For Real 18 Month Update

Okay, here’s the for real post for Reed.

What a little sweetie. He is so mellow and easy-going. He makes putting a toddler to sleep dreamy. When I put him to bed at night, he snuggles up to me and cuddles. When I put him in his crib after books and songs, he turns over to his tummy, sticks his little tush in the air, and waits for me to put his blanket on him. I then tell him I love him, and most of the time he goes right to sleep. No crying, talking, or playing. When he gets up in the morning, he gently starts talking. Again, usually doesn’t cry. Complete content boy to just sit and entertain himself.

Also, he is blonde blonde. Like platinum blonde. With little curls above his ears and the back of his head. I have so many people random people stop and comment to me how blonde he is. It definitely wasn’t blonde when he was a baby, but it has really lightened up. I think it is adorable.

Things he is loving lately:

  • Cheese.Don’t even say the word unless you are willing to give him 10 slices
  • Trucks, trains, cars. He loves them all. he recently discovered the trains we have, and he loves to play with them for hours at a time.
  • To do anything Kenny does. He loves to imitate and copy whatever Kenny does and it is (usually) adorable.
  • Books. Especially any with cats or dogs
  • Milk or water. He calls his sippy cup his “ba ba”
  • His blanky. He loves to pull it to his face and say “sah sah” aka soft
  • When daddy gets home from work. He goes running and says “Dada!”
  • To make sure all things are shut. If you leave the ketchup/syrup lid open he will say “shu shu shu” over and over until you shut the lid.
  • To get his shoes so he can go outside. “sho sho sho!” aka shoes
  • Pushing his ride-on cars around outside. He loves to play race with Kenny and yell “GO!!!!”

Things he does not like:

  • Television
  • Coloring
  • When Kenny watches TV (aka stops paying attention to him)
  • Being put into the car
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Getting their Summer Reading medals. Reed was thrilled. ;)

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Standing in Daddy’s Boots

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Lunch time with the big bro

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Kisses for Mama

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I have the same picture of Kenny looking at this picture, too

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Hanging with family

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Chillin on his chair outside

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Spying on construction trucks

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Mother’s Day 2016

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You can kinda see his wispy blonde curls

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Playing at the splash pad

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Playing in the sprinklers in the backyard

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Eating (or smearing on his face) chocolate pudding

We love this little boy and the joy he brings to our lives.

Nanny and Papa Visit

A few weeks ago Nanny and Papa (my parents) visited. It was such a treat! Kenny asks all the time now when Nanny and Papa are going to come back… and I have to agree. When are you? ;)

For a Christmas present, I took my mom horse back riding. She mentioned to me one time that she really missed riding horses (bc she grew up on a farm), and so we took the boys out while she was down here to introduce them to horses!

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My mom is such a pro. The owner was trying to get a feel for how well she could ride horses, and after a few minutes he turned to me and said that my mom was great. I have to agree.

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The boys also loved being on the horse. (Especially Kenny after he overcame his initial nervousness.)

We also celebrated the boys’ birthdays by going to Chuck-E-Cheese because Kenny is LOVING coin machines, so we thought he would really love going there. (And we were right!) He loves to do his chores (sort the clean silverware) to save money to go get candy from the machines. He gets 3 pennies each time he sorts the silverware and 1 penny for his tithing.

Anyway, Chuck-E-Cheese:

(Sorry I don’t have many pictures of Kenny because I stayed with Reed for a lot of it)

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^^^Can you guess that he loved being able to climb the stairs as much as he wanted?

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^^^Staring at all the games and a bit overwhelmed by all the noise.

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^^^And here’s some of the things the boys got for all of their hard work. ;)

We loved having Nanny and Papa down here with us. Come back soon!

Snow Day! South Carolina Style

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The other day we had a “snow day”. And yes, in true southern style, all of the bread, milk, and eggs were gone from grocery stores.

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To say Kenny was excited would be an understatement.

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Reed, however, was over it in 10 minutes. (And to be completely honest, I was okay with that, too. I’ll admit it. I am converted to the southern weather, and I’m a baby when it comes to the cold now.)

(Also, yes those are socks on Reed’s hands…)

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Do you see the play set in the above picture? It was a gift to me to the kids using some of the etsy money. Best money we’ve ever spent.

And here’s our beautiful “snow man”. He had crazy hair, hence the crazy sticks.

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And a picture of Reed doing what he does best these days- breaking away to climb stairs. One track mind, this kid.

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Happy snowpocalypse 2016!

One Year!

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One year. One year! Sigh.

  • Pulling himself up and standing by himself

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  • stairs! loves climbing stairs and makes it his mission every day to climb them.
  • luckily, he has learned how to climb down the stairs now, too. he would try to go head first down the stairs, but he has finally learned to turn around.
  • is completely weaned and loves his milk from a sippy
  • isn’t very fond of snow.
  • waves goodbye
  • loves to mimic sounds we make. if you call out, “hey jake!”, Reed will make the same pitch and cadence. it’s adorable.
  • he can say mama, dada, tickle, and he has his own word for “bye”.
  • can stand fairly well on his own now. just today he mastered standing while dancing.
  • loves music. instantly calms him down.
  • has started to get a little clingy to me. he has been pitching a fit recently if anyone but me puts him down for bed at night.
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    He loved his cake, but I was surprised he didn’t smash into it more. These pictures are still when he was clean. I should’ve taken pictures of the aftermath, though.

Anyway, we love this sweet, loving, little boy. I can’t imagine life without him. He is so funny and tries to look for ways to make us laugh. He is quick to smile, and is such a cheerful, fun little boy. He is fairly mild mannered, and a good sleeper and eater. We love him so very much!

Reedy… Older… Hike… Rocks… Fishes

And again. Apparently this has been sitting in my draft folder for a LONG time. These pictures were from when 7/11 was having some sort of sale where any cup size was a good price. Can’t remember what it was though. Cheap.

As you can see, Ken took full advantage and grabbed the biggest tupperware container he could find. An ice cream container.

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We then went for a hike up. Can’t really remember too many details. Sorry guys. I know, super interesting blog post.

Anyway, here are some pics!

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^^^Abandoned train tunnel.

Merry Christmas!

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Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! We sure did around our parts.

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We got some family pictures done in our holiday attire, and I love how they turned out. Reed’s face and hands are priceless!

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A kind friend gave Kenny and Reed a toy called “GeoTracks”. I had never heard of it before. She warned me that there were a lot and kept asking if we had room for them. I kept assuring her we did… until I saw how many lol. Four garbages bags full of train tracks, buildings, and trains. My kids are spoiled by the niceness of others.

And I would be lying if I didn’t mention how much Ken and my brother Jake enjoys them, too. Every night for the last few days after the kids are asleep, Jake has added to the train city. It has been a lot of fun.

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And Christmas day was unusually warm (70 degrees!), so it was hard for me to comprehend that it was actually Christmas. Yesterday was the first day this season that it was cold, so I broke out the moose hats. (And don’t judge that I own a crochet hat business and give my kids store-bought hats… stores seem to not just sell mittens, so in trying to buy mittens, I had to get hats, too.)

10 & 11 Months

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^^^You can see the lion I was using to get him smile.

And our 11 month pictures. The sticker mysteriously disappeared, though.

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^^^An honest after-church picture. One sock missing, no shoes, and ready for a nap.

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^^^We got this bow tie/suspender set for his birthday (this month!), but I couldn’t wait, so he wore it today. :)

  • Loves to cock his head to the side and smile whenever a stranger acknowledges him.

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^^^Like this.

  • Started crawling before the 10 month mark
  • Has started to throw himself on the ground if he doesn’t get what he wants
  • Is interested in climbing stairs. All. The. Time.
  • Has 5 teeth
  • Has mastered cruising along the couch now. Isn’t as interested in standing/walking as he used to be because he can now crawl fast.
  • Will crawl over to me with a book, put it on my lap, and wait for me to read it to him. (Melts my heart)

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  • Likes to copy sounds others make. He likes to “scream” back and forth with Kenny. (In a non-upset way).
  • Enjoys growling.
  • Has a bad tendency to come up and bite you. Ouch! Hoping he grows out of this soon.
  • Loves to crawl under the crib skirt and hide. He waits for you to say, “Where’s Reed?” And then he will pop out and do it again and again. Kenny will often join in if he is around.

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  • Has started “putting things back”, so he enjoys pulling out all the diapers from the basket, and then “putting them back”. He also enjoys lids

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^^^As seen in this picture. Reed played with the lid of the corn starch and managed to get it open. Little one started it, but big one finished it.

Love this little fella and can’t believe he is almost 1!