Saturday, October 24, 2009

Pumpkin Patch 2009

We went to the Pumpkin Patch today. This is one of my favorite things to do in the fall. We took about 60 pictures, here are a few of my favorites.

Finally a family picture! I have very few pictures of all of us together so this is a rare treat.

How sweet is this picture? Big brother Caleb giving his little brother a kiss on the head. Precious!

"Hey your my size!" This is baby Andrew (cousin), he is about 6 months old.

Benjamin checking out a mini pumpkin.

Is there anything cuter than this picture? What a great shot of those 2 bottom toothies.

Brothers. I love having 2 boys.

Me and my boys.

So cute. I love Caleb's smile, so genuine.

Caleb would not let go of that little pumpkin, so we had to buy it.

He is so stinkin' cute.

Friday, October 23, 2009

More Ribbon Cutting Pictures

Here are some more pictures from the ribbon cutting last week. Would you believe that we haven't been back to this playground since then? Caleb got sick last week and is just now getting better so we haven't seen the light of day in a week and a half. Plus Benjamin got croup earlier this week so it has been good times in the McLelland household! Hopefully we will all be healthy soon so we can enjoy this new playground!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

First Teething Biscuit

Benjamin has several teeth coming in at one time right now so he constantly has this urge to bite on things. So I gave him his first teething biscuit. He absolutely loved it! I remember Caleb liking them too but I forgot how incredibly messy they are! And these pictures were taken half-way through, he got even messier!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Tonight was the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new all-accessible playground. (see these posts: Making a Difference, and Newspaper Article). I was really pleased with how much the city included Caleb and Nathan tonight in the ribbon cutting. They even let Caleb and Nathan cut the ribbon! It was so cute and I was so excited that Caleb got to be a part of this. The new playground is absolutely gorgeous, very bright and colorful. It has ramps that go all the way to the top so that Caleb is able to use his wheelchair all over the play equipment. He and Nathan had more fun just going up and down the ramp, you could here them saying "whee" every time. I am so excited to have such a wonderful playground so close to home. It was such a joy watching Caleb have so much fun, just grinning ear to ear the entire time. I have a feeling that we will be spending a lot of time at this new playground.


































Monday, October 12, 2009

Caleb playing

Caleb didn't have school today and Benjamin was taking a long morning nap so it allowed for some one-on-one time with Caleb. Caleb wanted to take his 'little people" for a ride on the train so we set up several locations for them to go to (pumpkin patch, library, planetarium, monster truck show). It was so cute watching him take the train to each location. I don't always get a lot of one-on-one time with him so I enjoyed having some time with him today.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Caleb's first horse show

Caleb "competed" in his first horse show this morning. It was a very relaxed competition, nothing too difficult. Caleb did great and he won 3 trophies! Grandpa Al, Gammy, and Aunt Rachel came to watch him ride. We were so proud of him. He was really excited about the trophies, you could tell that he was proud of himself too. I've already cleared a spot on his dresser so he can proudly display his trophies.














Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Sweet Sleepin' Baby

I just love the way Benjamin sleeps. He sleeps on his hands with his knees up under him. It's so cute, when he wakes up he has red circles on his knees from sleeping on them. He's really snoozing in this pictures, I wish I slept that good!

Monday, October 05, 2009

Spina Bifida Awareness Month

October is Spina Bifida Awareness month and I found a wonderful mom who makes these bracelets. She has a website if any of you are interested in looking at her work, it's really neat.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

I'm Crafty!

I made this for a baby shower I went to today. It is a keepsake can with matching photo book. I've made photo books for several years but this was my first time to make the can so I was kinda proud of myself.

Very different babies

Just for fun I thought I would post a picture of Benjamin at 9 months and one of Caleb at the same age. They even have on the same outfit in these pictures (poor Benjamin always gets the hand-me-downs). When Benjamin was an infant I saw a lot of similarities between him and Caleb but I don't see it as much now. It's funny how different they are. Benjamin isn't even 17 pounds yet and Caleb was almost 23 pounds by 9 months! That's a 6 pound difference! Benjamin has 2 bottom teeth with one top tooth barely coming through and Caleb had 6 teeth. Caleb had more hair too. Of course Benjamin is hitting developmental milestones faster than Caleb did. Although they are different boys with different personalities, one thing is certain...they both are cute!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Caleb walking and telling a joke


Here is a video of Caleb walking in his AFO's this afternoon. He is doing so great. Would you believe that during my pregnancy with Caleb we were told that because he had Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus he would basically be a mentally handicapped vegetable that might not survive? That could not be farther from the truth. Look at how well he is doing, he has exceeded my expectations time and time again. If I had just a glimpse of what Caleb was going to be like maybe I wouldn't have been so scared during my pregnancy with him. I've heard that anywhere from 70-90% of babies with Spina Bifida are terminated, maybe if people knew how wonderful these kiddos are there wouldn't be so many. Caleb is such a blessing and inspiration to me. He brings me so much joy. Just in case you can't understand him, here is the knock-knock joke:

Knock-Knock
Who's There?
Banana
Banana who?
Banana,why did you have to get all brown and mushy?!

Maybe a future comedian? Who knows. At least he makes me laugh.

Benjamin and "big boy" toys

Benjamin likes to play with some of the "big boy" toys. I thought he looked so cute sitting and playing with the "Little People" barn. Of course he just puts all the animals in his mouth and gets them soaking wet with his crazy amount of drool. The kid is a faucet!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

End of Summer Bash 2009

Today was the annual End of Summer Bash. It is sponsored by Rise Adventures which is an organization that has a variety of outdoor activities for people with physical disabilities. Caleb got to do several fun things today: face painting, riding in a kayak with daddy, a petting zoo with baby pigs, donkeys, goats, chickens, and bunnies, and he got to feed a pony. Oh, and he got to shoot a bee bee gun! He had a lot of fun today. I'm so glad there are organizations that sponsor these kinds of events. It allows Caleb to do things that he wouldn't normally get to do. It is such a blessing.



Thursday, September 24, 2009

Big Boy Benjamin

Since it was cool this morning I had to scramble to find some warmer clothes for Benjamin (I guess I need to go shopping for him soon). This outfit was one that Caleb wore as a baby. I thought Benjamin looked like such a big boy dressed in his jeans and long sleeve shirt. His well-child check was earlier this week. He weighs 16 pounds, 10 ounces and is about 26 inches long. He is still very small for his age (around the 3rd percentile), but I guess he still has some catching up to do since he was a preemie. He only got 1 shot (flu shot) and a finger prick. He did not care for the finger prick at all, I think that made him more mad than the shot! His iron is low so we have to work on getting that up but other than that he is doing great.

Father and Son

Yesterday was "Dad's and Donuts" day at Caleb's school. Glenn took Caleb to school early so that he could eat some donuts with him. Here is a picture of them before they left, I thought they both looked very handsome.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Caleb making Benjamin laugh

Caleb had Benjamin laughing hard tonight. Here is a video of the fun. There are also several other videos on our YouTube channel.

Monday, September 21, 2009

9 months old

Benjamin turned 9 months old today. Here is a video of him getting on his hands and knees! I imagine that he will be crawling in no time at all (not sure how I feel about that). It seems like he is hitting all these major milestones all of a sudden, I can't believe he is going to be a year old in just 3 months! He's just growing so fast. He's doing great with solids. I've pureed carrots and green beans for him and he liked them both! I'm not sure what I'll try next. He has a well-child check tomorrow so I'll find out how much he weighs then. I think he is probably around 16-17 pounds...but we'll see. He sure is a cutie!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Caleb and the minnow

Here is a cute video of Caleb trying to hold a minnow...a minnow that wanted to get away!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

At MeMe's

We are spending the weekend with MeMe. Grandpa Joel and Aunt Morgan are here too. Caleb is having a great time, he always has fun when we come down here to visit. Here are a few pictures that I have taken so far, I have some cute video to post too so I'll try to get those posted in the next couple of days.
This was taken when Benjamin woke up this morning. I just thought he looked so cute sitting on his activity mat. I like how the buttons are open on his pj's and his little tummy is peaking though.

Caleb and Aunt Morgan watching "Charlotte's Web"

Caleb got to do a little fishing this afternoon. He wasn't too interested in catching fish, he just liked holding the pole and playing with the minnows (I've got some cute video of Caleb holding a minnow...video coming soon)

My favorite picture so far. We decided to bathe the boys together tonight. Benjamin had a blast in the big bathtub and Caleb seemed to enjoy having his baby brother in the tub with him.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Physical Therapy with Ms. Vickie

Here are a couple of pictures of Caleb during his physical therapy today. Ms Vickie is really working on getting Caleb to stand and play without leaning on anything. He has definitely gotten stronger and is able to stand straight up for short periods of time. He is also cruising up and down the couch with almost no help. I can't believe how far he has come, especially in the last few months. I love seeing him standing up like this, he looks so tall! He just works so hard. He is doing great at school too. He walked with his walker to the kindergarten class today. The class was performing "The 3 Little Pigs" and they let Caleb join them. He played the pig with the house of sticks. He was so proud of that! When he got home from school he wanted to keep acting out the story. He pretended to be the Big Bad Wolf and kept saying "I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down." He's so funny. After lunch he said "Mom, I have a hypothesis" (he's 4) and I said "Ok, what's your hypothesis?" His answer: "In my tummy!" I don't know what that means, but it sure made me laugh!

Caleb thought it was fun to wear my earrings on his glasses. He got a kick out of that!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Caleb riding Oreo

Caleb started the fall semester of therapeutic horseback riding a couple of weeks ago. Here is a short video of him riding Oreo earlier today.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Brothers

For some reason Caleb likes to lay his head on Benjamin's belly. Benjamin doesn't seem to mind it and it makes for a cute picture. One of Benjamin's favorite things to do is to take Caleb's glasses off (that's why Caleb's glasses are off in these pics). I love having two boys. I hope and pray that they have a very close relationship as they grow up.

Benjamin scootin'

Benjamin is learning to scoot forward. Here is a quick video of him practicing this new skill. Also check our YouTube channel for more videos.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Video with my new camcorder

I got a new camcorder today so here is a quick video of Benjamin playing (and Caleb chatting in the background).

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Two little toothies!

Here is a picture that shows Benjamin's 2 bottom teeth. They are a little hard to see in the picture but they are there. He is doing great. Sitting up well and eating solids better. I'm going to puree some carrots and see how he likes those (he loved the pureed pear).

Glenn took this picture last night after Benjamin's final feeding before bed. I cherish moments like these with him because I know they won't last forever. I can't believe how big he has gotten.

This is Benjamin when he was in the NICU, probably about 4 pounds when this picture was taken. It's hard to believe he used to be that little. Just precious.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Caleb and Ruby

We went over to Nick and Paula's house for dinner the other night. They have 2 daughters, Ruby and Lily. I've already decided that Caleb is going to marry Ruby and Benjamin is going to marry Lily. Ruby was already practicing for when her and Caleb are married, she told Caleb what to do and he did it! I love this first picture, they were playing hide-n-seek. All you can see is Caleb's feet sticking out from one side of the bed and Ruby looking under the bed at him. It was so fun to watch to them play together.

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