Friday, February 5, 2016

3 1/2

Teagan Leigh, we love you so much! You are now 3 1/2, and you keep reminding me that we haven't had a cupcake yet. Moooooom, we never had a cupcake for my 3 1/2 birthday! I can remember {remind} you, okay? Is that a great idea? 

My heart can just break a little looking back at pictures of you and seeing how much you've grown-even just in these last 6 months. I love this stage that we're in but think it would be a lot of fun if I could go back and visit with your 2 year old self for a minute too. Ohhhh myyyy cuteness. And I'm sure as you get older I'll be saying the same thing about this stage we're in right now. So I'll try to just enjoy these sweet and special moments now with you...and maybe take more video {so when I need to, I can go back and see and remember how cute you were, how excited you got over things, and the sweet pronunciation of words}.

Oh, we love you so much! You are such a sweet and kind little girl. Being a threenager has brought a little bit of sass with it too, but you really are a sweet, sweet girl. We're fully in the why stage and have been for a bit. And we've even started to enter the "no it's not" after you ask a question and I give you the answer stage. {heaven help me!}

You love your brother! You love having him close by to play together and you like helping take care of him. But of course there's some sibling rivalry/fights/I had it first moments...but those are just helping you both become better people and learn how to deal with others. :)

You love all things princess. And your favorite thing to do when friends come over is to play dress up.
Disney on Ice! 

You love getting to have special things you do with certain people. You seem to have such a good memory of special things that you've done with family/friends. Reflecting back on all of them, I'm thinking your love language might be quality time. Either that, or you are just one for tradition. Words of affirmation rank pretty high on your list too!

You love anything crafty or any holiday that gives reason for things to be celebrated and festive. As in you almost cried twice during the taking down of Christmas decorations. You love holidays and it makes me so happy...cause I kind of love them too! :)

You've still managed to have some firsts in the last six months!
First day of school!

First day of ballet!
First haircut!

First school picture! MELT!!!

First sleepover!
You really do love school and ballet! You've never not wanted to go to either of them! Your teachers are so sweet and I love how much you love going and learning! 

Here's a look at some other random fun we've had over the last 6 months...
Celebrating Granny's 90th birthday! 
You love making the choices on what to wear for the day...
Mountain trip with Nana and Papa and your first time mining for jewels! 
Mommy/Daughter day-Starbucks first and haircut for both of us next 
You wanted us to have matching "mug cups" for Christmas, and this is what your daddy came up with! 
You love playing your guitar and singing with your dad. 
...and puddles. You love puddles. 
1st Mommy/Daughter manicure & pedicure...thanks to a Christmas gift from your Daddy and Reynolds 
Staying up late to watch the national championship with mommy! 
Here are some videos of you recently! 
I noticed I did a "life lately" post and posted several of them here

I found this video on my phone later and we were cracking up. 
Here you are singing a song that your dad wrote. Oh it makes my heart melt and I'm sure it makes his even more hearing you sing his song. 

Teagan Leigh, being your parent is a joy! We love you so much and we are so thankful for the smiles that you bring to our faces each day. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Happy 15 & 16 months!

Reynolds, you turned 16 months today a couple of weeks ago and you are one fun guy. And sweet. Oh my goodness are you a sweet little snuggler. And no matter how many times you snuggle me....I can.not.get.enough! Your 15 month post never made it up soooo we're just going to combine it into 1.

I think the biggest change in the last two months has been vocabulary. You are saying so much now! You'll either randomly repeat a word that you hear or label things for us as a way of communicating/showing your excitement.

You even string together 3 words at a time. It hit us when you looked up at me one day and said, Mommmmy, hoooolld meee. But then it just hit me that maybe that wasn't the first 3 word string you put together. You've been saying baackk and fruuuu for a while now ("back and through" for when you hit the baseball bat....or anything else that you like to pretend is a baseball bat. i.e. everything).

You've been saying mommy and daddy for a long time now, but you seemed to suddenly get confused on who's who. It's pretty funny. And so we laugh and argue over which one of us you're actually requesting help from--especially when we're tired and not especially wanting to get up. {I mean not that that ever happens though. ;)}

Another word that you've started saying is Teedan {Teagan}. Ohhhh my word do you love your big sister. Love her. You request good night hugs and kisses from her each night. And you can't seem to settle until she tells you goodnight too.

We've learned that it is everyone's best interest if we get downstairs before we get you from your crib to make your ooohmeaw {oatmeal}. If not, there are some serious meltdowns when it has to go in the microwave. Major hurt feelings. Anyway, one morning we hadn't gotten to it yet and you were starting to fuss and call for us in your crib. I still snuck downstairs to get it started for you. And as a few more minutes passed you started to get a little more desperate and began a rollcall for someone to get you, Mommmmy, Dadddddy, Teeeedan... Pitiful...but super cute too.

We've said this from the start. You are a passionate little guy. You are a lover and a snuggler...but you are also passionate about your frustration over things too. Most people around know when you aren't happy with something. Things might get thrown or hit out of frustration. Being in public can sometimes get a bit stressful. But, like I said you are also such a little lover. Giving kisses & snuggling up to us. You've started to give us squeezes with your hugs and will even give us sweet little pats. Loooove it. And I love you...all of you, the sweet & the sour!

So proud to "fly" the kite like the big kids! 
Giving the sweetest snuggles before nap. 
Fall bucket list. {and shows how overdue this post is}
Lovin' on your lovies. 
You had an ear infection and we ended up on 3 different medicines for it. 1st one didn't work, 2nd one you had a possible allergy to. We had to sneak the medicine into anything we could because giving you medicine is torture. torture {think waterboarding}. Not fun for either of us. So I was hiding your medicine in yogurt, etc. But then you started getting smart and refusing anything that came to you in a spoon. Would not even look at it. So it was back to  the syringe method. And you were so disgusted by it that you would refused to swallow anything for minutes after. Which left your shirt looking like this...
Picking out a Christmas tree! 
You love the water! And you have gotten SO good at swimming with your puddle jumper with very little help from us! 
I will never tire of these snuggles. 
Your fun new trick of putting food on your head. 
You LOVE your daddy! You used to be a real mama's boy but have recently jumped on the daddy bandwagon. And it is super sweet. :)
You think most surfaces are for standing on...
"Tailgating" with the big kids before the Clemson vs S. Carolina game. 
Climbing. On everything. 
Pizza party to celebrate Clemson making it in the CFP. You were #allin ;) 
You put on a little backpack of Teagan's and suddenly looked so much older. 
Little snuggles for mama during a family movie night. 
At one point our morning routine consisted of being fed your oatmeal while standing up. Because eating it any other way would be crazy...and result in waking up the rest of the house. 
15 month appointment nakey baby cuteness. 
Visiting Daddy at work
Not a fan of being put on stranger's laps. 
First biscuit {of your own} at Flying Biscuit...big deal in this family! 
Christmas playdate with some of our besties! 
Garden Lights at the botanical gardens
new trick. 
Your climbing skills have moved passed me being able to baby-proof much of anything. 
Lights of the South! 
Pretty lights at the Ritz on Lake Oconee
Christmas Eve service
Your daddy had 2 full weeks off from work around the holidays...and we all LOVED it! 
First ice cream with Papa G...another big deal! 
Celebrating Clemson going to the natty!!! 
Playing in the jump house with your cousins! 
First time helping make cookies with Mama and Teagan. 
 Back and fruuuu! 
You love Daniel Tiger! And you show a lot of enthusiasm for the 5 minutes that you'll sit still to watch. 
This was a song that we sang in music class and then you suddenly started doing the motions to it. It was almost an involuntary action for you to do the motions when someone starts singing it. 

Reynolds Patrick, I could eat you up I love you so!!!