Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Fall break

Braden has a Hap-PIE event at his school right before fall break every year.  B gets the opportunity to have a quest other than his parents and he gets to serve the guest a piece of pie and show them what he does at his special school.  It also gives an opportunity to meet his friends.  So this year Nana participated.  He even shared some of his new skills with her and was happy to have her visit.  So G was also pleased because he was able to visit with Nana and Pop pop over the weekend before Bs event.  We didn't do a lot over the weekend just got to visit.  The boys had both been tired and stressed for various reasons.  G was having troubles with some changes at school and some of his classmates being loud.  I am so pleased that his teacher recognized the additional stress and seemed to already be thinking on solutions to help him.  I even got a call on a Friday evening from his special needs teacher just letting me know what they were doing to assist him.  It meant so much that she called after school hours to reassure us.  We saw improvement just days after the situation was settled and arrangements to help him were in place.   

G is busy and thinking all the time.  He really is a challenge to keep up with and not in a bad way.   I had many activities set up for the boys during their break.  G loves to play games like Let's go fishing and zingo.  He loves to cook with me and enjoys art activities. Mostly movie logos and sponge bob or angry bird playdoh figures.  He brings home such nice art work from school.  He has great coloring and writing skills.  He has made so much progress. I am thankful for his love of art that has really made the difference. He is all about my calendar in my phone which sinks with his iPad.   He has found out about events he wasn't suppose to know about yet. He has calculated how many days he thinks there will be before his next beach trip.   I told him it's not even Christmas yet. One thing at a time.  But they both loved vacation.  G loves math and dates.  He figured out how old Pop Pop was counting by 10s from his birth year to now.  

 Bs biggest issue lately is wanting to retreat to his room and not come out except when he wants or needs something.  So we have to really work to get him to participate in certain activities.  So I have several different kinds of new puzzles for him. He seems to like puzzles of all varieties.  The Melissa and Doug puzzles are the best but I have found some inexpensive learning ones at Ross that have worked well for us too.  Right now B does snap puzzles, word puzzles and I have one that's a dinner tray.  He is also still all about trains and cars color changers.  All things that we can engage him in playing fairly easily.   He has really made some good progress at school in his math and reading skills.  Mind you its baby steps but he is doing well making those baby steps.  Small task, repetition and mastering skill.  I'm hopeful that now we have his tummy feeling better and the right diet for him that he will retain skills and continue to progress. 

Over the break we decorated the house and did a ginger bread house with the boys.  B wasn't thrilled but participated anyway.   G loved it and really enjoyed eating the icing of course.   KGB our elf reappeared this morning and I was pleasantly surprised that when I told B he was back he went looking for him.  Found him and broke the rules lol wanted to take KGB to his room and show him his Thomas whistle.  So funny and cute and well I just loved his reaction.  The kids memory is so good.  

Thankful for my sister.  She quit doing photography a few years ago.  I asked her if she could attempt family photos for us?  Well she said yes and amazingly she got several decent pictures.  For some reason B doesn't smile for us anymore.  He just wants to stick out his tongue or ignore you.  Not a fan of pictures anymore I guess.  But we at least got some serious face pics with no silliness.  I was surprised but G was really hyper and he was just as much of a struggle as B. So it's amazing that in 30 mins we made it all work.  

Today we went for an impromptu Santa visit.  We pass Bass pro daily on our way to pick up B from school. It's a long drive to pick him up and then go home and G has to be along for all of it.  So if he doesn't pee at school I have to convince him to go somewhere.  So he tells me he wants to pee at Bass pro on the way back from picking up B.  Well he decides he isn't going but he does want a pic with Santa.  So we check its 3:30 and Santa isn't in till 5.  Ok so I try to convince G to leave.  He isn't having it.  So we proceed to go to the mall and it's suppose to be to see the decorations but B keeps hitting Thomas on his talker.  He knows there is a Toys R Us just outside of Bass pro. Lol.  So we go to look and of course B wants a new Thomas the trophy Thomas which is one he doesn't have.  So I say you need to tell Santa you want Trophy Thomas for Christmas we aren't buying him today. He fusses very little and we move on.  So we actually walked the entire mall.  This is big because neither of our boys like to walk long distances especially B.  We have an hour and a half to kill.  For those who have special needs kids and probably typical as well that's a long time.  Last 30 mins we go to the van and out of excitement G hits his head on something not sure what and breaks down.  By this point I'm not leaving. We have gotten to the last 30 mins I can't do this again tomorrow to myself or B. So I convince him to hang in there and thankfully he did without melting down.  I realized by this point he not only had to pee but was tired too.  So it was understandable he was having a tough time. I get the issues he has with public restrooms. I wouldn't use them as a kid either.  My Mom has stories she use to tell me and I do remember refusing to go and holding it all day at school.  But we made it and the pic turned out pretty good.  We don't expect miracles when it comes to pictures.  B has something against smiling and G likes to give the old posed unnatural smile. It's all good that's who they are and we expect they at least look in the direction of the camera and they did. That defines a good picture for us.  We got home neither the dog nor the boys had an accident.  It was a rush to get them fed bathed and to bed but we did alright.  I just hope they sleep good so it doesn't mess with their good reports from school this week.  








Thursday, November 3, 2016

Fall break and Halloween part 2

October was super busy.  B in the past six months has been sick twice and had to be on antibiotics. Which have resulted in some complicated GI issues.  He has been feeling pretty bad.  In fact just before G started his break B was with a cold and having GI issues. He was miserable and pretty much didn't get to enjoy much of a visit with his cousins.  He also missed that entire week of school.  Which means three weeks straight having one or both kiddos at home. Eek!  Not gonna lie that was a little rough. Ha!  

The weekend Braden was sick the cousins and Aunt Leslie came down for a visit.  I think overall we had fun but B was too miserable to enjoy it as much as the rest of us. Which always makes me sad.  Thankfully we were able to go to East TN for a visit the following weekend and B had a much better time.  We went to a pumpkin patch up there and cousin Riley helped B on the big slide.  B absolutely loved it.  G who always has fun did as many activities as he could stand in the heat. Both boys hate being too hot and don't last as long as they could in cooler weather.  They are like their Momma. Lol.  I don't care for HOT either unless there is a beach or a pool nearby.  

The last week of the break we had several play dates with local friends and then we worked on Bs GI issues.  So remember several years ago we put B on the Specific Carb diet?   Well we gradually got him off and transferred to a gluten free diet.  Which is much easier but didn't last.  Two rounds of antibiotics and we are back to the same issues as in the past only worse.  So we are back on SCD and this time for life.   He is already doing better.   It will take a month or more to get him completely back to his normal.  I am so thankful despite kicking myself for not realizing what was happening sooner that we had all the knowledge of this diet.   It was pretty easy to get back to it.  

Both boys are still doing really well at their schools.  G always has a good day.  B has had a rocky month but Now that he is feeling better he should have more good days.  

I have been struggling with juggling all the extra activities and that come during this time of year. But I have also enjoyed it all despite the struggle.    I have managed to do things for myself and am learning how to let some things go.  Which can be hard but in light of some recent events with other Mommy friends I realize it's very important to take care of me too. 

Anxiously awaiting some cooler days and all the fun to be had as we wrap up the end of 2016. This really has been a good year.  I can only hope the next will be as good and wishing for even more. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Fall break and Halloween

So first I am going to share all the pictures.  Then in another post today or tomorrow I will post everything we have been doing.  It's been super crazy busy.   Some ups and some downs.


























Thursday, September 22, 2016

Reviews & Day out with Thomas

Can't believe it but reviews have already been done for both our kiddos.  I actually couldn't schedule Gs during school hours so his teacher offered to do his over the phone because she doesn't really have any concerns about him.  How awesome is that?  She said G is the smartest child in her class and she is working to keep him challenged.   I asked her if he was social with his peers? She said everyone loves him and he does well talking and helping his classmates.  He even helps teach.  I have caught two moments where a friend has walked up to him and they are chatting away.   Let me just say it is so hard not to cry tears of joy seeing him shine.  Since things are going so well I decided to stretch him a bit.   I thought about some kind of sport but he doesn't like being in the heat and was bored watching his cousins play ball.  So I decided that wasn't for him.  So I was chatting with a good friend who has her kids doing gymnastics and said they actually have a boys program and a good group of boys in the classes.   So we did a trial last week and he really enjoyed it.   G loves to jump, run, bounce and what better thing to satisfy those needs than gymnastics?   Tonight was his second time and he did great.  We are hoping this will help with his coordination and body awareness.  He tends to be clumsy and gets hurt often.  He no longer qualifies for any therapies so this seemed to be a good alternative.  

Braden's review was just this week.  He too is doing great and we are very excited to hear how social he is being at school as well.   He loves his new classmates and his teacher.  He has achieved many goals so he is moving forward with new goals and a very nice plan is in place to advance his conversation skills with his talker.  Which he is quick to pick up on and he is learning how to use his keyboard as well.  He has lots of solid goals in communication and academics.  He is even doing better in day to day activities.  Like his first time hanging out waiting on G to finish gymnastic he did great.  Today not so much.  Ha! But overall decent.  I just wasn't completely prepared as I thought.  They have a balcony which is means for trouble. So I can't just let him roam.  We also had to sit further back because he threw his iPad off it when my attention was on another person speaking to me.  I can't blame him for being bored and tired but next time I need to try his headphones and a mat to sit on.  He isn't comfortable since it's a concrete floor and my lap isn't big enough now that he is 8.  But we will figure it out we always do. But another nice thing we discussed in his school meeting are the tools he will learn to regulate himself and be able to sit still for longer periods of time.  He really has improved already but as any kid his age waiting is no fun.  Sometimes the iPad isn't enough.  That can also be said of G.  His biggest struggle is the car rider line in the am getting to school.  He hates traffic.   I would love to put B in an after school activity but he gets so much from school that he is too tired to do anything after school.  His stamina has improved but it's still not great. So on Fridays I am going to work with him using our gorilla gym.  We also have some weighted balls and can work on his underhanded throwing. We were at Chuck E Cheese last weekend and somehow G has become a master at skee ball.  So much so he was drawing a lot of attention.  Well B wanted to play.  So I set him up and helped him.  He couldn't do it well and started crying.  Talk about heartbreaking.  That was so awful.  We have to work with him and help him learn how to do it. 

Just a few weeks ago we were able to enjoy a visit with Nana and Pop Pop.  They treated us all to the Day out with Thomas.  The boys had a good time as you will see in the photos.  Nana did a great job picking car number 1 because we were first in line for pictures with Thomas.  We were thrilled that the professional pictures came out good and I am anxiously awaiting the prints.  Later that night we went out to Famous Daves for dinner.  Good times!

The next few months are going to be so busy.  Field trips, parties and time off.  It will be a juggle between schools but should be lots of fun.  









Tuesday, September 6, 2016

2016/2017 School year begins

Both boys started school.  G two weeks before B.  We had two rounds of colds almost right out the gate.  But we recovered and both are doing great in school.  I was really anxious about G starting Kindergarten with no supports. But he is doing amazing. He settled in like a pro and I am still so cautiously optimistic because this is such amazing progress from where he started.  He has been doing much better with everything. He seems to have grown even more since he started school.  He is able to explain his day in much greater detail.  He has been doing much better with the long van ride from school to pick up B and home.  He even asked if we could start doing his star chart again. I gave them a break so they could settle into school.  Apparently they didn't need the break and wanted to earn their rewards because even B was excited to get back to it.  Just wanted to add we got Gs first progress report all satisfactory which is the best you can do.  Also talked to his teacher and they are doing meetings this coming week.  Guess what?  No concerns and we could skip it. What?  We decided on a phone conference. Crazy good!!!

B has started school for about two weeks now.  He had a few so so days but quickly started picking up where he left off and getting good behavior reports.  He has been maturing as well. He helps clean up with less of a struggle.  One really noticeable thing is how quickly B responds to my requests. One day he was making a mess in his brothers room and I said his name with a tone one time.  He literally jumped up and immediately gathered his stuff to leave his brothers room.  Use to you could never get his attention or a quick response like that.  One command at least 50 percent of the time is all you need unless he really wants whatever it is your telling him No about. Or he really doesn't want to do the task.  But even on a preferred task we have seen great improvement.  I feel like I am prompting less and more encouraging and directing him.  He is actually starting to learn how to give himself a bath and that's going much better than I anticipated.  He really puts in more effort in all things.  Which in time should speed up his progress in many things.   Always encouraging to see him doing more. He is also trying really hard to be more social.  He has always been good about that with family but going outside of us was more challenging.  He has new classmates/friends in his class which is great for his social growth.  His ILA meeting is this week to discuss how we are going to achieve set goals for him this year.  

Last night we went to the Zoovie night and I actually took the boys myself and we met a friend and her daughter there.  It's a big step to take these two in that big of environment and get through it with just a little extra help.  It was a challenge but we did pretty good.  Both boys struggle with waiting. They really wanted to do the bounce house but the line was way too long and one and done just doesn't work at all for either of them.   So we just redirected to other options like the carousel and the jungle playground.  They lasted a little over an hour. They had fun and when they are ready to go we go.  I don't care to force them to stay out and make the experience unpleasant.  As long as they have fun and get the experience it's all good. Plus I am old so I need my rest. Lol.  I have learned to pace myself.  I prefer to pace ourselves in all things so none of us gets overwhelmed, burned out or never want to go to whatever place again because we let it become a bad experience.   

Now that school has started we are back on the 5:30 am wake up call.  It's been a little rough but overall I think we have done pretty good.   I really appreciate Bs new schedule of 9 to 3.  That's made a big difference for both of us.  I don't have to have B completely ready just half ready by the time I drop off G we get to come back home for 20 mins.  We finish getting ready and honestly it's not just helped me but B has benefitted as well. He needs that time just to get himself awake and moving. He seems much happier when he gets to school.  The hardest part for me is all the driving.  I have started stopping at Bass Pro after dropping off B and just walk the mall a few rounds.  Keeps the drive from zapping my energy.  The afternoon drive I can't do that because I have both boys and the hour wait in the car rider line isn't so fun either.  But at least I have a few hours to myself before having to pick them up.  We are so encouraged by the boys progress that it makes all the driving worth it.  Bs getting what he needs and so is G. Hopefully this good stuff will last for a while.  

Another new development for us is that we signed up for our first Buddy Break last month.  You can learn more about this wonderful program for special needs families at Nathanielshope.org. Basically it's a night out for Stephen and I and a fun place for the boys to hang out for several hours.  They absolutely loved it and they were worn out afterwards which rarely happens.  So we are thrilled to have a safe place to keep them so we can have a break.  That makes things easier for Nana and Pop pop visits too. Because usually we have other plans and it wears us all out to squeeze in too much in a short amount of time.  












Braden's car

Braden's car

Adjusted age ticker

Lilypie 1st Birthday Ticker

Braden's new Car

Braden's new Car
1/10/08

Braden's new car

Braden's new car
1/10/08

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Chick Magnet outfit 2

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Chick Magnet outfit

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12/13/08

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12/13/08

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Mr. Smiley

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having a better day

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11/2/08

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11/2/08

Chillin on his boppy

Chillin on his boppy

Trying to take off his mitten

Trying to take off his mitten

Tummy time

Tummy time

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10/3/08

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Look Mommy I pulled out my nose tube again...

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10/1/08

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9/30/08

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9/30/08

Braden in Camo

Braden in Camo

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9/12/08

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9/12/08

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9/12/08

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He loves to put his hand under his cheek. So cute...

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Another photo to show how big Braden is...

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Please ignore me in these photos. I just wanted you to see how big Braden has gotten.

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9/10/08

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8/21/08

Braden playing with his keys

Braden playing with his keys

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8/17/08

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8/17/08

Braden and Mommy

Braden and Mommy

Braden and Stephen

Braden and Stephen
8/10/08

Braden and Stephen

Braden and Stephen
8/11/08

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8/06/08

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8/6/08

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8/6/08

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8/6/08

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After his bath

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7/31/08

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Tummy time

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Playing in his mirror.

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7/30/08

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7/30/08

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7/30/08 Braden checking out his wrist toy.

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7/20/08 Enjoying his swing

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7/18/08

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7/15/08 Braden and his NG tube

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7/7/08 Braden before his Dr. visit. He was happy this morning.

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7/7/08 Braden looking at his Daddy taking his photo.

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7/2/08

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7/2/08

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7/2/08 In his BeBe Pod. He's not sure if he like it just yet.

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6/19/08

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6/19/08

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6/18/08

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6/12/08

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6/11/08

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6/9/08

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Braden's new toy

Braden's new toy

Braden and his Daddy

Braden and his Daddy

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Last nite on his trach nose since we had no power. He did really well.

Braden

Braden
5/31/08

Braden & his wubbanub pacifier

Braden & his wubbanub pacifier

Braden at home

Braden at home

Braden and his tummy time Boppy

Braden and his tummy time Boppy

Braden

Braden
5/29/08

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5/29/08

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5/27/08 Getting set up at home.

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5/27/08 in the van.

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5/27/08 On our way out of the hospital

Mommy and Braden :-)

Mommy and Braden :-)

Braden and nurse Sherry

Braden and nurse Sherry

Braden's home coming

Braden's home coming
5/27/08 In his carseat. :-)

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5/24/08

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5/23/08

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5/22/08 Braden with Nurse Patty

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5/20/08

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5/20/08 Braden and his nurse Stacy

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5/19/08

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In one of Missy's outfits. Can you see how big he is.. in his newborn clothes.

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With Nurse Rachel. He is not mad at her he's got gas. :-)

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5/17/08

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5/17/08

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5/16/08

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5/16/08

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5/16/08

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5/14/08

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5/14/08

5/11/08

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5/11/08

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5/10/08

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5/10/08 4th months old today

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5/7/08

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5/7/08

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5/7/08

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5/4/08

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5/4/08 Dressed up in his puppy dog attire.

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5/4/08 Look at those big beautiful eyes.

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5/4/08

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5/4/08 Taking his bottle like a big boy.

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5/4/08

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5/4/08 In cousin Riley's lightning outfit.

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5/3/08

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5/3/08

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5/3/08

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5/1/08

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5/1/08

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5/1/08

BRADEN

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5/1/08

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5/1/08

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4/30/08

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4/30/08

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4/29/08

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4/29/08

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4/28/08

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4/28/08

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4/26/08

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4/26/08

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4/26/08 Frog feet pajamas from Ashley.

Braden & Family

Braden & Family
4/26/08

Braden & Family

Braden & Family
4/26/08

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4/26/08

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4/26/08

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4/25/08

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4/25/08

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4/24/08 In his bouncy seat.

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4/24/08

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4/22/08

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4/22/08

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4/22/08

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4/21/08

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4/21/08 Getting a break from his bottle

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4/20/08

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4/20/08 King Braden in his frog outfit

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4/19/08

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4/19/08

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4/19/08

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4/19/08 Taking his bottle

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4/19/08 Wide awake after his feeding.

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4/18/08

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4/18/08

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4/15/08 In his big boy bed

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4/15/08

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4/13/08 Look both eyes. :-)

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With both eyes open 4/13/08

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4/12/08

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4/11/08

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4/11/08

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4/11/08

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4/10/08

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4/10/08

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4/9/08

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4/9/08

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4/7/08

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4/7/08 still at Vandy

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4/2/08

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4/2/08

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4/2/08 Daddy holding Braden for the first time.

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4/1/08 Dino outfit and blanket

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4/1/08

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Braden and Nurse Missy who sang a very lovely song to him tonite.

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4/1/08

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4/1/08

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3/31/08

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3/31/08

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3/31/08

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3/31/08 Braden is now 36 weeks gestational age. He will be 3 months old on April 10th.

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3/31/08

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3/31/08 Sleeping so peacefully

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3/31/08 Momma holding Braden

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3/31/08 He's telling them to be quiet or he's thinking. You decide.

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3/31/08 Patty pics

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3/28/08 Such a cutie :-)

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3/28/08 Braden's alligator apparel

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3/28/08 The Green bean bag alien from Roswell.

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3/25/08

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3/25/08

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3/25/08

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3/24/08

FEEDJIT Live Traffic Feed

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3/24/08

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3/24/08

Braden in Camo

Braden in Camo
3/23/08

Braden in Camo

Braden in Camo
3/23/08

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3/23/08

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3/23/08

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3/20/08 Look how big he's getting.

Braden's new isolette

Braden's new isolette
3/18/08

Braden's new Isolette

Braden's new Isolette
3/18/08

Braden

Braden
3/16/08

Braden

Braden
3/16/08

Braden

Braden
3/16/08 Photo from last nite while Mommy held Braden

Braden

Braden
3/15/08

Braden

Braden
3/15/08

Braden

Braden
3/14/08

Braden

Braden
3/14/08

Braden

Braden
3/14/08

Braden

Braden
3/14/08 This duck is not as big as it looks.

Braden

Braden
3/14/08

Braden

Braden
3/12/08

Braden

Braden
3/12/08

Braden

Braden
3/11/08 New bedding..

Braden

Braden
3/11/08 Both eyes open. Taken with the lights down and no flash. He won't open them otherwise.

Braden

Braden
3/11/08

Braden

Braden
3/11/08 Doesn't he look bigger?

Braden

Braden
3/11/08

Braden

Braden
3/10/08 2 months old today. :-)

Braden

Braden
3/9/08

Braden

Braden
3/9/08

Braden

Braden
3/9/08

Family photo

Family photo
3/7/08

Braden

Braden
3/7/08 Photo by Aunt Paula

Braden

Braden
3/7/08 Our first family photo

Braden

Braden
3/7/08 Braden's tooth. Photo courtesy of Nurse Patti

Braden

Braden
3/7/08

Braden

Braden
3/6/08

Braden

Braden
3/6/08

Braden

Braden
3/6/08

Braden

Braden
3/5/08

Braden

Braden
3/5/08 Photo by Aunt Paula

Braden

Braden
3/3/08 With his mittens and hat to warm him up after his bath.

Braden

Braden
3/3/08

Braden

Braden
3/3/08

Braden

Braden
3/3/08

Braden

Braden
3/3/08

Braden

Braden
2/29/08

Braden

Braden
2/29/08

Braden

Braden
2/29/08

Braden

Braden
2/29/08

Braden

Braden
2/28/08

Braden

Braden
2/27/08

Braden

Braden
2/27/08

Braden

Braden
2/27/08

Braden

Braden
2/26/08

Braden

Braden
2/26/08

Braden

Braden
2/05/08

Braden

Braden
2/25/08

Braden

Braden
2/22/08 Evening visit

Braden

Braden
2/22/08 Daddy's a little better at taking my photo.

Braden

Braden
2/22/08 This is what happens when Mommy forgets to turn off the flash.

Braden

Braden
2/18/08 You can see he is still very little even though he's reached 2 lbs.

Braden

Braden
2/18/08 Look zero tubes :-)

Braden

Braden
2/18/08

Braden

Braden
2/16/08 Is that a smile on his little face:-)

Braden

Braden
2/16/08

Braden

Braden
2/16/08

Braden

Braden
2/16/08

Braden

Braden
2/16/08 Still off the vent what a trooper.

Braden

Braden
2/14/08

Braden

Braden
2/14/08

Braden

Braden
2/12/08

Braden

Braden
2/11/08

Braden

Braden
2/11/08 Braden on his camo and frogs blanket. Very Cute.

Braden

Braden
2/11/08

Braden

Braden
2/11/08

Braden

Braden
2/7/08

Braden

Braden
2/6/08

Braden

Braden
On his own blue bunny blanket given to him by Judy G.. :-)

Braden

Braden
2/6/08 with his purple passy

Braden

Braden
2-4-08 Sometimes it's just too hard to get a non blurry shot. He is so small. But, this is a picture without tape on his chin.

Braden

Braden
2/2/08

Braden

Braden
2/2/08

Braden

Braden

Braden

Braden

Braden

Braden
2-1-08

Braden

Braden
Our little superman 2-1-08

Braden

Braden
1-29-08

Braden's new hat

Braden's new hat
1/29/08

Braden

Braden
1-28-08

Braden

Braden
1-28-08

Braden

Braden
1-25-08

Braden

Braden
1-25-08

Braden

Braden
1-21-08 All I want to do is sleep.

Kaleigh

Kaleigh
1-21-08 Both eyes open and a non blurry picture. Thank you Daddy.

Kaleigh

Kaleigh
1-21-08 with both eyes open. Mommy had a hard time with the camera so my apologies for the blurred photo.

Braden

Braden
1/20/08 Little Kaleigh's photo last nite didn't come out. They had her in the dark so it was difficult to get a good shot. :-(

Braden John

Braden John
1-19-08 Still sleeping away and really tired but doing very well.

Kaleigh Grace

Kaleigh Grace
1-19-08 She doesn't look so comfortable but they had just flipped her back on her back. She would rather be on her belly.

Kaleigh

Kaleigh
1-19-08 Good pic of her little face.

Braden

Braden
1-19-08 resting peacefully from a hard day of breathing on his own.

Braden

Braden
1-18-08 with his purple passy

Kaleigh

Kaleigh
1-18-08 evening

Kaleigh 1-18-08

Kaleigh 1-18-08
Our little hero has showed us that she is a fighter.

Braden

Braden
1-18-08 first day off his ventilator. :-)

Kaleigh 1-17-08

Kaleigh 1-17-08
Resting so she can get stronger.

Braden 1-17-08

Braden 1-17-08
Has his lamp off today. So we can see his cute little face.

Kaleigh

Kaleigh
Laying on her pink gingham blanket. They just changed out that morning.

Braden

Braden
That's Mommy's hand on Braden's little head. In an effort to calm him.

Kaleigh

Kaleigh
They had Kaleigh on her side today. What a large diaper she has on.

Braden

Braden
Loves to sleep on his tummy. Kaleigh likes it too.

Braden

Braden
1/14/08 Stretched out and relaxed

Kaleigh

Kaleigh
1/14/08 crinkling her forhead

kaleigh grace

kaleigh grace
1/12/08

Braden John

Braden John
1/12/08

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I am a stay at home Mommy to two beautiful boys ages 8 and 6.  I am also Mommy to one little girl who blessed us with 13 days of life.  Our road may be crazy and full of surprises but in this household Autism exist but doesn't define who my children are or will become.  I am also a blogger.  I love to write about our families crazy journey through life.  We love, laugh and suffer sometimes but we stick together and always seem to keep growing and going.