Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Brady's first birthday

I so can not believe he's a year old already!  All I can say is that this has been one precious and happy year.  Every single morning he has made me smile and we have all loved him beyond our comprehension.  This baby boy has brought us so much joy and been such a blessing.
This morning at breakfast, please enjoy Jenna's miss-matched, miss-buttoned pj's. Isn't she great!?
 The kids gave Brady the theatrical performance of "Happy Birthday".  We lost track of how many times we sang it today, all day.  Brady loved it and smiled each time and rocked from side to side.
 Later we had a mini photo shoot...
We were in the living room reading together and I watched him climb from an ottoman, to the piano bench to the piano keys and then pull up on the music book stand.  He kept lifting his feet to play the keys, possibly the best moment of his birthday for him.
 His favorite new pass through is under the Christmas tree, it doesn't seem to be a problem...yet.
Our second photo shoot of the day, I really wanted these pictures of him in my mom's highchair, mine as a child.

He loves watching supper cook, probably because he love to eat!
 We didn't do much in the way of gifts, he really didn't need anything.  He loves "talking"on the phone now and holds lots of things up to his ear like a phone so we bought him a new toy phone.
We had the official blow-out-the-candles-sing-Happy-Birthday moment tonight and he was ready to go after already having had one cupcake today.  Second time around was pretty much amazing!
I had planned a birthday party for him on Sunday but my weekend was nothing like I planned.  My "severe carpal tunnel" got much worse on Friday, to the point I couldn't use my arms or take care of the kids.  By evening I was in so much pain I was in tears and figured out there was no way CTS could make my arms, shoulders and neck hurt like they did.  The pain was coming from my upper back and I self-diagnosed myself with a pinched nerve. Joe made a phone call a therapist friend and he agreed it sounded nothing like symptoms from CTS and everything like some kind of pinched nerve.
A doctor family member recommended I try wearing a neck brace to relieve the pressure from my upper back.  Immediately, my shoulder and arm pain started decreasing when I put it on.  I was the entire weekend getting to where I could do anything besides be miserable.  Wearing the neck brace kept all the pain in my neck which intensified but was much better since I could use my arms again.
I still have some form of a pinched nerve in my neck but the pain is completely out of my arms and shoulders.  I had my first massage yesterday, it felt amazing but did nothing for my neck pain.  My primary doctor is sending me to physical therapy on Thursday and I am hopeful that this will be a long term solution.
I do still have CTS as well, but it is tolerable and now I realize was unrelated to all the pain I was in.  I am back to being able to use a camera, lift my baby, run the house and cook so I'm much better than I was.  It's great to be better, I'm afraid it is slowly getting worse and could return to the point it was, so I'm trying to be careful and wear the neck brace when the pain worsens.  Thanks for all my friends and family who prayed for me, it was a very long weekend.
Brady went to bed, happy to have two silky tags.  Over the weekend I felt guilty for not being able to have his party, may have even shed a few tears  over it, but I know he still loves me and will understand.  It has been a really good day and the perfect ending to such a blessed year.  Children are such incredible gifts, I'm so undeserving and eternally grateful to God for giving me this little guy.  Love you always Bradyboy!


Sweats, Nikes, and No Make-up said...

I'm so glad you are having some relief from your pain and hope it stays that way! Brady wont' be upset that you didn't have a big party for him, it looks like you all still had an awesome day celebrating over him! Sending hugs and prayers your way...

Sarann said...

I'm sorry you felt so bad, but am glad you are feeling better.

Your kids are so precious, I love how they all have facial features that make them look related, and yet they all have very different hair colors. I haven't paid close enough attention to their eyes, do they have the same color?

Mamma and Papaw said...

Happy Birthday 'Little Buddy'
We love you!

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness you are feeling better. I hope it doesn't come back. I am so excited to see Brady soon and give him a Birthday hug! I also can't wait to Mylee to play with all of her cousins. Soon! Can't wait! ~Erin

BARBIE said...

A year already? How fast time flies. Climbing babies make me nervous. He's determined to get where he wants to go. Love the diaper bum under the tree!