Sunday, September 28, 2008

9 months old!!!

Hello Family and Friends- Can you believe that Bronson is a whole 9 months old? For once I am actually able to get this email out on the actual day of his 9 month birthday. Today was a beautiful day outside and we took full advantage of the beautiful weather to get some outside pictures taken of Bronson in the front yard. Kyle is working like crazy on our new fence. We are so happy that we are finally able to start this project. We want our whole back yard to be enclosed and before we only had three sides covered. We hope that this finds all of you happy and healthy. We are sure enjoying this wonderful weather and watching our son grow into such a wonderfully happy baby. Here are some recent stats of Mr. Bronson:

  • He weighs 15 pds, 13 ozs

  • He is almost 25 inches tall

  • HE CAN SIT UP ALL BY HIMSELF!!!!! (Major accomplishment)

  • He has started eating solids and loves green beans and bananas

  • He is spending lots of time with family lately and loves all of them so much

  • He decided after spending the day with Olivia that he is now a paci (pacifier) baby (not so much before)

  • No he doesn't crawl, he could care less

  • No new words, but the most amazing thing of all he can do patty cake all by himself

  • He is now on the tail end of his 1st bad cold since the NICU, he has a great immune system and has done much better than mommy with this cold. I am so happy that he is so healthy.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Super sweet

Bronson's hot tub
Laughing at daddy
First organic teething biscuit
Can't resist this handsome face...drool and all

Please pass along...

So I am asking all of my fellow bloggers to please put a link on your page to my blog. I know that some of your hesitate in linking it because of personal information. I appreciate your concern, but would love for you to share my blog. I am going complete public with it in hopes to share our story of Bronson and also to get the word out about our Jackson Deets Memorial Fundraiser. I will be doing mass advertising this next week and appreciate all help in getting the word out. I am still in desperate need of items for this event. Several people have asked when they have to have these items done and that would be before October 29, 2008. I will pick up all items prior to October 31st. If you are in the Corvallis area I will be making a trip down that way for Bronson's appointments so I will pick them up then.

Thanks again for all of the support. I am super excited about doing this event. In another note the walk for our March of Dimes team is the last Saturday in April. I have set up our team and will be getting more information in December.

Newest Flyer

Monday, September 15, 2008

Bronson Can Sit Up

Yes, that is right. It is official. Bronson can sit up all by himself. We let him sit alone for over 15 minutes and he stayed up. I had to make a page just for this occasion.

Great Grandparents

Tonight I started a new hobby, digital scrapbooking. I will never begin to get good like my dear friend Kelleigh, but this is lots of fun. This new site that I found has everything...even the program. If you want to see the pictures bigger just double click on them.

Monkey Boy

Friday, September 12, 2008

Why can't I sleep...

It is past 1am and I am still awake. Kyle and I just finished installing new lights in our living room and dining room. I thought that it sounded like a fabulous idea to take a bath and write down some of my feelings. It is so weird to me that it is now normal to write down my feelings via a blog instead of the steadfast pen and paper, but whatever. Today has been a day of remembering and reflecting. Kyle and I took time at dinner tonight to reflect on the 7th anniversary of 9/11. Kyle started the conversation by asking if I remembered what I was doing at the exact time that the towers fell. He remembers driving to work and listening to the sudden radio broadcast. I remember that it was the day before I turned 20 and Ann woke me up to tell me that our nation was being attacked. I remember that it was just a little past 7am and she cam into my room and told me to to wake up. She said you are about to watch something in history unfold that is as big as World War II.

Looking back I couldn't even begin to realize all that would be in store in the following months. I remember spending my 20th birthday on the steps of the Capitol building praying for those affected by the attacks of 9/11. I remember thinking that our nation would never be the same again. I remember that everywhere we went you could see flags flying and people professing their faith in our nation. I will never forget. I often wonder if as a nation we have forgotten that terrible day and how we felt at the exact moment that we found out our nation was being attacked.

Today will be a day of reflection. It is now 9/12, my 27th birthday. How can I possibly be 27 years old? I still feel as though I just turned 18. I used to say that I felt 16, but a little too much has happened to me in the past year to stay in my early teens. I wonder if I will always feel as if I am 18. Kyle says that 27 was his hardest because it made him face reality that he is in his late 20s. To me I will always be a teen at heart.

With reflection comes some realizations. Kyle and I have been together for a little over 11 years. We started dating our sophomore year of high school. It has worked for us, but I do not advocate for teens to start dating as young as we did. Anyways, tonight I was looking at some pictures hanging at the wall and had to take a second look. One of the pictures that caught my eye was a family picture taken of Kyle, Bronson, and I just weeks after we brought him home. If you look very closely at the picture you notice a sense of sadness in both of our eyes followed by an intense strength. I like to think of the strength as God shining through letting us know that only the best is yet to come. As I was struck my this thought, my eyes drifted to a picture of Kyle and I on my 16th birthday. The picture is one of my favorites being that I barely weighed 100 pounds. I also like the looks that both Kyle and I have. We are both looking into the camera as if we have the whole world in front of us and nothing can touch us. I can't help but wonder where the notion came that we were invincible, but at that time in our lives we thought we were.

I wish for once that we could rewind just for a moment to live carefree. To live before terrorist attacks, lost loved ones, pain and heartache. I wish that for a moment I could truly be 16 again and not have the worries that constantly enter my mind. I have been told that to worry too much is sinful, mark this that I worry way too much. No one said that life was fair though, I just am reminded daily that to survive in this world we must fully rely on our living God, Jesus Christ.

As I close this open ended blog I realize that I have much to be thankful for especially my amazingly comforting husband and my adorable little man, Bronson. Maybe now I can go to sleep. Afterall, I do have to work in about 6 hours.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Am I getting stronger?

I am so proud of myself today. I am getting stronger. Yes, I still have my share of days that are hard, but I am getting so much stronger than the day before. I know that this is a random post, but I have to share. Today something happened to me at Safeway that I have long been dreading. People run into me all the time and most don't ask about where my other son is. Most people know the story. A couple of weeks ago a woman at our local restaurant that Kyle and I go to often had to ask. I don't blame her. She served us dinner just days before I was put into the hospital. She celebrated with us the upcoming delivery of two baby boys. She very carefully asked if something had happened to my other baby. I was strong enough with the support of my close friend by my side to share with her the story of Jackson. I appreciated her asking and not dismissing that I have two sons, not just one.

Well today a dear friend from church that has such a strong heart made a little mistake that I know embarrassed her. If you read this, please know that this is just what I needed. Truthfully, it was a way for God to show me that I am emotionally getting stronger. Anyways...Bronson and I were taking one of our walks down to Safeway to fill a prescription for Kyle when I ran into her. She looked at my single jogging stroller and said, where is your other baby? I know that you have two, but I always see you with just one. (I have seen her several times at church, but this does happen). I said, nope I only have one. She then approached me and said again, why do I always think that you have two. I very gently reminded her that yes, I did have two, but I now only have one. She felt terrible, but seriously there is no harm done. I am glad that she recognizes and remembers that I am the mother of twins. I do have two babies, one of them just earned their wings a little early.

I just recognized as I walked home that I was stronger than the day before because only a week ago this might have made me shed tears all the way home. As I write this for some reason the tears start to come. I am sad, yet happy that I am becoming a stronger mommy. As my birthday approaches tomorrow I wanted to share a quick picture of myself last year happily pregnant with my twin boys.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Saying goodbye to baby things

Okay , so it was probably harder for me than him, but we are slowly starting to put Bronson's "baby things" in storage. Yes, he is still a baby, but many of his things are becoming way too small for him. It became official that we had to put the moses basket away this week after he displayed his superman skills. He was sitting right across the room from me when he decided to jump ship and land on the hardwood floors. No worries, he wasn't harmed, just scared a lot. That night we took some pictures of one of his favorite places to nap and it got put away. It was kind of sad as I took the pictures he acted like it was one of his fondest places to be too. Tears are gone now, but more will come as we slowly watch our baby become a beautiful little toddler.

It will come all too soon since we heard this week that his best bud Ayden is on the move. We are slowly starting to child proof our house in hopes of the mover that Bronson will soon be.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Some Cute Pictures

Trying rice cereal, he didn't like it too much
He loves his new walker courtesy of Grammy
16 years from now my son will have all the girls after him and his car
Can't resist this face
Wearing his boxer briefs
He really did love his avocado
Looking just like daddy
I just love this little boy

I took Bronson to get some pictures done professionally today, but here are some of my favorites that I took...

8 Months Old

Hello Family and Friends-

Yes, Bronson is 8 whole months old this month. We are amazed that in a little less than four months we will be celebrating his 1st birthday. I don't know why, but with the change of months and Kyle and my upcoming birthdays we have been thinking a lot about our little guy's birthday party. We are looking forward to celebrating the upcoming holidays with him. On September 1st I took advantage of the weather change and decided to decorate for fall. Not Halloween, but fall. I love this time of year and want Bronson to have some sort of tradition with all of the harvest decorations. Kyle is really looking forward to dressing Bronson up in his monkey costume. I have to admit, it is going to be really cute. We are also looking forward to taking him to his first OSU football game. Here are the monthly stats:

-He weighs 15 pounds exactly (not much growth since last update, but he is still growing)
-He is 24.5 inches long
-He is trying to sit up, we have been given instructions on how to help
-He went swimming for his 1st time this last month
-He loves oatmeal and had avocado for the first time tonight and loved it too
-He loves his new walker
-He has been over the pass to Sunriver/Redmond quite a bit in his tiny life and loves it
-No teeth yet, we thought we had a break thru, but it was fake
-He is still wearing 3-6 month clothes, but I can't wait to break out the next size even if they are way too big