When Opal Dean met Sophie

Today had to have been the prettiest spring day we have had yet, and I thought, what better way is there to enjoy it  it but to go on a walk with Opal Dean and Bradford.  So, here I go down the side walk pushing the stroller with one arm, leash in the other.  We’re all happy and smiling, especially Opal Dean who has the biggest smile on her face out of all participants in our afternoon stroll.  Then we hear, “Oh look at your dog.  Will she bite me?” from the small child across the street.  “Well, no, she won’t bite,” I reply.  Immediately, small child begins sprinting across the street at Opal.

Thinking about Bradford flying away in the stroller, I put him on lock-down with the brakes.  Opal proceeds to jump all over small child, and is about as tall as she is.  We’re laughing and playing and the experience is still fun.  Then, small child’s grandfather comes across the street with Sophie, who resembles this:


Well, Grandpa decides that Opal Dean and Sophie need to meet, and kindly tells me, “don’t worry about your dog jumping, Sophie loves big dogs.”  I’m not sure if he knew what was coming.  Opal Dean then decides to sprint in a circle around Grandpa, causing me to lose her leash and somehow transfer it into Grandpa’s hand.  Small child begins to scream as the Opal and Sophie begin to run in very fast circles around Grandpa as he attempts to turn in circles with them.  The picture is still making me laugh:  Imagine the game where an adult holds a small child by the arm and swings them in circles around their body very fast.  This was Grandpa: arms outstretched, 1 leash in each hand, spinning as fast as the dogs are running in circles around him.  All the while, cars are driving by watching this scene unfold.  I try to re-gain some control and think grabbing Opal’s leash will help.  In my attempt to do this, I’m pretty sure I grabbed Grandpa’s butt, somehow ended up holding onto his leg and spinning in a full circle while doing this, finally gathered Opal’s leash and we somehow did this all while still standing.  Small child stops screaming, Grandpa stands looking very dizzy, looks at me and says, “Well, it was nice to meet you,” then turns and they both walk away.  We unlock Bradford and continue on our walk, laughing the entire way home.  And that is what happened when Opal Dean met Sophie.


Happy Birthday Dad!

One of the most fun things about having Bradford has been watching my parents become grandparents, and seeing how much they love the little guy.  We asked a lot of friends and family to pray that my Dad would be able to be there when Bradford was born.  He was scheduled to be out of town 2 weeks in January, one of which was the week of my due date.  Thankfully, Bradford came at just the right time, and our prayers were answered.  All 4 grandparents were able to be there, which was really fun for us:


It was great being able to have Pop (Dad) there at the hospital to meet and hold Bradford with us:

And since we’ve been home, Pop has made it up to visit often.  Bradford has enjoyed the snuggle time, and is very blessed to have a Grandfather who cares so much about him.  The two can surely nap together:

Thanks for being such a great Grandfather to our little man.  Happy Birthday Dad!

Belly Button Update

After a visit to the pediatric surgeon today, we were relieved to hear that Bradford’s belly button is just fine.  We just have to keep it really clean and dry, and she was confident that no procedure is necessary and that it will heal on it’s own.  Basically what happened is that a small piece did not fall off, and it was staying a little enflamed due to moisture.  No cyst, no surgery required…great news!

For other updates around here (from the last post), the kitchen no longer smells like burnt toast, although if you were to stick your face in our microwave, you may still be able to re-live the experience.  I would not suggest this.  Dogs are OK, and there have been no sign up eaten pins harming either of their stomachs.  It still is a mystery where the pins ended up, possibly scattered in our back yard?  I guess we should be careful walking around back there.  

All is well around here, and sweet Bradford is just so stinkin’ cute.  He recently discovered his tongue and loves it:

Weekend Take-aways (listed in the order learned)

1. Sunshine + Stroller + Bradford = One happy mom

2. Make sure that when you put cheese toast in the microwave for 30 seconds, that the timer actually reads 30 seconds and not 30 minutes.  30 minutes is way too long for cheese toast.

3. Double check to make sure you have a working smoke alarm, otherwise you might almost burn your house down making cheese toast (mentioned above), your house will fill with smoke, and will smell awfully of severely burnt toast all weekend.

4. Grandparents are a wonderful thing, especially when they live close 🙂

5. Lock-ins are better on paper than when actually lived through (this one comes from Andy).

6. If you want to get any sleep, it is not a good idea to let 2 large dogs sleep in the same room as you.

7. If you own a cat, make sure you kick her out of your room at night so you won’t wake up with her trying to lay on your face.

8. When 2 dogs (mentioned in # 6) are trying to play at 5 am and you put them in another room, make sure that your sewing supplies are put away.  Do not leave out a pin cushion containing approximately 30 sewing pins.  The dogs will eat this, and may also inhale the pins. (thankfully they are both OK)

9.  When baking, do not leave out ingredients such as corn starch and vanilla extract because you do not have them.  Your product will not taste as good.  Just wait, and bake your goods later.

10. 8 divided by 24 does not equal 3.  Lesson learned: do not try to do math after a lock-in, or a night’s sleep with 2 dogs.

11. Apparently with every child born, women lose 12% of brain functioning (according to something Andy heard).  After experiencing #’s 2,3,8,9, & 10 above, I will agree to this statement. 

Oh how I love Mondays

Mondays have become our family day around here, since Sundays are typically very busy days and a work day for Andy.  We have started to come up with different outings for each Monday, and now that it is nice outside, we’ve enjoyed being able to get out and enjoy the beginning of spring.  Last Monday, we headed up the the Tallulah Gorge and enjoyed a nice hike (the hike did include a million stairs, so I would say that it was more than a leisurely hike and more of a work-out with the added 13 lbs. of Bradford).  I love these pictures we got:


2 month Update

Bradford had his 2 month check-up today, and we were not surprised to hear that he is already 13 lbs!  He measured at the 80th percentile for weight, and 95th for his length (24 and 3/4 inches).  So, we are not worried about his growth at all around here, as Andy has been referring to him as “baby Shaq.”  There was one aspect of the visit that was not exciting though…he has been having a little issue with his belly button.  It’s hard to describe, but there is a little part that sticks out and stays kind of red and puffy.  The doctor has referred us to a pediatric surgeon, which sounds much more serious than I think the issue really is.  She didn’t seem very concerned, but did say that there is a possibility that there is a little cyst under the skin that blocks a tube of some sort.  If the surgeon says this is the case, he may need a procedure done to fix the problem.  We will go see the surgeon next week and find out what we need to do.  

Otherwise, he is doing fabulous and I think all the time that the time is flying by.  He’s a champion eater and sleeper, eating every 3 hours throughout the day and sleeping about 11 hours at night.  His smiles are more frequent and just melt our hearts.  So, overall things are going very well here at the Nelson house!