Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Cards :-)

I didn't have a good enough picture of both my boys together so I just made two cards instead :-)
Merry Christmas Everybody!


Monday, November 29, 2010

The monkey meets George!

The monkey with Grandpa at the entrance to Curious George's Playland at Universal

Alexander wasn't sure what to think of a 6 ft tall George

Saturday, November 20, 2010


It's that time of year again, where we try to make life easier for people by posting some wishlists. So here's an extra link to the wishlist page I just added to this blog. If any of you have wishlists, we'd be very interested in hearing about them, too.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010


We've been trying really hard for the past week or so to institute more of a routine for Alexander's eating and sleeping times. This includes eating at the table and eating together as much as possible. So yesterday morning I brought Alexander downstairs and sat him in his booster seat for breakfast. I had a space heater going right next to him but the house's general temperature was in the low 60s. I wrapped this blanket around his legs to try to help keep his feet warm. I turned for a minute to feed Jacob and when I looked back, this is what I found.

 Is my kid cute or what?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


This is going to be a short post because it's been a LONG day but I wanted to let anyone who was curious know what happened at Alexander's endocrinologist appointment today. The doctor looked at the paperwork I had filled out and asked me a few more questions. Then he checked Alexander's teeth and felt the bones in his arms and legs. He listened to his heart because I guess all doctors have to wear and demonstrate the use of a stethoscope or people wouldn't believe they were really a doctor. The doctor was actually very nice and not once did he look at me like I was stupid (which I always appreciate). Then he showed me where Alexander was falling on the growth chart. He pointed out what I already knew, that Alexander is growing on the same shape curve as the normal curve, he's just smaller than normal. Then he said that this is encouraging because a child exhibiting growth hormone deficiency would have slowed down in his relative growth, stopped growing all together, or even gotten smaller. So because of that, the doctor said there would be no need to test Alexander's blood today; that basically he's not showing any actual signs of growth hormone deficiency. So all we have to do is watch Alexander's growth curve and we will get him tested only if shows the signs the doctor mentioned. Then the doctor had me talk to the staff nutritionist and she told me more stuff I already know but it was good because it re-emphasized a lot of the goals that we have been making lately.

So even though I could have told you 90% of this stuff without ever having gone to an endocrinologist, the visit was good. Everyone I talked to was good at their job and that's always refreshing. And now I can tell the pediatrician that we don't need to take Alexander's blood so she can stop bugging me. And I can move forward with renewed hope that working on Alexander's eating habits will eventually put him back on the chart.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Trunk or Treat!

 Charlie Brown

 Linus (complete with blue blankie)

 Hockey fan with Charlie Brown characters :-)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Jacob Pics

 Tummy Time

Wearing an outfit Aunt Denise sent him and looking cute as heck! :-)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

September 2010

This month has been pretty good for us in the Brown family. Everyone has been pretty happy and healthy.

Alexander still isn't talking yet. He's in the Babies Can't Wait program and is making some progress. He can approximate a few more words (no, yeah, ow, oh) although he still doesn't understand the concept of really speaking in English. He had a hearing test done on Friday and we're still waiting for the results from that. We're also working with his pediatrician on trying to get him higher up on the growth chart (he's actually not even on the chart right now.) He had an allergy test done a few weeks ago and it didn't show any allergies (except a negligible sensitivity to egg whites). AND I finally got a hold of the recommended endocrinologist's office today and got him an appointment to look into possible growth hormone deficiency tests. So that's been Alexander's medical month in a nutshell.

As far as Alexander's day to day life goes, well, he's 2, what can I say. He's learning to create ever more complex ladder systems to aid himself in climbing. He loves building with blocks. We've been officially reading the scriptures and praying with him every night for the past month or so and it's going as well as can be expected. My dad brought a few of our old illustrated Book of Mormon children's books when he visited the last time and that has been helping Alexander to pay a little more attention. Alexander likes to try to share his toys and snacks with his brother, which is cute if somewhat less effective. :-) Just in the past few weeks has he shown any jealousy of his baby brother. He doesn't seem to actually blame Jacob, though. He just seems to think that if I'm holding this new baby in my lap, he should be able to get in my lap too. Or if I've just put Jacob down, Alexander decides it must be his turn for a piggy back ride. He still loves Curious George and Disney movies but his new favorite show is Word World on PBS.

Jacob is a happy boy. He's pretty much over his colic and is good eater. He's ahead of the curve on head control and some other milestones. He's very curious about his world. I can't believe he's going to be 3 months old on Friday. Not a lot else to tell about him, he's cute and sweet and wonderful.

Kevin is the new Elder's Quorum president at church and I'm still in my calling as the 2nd counselor in the primary presidency.

I'm going to try to do more updates like this from now on instead of just pictures but I have been updating my other blogs fairly regularly if you're ever interested in seeing things I've written.

More of the same

Monday, September 20, 2010

Newish Pics

Alexander playing with grandpa on the trampoline

Mommy and Baby Jacob

Jacob smiling at his brother

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Dixie Taylor gave Alexander a free photo session for his birthday. Go here to the proofing section and type in alexander (all lowercase) for the password to see his pics.
So fun! :-)