Sunday, December 28, 2008

Reagan's First Christmas

I can't believe Christmas has come and gone already! The whole month of December has just been a whirlwind. Grandma Barb was here visiting for most of the month, and it was so great to have her! Reagan has really started to bond with Grandma and we miss her so much already! We had such a good time having her come to all of our weekly activities with us and getting up to play with us at 5am every morning. Grandma also made us so many great meals and baked tons or Christmas cookies for all our neighbors and friends. She also helped me host a Christmas party for our playgroup that was so much fun! We made two attempts to get Reagan's picture taken with Santa, but both times she took one look at the big harry man that was holding her and screamed uncontrollably. I guess I can't blame her! Steve was traveling quite a bit this month but it has been great having him home and off work for the holiday. It would be an understatement to say that Santa was very good to Reagan. It seems like we were helping her open presents all day long. She got so many cute outfits and fun toys, but she seemed to be more interested in the wrapping paper and boxes. I guess we should enjoy this while it lasts! Uncle Tom came to visit for three days right before Christmas. Reagan just loves him! It is so cute to see them together. Tommy is going to make a great dad someday! Then, Aunt Jeanne, Uncle John, Michael, Beth, and Kinsey came to visit after Christmas and it was so much fun to watch Kinsey and Reagan play together. I hope they will only get closer and closer as they get older. Then Grandpa Cap came to visit for a few days, and Reagan had a great time playing with his as well. She is just eating up all of this attention!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Reagan's First Thanksgiving

Grandma Denise and Aunt Cate came down for Thanksgiving this year. It was so great to have them here and to be together for Reagan's first Thanksgiving. Reagan even had a mini Thanksgiving dinner of baby food turkey and gravy and sweet potatoes. The turkey was her first taste of meat and I don't think she liked it very well. Just this past week I have also added Cheerios to her diet, and she just can't get enough of them! I've also been cutting her little pieces of apples and bananas, so little by little she is getting sick of the jars of baby food. As you can see from the picture above, she is also quite the little grocery shopper. She loves to push her little grocery cart around the house. I think she will be walking in a few weeks because she already lets go of anything she has pulled up on and stands on her own for several seconds. She is always on the move. Her new favorite game is chasing Abby around the house and trying to take her toy away. Abby is pretty quick, but Reagan does catch her every once in a while. Reagan will just take Abby's tire from her mouth and Abby will let her do it. Abby really is very good with her. It is so funny to watch. Reagan has also gotten even more clingy with me lately. If I am in the room, she won't go to anyone else- not even Steve. It makes me feel horrible and I'm sure it hurts his feelings a little as well. As good as it makes me feel, I am hoping it is just a phase. I guess I should just enjoy it now because when she reaches her teenage years, I'll be lucky if she ever wants to be around me! This is such a great stage because every day I see more and more personality coming through. We are so blessed and have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Reagan's First Halloween

Reagan's First Halloween

Reagan's First Halloween

Reagan was a fairy for her first Halloween. She wore her costume to Romp n Roll and also to her play group, but she was in bed before the trick or treaters started coming. All the babies lined up on the couch are in her play group. They all looked so cute, and we moms were so happy that they sat comfortably for a few seconds so that we could get these shots. My dad and Margy are in town visiting and they came with us to the pumpkin patch and to Reagan's swim lesson. Reagan decided to show off at her lesson and went completely under the water several times (and was happy when she came up)! She also had a great time at the pumpkin patch as Grandpa showed her her first horse, roster, and pony and Daddy gave her her first ride on his shoulders. So, although she didn't have any candy this year, I would say Reagan had a very happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

We Love Grandparents!

Even though we were only home for a few days it was so nice for Reagan to be able to spend some time with all of her grandparents. We stayed with my mom, and she has made my old bedroom into a cute little nursery! Reagan slept in the crib that both Karly and I used as babies and she was very spoiled by Grandma Barb. We visited with Grandma Denise and Aunt Cate, and Reagan got to try out the same walker that Steve had used as a baby! Also, for the second time in Reagan's short life she peed on Aunt Cate as she was putting her in the bath tub :) It is a good thing Cate is such a good sport. Reagan got to spend some time with Grandpa Cap out at the Ranch. And now that we are back home, Grandpa Bob and Grandma Margy are here visiting for a week, and Reagan is just loving all the attention!

Andrew and Niki's Wedding

Steve, Reagan, and I had a wonderful trip back to Michigan for Andrew and Niki's wedding! It is not as easy to fly with Reagan any more now that she is so mobile, but once the planes took off she would eventually fall asleep, so things went well. The wedding was beautiful! It was in Gaylord, MI and the fall colors were perfect! Andrew and Niki are just so perfect for each other and it was so great to see them both so happy! Steve, Reagan, and I were all in the wedding, so it was a pretty busy weekend. My mom also came, and was a huge help! Reagan was an adorable little flower girl, and she and Niki's 9 month old nephew rode down the isle in a wagon. I was so nervous that she would be screaming the whole way down or decide to jump ship half way, but she stayed in and was in good spirits, so needless to say, they were both a hit! Reagan and I stayed in Michigan a few days after Steve left to go back to work. As always, it wasn't long enough, but it was nice to spend a little time with both sets of grandparents.

Hangin' with Dad

Reagan loves to go to the park down the street. She loves to swing and slide, but when Steve takes her, it always turns into more of a workout. As you can see, Dad loves to cheer her on as she practices her pullups :)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Reagan is 7 Months Old!

Reagan is 7 months old today, and with this special day also came her first tooth. Her right bottom tooth is just starting to pop through, and as uncomfortable as she must be, she hasn't been too fussy or abnormal. In addition to her first tooth, she also has a little bit of a black eye from bumping into her exersauser while trying to pull up for the hundredth time that day. It must look worse than it is because she only cried for a brief second and then went right back to pulling up. I just hope it is gone by next week for Andrew and Niki's wedding :) She is actually going to be in the wedding and will be pulled down the isle in a wagon along with Niki's 9 month old nephew, Keagan. We will be flying home next week and I am pretty nervous because this will be her first time flying now that she is so mobile. She doesn't sit still for a second, so it will be interesting to see how she does on my lap for an hour and a half. But it will definitely be worth it for us to see our family and for them to see Reagan. Lately she has been enjoying spending time playing in her highchair. Play sessions usually consist of her throwing all of her toys on the floor and me picking them up for her to do it again. She doesn't stay in there for too long because again, she hates to be contained! She has been going to bed pretty regularly at 7pm and as sad as it is to admit, I am never far behind!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Reagan's first trip to the park

Reagan and I went to the park today with our friends Kim and Lincoln. Reagan loves the swings! She would giggle every time I would push her. She just loves the wind in her hair. The weather is so beautiful here in NC this time of year, so we spend as much time as we can outside. Reagan has been such a sweet, happy baby lately! She is just a joy to be around. Her diet now consists of sweet potatoes, squash, sweet peas, apples, bananas, avocado, and beans. She seems to like everything she has tried. As soon as she swallows a bite, she opens her little mouth like a birdy for more. It is so cute :) And because she is so mobile and also FEARLESS she has had several spills that I haven't been able to prevent (as can be seen in the picture of her with the big black and blue bruise on her head- needless to say, we now have a down comforter covering our coffee table to prevent that from happening again). But she is very tough, and always gets back up to do it again.