Brady is 18 Months Old!

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Brady is 18 months old!

He weighs 24 lbs and is 32 inches in height - still tall and thin. But at least we are in size 5 diapers now! I have lost track of how many teeth he has - I think he has pretty much all of them at this point. Our pediatrician said we should probably make a trip to the dentist since he has a full mouth of teeth, which has now been scheduled for a couple weeks from now!

Brady talks non stop, has about an 80+ word vocabulary, and can say some 2-word phrases. So proud of my talkative boy! He imitates literally EVERYTHING, so Eric and I have to be really careful of what we say around him...

I am just loving this age! Brady has started to give kisses (on the lips - I die!) and say "of ooh" when I say "I love you". It's the cutest. He has a big personality - he is stubborn (so incredibly hard-headed) and definitely has his fair share of temper tantrums, but he still continues to be loving, sweet, kind, and so curious. I love how curious he is - I can just see the wheels turning in his head constantly.  He loves to climb and jump and run and get into everything - I feel like I'm always saying "no buddy, don't do that" or "no bud, don't climb on that" or "hey, why don't we keep our diaper on?". But I will miss this age when it's over, so I keep saying those things and keep putting that diaper tab back on as many times as I have to. It's true what they say, babies don't keep.

Some of my favorite things about this age that I don't want to forget:
- His love for bath time and going to the donut shop.
- The way he says "nack" (snack) when he wants breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or snacks in general...
- How he plays with his hair when he is tired
- The hugs he gives for no reason
- The way he engages in imaginative play, like washing his hands even when the water isn't running or feeding his animals using the pretend hay stack
- How he always uses a coaster for his drinks (he gets that from his mama)
- The constant presence of his "piggy" during meals, nap time, play time, and running errands

The love for the pig is out of control - if only we all loved each other like Brady loves his pig. It's practically my second child at this point...

Brady likes: his pig, donuts (specifically blueberry cake), drinking ALL the milk, the songs "wheels on the bus" and "itsy bitsy spider", bugs/leaves/rocks/sticks (anything outdoors that I don't necessarily want mashed into the carpet), brushing his teeth, checking the mail, and his class at church.

Brady dislikes: that he can no longer have his paci (each day is getting better!) and going to the doctor (I don't blame you buddy).

Happy 18 months, Brady Joe! We love you SO much.


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A lot of family and friends have been asking how Brady is doing since coming home from the hospital, so I figured I would do a little update on life lately.

Before I get into the details, let me start by saying that Brady is doing SO MUCH better. He is happy and back to his smiley self. He is eating and drinking again, playing again, and back at daycare. I know kids get sick on a daily basis (and Brady has had his fair share), but now that he is back at daycare, I have become a little bit of a germaphobe. I was totally not that mom before the hospital (I would literally give Brady his paci or food from off of the ground - whoops), but things change a little bit when you see how much a little cold can affect your kid.

Some of the pictures I am going to post are so sad to look at, but it really changes your perspective on life, especially when there are kiddos everywhere who have chronic illnesses and pretty much live their whole lives in hospitals. I am just so grateful for a healthy toddler again!

This was taken in the ER - he was completely out of it.

We went into the hospital on a Tuesday morning. My mom had stayed with Brady on Monday morning, but Tuesday I stayed home from work with him and I am so glad I did! He became lethargic and almost unresponsive, he had a high fever, and he was just staring at our Christmas tree all morning. It was so scary. We drove to Texas Children's Hospital (can't say enough good things about the hospital and their staff) and thankfully have a friend, who is a nurse at the location we went to, who helped us out tremendously. Brady was in such good hands! Brady's O2 sats were so low that they ended up having to admit him, put him on high flow oxygen to let his lungs rest, and put him on IV fluids to keep him from getting dehydrated. It took 4 days until Brady could be weaned from the oxygen and consume more solids and fluids. He required round the clock suctioning (and deep suctioning...) and continuous oxygen. We knew Brady had bronchiolitis before the hospital, but while there, we found out it was from RSV. Unfortunately, Brady got my asthma history, so it looks like we will be dealing with that in the future as well. During the stay, Brady's fever kept spiking and we couldn't get it under control. Come to find out, he also had a pretty severe ear infection on top of RSV. I didn't realize how bad things were until we were admitted. And I am so thankful Eric and I's parental instincts kicked in and we took him to the hospital.





We left the hospital on a Friday at 11 pm, right before the cut off when they charge you for another night. The doctor came in, said Brady's lungs sounded great (he had been off the oxygen for about 12 hours at that point), and that we could go home! I was doing so good the whole stay - I hadn't cried at all - had to be strong for my kiddo! But when the doctor said we could go home, I lost it. I didn't realize how much of a toll it had taken on me. And that was just a 4 day stay! My heart hurts for the families who are in and out of the hospital constantly.

Once we got home, Brady slowly started to get back to his typical self - happy, playful, stubborn, and throwing the occasional temper tantrum. He is still clingy (and rightfully so - we snuggled and cuddled together the entire hospital stay) and is slowly starting to put on the weight he lost. He went back to daycare the week before Christmas and his teachers say he is doing great! Back on the daycare schedule, sleeping well at nap time, and playing with his friends during the day. Unfortunately, he got addicted to his paci (his "nana") once again, so we are starting all over with getting rid of that thing!

And the best news yet, we got to celebrate Christmas with our family, outside of the hospital! Hallelujah! We had so much to be thankful for this holiday season and are praising God each day for our little boy and his health.

THANK YOU to all our family, friends, loved ones, coworkers, friends of friends/family, etc who prayed for us, checked in on us, called/texted, brought us meals, came up to the hospital and kept us company, and just gave us so much love. We can't thank you enough! Here's to a happy and healthy 2018 (and hopefully no hospital stays)!

Brady is 15 Months Old!

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I haven't done an update in awhile, so I figured Brady's 15 month milestone would be as good a time as any!

I can't believe our Brady Joe is 15 months. I still remember every detail of his birth like it was yesterday. I literally just blinked and now he is this tiny human with a huge personality.

Brady weighs 23 lbs and is 31 inches tall, about the 45%tile for both. And he has 10 teeth!! He just had his 15 month checkup and is growing on the right track! We had a little scare a couple months ago with Brady's heart. He tends to have blue lips and nail beds after waking up in the mornings and after nap times, so of course we went to Texas Children's Hospital to get it checked out. We didn't want to take any chances, especially with my history! But thankfully, our boy's heart is strong and healthy! He is having this issue basically just because of poor circulation, and the cardiologist says he will grow out of it.

Our boy LOVES to talk (yay!!) and has such a big vocabulary! His daycare teacher says he's the most expressive in his class and says more words than the older kiddos. His language development has just really taken off! So proud of my star speech student! Brady stills points to everything he wants, but now he uses his words and also signs for certain things. His daycare has taught him "aqua" (water) and "bravo" (well done) in Spanish - so now every time he claps, he says "Bravo!".

I love hearing what kids come up with to name certain objects or animals, and it's been so fun seeing what Brady decides to call things. He calls our dog, Biggio (like Craig Biggio), "Bo-bo" and it's hilarious. He also calls our other dog, Colbie, "Bee". He says "oosh" for shoe, "ish" for fish, "cuck" for truck, "me" for milk, and the best one yet, "nana" for his paci. Nana was supposed to be my mom's grandma name, but thanks to a game she played with him and his paci, he now calls his paci "nana".

On a side note: we are working towards getting rid of the paci and we are STUCK! He only takes it at bedtime and the occasional nap time (like when we are in the car), and I just don't know how to take it away for good. I'm honestly scared, because I know he is going to put up a fight at bedtimes.

Brady is pretty obsessed with animals and the noises they make. He calls chickens "bock-bocks" and he call cows "moo-moos". He is also super obsessed with books and story time. I have been training him since day one to love books, so I'm so glad he is into it. At daycare they have story time throughout the day where they all sit in a circle and listen to their teacher read a book...and I love to watch on the video cameras during those times because he is the first one to sit down in the circle and he's always in the front of the group on the mat. And he stays SO engaged!

He still loves playing peek-a-boo - it's a nightly occurrence during dinner time with his hands covered in food. He also loves giving hugs - it's the sweetest thing and my heart melts every single time. Brady has also discovered Mickey Mouse and is a big fan...especially of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

Brady likes: animals & animal noises, Mickey Mouse, all the books, talking all day everyday, his dogs, balls, desserts (& dippin' dots), Mr. Potato Head, and peek-a-boo.

Brady dislikes: stuffed animals and fruit (unless it's freeze dried...).

Some of my favorite moments with my little buddy are when we are getting ready for the day before I leave for work, and when I put him to sleep at night. Brady is such a morning person - I have no idea where he got that from!! (Eric & I pretty much hate mornings) - so in the mornings, we laugh and talk while I change him and he loves to smile, putting me in the best mood! And at night, he loves to wrap his little hand around my neck while we rock, along with playing with his hair (a tell-tale sign that he is tired, which he got from me) and playing with my hair. He also pats my back when he hugs me sometimes and I just melt. I wish I could bottle up these moments forever.

Brady Joe is such a light! He is happy, friendly, full of joy, social, curious, smart, stubborn, and so incredibly kind-hearted.

We are so thankful for our happy and healthy boy!