We have a healthy child…

This week started off great, with the B man just playing like normal, eating up tons of food, and just being hilarious like usual.  We took a turn when last week he came down a serious case of diarrhea (most of the time, it would not seem appropriate to discuss diarrhea, but he’s 8 months old…those of you who aren’t moms may not find this as interesting, so feel free to stop reading now.)  This situation led to a serious diaper rash, his first ever.  We felt so bad for the little guy and wanted it to clear up quickly.  Therefore, he spent some time bare bottomed cruising around the house:

I think for these pictures was the only time he spent on the rug.  We tried to keep him on the tile at all times in case he decided he needed to go again…which he did a few minutes later.  I was in the kitchen preparing something and I hear a loud “whoosh,” and walk over to see Bradford smiling, standing in a huge explosion of poop, while holding on to the table peeing all over the floor.  I have to say it was disgusting, but hilarious.  After a thorough bath, and a thorough cleaning of the floor, we decided to go with the loose diaper + diaper cream method of healing.  No more bare bottomed guy for now.

This was our first medical incident of the week.  Along with this, the next day he broke out in a rash all across his back, refused to eat for about 4 days, and took over 2 hours to go to sleep for 2 nights in a row.  We were convinced he had come down with an ear infection, and after a couple of calls to sister, Emily (who we are so thankful for), and some discussion, we decided to take him to his first “sick” visit at the doctor.  After dealing with some stress of not having insurance to cover doctors visits currently, and not having a pediatrician that we know here, we ended up at a quick care with Bradford smiling, laughing, and crawling around like nothing in the world was wrong in the waiting room.  The two women next to me looked at me and said, “So, is he the sick one?”  I laughed at this picture, realizing that he probably was not sick at all.  However, the part of me that worried and was envisioning getting on the plane Thursday with his ear drums rupturing was glad we were there.

Doctor’s diagnosis: teething, a slight heat rash on the back, and a little wax in his ear.  He is perfectly healthy, and after that doctor’s visit has shown absolutely no signs of being uncomfortable.  I’m still glad we went, and realize that just having the peace of mind that he’s ok made it worth every penny of paying for that visit.  So all that worry was good for us in a way…now we know that we have a healthy child and can rest assured in this.  I also made a friend in the waiting room, so overall there was some good that came from cleaning up all that poop!

Too good not to share…

I read this excerpt this morning and loved it, so just thought I would share.  This is from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young:

“I want you to learn a new habit.  Try saying, ‘I trust you, Jesus’ in response to whatever happens to you.  If there is time, think about who I AM in all my power and glory; ponder also the depth and breadth of my love for you.  This simple practice will help you to see Me in every situation, acknowledging My sovereign control over the universe.  When you view events from this perspective – through the light of My universal presence – fear loses its grip on you.  Adverse circumstances become growth opportunities when you affirm your trust in Me no matter what.  You receive blessings gratefully, realizing they flow directly from my hand of grace.  Your continual assertion of trusting Me will strength our relationship and keep you close to Me.”

Isaiah 40:28-31  “Do you not know? Have you not heard?  The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.  He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Mr. Independent and Blueberry Muffins

My mom always told me I was really independent as a baby and was always trying to do things on my own.  Well, I think Bradford is following in my footsteps in that aspect and has proved that when he is ready for the next step, he lets me know, and there is no turning back.  He really has always been that way since he was born.  When he was in the NICU and had that tube down his throat, he decided he had enough and just pulled it out on his own, to all of our surprise.  When it comes to food, he has proved his independence.  At about 7 months, he refused to nurse and quickly weaned.  Next, he was doing great with the baby food “mush” until he started refusing it too.  He saw table food, and got a few tastes, then decided it was time for him to graduate from the mush. He likes to feed himself and will push away my hand if I try to feed him.  So now we’re on pretty much all table food…which has been fun and messy!  

We are fortunate to have a little guy who transitions so well, but in some ways it already feels like he’s growing up too fast.  Here are some pictures of him eating.  Some of his favorites are bananas, sweet potatoes, squash & zuccini, and these blueberry muffins that I’ll include the recipe for at the end.  They are delicious and Bradford eats them up:


Yummy Blueberry Muffins that are Kid Friendly:

1 & 2/3 cups quick-cooking oats

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup whole-wheat flour

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

3/4 tsp. salt

1 &1/2 cup buttermilk, keifer, or yogurt

1/4 cup canola oil

2 tsp. grated lemon rind

2 large eggs

2 cups frozen blueberries

2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour

Cooing Spray

2 Tbsp. granulated sugar (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 400.  

2. Place Oats in a food processor and pulse until they resemble a course meal.  (If you are in the habit of soaking your oats and/or flour, you can soak this overnight with the buttermilk, keifer, or yogurt, and then add the other ingredients the next day).

3. Add flours and next 5 ingredients (through salt) to oats.  Stir well.

4. Combine buttermilk and next 3 ingredients (through eggs).  Add to flour mixture and stir until moist.

5.  Toss berries with 2 Tbsp. flour and gently fold into batter.  Spoon into muffin cups and sprinkle 2 Tbsp. sugar over top (optional, we left this out).  Bake at 400 for 20 minutes or until done.

Makes 16 adult sized muffins, or you can make mini-muffins for kids and freeze the leftovers.  Enjoy!

What a Great Weekend

There’s something about having family come visit when you just moved far away from them all that is really comforting and fun.  As Andy headed out on a men’s retreat for the weekend, my mom and sister came for a visit.  It was so much fun to have a girls weekend (plus Bradford)!  

We enjoyed hanging out on the beach, walking around downtown Delray, going to Spanish River Church, and just being together:

Bradford playing with Riri on the beach


Trying to prevent the B man from eating too much sand!


Just hanging on the beach loving the sand


B man and his Riri


Sisters and Bradford


Enjoying the beautiful Inter-coastal waterway


Please come back and see me soon!


We were sad to see them go, but glad to see Andy when he got back!  We enjoyed an afternoon at the park with Dad when he got home.  When I look at these pictures, it’s still hard for me to believe we live here in such a pretty area.  It truly is pretty being by the water, and being outside at a park has reached a new level of fun with Bradford being able to crawl around:

Eating Grass

What a great weekend!

The B Man

I’m not sure when the nickname started, but he has become “The B Man” around here. Andy also likes to refer to him as “The Mayor.”  This one started as “the mayor of squirmville,” because of the amount that he wiggles and moves around every time you try to hold him still.

So here are a few pictures of one of our favorite parts of the day, bath time.  The B man loves to play in the bath, and I would suggest these foam letters for $4 at Target if anyone is looking for an inexpensive bath toy.  They have provided us with a lot of entertainment around here.