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

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.