Saturday, November 03, 2007

Thankful for the little things...


This post is in celebration of what are "little things" to most families who have a baby making small milestones, they would soon be overlooked and forgotten as the baby moves on quickly to other new and exciting things. But in our house, it's the little things that we celebrate like we would a birthday or winning a race, and evoke such strong emotions that it's hard to put into words. So I will do my best to share with you some of the exciting things we have been blessed to witness in our house over the past few weeks...
1. Remember a year ago when we first introduced Braden to the ocean and a swimming pool? He was not much of an eager participant, to say the least. Well two weeks ago I took Braden into the bathtub with me - and he was so very relaxed. He was so comfortable and enjoying me holding his head while he was floating that HE FELL ASLEEP!! Not only was he sleeping while floating, HE WAS SNORING!!! It was so HILARIOUS!!!
2. Braden is learning how to throw a real toddler fit these days. He is starting to arch his back in protest to whatever activity he is not thrilled with at the moment. We actually have to strap him into chairs, strollers, swings, etc. for the very first time since he was born. When we suction him and he does not want it, he will also bite down and close his jaw so we can't get in! While most parents would be upset over such behavior, we RELISH that Braden is COMMUNICATING his dissatisfaction with the current activity.
3. Similar to the above behavior, Braden for the very first time, began rolling back and forth the other day, WITH PURPOSE. He is able to roll from one side to the other, but these occassions are accidental when he is throwing a fit and getting his legs into it, and the by-product is simply the rolling to one side. He recently started throwing his head back and forth when he is upset and does what daddy & I call the "siren cry". He will toss his head back and forth now on a regular basis in protest. To take this behavior to a whole new level, the other morning, when attempting to suctioning him, not only was he throwing his head side to side, he was rolling side to side, twisting his his shoulders to get away!! It was so neat to see him make this movement with PURPOSE!! :-)
4. Those of you who have seen Braden posture his arms when he is fussing, know that he sticks them straight down, and they cross over making an "X" just above the wrists. Brad and I were thrilled to witness Braden picking up his arms symmetrically like he was doing Superman, or doing the "Y" in the YMCA. He did it more than once, so we just cheered him on... he even looked like a little cheerleader himself!

So that's what is new in our world with Braden, we wanted to share some positive and inspirational moments we have been blessed with lately. We hope they bring a smile to your face like they did to ours! He is such a joy to us, and we hope this little fighter brings some joy to you as well!

The Wilsons (Kodi, Brad, Braden)

6 comments:

shalamarie said...

How perfect. Our little man is perfect! I love you Braden. Give mom all you got!

Anonymous said...

Nana is thrilled to hear about your attitude coming out. Go Braden. I am in tears of joy at the thrilling news about his progress as it is important to him and to all of us. His momma and daddy are the best inspiration and cheerleaders. love you all Nana W

Anonymous said...

WONDERFUL Braden! I am so happy that you are showing your personality to Mommy and Daddy. You keep them on their toes Baby Braden. Hope to see you really soon.

Love Aunt Jeannie and Uncle Dave

Anonymous said...

When we had a baby that was challenged he would discover his hands time and time again. We were excited for him each time. And he brought such joy and smiles to us and we learned so much from him. I'm so glad you both are able to see that your little guy is teaching you the true joys of life so many people can't see. I love to read your blog and smile, laugh, and cry along with you. Your family is an inspriation to more people and in more ways than you'll ever know. Thanks for sharing and loving. marilyn

Caralyn said...

GO BRADEN!!! What a blessing and encouragement... more is yet to come, God has big plans for our little miracle!

B said...

I am so happy for your baby B! He's getting to be quite the accomplished little guy (even if it is to let you know that he doesn't like something). Rejoicing in the "small stuff" of life has it's advantages! Give him an extra tight squeeze for me!
Brandy