Sunday, January 22, 2017

reid: 18 months

** my laptop is broken, so I did this on my phone. the format is all off, but at least it's up. **
i can't believe reid is 18 months old
and it's been 6 whole months since my last update.
this little one has changed in leaps and bounds.

We have a pediatrician appointment soon so
I'll have to update you on her height and weight then.
She’s in a size 5 shoe and wearing
anything from 12-18 months to 18-24 month clothing.
The 24 month stuff is still too big on her though.
She's in a size 4 diaper, but
when we're done with this box, I'm going to buy 5’s.
Her hair has grown a lot recently and I can now
put her hair half up, in pigtails or a ponytail.
Unfortunately, she doesn't love getting her hair done so
9 times out of 10, I just have her bangs
pulled out of her eyes and that's as fancy as we get.
Her teeth have also started coming in too.
She went so long with just her bottom two teeth
and now she has tripled that, if not more.
Her two front teeth are giving me a little cause for concern.
They're GAPPED.
As in, I'm not sure how cute this is going to be, gapped.
Red-head, gap tooth?
It's not exactly the description I was going for
when talking about my kid.
Turnbow (our friend and dentist) said
gaps are good because they leave space for
the permanent teeth to come in.
But that's in 6-7 YEARS.
We're hoping your gorgeous face will make up for it. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Reid's gross motor skills are so much
more advanced then B’s was at this age, its crazy.
Reid can get off and on chairs and couches,
she can slide off beds and down our stairs.
She runs, dances, twirls and is very physical.
It's made the last 6 months so fun and easy.
Sure, she's into e v e r y t h i n g  but
I don't really mind it because she keeps herself busy
and it makes getting my “chores” done easier too.
Ronnie calls her Fingers and I don't think
he's as big of a fan of her getting into stuff as I am.
He also calls her Scragglemuff and his Chinese Baby... I call her BooBoo Baby.
Our nicknames are definitely lacking. ๐Ÿ˜‚
Of course, when you excel in one area, I've found
you might be lacking in another-
 at least that's true for my kids.
While B was barely walking at this age,
she had over 40 words in her vocabulary.
(I went back and checked and was shocked)
I'd probably let Reid try her hand at an obstacle course, but
we haven't quite mastered the art of conversation.
I can make out more, just because I've picked up on her gibberish,
but for the most part, we think she speaks Chinese.
(Hence Ronnie's nickname)
She quite interested in books right now, so
I'm hoping that will help her learn more words.
All in all, Reid is perfection.

I believe in the power of a schedule.
Always have, always will.
It has a lot to do with the way I'm made – very Type A,
but it seems to have great affects on our sleep patterns.
Reid goes to bed every night like clockwork.
She's down at 7:00, no later than 7:30 and
sleeps 12 hours.
She takes one nap around 1:00 and sleeps for 2 hours.
We do this every day and it just works for us.
One thing that's changed since she turned one has
been our addition of blankets, pillows and her stuffed pal, Charlie.
Is there anything cuter than a baby’s love for there stuffed animal?
I think not.
In other shocking news, we gave up the pacifier last week.
I. Know.
Reid loved her pacifier and honestly, so did I.
There's nothing better than having this miracle tool you
can whip out when shit is hitting the fan and people are starting to stare.
But my goal was always 18 months and then no more. 
That's what was recommended by my pediatrician and
I'm always so crazy worried about jacking up their teeth.
(We don't need a gap AND crooked tooth baby) ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜†
So one day, I just layed her down for a nap without it
just to see how bad it would be.
She rolled over and went to sleep.
Say whaaaa?
I tried it that night too.
Same thing.
Since she seems fine, then what's the point, right?
I put them all away but one that we keep in
her backpack for her day at the sitter’s.
I still think she might need the extra comfort while she's there.
But honestly, it was way easier than I ever imagined.
Thank god.

For awhile Reid was eating whatever you put in front of her
AND she would plow through it.
She's gotten a bit pickier and has decided that she only wants to feed herself. 
I've given into this and rolled with the huge messes
and the mass amounts of food that never makes it to her mouth.
(Louie and Leia love life)
But it makes it hard to tell how much she's actually eaten.
Also, having a big sis is no help.
Brette's not eating?
Well then neither is Reid.
It's a challenge.
 Ronnie and I have said several times we can't wait
 for the day they eat like normal humans again.

As I said before, she's really into books right now.
We read Pajama Time at least 5 times a day.
She loves baby dolls and bottles, Leia and Louie,
lip gloss, magnets, anything that lights up or plays music,
phones, necklaces and everything in our kitchen cabinets.
She's really into music and has favorite songs.
She will dance and squeal when they come on.
She also loves school busses.
When we see them on the road, she points and
yells “school bus!” and laughs.
Her laugh is the very best.
If you follow me on SnapChat I can't help
 but record it every few weeks.
right now, I think she prefers to play without
Brette, rather than with her.
These girls are not exactly quiet, gentle sisters.
There's already been some fights and
I'm preparing myself to the long road ahead.
it's been a fun 6 months.
i'm so excited for this summer and
what the next 6 months have to bring.
this is my favorite age.
a sweet spot for me  – there’s nothing sweeter
than an 18-24 months old baby.
i just love it.
(i tried to do our normal green chair photos,
but reid just wanted to move and play, so a few of these
are her in the playroom.)
(giving kisses to bear)


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