The Fab Five

Ryan the…Chinchilla?

18 Comments 18 December 2009

Can someone please identify the sound coming out of Ryan’s mouth on this video?  Seriously, Casey and I have never heard such a thing and we are beginning to wonder if our little Ryan really does have some animal genes coursing through her veins!  For awhile we’ve been calling her the little chinchilla because, well, of course that’s the kind of sound an animal called a chinchilla would make, right?!  But we really do not know what a chinchilla sounds like so now I’m beginning to think it is the same sounds those Velociraptors from Jurassic Park made right before they devoured whatever poor human happened to be present at the moment!  We’re not sure whether we should laugh about it or lock her in the walk-in freezer!  We’re open to other thoughts so please help us to identify this strange sound before we take drastic preemptive action!

In other news, thanks to a ridiculously persistent cough and cold that has been circulating around the house for about four months (I’m not kidding about that!), we have updated baby weights.

– Brookly Faith:  17 pounds, 4 ounces

– Britton Grace:  14 pounds, 8 ounces

– Jack William:  20 pounds, 15 ounces (that’s right, Big Bad Jack is a full 50% heavier than Little Britt!)

– Lila Addison:  17 pounds, 6 ounces

– Ryan the Velociraptor:  17 pounds, 11 ounces (that’s pre-human devouring weight, add 120 pounds or more when she has a full belly)

All of the babies got their turn going to the doctor to try to figure out how to kick the cold, to no avail I might add, but it’s always fun to get official stats on them all…great benefit to forking over all of those co-pays, right?  They all got flu booster shots and H1N1 shots.  Lila and Ryan also came home from the doc with a prescription for antibiotics for ear infections – Lila had infection in both ears!  Here is how you know you’ve got some pretty resilient babies – you have no idea they have ear infections because they never once acted fussy or troubled in any way by it…wow!

And in a final bit of news, it appears that Jack and Lila are going to be wearing those little head-shaper helmets for awhile.  They actually aren’t helmets, they’re called DOC Bands, but they do help to reshape their little misshapen heads. Lila’s head is really flat in the back and Jack’s head, well, for lack of a better term, it’s just plain jacked up!  Poor boy’s ears are about an inch out of alignment with each other and his eyes are not even close to being parallel.  You can clearly see how poor Jack’s head was smashed up against a rib or the side of Casey’s belly during the pregnancy.  Of course the cosmetic issue is something we would like addressed, but much more importantly is that their misshapen heads can lead to much greater problems in the future if they are not addressed.  They can have jaw problems, balance issues, ear infections, and all kinds of other nasty things as a result of their heads being so out of whack.  So look for some really funny/cute pictures in the next few weeks when we get them fitted for their new look!

We are really looking forward to Christmas this year since last year’s was so untraditional, you know, with that whole bed rest for Casey thing and that constant fear of dramatically pre-term labor issue we were dealing with.  This year, the whole family is coming to us so there will be 15 people in our home (counting the eight of us)…fun!  We’ve been taking some good pictures and I’ve got a good video to share so look for that early next week.

Y’all take care and God bless!

Your Comments

18 Comments so far

  1. Lynn says:

    We are all excited about the BIIIGGG Christmas! Once such a small family – and, now so large. Go figure. We love it! I guess since we left all of our family in Iowa, we had to create our own!

  2. Grandma says:

    All the little ones downstairs??? What fun!!

  3. tek says:

    I must be dumb as I don’t get it. Lock her in the walk-in freezer!?? Explanation please.

  4. JonesLife says:

    Oh, sorry about that. I wondered if some people might not get that reference…Jurassic Park is such an old movie now! In the movie, there is a scene where one of those velociraptors is trying to get at two of the kids, chasing them around this big, commercial kitchen. The kids were able to trick lock it in the walk-in freezer and get away. If you haven’t seen the movie, you ought to rent it, it’s really good! And Ryan really does kind of make a clicking sound that the velociraptors make in the movie.

  5. Becky says:

    HOLY MOLY – i was totally waiting for the little wings to come from behind her ears. LOL that does sound like those little jurassic park creatures – either that or she’s gonna be bilingual soon as it sounds like she’s rolling her tongue really well hahaha!!!

  6. Jane says:

    That is sooooo adorable!!!

  7. Grandma says:

    I’m glad someone asked and you explained the walk-in freezer. I kindof thought it had to do with the movie. You have such a good memory! I saw the movie–but can’t remember details like that. Little Ryan sure does have a stand-out personality. Yikes! Wait until she is older!!!! She is such a cutie.

  8. Tori says:

    Loved the Jurassic Park reference. lol!!!

    Cute video. Cute family. :)

  9. Michelle says:

    Last night we heard a little of the chinchila noise from Ryan….along with her clicking noise she makes. Those kids do the cutest little things :)

  10. KS Dallas says:

    I actually owned a chinchilla several years ago. I honestly do not recall her ever making noises but especially not those noises. Sorry I think it is off to the freezer for little Ryan.


    (J/K about the freezer of course!)

  11. Jennifer Valderas says:

    The Bruners actually have pet Chinchillas at their house. Next time Eliot is over playing with Samantha, get her to check them out and find out if they compare with Ryan :)

  12. JonesLife says:

    I had no idea the Bruner’s had chinchillas! I’ve got to get down there to check them out…though one of our readers said that she had a pet chinchilla and they didn’t make the same sound as Ryan is making in the video. I guess she’s a velociraptor!! :)

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  16. Sarah says:

    So I know this is an old post already, but I have some comments on the noise Ryan used to make :) As a matter of fact, my little sister used to make that same sound for 2 reasons. 1) She was thirsty and wanted a drink -or- 2) She wanted her blankie. Haha! Random, I know, but that was always the fix for her tongue rattling that we didn’t know how to label either! Love love love your show, btw. It’s so fun to watch a loving, Christian family on tv. Thanks for letting us be a part of it!!

  17. Laurie says:

    Sound from Casey is “trilling” She has learned to roll her ‘R’s and will make a great candidate for Spanish (Just kidding). Babies do all sorts of fun sounds once they find one they like. My sister and my daughter both “growled” when they were young. Go figure!

  18. Laurie says:

    Sorry, I meant Ryan, not Casey. Too many other kids on the brain when you work in a school. :-)

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