Monday, May 21, 2018

BRITTA: Four Months Old

RICHLAND, WASH. -- Britta has found her voice this past month. She also went on her first airplane ride AND started rolling over. It was a big, big deal month. 

We headed to Texas for a few days at the end of March to visit Isaac's brother and his family and for Isaac to attend a work conference in Austin. Isaac got to learn and the cousins got to play. It was perfect. While we were there, Isaac and I snuck away with Britta to the LBJ Presidential Library. Isaac and I both went through the exhibits at our own pace. At one point, Isaac was pushing Britta around in her stroller while I meandered through, lagging behind. Britta was so loud, screeching and chatting, and just belting it out the whole time. I only had to follow the sound of her voice to find them. People would walk by her, smile and chuckle to themselves. 

Perhaps the biggest news in her four-five months of life is that she started rolling over. I was at a church meeting one night when Isaac texted me, "Britta just rolled over! I'm guessing you knew she could do this and didn't tell me!"  But, I DIDN'T know she could do it, and she started doing it endlessly over the next few days. When I witnessed it for myself for the first time, I was so overjoyed I picked her up and sobbed... shedding so many tears of joy. When your little baby is so weak everywhere, and you have no idea what she'll be able to do, witnessing milestones is quite miraculous. Really miraculous. 

Marin likes to show her what she learned in ballet class 
Britta's first airplane ride. 

Matchy pajamas with cousins in Texas!

Visiting the LBJ Presidential Library.

Four Month Old Stats:

  • XX lbs. (93rd percentile)
  • XX tall (99th percentile) 
  • XX" HC (99th percentile)
Sleeping: Still sleeps better than Paige. I often have to go wake her up in the mornings so we can get on with our day and get out of the house to take Marin to preschool, go to the gym, or whatever other random errands we have to run in the mornings.  

Wearing: 3-6 months, 6 month clothes 

Things I Don't Want to Forget/Interesting tidbits: 

  • She was so good on her flight to Austin, Texas and on the return flight home. 
  • It was fun seeing her cousins (and aunt) love her so much.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

BRITTA: Three Months Old

RICHLAND, WASH. -- Little Britta can almost support her own head now. Almost. That big head. For such a weak little girl. Poor kid. But she is so determined. 

Britta is such a good little girl. We went to Paige's 2 1/2 year wellness check at the doctor's the other day and Britta was wide awake in her carseat the whole time and barely made a peep (until the end when she just couldn't take the waiting any more). The doctor even commented what a good baby she was for being so patient.  

On March 7, we headed to Seattle for our fifth visit to Seattle Children's Hospital. Britta met with a specialist there we hadn't seen before, who we were hoping would be "the one" to give us some kind of idea of what's going on with Britta. But, he ended up being a dud and super unhelpful. On the bright side, we met with a new occupational therapist who is awesome and made some new hand braces for Britta right there on the spot. In fact, she made two sets-- one for day time usage and the other to help position her fingers at nighttime in a curved over position (a position she can't make very well on her own). She also taught us some new tummy time maneuvers to help strengthen her neck and torso a bit more.  

Three Month Old Stats:
  • XX lbs. (93rd percentile)
  • XX tall (>99th percentile) 
  • XX" HC (>99th percentile)

Sleeping: Still sleeps better than Paige. I often have to go wake her up in the mornings so we can get on with our day and get out of the house to take Marin to preschool, go to the gym, or whatever other random errands we have to run in the mornings.  

Wearing: 3-6 months, 6 month clothes 

Things I Don't Want to Forget/Interesting tidbits: 

  • Poor little thing has an off-the-charts sized head. The specialist we saw in Seattle was so concerned he came in and measured mine and Isaac's head to see where we stood on the charts. Mine is normal. Isaac's is in the ninetieth percentile. Runs in the family. :)  
  • Usually always happy, smiling, making cute noises and recently has added laughing to her routine. I guess it’s true that fat babies are always the happiest. 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

BRITTA: Two Months Old

RICHLAND, WASH. -- It hit me hard last month when at Britta's two month appointment the nurse asked me all the regular milestone questions. 

"Is she holding her head up by herself?"

I paused for a second as I thought about the answer. And it stung a little bit as I realized how I had to answer. 


It was the first time I'd ever answered "no" to one of those milestone questions for one of my kids. And I know it won't be the last time. Marin and Paige were always well ahead of the game. But it struck me that things are very different this time around.  

The thing is, I know she'll eventually hold her head up by herself. She'll eventually learn how to sit up and walk (but probably never crawl, due to her hands), we hope. But when she'll be able to do all these things is a mystery. But they certainly won't be on time. 

My sweet little Britta is the happiest baby despite her odd muscular issues that remain undiagnosed. She flashes the cutest smiles whenever I talk to her. Oh my goodness, they make me melt. She's started laughing a little bit too and it's the most delightful sound.

Her sisters continue to love on her like she's the best thing on earth (and perhaps she is). 

Two Month Old Stats:
  • 14.7 lbs. (93rd percentile)
  • 25" tall (>99th percentile) 
  • 16.73" HC (>99th percentile)

Sleeping: She sleeps like a champ. She often sleeps through the night. A few times a week (knock on wood) she wakes once a night. Her napping is still pretty sporadic. She might only cat nap throughout one day and then the next day have a three hour nap. 

Wearing: 3 months (starting to get snug), 3-6 months 

Things I Don't Want to Forget/Interesting tidbits: 

  • She got her hand braces during her second month of life (end of January). She wears them most of the day. They don't seem to bother her at all, which is good. Except when she wants to suck her thumb and then it gets tricky as she tries to put her thumb in her mouth.

Holy moly. I have three girls!

Missing a sock. And with a toy from Aunt Brittany.

Marin likes to include Britta with her dolls.

Sporting her new hand braces!

In Seattle at a hotel while we were there for doctor appointments.

Still isn't sturdy in the neck department, but she's sure sweet.

Marin loves to hold and snuggle Britta!

We love this doll of a child! 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

BRITTA: One Month Old

RICHLAND, WASH. -- Little Britta turned a month old on New Years day. According to her one month stats, she's not so little. She's our third baby to show that we like them chubby around here. She's soared into the ninetieth percentile and beyond for everything. 

Her muscular problems remain a medical mystery. Already in her short month of living she has seen more than 10 doctors all across the state. None of them have ever seen hands like hers before (she basically just flops them backward) and are baffled by her low muscle tone.  

So far docs have ruled out every test that's been done so far and are just waiting to hear back from one more (a really nasty, lethal disease that is heartbreaking) sometime in the next few weeks. 

Other than all the doctor visits, this little lady is a delight. She's just about the cutest thing I've ever seen and she's started to smile a lot at us, which always makes us melt. 

Marin LOOOOVES holding Britta
Britta cozying up with Aunt Mikael
Britta in the lace blessing dress my mom made for her.
Mikael took these beautiful photos on Britta's blessing day.
Isaac's family that came to down (Uncle Derek took the photo)

 One Month Old Stats:
  • 11.7 lbs. (92nd percentile)
  • 23.5" (99th percentile) 
  • 15.87" HC (99th percentile... she has a large head apparently. I call it the "Reeve head.")
Sleeping: I feel like Britta's sleeping habits are such a tender mercy. For the last few weeks she has gone between 6 and 8 hours stretches at night. I have to interrupt her beauty rest to feed her. Otherwise, I'm not sure how long she'd go. I know this awesome sleep probably won't last forever, so I'll be grateful for it now. Especially since Paige (little stinker) has been waking up several times a night for the last few months (URGH). So there you have it, right now Britta is a better sleeper than her 2 year old sister. 

Wearing: 3 months, 3-6 months 

Things I Don't Want to Forget/Interesting tidbits:

  • Has started smiling. It's the cutest thing.
  • Cries only when she's hungry, tired or needs a diaper change. I guess that's pretty basic, but basically I'm trying to say she's not a fussy baby. 
  • Had a beautiful blessing given to her by her dad in church last Sunday. Grandma and Grandpa Reeve and Aunt Mikael and her family all came to town for it. It was such a nice weekend with them all here to celebrate Britta. 
  • This weekend we head to Seattle again for Britta to get an MRI of her brain and spine. 
  • Also this month we head to Seattle again to get braces for her hands. Physical therapists hope it'll help make her hand muscles stronger to keep them positioned in the right direction.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Welcome Britta Paula Reeve!

RICHLAND, WASH. -- I was so certain our third baby girl would arrive early. So certain. A few months before she was due, doctors did an ultrasound to check her growth. When they declared she was measuring two weeks early, it just cemented my feelings further. "She's going to be early!" 


Fast forward to Thanksgiving. Nothing. My parents came to town. Nothing. My actual due date, November 28, rolled around. Nothing. 

I tried everything I could think of. Except one thing. 

A few days later a friend convinced me to try castor oil. It was the last thing I wanted to consider. I'd heard horror stories. But as my mom's days in town neared to an end, I was desperate. So I tried it. On Thursday, November 30, around 8:30 p.m., I drank some with a glass of orange juice (per the friend's instructions).

It worked like magic. I woke up shortly after 1 a.m. that morning with some serious contractions happening. We headed to the hospital around 4 a.m. on December 1. I was already dilated to a 6. And just before Noon, our little Britta was born.

Despite what the doctors thought via ultrasound, she was not big. In fact, she was my smallest baby weighing 7 pounds 9 ounces and measuring 20 inches long. 

Britta Paula Reeve, 7 lbs. 9 oz., 20 inches long

She's beautiful. Her little body has some muscular problems doctors are trying to figure out, but she is one of the loveliest things I have ever seen. And we are all so in love with her.

Welcome to our world baby Britta!  

Paige and Marin are smitten and fight about who gets to hold her and help change her diaper. 

Friday, August 25, 2017

Paige: Two Years Old

RICHLAND, WASH. -- My gem of a child is two years old! She's pretty much the sweetest thing ever, except when it's nap time and she realizes no one else has to have a nap except her. 

There are so many things I don't want to forget about her at this stage (especially if she ends up getting hit by the terrible threes like her big sister). I just want to remember all the sweet, precious, adorable things she does and remember her this way forever. 

The other morning, Marin stole a stuffed dog from Paige that she had been playing with. When I grabbed it from Marin and gave it back to Paige, Marin was beside herself (her three year old emotions... heaven help us) and cried and cried. Paige responded with a very sweet, "Rin, why you sad?" When she realized it was because Marin wanted the dog in Paige's arms, she quickly gave it to her to make her happy, "Here you go, Rin!" That about sums up my sweet little girl. She is constantly aware of people's emotions and wants them to be happy. 

Two Year Old Stats:
Will fill these in after her appointment on Monday

  • 26 lbs. (52nd percentile)
  • 34.5" (77th percentile) 
Eating: Paige would pick a fruit or vegetable to eat over a brownie, cookie or bowl of ice cream. She used to eat just about everything I'd give her at dinner time, but now she's a little pickier about it. Or at least just picky about when she wants to eat.  

Sleeping: 7:30 pm-ish to 7:30 am give or take an hour or so. I'm worried she's about to phase out of naps, like Marin did at this age. Whenever she has a good two hour nap lately, which happens most days, she won't settle down until 8:30 or later. She'll hang out in her crib talking up a storm or coming up with an excuse for us to come in and get her ("I go potty!" or "I poop!" is the usual thing). 
Wearing: 2T
Things I Don't Want to Forget/Interesting tidbits:

  • "I lu you, Rin."(love) is said multiple times a day to Marin, usually followed by the two of them hugging it out.
  • I love how she calls Marin, "Rin." It's my favorite.  
  • "I happy!"  
  • Today she said, "Rin, you happy? I happy too!" 
  • She randomly declares to people, "I lu you," (I love you) and gives them a little nuzzle when they least expect it. It makes anyone melt who receives such a tender declaration from her.  
  • She asks "why?" roughly 50 times a day. If you tell her anything, she'll immediately want to know "why" and continually ask no matter your answer. 
  • She loves to try on shoes. Her shoes, my shoes, Isaac's shoes, Marin's shoes... when we were at Brittany's house visiting last month, she tried on anyone's shoes she could find. Usually Alivia's. 
  • She's basically potty trained, except I don't quite trust her in public, so we throw a diaper on her when we head out of the house. The miraculous thing about this is that she instigated it all on her own. I wouldn't have even thought to try before she turned two, but she expressed interest and I am extremely grateful she took the initiative. 
  • Her manners are usually impeccable. She is quick to say "please" and "thank you," and when I'm expressing out loud (to no one in particular) my need for something, she will often go and get it for me. 
  • Lately she says "thanks" like "yanks." She used to say it just fine, so I'm not sure why the switch. 
  • She loves to be held (almost too much) and her prized possessions are her two fleece blankets that she must have to sleep with and to carry around during the day when she wants to be held or cuddled. She'll lay one of them over my shoulder and snuggle into it while holding the other one. One blanket is gray plaid and the other is yellow/orange stripes. She spaces out her consonants sometimes and it'll sound like, "I... want... gray... blanket."
  • She loves to read books. 
  • She loves her baby dolls and putting them to bed and pretending that they need their diapers changed (ha ha).  
  • She loves being in the water... bath time or at the swimming pool, she could stay in the water all day. 
  • In the last few months she's developed a bit of a speech impediment (the same one Marin has) where she says her "s" sound like "th" instead. So instead of "yes," she says "Yeth."  
  • The girl can laugh and giggle like no one's business. Her loudest laughter is usually generated by Isaac. 
  • She loves going places and loves to go on outings with Isaac. If she knows he's going somewhere, she'll say, "I go with you!" and frantically run to get her shoes on. If we don't allow her to go with him for whatever reason, she cries and cries saying, "I go wiiiiith yoooou!" over and over again. 
  • She's super sensitive and if we ever even get the slightest bit mad at her, she cries and cries like we just punished her with a life sentence to something.  
  • She gets so jealous when I hold Marin (or anyone else's kid). If she knows Marin is about to come over and sit on my lap, she'll make a mad dash to me to try and beat Marin there. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Paige: 18 Months Old

RICHLAND, WASH. -- My sweet little baby hit the year and a half mark at the end of February. It's amazing to me that in a few weeks she'll be the age Marin was when Paige was born. I remember thinking Marin was so grown up when Paige arrived, but I do not feel the same way as Paige at this age. She is still so much a baby. I'm sure Marin was just that same way, but I perceived it so different for some reason. Paige says a lot and tries to say just about everything. She's also stringing words together now to speak in phrases. It's fun to hear what comes out of her mouth. 

EIGHTEEN MONTH MONTH STATS (need to find her stats): 
  • Xx lbs. (93%)  
  • XX (95%) 
EATING: My good little eater has turned into a selective one. She still chooses healthy food over anything else, but she's much more selective about what she eats and how much and when she eats. She used to just eat like a champ at every meal time no matter what. Now that's kind of hit and miss.  

SLEEPING: In bed by 7 and sleeps until 7 or 7:30. Sometimes later. 

WEARING: Mostly wearing 2T (though they're a little big) with a few 18 month things. 

  • After so long of not saying Marin's name, she finally says it all the time. She either calls her "Muhn," or "Rin." 
  • She loves animals, as illustrated in the photos below. We went to a local grain store one Saturday and they had chicks and bunnies for kids to pet and hold. Paige (and Marin) were in heaven. 
  • She calls elephants "el-ants." It's really cute to me. 
  • Sometimes when she sees a picture of a dog or cat or any other cuddly animal, she'll often declare, "kitty... cuuuuute!"  or "doggy... cuuuuute!"  It makes me smile. 
  • She loves to read books, and will often bring Isaac or me a stack of books to read, but she often doesn't have the attention span to finish the book (she'll get distracted by Marin or lose interest). 
  • She tries really hard to say the ABC's. But she often ends half way through and declares, "sing with me!" Which sounds more like, "seen wit me!" 
  • She is very opinionated. And says, "no, no" too much, but loudly says, "YEAH!" when she wants or agrees with something. 
  • She LOVES to sing. Every night practically when we put her to bed, she'll stay up singing to herself for a long time until she falls asleep. One of her current favorites is Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree. She calls it "pop, pop," and loves to make the popping action.