Friday, December 28, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
The Christmas season is now upon us, and I am going to enjoy every minute of it. Christmas is my favorite time of year, and this being William's first Christmas, it has even more magic! This past weekend, Benjamin, William, and I went to the mall to do some shopping. To our surprise, Santa was already there! (I thought it was weird he was there even before Thanksgiving, but oh well) So, we took William over for his first look at Santa. He sat on his lap, just staring at the old guy. He wouldn't take his eyes off of him. All the adults were trying to get William's attention to look at the camera and smile, but this little boy was too interested in the weird guy in the red suit. They snapped a couple pictures, but then it was too much. William started to cry, so Mommy went and rescued him. As soon as he got back in the stroller, we was all smiles! So, overall, William's first meeting with Santa was a good one. Here is the picture we got!
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
He is really enjoying his food. We have given him rice cereal, oatmeal, green beans, peas, carrots, and sweet potatoes. He has liked it all!! It is hard to choose one as his favorite. We will start giving him fruits next. Our pediatrician suggested we start with the vegetables first and then move on to the sweeter fruits. I have a feeling he will like those too! This baby is one very UNfussy kid! I'm not sure how we got so lucky!! Grandma loves to feed him!
Not only is he doing well with his food, but this kid is really getting mobile. He is rolling all over the place!! If you put him on the floor on his back, 2 seconds later he will have already flipped to his tummy. The other day we had him on the floor, and he managed to roll himself over to the coffee table to get the basket of remote controls - one of his favorite toys!!! Looks like we need to start baby proofing! When he is on his tummy his legs go back and forth, but his arms are still kinda stationary. He might be doing an army crawl soon, but I still think he might be a month or 2 away from hands and knees crawling. He sits up very well now too. He is even walking forward in his walker. Of course, I haven't seen it, but it was reported to me by his grandparents! Still no teeth yet. I am thinking they should be showing up soon, but nothing yet. Not even a little bump on his gums. He sure is growing and developing. I love to watch his progress.
Last weekend was my cousin's wedding, and here is a picture of us at the dinner...
Here are a couple more pictures. They are of bath time. Look closely at his Mohawk!
And, one video of that infectious giggle!!
Saturday, September 22, 2007
School is going well. I am starting to get back into work mode, but it is starting to get harder now that the school year is really underway. I am now having homework to grade, lesson plans to make, and parents to call on top of caring for the baby. It is a busy life, but I am loving it!
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Saturday, September 1, 2007
Here is a video with my Dad tickling William with his mustache. It is adorable!
Happenings in the Reed family = everyone is sick! William started it off last week, gave it to Benjamin, and then I had a bout with food poisoning from Wendy's. We are a bunch of sickies!! Lucky for me this is a 3 day weekend, so hopefully I will be better by Tuesday - which is Open House. William is feeling better - thank goodness!! He is back to his normal self and even eating all his bottles all gone! I guess he really wasn't teething because we still haven't seen a tooth. I guess it was just a cold. And, since our little boy is learning to share, he shared his cold with his daddy. Of course, Benjamin is a dedicated worker and didn't even take a day off of work (while I would have stayed home for sure!). The good news is that he is feeling better today too. So, I guess if I can start feeling better soon, the Reed Family will be all well!!
Another exciting happening is William's 6 month birthday is coming up soon. I can't believe my little boy is going to be 6 months old on Wednesday. Where has the time gone? We have his well baby doctor's appointment on the 17th and I think that is when we will get the go ahead to start him on his solids. A lot of people have given me advice about starting him earlier, but there was no rush. I'll make sure to post pictures of his first meal!!
Saturday, August 25, 2007
William has had a kind of tough week. He hasn't been feeling well. He's been cranky, had a fever for a couple days, waking up several times a night, and not eating well. We figured it was either teething or an ear infection. So, yesterday I took off an hour from work and took him to the doctor. The good news is that his ears were clear. The doctor said that he probably was teething, so I am now on a tooth watch. So far I haven't seen anything, but several times a day I stick in my finger (yes, it's clean!! hehehe) and check for a bump. I'm hoping to see something soon, because I hate to see him feeling yucky and Daddy and Mommy would like things to get back to normal. We were getting very spoiled on sleep since he has been sleeping through the night for a few months now! This morning he seems to be doing better. He doesn't have a fever (after the 101.1 at 2:30am!!) and he even ate 5oz of his 6oz bottle. I tend to think he is teething and caught a little bug. Hopefully he is on the mend and a tooth will pop out today!! We'll keep you posted!
As for me, I've had a tough week myself. Going back to work was way harder than I thought it would be. I'm having terrible guilt about going back to work instead of staying home with the baby. Things weren't bad in June when I was working as a summer school teacher, but I was only working 5 hours and it was only for 4 weeks. Now real life begins. I wish we could afford for me to cut back to part time, but unfortunately our finances are where we both need to work. We could do some drastic cuts (like sell the house, get rid of cars, etc) but I love where we live and the neighborhood is wonderful. I really want William to grow up right where we are, so I guess there are just some hard decisions to make. I was talking to Mom about it, and she said that the work/stay home issue is hard for all moms. Maybe once school really gets going things will get a little easier. I do have to say that now that I am back at work, it is very clear to see how my priorities have changed. Family now comes before work, and it always did before, but now it is very more clear!
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Someone found his feet! William's new thing is to take his socks off and chew on them! He is so darn cute when he grabs his toes! We are planning on getting some pictures when he turns 6 months, and I hopefully will get one of him grabbing his toes! He's doing really well and growing like a weed! Mom and Dad found some old photo albums, and I can't wait to see if he looks like me as a baby. Mom said he looks a lot like John did at his age. I have officially signed William up at a Daycare. He will go next Tuesday as a trial run. I don't go back to work until the following week, but I thought it would be good to try it once while I was available to be there if I needed to. The only experience William has had with a nursery is the time he went with Mom to vacation bible school. From what Mom told me, he didn't like it when the other baby was crying, so he started to cry. I hope he has outgrown that and does fine there. I'm sure I will cry a little when I leave him, but it is hard to leave your child in the hand of strangers - even though it is a very nice place.
Benjamin and I are doing well. Benjamin has started back to school for an online degree. I am very proud of him. I am sure he will do well! As for me, I had some allergy testing done this week. I haven't been feeling very well after I eat, so I was thinking I might have some food allergies like my allergy to MSG. Well, the testing shows I am allergic to Chili Peppers, Celery, Basil, and Sesame Seeds. I guess I won't be eating Mexican again. Think about it. I think every Mexican dish has either chilies or chili powder! The others aren't as big of a deal, but hopefully staying away from these foods will have me feeling a little better!
Monday, August 6, 2007
(Notice the drool mark! This kid is still a drool machine!)
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Here is a picture of William and I after bath time last night. He is still not that thrilled with bath time, but he tolerates it well! It's not the best picture of me, but that's how I look after a long day of Mommying!
Yesterday was our follow up appointment with the pediatrician after William's visit to the ER. The Dr said that he is fine and that the whole episode was probably due to a reflux issue. He said that was completely normal, and if it happens again that we will probably need to get William on some reflux medication. I don't think we will need that. He doesn't really seem to have any reflux problems (other than that day), but we will be keeping an eye on it. They did weight him while we were there, and he is now 17 pounds!
Yesterday we also got a visit from State Farm to look at our roof after the big hail storm in May. We will be getting a new roof, but the adjuster said that the water damage in the kitchen that warped our hardwood floor was not caused by water coming in the dog door. He said that the porch outside the door was set too high so the water is coming in under the bottom and that it was a construction problem. So, it looks like I will be calling our builder and seeing what they say about it. Our house is less than 2 years old, so hopefully it won't be a big deal to fix. I hope it doesn't turn into a fight between the construction company and the insurance company. All I know is I would like the floor fixed. Hopefully, things will work out well in the end!
Saturday, July 28, 2007
We scored big at Target today! One of the message boards that I frequent had lots of posts about a web coupon for Gerber Foods at Target. The coupon was $1.00 off of 2 items. Well, considering that the little jars were originally $0.52 a piece, with the coupon all the little jars were $0.04 for 2! The bigger jars were $0.69 a piece so those were only $0.38 for 2 with the coupons, and the double plastic container foods were $0.88 a piece, so with the coupon only $0.76 for 2! We got $1.00 off the cereal too! Even though William is not starting solids until he is 6 months, we couldn't pass up the deal! We got all the food here for only $34.00!!! I may go back for some of the small jars that are only $0.04 even though there wasn't much of a selection on those. The great part is that these all don't expire until like 08' or 09'! I love it when we get a good deal!
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
I can't believe I only have 4 more precious weeks with my Sweet William before I have to go back to work. Part of me is really looking forward to getting back to teaching since I missed it a lot while I was on maternity leave. However, it is going to be hard to leave William. That being said, we are really lucky that William will only have to be in daycare for a day or two. As of now, Benjamin will watch him on Mondays (as long as he stays on his 4 10 hour shifts), and my Dad will watch him on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. That only leaves us Tuesday, and I am seeing what options there are for us. A lot of daycares have a minimum of 3 days a week, so we will just have to see what we can find.
On a personal note, I finished reading the last of the Harry Potter series yesterday, and IT WAS GREAT!! Don't worry, I won't tell you how it ends! :-) I did spend the entire day Sunday reading though, while Benjamin took care of the baby. I pretty much read from the time I got up until I finished it at midnight! It was a real page turner, and I am sorry to see the series end. I do have to say that this one is pretty much a war, but all of us Harry Potter fans knew it had to be. Overall, it was a great book, and I really enjoyed reading it!
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Here are a couple of pictures too!
This first one is my little baby asleep with his little Duckie that Aunt Pat gave him.
Now, this picture was taken about 20 minutes later! I swear he did this all on his own. All I did was grab the camera before it fell off! I HAVE ONE GOOFY BOY! hehehe