is pulling up on everything these days and really testing his limits.  He earned his first boo-boo the other day after pulling up on a chair and getting too wobbly and falling down hard on it :(  At his 6 month appointment he was weighing a 18#9oz and sitting up like a champ!  He will have his 9 month check up at the end of August and I promise to follow up sooner rather than later!
Braden is loving being a BIG brother especially now that Channing is becoming 'more fun and human-like' LOL!  Braden will be turning 4 in just over a month!!  I can not believe that!  He is growing like a weed and is turning into more of a boy and losing his babiness!  Braden will continue in his PPCD program this Fall at the elementary to continue improving on his sensory and transitioning disabilities, and will also get to visit a regular PreK class at the elementary as well.  This excites me because Braden is a bookworm and absorbs every detail of everything and getting a glance of how a real kindergarten class is like will be so fun for him! 
Braden has also started T-ball this summer.  It has been fun, and a learning experience.  I don't think it is his favorite sport and I think that he might do better at soccer in the Fall.  OH!  I better also make a HUGE note about Braden breaking his leg in a moonwalk back in March at a birthday party!  That was such a random experience seeing that I had never had to deal with broken bones before on myself let alone a 3 year old.  He was a trooper though, and lived through the 4 long weeks with a full leg cast like a real champ!!  But, this mommy prays for no more broken bones please! 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Where does the time go?

It absolutely amazes me that time passes us by in a flash!  It seems like just yesterday we were finding out the sex of our soon to be second son...now he is three months old and all smiles! 

Where do I begin?  My pregnancy with Channing was beyond great!!  If I can plan another Fall/Winter baby again, I will.  Channing was born at the end of November weighing eight pounds && twenty-one inches long.  My delivery went so smoothly and was a total breeze compared to Braden's birth and my recovery time.

It is now March, and my thirty first birthday is this week!  Talking about time, where did my twenties go?  I am actually loving my thirties so far!  I think they will be the best by far!  So, now that I will be thirty-one, I really want to get healthy and feel like I'm twenty-five again!  I just started a 24-day cleanse called, Advocare, and I am on day nine.  It has really forced me to eat as "clean" as possible.  No, processed foods, drink only water, and workout when I can fit it in my busy Mommy schedule!  So far I am feeling better and sleeping a bit better too, and I had not cheated at all until this weekend when I had a scoop of chocolate frozen custard after a trip to the Children's Museum, and a bag of peanut M&M's Sunday afternoon.  But, I am looking forward to the end results and hope I keep up the "clean" food regime even after the twenty-four days are over.

Well, that is about all I have time to write on today!  Both boys are asleep, its so nice to have a quiet house for the moment!

Until next time....