Reid is 16 Months Old

Reid, you are 16 months old now! Today, we had you dressed in a shirt, shorts, and sandals, and you looked like a little boy. Where’d my little baby go?

First and foremost, you are finally walking! You took almost all of that 16 months, but you are officially a walker now. You get angry when we don’t let you walk on your own now. You still fall pretty frequently, but you can walk for long stretches when the ground is even, your hands are empty, and no well-intentioned, but clumsy older sister is running after you. You mostly like to use your new walking abilities to walk to mommy, food, or whatever toy Rosemary has.

Speaking of which, you and Rosemary are getting closer and closer to playing together. A lot of the times, you two fight over toys. You both want what the other one is playing with. Every now and then, though, you two play together and it’s so precious. Rosemary has started letting you play with her food truck in her room, and you love making food for all of us to eat. You emulate our eating and drinking noises and say “mmm!” after you pretend to take a bite.

You’ve also learned a lot of new words! You love to say “dah!” (yeah) whenever we ask you questions. You say “hello” rarely and “bye!” all the time. You know a few animal noises – “woof woof”, elephant trumpeting, and “ca ca” for birds.

You have developed quite the temper. Sometimes we do something to upset you (for example, I took a marker out of your mouth) and you crawl a few feet away and have a temper tantrum. You lie down in anguish, kick your feet, and periodically look back at us to make sure we see how mad you are. It’s too cute to be mad at, but we’ve definitely had a few laughs.

This is probably the last bulleted update since you’ve now met all these milestones!

  • Supported Sit: Yes
  • Unsupported Sit: Yes
  • Grabbing at Toys/Food: Yes
  • Crawl: Yes.
  • Supported Standing: Yes
  • Unsupported Standing: Yes
  • Walking: Yes!
  • # of Teeth: Six

Reid, we all love you so much. Rosemary likes to exclaim “I just love my chunky boy.” I guess we talk about your chunky little legs pretty often, ha! Sometimes it’s hard to believe that we get to be your family. You are just so sweet and smart. I’m so proud of you and am so happy that I get to be your mommy. I love you!

Rosemary is 3 Years Old!

Rosemary, sweet baby girl, you are three!I remember when you were born, I couldn’t imagine you being a little girl. I wondered what you would look like and who you would be. This year, your personality has really started to shine through. You are a talking machine, so we are really starting to understand what you’re thinking, too. But more than anything, you are so loving. Here are some highlights from the year.

I can’t talk about the year without first mentioning your first full year as a big sister. I couldn’t be more proud of how sweet you are to your baby brother. When you talk to him, you use your “Baby Reid voice,” as we call it. I can’t quite describe it, but it’s like if a grandma was trying to teach something to a young child. Kind of talking down to him, but in a sweet way. You are always trying to help him (sometimes to his detriment) and to hold him or his hand. Every night, you give him a hug and the gentlest little kiss before bed. One thing I am especially proud of is how you help us watch out for Reid’s allergies. Even when you make pretend food, you’ll say sweet little things like “Here’s a cookie! Reid isn’t allergic – it has no milk.” How sweet is that?

You two, of course, have your differences. You don’t like to share your toys with him. If he even starts to crawl towards something you’re playing with (even if it’s his), you often erupt. Sharing has been a big lesson for you this year, but you’re making progress. You also have had to learn to share your mama. You’ll often ask dad to hold Reid so you can get some mama snuggles. I love how having a sibling has made you a little cuddlier, even if a side effect of that is that you want me to carry you everywhere. As a baby, you were little miss independent who never wanted to be restrained, but now I often find myself carrying a baby and a toddler in both arms!

Your vocabulary has exploded this year. We can have full conversations with you, and you tell us stories about things that are going on at school or with the family. You really listen and observe everything around you. When you started school last September, your teachers told me that you were very quiet. I was shocked! They said that you didn’t miss anything, but you were just quietly observing everything. After about a month of school, they told me that you had finally opened up. Now they give me little snippets of some of the sweet things you do and say. Recently, I was told that you love to go around saying “Ice cream! Ice cream!”, which I, of course, already knew because you did that at home too, ha! You love to pretend like you’re selling ice cream, so we got you a cute little ice cream cart to celebrate you quitting your paci back in February (we were SO so proud of you!). The last thing your teachers told me was that you really love circle time and know all the words to everything at circle time. I laughed because you had been making us all do circle time every night before bed. Baby Reid (as we all ALWAYS call him) is always the flag helper, mommy always leads singing “This is the Day” and daddy is always the book helper. We all love watching you learn and reenact what you observe.

Some of your favorite things this year have been:

  • Trains & Thomas the Train….until you realized how loud trains are, and then they were pretty much dead to you
  • Daniel Tiger
  • Playgrounds
  • Hot air balloons (hence, the birthday party theme)
  • Taking care of your baby dolls, Baby Jasmine and Baby Rapunzel (who you named, but who is also 100% bald)
  • Playing kitchen
  • Halloween (specifically, candy) and Christmas
  • Singing your ABCs, Twinkle Twinkle, Happy Birthday, You are my Sunshine, Jesus Loves Me, and Wheels on the Bus
  • The movies Coco and Rapunzel
  • Circle Time
  • The pool (specifically, the baby pool)
  • Fernbank and dinosaurs
  • Play dough with cookie cutters, which you call “cookie daughters”
  • Balconies, which you call “ballerina houses”

You don’t love getting in your car seat, especially to run errands, but you do love to travel. We flew to Phoenix in the fall, and you still ask to go back to the airport. We went to the lake over spring break and you had a blast playing in the sand and running around with your cousins.

You’ve simultaneously become more and less brave. You’ve had spurts where you’ve been scared of the dark, going so far as sleeping with the overhead light and lamp on. You’re scared of almost all bugs, even the tiniest gnats. You’re still scared of vacuums and tractors. Fortunately, though, you have gotten so brave about the doctor. It’s pretty clear that you’re still scared, but you actively try to be brave, and I’m really proud of you trying so hard to conquer your fears. You also recently went to the dentist with me, and you let them count your teeth at the end. Two year old Rosemary would have never let that happen. You’re becoming such a strong little girl.

Rosemary, I could go on for a long time talking about what a wonderful little girl you are. Over the past few weeks, you’ve been working really hard to speak very politely to us, and it’s made me realize how much you’re growing up. You’re becoming a fun little friend who likes to tag along in activities we can both enjoy. Just a couple days ago, we planted a garden together! I can’t wait to get to know you more and more. To see how smart and sweet and strong you become. We all love you so much. You’re the best daughter and sister we could have ever asked for. You are a blessing in our lives, and I’ll never stop thanking God for giving you to our family!

Reid is 15 Months Old!

Hi, baby! Guess who’s still our best boy? You!

We all love talking to you these days, and you love “talking” back. You’ve actually been picking up a few words lately. Just today, you wanted to get down off my lap, so I jokingly said “Ok, bye!” and you stopped, waved at me and said “Bah!”. Rosemary was so excited to hear you say something. She kept saying “he said bye!”. We had you say bye half a dozen times. You refused to do it on video though. Some other words you say are “yeah” (shockingly, used correctly when we ask you a question), “mama”, “dada”, “vroom” (while playing with a car toy), and “woof woof”. You also think you’re talking to us a lot when you’re not saying real words. You mostly just shout “da! da!” at the top of your lungs. Sometimes we think you are trying to sing.

We recently moved your car seat to the middle seat so you could sit next to Rosemary. You’ve both been having a blast. You really like to hold hands while I’m driving, which is just the most precious thing ever. You have little games you play together (like peekaboo and taking turns stomping your feet). On a good day, you can even get Rosemary to share some snacks with you.

We’ve been trying to let you walk around a little more when we go out. Your biggest barrier for walking is how well you crawl. If you want to get somewhere fast, you don’t want to deal with walking…you just get down a sprint-crawl over. I think you’re starting to want to walk a little more, though, so you can carry things with you. You’re getting there, so we’re confident that it’s going to happen soon! I’ll be happy when your hands aren’t constantly on the floor.

You’re getting closer and closer to toddlerhood, and we are starting to see glimpses of it. When you don’t get your way, you will sometimes throw your body on the ground and flail your arms and legs. Most of the time, your tantrums are because we couldn’t immediately pick you up (for example, yesterday I had to wash my hands after fixing a toilet) or didn’t give you the food you wanted. Honestly, it’s mostly cute!

  • Supported Sit: Yes
  • Unsupported Sit: Yes
  • Grabbing at Toys/Food: Yes
  • Crawl: Yes.
  • Supported Standing: Yes
  • Unsupported Standing: Yes
  • Walking: Some. You’ll take a handful of steps at a time…when you want to. The most I’ve seen you take is twelve steps in a row!
  • # of Teeth: Five!

Reid, I can’t wait to see who you’re going to be. You’re so kind and snuggly. I think you’re so special and know you’re going to do something great with your life. But no matter what, I know you’re going to be loved. We couldn’t love you any more if we tried!

Reid is 14 Months Old!

Reid, you turned 14 months old this week, but you’re still my sweet little baby.

First things first, my favorite new thing this month is that you learned to smack your lips together when you want a kiss. You’ll smack your lips and lean your head towards us for a kiss. If we are holding you, you’ll wrap your tiny arms around our neck and squeeze really tightly. It’s my absolute favorite. Sometimes you’ll do it when you see us for the first time in a while, but sometimes you’ll just start smacking your lips for a kiss in the middle of a meal or while you’re playing. I hope you keep doing this for a long time.

Another favorite thing that you’ve started doing is flapping your hands when you want something. You’ll reach your arms out as far as they can and flap your hands and grunt. You are clearly trying to talk! Speaking of which, you love to talk. You definitely say dada and sometimes mama. We think you say “Woah!” when you get excited. Other than that, just lots of made up little words. Rosemary loves to repeat what you say back to you.

We’ve continued to introduce new foods, and you’re doing great! We’re trying to introduce different textures so you learn to chew and pick up different foods, and you are loving it. Just today, you ate 3 Chick-Fil-A grilled nuggets and a tortilla with nut butter and bananas. You love to eat! You have a cup of cheerios permanently affixed to your hand (which has led to cheerio dust all over every surface of our house).

Over the past few days, you’ve actually started to sleep until about 6:30AM. You had been waking up around 4 for a couple months and it was exhausting! You’ve even been napping in your crib some days. You’re becoming such a big boy!

The weather has been pretty crummy this month, so we’ve spent a lot of time inside. We all got a stomach bug, which took us out for an entire week too. We had a sweet little Valentine’s day, though, with lots of balloons. I gave you a little boy baby doll that we call Baby Daniel. You still mostly like to play with whatever Rosemary is playing with, though. I think you seem really advanced because you’re always watching her play. Today she let you play with her ice cream cart, and you managed to use her scoop to put ice cream on a cone!

  • Supported Sit: Yes
  • Unsupported Sit: Yes
  • Grabbing at Toys/Food: Yes
  • Crawl: Yes.
  • Supported Standing: Yes
  • Unsupported Standing: Yes
  • Walking: No – you’ve taken a single step a couple times and bridge gaps between furniture sometimes, but you are reluctant to really walk
  • # of Teeth: Three(ish) – you’ve had one that is about to pop through all month!

We all love you so much, baby Reid (we still call you “Baby” or “Baby Reid” 90% of the time). I couldn’t have hand-picked a sweeter baby. You are happy to just be a part of the family, and we are happy you are part of ours! We love you so so much!

Reid is 13 Months!

Hi baby boy. It’s our first post as a big one year old, and I still can’t believe you’re such a big boy. Even Rosemary likes to shout “Good job, Reid! What a big boy!” for all your accomplishments. You’re a big hit around here. We all love to cuddle, watch, and cheer you on.

Your favorite hobbies right now include:

  1. Looking for food. We are still slowly introducing food to you, so we don’t have a lot of safe options. You spend a lot of time doing your own searching. No crumb on the floor goes unnoticed. No snack of Rosemary’s goes unwatched. We seem to have discovered the first food you don’t like (spinach), but of course that comes with a lot of anxiety that you’re allergic, not just picky. I think we’ll all be a little happier when you can communicate your food preferences.
  2. Playing with Rosemary. You always want to play with her and whatever she’s playing with. Some days, y’all play great together. Other times, neither of you wants to share, but we are finding ways to take turns and play together. It’s really fun to see your sibling relationship forming! It’s obvious you both love each other so much. When I hold you and Rosemary runs towards you, you bounce up and down in excitement. Rosemary loves nothing more than when you come to greet her in her room each morning. You are both so sweet together!
  3. Dancing. It takes almost nothing to get you to dance lately. You got a little toy train for your birthday that plays the Thomas the Train song when you push a button…and you push it a lot. You carried it around for a solid week pushing the button and dancing constantly. You do a lot of head swaying and body bouncing. We all love it, so we like to start singing and see if you’ll dance along. You usually do!

After 5 or 6 ear infections in a row over the past couple months, you had tubes put in your ears this month. We are hopeful that this helps prevent infections and decrease the number of antibiotics you’re prescribed. I took you to the surgery with Gigi because dad had to stay home with a sick Rosemary. You were a total champ! You didn’t cry a single tear until I took you back to the operating room and set you down and put your socks on. When I looked up, they already had the mask on you and I was surprised to learn they were already giving you the anesthesia! It was so hard for me to watch you go to sleep for surgery. I held your hand until you were asleep, gave you a big kiss on your head, and was ushered to a post-op room. I cried in the hallway. You’re my little baby, and I’d take away any fear and pain I could for you!

When they wheeled you back to the post-op room on a big stretcher, you looked so tiny. I remember they had these teeny tiny cotton balls in your ears. Everything felt like a reminder to how small you are. They warned me that when you woke up from anesthesia, you’d be upset. Most kids cry for 10-15 mins and can’t be consoled. You, on the other hand, woke up and briefly cried until mommy picked you up and gave you a bottle. From there, you were happy. They told me that they wished every kid did as well as you. You are my happy and brave little boy. I hope you always stay that way!

  • Supported Sit: Yes
  • Unsupported Sit: Yes
  • Grabbing at Toys/Food: Yes
  • Crawl: Yes.
  • Supported Standing: Yes
  • Unsupported Standing: Yes, but only for a few seconds at a time
  • Walking: No
  • # of Teeth: Three

I am so proud of you, sweet boy. You’ve had to face more health challenges in your short lifetime than I would have wished for you, but you never let that drag you down. You’re still 100% my little snuggle bug. You want to be with mommy all the time and I love it. I dread the day you don’t want to cuddle me! You’re growing and learning new things every day, and we can’t wait to see what the next month brings!

P.S. I taught you to lean in for a kiss when I say “Gimme a kiss” and it’s all of our favorite thing <3