Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Little Scooter

He's either army-ready or couch potato-ready...you decide!


Sunday, January 29, 2012

With A Little Help From The Pillows

Look who's {sort of} sitting up now....


Something Blue

Jeff and I decided it was time to delve into the wonderful world of fruit (fruits sweeter than avocado, that is), so naturally we chose the messiest of them all - blueberries.  We bought the frozen, organic version and steamed and blended them into a blue/purple liquid.  We added some of his baby oatmeal (which he still doesn't like solo), and it thickened up quite nicely.  The boy liked the oatmeal/blueberry mix.  Notice I didn't say he loved it.  It was definitely a change from his usual sweet potatoes, peas and squash concoctions.  He responded to it much more favorably when we fed it to him again later in the day.  

Next fruit on the chopping block: mangos.

 the cleaned up aftermath

 I think he was trying to tell me something....
 ...such as "the bubble blowing is about to commence."
 at least he waited until he was done eating this time

i think he was proud of himself


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Play Date with Larkin

Earlier this week Larkin's mom was kind enough to schedule a working mom's play date catered to our schedule.  

After work I picked Reid up from school, and we headed over to Larkin's house to kick it on the floor for a little while before bed time.  They hadn't seen each other since Thanksgiving, so it was a much needed reunion.  They immediately hit it off.  They're both at such a fun age...rolling and scooting all over the place!

Love Larkin's little pursed lips
 They enjoyed touching each other's arms, hands & face.  Larkin was so sweet and gentle.

 Thanks for having us over Elizabeth & Larkin.  We had a great time!


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Monday, January 23, 2012

Infant Recognition Sunday

This past Sunday during the 11:00 am service, our church honored all the infants born or adopted in 2011.  Infant Recognition Sunday celebrates the new life in our FirstChurch family, and we were honored to be a part of it.  

If you'd like to see Reid in action, you can watch the video archive of the service by clicking here.  Once on the page, click on the sermon titled "Crash" from January 22, 2012.  The infant ceremony starts at the very beginning of the service right after the first hymn, "Lord of the Dance."

With his baptism last week and infant recognition this week, Reid is getting very comfortable standing at the front of the sanctuary.  Next thing we know he'll be preaching the sermon!

 Our friends the Robys
Reid & Parker entertaining us in the sanctuary {after church of course}

Doesn't get much sweeter than this...
or this...


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Arrows Point To...

Reid's first tooth!

Each day we pick Reid up from school, we receive his Infant Daily Report.  It's a report that allows parents to report on how the morning went with their child and allows the teachers to report on how the child did throughout the school day.  

Here's his report from Tuesday 1/17.  Notice my blue arrows.  After reading each of these, I had a suspicion that Mrs. Connie was trying to clue me in on something. 
  1. When Jeff drops Reid off, he fills out the top portion of the report concerning Reid's morning - notice he checked "Did not sleep well."
  2. He also indicated that Reid woke up at 7:30am.  That's 30 minutes past his typical time to wake.  We let him sleep late because he had been awake on and off all.night.long!
  3. Next are the teacher comments - "Teething tablets at 12:25 pm."
  4. "Reid was fussy."  He's rarely fussy.
  5. "May be teething!"  Circled in orange nonetheless.
  6. Poor naps.

That was evidence enough for mommy to do some searching around in that little mouth of his...and voila!  Look what I found.

These were some pics I got while trying to capture the tooth on camera.  They don't actually show his new tooth, but they were too cute for me to leave off this post. 

Serious yet relaxed


Monday, January 16, 2012

The Sick Door...Round Two

Reid was battling a cough for several days before his baptism weekend.  It was just a cough though, so there wasn't much we could do about it. On Sunday after all the excitement of his baptism, he vomited {formula first then tylenol} for the first time ever - not counting spit up of course - and he had his first fever ever {101°}.  So the next day {MLK day} we headed back through the sick door at Reid's pediatrician's office.

To mommy's dismay it turned out the boy had at least two issues - acute bronchitis and a left ear infection.  He may very well have had a right ear infection too, but his ear was too clogged for Dr. L to see anything.  Since we were starting him on antibiotics anyway, we figured it was best just to let the ear gunk clear out on its own.  

Dr. L - "I can dig it out of his ear if you'd like. Then we'll know for sure whether or not he has a right ear infection as well."
Mom - "Um, thank you, but I think we'll pass on the digging."

So we headed home with a prescription for his very first round of antibiotics {sigh}, probiotics to counteract the effects of the antibiotic, pedialyte for hydration, and the oh-so-fun saline & suction routine.

I do want to point out that despite the boy's unfortunate condition, he was as cheery and happy as a baby could be.  After checking out at the pediatrician's office, I walked out the sick door to find granddad swinging the boy back and forth {and high...apparently} in his car seat.  Evidently, it was an LOL moment for him and the rest of the gang.  That's my {sick} boy!  Mommy loves that you're already a tough little warrior.  Some say men are babies when they're sick.  Au contraire, my baby is a MAN when he's sick!  Love you, sweet boy!

I guess this photo should have clued us in to the ear infection


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Reid's Baptism

Many of Reid's family & friends gathered on Sunday to celebrate his baptism.  He had even more family & friends who weren't able to be there, but rest assured, they were with us in spirit.  For everyone's presence both in body and in spirit, we are truly blessed and grateful.

The United Methodist Church recognizes two sacraments - Holy Baptism and Holy Communion.  Although Reid isn't old enough to make the decision for himself to be a part of the family of God {or the Andersen family for that matter}, we as his parents took the oath ourselves.  We promise to nurture Reid "in Christ's holy Church" that by our "teaching and example he may be guided to accept God's grace for himself, to profess his faith openly, and to lead a Christian life."  

What an extraordinary responsibility and honor.  Jeff and I are fortunate enough to not only be part of a wonderful & loving family but also a wonderful & loving church family who we are confident will be with us through this amazing journey.

Not sure what Uncle Tony is doing here, but I figure Reid will enjoy this picture one day
The secret weapon {idea taken from Parker's mommy}

"Grammie, pay attention to me!"
"I need to ask you an important question."
"About those puffs?"
Reid and Parker chatting...
...and taking a break to pose for the camera
Parker providing an anatomy lesson
"And this is his knee."
Exhausted after his big day. This was the scene a mere two minutes into our drive home.
Bright & smiley after his long afternoon nap