Thursday, July 24, 2008

Our New York Visit

Reagan and I just got home from spending a week in New York with my Aunt Jeanne and Uncle John. My mom and Karly also met us there, so it was so nice to have everyone together. I met up with Steve in Syracuse for the weekend as he was in the wedding of one of his Marine buddies from 29 Palms. So it was also my first time away from Reagan for more than 3 hours. But she had wonderful babysitters so she was fine. I honestly think it was harder for me than it was for her. Uncle John would walk her around in his beautiful flower garden and sing to her and play her songs on the guitar when she got fussy, and Aunt Jeanne, Mom, and Karly would cater to her every need. It was also her first time taking a bottle, but she got the hang of it very quickly, and she liked it so much she was eating 6 ounces per feeding! During this week we also gave her her first solid food in the form of rice cereal. At her 4 month Dr.'s appointment, the pediatrician recommended that we start it once a day. Above is a picture of the first attempt, and she did very well! She sucked it down and even cried for more in between spoon fulls. I guess she takes after her dad when it comes to eating :)
During our visit, Reagan also got to meet my grandma's sister (her great-great Aunt Ruth), my Aunt Suzy, Uncle John, cousins Shaun and Sarah, and Aunt Rosie and Uncle Rudy. We also visited Fort Frey were my grandmother grew up. Reagan also did very well on the plane both ways! All in all it was a great vacation. We are so blessed to have such a wonderful family!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Reagan's 4 month Check Up

Reagan is now 4 months old and yesterday we went to the doctor's for her four month well baby visit.  We found out that she is doing very well and growing according to schedule.  She weighed 13 pounds 7 ounces and was 24 and 3/4 inches long.  This puts her at the 50th percentile for weight and the 75th percentile for height.  It looks like she got her dad's genes in the height department, which is a good thing :)  The doctor also informed us that her head shape is much better and there will be no need for a corrective helmet!  I was so relieved to hear that.  They also gave her four vaccines (3 in the form of shots), so she cried for a few minutes, but was very brave and looked very cute with 3 little Tasmanian devil band aids on her chunky thighs!
   Unfortunately, she does have a head cold at the moments.  She has been coughing and sneezing and had a runny nose for the last few days now.  She and I are scheduled to fly to NY tomorrow to visit my mom, Aunt Jeanne, and Uncle John and then Steve and I have a wedding there next weekend.  I am very nervous to fly with her when she is congested.  Especially because it is just the two of us.  I am just praying that she will nurse well during take off and landing so her ears don't bother her.  The doctor said she is okay to fly, so I hope he is right.  
    I can't believe Reagan is already 4 months old.  Looking back, the time has flown by (thinking in terms of some of the long nights, it may seem longer).  But I wouldn't change one moment of her life so far!  She is truly a blessing!  Everyday she is a little more alert and affectionate.  I am excited for my family in NY to be able to spend some time with her.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Congratulations CAPTAIN Pinkerton!

Today Steve was promoted from a 1st Lt. to a Captain!  Major Zimmerman and SgtMaj. Thetford came up from Columbia for the ceremony which was conducted in Steve's office here in Charlotte.  Even though it was a brief ceremony, our little Reagan managed to fall fast asleep and miss her daddy's big moment.  I felt so proud to pin on Steve's captain bars (with a little help from the major) knowing all that he had put into his career and all the sacrifices he as made for our country.  It was so nice to have Denise, Cate, and Karly here for the ceremony!