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!

Reid is 9 Months Old!

Happy nine months, Reid! We’ve had your precious little spirit in our lives for 3/4 of a year now, and it’s hard to picture life before you were here. Your laughter (and cries for mommy) fill the air all the time now, and it constantly makes us smile.

I wrote last month that we found out about your allergies. We continued to explore that by switching doctors to one that offers oral immunotherapy when you are older (one of only three in the state). We really like him and feel hopeful that one day you may be able to be safely exposed to foods you are currently allergic to. We had a few scares this month (food challenge confirmed you had a peanut allergy and a few mystery reactions), but the doctor has given me some confidence and we are doing our absolute best. Our whole family is praying that you stay safe, too, so we are just trying to trust in God.

A few days after we cut out your allergenic foods from our diets and our house, something exciting happened. Maybe you were feeling better, or maybe God was just showing us that he is still in control, but in one day you started playing peekaboo AND said “mama”! The next day, you said “dadda”! Oh my gosh, that little voice of yours just melted my heart. Since then, you’ve been talking a lot! Mamas and dadas and lalas and awas and babas and more. You’ve also discovered your tongue. You stick your tongue out and curve it up in this weird little way. It’s pretty funny.

Ever since you figured out how to play peekaboo, you play it ALL. THE. TIME. You think you are so clever, too. Anytime we look over at you, you raise your little arms above your head and make this face that looks like you think you are so clever. Oh, and I should mention that you don’t cover your face at all. You just lift your hands over your head, leaving your entire face exposed. Maybe sometimes you cover one eye. But then you proudly lower your hands and we say “peekaboo!” and you smile so big. We probably play that game 100 times a day. We are really proud of you for learning your first little game!

You are having a real mommy moment lately. You’ve always loved me so much and wanted me to hold you, but now you cling onto me and hide your face any time someone else reaches towards you. You also spend a lot of time crawling towards me. If I am busy and can’t interact with you, you’ll often burst into tears and crawl towards me crying. It’s sad and adorable all at once. I try to give you as many cuddles as possible, even if you pull my hair almost the entire time.

You still nap in my arms most days, though I am trying to get you to take part of your nap in your crib. You’ve been doing pretty well in your crib at night, sleeping from about 7PM to 5 or 6AM. I would love if you slept a little later, but it does give us some cuddle time before the day gets started. When we try to put you to sleep, you cling onto our hands. You haven’t really attached to any stuffed animal yet, so you use our hands to soothe yourself to sleep. It’s cute, but sometimes it keeps you awake or makes you really angry if we try to move our hands.

Here’s a recap of your milestones this month:

  • Supported Sit: Yes
  • Unsupported Sit: Yes
  • Grabbing at Toys/Food: Yes
  • Crawl: Yes (still just an army crawl, but you get up on your knees a lot and rock back and forth)
  • Supported Standing: Yes, but you did have a fall this month so you were a little scared to stand for a while
  • Unsupported Standing: No
  • Walking: No
  • # of Teeth: Zero

You’re growing so much and learning so much, but you’re still my sweet little baby. You are mostly still content to just go with the flow, watching Rosemary and playing with the toys she lets you play with (it’s a work in progress, ha). I wish I could put into words how much space you take up in our hearts. Rosemary has declared you her best friend, and I so look forward to seeing your relationship continue to flourish. In just 9 short months, you’ve become such a big part of our family. We love you!

Reid is 8 Months Old!

Hi sweet boy! You are 8 months old now, and I can hardly believe it. You keep getting bigger and bigger, but you’re still my little snuggle baby who wants to sleep in my arms and be held close.

Last month, I wrote about your sleep schedule, and I was so happy that you were sleeping through the night. Of course, right after I wrote that, you got a cold and totally regressed. You were waking up 3 -5 times per night and I was feeding you to get you go back to sleep, so it was a pretty hard habit to break. I think we’ve gotten it pretty under control now, but you are still waking up so early. Dad or I have to get up with you around 5AM every morning! I’m trying to look at the bright sides – extra baby cuddles, a cup of coffee before chasing your sister around, and some time to lounge on the couch watching TV. Fortunately, even though you like to wake up early, you are pretty content to snuggle for a while.

When I think back on the month, the major thing that stands out right now is that we found out you have some allergies. We just found out a few days ago that you are allergic to milk, peanuts, and maybe eggs. The doctor advised that we don’t feed you any of that, plus tree nuts just in case you develop that allergy too. Because I am breastfeeding you, I am cutting those out of my diet too. We are trying to limit Rosemary’s exposure to those foods too since she isn’t *quite* a clean eater yet, ha! I was so upset when I heard the news. I cried pretty hard. You are this perfect little doll – how could you have such scary allergies? I’m trying to remind myself that we are blessed to be able to have the means to take care of you and let me stay home with you. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t terrified. I want to keep you in a little bubble so I can keep you safe, but I know I need to let you live a normal life. I’m still learning to navigate the situation, and know I will for a long time, but I pray that we will do everything we can to protect you. And, of course, that you outgrow these allergies!

I’ve been pretty slow to introduce you to new foods this month. At first it was because it’s so messy and I tried to time it with baths, but when you had a questionable reaction to peanuts, we got a lot more cautious. Now that I know you have an allergy, I am so paranoid. If you are 18 and reading this and have only tried like 5 foods, I apologize. Your skin is so sensitive and I just can’t tell when you have an allergic reaction or have just rubbed your face too hard.

On a more positive note, I feel like you are developing so quickly now! Here’s your monthly update:

  • Supported Sit: Yes
  • Unsupported Sit: Yes
  • Grabbing at Toys/Food: Yes
  • Crawl: Yes (army crawl where you mostly use your arms)
  • Supported Standing: Yes! You want to stand all the time! We have to work hard to get you to bend to sit sometimes!
  • Unsupported Standing: No
  • Walking: No
  • # of Teeth: Zero

We are so proud of you! You are working so hard to get around and be independent. I try very hard to split my attention between you and Rosemary equally, so when I am focusing on Rosemary, you have gotten a lot better at playing independently. You have started to really love toys and are happy to play with anything you are given! When you get tired, or you are put in your car seat or high chair when you don’t want to be, toys just make you upset, though! You’ll start to play and then just arch your back and cry!

We all just love spending time with you, sweet boy. Rosemary loves to talk about how “silly” her “baby brother” is. Dad and I love to tickle you and hear your contagious little laugh. You’re most ticklish on your ribs, but we can sometimes get you on your chubby thighs and feet too. You’ll even laugh when we play peekaboo sometimes. I didn’t think babies could give hugs, but you proved me wrong! You wrap your little arms around our necks and just squeeze so hard. It melts my heart!

You are our literal bundle of joy. I can’t help but smile when I think of your precious little face, the sweet little curls on the top of your head, the deep rolls in your chunky thighs, and the little dimples on your chin and finger joints. I pray every day that you continue to grow healthy and happy. We couldn’t love you any more!

Rosemary is 2 Years 4 Months!

Hey, sweet girl! I’m running late on posting this again, so I am going to work on finding a way to streamline these posts. You are busy busy busy these days, so I am running out of time to write much. Let’s see how we can categorize some of your accomplishments so I can try to remember all my favorite things about this month:

Cute Quotes:

  • “Yeah” and “No” and SO many different intonations
  • “Oh no, it’s a rainy day”
  • “Sunshine flower”
  • “Long long long hair” (you think your hair is as long as Rapunzels haha!)

Favorite Things

  • Reid! You still love playing with him and giving him kisses!
  • Thomas the train
  • Camp lantern that we let you keep in your bed
  • Sleeping on the floor (whyyyy?)
  • Pom pom jar that we started this month (trying to use positive reinforcement to keep you from hitting mommy and to incentivize you to listen, ha!)
  • Cookies at the grocery store
  • Tangled (the movie) and your “Rapunzel house”
  • Books – current favorites are Pat the Bunny, Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site, Goodnight Moon, and Pacifiers are Not Forever
  • Bubbles and playing outside

Least Favorite Things

  • Car seat
  • Stroller

Fun Activities

  • Fernbank – you loved the dinosaurs, giant bubbles, and ocean exhibit
  • Going to Gigi and Papa’s farm
  • Visiting a Sunflower farm, although you ran into the field and nearly scared me to death!
  • Picking a gallon of blackberries! You did a great job holding the bucket and picking only the ripe berries!
  • Playing in the play center at the Y, which we joined this month
  • Music school

You really are becoming your own person, and it’s so fun to watch! You definitely have a wild side, and I am trying to embrace it while keeping you safe. You are so friendly and are rarely shy. I am so proud of independent you are, even if I want to keep you my little baby forever. You’ve been asking to be a little baby this week (baby bottles, sleep sacks, etc.), and we are more than happy to comply. You’ll always be our baby, no matter how old you get! We love you so much, sweet girl!