Monday, October 15, 2012


Brad and I are expecting a baby May 1st, 2013 and we couldn't be happier about it.  I'm just counting down the weeks until I can find out the gender. So far I've been been really sick and chasing Brock around on top of it just adds to the fun. Hopefully the nausea goes away at some point before this kid is born. That would be a pleasant surprise!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

This one is for the Chief.

Can you force a kid to rope and ride? I sure hope so. I am so lucky to have family with horses.  Brock was spoiled to infinity and beyond the last couple weeks.  We had a Birthday get-together with both our families, which he did not care about in the slightest. The little man just wanted to be outside with Grandpa Chief on the tractor or the horses. 

Brock just loved the little cat that Laura brought inside.  It was rather nice of that cat to pretend it didn't mind Brock poking it's eyes or ripping tiny handfuls of it's hair out.

At the Ponoka Stampede with Grandpa Chief. Brock loved every minute of sitting on that fence. And I loved every minute of not having to haul around my hefty 26 lb kid! We LOVE Grandma and Grandpa and are so glad they invited us to come down.
We also got to see Tracy's Dad's section in the Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame. Very cool.

I'm so glad that Brock has finally decided that it's okay to be buddies with the Chief ;)

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Made my day.

This morning we made omelette's together. Brad has perfected a combo of sausage, cucumber, peppers, and mushrooms all wrapped up. It is delicious and I don't have to make it!  Always a bonus in my books.  I sat on the floor in the living room and had my breakfast on a plate.  Right as I was about to take a bite, Brock dove for the plate and catapulted the whole thing in the air and it landed on our shag rug.  Awesome. Thanks Brock. It really wasn't a big deal and I had it cleaned up in two minutes.  After Breakfast Brad took Brock on a walk and I had the simple pleasure of getting ready with nobody around.  

 About a half hour later they came back and Brad asked me to come help him with Brock, and this is what was waiting for me outside.  I sure do love these two.

Love my boys.  xoxo

Friday, April 13, 2012

Favorite things part 2

1. My Blendtec.  It really is the best.  Brad and I got it for Christmas and it gets used multiple times a day. I LOVE it.

2. Very Chic perfume by Jacob. This is actually the first time I have ever liked perfume of any kind.  I think I may just have to go buy another bottle.

Very Chic Jacob for women

3. Tiny Toms.  Oh my sweet little Brock will be rocking the tiny toms all summer.  I'm already excited about it.

4. Quilting.  I plan on sewing a quilt for myself this summer. I may have to go home to visit quite a bit to accomplish this since my sewing machine got destroyed in our flood last summer.

5. I love watching Brock sleep. I laugh every morning when I go to get him out of his crib and he is in the opposite corner that I left him in, with no blankets and usually has his pants and socks pulled off.

6.The days are getting longer. It makes me so happy to wake up to the sun shining.

7. I love to go to bed with clean sheets every Saturday night.  Weird, I know.  I just like it.

8. Freshly vacuumed house.  I have a bit of an obsession and I like to vacuum my whole house once a day.  Again, I know this is weird.  

9. I love that in just over a week Brad will be done finals and only have one more year left of Law School. YAY!

10. I love my family.

And a few picture of when we took Brock to the park with friends for an Easter egg hunt.


Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Brock was born with a flat spot on the back of his head.  I learned about everything I could do to help correct the problem.  Literally the only time the back of his head touched anything from 3-6 months old, was when I changed his diaper. Even though he had a flat spot, it was minor enough that every Doctor I spoke to told me I was crazy and that I wouldn't be able to get a helmet and the flat spot would correct itself over time. Wrong. 

His case started out as plagiocephaly (flat spot on one side of the back of his head) and eventually changed to brachycephaly (flat spot across the entire back of his head). When babies heads are flat in the back as the brain grows it pushes the skull in any direction that has no resistance. So if a baby sleeps on his back, the back of his head will be flat and the forehead will extend out further. 

I was so frustrated that I demanded a referral to a specialist.  I knew that they have a small window of time to treat brachycephaly. During those 3 months where I didn't let his head touch anything, I did see a big improvement, but it wasn't perfect.  

Here are a couple facts: 
  1.  Since babies have been sleeping on their backs, SIDS has decreased by 95%.
  2.   Since babies have been sleeping on their backs, head shape problems have increased by 60%.

The problem is most Doctors won't acknowledge the problem until it's too late.  Babies skulls are soft and can be easily moved and shaped with slight pressure until they are 18 months old.  In the last 6 months it's tough to make major changes, so the diagnosis needs to happen by about 3-6 months old to see the best results. The earlier, the better. 

I am so lucky to have a great father in law who does bracing at Lethbridge Orthotics and Prosthetics.  When I asked him about Brock's head he told me that he could definitely see a flat spot. 

On January 5th Brock was able to go visit his Grandpa at work and get his head scanned for a helmet.  They initially did it to see how his head shape measured in comparison to what a "normal head shape" would be for a baby his age.  His head was 3.5 standard deviations off the norm. Enough a problem that is was worth getting a helmet to re-shape it.

The scan involved having Brock sit in a Bumbo chair, wearing this little sock over his head with stickers all around it.  Then they used the scanner and waved it around his head and it projected an image onto the computer that they were able to work with.


On January 12th Brock was able to go back to see his Grandpa and get his new custom helmet. It amazed me how easily he adapted to it. The helmet puts slight pressure on the areas that are shaped out further than they should be and leaves open area in the places where his head is supposed to grow.

After wearing it for about 1 minute the first couple days he didn't care about it at all. From day 3 on, it was like the helmet was just a part of him.

 He wears it for about 23.5 hours a day.  We only take it off when we give him a bath.  I actually like him wearing it for quite a few other reasons.  While he has been learning to sit on his own or roll around the room, it has come in quite handy whenever he hits something or falls over.

It has also provided me with endless entertainment whenever we go out.  Twice, people have run into doors while staring at him.

I get it.  I'd look too if I saw a baby wearing a helmet and didn't know what it was.  Kids are my favorite though because they will march straight up to me and ask why he is wearing it. I just tell them it's so his head will be nice and round like theirs someday. They are usually pleased with the answer. 

He still has to wear the helmet for about 2 weeks and then he's finished. I couldn't resist taking a quick picture after his bath before the helmet went back on.  I am amazed at the improvement we have seen in the last 8 weeks.

I love my happy little Brock and I love my Father in law for making a helmet to fix his head. Thanks Tracy.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Ice on Whyte

 I learned that little kids who wore slippery snow pants definitely had the advantage on the ice slide!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

My Favorite Things!

1. Lunar Swift Running Shoes.   These are so comfortable and if you pronate these are a dream for your feet!

2. Kindle Touch. Brad & I each took our Kindles to Mexico and it was so much better than hauling a bunch of books around!   I am just finishing "To Kill a Mockingbird".  My favorite book.  I love Atticus.  This world would be an amazing place if there were more people like him.

3.  imac.  I was against getting a desktop computer for so long, until I realized Brad couldn't take it to school and it this one wouldn't have a bunch of power cords cluttering up my room!  I love this computer.