Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Braeden's first Christmas

December felt like the shortest month! We packed up the car (every spare inch was filled) and drove to Johnson City, NY on Thursday, December 15. Mat was in his best friend's wedding on Saturday, so we had to accelerate our Christmas travel plans. The weather was terrible on the 15th, starting with freezing rain that turned into snow in Winchester, VA. But we made it to the hotel around 4:30 after leaving our house at 4:15 AM.

I felt a little queasy, but went to dinner anyway with Chris, Brian, Lois, her sister Romaine, and Mat and Braeden. It wasn't a good idea...I had to leave early and then was sick for a day and a half with a stomach bug. (Potentially food poisening from my office's holiday potluck as I wasn't the only one from work afflicted!) Anyway, Mat's parents took care of Braeden on Friday while I rested and Mat ran some errands, including picking up his tux for Saturday's wedding.

Saturday morning I drove Braeden to Roscoe to meet my parents at the diner. We had breakfast--Braeden likes pancakes, by the way!--and then swapped cars so that Braeden could go back to Rhinebeck with them. Mat and I had a wonderful time at the wedding, which was beautiful, and drove to Rhinebeck the next morning.

We spent the next week at my parents' house and left the day after Christmas for the 12-hour drive back to Whitsett. But we had a great time and were so happy to celebrate Christmas with my nanny, great-aunt, sister and her fiance, and my parents. Christmas was just perfect! We took it easy and didn't end up opening presents until about 5:00 that evening after a huge meal of roast beast, turkey breast, mashed potatoes, and all the other fixings! Braeden ate tiny bites of beef, turkey, roll, and peas. He was one happy baby!

And he got a bunch of great gifts...almost too much stuff to fit in the car for the return trip! I'll post a few pictures when I can, but until then picture Braeden in a Santa hat--he kept it on just long enough to take the picture! :)

We'll celebrate Christmas with his other grandparents, Uncle Mark, Jenn, and Joe at Joe's house on Saturday, December 31. And then the next week Braeden turns 1! I promise to update more regularly in 2006. In fact, I'll make that my new year's resolution!

Merry Christmas everyone!

It's been a long time...

I'll open by saying I can't believe it's been more than a month since our last entry. We've been really busy since then! I'll try to recap the highs of the last month and then cover Braeden's first Christmas in the next post.

Braeden recovered pretty quickly from his bad cold, but kept the cough and wheezey breathing for a couple of weeks. He had a second chest x-ray which looked much better, so we felt like we dodged a bullet there.

Later in November we noticed that Braeden could stand by himself. After pulling up on something, he'd often let go and just hold onto a toy. He'd only do it for a couple of seconds and it seemed like when he realized he was standing alone, he'd quick grab onto something again. But he started doing it more and more frequently and for longer periods of time as he gained confidence in his legs.

Then we figured out it was time for him to start walking (assisted, that is). G-Ma and P-Pa had given him a hippo he could either ride or use as a walker. We stood him in front of it and he started to push it and walk behind it. The first few times he mostly just fell down. The hippo would move too fast and his feet wouldn't move at all. So he'd lean forward with his arms outstretched until he couldn't reach anymore, then he'd fall forward. But after a little while of this, he started to get the hang of it! He now walks the entire length of our house from the front door to the morning room windows. We have to steer because he hasn't figured that part out yet, but boy, is he fast!

He's nursing less which means he's eating more solid foods. We've started to expand his diet because he was definitely getting tired of plain pasta and green beans. Braeden's been eating cold, homemade mac and cheese, chicken breast, cheese, animal crackers, goldfish, and lima beans. He LOVES lima beans! And drinking juice from his sippy cup which he holds by both handles. Too cute!

Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Ready, set, go!

We can just imagine Braeden and his blue hippo toddling down the straight-away from your front door to the morning room windows! A wonderful movie! Cannot wait to see it first hand. (we have a long hallway!)