Reid is 21 Months!

Hi, my handsome little guy. Seriously, look at that face. You’re the cutest little boy I’ve ever seen. And you have the sweetest little personality too! I sometimes think about how if you were the only baby someone knew, they’d surely think having kids was easy. You’re just such a happy little guy. It’s a good thing too, because your little gappy smile is one of the best things in the whole world.

This month, you started school! You cried at drop off the first few days, but only for a minute. As soon as the teachers took you to wash your hands (one of your favorite things), you’d cheer right up. I remember the first day, when I came to pick you up, I looked in the window and saw you dancing your little heart out. It made me so happy! Every day, you seem to be so happy at pick up. Your face is often red from playing so hard. Fortunately, you’ve done well being around other kids and their food so far. We pray every day that you stay safe!

You’ve started chatting up a storm. You know so many words, I couldn’t even begin to count them. You especially like to shout “Cookie!”, “Lemonade!”, and “Snack!”. You also love to sing. You sing “Wheels on the Bus” all the time, and learned to shout “Amen!” when we sing “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” We love hearing your sweet little voice, and Rosemary loves to talk to you and pretend to talk as you.

You’re just a little joy to have around. You’ve learned how to push everyone’s buttons when you want to (taking toys, jumping off furniture, turning on tub water, etc.), but you are so funny when you do it that it’s hard to even be mad. You’re my sweet little boy and we love you so so much!

Reid is 20 Months Old!

Hi Reidie-Pie! This is currently your nickname, by the way. In addition to “chunky boy” and “my baby”, Rosemary consistently calls you “Reidie-Pie.” And, much to my shock, you’re nearly the age Rosemary was when you were born (she was 20 months and 25 days). She seemed so big then, but you still seem like our baby. You even still drink bottles twice a day…admittedly because we are scared to mess with your sleep routine. You sleep through the night but start crying as soon as you wake up, so we don’t want to put you to bed on an empty tummy! We all love having our little baby around, though! You truly are a little beacon of light. A laughing, gap-toothed beacon of light!

A couple of weeks ago, we did a baked egg food challenge to see if you could tolerate eggs when baked for at least 30 minutes and you passed! So now we are supposed to feed you baked eggs every day. Of course, you are a toddler and resist eating it. We’ve tried multiple different forms (muffins, cake, bread), and bread is the only one we’ve had mild success offering. Hopefully we are on the path to you outgrowing an allergy!

You’ve also gone to your first classroom visit this month! You start school this week. We are nervous because of your allergies, but know you are going to thrive in school. You are so smart. You always know what we are saying, communicate really well for a 20 month old, and amaze us with your imaginative play. Once school starts, I’ll have 2 days home with just you and 1 day home with just Rosemary. I’m really looking forward to the one on one time. We’ll see how you like the days where Rosemary goes to school without you. Your little heart was crushed when Rosemary had gradual entry and you didn’t get to stay at school with her. We are convinced that you think you are 3 just like her. You want to do everything just like her!

Some of your favorite things this month are:

  • Dinosaurs: We’ve gone to Fernbank a few times this month, and you love the dinosaurs. You cry and say “Roar! Roar!” any time we take off a dinosaur shirt.
  • Zoos: We’ve gone to a few zoos this month, and you love telling us all the different noises the animals make.
  • Water: I finally broke down and bought one of those junky plastic pools for our house. You could play there all day.
  • Phone Calls with Gigi/Papa: They’ve been traveling all month, so we’ve been calling them most days. You demand to hold the phone and give lots and lots of kisses.
  • Hide and Seek: Rosemary has been really into hide and seek lately, and you love it but you don’t really get it. When it’s your turn to hide, you sometimes hide/sometimes don’t but always jump out immediately and yell “Surprise!”. When it’s your turn to count, you go into the counting spot, count by just saying “Three. Three. Three” over and over, and then jumping out and saying surprise and acting confused when you don’t see anyone. When we are pretending we can’t find people, you always run over and reveal them.

You’ve also been saying some pretty cute things lately. Rosemary has been watching a lot of Fancy Nancy, and you’ve picked up saying “ooh la la!”. You also say “scared! scared!” when you get scared by seemingly unscary things. For example, I was changing your diaper on a sink counter at Fernbank (that was intended for diaper changes), and you kept saying “scared” and nearly shaking. You also got scared by sitting on a rock at Arabia Mountains and by Juneau and Scout licking your face. It’s pretty adorable!

We love you so much, baby Reid! You make us smile all the time. You bring us so much joy! I hope you always stay the happy little boy we love so much! We are so proud of you and love you always.

Reid is 19 Months Old!

Happy 19 months, baby boy! Just look at you – you’re getting so big! That little boy haircut you got this month makes you look so big. You’re just the cutest little baby, and your little smile just melts my heart. You have this big gap in your teeth, and it’s one of my favorite things ever. You make a big cheese face whenever I bring out my camera, and it just cracks me up.

You’ve become pretty vocal this month. We tried to count all your words so we could tell the doctor a few weeks ago, and we lost track. Your most recent word, though, is one that you won’t let us forget. You say “snack” about 100 times an hour. You love food, and are definitely not a picky eater so far. You also like to put food in your ear while we are in the car. I have no idea why. We constantly have to tell you take cheerios or crackers or bread out of your ear. As Rosemary would say, “you’re a goofball!”

Some of your favorite things right now include:

  • Buses – you love to watch Little Baby Bum and sing along to “Wheels on the Bus.” You prompt us to sing along by waving your hands in a steering wheel motion and kind of humming the tune.
  • Cars – when we go on walks around the neighborhood, you like to point out every car that we see, especially if Papa tags along. Speaking of which….
  • Papa – you walk around saying “Papa. Papa” sometimes. When you pretend to talk on the phone, you say you’re talking to Papa.
  • Snacks – I already mentioned it above, but it bears repeating based on how much you like snacks. We made the mistake of mixing Fruit Loops with Cheerios. You pick out all the Fruit Loops and dump the cheerios on the ground. You are quite the stinker.
  • Mama – You still love your mama. When I leave the room/car/1″ area, you burst into tears and cry for Mama. Dad wants to point out that you did cry for “Dada” once when I didn’t want to read another book at bedtime.
  • Giving Rosemary Hugs – except after nap time. You are grumpy after nap time. Other than that, though, you like to like to surprise Rosemary with neck hugs. You guys also like to put on a show where you give each other really sweet hugs when mommy is watching. It’s adorable.
  • Rollover – we’ve had a mattress on the floor of your room for a couple months (long, uninteresting story). You and Rosemary like to sing the song “There were two in the bed and the little one said, rollover…” and then roll off the bed. You look like a little goober barrel rolling off the mattress.

I can’t believe that you’ll be starting preschool in just over a month. When did you get to be such a big boy? Thank you for letting me keep you my little snuggle bug for so long. I can’t even imagine our lives without you. You’re our little comedy act and our sweet angel. We love you so much!

Reid is 18 Months Old!

Happy 18 months, sweet boy! You’re a year and a half years old now, and you’re really growing up. You surprise us every day with all that you understand and all that you can do!

This wasn’t your healthiest month. You had Roseola at the beginning of the month and Hand Foot & Mouth at the end of the month. The former lasted nearly a week and came with really high fevers (over 104), which scared us after your sister’s history with febrile seizures. You handled both like a champ, though. You weren’t your usual self, but you were a trooper.

Reid, you understand so much these days. You’re constantly nodding yes or violently waving your arm no when we ask you questions (or even when we just casually mention things around you). Honestly, it cracks us up most of the time. We always know where we stand with you!

One thing that we learned this month is that we can ask you to fall back asleep over the monitor and you actually do it! It’s so hilarious, but also so convenient. I realized this one day when dad was traveling and I was too tired for your 5AM wakeup. You started to cry and I figured I would try a last ditch attempt to stay in bed. I grabbed the monitor and said “Hey Reid, it’s still night time. Go back to sleep.” and you flopped back over onto your tummy and fell back asleep for 2 hours! I thought it was a one time thing, but it’s worked about 10 times now!! THANK YOU!

We saw your allergist again this month and learned that you hadn’t outgrown anything yet. We weren’t really surprised, but the doctor wants us to test baked egg to see if you can tolerate it. We are doing that next week, and I am really nervous! I hope you pass the challenge, but primarily pray that you stay safe. The doctor also encouraged us to expose you to as many foods as possible before you turn 3. He told us that we should watch for body hives and/or vomiting instead of worrying every time we saw a hive on your face, which has given us a lot more confidence. Apparently you cute little chin is just super sensitive! We’ve really increased the number of foods you have tried, and you are loving it! You get really upset when you aren’t eating the same food as everyone else, so we are having a harder time taking you to restaurants.

We like to call you our little hype man. You excitedly gasp any time you see anything, even if it’s super mundane. You also point out every car you see. Nothing gets the same excitement as “Wheels on the Bus,” though. We have to sing it every time we see a bus, and you start to sing it and pretend to steer a steering wheel when you want to watch “Wheels on the Bus” videos on TV. We are actually pretty impressed at your ability to carry a tune at your age.

You’re such a sweet little guy, Reid. You’re turning more and more into an independent toddler, but you still love a good mommy or daddy cuddle. I’m really cherishing this time with my cuddly boy, or with my chunky boy as Rosemary often calls you. You’re so precious to all of us, and we love you so much!

Reid is 17 Months Old!

Hey sweet boy! It’s hard to believe you’re almost a year and a half old. You’re such a big part of our family, though, so it sometimes feels like you’re older.

This month, you really became a toddler. You’re still our happy little guy, but if we do something to make you mad, you throw such a dramatic little tantrum. If we even just nicely tell you no, you’ll throw down whatever you’re holding, run far away and either throw yourself onto the ground and flail or find something to throw around the room. Honestly, we have a hard time not laughing because you’re typically so happy, but you’re clearly frustrated. I think you want to be a big kid like your sister, but you’re frustrated by your baby limitations.

With that roller coaster of emotions comes lots of happy emotions too. My favorite thing you do right now is dance while “snapping” your little fingers. Your favorite song is EASILY “Wheels on the Bus.” You ask us to sing it all the time by pretending to steer a little imaginary steering wheel. You also will point to the ceiling and hum a little when you want “Twinkle Twinkle.” I’ve even picked up the ABC’s here and there.

We are really starting to realize how smart you are. You understand everything we say. The other day, you were asking me to put on a particular pair of shoes, and I told you that I didn’t know where the second shoe was and you pointed over behind the table, walked over, and brought it back to me. I couldn’t believe it. You’re saying lots more too. You are saying “shishy” (sissy) now, which brings a big smile to Rosemary’s face.

We love you so much, sweet boy! You still let me snuggle you to sleep every nap and bedtime (we stopped nursing just before you turned 16 months), which I love. I just want to keep you my little baby forever!