S: brayden's second year 2011-2012
BC: text | for you my handsome boy. i love you, mom.
FC: brayden | my 2nd year
1: After a touch and go first year we start your second year healthy and thriving. Keep proving everyone wrong....Go B Go.
2: Labor Day
3: Splashing around and relaxing at our friends families pool on a sunny day! Summer is coming to an end.
4: PT-OT-Vision- Speech | You began getting your therapies through Early Intervention and the best part was they came right to you at home. We added a speech therapist to help you with feedings and a vision specialist to help you learn to track and focus. You loved all your new ladies, such a little flirt. They came every week and you made excellent progress! Each week developing and strengthening new skills. Every new milestone you began to hit was such a joy to watch. You try so hard and we are so proud of you! You also got some cool new therapy tools like a bench, a special feeding spoons, a cool chair, a stander, and a blue wedge you love for tummy time.
7: Life in iPhone Pics
11: Trick or Treat! | You made the cutest little 'chunky' monkey. Trick or Treating was so much fun around Grayslake. The next day we got to hang out at the Helvey lake house with cousin Zoe and everyone.
13: Life in iPhone pics
14: GO P A C K GO | Football season hanging with dad
17: I'm thankful for you!
19: 23lb 11oz 32in | Things you love: therapy * prunes * apple juice bath time * cuddling * therapy bench napping on a lap * smiling * paci vanilla pediasure * red lights * music Rascal Flatts lullabies * arm rubs sucking on your hands * mom and dad Bella * PT Jennifer * being a flirt Things you hate: your head touched * face cleaning falling asleep without paci * hats still no teeth...just lots of drool! | First Haircut 12-12-11
20: Life in iPhone Pics
22: Giving back for the Holidays
23: When you were in the NICU we lived at the Ronald McDonald House for 3 months so we could be right next door to you. It was an amazing place and we are so grateful we had it. We wanted to give back by providing a meal for the families currently staying there with sick children. It was so special to have you there with us to help cook and show off your silly personality. Your favorite nurse from the NICU, Sarah, stopped by to see you. We made a stop at the NICU to say hello to everyone, they all said how handsome you are. | Christmas Time Brings So Much Pleasure When You Have Good Friends To Treasure | Dec 3rd
24: CHRISTMAS JOY!
26: Life in iPhone Pics
29: All my cool therapy tools!
30: Things you love: naps on mom and dad * Pediasure vanilla * bath time * therapy with your ladies benick therapy vest * paci * sweet potatoes * bench time * light up lion * rolling over peek-a-boo * bouncing on the ball * visits from the grandparents * stander play time outside time * walks with mom and runs with dad in the jogging stroller tastes of moms chocolate pudding * fresh air * play mat * short car trips
31: 18 Months Old | 25lb 3oz 32.5in | Things you hate: your face touched * moms haircuts noisy neighbors * your leg braces hair shampooing * lotion rubs booger sucker * being sick * teething taking your meds
33: We had a wonderful Easter weekend spending time with family. You got lots of great goodies and you looked so handsome in your polo. My beautiful boy, we are blessed.
34: Life in iPhone Pics
36: We participated in The March of Dimes March for Babies walk with our second annual team, The Brayden Bunch! With the help of family and friends we raised over $8000 for the March of Dimes. We were the top team in Lake County for the second year in a row. The weather held up and even though it was a little chilly the sun was shining and it was a beautiful day! Friends and family showed up to support us. It's so rewarding to have an annual event like this to give back and take a moment to really celebrate the little miracle you are. We are so grateful you are ours. You have touched so many lives in your short time here. Your smile is infectious and you are such a joy. It was a great day!! | Bunch | Brayden | The
37: April 29
39: Doctor Follow Ups and Medical Terms | Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy: Quadriplegia is a form of Cerebral Palsy (CP) in which all four limbs are affected. It is characterized with more severe motor dysfunctions than other forms of CP. Quadriplegics suffer loss of both motor and sensory functions in the affected limbs. Quadriplegia is caused by damage to the brain or the spinal cord. Neuromuscular Scoliosis: is the curvature of the spine with a disorder of the neurological system such as cerebral palsy. Most of these patients have a weakness of the trunk, also called low tone. Epilepsy: is a brain disorder in which a person has repeated seizures (convulsions) over time. Seizures are episodes of disturbed brain activity that cause changes in attention or behavior. Hydrocephalus: is a buildup of fluid inside the skull that leads to brain swelling. It means "water on the brain." We take you to your Dr follows at least 1-2 times a month. Sometimes you just see the Dr and sometimes you get x-rays and MRIs to make sure everything is OK. You have a Dr for GI, Orthopedics, Special Needs, Ophthalmology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery.
40: MOTHER'S DAY
41: MAY 13
42: MY NEW PLAY GYM
45: Life in iPhone Pics
46: May 27
47: FAMILY | Picture Day
48: Things you love: therapy ladies * being outside * new play gym animal sounds * cuddle time * naps on a lap * light up lion stander for short play times * benik vest * pig snorts Bella licks * mom and dad cuddles * paci popping sounds with your mouth * dads music cuddles in mom and dads bed Things you hate: teething * hair washing * taking meds leg braces (AFO's) * wind * therapy chair long car trips * your face touched * socks | 27lbs 1oz 33.5in
49: Months Old | 21
51: MEMORIAL DAY
52: June 16
53: Happy Father's Day at the lake
55: Life in iPhone Pics
56: My 1st tooth! | May 10
57: My 2nd tooth! | July 3
59: Surgery #6: G Tube | Over the last few months it was becoming more of a challenge to feed you bottles and meals were stressful on everyone. You weren't getting the amount of calories or water you needed. We decided with your GI Dr that it was time for a G tube (Gastrostomy Tube) to help with feedings. This will allow you to get all the water and food you need that you don't take by mouth. We can give you medications through the tube as well to make sure you always get the dose you need to stay healthy. We wanted to avoid you ever having another surgery but this is what you needed and where our journey was taking us. The surgery went perfect and you did so good, such a little trooper. You had pain and discomfort, but after a good nights rest (on dads lap) and some food you were almost back to your old smiley self. We went home the next day after they taught us how to use all your cool new equipment. It took you a bit to get used to feeds in the tube but you quickly became a pro! | June 27
60: Family, Fun, and Sun
62: Life in iPhone Pics
64: life with the g tube
67: Big Boy Bath Chair
68: Walks with mom
71: Life | in | iPhone | Pics
74: 31lbs 35in