We’re still here….

The Cody family has been staying busy as usual, so we apologize we have not been keeping up with the blog.  We have slowed down a little on Elliottblog too.  William has been begging me to post, but honestly, at the end of the day after a full day of work and kids, I am burnt out and just want to relax.

So on to the update…

The most important and exciting thing is that everyone is doing great!  We had a busy few months with William’s birthday in April, my birthday, Elliott’s 3rd birthday, Laurel’s pre-K graduation and first ballet recital in May.  That is on top of our busy work schedules, Elliott’s chemo treatments, and all our other activities.  Elliott is still responding well to treatment and kicking Leukemia’s butt and Laurel is full of energy and joy as usual.  William has been losing weight and getting fit and trim and I am almost a year out from brain surgery, seizure free, and on the road to no seizure medication.  Good news all around the Cody house.

Instead of making this a long post, I figured I would just post photos.  Additional photos can be found on William’s Flickr page.

Fossil Rim

We visited Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glenrose, TX during Elliott’s birthday weekend.  Such a cool place.  The animals come right up to your car and you can feed the animals from your car window.  The kids really enjoyed it.

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Elliott chose some cool binoculars at Fossil Rim to get a close-up of the animals.

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Laurel initially didn’t even want her window down, but she eventually enjoyed feeding the animals and getting a close-up look.

Elliott's Birthday

Happy 3rd Birthday Elliott!  He loves cake and cupcakes.

Dress Rehersal

Rehearsal for ballet recital

Dress Rehersal

Perfecting the moves in rehearsal.

Ballet Recital

The dancer with her gifts after the recital

Laurel's Pre-K Graduation

Pre-K Graduate!

Laurel's Pre-K Graduation

Proud family!




Laurel is 4 years old!


Wow.  This past year has gone by so fast.  After getting news of Elliott’s cancer diagnosis on Laurel’s 3rd birthday, we were immediately consumed with treatment, clinic visits, medications, hospitalizations, juggling schedules, sleeping on air mattresses, stress eating, and the list goes on.  I had no idea we wouldn’t blog for a whole year (except with updates on Elliottblog, but that really became our life).  This year, we are so excited that we are healthy and ready for a fun birthday weekend for Laurel.  She has been asking if it is her birthday since July 2nd, and the day is finally here.

So what is Laurel like at 4?  Absolutely, positively, full of energy and life.  She loves everything girly… jewelry, dress up, lip gloss, nail polish, shoes, dancing, dolls, hair, she loves it all.  She has a very vivid imagination and knows how to have a good time.  She loves to play with her friends and she is friends with EVERYONE.  She will make a random friend at the science museum (true story).  This summer, she has been in school, but she has also been taking swim lessons with her same classmates from last summer and also began taking ballet lessons.  She seems to really enjoy ballet, so we will see how long it lasts.  She took ice skating lessons this past winter, but she wasn’t super excited about it, so we stopped once her 6 week session was over.  I think she will stick with ballet and dance longer, but we’ll see.  She won’t have a recital until next May, but she should have more solid technique by then, so I will be super excited to see her and capture that moment.  I think she would say her favorite meal is chicken, french fries and lemonade and her favorite movie is probably Sleeping Beauty.  I am not sure why she likes that one so much, especially compared to the newer Disney movies, but it certainly is the most requested.  Her favorite things to play with are probably her princess dresses or her Barbie dolls.  If she is playing with Elliott, LEGO blocks would probably be the chosen activity.  We also have membership to the Dallas Zoo and Perot Museum of Nature and Science this year and she has very much enjoyed going to both places now that Elliott can get out and about as well.  Overall, she is a happy girl and knows how to have a good time.  I hope she always stays that way.  We need more happy people in the world.

We will post more photos after the party, but here are some from her impromptu party at home since today (Friday) was her actual Birthday.





Dear Elliott,

You are one year old today!  As usual, the time has flown by and you are growing by the minute.  On Saturday, you had your first birthday party!  It was a lot of fun and you got to celebrate with neighbors, family and friends.  We choose a robot theme, similar to the theme in your room of spaceships and robots.  Daddy is already planning a spaceship theme for next year.  Today, to celebrate your birthday, we are going to take a family trip to the Ft. Worth Zoo.  This will be your second zoo experience since we went to the Dallas Zoo for Laurel’s birthday last year.  You were only 2 months old though, so it was not as exciting for you.  At one year old, here are some things you enjoy

  • Making “music” by banging things together- instruments, pots, toys, water bottles, whatever
  • Chasing after Laurel or “getting into trouble” with her.  You find her hilarious and laugh so much when she does silly things
  • Scooting all around on your bottom.  You have decided this is easier than walking for the time being, although you continue to pull up more and more each day
  • Being outside.  The fresh air always seems to calm you down, so you enjoy stroller rides, sitting on the rocking chairs, or just hanging around outside.
  • Grabbing for remotes, cell phones, or gadgets of any type and then getting really upset when someone takes it away
  • Throwing toys or dumping things out
  • Eating Mum Mums and trying new food
  • Waking up in the middle of the night!  I am hoping this will stop soon.  I think the sleep training will start next week so we can get you on a better routine

Well, I need to get some rest so I can have some energy to help you celebrate tomorrow.

Love you always! 🙂




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Elliott is 10 months old!

Yes.  I have been horrible at blogging the past few months and am in the doghouse with William for not doing an 8 or 9 month post for Elliott, so I will try to redeem myself a bit.

Here is what Elliott has been up to at 10 months:

  • Although he is not crawling and still refuses to roll, he is a pro at scooting across the floor on his bottom.  He will scoot his way wherever he needs to go and seems to think that is much better than crawling.  I am beginning to think he is going to skip crawling and go straight to pulling up and walking.  He is pulling up on a few things already, so we’ll see what happens.
  • His vocabulary is expanding and he has added “mama” to the list of words he says.  He still seems to say “dada” more, of course, but at least I get some acknowledgement.  He also loves to scream/yell at random times when he gets excited or happy about something.  He is really loud, so it can kind of catch you off-guard.
  • He is enjoying eating baby food much more than Laurel did at this age.  I am also mixing in a little table food.  He is slowly adapting to more table foods in his diet.  I am so proud and thankful that I have been able to breastfeed him until now.  I think he is already starting to wean a little bit, so I am hoping for an easy transition to whole milk and will try to start introducing it in small amounts in about a month.
  • Teeth!!  Elliott already has his two bottom teeth.  It seems like we waited forever for Laurel to get her first tooth at 11 months, so it was exciting to see Elliott’s teeth this soon.  It reminds me I need to call the dentist to schedule his first appointment 🙂
  • His playtime favorites are his fire truck, racing car, and music cube that was a top rated item on Amazon.  Just like Laurel, he LOVES music.  Whenever he hears music, he starts moving and bouncing to the beat.
  • He really likes being outside.  I am glad the weather is finally starting to get warmer so we can get out a bit more.  Since the time change and the longer daylight hours, we have been able to get outside for evening walks before bedtime and he either babbles and smiles the whole time or falls asleep.  There is also a great trail nearby that we have gone to for longer walks and both Laurel and Elliott love that.  William and I probably enjoy it the most because it not only allows us to get our stir-crazy kids out the house, but we also enjoy getting some fresh air, getting some exercise, and enjoying a chance to discuss our week, the kids, and whatever else is going on without the usual home distractions.
  • Sleep.  This word does not seem to be a part of his vocabulary yet, but I am really hoping he will start sleeping better soon.  He can usually get in a 4-5 hour stretch when he first goes to sleep, but lately he is up every 2-3 hours like his newborn days.  He falls asleep pretty easily when he does wake up, but as soon as you lay him down, he wakes up and cries.  William thinks I should just let him cry it out, but it’s hard for me to do that, but I may have to try  a modified method soon.  Waking up so much is really affecting the quality of my sleep, so I never really feel rested.

Well.. I think that sums up the highlights.  He is really growing fast and is just 2 months away from his first birthday, which means I need to start planning NOW!  I think I already have a few ideas, so I know we will be able to pull together a nice celebration.

Here are some recent photos from his 8, 9 and 10 month “photo shoot”. In some of the 9 month photos, you can see the first tooth that emerged.  The photo with Laurel and Elliott was taken at Bitty Baby’s (Laurel’s doll) Birthday party 🙂

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Out with the old… In with the new!

Well another year has passed and it was another year full of blessings for the Cody family.  I thought I summarize 2013 with some highlights and photos.


January 2013:

We moved into our new home!


April 2013:

I survived a health scare during my pregnancy and am so glad my parents were in Dallas to hep us out during that time.

We celebrated William’s birthday.

We celebrated Easter with both sets of parents.

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May 2013:

We celebrated my birthday.

I enjoyed my 2nd mother’s day

Elliott arrived!!!

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June 2013:

We celebrated William’s 2nd Father’s day


July 2013: We celebrated Laurel’s 2nd Birthday and took a trip to San Antonio with William’s parents.

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August 2013:

We traveled to St. Louis for a family reunion and got to meet Ms. Robbie and enjoy her food at Sweetie Pie’s.

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September 2013:

We celebrated our nephew Drew’s birthday.

We welcomed a second nephew.

We celebrated 6 years of marriage.

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October 2013:

My grandmother died, but we were able to spend time with her before her departure and it brought our family closer together.

We attended a beautiful wedding in Central Park for William’s cousin.

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November/December 2013:

Wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations and my mom’s 65th Birthday!

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7 months old!



Another month has flown by and Elliott is now 7 months old.  He is babbling more and more each day and seems to have a very happy disposition.  He is a very happy baby until you try to lay him down in a crib and leave him 🙂   He loves to be held and loves people to play with him.  Over the past month, he has started eating more solid foods and seems to like most things he eats.  Many times, he is just content sitting at the dinner table with us chewing on a spoon.  He has also started to sit up on his own now.  He still falls over every now and then, but can sit up unsupported for a good period of time.  One thing he does not like to do is roll.  You would think he would love the freedom, but he gets upset when you try to get him to roll over.  He is content laying on his stomach or back, but does not seem interested in rolling on his own.  I am sure that will change soon.  His only word is still “dada”.  I have tried to get him to say “mama”, but he just looks at me and smiles.

We are really looking forward to celebrating his first Christmas next week.  Laurel excitedly told him “Elliott!!….It’s your first Christmas!!”  I wish I cold have recorded it on video because she was super excited and it was so cute.  She also likes pointing out the ornament with his picture on it on the Christmas tree at their pre-school.

I have been horrible about posting updates, photos and videos, but I am sure we will get some up during and after the holiday.

Merry Christmas!

6 months old!


Elliott is 6 months old!  He is growing so fast and I am trying to enjoy this “baby phase” while it lasts.  Laurel’s nickname at this age was “mellow yellow” because she was so laid back and easy going and Elliott is the exact same way.  Laurel is far from mellow now, so I guess we have to wait and see how long Elliott’s mellowness lasts.  He is usually in a great mood and loves to smile and “flirt” with everyone he sees.  William mentioned in the 5 month post that Elliott was babbling quite a bit and that has not changed.  Elliott babbles a lot in the morning when he wakes up and in the evenings when I pick him up from daycare.  Apparently he likes to “talk” to his teachers at school too because they comment about how much he talks and a special chair he has so he can sit right next to the teacher and talk to her while she feeds the other friends in his class.  We also have heard what sounds like his first word and you can probably guess what it is….. “dada”.  Yep, just like Laurel, Elliott has decided to say “dada” first, which is so thrilling to William.  Even Laurel acknowledges that he says “dada”.  Yesterday when Laurel, Elliott and I came in the house from school, Elliott was babbling and said “dada…dadadadada”.  Laurel looked at him and said “daddy is not home yet Elliott”, so she clearly understood his words to be referring to daddy.

His 6 month check-up is not until Thursday morning, so I don’t know his stats yet, but I think he about 18 pounds, so still quite the chunky baby.  He also seems to be pretty long.  Here is what I can tell you about his development.  He has rolled over a few times, but not consistently and is starting to gain more balance to sit up for a few seconds before falling over.  Just like Laurel at this age, he enjoys chewing on anything he can get his hands on, including his toes!  We are just starting solid foods, so I’ll have to comment on that later, but he seems to be off to a pretty good start.  He is constantly smiling and happy and loves to see his reflection in the mirror.  Bath time is becoming quite interesting because I end up with more water on the floor it seems than on him.  He kicks and splashes water everywhere, but seems to enjoy bath time.  The only thing I am having trouble with is getting him to stay asleep once he falls asleep and we lay him in his crib.  He usually startles each time someone puts him down, so I am hoping he will grow out of this phase soon and be able to self soothe on his own.

He loves playing with and watching Laurel.  She does a great job of keeping him entertained, getting toys and pacifiers for him and singing to him when he cries to help soothe him.  We still have to watch her to make sure she is not too rough, but she if often a great help.  I posted a photo below of the two of them.

Cutest. kids. ever.

I have some photos and videos I will try to post over the next week or so, but here are a couple to enjoy.

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Laurel is 2!

My youngest son is two months old and my oldest daughter is 2 years old!  Oh how time flies.

Laurel, just like Elliott continues to grow and her personality is starting to come out as well.  While she definitely has her terrible two moments, she is a very sweet and highly intelligent girl who loves to sing, dance and read.  She continues to amaze us and make us laugh at the things she says.

To celebrate her birthday, we are taking Laurel to the Dallas Zoo.  It will be her first trip to the Zoo, but she seems to like animals and we think she will enjoy it.  Her birthday party is not until Saturday and will be at Little Gym where the kids can flip and tumble and have a good time.  We invited her classmates and other children on our street, so it should be enjoyable for everyone.

I am sure we will have tons of picture and videos from the Zoo and party, so look for another post next week with details and photos!