Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Easter 2011

I know it is sad that we skipped right over Braylin's Birthday and went straight to Easter. We had big plans for her turning 2, but a nasty stomach bug was passed through our family for over a week. There is nothing quite like a 2 year old throwing up everywhere except having an 8 month old looking at you while throwing up not understanding what is happening. It was so sad! We ended up just having a little birthday dinner and cake at Mom and Dad's. Sorry Braylin, you kinda got ripped off. There's always next year...

We had a wonderful Easter Break. It was very low key and we were all healthy. Big win for us! This is the best family picture we could get. It's hard to keep 2 year old Braylin still.

As mentioned in my last post, Camden does not sleep. Joel had the brilliant idea of putting a pallet on the floor next to Braylin so they could talk and maybe she would be the comfort he needed. He slept 4 hours straight that night. (That is a successful night of sleep for Camden). The picture below is the set up. We decided to let Camden sleep there during nap time the next day too.
When he woke up, we found him crying here:

Our little roly poly managed to get all the way under the bed.

These pics are Camden making up for being such a stinker at night times. It is a good thing he is so cute.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Top Tens

I would first like you to take a look at the name of this blog. It is our ATTEMPT....obviously a terrible one since Camden has been born. There is so much to catch up on, I don't even know where to begin.

I have started and stopped this blog so many times, so I finally came up with a manageable plan.

Here are the Top Ten things about each kid since the last blog:

TOP TEN CAMDEN: (These are not in any particular order)

10. Camden loves Braylin. She makes him laugh all the time even when Mama is afraid she is hurting him. He still cries when he hears her crying. He is such a sensitive little thing.

9. Camden has 6 teeth. 4 on the top and 2 on the bottom. Camden has more hair than Braylin dreamed of at this age.

8. Camden will laugh at almost anything. He loves to smile and will at most interactions. He loves for us to sing at bedtime. He also leans over and gives kisses. It's a sweet slobbery mess.

7. Camden is 22 pounds already at just over 8 months old.

6. Camden is not very mobile, but he will figure out any way possible to get to a visible tag. He scoots, reaches and rolls. He loves to sit and watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. (Yes, I know TV is not the best for him at this age, but I have to be able to get stuff done sometimes.)

5. Camden is a little social butterfly. He cannot be further from independent. He loves to be held and at the least be within arms reach of someone. He often says "mamamamamamamamamamamam" or "dadadadadadadadadadadadadada, or "bubububububububububu" for attention. It works most of the time. It's pretty cute!

4. Camden does not sleep. Neither does Mama. We have worked tirelessly trying new systems and methods. Braylin was never this stubborn. Suggestions anyone?? (Of course Poppy can get him to sleep with little to no effort....As mom would say, "that goes in the life's not fair column")

3. The good thing about Camden's sociableness is that he will let anyone hold him. Most of the time he acts better for others than for me. I tell Joel that I can see hamburgers in his eyes when he looks at me. Every time he looks at me he wants to eat. (This is the reason he is already 22 pounds)

2. Camden loves the challenge of peas. I throw some on a highchair and he will sit for a long period of time trying to eat them.

1. Camden's favorite time of day is taking a bath with Braylin. He does not mind the splashing, and he loves to scoot around and chew on the toys.


10. Braylin loved Christmas this year. It was so fun to see her go from toy to toy genuinely excited about each. She loved having aunts and uncles to play with too.

9. Braylin had surgery January 31st. For those of you in Texas, yes, it was during the crazy ice and snow that shut everything down for a week. She did very well. The doctor told us that she is a dramatic child, but she really did well at the hospital. Recovery was longer than we would have liked. She had to be put on several meds to stop the pain and bladder spasms, but all in all, it was a fairly easy process. GOD IS GOOD!

8. Braylin is not yet 2 and can work an iphone better than most adults. She will turn on music while she looks through pictures, plays her favorite games (yes, she knows which apps to push and will occasionally text or Facebook message people.) Sorry to those of you who have gotten jumbled messages.

7. Braylin is catching on and learning the songs we sing everyday. The sweetest thing is to hear her sing the "Special Song". We will be riding in the car and she will start singing, "Daddy, daddy daddy dear"-- It melts my heart every single time!

6. Braylin loves babies. She loves her Bubba most of all, she loves baby dolls and she loves seeing babies in public. She may offend everyone around though, because she can't get the word "baby" down. Every time she sees a baby she says, "A puppy, Mama" I love that Braylin loves her Bubba and will call him nothing else. She can say "Cam" and she can say "den". When I say, "Braylin, say Camden" she smiles and says "Bubba"!

5. She can be quite bossy, She will tell everyone where to sit so she can play exactly how she wants to. She often has me sit on the floor next to Bubba while she "fixes" my hair. This consists of painfully brushing through my hair then finishes it off with some lotion. The finished product is as beautiful as it sounds.

4. Braylin loves her Bible and loves reading it before bed every night. She is often too distracted by looking through her Bible to sing the songs. That's a pretty good problem to have, I think.

3. Everyone who meets Braylin and spends any time with her, comes up with the same adjective to describe her..."busy". (Maybe this is why it has taken me so long to blog.)

2. Braylin has the same routine every morning. When I wake her up and change her diaper, she sings "sots and shoes, sots and shoes", as soon as I get her socks and shoes on, she asks for a bow. Once the bow is in, she asks for a "powse". Once she has a purse, she says "bye" and blows a kiss to go out the door. (This is our version of "If you give a mouse a cookie". With us it's "if you give Braylin socks..."She LOVES going places. Even if it is just to the driveway.

1. Braylin is at such a fun stage. She is learning so many words every day. She repeats what I say. She wants to help and will generally do what I ask of her. She loves to "peep" (sweep), bring things to Bubba, wash her hands, go "side" (outside), "pway" (play) and watch "Bora" (Dora, but mainly because she loves Boots). Visiting "Nanny" and "Poppy" is a favorite, even though we constantly correct her to say "Nanna". Okay, I am getting out of hand as clearly this is more than 1 point. Braylin turns 2 in 5 days, so maybe I will blog more then... No promises.....

Our sweet snuggle bugs!
This is Braylin prepping for Surgery. She had no idea what was coming!

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