Birthday Bliss for Lee

Okay, so it was Lee’s 36th Birthday was on September 28th. I planned a wonderful surprise birthday dinner at Sequoia’s on September 27th. It was a rough year for him last year with a pregnant wife on bed rest, premature birth of our son and his strokes. I wanted to do something sweet and intimate. He enjoyed it. Here are some flicks.

Happy Labor Day!

We just got back in town from a wonderful weekend in NYC with friends. It was relaxing, fun and great to get away. I needed a break! It’s weird though, most of us are parents now and it was cool to just sit back and relax and chill with our children. Brennan had a ball! He loves his Aunt Natalie and Uncle James. He has this special connection with her that is unbelieveable. He was upset and crying and she just walked over to him and he fell in her arms and stopped crying. What an amazing relationship.

Muhammad and Brennan looked too cute together. Brennan even cried when he left. This year’s Big Fellas was phenomenal! We had a ball!

Brennan Wins!…Not the Highest Title Though

Brennan partipated in the National All American Girl & Boy Pageant in Stamford, CT this past weekend. He was in the Tiny Baby Boy Division (2 months – 17 months). He won the following:

– Sponsorship Award (Trophy)
– National Sweetheart (Sash)
– Best Dressed (Father and Son) (Sash)
– Best Model (4th Runner Up) – (Trophy and Black Bear)
– Most Photogenic (2nd Runner Up) – (Trophy and Brown Bear)
– Beauty Award (3rd Runner Up) – (Trophy and Brown Bear)

The competition was tough, because he competed against children all on the East Coast who had won their state competitions. He did great though! We were blessed. He wasn’t happy with the schedule not permitting a nap and by 4 pm, most of the children were having breakdowns from lack of sleep. My brother walked Brennan down the runway 2 of the 3 times. Kenny looked smooth in his black slacks and black tie. It was the perfect compliment to Brennan’s tuxedo. The judges created the Best Dressed Father and Son just for Brennan and Kenny. We all laughed at the fact that they assumed that Kenny was Brennan’s father. We want to personally thank each of you for all your love and support of our son. It is a blessing. Thank you to all of our sponsors ( you will receive a copy of your ad along with a picture of Brennan and his trophies in the next couple of weeks). Thank you to his Godmother Audrey, Godbrother Alex, Aunt Nicole and all of my family for attending. It was wonderful that you could be there to experience Brennan’s second pageant.

The Road to Nationals

The road to nationals is paved with lots of anticipation. We are preparing for Brennan to participate in the All American Girl & Boy Pageant this weekend in Stamford, CT. I tried on his tuxedo and he looked adorable. I am impressed. My husband and I made a beautiful baby boy. I’m just trying to understand how he will react with a limited nap schedule on Saturday. He has a full day and my son (like his mother) needs a lot of sleep. We are blessed to be able to have our family and friends including Brennan’s godmother and god brother attending the pageant. He’s going to have a lot of loved ones wishing him on.

My Two Cents:
I must tell you though that I am a little disheartened by the response to TLC’s “Toddlers & Tiaras”. After watching this show in March, I decided to enter my son in a pageant. Boys by definition don’t have to do much. Put on a cute outfit and walk the runway. My son could be the next African American supermodel after Tyson Beckford. While I understand the outrage regarding the glam pageants that mothers put their daughters into, please understand it is personal choice. Everyone has a right to choose how to parent their children. Believe it or not some of these kids want to do the pageants. The pageant that Brennan is participating in happens to be an all natural pageant. Children are not allowed to wear make-up, false lashes, flippers, etc. They are to look like children. Other pageants are designed to be glamorous. There are not pedophiles sitting in the audience praying on the little girls as they walk across the stage. Pageant locations are not advertised and guests are only allowed in if they know one of the participating contestants. Pageant Directors are very concerned about the safety of their children and they don’t want strange men or women lurking around them. So, when you see men and women in the audience who may look strange, remember they are the invited guests of some pageant participant or their parent.

A sick child by any other name is still a sick child…

Okay, so Brennan has been getting sick off and on since birth. His latest bout of illness was pink eye and a virus. We got a script for the pink eye and was told that the virus would just have to pass. Well it passed alright. It passed directly to me. I got sick and it developed into a severe upper respiratory infection. I’m on 3 different meds. It sucks, but at least the baby is not sick anymore.

We are prepping for Nationals! The All American Girl & Boy Pageant will be held in Stamford, CT on August 1st & 2nd. We are hoping to bring home the gold! Brennan won the regional pageant in May and qualified for Nationals. We are truly blessed and happy for our little one. Thanks to all of our family and friends who were able to donate ad space for the pageant. I will let you know how it goes.

Here’s a picture from his regional pageant in May.

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Brennan’s First Birthday

Okay, so Brennan’s first birthday party was a success (by my standards). He hated all the people and attention. It was as if he knew it was party day b/c he refused to nap until everyone showed up. The party lasted 2 hours and he slept for about an hour. We were overwhelmed by all the love and support shown to us. He had over 35 guests. We really do believe in the village raising your child and our village continually comes through for us. Brennan had a wonderful birthday and got lots of gifts, money and clothes. People who couldn’t attend were handing me and my mom gifts or mailing cards with money and gift cards to the house. The Elmo thing was a hit. I had Elmo magnets, Chocolate bars, CD’s, Bottled water and bubbles.

We loved the day, but we were exhausted afterwards. He looked sharp and I was hoping he would take his first step, but no such luck. He’s still creeping along. I’ve attached a few flicks from the party.

Okay I Lied

So, I must admit that I lied when I said it wouldn’t take me so long to write. It’s been a long while since I wrote. Please blame it on the millions of things that are going on with adjusting to parenthood.

Brennan and Lee are both doing well. Lee has recovered and he returned to work full-time in mid November. Brennan has gotten sick so much this winter, I was ready to live at the doctors office. Brennan has begun to do a dead man’s crawl backwards. It is the cutest thing I ever saw. Lots of laughs. He also rocks side to side when you sing “I like to move it, move it”.

So, I guess the birth of Brennan has sparked a lot of my friends conceptions. I have 6 baby showers this year and 3 are in May. Can you believe it? I am ecstatic though because Brennan will have a lot of new babies to play with next year.

I am busy planning his first birthday party and trip to the zoo. I got him a new stroller, but he hates it. He hates anything that he has to be strapped into. Brennan’s first party will be Elmo and Brennan. I can’t wait. I’ll keep you posted.

Brennan is Dedicated!

Lee and I dedicated our son Brennan to God this past weekend. What a blessing! We had friends and family travel from out of town to take part in his service. We were in awe of the love our friends and family have for our little one. It’s still too new for us. We would have never imagined the out pour of love and support that people feel towards him. My mom says “he belongs to everyone”. I get that now. I am truly thankful for all that we have. It was a beautiful themed reception “The Lord’s Tiny Blessing”. My sister told me to scratch out the word “tiny”. She is still talking about his weight. My mom found a beautiful outfit for him. It was a size 12 months. We couldn’t button the neck all the way up. He looked adorable. Check out the photos.

So What’s Happening Now?

Okay, so I know its been a while. Between bed rests, comedy shows and unscheduled delivery, I’ve been a little busy. Lee and I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy on April 30, 2008. He was 5 pounds 15 ounces. We named him Brennan Paul Thomas. Brennan after my cousin who died in December 2007 and Paul after Lee’s dad who is also in heaven.

Brennan has been our pot of joy for the last few months. We were exhausted and in pain, but he is the light of our lives. He reminds us what it means to experience perfect love. The love we have from God is perfect. The love he allows us to have for Brennan is also perfect. Brennan is almost 4 months old and is busy talking away, smiling, laughing and taking in the world. He’s experienced his first road trip (Danville, VA), his first time in the pool and will be taking his first flight in a couple of days. He is the little adventurer.

Brennan has packed on the pounds, thanks to his formula. He was 15 pounds, 5 ounces when I took him to the doctor’s on August 18th. His chunky thighs are the talk of the family. My sister lovingly refers to him as Fatty McFatterson. She says he has a glandular problem.

On July 31, 2008 Lee was admitted to Inova Fairfax hospital. He had been complaining of symptoms affecting his left side for the last week and a half. After 4 emergency room visits he was admitted to Inova and was discovered that Lee had a stroke. Actually multiple strokes. He has some slight problems with his left side, but he is healthy and has use of all his limbs. He is in occupational and physical therapy. He is recovering well. Through the new primary care doctor and neurologist, it was discovered that Lee has lupus. His blood has been clotting and it sent a clot to his brain which caused the strokes. We are blessed with the diagnosis and Lee has a wonderful team of professionals all working to take care of my man. God is awesome. All the stress has been overbearing but there have been many people praying for us. Love and support has gotten us through this painful journey. The storm is passing over and we will come through better than before.

So, now you’ve been caught up on our lives these last 5 months, I promise not to wait too long next time. Talk to you soon.