Friday, October 31, 2008

SBP revealed

  1. Mandy your SBP was Tricia
  2. Debbie your SBP was Penny
  3. Penny your SBP was Mandy
  4. Kris your SBP was Tracey
  5. Tricia your SBP was Terry
  6. Tracey your SBP was Kris
  7. Becky your SBP was Stefanie
  8. Terry your SBP was Debbie
  9. Stefanie your SBP was Becky

Bryson's first pumpkin carving

Last night daddy & Bryson carved their first pumpkin together. Actually,daddy did most (all) of the work. Bryson put his hand in the pumpkin once and quickly pulled it back out. He did not like the way it felt.Hopefully next year he will be more interested.

Our latest hospital visit

Bryson's eating issues have continued for the past 2 months. At the recommendation of his speech therapist, we went to see his GI specialist last week. She thought given everything that has gone on, it would be best to have an endoscopy done. She said if she couldn't find anything through that, then they would put a PH prob in for 24 hour monitoring and we would have to stay in the hospital. We had this scheduled for Wednesday. We arrived at 9a and of course they were running behind so he didn't go back till about 12:30p. Needless to say we had a tired and very hungry boy by then. Since he couldn't have anything to eat or drink after midnight the night before, we hadn't had anything either and were starving. The procedure itself was quick and she ended up putting a PH prob in, so after recovery, it was off to our room. He was all over that floor of the hospital, in the playroom, in the outside area and back again. He finally crashed at 6:30p Wednesday and I crashed shortly after. The doctor came in Thursday to discharge us and said that thet ests show he has lots of reflux. She has put him on 2 medications. I hope they do the trick and that things improve soon.

Happy Halloween

Sorry I am a little behind on posting about our weekend. We had a great Halloween. I was so excited to get Bryson in his Incredible Hulk costume and start our night. My mom and sister came over and we all took him trick or treating. He quickly got the hang of it and even tried to take more candy out of the bowls people were holding when they opened the door. His basket started to get heavy and I tried to hold it for him, but he refused to let anyone touch it. No costumes scared Bryson. He would even point and laugh at the scary ones. We just took him around the block before we decided to call it a night. It was pretty chilly for a typical Halloween in Florida, so we came home changed him and sat in our driveway to give out candy. He loves smarties candy, so he took everyone he found in my bowl of candy and stuffed them in his pockets, jacket and hands. Finally around 9p, we decided to go in and he crashed as soon as his head hit the pillow.

Last Sunday

Last Sunday Bryson had a busy, but fun filled day. Early in the afternoon we went to a pumpkin decorating party given by one of my mommy groups. Bryson had way to much fun decorating his pumpkin with stickers. I actually had to take the stickers away from him. When we got home, he was showing off his pumpkin to everyone. He was so proud of it.

Later that afternoon, we went to a birthday party at our local bounce place. Bryson had a smile non-stop till we walked out of there. He had so much fun. We also got in there to jump and bounce with him. He has so much energy and he thought he was much bigger than he is. I was exhausted half way through the party.

On Bryson's birthday, we let him open a two gifts. One was a lawnmower from his grammie. The other was a basketball hoop from us. He is getting the hang of gift opening. I can't wait to see how he does at his birthday party on Sunday.

Favorite Photo Friday #32

Happy Halloween

Monday, October 27, 2008

Happy birthday Bryson

Today is my baby's 2nd birthday. I am still in shock how quickly the last year has gone. I would like him to stay this age forever. Does anyone know where the pause button is?

Friday, October 24, 2008

Favorite Photo Friday #31

Bryson & Angel playing

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Pumpkin Festival

I have seen a lot of others on the blogs have gone to the pumpkin festival or pumpkin patch recently. We too went this past weekend as well. We had never been and were pleasantly surprised. We plan to make it a family tradition to go every year. Bryson of course had a blast. He went in the bouncy house and we had to bribe him out. He saw clowns for the first time which was quite interesting. He would walk half way up to them, stop stare at them, then run back and grab my leg. This went on several times before he would give up. We saw many animals, which he called all of them "moos." In the pumpkin patch, he would try to walk on all the pumpkins. Good thing they don't flatten when stepped on. He also rode a pony for the first time. We weren't too sure how he would react when we put him on it, but after a few minutes he started smiling and laughing. It seems as time goes on, Bryson becomes less cooperative when taking pictures. Not sure what happened to the little boy who used to love to get his picture taken.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Favorite Photo Friday #30

Bryson on another new ride (except this one was free)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

What a difference 6 months make

These pictures of Shane and Bryson were taken 6 months apart. It's amazing how he has changed in that time.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Favorite Photo Friday #29

An early birthday present

from my parents and my grandparents

So busy

I have been so busy this week and have had to go into the office most of the week. I haven't had a chance to read any blogs or email people back. I will hopefully get the chance to do it this weekend. Thanks.

One year ago today

One year ago today as I was sitting at home working, we got "the call." The director of our agency called to say that we had a referral. It was a boy, born 10/27/06 in Novosibirsk, Russia. He than said he would be emailing me his medical and picture in just a few minutes. That was the longest few minutes of my life as I hit refresh on my email about a hundred times. As soon as that new email popped up, my heart sank as I opened it, but when I saw Bryson's picture, I was in love. I couldn't believe how great the picture looked. It was as if they really took the time to make Bryson look well put together. I forwarded the email to Shane and called him immediately to open it. We both sat on the phone together in amazement. This was the moment we had been waiting years for. Next I called my mom and mother in law. When each of them answered the phone, I asked if they wanted to see a picture of their future grandson as they both scrambled to find computers. It was a day filled with anxiety, doubt, tears, excitement. We both felt every emotion possible that day.

It's crazy what can happen in a year. Bryson has been with us 8 months. At times it feels like I just blinked and the eight months flew by. It's amazing to watch him grow up right before our eyes. Some times when I watch him play or he is snuggling with us on the couch, I still want to pinch myself to see if this is all real. These moments are what we waited years for. Every paper cut, dossier page, appostile, phone call, email, argument, tear, breakdown, meltdown, RE visit, etc, it was all completely worth it. I am so lucky and grateful to be Bryson's mommy.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Favorite Photo Friday #28

Daddy & Bryson