Dearest Braxton Cade,
Where on earth did this past year go?! I remember it going fast with your sister - but yours REALLY flew on by! (and I even took pics of you each week for 52 weeks!)
How did you go from this?
(a few days old - October 2011)
(four months old - February 2012)
(8 months old - June 2012)
(1-year pics - October 2012)
(I giggle every time I see the above pic! LOVE your expression here, little man.)
We've had a wonderful, crazy, frustrating, joyous, sleep-deprived year of loving on you, Braxton Cade, and I cannot wait to see what the Lord has in store for you in the coming weeks, months, and years of your life. (but really - can it slow down a bit?! Mommy is having a hard time swallowing the fact that you're no longer a "baby" baby as she starts selling off the baby stuff).
Here's what you have been up to lately:
Sleep: We had finally started to get you on a somewhat consistent sleep routine without much fighting before you broke your leg last week. You'd nap most days in the morning for about 30 minutes and then again in the afternoon for 75-90 minutes (there would be a struggle after 45 minutes, but you'd eventually go down). We had some hiccups this past week as you adjusted to your cast - and the fact that we're not rocking you every single time to sleep and putting you down awake in your crib (yes, I know this is something we should have done months ago - believe us, we tried and when you're sleep-deprived, you do what you gotta do!). That being said, you're getting used to this and starting to fall asleep on your own easier (especially at night) and even took a two-hour afternoon nap today. Let's keep this trend going! :)
Food: You're pretty much on all table foods now and have been for quite a while. You'll still eat some blended foods, but usually at the sitter's house since it's convenient to pack. You had a few tastes of ice cream this week and didn't know what to think and last week you had your first sampling of Ken's pizza - those were the "big deals" this month (besides the cake and goodies you'll be tasting at your party tomorrow!). You're biggest battle right now is cow's milk. Mama had the pleasure of breastfeeding you this entire year - and still does at morning and night - and you've grown quite fond of it. So much that you do not like cow's milk. It's not the sippy. It's not the cold factor. (because you guzzle ice cold water from any type of sippy cup - stinker!). It's the fact that it's milk. We have found that giving you a straw and cup seem to work sometimes. But you usually just gag and cry. Doc tells us that you'll get thirsty enough to drink it. I have yet to see this in the 4-6 weeks we've been introducing more and more of it to you. Here's to hoping for more answers at your one-year check-up in a few weeks!
Mobility: You were oh-so close to walking unassisted, but with a leg cast on, that will take a break for another three weeks. You had mastered walking around everything and had even mastered going up and down 2-3 stairs. Now you're getting the hang of crawling and even slightly leaning/standing on items with the cast. You're quite fast and are going to have some guns for arms these next few weeks! I'm eager to get the cast off (already and we're only one week into it!) to see how you start moving around and - gasp! - walking!
Verbal/Communication: You go around all day yelling "Mom! Mom! Mom!" and have recently learned how to shake your head "no" when we ask you point-blank questions. You're starting to get the hang of baby sign - all done, more, please - and do your own version of the sign (just like your sis). You also know who to look for in the room when we play the "Look At Mommy...Daddy...Sister" game. We love hearing your babble and chatter and I think it's just precious how you talk to me in the car when it's just you and me. You're so used to sis chatting up a storm it's as if you can't stand the silence. :)
Other milestones: You love getting into your CD's and chewing on them, as well as throwing all of your books off of the shelves. You enjoy a book for a page or two and then we're on to the next thing. You enjoy throwing a ball or vrooming a car back and forth with Mackie, and I can always count on you to "help" me out in the kitchen with your wooden spoons, bowls, and measuring cups.
We love you so much, Braxton Cade. I'm honored and thankful that the Lord made me your mommy. I pray that you grow to love Him with all of your heart, that you become a little boy who honors and obeys His commands, and that you grow into a young man who dives into His Word. Thank you for this last year. It's been humbling. It's been incredible. It's been busy. It's been tiring. It's been fun. And all because you've become the final piece to our family of four puzzle. Now let's celebrate, spoil you, and party it up - baseball style! (more on that to come in another post)
Love you, love you, love you!