Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Here's a few pics from this morning. There are more in an album to the right. I'll probably add more to the album later, so check back!

This morning, Reed walked down and was amazed by all the presents under the tree. But when we asked if he wanted to open one, he ran to the kitchen and pointed to his cereal. I thought, how funny! One day I'll be reminding him of the Christmas that he would rather eat cereal than open Christmas presents from Santa!

Monday, December 22, 2008

First Haircut

So I get that Reed doesn't have much hair. But what he has was starting to get pretty raggedy. So last night after bath time, Reed had his first haircut! Well, at least just a few hairs cut around his ears and neck.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Hooray for Dads

Have I mentioned what a wonderful Dad Michael is? Well, let me take a moment to do so. I think so often all the things Dad's do sort of get shifted to the background. Let me bring some to the forefront.

Michael has always been such a huge help with Reed, but lately, as I'm getting further into my pregnancy, he has stepped it up even more. A typical day: Michael gets to work around 7 am or a little before so that he can be home earlier in the afternoon. So he's usually home by 3:30, unless he's stopped to run some honey-do errands on his way. He never comes in and just sits down, even though I'm sure he'd like to. No, he comes in and spends time with Reed and takes over watching him while I work on dinner. He always cleans up afterward, too. Once it's close to bed time, we usually give Reed a bath together (Michael usually doing the grunt work, as leaning over the bathtub isn't currently my idea of comfortable), and then Michael takes care of bedtime. Read a few books, listen to some music, rock a bit, go to sleep. And if that hasn't given me enough of a rest, he always, without complaining, takes the night shift. Which thankfully, is getting increasingly better. Need a diaper change at 3 am? Check. Need a pat on the back and a gentle, "Back to sleep"? Check check.

And Reed loves to play with his Daddy. He's just so silly! Daddy rolls around in the floor with him, runs around the house with him, makes funny sounds with him. Oh, and plays in boxes with him. Which is apparently really, really funny.

So even though I don't say it enough, I just wanted to take a moment to share how much I appreciate Michael and all he does for our family.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Home Sweet Home

So we've been super busy. That's my disclaimer to the lack of blogging. Hopefully things will begin to slow down now that we've moved in our house and are wrapping up most of our projects. Here's a few before and after photos of what we've been working on for the past few months. We still have to hang art on the walls, but that's another day.

On another note, Reed has discovered a new favorite snack. Daddy's cereal. Michael has always had a sweet tooth when it comes to cereals. Apparently Reed does, too. He just giggles and laughs every time he sees the box. And loves to dig into it himself.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

It's a Girl!

Yesterday we went for the big ultrasound! I was completely surprised when she said it was a girl. But thrilled! I'm glad we'll have one of each! Here's a few pictures, and there's a video at the bottom of clips from the ultrasound. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Fall Fun

Also check out the album to the right.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Playing Catch up

So I'm behind in my blog. I know. I have so many things to share! I've summed up a lot of it in two albums to the right. Complete with captions. Since I last blogged, Reed's had a birthday, visited the family in Clarksville, went Trick-or-Treating, and learned a plethora of new things. Hopefully I can sum it all up.

Turning One

I can't believe it was only a year ago that our lives changed so much. A year ago (pretend it's actually his birthday and I'm not so behind), I woke up and didn't feel Reed moving around. Which was unusual for morning time. I'd had contractions several times over the weekend, including one episode at around one or two AM in which they were five minutes apart, but then when I got up they completely went away. Anyway, Monday morning, I called the doctor after Michael insisted that I do so, fully expecting them to tell me just to lay down and see if I felt him moving around. Instead, they told me to go to the hospital so I could be monitored. So Michael packed the car, while I complained that, "This is a waste of time - they are just going to send me home." To our surprise, I was already 4 centimeters dilated, and two hours later I was 6. Six hours later, a last minute epidural, and an hour and a half in the NICU, Reed was ours. And perfectly perfect. Fast forward one year, and that precious tiny little boy is a mischievous-into everything-running around-toddler. And still perfectly perfect.

He's slowing down on his growth, now in the 20th percentile for height and the 40th for weight. A big difference from here. He can say "Da-DEE," "Mama," "Nana," "Papa," "Bye-bye," "Ba-BEE," and "Ball." He runs around like crazy. He eats like crazy. Which Carlos, a doctor/friend, insists is NOT a tape worm as I had convinced myself it was. He's also started a new trick. He bows. He bows when he's excited, he bows to Harley (the dog), and generally when meeting people. And in perfect form. Hands politely behind his back and bending perfectly at the waist. He's either read too much of Auntie L and Uncle Whit's blog, or he's picked it up from a song we sing in Kindermusic. It's a toss up. But it's oh so adorable. Granna says he just has good manners.

I can't believe by mid-April, we'll have two of them! {Side note - we find out Nov. 17th if it's a boy or girl!}

Visiting Family
Two weekends ago, we visited Michael's family in Clarksville for the weekend. We had a full weekend of family and friends, and capped it off with a birthday party for Reed and a family photo shoot (which I can't wait to see pictures of!). Reed enjoyed his party, even though he was pretty tired. He wasn't sure about his cake, and wiped the icing off his hands without much of a taste. He preferred to eat cranberries instead. He sure didn't get that from him Mommy! Must of been from his Daddy. I sure wouldn't have passed up yummy birthday cake to some dried up cranberries! Reed enjoyed playing with his cousins and watching them. I'm sure there will be many more play times as he gets older!

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

Reed was the cutest little spider I've ever seen for Halloween. He loved his costume and running around in it! We went trick-or-treating for cranberries and bananas at a couple family members houses, and even though we had to take the costume off and on every time we got in and out of the car, he loved it! I wonder if we'll be able to use cranberries and bananas every year ...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Away to the Beach

We're finally taking a break. A fun-filled week of family, friends, the beach, sun and delicious food. No house to work on, no work to work on (almost), no appointments. Just a week at the beach with nothing to do but eat and play and enjoy good company.

Reed loves the beach. He really loves the water. And he quickly learned he does not like to eat sand. Just took one bite to figure that out. One giant handful of a bite. We also celebrated his birthday a little early with my family on Sunday. Brittany made an awesome cake for Reed, which I couldn't appreciate more! Thanks Brittany!

A few pictures below of the first few days. I'll update more later on!

Thanks for visiting.