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. 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Marin: Three Years Old

RICHLAND, WASH. -- Oh sweet Marin, what on earth would I do without you?! Isaac and I sat with Marin last night (on the eve of her birthday) in her window seat, staring at the falling snow in the night sky. We both reminisced about how the weather was similar on the night she was born three years ago. 

Three years ago, a New England blizzard was rolling in and the nurses called to tell us to come in early to avoid problems getting to the hospital. I had to be induced, because Marin was a week late, and we headed to the hospital before any snow even touched the ground. But boy was it cold outside! That first night after they started the induction, I was in so much pain from contractions that I couldn't sleep a wink. Isaac was sound asleep on some little makeshift bed in the hospital room, and every time I'd get up to walk around or go to the restroom, I'd walk past him to take a peek out the window and watch the snow swirl all around. Scared to death that I was about to become a mother.  

We've been in heaven since with our sweet little, spirited girl. She is such a character, loves to draw, sing, watch princess movies, tease her little sister, and be my helper. She helps me sweep the floor, bake treats, fold laundry, and loves to hold Paige. And, most of the time, Paige loves her. Often mimicking her, in word and action, for good or bad. 

For weeks, ever since trying on her friend's Belle dress, all Marin wanted for her birthday was a Belle dress. She loves Beauty and the Beast and when Paige naps, I let her watch a movie, and for the past few weeks she has only wanted to watch Beauty and the Beast, in anticipation of getting a Belle dress. My sweet mother made one for her, after I wasn't satisfied with any of the ones for purchase online. She even made a cape to go with it. Marin was in heaven when she opened it this morning. She wanted to put it on immediately. 

Marin is the youngest one in her nursery class at church, but has done pretty well holding her own in there every Sunday. She's in a class full of mostly boys and I think I can understand her better than most of the kids in there. 

We are attempting to teach her to read. Isaac is making a big attempt at working with her every night to sound out simple words. I can't tell if she's interested or if she's just trying to amuse her daddy. She can spell the word "mom" and will write it on her drawing board and show me quite often. 

  • 37 lbs. (93%)  
  • 3 feet 3 inches tall (95%) 
EATING: This girl is still incredibly picky. She isn't interested in most things that used to be a sure thing... like macaroni and cheese. She still eats apple sauce like candy and will now at least try a bite (sometimes two) of something new at dinner. Usually if bribed. 

SLEEPING: In bed usually by 7:30 and has been sleeping lately until 7:30am or so. 

WEARING: 3T and sometimes 4T. She's tall. 

  • She loves being with other kids. If I'm hanging around when she's playing with other kids, she'll say, "You go!" Motioning for me to leave.
  • She loves to play at the park and with friends (at the park) and is generally happy when she's around other kids. 
  • Since it's been a while since I've written a Marin update, she was finally potty trained last May, so at 2 years and 4 months. Once we ran out of pull-ups for the night time, I think in June, I just stopped buying them. She's done fairly decent, with an accident at night here or there, but we've never had a daytime accident. Thank goodness. She now likes me to leave and close the door while she's going.
  • Sometime in the last several months, she's developed a fear of the dark. She'd have to have every light in the hallway and rooms across the hall turned on. We now have Christmas lights in her room and she loves it. 
  • She's not the greatest at sharing her own toys. The few times we've had kids over to play (we need to do this more, apparently), she FLIPS when someone starts playing with her drawing board. It's really irritating. 
  • She gets a little aggressive with Paige when she gets tired. Poor Paige is often the recipient of a push, kick or hit when Marin is getting sleepy.
  • Marin is so good at memorizing things. If I sing a song to her just a few times, she often has the whole thing down pretty good after that. 
  • She has an incredible memory. Things that happened a while back, that I have forgotten about myself, she'll often bring up. 
  • She's very good at giving compliments. She will often say to me, "Mommy, you look pretty today" or "Mommy, I like your hair." When kids came trick or treating on Halloween to our house, she liked to answer the door to give them candy, and gave out compliments very freely all on her own, "I like your dress," or "I like your costume." 
  • She likes to say, "Mommy, just come cuddle with me!" when she is tired and just wants to be held. 
  • When Isaac gets home from work she will usually drop everything she's doing to go run and jump into his arms, screaming, "Daddy! Daddy you're home!"  It makes Isaac melt.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Paige: 15 Months Old and Mimicking

RICHLAND, WASH. -- Oh, this little girl. She melts my heart more and more daily. Paige is so sweet, yet such a tease. Over the last few months, her communication has really taken off. The best thing she has said, that has helped me be a better mom to her, is "yeah, yeah, yeah." When you ask her if she wants something, she will respond in favor. It has helped us so much. 

We spent Thanksgiving weekend in Boise with Isaac and his extended family. His Grandpa Peterson turned 88, so there was a big birthday bash. It was a lot of fun. In October, we spent a week in San Diego (Solana Beach to be exact), and it was delightful. Paige loved playing in the sand and the ocean. And playing at the playground near by. She and Marin could have spent every second of the day there. 

Here are a bunch of photos from the last few months. It's a serious picture overload... but she's just so cute. How can I not share them all?

Likes to drink juice. And then squeeze what she doesn't drink everywhere.

Sometime recently she decided she doesn't like her high chair and would much prefer to sit at the table with us.

Loves playgrounds! 

Hasn't quite mastered the bridges at the parks, despite her love for climbing.

Oh, I love her. She has become a much heavier sleeper lately. She used to wake up at the sound of someone breathing. 

Helping me make brownies. 

She just likes to chill in random places sometimes.

Bathtime is her favorite time of day. She likes to sit underneath the trickling faucet and fill cups and bowls.

She climbs and gets into EVERYTHING.

She did not care for sitting on her great Grandpa's lap.

She LOVES music and playing the piano.

Hanging out at some shopping center in Meridian, Idaho, all dressed up from Great Grandpa's birthday party.

Waiting at the doctor's office for her fifteen month appointment. She got three shots. And was not happy.

Went to the park after her shots to try to cheer her up. It worked.

Loves her big sister so much.

  • 22.7 lbs. (75%)  
  • 31.5 inches tall (80%) 
  • 18.5 HC (86%) 
EATING: Has irritatingly started to become picky. She will eat most fruits and vegetables I give her though, so I guess I can't complain. Fruit is her favorite. 

SLEEPING: Naps once a day. Sometimes twice still. Sleeps like a champ at night. She's in bed by 7 usually and sleeps until 7 or so the next morning. 

WEARING: 18 months

  • She likes to growl like a lion/bear/tiger. 
  • She likes to climb. On anything.
  • She likes to mimic Marin's behavior. If Marin is up dancing, she is too. If Marin is playing with daddy, she wants in on the fun. If Marin is playing with a doll, Paige will grab it and run away (ha ha). She also puts phones up to her ear and says, "hi." 
  • She is a sensitive little thing. She cries easily and loves hard. If Marin cries, she often runs over to her and gives her kisses. 
  • Her kisses are open-mouth with a very strongly emphasized, "MUH!" 
  • She has seen me push a chair over to the counter for Marin to stand on to help me bake, and now whenever I'm making something, she will push over a chair to help. It's cute. But sometimes she'll push a chair over when I'm not there... and... ugh. 
  • She loves music. She loves singing, dancing and playing the piano. When Isaac plays his saxophone, she is right up at his feet to listen. 
  • She is so cuddly and always wants to be held. 
  • Her favorite thing lately is her soft, gray fleece blanket. She holds it tight and cuddles into it when we put her to bed. 
  • Other words she says often, "Tickle, tickle," "no," "yeah, yeah, yeah," crackers (cah-cahs), water (wah-wah), and tries to mimic other words we say quite often, though doesn't say them frequently. 
  • Likes to point to her/our eyes, ears and mouth and say, "Ahh (eye), ehh (ear) and muh (mouth). 
And now for more pictures...
At SeaWorld

Watching the whales at SeaWorld

Hanging out at our vacation rental.

Solana Beach... one of the best vacations we've had! It was so relaxing and so beautiful!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Paige: One Year Old!!! And Walking

RICHLAND, WASH. -- My sweet baby girl is ONE! It makes me emotional just thinking about it! How on earth does time go by so fast? It seems like such a cruel punishment of some sort. I remember so vividly everything from a year ago, like it was just last week... waking up in the middle of the night when my contractions started, sitting through Sunday School breathing through strong ones and telling myself they weren't that bad, crying while I made dinner for Marin because they hurt so bad and Isaac was at work, and feeling a rush of relief as soon as he came home and we made it to the hospital and they admitted me without doing all the "checking" they needed to because those pesky contractions were so intensely painful my toes were curling up in pain. And then just a few hours later... that beautiful baby girl was in our arms. 

Oh what a delight she has been! She is so happy, giggly, sweet, sharing, such a tease, and the prettiest thing.  She is the definition of beauty to me... always happy (unless she's being tormented by her big sister) with smiles for anyone who look her way. 

It's such an emotional thing raising children. Its the greatest thing on earth watching them learn new skills and develop such delightful personalities. But time can be such a cruel thing. It goes by so fast I feel like I barely have time to soak up all these precious moments before my baby is no longer a baby. She's a walking toddler.   

  • 22.7 lbs. (85%)  
  • 30.5 inches tall (91%) 
  • 18.31 HC (88%) 
EATING: The girl loves food.What she doesn't love though is cow's milk. This has made weaning her slightly frustrating.  

SLEEPING: Still naps twice a day.  Once in the mornings and again around 1ish. She's in bed by 7 usually and sleeps until 7 or so the next morning. 

WEARING: Wears anything from nine months to 18 months. 

  • A few weeks ago she decided that she was done crawling and just started walking. She rarely crawls at all anymore and does her cute little wobbly walk with her hands up while she walks. It's my favorite thing to watch. She'll walk one way, lose balance and head in a new direction when she gains back her balance and walk whatever new way with purpose. 
  • When I hold her at night next to her crib, I usually sing a few songs to her before I lay her down. She has started "singing" with me. It's so cute. She just kind of babbles and hums/moans in a sing-songy kind of way.
  • She's happy 90% of the time, unless her big sister is harassing her or she's really tired. 
  • She LOVES being outside. She squeals when we go to the pool or outside to do anything. 
  • If she sees water, she will drink it. This goes for swimming pool water or water in the water table. She just dives her head right in and starts slurping. When the faucet is running in the tub, she goes over and starts drinking it like a drinking fountain.   
  • She is starting to learn how to defend herself a bit from pesky older siblings. If Paige has something Marin wants, Paige will hurry and thrust it to her side as if to guard it. 
  • She also takes great notice in what people (particularly Marin) are interested in. She likes to hurry and crawl/walk to grab whatever it is and then run away with it with a huge smile on her face.  
  • She has gotten more cuddly the older she's gotten. She will often lay her head on mine or Isaac's shoulders when we pick her up... it makes us melt. 
  • She likes to shake her finger at me when I say "no." And when she's doing something she knows she shouldn't, she turns around to look at me with her finger shaking. It's pretty cute.