So Cute…


Update on week 2

Bradford had his 2 week check-up today, and all looked good.  He weighed in at 9 lbs. 4 ounces and measured at 21 and 3/4 inches long.  This puts him in the 75th percentile in both weight and height.  Despite some difficulties with feedings, he is putting on weight and growing strong!  

As for my thoughts on week 2…As I sit here snuggling with the little man on the couch, I cannot believe that he’s only 2 weeks old!  It feels like we’ve had him home much longer than that.  Every day I either say out loud or think that I cannot believe he is ours.  I have enjoyed each day so far, and am soaking in the moments knowing he will not stay small for very long and sooner than we know will be out of this sweet newborn stage. We have spent the past week still recovering, resting a lot, and venturing out only a few times.  It has been so nice to have visitors and people bring us meals so that we don’t have to think about this.  Thanks to all our friends and family who have provided us with so much love and support.  

Each new day, I grow more in love with our little guy and feel so incredibly blessed to be his mom.  He still sleeps a lot throughout the day (and for some good stretches at night), so we do a lot of snuggling, relaxing, and of course, picture taking:

I love snuggling with my Riri


Great time with Bradford and friends!

Update on Sadie

Sadie’s surgery is complete, and we have the update that she is doing well.  Her parents are with her.  Please follow the link to Emily’s blog (below) for more updates.  We appreciate your prayers for sweet little Sadie!

Way to go Sadie! Your cousin Bradford is cheering you on for a quick recovery! We love you.


Our neice Sadie (Andy’s oldest sister’s fourth child) is having surgery to correct a cleft lip tomorrow morning at 7:30 am central time.  If you have a chance our family would covet your prayers for the surgery to go well, for Sadie to have a quick recovery, and for Emily’s (Andy’s sister is named Emily as well) three other little ones in the house.

You can follow Sadie’s process at Emily’s blog.

Update from Opal Dean


I thought it was about time I offer some of my opinions as to what has been going on around here.  I finally figured out who this Bradford is that everyone was talking about before.  I think my humans must have gotten him for me, but I can’t figure out what to do with him.  He doesn’t run or walk, and honestly, I’m really still not sure what he is.  He does share characteristics similar to my humans, more than those of my toys; however, he doesn’t seem to have yet learned English and makes a very loud and strange sound when he is upset and his face looks like this:

I don’t really like this, so I usually just leave the room when it happens.  The humans usually do some things to calm him down, then they can give him back to me to play with.  The good thing about having Bradford here is that I have had a lot of visitors to come see me lately.  I guess I’ve been really good because all of my grandparents have been here, and lots of friends.  They all are talking about Bradford when they ‘re, but I think they are really coming to see me.  Although he’s not a dog friend, I think that I’m going to like him because he seems like he likes to snuggle and so do I.  I just wish that Dad would let me snuggle on his lap too like the rest of the family:

My world may have changed with the addition of Bradford but I’m still doing good for all those who were wondering about me.  My humans still give me lots of attention and let me eat the occasional piece of cheese, which is about all it takes to keep me happy.  Plus, I think Bradford was a pretty cool gift that they got me.  I’ll just have to seek some advice from my dog friends as to what I’m supposed to do with him.

Me and Bradford