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!

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!