Friday, October 19, 2012

Six Months!

Happy Six Month Birthday, Reagan E!

We can't believe that you are already HALF of a YEAR old. Oh my goodness. Time has just flown by. This month you really transitioned into a "big girl" instead of just a little baby. You started sitting on your own for extended periods of time and have been so happy with your new found talent! You love to sit and play with toys, mostly anything that you can also chew on! Poor girl, you are STILL trying to get your bottom teeth in. You've been teething for  forever, but lucky for us you just drool. No added fussiness or anything like that! You love your exersaucer but you prefer your Baby Einstein activity center because you can bounce! You and your legs are so active! When we hold you in front of us you just kick and kick and kick! When you're getting changed you just try to eat your toes or you instantly roll over! It's becoming quite a challenge to get a new diaper on you!

You are starting to enjoy bathtime, especially since we bathe you and your brother together a lot of nights. We still put you in your own private tub so that you can sit without slipping, but we just put the little tub inside the big bath and share the water! You love to play with your brother in the bath, and you don't mind when he pours water over your head or splashes you! You love to kick the water, just like you love kicking out of the water! Such a bouncy girl! We thought your brother was super active, but it turns out you are just like him - guess you are too!

There were a few times this month when, while on your tummy, you would get up into the crawling position. Oh my! We're not ready for you to be mobile! You also love to "plank" when you're on your belly. You pull your belly off of the floor and just stand up on your tippy toes and fingers! It's funny to watch you! You get so excited and really start to move!

Gone are the days when we could put you in one spot in your crib, cover you up, and you'd be good for the night. Nope! Now you scoot all over the place even though you sleep on your tummy every night! We never know where we are going to find you! Good thing you wear footed pj's so that you stay warm! You still are not sure that sleeping through the night is your thing. You go to bed around 8:30-9 but often wake up around 5 and want a bottle. Now, we know that we are spoiled in just getting you to sleep 8 hours straight, but we were hoping for 12 by this point! Some nights you will take your paci and go back to sleep without a problem. Most nights however you just want to eat and go back to sleep - you little chunky monkey!

We haven't started you on any solid foods but we are about to! This weekend we will start with veggies and fruits! Yum! You take your cereal well so we are not worried about your eating habits. Your bottle habits are unusual though! Some days you will go 4 hours eating 6 ounces  each time. Other days it's 5 ounces every 3 hours. Some days even worse at 2 ounces every 2 hours. It just depends on your mood I guess! There were a few mornings this past week that you were spitting up your entire morning bottle. Mommy figured that it was from your drainage at night and so started getting those boogers out before feeding you and it worked! Don't you love that information! ;-)

You are still such a smiley and happy baby. We get so many comments on how much you smile and how you are just as good natured as your brother! You still have your moments when something (usually your tummy) is bothering you and you just want Mommy, but it's not that often anymore! We are so blessed to have such a beautiful and happy baby girl!

Toy wise you love links, your crinkly book, and anything you can "pank". Just like your brother! Pretty much anything you can chew is a big hit, including your paci! You like to take it in and out of your mouth and chew on the nipple. Big brother will occasionally share his piano with you so that you can play us some songs, but he mostly just goes and steals it back after a little while. We even have two but he still doesn't share well! Typical!

Your brother still adores you. He now calls you "baby sister" a lot. It's super cute. He kisses you all of the time. He even shares toys with you - sometimes! We love to watch you two interact and laugh with each other. He is still your favorite person to laugh at and we love it! We know that you two will be such good friends - or well, we sure hope you will be!

We still have you wearing 3-6 month clothes and you probably will be for a few more weeks at least. The 6-9 just look like they are going to swallow you whole! You wear a size 2 diaper and Mommy has no clue what size shoe you wear because we hardly ever put you in shoes! The only ones you wear were handed down from a friend!

At your 6 month well-check you weighed 15lbs 11oz and were 25 3/4 inches long. You are in the 45% for weight, 52% for height, and only the 26% for your head circumference. Hey, that's up from 8 at birth! ;-) The doctor said that all of your developments were outstanding... which of course we knew! You're so smart and strong!

We love you so much, sister girl. You are more than we could have ever dreamed of. We love watching you grow and develop into a beautiful little girl. Happy Birthday!


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Clayton at 18 Months!

Oh my goodness gracious.... I must stop for a moment and not cry from the thought that my baby will be two in less than half of a year. Oh my! Clayton has continued to amaze us with how fast he learns things, how he remembers EVERYTHING, and how just darn cute he is! Here are some highlights from the last month:

- Puts two words together now! Tells everyone "hi/bye" and their name. Ex: Hi Daddy!
- Says: towel, play, Charley, aw man, big tractor, "Pop voovoo ride!", blocks, hug, Ok!, truck, chalk, color, keys, knee, rain, goat, night-night (old one), pretty, ah-choo!, candle, purple, Revy (Reveille), orange, rock, Yee haw!, juice, cool, hat, alright!, oh boy!, whoa cool!, pump jack, bearkat, go bearkats!, candy, Granny (Nanny), Here sister! (or whomever!), Ok sister!, baby (dolls are baby's), mine (we hate this word!)
- When we cut the tip of a paci to see what he would do he took it out, shook his head and said "Oh no, babi!", then asked for another one!
- Loves to sing! Favorite songs are "Doe, a deer" (which he knows movements to and knows that Me comes after Ra), "Old McDonald" (sings e-i-e-i-o in key after you say Old McDonald), "Itsy bitsy spider"
- Knows and does all of the motions to "patty cake" by himself
- Made Sister laugh and laugh HARD! Makes her giggle all of the time!
- Pooped on the potty a few more times! Yahoo!!!! Tells us when he has pooped most of the time though..
- Said that "b" came after "a" and "c" came after "b"
- Knew which truck was the red tuck in a whole pile of cars
- Knows blue, purple, and red (Sometimes confuses green with blue)
- Picky eater with textured foods! Won't eat apple sauce, oatmeal, potato soup!
- Asks for "candy" all of the time!
- Knows who drives which vehicle (Mommy's car, Daddy's truck, Pop's truck)
- Wakes up and asks for "go go" which is the cat in the hat TV show. We only watch it when we're getting dressed in the morning for daycare
- Wears mostly 12 month pants still because 18 months fall off his waist! Still size 3 diaper, size 6 shoe, mostly 18 month shirts
- Loves, loves, loves baby sister
- Runs the iPhone better than most adults and has his own! We took one of our old ones and turned it on airplane mode then downloaded his favorite apps: Elmo calls, Johnny tractor, anything Fisher Price, pre-school memory game, PBS kids. He can push the home button, slide to unlock, find his app, play it! Then when he is done he hits the home button and then the lock button on top. Smarty pants!!!!
- Loves wrestling on our bed
- Loves to "honk" people's noses!
- Obsessed. OBSESSED. With tractors!
- Gets quiet when we tell him to look at Jesus on the cross during church. He repeats us that it is "Jesus" up there!

I'm not sure I will ever be ok with him growing up, but it is SO fun to watch him change. He is just so stinkin' smart and cute! We love him to the moon and back!!!!