It’s time for another milestone post. Everett reached the milestone age of eighteen months and Reid reached six months but since I am so great at keeping up with my blog they are now a month older so we’ll just go with the milestones of nineteen months and seven. These baby boys are growing and learning so fast it’s hard to keep up. They both take everything in and are inquisitive little things, they are also both very active and keep us very busy. We are also receiving a wonderful lesson on patience. Ha!
The boy’s relationship is continuing to grow and progress. We are now heading head first into sibling problems as Reid wants whatever Everett has. No matter how many baby toys are surrounding him Everett’s toys are always way more appealing. Everett uses the word “no” often now thanks to this. Most of the time he’ll rip the toy out of his hand with a loud “no” but sometimes, very rarely, but it does happen where he’ll do it nicely. Like the other day he said a quiet, nice “no” and very gently retrieved his precious drumstick from Reid’s hand. When Reid started to cry Everett rubbed his head and walked away. I was very impressed but like I said, it’s rare that it happens that way. We’re working on it though!
These little stinkers don’t always get along and a certain big brother is still trying to understand what it means to play gently but they do have special moments where they play together nicely. They make each other laugh and sometimes have little baby conversations. I am very relieved they genuinely enjoy being together, partly because I love seeing my boys enjoy each other but also because I can now see that we are on our way to when they can entertain each other!
We’re also learning on how to get along with friends. Thankfully Everett and Reid’s little friend Cora (who, if you ask her, very sweetly goes by Princess Cora) is very patient with these rambunctious boys!
Also, thankfully are her parents though that might change if Everett gets any ideas!
And he has plenty of time as Everett is just now nineteen months old. At his eighteen month check-up he weighed 24.7 lbs and measured 31.9” long. We have started to work on learning new things like colors, numbers, animal sounds and body parts. Since he has recently shown more of an interest in books we checked out some books of this nature after our library story time. He loves to sing and sings hallelujah and claps his hands. Dustin and I are always entertained because when he sings he deepens his little voice and squints his eyes when he sings. He takes it very seriously. If he catches you watching he is often embarrassed and will duck his head and show a sudden interest in his fingers. This shy stance comes on whenever he is embarrassed though sometimes he’ll just turn his head and give a shy smile.
This wiggle worm is discovering more and more his little world. His curious nature is continuing to grow and Dustin and I have to constantly keep our eyes on him as he wants to explore everything. This keeping still thing is becoming more and more difficult for the little guy and sitting in a stroller, a church pew, his car seat or any thing of the like is no fun for him. He must walk so he can check things out!
He has entered into the climbing stage and our little monkey climbs or tries to climb on everything. He is on tables, couches, chairs, you name it. If he can climb it he most certainly will!
Thanks to this he has learned how to crawl up the stairs and slide down them and he is very proud of himself for this. As a result he loves being downstairs. Down there is a piano, a guitar and all other sorts of interesting items. Dustin and I are quickly learning that he loves to check out anything new and the Family Room is such and must be explored. Since we aren’t down there very often and it is not “Everett proof” he isn’t able to be down there very often which is much to his dismay!
The other place he loves to be is the great outdoors. He loves, loves to be outside and would be out there all day if he could. We have finally had some nicer weather but it is Spring so it’s not very consistent. The temperature fluctuates and of course it rains so outdoor fun is still limited. On the nice days though we open up the patio door and little man is able to go in and out to his heart’s concern and I don’t have to worry about him. That is after I put away the folding chairs, climbing and jumping off the deck is one thing I am not okay with! When Reid is awake and there are free moments we take walks which he loves. He is so proud to be able to walk next to me or push the stroller.
Not gonna lie, one great perk of all this exploring and outdoor playing is that this boy is worn out just in time for his nap or bedtime and goes down great!
We are also starting to discover another side to our sweet boy and this side isn’t so sweet but one thing I will say for him he has no issue sticking up for himself, telling you where he stands and he is most certainly not a push over. So we’ll just focus on the positive aspects of that though the new found thrill of screaming at the top of his lungs when he is upset is a phase I hope will pass very quickly. I much prefer that cute little pout he likes to display!
And of course he is still our little drummer boy.
My favorite thing this little guy has learned is to say “I love you”. If you’re not paying attention you can miss it but if you tell him you love him he will answer with a smile and say “A dee-dee!” It may not sound like it but he responds with it every time we say it so I know that’s his special way. Best thing ever!
And just because it’s so cute I have to throw this in here. Dustin has a blue and black checked shirt he loves to wear and we found one in Everett’s size on clearance. We had to get it and I am so glad we did. My only regret was we didn’t see if there was one if Reid’s size. My guys looked so handsome!
Our little Reid is continuing to prove that he is a very active, curious and happy little boy. He is growing so fast and is still determined as ever to keep up with his big brother. He has reached the “reaching for everything” stage and is very intent on seeing, feeling and tasting anything that is even remotely close by. I’m not sure what it is with him but he insists on sitting on my lap when I am eating and he reaches for everything making eating so hard. Even if he is sleeping it’s as if he knows and always seems to wake up right before we sit down for dinner. Maybe it’s his way of telling me he wants table food!
Anyway, he is now seven months old and at his six month check-up he weighed 17.3 lbs and measured 27.8” long. We left his doctor appointment confirming that he is a healthy, happy, growing baby boy. What we thought we confirmed was that he wasn’t teething yet despite all of his continuous drooling.
However, two days later two little white buds popped up! They have slowly made their way up and just add more cuteness to his little grin. Reid has been so good with teething I did not think he was and felt even more confident about that after the doctor said she didn’t think he was either. He has had no swollen gums, hasn’t been unusually fussy, for him anyway, fevers or any other teething symptoms. I am very interested to see if all his teeth will surprise us or if this was just a fluke but it does look like we have been blessed with another easy teether! These teeth pictures are blurry but you get the idea.
Now that he is seven months old it’s time we are trying to do the baby food thing again more consistently. Everett was about this age when we started with him and so maybe Reid just needs time as well. But he is still showing no interest and has just been very into his bottle. We have retired the car seat for feedings since this little guy has proven multiple times that he has no interest in staying in it and climbs out of it instead. The other day I looked over to find him sitting straight up and drinking his bottle. He showed me! He does really well with holding his bottle and has learned how to turn it around to get it to the right side and he has also learned this with the pacifier.
He hasn’t started crawling yet but is still determined to get around. He gets on all fours and rocks back and forth quite often but one thing he does is to get on all fours but on his hands and feet instead of his hands and knees. He even pushes up like he is going to stand, he obviously doesn’t but can push up quite high. It’s actually really cute to look over and see such a little baby sticking his backside up in the air, it’s also pretty impressive that he can make it that far!
If that wasn’t enough, he tries to pull himself up on anything that is his height. It doesn’t happen very often though because there aren’t many things around that are his height. He has tried pulling himself up on Everett’s bean bag chair and has tried and succeeded a few times in his bassinet. If I am sitting nearby he does his best to make his way over so he can pull himself up on my lap. He loves when someone helps him stand and laughs in delight.
But even if there is anything nearby that seems doable he’ll try to pull himself up on that too. This kid is going to give us a run for our money! There is one nice thing about it and that is he does very well keeping himself entertained!
He has become quite the little momma’s boy and his eyes follow me everywhere. Depending on how tired, hungry or overworked he is he will start to fuss if I don’t hold him and has been known to have a compete meltdown if I walk out of his sight. He alone keeps me busy with this and at times it can be exhausting but I try to remind myself one day he is not going to want me as much and to enjoy this neediness while it lasts. He is so very sweet though and he has learned how to give those wet, open mouthed baby kisses. He reaches forward to kiss my cheek and will smile and babble and chuckle and then lean in to give me another kiss. Those are most definitely my favorite moments!
And in other news our family has grown. We recently added four fish to our family. We used to name fish but now we just try to keep them alive - as proof of that our family of four as already shrunk we have lost one fish and are now down to three. We got them for the boys but I think we all know who really was the most excited about them.
The boys do seem to enjoy their new pets though after one time of watching Dustin feed them Everett has discovered that he too can take the top off the tank and stick his fingers inside. So far he hasn’t tried to stick anything else in there and hopefully it’ll stay that way though I’m sure it’s only a matter of time! He now will go over to take the lid off and if he notices you watching he’ll shake his head and say “nooo” so he knows though sometimes he doesn’t always heed his own advice. Little stinker.
Everett does enjoy them and will point to them if you ask where his fish are. However, we aren’t known for being amazing pet parents so we’ll see how this goes!