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2/3 Year!

30 Jun

*I updated the title…after typing this way past my bedtime, I realized Rynn isn’t quite 3/4 year. ūüôā

Rynn is now eight months old, and she has changed so much just in the last month!¬† At seven months she was just beginning to sit up, but now our sweet girl is…

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crawling,

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pulling up,

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and still the happiest baby ever.

She also…

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eats small finger foods,

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loves the girl in the mirror,

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and still sucks on her middle two fingers (gosh darnit!).

Rynn is still very petite.¬† Most people can’t believe she’s crawling because she’s so tiny.¬† As I mentioned, she is still so happy, but she’s not quite as laid back now that she’s mobile…she’s just very eager!!¬† She gets annoyed and bangs her head when fed something she doesn’t like, and she laughs each time her sister cries (which makes me laugh, and in turn makes her sister cry harder).¬† She and Reece still have an awesome connection and make each other’s eyes light up, but we’re starting to have issues with “toy stealing.”¬† Rynn takes two really good naps each day and sleeps great at night (how did I get lucky enough to have two great night-time sleepers?!).¬† She also still spits up quite a bit, but surely that will begin to phase out soon.¬† She still doesn’t fuss much if we’re running late on a feeding, but she is beginning to let us know when she doesn’t like something, and she’s nearly impossible to restrain when she sees something she wants.¬† We may have to discontinue use of the changing table soon because she is a super-fast flipper.

We love our Rynner (sounds like “Lenore” when Reece says it) so much and she brings so many blessings to our family!

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Braids, Baby Blues and Big Browns

10 Jun

I attempted a French braid in Reece’s hair the other day…

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I probably won’t do this often:

1.¬† Because it took FOREVER.¬† Cartoons don’t seem to do the trick in keeping her still.

2.  The braids looked like mush in a matter of 2 minutes.  The girl is just way too crazy.  And her hair is way too fine.

While we were playing with hair I decided to take her outside and trim her bangs.  This would be her first haircut.  Ever.  And you can hardly tell a difference.  At least I now have a date to mark down in her baby book.

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Look who plays together in the bath now…

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…it would be my Blue-Eyed Girl and Brown-Eyed Girl.¬† Both beautiful.

Seven & Sitting, Special Visitor, Sweet Treats, The Sweet Board, Swimming & Sliding, Smiles, Sunshiny Days, Scrumptious Snacks

30 May

One long title for one long post.

Seven and Sitting

Rynn is seven months old!¬† She just starting sitting up, but she has already been scooting for a couple of weeks and now she’s rocking back and forth on her knees, ready to crawl (so not fair in my book…why couldn’t I have a sweet, immobile sitter for just a while? ūüôā ).

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Sweet thing!

See the brown spit up?  That would be the prunes she eats because of her constipation.  Feeding an already-spitty baby prunes makes for some frustrating clothing changes, laundry pile-ups, and carpet shampooings.

Rynn is still the happiest baby in the world, despite her stomach issues.  She is starting to show her personality more and more.

When we dedicated Rynn at church a few weeks ago, we were asked to provide a statement on what makes our child special.¬† I said, “She’s the happiest baby in the world, of course. ”¬† My friend Robin replied, “That’s taken already.”¬† What?!¬† Are you kidding me?¬† Someone thinks their baby is the happiest?!¬† Instead of sitting the two babies in a room together to have a happy-baby competition, I told Robin how special a relationship Reece and Rynn already have.

Fast forward to the evening of the dedication and, low and behold, we were seated next to the couple who supposedly have the happiest baby.¬† I joked with the mom about having to think of something else that makes my child unique since they had claimed the happiest baby.¬† Enter Rynn Alise, who smiled at this mom the entire service and squealed with delight throughout the sermon.¬† Midway through the service the mom leaned over to me and said, “You really may have the happiest baby.”¬†

Yesss!!!

I refrained from lifting my knee, pumping my arm, and shouting, “We won, we won!”¬† After all, the preacher was in the middle of giving a sermon on raising our children in a God-centered home and I didn’t think it would be appropriate.

Seriously though, she is the happiest baby!

Special Visitor

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It’s Ella!

These two girls had a great time playing together.¬† As Reece would say, “Two gulls hanging out!”

Sweet Treats

While Emily and Ella were here, we took a trip to the local cupcake shop (amazing stuff, by the way!).¬† Here are two “gulls” hanging out there:

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Reece eats a cupcake like the icing is ice cream…she licks it up.¬† She also thinks the cake is a cookie.¬† So funny.

Speaking of cupcakes…

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Couldn’t you just eat her up?!

A few days later we were getting ice cream.¬† On the side of the building there’s a painted chocolate ice cream cone, so Reece told me she wanted a “bown” one.¬† What was I thinking?!

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And the car seat spectator again…

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Sweet Board

In an effort to cut down on fit throwing, meltdowns, clawing, hitting, stomping, biting, and screaming when Reece doesn’t get her way, we created a “sweet board.”¬† Reece can pick out a sticker to put on it when she’s good during certain times of the day.

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I’ll let you know how it turns out. ūüôā

Swimming & Sliding

First swim of the year came Memorial Day when we enjoyed a lazy day hanging out in our backyard.

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I’m excited to report that our “water weenie” from last year now loves the water and has enjoyed playing in her pool several days now.

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She even likes sliding into the water, and sometimes does her slide “tricks” (backward, no hands, eyes closed) into the water.

Smiles

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I told y’all she’s happy.

Sunshiny Days

IMG_3311not so sure about the poky green stuff

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Reece’s hair is always crazy like this.¬† She’s boycotting pigtails (probably because she knows how much I love them), and she tries to eat hair clips.¬† This is the result.

Scrumptious Snack

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I don’t think this is the apple that was left outside before lunch and that Reece resumed eating that afternoon, but I could be wrong.

We’re thrilled summer is here.¬† We spend most of our days outside (the house has stayed clean this past week!), and we’re already falling into the bad habit of letting Reece stay up late.¬† It’s just so hard to put her in bed when the evenings are so nice here (plus she takes a really good nap the following day).¬† We have lots of fun stuff planned, so we should have lots to write about, along with a few pictures!

A Monumental Day in the Riddle House

27 Apr

img_3192Rynn turns 6 months (well, technically tomorrow)!

img_3189Is she not so stinkin cute?! I can’t get over her.

At six months, Rynn is still so happy and so go-with-the-flow.¬† She cackles at us and smiles always.¬† Her Sunday School teacher told me today that she is so pleasant.¬† Rynn talked to her teachers and laughed all morning long.¬† That’s how she is at home too.¬† In fact, if she starts getting a little fussy, all we have to do is lay her down and she’s usually asleep within a couple of minutes.¬† I told the girls at church that I could have ten of her.¬† ūüôā

Rynn especially loves her big sister.¬† Reece gets the biggest smiles and laughs from Rynn, and I LOVE it!¬† Rynn still breastfeeds and recently began the habit of waking up a little bit earlier (anywhere from 4:30 to 5:30) to do so.¬† She loves her oatmeal and we can’t feed her fast enough.¬† She’s also not so content to stay in her bath sling anymore; instead opting to play on her tummy in a shallow tub.¬† She plays under her baby gym a lot, and likes her jumperoo and baby pod.¬† I feel bad that she’s not on a better nap schedule since most everything revolves around her sister’s nap, and if I’m to run any errands she ends up taking short naps in her car seat.¬† Like I said though…she’s so go-with-the-flow.

She also had her first veggie tonight…

img_3211…sweet potatoes…

img_3213…yum!¬† She loved them!!

Another something worth noting is that Reece, who up until now refused to dip any of her food into any kind of sauce/dressing (it’s messy, remember?), discovered barbeque sauce this evening.¬† She heard Scott and I talking about our pork tacos and how they’re better with bbq sauce, so she wanted some.

img_3214She was very specific as to which section of her plate to put the sauce…

img_3215…but after she tried it she wanted seconds, and thirds, and fourths, and fifths!¬† We had the kitchen completely cleaned before she finished supper.

We’re having lots of fun in the Riddle house!

Coming soon…a tale of two fishermen…

As my dad would say…

31 Mar

…what a “beautiful mess!”¬† As promised, a 5-month photo of our Rynn.

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Reece update:¬† Please say a prayer…her recovery is a much slower process than we anticipated.

Tonsil Day, Miss 5 Months

28 Mar

Today (actually yesterday at this point) was Tonsil Day for The Reecer…the day we’ve been building up in Reece’s mind for nearly a month now.¬† She has known she’d have her tonsils taken out, and she knows her doctor’s name too.¬† “Dr. Potocki (she says his name like a champ) take my tonsils out.”¬† These words have been repeated numerous times throughout the last three weeks.¬† The other day, Rynn stuck her hand in Reece’s mouth and Reece said, “Oh!¬† Rynn took my tonsils out!”¬† Granny and Granddad bought her a doctor’s kit as a pre-surgery gift, and she¬†has checked her babies’ tonsils several times.¬† So she’s known all about tonsils and this day we speak of (probably spoken about more to prepare the two of us than to prepare Reecer).¬† So how did this big day play out for our Reece?

As for her tonsils, the doctor said they were quite big for her throat and reassured us that it’s best we had them removed.¬† The day has been full of ups and downs…I told Kaleesha that it’s so horrible to see your child high on Versed, then 20 minutes later see her as miserable as she was when we first walked into her recovery room (they warned us, but I still took it hard).¬† The “downs” are the obvious feelings of pain¬†for our¬†child¬†as we¬†watch¬†her suffer,¬†plus the worry¬†we have over her¬†not getting enough fluids.¬† The “ups” are numerous though…at the surgery center she won the hearts of the staff, taking home not one, but THREE stuffed animals.¬† They were all really great to our Reecer and for that we are thankful.¬† My mom was able to stay at our house with Rynn and take good care of her and have lunch ready for us when we got home…so wonderful (especially considering Scott and I fasted right along with Reece).¬† The absolute most wonderful and super-sweet¬†thing?¬† Watching Reece (who really hasn’t had a whole lot of smiles to give since her surgery) light up with Rynn this evening.¬† Reece wanted to sit next to Rynn most of the evening.¬† Rynn shows Reece her love by putting her wet, slobbery hands on Reece’s face, giving her big smiles, squealing, and giving “kisses” on Reece’s forehead…all of which made Reece smile over and over.¬†¬†Reece loves her sister and I love that.¬†¬†Reece even told us in recovery, “I love Rynn.”¬† Sweet sisters.

Let’s not forget that sweet sister of Reece’s…she’s 5 months old today!!¬† I’ll post a picture soon.¬† At 5 months, Rynn loves to smile and squeal!¬† She splashes like a mad woman in the bath, and I swear I saw her try to get up on all fours the other day.¬† We can’t feed her cereal to her fast enough, and she has recently¬†begun sticking her tongue out…a lot!¬† She’s a sweet, sweet girl.¬† And she loves her sister as much as her sister loves her.¬† I’m loving this sister-sister bonding!

More on Reece’s recovery soon.¬† Thanks for your prayers!

So much to blog!!!

26 Mar

I’m just gonna go in chronological order here…

Life father, like daughter

img_2947Actually, she began using the newspaper as blankets for all her babies.

Swiiiiiiiiing!

img_2954Baby girl took advantage of her big sister’s naptime and played in Reece’s swing.

Adorable, isn’t she?

img_2955Yes, the raincoat and my tennis shoes look fab on her, but look at the PIGTAILS!!!!!  Whoo-hoo!

Potty Training

img_2959She shows all the signs of readiness, except for one…she can’t sit still to save her life!¬† I was lucky to get this picture.

Tummy sleeper

img_2969She now rolls over to sleep on her tummy.¬† Why does this make me feel like she’s a BIG-GIRL?!

Ady Day

Reece’s good pal came over and spent the day with us.¬† The two of them had so much fun!!

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img_2982supposed to be eating lunch…coloring on the floor instead

3 kids under 2 1/2 wasn’t all that bad (luckily, at least one was sleeping most of the time).¬† There was one chaotic moment when all three were awake…Ady, who is pretty well potty trained, was going potty before nap time.¬† Reece had given her stage fright all morning long by jumping around and getting in her face each time she sat on the potty, so I think by this time Ady really needed to go!¬† I sat the potty chair in the hallway, and told Ady to sit there a while to see if anything comes out.¬† Meanwhile, I notice Miss Rynn has a stinky diaper and I begin changing what turns out to be a blowout.¬† I can see the potty chair and Ady from the changing table.¬† As I’m cleaning Rynn, I hear Ady say, “I poo-poo.”¬† Before I can say anything, Reece has poor Ady’s knees spread open to see for herself.¬† Reece begins gleefully screaming, “Ady poo-poo’d, Ady poo-poo’d!” as I begin screaming back (still changing Rynn and can’t put her legs down or there’s poo-poo all over the changing table), “Reece, get away from the potty!¬† Now, Reece!¬† Get away from the potty!”¬† I finally get Rynn cleaned up and begin to clean Ady.¬† I look over at Reece and see that she has her head nearly inside the potty seat checking out the evidence once more.¬† Again, I go into panic mode and begin shouting at Reece to “GET AWAY FROM THE POTTY!!!”¬† Luckily, Reece hears my pleas and we avoid a disaster.¬† Whew.

First storytime

img_2998Rynn loved the book at first…

img_3002…but then she couldn’t take her eyes off of Daddy!

“Mommy, I want to pump.”

Those are the words I kept hearing as I was getting Rynn dressed in my bedroom.  When I walked in my bathroom, Reece was on my stool, trying to attach the tubing to my breast pump onto her nipple.

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Messy!

My older child would cry and say in her best whiney voice, “Messy!,” but Rynn loves a mess.

img_3007The picture doesn’t quite do her mess justice.¬† All the shiney areas (mouth, hands, arms, legs) are covered with oatmeal.¬† When you have a child who loves putting her hands in her mouth as much as ours does, you have a child who somehow gets oatmeal ALL OVER HER!

The End.

Please pray for Reece…..her tosillectomy is Friday!!