Brandon: 1 Year Old

I’ve got the all the typical mommy guilt for baby #2. Brandon doesn’t get a single blog post until he turns 1. For comparison, Nolan had weekly updates–even a 2nd birthday blog post AFTER Brandon was born. Anyhow, I digress–can’t remember the exact date of the appearance of his first tooth. I just know it was in August around 6 months of age–at a year old he’s got 4 teeth.  He dresses in pj’s on most days where older bro dressed up like a little person every day of his life. Brandon gets all the hand me downs though I have tried to buy him a few new pieces of clothing for special appearances. The biggest guilt by far is that Brandon’s clocked in more television watching time than Nolan ever has; mind you it’s not like a TON but it’s significantly more than Nolan. Life just got a bit crazy and we needed an easy “babysitter” during those tough times. All I have to say is, I’m sorry my sweet Brando. It’s not that we love you any less. Life is just so much harder to juggle with 2 little ones to care for. We can’t give you the same undivided attention we gave your big bro but rest assured we love you just as much. We may seem a little more excited when Nolan reaches new milestones since he’s the very first to do pretty much EVERYTHING, but we are just as excited and proud when you reach those same ones. You add more love, more excitement and more craziness to our lives and we couldn’t be any happier. We can’t wait for you to sit, to crawl and walk so you can interact and play with Nolan more. You two already have such a strong brotherly connection and it completely melts our hearts for us to watch the moments you two share in a day. Your dad loves you, your big bro loves you–WE ALL LOVE YOU! Happy 1st birthday my sweet Brandon!! Can’t wait to celebrate at your big party this weekend.

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Here’s a short video compilation of his first year of life. You’ll see that it is quite evident the bond Nolan and Brandon already share.

Brandon was so sick today! With a fever and cold it is quite arguably the worst birthday ever. We could not get him to smile or laugh for the camera, let alone enjoy his cake smash. Hoping he’ll be better for Sunday’s festivities. And if his first outfit looks familiar–it’s b/c it should! We thought it’d be neat to dress him in the same outfit Nolan did at his 1st birthday photoshoot.

brandon 1 year old birthday photoshoot
brandon 1 year old birthday photoshoot
brandon 1 year old birthday photoshoot
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brandon 1st birthday cake smash

Let me address the elephant in the room: why is Brandon in a bumbo and not sitting on his own? He’s actually behind–unable to sit, crawl, stand or walk yet and is in physical therapy to help with that. He’s only recently started to do well rolling and playing on his belly. Our hope is to have him sitting in a couple months and perhaps walking by the time he turns 2. Thank you for your concerns and well wishes!!

7 Comments

  1. Mary said:

    Awesome video! I especially love the monthly photos of him growing. It happens so darn fast. I feel so blessed to have such a great family. I miss the daily nuances but sure do love the time we do get to spend together. I love you all very much!!

    February 18, 2016
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  2. Thu said:

    First family blog I’ve read and video I’ve watched and I think this is so awesome. Brandon is one lucky kid. Hand me downs aside, he’s born into a family where there are already 3 ppl who love him and a mama to properly document it all.

    February 17, 2016
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    • thaoie said:

      Just a sneak peek into family life. Thanks for taking the time to read and share your thoughts!!

      February 18, 2016
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  3. Anne said:

    That was beautiful. I can hear the love in what you wrote.

    February 17, 2016
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  4. Lovy said:

    Aww!!! Alexander and Wolfie are sick too! They both have ear infections and colds/allergies. It’s been rough all around it seems. Get better Brandon and happy happy birthday.

    February 17, 2016
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    • thaoie said:

      It’s always the worst when the little ones are sick. Get well soon, Alexander and Wolfie!

      February 18, 2016
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