Thursday, May 21, 2009


Commentary will come later today....boys are up from their nap!

Monday, May 11, 2009

We've come a long ways in these past 6 months! Tomorrow, Braden and Reed will celebrate their six month birthdays. Time flies but it also seems like it has been forever since we were in the NICU waiting for Reed to get a heart. Here is a picture of the boys back in December........And here they are now still loving their pacifiers! It is still so amazing to me the gift that Reed received from some family in their time of sorrow. I think about them often and pray that God will truly bless this family with much happiness like he has given us! My Polo boys! My Redneck Boys!
My Sleepy Boys!
My Church Boys! In their sweet (or as Ryan calls them their gay) outfits!
Momma's Boys!
Reed, Camille, and Braden in their matching pajamas that Aunt Martha bought them. There is going to be a fight over sweet Camille but maybe they will all just be best friends! Braden.....
....getting ready for the beach.
....making some crazy expression
...playing in the laundry basket ...loving his new Kansas quilt that his great gradma Lelda made for him
...taking his first bath this week in the big tub. He absolutely loves it!
...playing with his daddy's Kansas hat
...with his muddy legs after jumping in his jumpy chair outside after the rain. This is what happens when I leave Braden with Ryan and my dad to babysit! Reed...
...enjoying being able to fully see with his eyes! Thank you God!
...lying on his quilt that Laura and Mrs. Joy gave him while he was in the hospital!
...holding his neck up. I know this doesn't seem like a big deal to most but this is huge for him! ...wondering when he is going to take his full bottles so he can get this ugly yellow tube out!
...loving on his mom for Mother's Day
....ROLLING over!!!!
....hitting Braden
My Sweet Boys!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

May Already!

We have been working on Braden trying to roll over this week. Yes, he has already done this several times but he doesn't seem to want to roll over now. He really loves to stand all the time while holding someones hand. I was thinking that he might just skip the crawling thing all together since he loves to stand so much....however, my mom says that crawling is a developmental marker for reading skills later. Has anyone else heard that???? I am sure that is just one of those old wives tales that she has been taught. Here's another one that my mom likes to tell me...she says that she never carries a baby on her hip with the baby's legs around her waist because she thinks that can cause a baby to be bow legged. Now that one I think is definitely an OLD wives tale. I love you mom!!!
Reed is doing great this week with his eye sight. Ryan and I went to the lake this past weekend with friends and left the boys with my parents. I was feeling pretty discouraged on Friday before we left because I felt that Reed was not doing well with his eyes. When we got back on Sunday, I was amazed at the improvement he had made.
I don't know how many of you have had that feeling of constant worry but it was beginning to consume me. No matter how much I prayed, I couldn't help but worry about Reed never being able to fully see. Ryan always would tell me that "when you worry, just pray." This definitely has led to many prayers! It is the best feeling in the world for your child to look at you and smile back at you. God has definitely taught us to be appreciative of the "little" things that we are so truly blessed with. I hope that as time goes on that I never forget to appreciate those little things that I take for granted. Be thankful in all circumstances and look for the good!!!
Reed is beginning to love bath time. He now likes to give me a bath too with his splashes.
Yes, his tube is still in. I did have to take it out today since it needs to be changed but took that opportunity to take pictures. Please pray that Reed will begin to start taking his full bottles again without a fight from him. He is a feisty little thing and I think that he might be a little stubborn. I am not for sure if he gets that from me or Ryan!
Even though Braden's face doesn't show it, he loves his bouncy swing. He is still not strong enough to bounce like crazy on it but he enjoys spinning in it. My dad hooked the swing up in a tree for him, and he loved it! I think that he liked the feel of the monkey grass on his feet. My boys definitely love the outside.
Since it has been raining all the time and a little chilly outside today, the boys have been busy playing inside. They love their chocolate bunnies that Tina gave them. I think this may be what they become attached to. I might need to go buy a couple more just in case!
So, do they look anything alike? We get comments all the time that they look alike or they don't look alike. It is so funny who people say that each of them look like too because Ryan and I don't seem to see either one of us in Braden or Reed.
I am pretty sure that Braden's eyes will stay blue but we are not for sure about Reed's eyes.
I know that Reed's eyes look brown in this picture but they are actually dark blue. Who knows what they will end up being! Anyone know when they quit changing colors?
My precious little boys!
Thank you again for all of your prayers because that is what has and is getting us through these bumps in the road!