Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Paige: Five Months Old, Sitting, Rolling, Eating

RICHLAND, WASH. -- Little, sweet Paige hit the five month mark last Sunday. She's sitting up, rolling all over, trying food, and is pretty much a dream baby. 

Sporting a fur vest some of Isaac's coworkers gave her when she was born. She's a trendsetter, this one.

I'm not sure how much this trend has caught on in the Tri Cities, she got several comments at church about her fur. 

EATING: We decided to hop on the real foods bandwagon a few weeks ago... if rice cereal counts as a real food. So far we've tried rice cereal, oatmeal, squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, green beans and applesauce. No strong opinions one way or the other, but I think she enjoys having us stick a spoon in her mouth with something on it. She usually just tries to grab the spoon to suck on it.  

SLEEPING: Usually wakes up around 4:30 or 5 every morning, eats and then goes back to sleep until around 7 or 7:30. She'll rarely fall asleep while I feed her before nap times anymore. Instead, I just lay her down wide awake and she goes to sleep just fine. It's really fantastic. She naps around 9:30am and again at 1ish. 

WEARING: 6 months with a few 9 month things for kicks

INTERESTING TIDBITS: Paige adoringly gazes at Marin whenever she is playing near her. She gets a huge smile on her face in the mornings and starts to kick and flap her arms when she sees Marin. This is both darling and confusing to me, as Marin gives the poor baby some tough love sometimes. She'll often lay on top of her, whack her in the face if she's frustrated or occasionally push her over for no reason whatsoever. But, sweet Paige still adores her big sister. I hope it always stays that way. As long as big sister is behaving appropriately. My favorite though, is when she sees me after having not seen me for a small or long period of time (in the mornings, or if Isaac is holding her). She gives me the biggest squeal and smile and it makes me melt every time. 
  • Rolls all over the place
  • Sits up like a champ
  • Had her first swing ride
  • Slobbers like its going out of style... I'm guessing some teeth are about to pop up soon
  • Likes to smile and "talk" to strangers who pass by her in church, at the store, or wherever... pretty sure she makes their day.
  • Is incredibly ticklish under her chin (and pretty much everywhere else)
She mostly enjoyed watching Marin on the swing

It was really cold, but sunny, so we had to bundle her up in this bear suit

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Paige: Four Months Old

RICHLAND, WASH. -- Our sweet little Paigers turned four months old on Christmas Eve. She is a giggly, smiley, happy, strong little chunk. She's already trying so hard to sit up on her own. She can sit for about thirty seconds unassisted before she leans too far one way or another and topples over. But she's getting better by the day.

First Christmas. She enjoyed it much more than this photo illustrates.
Riding with Marin on her Christmas present.

We were in Portland this past week visiting Isaac's parents and she really bonded with Isaac's mom. She could get Paige to laugh harder than I've ever seen. It was one of the cutest things to watch. I caught part of it on my camera, but being the idiot that I am at times, I accidentally deleted it. I was so bummed. It was THE cutest thing. 

Four Month Stats:

  • 17 lbs. (96%)
  • 26.5 inches tall (96%)
  • 16.73 HC (85%)

  • Eating: We gave her some rice cereal this morning. She was happy to have lots of attention on her while Marin and I fed her, but other than that I think she was pretty neutral on the taste.
    Miss Chubsters in an outfit Marin used to wear (a hand-me-down from a cousin).
    Her new favorite seat in the house.
    She slept like this in her carseat for a few weeks after she caught the same nasty cold that Marin had over Christmas.

    Sleeping: Sometimes she'll sleep eight hour stretches, sometimes she'll just sleep four or five. Last week when she was sick, she woke up almost every hour. Thankfully those times have been few and far between around here. She naps two times a day, generally. Once in the morning around 10am and again in the afternoon around 1. Sometimes she'll have a catnap in the evenings around 5. She's in bed by 7 or 7:30, and usually sleeps for less than an hour before waking up again. Once we get her back to sleep she'll be out for the night.  Sometimes we'll try in vain to rock her to sleep, only to realize she just wants to be set down to fall asleep on her own. Go figure. 
    Wearing: Six month clothes 
    Interesting tidbits: 
    Isaac's mom commented that Paige is the happiest baby she has ever seen, or at least the happiest grandkid (as a baby) she has seen. That about sums up her personality. Paige is a bundle of happy smiles and the cutest sounding baby giggles. She'll light up anyone's day when she flashes them a big wide open-mouthed smile.  

    Wednesday, December 16, 2015

    Paige: Three Months Old

    RICHLAND, WASH. -- I just realized I never got around to posting anything about sweet, little Paige turning three month's old. So, here we have it... 

    This girl is developing and growing so quickly. She rolled over for the first time a few weeks ago. Whenever I lay her down now, she'll roll over to her tummy almost immediately. She hasn't figured out yet how to roll back over onto her back, and gets mad when she's done playing on her tummy and doesn't know what to do next. 

    She went on her first airplane ride over Thanksgiving weekend. We flew to San Diego for my cousin's wedding and she did awesome! I was dreading the flight for weeks, but it turned out much better than I imagined. She hardly slept on any of the flights, surprisingly, except when Isaac held her. He has the magic touch when trying to get her to fall asleep. He holds her tight and before you know it she is off in slumberland... I do not have this same luxury, however. 

    Aunt Amy holding Paige at the San Diego temple

    Family photo at the San Diego temple

    Paige is, for the most part, always so smiley and giggly. She has this incredibly ticklish spot right under her chin and has the cutest laugh whenever we tickle her there. 

    She's started grabbing things and its cute to dangle something in front of her and watch her go for it. 

    Marin loves to kiss Paige and be close to her. This is both heartwarming and very irritating. Especially, since lately, her kisses involving biting. I don't know how this came about, but poor little Paige has a few marks on her forehead from this newfound kissing method. Despite the tough love, Paige usually gets a big smile on her face and starts kicking when she hears Marin's voice and sees her in the mornings. It's pretty cute!

    Marin: Two Years Old

    RICHLAND, WASH. -- And just like that, my baby girl is two. This sweet, spunky, energetic, silly, independent, wild, cuddly, kissy baby of mine is not so much a baby anymore. I may have shed a tear or two over this in recent days. She's growing up too quickly right before my eyes. I love it and hate it all at the same time.

    Two Year Old Stats:

  • 37 inches tall
  • 31 pounds
  • 18.9 in. HC

  • Eating: Picky, picky, picky. We're lucky if she even eats anything some days. How do some kids get so into vegetables? It's a mystery to me. Marin won't even look at most things we offer her. Let's see if I can name the only foods she consistently eats in one line: Applesauce, rolls/bread, oatmeal, peaches, yogurt, chicken nuggets, macaroni & cheese, and anything sweet. That about sums it up. She could also devour a gallon of ice cream at any given time. Don't worry, we haven't let her.  
    Sleeping: 7:30 pm-ish to 7:30 am give or take an hour or so. Since switching to a normal bed, she rarely falls to sleep when I put her down for an afternoon nap. Instead she just lays there talking to herself and playing with her stuffed animals. Thankfully though, this usually makes for an earlier bedtime. And an epic meltdown by 4:30 or 5 pm. 
    Wearing: 2T
    Tricks and New Skills/Interesting tidbits:
    -"Marin happy," is the phrase that comes out of her mouth when we tell her she needs to be happy in order to do something (like watch Peppa Pig). If she throws a tantrum, we'll put her in her room on her bed for a few minutes and when we go retrieve her, she'll point to her mouth, show us all her teeth and say, "Marin happy!"  
    -She still says "foo foo" when she means thank you, but says "thanks" just fine. You got me.
    -She's gotten really good at manners and likes to say, "Oh, foo foo mommy," or "Oh, foo foo daddy."  Or, "Yes, please, mommy." Or, "Oh, thanks, mommy!" 
    -Her language is getting more easy to understand every day. She has this funny/quirky thing when she gets excited and starts chatting away. She starts everything with, "Oh-yo yo ah-yo yo yo..." before she gets to the part that I can understand. For instance, "Oy yo yo yo... go play outside," or "Oh yo yo ah yo yoda yo decorate the Christmas tree."
    -Lately she's started to say, "I love this!" when we are doing something she's enjoying. 
    -Loves nursery on Sundays and playing with the other kids. She kicks and screams when we go to get her on Sundays.
    -Speaking of kicking and screaming, Marin can throw a wild and fierce tantrum. For a good 5 to 10 minutes there is no possible way to console her. These happen almost once (or more) a day and often times in public places. This has resulted in me not wanting to go most places any more for fear of a meltdown. 
    -Mostly though, Marin is as sweet as can be. She is so good at just coming up to us and giving a hug or kiss. Especially to Paige. We have to watch closely when she is in arms reach. Paige often ends up in tears when Marin is loving her too much. When Isaac gets home from work she runs to him and throws her arms around his neck. Isaac is her best playmate. She somehow gains a new burst of energy when he gets home. Her favorite thing to play with him is Hide and Seek. 

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

    Paige: Two Months Old, Happy as a Lark (whatever that means)

    RICHLAND, WASH. -- Paige is the most delightful baby. I had a feeling she would be like this when I was pregnant with her. Mother's intuition, I suppose. When the girl is actually awake, she is constantly smiling and trying to talk to us. Often times I'll be preoccupied with something and glance over to find her staring at me with a huge open-mouth grin. She is such a gem.

    A few weeks ago, it was Paige's blessing day at church. My mom, the talented seamstress that she is, made the dress Paige wore out of the same lace as my wedding dress. It looked so lovely on her. Both Isaac and my parents were able to come for the special day. Marin was in heaven with both sets of grandparents in town. She kept saying, "Two mama's. Two papa's," which are the names she calls them.

    Our smiley girl

    Such a chub, but so pretty

    Look at those cheeks! 

    Smoother city
    Marin tries so hard to be good to her little sister, but sometimes her almost-two-year-old emotions get the best of her and poor little Paige is left in tears. I wish these kids came with a manual. It would sure make things easier. But most of the time she is good and smoothers Paige with hugs and kisses. It's very sweet. But sometimes aggravating.

    The day after her blessing day, we took a quick little road trip to Utah. Paige and Marin had both had colds for a while, and Paige often wakes up in the mornings completely congested. The morning we were leaving to come back, we had just gotten on the road and poor Paige was having a heck of a time breathing in her carseat in the backseat. She seemed to be struggling more than usual, enough so that it worried me. At the stoplight just before entering the freeway, I climbed into the backseat to see if I could help her. The poor thing was drenched, working up a sweat trying to breath. I unzipped her pajamas to help her cool down, but it didn't seem to help much. She was panting heavily and soon lost all color from her cute little face and lips. Isaac pulled over into a parking lot and ran into a grocery store to buy one of those nose suction things. Meanwhile, I sat in the backseat trying to get the poor thing to somehow breath through her mouth. She just couldn't figure it out and turned completely lethargic. Her eyes got all droopy, she was taking small rhythmic breaths that almost sounded like wheezing. My poor baby! Isaac finally came out with the sucker, but it didn't do its job very well and we ended up flying down the street back toward where we came to take her to the ER... we/I didn't know what else to do.  Of course, as soon as we pulled up to the entrance and Isaac got her near the front door, she started breathing normally again. Her color came back and she seemed to be okay. But, since we were already there, and totally amateur parents, we decided to take her inside anyway to make sure she was really okay. And of course, she was. Thank goodness. It wasn't long before she was back to her smiley self.

    Two Month Stats:
    (these were really taken at two and a half months)

  • 14.12 lbs. (96%)
  • 24.5 inches tall (98%)
  • 15.75 HC (87%)

  • Eating: Same
    Sleeping: She's such a good sleeper, when she actually goes to sleep. She's still quite the night owl and often won't go down for good until 10 or later. There have been a few times when she's slept a solid 8 hours straight. But for the most part she sleeps at night in 5 hour stretches or so. During the day her naps are still somewhat sporadic, but she usually has a pretty long nap in the afternoon, sometimes 3 or 4 hours. 

    Wearing: 3 month clothes and even some 6 months. 
    Interesting tidbits: 

    • She is so smiley. Gives us the biggest open-mouth smiles constantly.
    • She likes to chat too. When we look her in the eye she will coo and chatter until we look away.
    • She likes the play mat and swats a little at the animals. But we use it cautiously because Marin likes to lay on it when she uses it too. Urg.
    • When she lays on her back on the ground she will move her arms and kick wildly like she's doing a jig. It's kind of comical and makes us all smile. 

    Thursday, October 1, 2015

    Paige: One Month Old

    RICHLAND, WASH. -- Sweet, little Paige had her one month appointment this week. Firstly, has it only been a month? I feel like she's been around for so much longer.  Secondly, she appears to take after her big sister in the big baby department. She's gained almost a pound a week. Amazing. To commemorate this achievement, here are a bunch of photos from this past month, along with Paige's birth story. Which isn't that exciting, but a story nonetheless.

    My first glimpse at the little peanut. All the nurses kept commenting how beautiful she was.

    The cutest dad.
    Just a day or so old here. 
    Marin meeting Paige for the first time. She was so excited to see the baby as if she were reunited with an old friend.
    She kept pointing and saying, "Look, look, baby!"
    Paige's first visitors! Isaac's mom and niece came to help with Marin. It was heaven having them here! 
    My parents were kind enough to come and help the week Isaac went back to work. My mom stayed a week and my dad came at the end and thoroughly entertained Marin. She couldn't get enough of them both.

    One Month Stats:

  • 11.11 lbs. (93%)
  • 23 inches tall (98%)
  • 15.16 HC (92%)

  • Eating: Lots of milk; with steroids in it apparently. 
    Sleeping: She's been sleeping a solid 4-5 hour stretch the last few nights from about 11pm to 4am (I wish she'd zonk out earlier, but I'll take it). She'll sleep again for 2-3 hours and then be awake for a bit before going back to sleep for another hour or two.  She's usually wide awake mid-morning and zonks back out again from about 1pm to 4:30 or 5pm. This works out tremendously, because Marin takes a nap at 1... so I get some peace and quiet for a bit. Heaven!  
    Wearing: 3 month clothes. Wears some newborn things, but they're getting a big snug these days
    Interesting tidbits: 

    • Gives the sweetest smiles (started doing this around the three week mark)
    • Poops all the time (I know this is TMI)
    • Coos loudly when she eats
    • Likes to squawk when she's on the ground kicking 

    Paige's Story

    Sweet little Paige was scheduled to be delivered via induction on Thursday, August 27. I was praying and hoping she'd just come on her own so I could bypass the painful, annoying and long induction process. It turns out going into labor on your own is still painful and just as annoying. Now I know. 

    Early Sunday morning (I'm talking like 3 am here), I found myself awake, as usual (my pregnancy insomnia was ridiculous) and got up to check on Marin. Meanwhile, I felt some funny cramping pains. They didn't go away, and by morning I knew they were definitely contractions. I told Isaac as soon as he woke up that I was having contractions. He was excited, but I don't think he was entirely sure I was legitimately in labor. Nonetheless, he called his parents to alert them. His mom said they were probably Braxton-Hicks.

    As the day wore on, the contractions obviously got stronger and closer together. I went to church that morning, but by third hour was ready to call it a day. We came home and Isaac had to get ready to go to work. He was on call that night from about 2 to 10 pm. When he left to go to work, he promised to call to check in frequently. I cried when he left. Those pesky contractions were getting painful and it scared me that I had to go it alone with Marin while I was hunched over in pain every few minutes! He called about every hour or so and had me start timing my contractions.  By 5 pm they were so painful and coming every 4 minutes or so. I remember attempting to make Marin some dinner (I sure wasn't hungry) and I kept having to stop and grab the counter so I could keel over in pain until a nasty contraction passed. I didn't know what to do with Marin to keep her entertained and occupied, so I let her watch little kid videos on YouTube (Elmo, Super Simple Songs, Minnie Mouse, etc.). I was so frustrated trying to take care of her and doing in inadequate job that I broke down and cried while I was attempting to make dinner. These contractions were awful and I was so frustrated!  Thankfully, Isaac called around this time and decided it was best if he called in backup at work so he could come home.  He finally got home around 6:30 p.m. We had Marin in bed by 7pm. I was trying to sing songs with her before we laid her down and she broke out in tears when I had a nasty contraction... I don't hide pain well apparently. And whenever she sees me sad, she cries.

    By this time, we had convinced Isaac's mother (who was on stand-by for us) that I was legitimately in labor and she better start heading over from Portland. We called our sweet home teacher's family and they sent one of their teenaged daughters over to stay at our house until Isaac's mom (and 9 year old niece, who she brought along for entertainment for Marin) got there.

    When we got to the hospital around 7:30, the sweet nurse hooked me up to check my contractions and all that fun stuff. I was dilated to a 4. I couldn't believe I was only at a 4 after all that pain the entire day! She said I needed to dilate to a 5 within the next hour or they'd likely send me home. I pleaded with her to let me stay and when she saw me curling my toes in pain she was kind-hearted enough to admit me right then and there.  Soon thereafter, I got the blessed relief of an epidural. God bless the person who was inspired enough to come up with this miracle drug. The nurse anesthetist happened to be from Utah too. He immediately made me feel better. 

    By 11:30 pm, I was fully dilated and ready to go. My water hadn't broken yet, but was bulging like a balloon (they said), so they popped it and off we went. The sweet little girl made her big debut at 12:04 am late Sunday night/early Monday morning. She weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces and was 21 inches long. All the nurses kept commenting on what a beautiful baby she was. She came out a chubby little thing, but she sure is darling. 

    Since we delivered at the hospital where Isaac works, it was nice he could run down to the physicians lounge that night and get us sandwiches, juice and snacks. 

    The irony behind this day was August 23 was the ten year anniversary of my Grandma's death. She was the one we happened to name Paige after... Virginia. I hope this little girl will know how much this lady meant to me in my life. The name also has dual meaning for Isaac and I since it's the state where our relationship began. Mostly though, its after my Grandma. No doubt she smiled down on us that day.

    Paige has been an angel of a baby. The entire time I was pregnant, I never worried about her and if she'd be healthy or if my labor would go well. I only worried about how Marin would react to a new addition to our family. I'd heard such horror stories about how some kids react. The morning after Paige was born, I was nervous for Isaac and his mom to bring Marin to the hospital to meet her. But the moment Marin walked through that door, she saw me sitting there and was so excited to see me. I don't think she knew she'd find me through that door. She ran to me and I picked her up and held her and showed her Paige laying in the bassinet next to me. Marin got the biggest smile on her face and completely lit up saying, "Baby, baby, baby!" and pointed and smiled the biggest grin. It was the sweetest thing and I was immediately relieved that she was so excited to see this little baby, who she seemed to already know and remember. I get emotional thinking about this sweet moment. She wanted to hold her the whole time she was there. 

    While we were at the hospital, several people from our ward stopped by, our home teacher and his wife and our bishop and his hilarious wife. One of Isaac's kind coworkers even came up with flowers. These two darling old men stopped by too. They said they come to the hospital every week to visit members of the church who are there. Its nice to have such a supportive community. 

    Since we've been home, Isaac's mom stayed several days. She was such a lifesaver. She made dinner every night and kept Marin happy. She brought along Issac's cute 9 year old niece, Makenzie who Marin followed around like a puppy dog. Isaac happened to time it right, and had two weeks off in a row. His first being the day Paige was born. It couldn't have been timed better for that reason. The second week he had off, he was the biggest help. He took Marin to the park, wore her out every day and did every chore around the house. The week he went back to work, my mom came. She made me freezer meals and helped do random things around the house, all the while keeping Marin entertained with fun activities. My dad came that weekend and Marin had the time of her life with him out hunting for bugs and playing games. When they all left, I cried. It is so nice to have such a wonderful family (on both sides) who are loving, thoughtful and dependable and will do anything for you. Oh how I love them all!

    Paige is such a mellow baby. She sleeps much of the day away and so far seems very good natured and sweet. I had a feeling she would be this way. She gives the sweetest smiles when I pick her up after a nap. It makes me melt. 

    Transitioning to life with two kids has been pretty uneventful. I was nervous to be alone with both of them the first week I was on my own. Marin has mostly been sweet and kind to Paige. She likes to smother her with kisses. But she has obviously been adjusting to these changes too. She likes to throw extra tantrums and whine to me. But other than that, she's been a trooper. We even braved story time at the library this week together. I thought it would be months before I dared take them both. Other than a tantrum at the end, things went smoothly. 

    These two little girls have completely changed my world. And I love it so much. 

    Sunday, September 13, 2015

    Welcome Paige Virginia Reeve

    RICHLAND, WASH. -- A cute little girl came into our world at 12:04 am on August 24, 2015. Say hello to this beauty...

    Paige Virginia Reeve
    8 pounds 4 ounces; 21 inches long

    She's named after my Grandma Candrian, Virginia Cox Candrian Webster. She's got a head of dark hair, long, skinny legs and a very chill personality. Her big sister, Marin, loves to smother her with kisses and hold her (until she cries).  We are so grateful she's part of our family.