Saturday, October 25, 2008

Growing Boy

Not so long ago we took Brody for his two month wellness check-up. Hard to believe that two months has gone by, huh? He had to have shots so that wasn't too fun, but I love going and seeing how much he has grown. At birth Brody weighed 9 lbs. 1 oz. and was 21 and 1/2 inches long. At 9 weeks he didn't weigh as much as I thought, but he was still in the 86th percentile weighing in at 13 lbs. 8 oz. Crazy! That isn't the real kicker though. He is now 24 and 3/4 inches long! That puts him in the 96th percentile. We think he is going to be a pretty tall boy. I love chubby babies too, so I hope he keeps putting on the weight. So what's new at two months? Well, Brody continues to smile and coo more and more each day. He likes to be on his belly, but he really wishes he could sleep on his tummy all the time. I try to not let him, but sometimes during his naps I let him. As you can see, he likes to pull his legs underneath him and push that little tush up in the air. This is just like his mom when she was a kid.
Brody has been a pretty strong kid from the get-go, but he just gets stronger everyday. He not only picks up his little head, but he picks up most of his chest too. He doesn't want to miss anything going on. He also stands up when you are trying to hold him. His strength really shows when he's mad. Brody will lift his lower body off the ground, and if he could figure out how to work the arms at the same time he would be mobile.
Brody has been a pretty good sleeper, but we just started to try the Babywise method, and it is amazing! Anyone that has a kid should read that book. We started late in the ball game, but there were immediate results.
Overall, I am sure that my baby is doing everything that any 2 and 1/2 month old baby does, but EVERYTHING he does is amazing to us!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Future Friend

For two years now our little neighbor has made the half mile round trip down to our house on his little 6 year old legs to come for a visit. Tanner's his name and he's one of my favorite kids on the planet. The last little bit when he comes he's usually toting a little sister named Kinley along with him. I feed them an otter pop or two, we watch Harry Potter, or they borrow movies and then they go back home. They can be a handful, but they are SOOO much fun too. When I found out that I was having a boy I thought of Tanner and thought, "okay, boys are just as fun if not more than girls."

Since we have had Brody, Tanner hasn't been down to see us by himself. His mom brought us dinner that first week and he hopped in her car before she could stop him so that he could come see Brody. I don't think I have ever seen a little boy so interested in a baby. Tanner seems to LOVE Brody.
Not too long ago we went to a SJ volleyball game and as soon as we walked in the door, Tanner was on his way down to sit by us. Sure enough, the moment we sat down, Tanner was right next to Trevor with his arm propped on Trevor's knee. He stared down and Brody and was so good not to touch him or bug him, but just watched him. Brody was asleep and had his pacifier in his mouth. At first he wasn't moving, but then he started to suck on his pacifier and Tanner said, "Hey, how does he do that when he's sleeping?" I told him that Brody must be thinking about dinner. Tanner thought about that for a second and said, "Ya...probably cheese pizza." Haha. I about died. That Tanner is such a thinker. He says the funniest things. Then he watched Brody some more before saying, "I bet we'll be really good friends, but we'll have to wait some years."
Tanner must be ready for Brody to walk down to his house, I guess.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Brody's Blessing

Sunday was a big day for several reasons. First of all Trevor and I got our first NIECE! Yay! Trevor's oldest brother, Dustin, and his wife, Amy have two boys (Grant and Preston) and finally had a little 7 pound 2 ounce girl named Samantha. It was also my mom's birthday yesterday. She said having Brody blessed on her birthday was the best present ever, and that was our other big event of the day.

We had so many things going on so it seemed like scheduling Brody's blessing was anything but easy. My step dad was out of town for three weeks so we wanted to wait for him, and then we didn't want to bless him before conference because it was too soon and if we waited until the next fast sunday it would be November and Brody would be so big that he wouldn't fit into his blessing outfit and he'd almost be big enough to walk himself up there! Okay, not really, but seriously this kid is just getting so big. Unfortunately because of doing it this last Sunday it conflicted with Dustin and his family being able to be there, but there was just no way we would have ever been able to get EVERYONE there.
The morning started off with us not being sure that we would have very many people there. We still weren't sure my step dad would be there. My Uncle Von was out of town. My one Grandpa had been in the hospital and was home, but still not doing so well. And of course Trevor's oldest brother wasn't going to be there. We were wrong. Everyone (minus Dustin) made it, and then some. Including Trevor we ended up with 13 people in the circle! My two cousins, Preston and Sterling even stood in. I hadn't originally asked them, but it was kinda neat to have them. Especially Preston because I have felt like we are pretty close since college.

My stomach did flip-flops all morning in anticipation of the day. I was so nervous for Trevor, and so glad that it was him and not me that had to give the blessing. Trevor didn't get nervous until right before the blessing. Even then he just had some shaky hands, but you never would have known it.
The blessing was awesome. I was fine until I looked up and saw all the support we had there for us and then the water works started. Once Trevor began I really started to cry and I had to make myself stop so that I could pay attention. My mom leaned over and put her arm on me as she began to cry as well. Brody's blessing was beautiful, and when it finished I looked at Trevor's mom and she had teared up as well.
Brody did really well. We worried that he would scream bloody murder or that he would have an explosion in his diaper that would ruin his outfit, but nothing happened. He had even fallen asleep and woken up right before the blessing, but he stayed awake and didn't make a peep. He was so good.
We feel so blessed to have all the support and love that we had shown to us yesterday. Thanks to my mom so willing to share her birthday with her grandson. Thanks to all the family that traveled like Trevor's brother, Mike, and my dad and Grandpa Garner. And most of all thank you to my husband who is worthy to hold the priesthood and was able to give such a wonderful blessing to our little boy.