Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Braeden's trip North

The three of us just got back from a quick trip to Rhinebeck to see G-Ma and P-Pa and throw a wedding shower for Abi. We had a great time!

Braeden went for walks around town and the neighborhood with his grandparents and had chicken tenders and beans at Foster's. He's going to be a ton of help with the yardwork, too, now that he has his very own lawnmower. Unlike most people I know, he seems to love pushing his around! If we've got a pic, I'll post it when I can.

Probably the most impressive thing he did during the trip was start to saw Wow! The best example was when he got four books with googly eyes from his grandparents. As we turned the pages, he would exclaim (very loudly) Wow. The inflection and enthusiasm in his voice is lost in the typing, but try to picture him drawing out the word w-o-o-w-w! Is this is first word? Or was it momma or dada? I can't say for sure, but will try to figure it out over the next couple of months!

The other big thing that happened on the trip was that Braeden has stretched out his bed time a little later. He's now going to bed closer to 7:30 and he's actually enjoying the extra time up and out of bed. It's great for Mat and me because we can spend a little more time with him in the evenings. And it also means he sleeps a little later each morning which gives us a little more time to get ready to go.

Monday, March 27, 2006

We're on our way home from Rhinebeck. Braeden has been sleeping for about three hours now and just woke up smiling!

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Video update

We finally downloaded a slew of videos off the camera and loaded them onto youtube, so go check them out at! There are six new videos...have fun!

Monday, March 6, 2006


Braeden had a couple of tough moments yesterday, but overall he had a really good day! Let's see, what do you want to read first? The good or the bad?

After his morning nap, we put Braeden in his high chair for his bottle and snack. He'd finished with his bottle and thrown it on the floor. He wasn't that interested in his snack (animal crackers, I think), but he was pointing at the clothes pin we use to keep the bag closed. So Mat gave it to him and, very happily, he began to play with it. Everything was fine for a few minutes. I was at the sink rinsing something out and Mat was in the living room picking up toys. But then Braeden started screaming. After a few seconds I realized he'd clipped a little bit of skin on the palm of his hand in the clothes pin. I bet that hurt a lot! I unclipped him and pulled him out of the chair. We gave him his paccy and he settled down pretty quickly. It didn't leave a mark either.

Just before dinner time, Braeden snatched my cell phone and was walking around the living room. I was pretending to chase him and we were both laughing. Unfortunately he got going too fast and fell forward. He bumped his left cheek on the stairs when he fell and it left him with a red spot for the rest of the evening. No bruise though. He cried a little, but almost immediately pushed away from me and kept running away with the phone.

So, how about some good stuff? The three of us went for a walk when Braeden got up from his afternoon nap. It was about 60 degrees and sunny, so it was just about perfect. We walked all over our neighborhood and checked out new townhomes and streets. Braeden is adorable on walks. Instead of just leaning back and resting in his stroller, he leans forward and grabs onto the bar in front of him. He points at stuff and says gah or doh as we walk. He's very involved in the whole thing.

When we got back home, I went inside to make meatloaf and Mat and Braeden walked around the cul-de-sac for about 10 minutes. Mat says Braeden would pick up a small rock, look at it, carry it around for a few seconds, then drop it in favor of another pebble. He went up our driveway a couple of times before moving on to our neighbors' driveways. After a while he got tired, so the boys came inside to check on the dinner arrangements.

Sunday morning (after the hand pinching and before lunch) the boys did a man's errand and went to Home Depot for pine straw so I could take a shower.

That just about sums up our day!

Saturday, March 4, 2006

What's going on

I was reminded today that it had been too long since I had updated the blog. It was a good reminder, so here goes.

So, what has Braeden been up to this week? He tried grapes for the first time. I slice them in half and he loves them, which is good because I tried giving him banana and he wasn't interested in eating that at all.

Today we went to Greensboro to go to Costco. First we met Emily and Kenny for lunch at Taste of Thai. Fortunately, we fed Braeden lunch first at home because there wasn't much on the menu he'd eat. But he still had a good time at the restaurant, and so did we. :) After a quick trip to Costco, we headed home so Braeden could take a nap. We'll be eating rotisserie chicken tonight for dinner.

I think Braeden's getting closer to saying his first words. He "talks" all the time! Sometimes it even seems like he's responding to the things we say or the questions we ask him. He also loves to play "Where's Braeden?" He goes around the corner, then I say "Where's Braeden?" and he pops out from wherever he'd gone to hide. Then he laughs and laughs. It's so cute!

Everything's coming up daffodils