Reid is One Year!

Happy 1st birthday, Reid!!

The days have come and gone both quickly and slowly, it seems. On one hand, it feels like just the other day when we were introducing you to Rosemary in the hospital. On the other hand, you’ve become such a big part of the family who brightens up everyone’s day. I was so blessed to spend four months at home with you and our family after your birth – it gave us all a chance to adapt to being a family of four and find our groove.

It’s so special to have your birthday fall on Christmas. I have to be honest, this Christmas is much less stressful than last year! You were born into our family at a hectic time, and there have been great times and hard times over the past year, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world and we love you so much! Maybe down the road you’ll get frustrated over sharing a birthday with a holiday, but for now we’re enjoying that it’s just another reason to bring together the family that loves you and loves to celebrate you.

You’re a very sweet, happy and loving baby. You love being held — twelve months in, and we’re still holding you at nap time and bed time until you fall asleep. Rosemary’s stage like that only lasted like two months, so we’re loving the fact that you still want to be held close this long. Your face lights up whenever one of us walks in the room and talks to you. You also get incredibly upset whenever one of us walks out of the room (well, really just mommy…). Whenever we come close to your face, you lean in for a kiss.

You love to be silly. You think it’s hilarious when I’m “coming to get you” up the stairs or from another room. You love to rip the socks off your feet and stick them on your head — or take your empty bottle or snack cup and stick it on your head — or really anything else that can fit on your head. Once it’s on your head you’ll just sit there and make noise until someone looks, and then you’ll flash a huge smile and giggle a bit. I love making you laugh like little baby Seth Rogen. You love ripping off my glasses and getting little greasy baby smudges all over them – I can’t say I match your enthusiasm there, but you make me smile and laugh all the time otherwise.

You’re diligent and you love to tinker. You figured out how to unlock the gates in our den in a matter of days once we re-installed them. One of your favorite toys this year was “anything that resembles a box” and “anything that can be placed in a box.” You like to unstack mixing bowls from one cabinet and restack them in another cabinet. Your vision must be 100 times better than mine, because you’ll crawl across the room to very slowly and carefully inspect a crumb on the ground… before placing it in your mouth. You burst into tears if I ever deprive you of said crumb, but that just is how it is!

You’re adventurous and outgoing. If you see an open gate or an open door in front of you, you go for it. You climb up stairs and you climb up (high)chairs. You make friends everywhere we go because you won’t stop staring at every new face. When we gave you and Rosemary a playground for Christmas, you went face-first down the slide the first time – and every time.

Speaking of Rosemary, she loves you and you love her. There was some apprehension when you were first born, but now you’re a huge part of each other’s lives. We love watching you play with and love one another. I know that babies typically don’t play *with* others early on – rather they just play *near* other kids. That’s not-at-all the case with you – you want to be right there with Rosemary, playing with the same toys, playing with her, and having fun together. Sometimes it ends up being a little too much fun when Rosemary locks her arms around your neck and lays on top if you on the ground – but as long as you can breathe, you love it!

Your favorite word is “da da”. It’s also one of your only words – but hey, I’ll take it! Even before you could talk (or eat), you loved moving your mouth while we talked (or ate) to try to be a part of the experience. You’re a little goober who wants to be a part of everything going on, and we want to include you in it all!

Our lives are so much richer with you in them, and we love you so much! We can’t wait for you to walk and talk and just generally continue growing into a strong, healthy, happy boy. Every day with our family is better than the last, and we’re so excited for more. We love you Reid!

{Love, Dad}

 

Reid is 12 Months Old!

I can’t believe I’m writing this, but you are one year old, baby Reid! When you were born, Rosemary was just learning to speak, so we called you “baby” a lot, and the name has stuck. We almost always call you “Baby Reid.” It’s fitting, too, because you like being our little baby. Even at a year old, you love to snuggle and get lots of kisses. It’s wonderful.

Even though you are our little snuggle bug, you are starting to demand more and more independence. We’ve been working our way up to more and more foods, but meal time has become a bit of a problem for you. If you suspect we are eating a meal and you are just getting puffs, you scream your discontent. You want to be a big kid who can eat with us, but we just aren’t there yet. That being said, we are constantly amazed by what you are able to do. I gave you a bowl of carrots with oatmeal and you managed to feed yourself with a spoon. I guess watching us eat for so long has taught you a lot! We need to let you eat more solid foods, but we are just so scared when you eat. Even if it’s something you’ve eat 20 times, I’m still nervous that you might have an allergic reaction. Hopefully that fear lessens with time.

I’m happy to say that you are still sleeping through the night! You typically wake up around 5:30 or 6, but after 10+ months of middle of the night wakings, we are so happy with your progress. In the morning, we bring you down to our room where I feed you, and then dad tends to wake up with you for the day. I am SO thankful that he is willing to do that because I need that extra sleep!

During nap time, you still sleep in my arms. Sometimes you fall asleep in the car right before nap time, ruining your nap, but most of the time you sleep pretty well in my arms. I love watching your sweet little face while you snooze and feeling your warm, heavy body in my arms. One day you’ll outgrow these nap cuddles, but in the meantime, I cherish them so much. I’m usually so busy during the day running errands and managing the house and parenting you and Rosemary that we just don’t get many cuddles during the waking hours. You are sleeping during these cuddles, but I’ll always remember how sweet they were. I hope they help you a sense of love and connection with me.

We celebrated your birthday on Christmas day with all your grandparents and Uncle Brandon. They came over in the afternoon to reveal the new playground they bought you and Rosemary. We let you go down the slide for the first time and you were instantly hooked. When you want something, you point with your thumb and pointer finger and grunt so loud. Your face turns bright red! Anytime you got off the slide, you immediately pointed and grunted for us to put you back at the top. You never wanted to stop. You slid for almost an hour before going inside and opening a few presents that we put under your “birthday tree.”

Lately you’ve been trying to communicate more and more. You’ve learned to point and will point over and over until we give the thing you are pointing at a name. You also are trying to talk so, even if it’s “Da!!” 90% of the time, and babble the rest of the time. You also like to wave, clap, and peekaboo. Just this week, I taught you to lean your forehead towards me when I say “Give me a kiss!”

Here’s an update on your milestones:

  • Supported Sit: Yes
  • Unsupported Sit: Yes
  • Grabbing at Toys/Food: Yes
  • Crawl: Yes.
  • Supported Standing: Yes
  • Unsupported Standing: No, but almost!
  • Walking: No
  • # of Teeth: Two

Honestly, when I sit down to write your posts each month, I have to think about all the things you are doing. When I think about you (which I do all the time), I don’t think about all your milestones and accomplishments. I think about how much you make me smile. How you are always laughing and smiling. How even strangers notice what a happy baby you are. Your chubby thighs and soft hands. How you lean in for kisses when I feed you a bottle. How your face lights up when you see me. How you crawl as fast as you can towards me when I walk into the room. You bring us all so much joy! We love you so so so much and I feel so blessed to call you my son. I am so proud of you and can’t wait to see who you become.

Reid is 11 Months!

I’m a week late writing your 11 month post because we have been on your first family vacation! We went to Arizona, and you were an angel the whole time. You napped for an hour or so during both flights and went with the flow during all of our activities. We were a little tight on space in the hotel, so you had to sleep in a crib in the closet, ha! You didn’t sleep great, but we were pretty quick to get you out of your crib so you wouldn’t wake up Rosemary, who was sleeping about 10 feet away. You loved playing on the balcony and watching the ducks near our room with Rosemary. We took you to Sedona and you liked trying to put the rocks in your mouth. Other than that, you were happy to just be carried along and spend time with the family!

You’ve been a happy little guy this month. You’ve enjoyed trying the few new foods we’ve introduced to you, and I am thankful to say that did great with all of them. I’m always a nervous wreck when we give you a new food, but we are all so happy when it goes well. I pray every day for continued success and that you outgrow these allergies. In the meantime, we are working so hard to keep you safe, but also allow you to have a normal life. This month, I gave you cake as one of your first foods so we could work towards you being able to have a smash cake!

One of your biggest successes this month has been starting to sleep through the night. Honestly, it kind of happened because we were just. so. exhausted. One night, you were crying in bed and I turned off the noise with the intention of waking back up in a minute and accidentally fell asleep for two hours. By the time I woke up, you had been sleeping for about 30 minutes. I felt awful, but was so proud of you for falling back asleep on your own. The next night when you woke up, I turned off the noise and set a 15 minute alarm. After 15 minutes, I checked on you via video monitor to make sure you were ok, and just kept resetting the alarm with the intention of getting you if you cried for an hour and a half. You fell asleep after an hour. After a couple days of this, you had outgrown the middle of the night waking. You typically wake up around 5AM, but that’s a lot better than 1+ middle of the night wakings!

You’ve become really playful this month. You love to follow Rosemary around and try to play with her. You LOVE to put things in boxes. I joke that for Christmas we’ll give you toys, and for your birthday, we’ll give you the boxes to those toys. You’re always putting your pacis in Rosemary’s boots and giggle to yourself with pride. Recently, you’ve even started doing all the motions to Pattycake and waving on command.

You also got your first haircut! I debated for so long because I love your cute baby hair, but it was getting a little long over your ears and on your neck, so we went for it. Somehow you look even more babylike with the haircut! It’s so adorable! You loved getting your hair cut because you got to sit in a firetruck chair with a bell.

For Thanksgiving, we went to Chris’s parent’s house, like we usually do. Unfortunately, we didn’t give you any of the Thanksgiving food, but you got to eat the cake that I made you and lots of puffs, so you didn’t mind. After dinner, we went up to the golf course and you liked putting a golf ball in the hole. At the end of the night, after hours of mustering the courage, you slowly reached out your arm, quickly touched Juneau on the ear, and immediately retracted your arm. We were all so proud of your bravery, haha!

Here’s an update of your milestones:

  • Supported Sit: Yes
  • Unsupported Sit: Yes
  • Grabbing at Toys/Food: Yes
  • Crawl: Yes
  • Supported Standing: Yes
  • Unsupported Standing: No
  • Walking: No
  • # of Teeth: Two

Reid, I can’t even put into words how precious you are to us. I feel like we were given this sweet little gift in the form of a pudgy, giggly baby. You are constantly smiling and giving us hugs. You’re happy to just be around us and give us cuddles. Sometimes you see me across the room or down the hallways and crawl-sprint towards me. I hope I never forget how you try to crawl up on me whenever you can. I wish I could keep you my baby forever, but we love watching you grow and learn. We love you so much and are so proud of you!

Arizona Family Vacation 2018

We just got home from a 5 day trip to Arizona! We had a bit of a rocky start because Reid’s ear infection returned, and we had to go to urgent care on our first full day there, but it was uphill from there! Some highlights include visiting:

  • Desert Botanical Gardens
  • Phoenix Zoo
  • Bell Rock and Court House Rock in Sedona
  • Montezuma’s Castle in Sedona
  • Mesa Grill at the Sedona Airport (situated on top of a plateau)

We left wishing for more time there, especially Sedona! Every view was breathtaking!

Reid is 10 Months Old!

Hi sweet boy! We had a great month this month. The prior couple of months had a few hiccups while we learned how to adjust to your allergies, but we were able to get back to the fun this month. I chalk that up to two major things: 1) We started over on solid foods and are introducing one new food per week to record how you are doing and 2) We have started supplementing breastmilk with soy formula. Turns out, you were HUNGRY. I made your first bottle 8oz, fully expecting to throw most of it away. You gulped it down! We are now feeding you 2-3 bottles a day!

One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is that you just don’t want to sleep through the night. At this point, we think you probably just can’t sleep through the night without more solid foods. I breastfeed you and we feed you an 8oz bottle before bed, but you wake up at 5:30AM (at best). What we gain in keeping you full, we lose in overfilling your bladder. Dad is working primarily from home now, so he’s been taking a lot of the early morning shifts, thank goodness. Fortunately, between being your cuddly self and learning to play a little more independently, we can stay pretty chill in the early mornings. We also still get to cuddle during nap time every day, which I love. I tried to sleep train you during nap time a little at one point, but ultimately decided that we both like the cuddle time. You will sleep on me, so it works for us.

Speaking of playing independently, we have been so proud of how much you have grown and explored this month. You LOVE our little toddler play gym that we keep in our den. You like to stand in the middle of it, go down the tiny slide, and open and close the door. Actually, you like standing just about anywhere these days. You’re pulling yourself up on everything! You’d think that standing would make you seem bigger, but it’s actually cute to see how tiny you are when you’re at your tallest.

Your relationship with Rosemary is still as cute as ever. Lately, she’s been asking to hold you all the time and wants to feed you your bottle. Fortunately, you are pretty good at holding the bottle yourself now because she tends to move it all over the place! When you cry, she tries to soothe you with hugs and kisses…or repeating “calm down!!” over and over. Haha! It’s not super effective, but I love how you two love each other.

Here’s our update for the month. The biggest change is that you now have your first tooth! I’ll miss your sweet gummy smile, but your little tooth is also so cute.

  • Supported Sit: Yes
  • Unsupported Sit: Yes
  • Grabbing at Toys/Food: Yes
  • Crawl: Yes. Everywhere!
  • Supported Standing: Yes
  • Unsupported Standing: No
  • Walking: No
  • # of Teeth: One!

I don’t even know how to put into words how much we love you. You are my little snuggle bug, and my heart bursts every time I see you. When you see me, a huge smile always flashes on your face and you make me feel so loved. I like to carry you around, cheek to cheek with your chunky little arms wrapped around my neck. I say this all the time, but I wish I could keep you this age forever. Your love is so pure and you’ve become so fun. You’re this little angel sent to our family, and I am so grateful for every second with you!