Updating this blog has proven to be more challenging than I thought it would be so I am behind on updates. Again. But hey, at least I am trying right?
Life with these two is proving to be fun, eventful and at times chaotic. We have, for the most part, adjusted and are taking each day as it comes. It’s funny how one moment you are stressing out about finding a new routine and the next moment you realize some how you created one. Thankfully we had a routine pretty much established with Everett and it was a matter of throwing Reid in and rearranging a little. This I think is what has helped us a lot, it has especially helped me while Dustin is away on work trips.
Everett has accepted that Reid is here to stay and that Dad and Mom love him very much too and so he has to share. He has turned into a very affectionate and loving brother. I’m not just saying that, he really is. He is constantly trying to feed him, give him his pacifier and wipe his face with the burp cloth. If he is not doing that he is hugging or kissing him to the point where we are sure Reid is going to suffocate. Of course there are moments when Everett gets frustrated or rough but it is usually when he is tired, hungry or needing attention himself. The worst thing he does is play drums on his baby brother’s head, which he likes doing often for some reason, or waking him by trying to “help” when he is sleeping. At this point though I am much more confident that they are going to have a great relationship as they grow.
With all of that being said, in all honesty it hasn’t been an easy adjustment. There have been tears and frustration on everyone’s part especially in moments like this.
We get through those moments though and are able to enjoy the smiles, coos and chuckles once again because sometimes all you can do is laugh at the craziness of it all and remind yourself that this phase is only temporary and one day, believe it or not, we’re gonna miss this.
Our little Everett is growing so fast and very quickly becoming a toddler, as of this post he is fourteen months old. He is such a happy little boy who is often laughing and grinning. He talks up a storm too and is always pointing his little finger and making all sorts of speeches. They must be very funny because he laughs at most of it. And if he is not making speeches he is singing. His favorite song is to sing hallelujah over and over again. Funny story, Dustin was playing a Taylor Swift song the other day and Everett raised his little hand in worship. He thinks most music should be worshipped too!
One of his favorite things at the moment is playing drums, this I think is because we sit in front of the drums at church and Everett loves to watch them. But If something is long and skinny it’s a drumstick and when we are home he usually has something of this sort in his hands. He is very busy and very curious, he loves raiding the kitchen cabinets and pulling everything out. His cabinets of choice are the ones that hold the plastic cups or Tupperware. He likes pulling them out and stacking and restacking them. He also loves to explore and climb in and out of or under things.
Everett is learning a ton right now. He has added the word dog to his vocabulary which sounds more like “og”, says “hi”, points at things and says “ook”. He is starting to mimic the hand motions he sees on his current favorite show The Wiggles. He is also learning to eat with a fork and does okay with it. He is still at the point where he finds it easier to use his hands but he does try.
He is a somewhat picky eater and knows what he likes and doesn’t like. Usually we have to give him a few bites before he decides but once he does its pretty much said and done. His solution to his non-favorites was to put them in his cup holder on his tray. That became his discard pile, if it wasn’t he made sure he put his cup there. He knew that’s where it belonged. For Everett everything has its place and I often find items in the most unlikely places though we now know that if we cannot find something to check the toy basket first. Chances are that’s where he put it.
Everett has since relinquished his high chair to his baby brother and now sits in a booster. He likes sitting at the table with us. As for the discard pile, the location is now the floor.
Everett is pretty sociable and affectionate with those he loves but we have also discovered the boy has a mischievous side. He enjoys teasing people especially those who are annoyed by it, namely his cousin Sadie and Aunt Keandra. He talks to people often and has learned the game of peek-a-boo though he covers his ears instead of his eyes. The kid has to make sure you’re looking.
One of the big milestones was his first haircut. The hair on the sides of his head is still not that thick yet but the hair on top was getting pretty wild. After much “discussion” I finally agreed with Dustin that it was time to give him a trim. Dustin did the work while I had to hold him. Everett wasn’t having it so it wasn’t that fun. Being the sentimental person I am, we made sure we kept a lock. Thankfully my baby’s curls have already grown back!
We are still waiting on one milestone and that is for Everett to take his first steps. He does great with help but when you let go of his hand he immediately sits down. He no longer has much interest now that he can get moving on all fours. They say not to rush it but we have this idea that it will make things easier when he does. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t. At this point we are just waiting on that moment when he realizes he can go on two feet and takes off.
Our little Reid is also a growing boy. As of this post he is now ten weeks old, at his two month check-up he weighed 12.3 lbs and was 23.6 inches long. He loves to eat and has a cute little belly to prove it!
Reid has had some stomach issues which makes him fussy at times but when he is feeling better he is a very happy, sweet baby. He smiles and coos a lot and it’s adorable! He also is a very curious baby and takes in everything. He loves to be held out so he can see everything and usually you have to keep him moving. So he is often being bounced by someone. He likes to sit on the couch and watch what is going on too.
He does great holding his head up and does pretty good with tummy time though it doesn’t happen as often as it should because it has to be a very supervised event with his big brother around!
Because Reid likes to look around he now sits in the high chair and he enjoys it. For the most part, he’s still little and prefers to be held but he does good. This started when we discovered he fussed to be held whenever we sat down at the table to eat dinner. Sometimes he wanted a bottle but sometimes he just wanted to be with us. He likes being with his family.
It’s crazy knowing that just two months ago we thought Reid would never arrive and yet here he is already holding his head up, looking around and weighing twelve pounds! Time goes by fast!
Dustin and I are doing well. Between having two babies within one year, a job change which has required Dustin to travel and some other situations I think we’d both be quick to say that this has been the most challenging time we’ve faced as a couple. We’ve had our ups and downs and it is causing us to dig a little deeper and work a little harder. Though it isn’t always easy it is proving to be rewarding. Dustin’s job will require quite a bit of traveling this next year and our boys are still babies so we are bracing ourselves for a very bumpy year ahead. Though we’re anxious to get through this next year we know it’ll all work out in the end and we will come through the other side stronger in our relationship and love for one another and for our family.
Our family is facing the realities of life and this is exactly where “probably definitely” comes in. Life hasn’t been easy and for sure we know this next year won’t get any easier but we know we will probably definitely be okay. God has continued to prove Himself faithful and He will provide what we need. I am so very thankful for the blessings He has given us, especially the blessings of our two beautiful, healthy boys!