Sunday, July 12, 2009

Braden, braden, BRADEN

We are so so in love with our little guy. Our lives changed in an instant. It was so crazy. I could have never imagined how much he would bring to our family, but the first morning when he was only a few hours old, I was trying to nap in the hospital and I coudlnt sleep. I just wanted to be with him. It was the craziest feeling. After 6 weeks with him we are learning to get our lives in control and we are figuring our how to manage our own lives in the midst of all the Braden time we put into our day. "Its the best!" (Nacho Libre) He is such a fun little guy and we just laugh and love him all the time. Even when he wakes up to eat at 5:30 in the morning and we are half asleep he manages to get a laugh or two out of us.
He has already grown so much in the past month, especially his hair. We cant believe how much hair he has. It floats in the bathtub! Mom C said he needs a missionary hair cut, but we have a friend who suggested growing it out until he is 8. What should we do? We think he is terribly handsome and we both think he looks like Grandpa "I.C." He is starting to hold his head up and has started smiling! He likes to dance and walk when Dad holds him up. He is sleeping 7-8 hours in between his late night and early morning feeding which we are loving. He loves being outside, which is sometimes a burden since it is over 100 every day. It is so hot that we usually are forced to stay inside unless we are at the pool. He loves the water and we have taken him into the pool a few times. He is always so calm whenever he hears, or gets in water.
He is very alert and loves being able to look around at everything the world has to offer. He likes to either be looking over our shoulder, or facing forward so he can see everything. Forget about cradling him. He is not interested. We went to get his passport the other day and my sister Sarah was holding him. This lady who worked their was telling Sarah that she was supposed to cradle him instead of holding him face out the way she was. After about 5 times of this woman saying that, Sarah cradled him and then the lady said "Oh it looks like he is going to cry." Well no duh lady. He doesnt like being held like that! It is so interesting being his parents and being the people who know the most about him and his likes and dislikes. Trying to figure him out can always be a challenge, but we love having him around.
At his 1 month well check, we discovered that he weighs 10 lb 5 oz and is 22" long. Although he weighs over 10 lbs he is so skinny and long! I did not expect to keep him in newborn diapers for this long. I keep having to go buy more newborn dipeys because every time I run out and try to use up my stash of size 1, they end up drowning him. He clearly has his daddys body. The doc is very pleased with his growth and got a good laugh watching Braden chow down. He really is such a great eater. We love watching him grow and learn and can hardly believe that six weeks has already gone by! We are so blessed to have our little Braden in our home and as a part of our family. I tried to find a couple of great pics of our cute guy.
His poor head was humongous after our long labor!

He always seems to have his hands up by his face, especially when he is sleeping.

Check out his tremendously long fingers!

He loves sitting in the corners of the couch so he can see whats going on!

Whenever Devin holds Braden, it makes Braden look so much smaller!

Sponge baths in the sink were a favorite with the water running by his head.

One day we were at the grocery store and Devin comes over and shows me the contraption he came up with so that he could feed Braden and grab things at the same time. Genius!

Check out this kids cleavage! Hello!

4th of July/ 1 month picture

Relaxing the day away!

The face that melts my heart!


Kristin said...

He is so cute Ashley! Congratulations!!

Kylie said...

hahaha what a darling little angel you've made. congrats.

David&Deena said...

Now this is what we've been waitingn for! He is heartthrob! Seriously what did you do without him! Adorable!!! Come to Grandma & Grandpa, Braden!!!!!

Brooke said...

oooo! I love that last picture!!! OMG! so cute!

..Kris Naven.. said...

He is so adorable! What a cutie! I am so gald you were finally able to post pictures! He is a doll! :)

Chalonn said...

I love him...truly I miss him! I love that gorgeous smile!!!

Tay and Jenn said...

ash i can't wait to see him! I just want to hold him already..i keep remembering when Noah was that little..can't believe he's gonna be 1yrs old in two weeks!!

The Higginbothams said...

It sounds like you're really enjoying him, and how great that he's sleeping 7 to 8 hours. I LOVED the outfit you had him in on Sunday. Hopefully you'll get a picture of him in it because it is adorable.

Mr. & Mrs. Martinez said...

What a adorable little boy. Congratulations.

Dane & McCall said...

Oh my heck, I can't take it anymore...I want him!! He is so stinking cute, and I know you are the best mom ever!

Joe and Mar said...

We think your first born son is quite noble. Congratulations on conceiving and giving birth:)