Wednesday, March 26, 2014

15 Months

This "little" guy was a whopping 27 lbs. and 32 in. tall at his fifteen month wellness visit. Healthy, happy and smart as can be too.

Can climb up on furniture and open doors now (which means no privacy in the bathroom for Momma). 
Still loves books and baths.  We went from a bath every other day to every night he loves them so much.
Had our first emergency room scare.
Has learned a ton of new words in what felt like overnight!
Surprises us daily with his silly personality.  He recently started mean mugging.  (If you follow me on instagram @shavanas1 you've seen the mean mug video) haha!

Charlie has turned into our little parrot!  Ben and I spend all day asking him to say things and it's so cute hearing him try.  He is sitting on a pretty wide range of words right now.  Most popular are yes/no, milk, hat, hot, kitty, dog, ball, bye, bath, up and out.  He is also learning animal noises.  My favorite is the bird.  His little tweet tweets are so adorable.  It's so crazy how well we can communicate with him.  Sure, he's not talking in sentences or even phrases but the fact that he knows exactly what we are saying and knows what word or motion to respond with is just fascinating to me. 

I've said it before but I'll say it again, I can't wait for spring weather!!  I want to get outside and play with the Dude so bad!  Last year when he started walking the weather wasn't bad but we still carried him around when we were out.  Now when we let him walk outside he's like a scared puppy.  He's fine on cement but as soon as you hit grass or gravel or anything other than, he stops dead in his tracks and wont take another step.  It's too funny!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

St. Patrick's Day

Hope everyone had a fun and festive holiday weekend!  If you ask Ben he'll say St. Patrick's Day isn't a holiday.  I think he's just jealous he isn't 100% Irish like I am! lol  Really I'm only like 60% but I make up the other 40% in spirit! 
We had fun!  I got creative with Charlie's snacks.  We had some green chocolate drizzled popcorn and some rainbow fruit kabobs which he loved!!

Ben had some meetings on St. Patrick's Day so Charlie and I hung out with my mom and sister for most of the day. I, of course, had to take some festive pictures of the Dude too.


I am so lucky to have these little smiles in my life:)
May the luck of the Irish be with you yesterday, today and always!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Sick Days

These past two weeks have been a bit stressful around the Reeder household.  For starters, my mom took a trip to Arizona to visit family so we were down a sitter.  Not that big of a deal but the day after she left I came down with a nasty cold.  I tried to stay away from Ben and the baby.  Ben being a typical guy was all "Don't worry about me, I never get sick." which was followed by a sneeze and sure as shit he got sick.  As I was starting to feel better I was really grateful that a week had gone by and the Dude was still holding strong.  Needless to say, a few days later the Dude started running a very high fever and (I'll spare all the details) we ended up in the Emergency Room this past Sunday night.  Boo.  On the bright side, we are all on the road to recovery AND we got to spend lots of quality time together with extra snuggles!  Boom.


Really looking forward to this weather breaking so we can play outside!  Also, St. Patrick's Day and the first day of spring are next week!!  Until then, my friends!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Organically Impossible

When I was pregnant, Ben and I had many conversations around organic living and our baby.  I wanted our child to live a 100% organic life and I was very serious about it.  It was all "Our baby's going to do this." and "Our baby's going to eat that." and "Our baby's going to be the healthiest baby in the world!”  I remember a month or so after he was born our pediatrician told us to give him a little pear juice and water to help with some constipation and even though it was organic pear juice I thought I was going to have a heart attack!  I saw him as this pure baby who had never had anything in his body besides breast milk and I literally cried when we gave him the juice.  Shortly after that it was time for his vaccinations.  So you’re telling me these shots are chock-full of formaldehyde?  Say What?!?  Charlie wasn’t the only thing keeping me up at night at that point.

Let me just say this now, it is impossible to live 100% organic.  I wish I would have been a little more realistic about this from the beginning so that at six months when I had to substitute Enfamil for breast milk I wouldn’t have felt like a failure of a mother.  I have a tendency to let things cancel each other out which hinders me from celebrating small success.  I get him out of the tub and lather him up with organic baby lotion (+1) then put his flame repellent soaked Carters zip-up sleeper on where he breaths the fumes all night long (-1) Bla!  I give him organic strawberries for an evening snack (+1) and then let him brush his teeth with toothpaste filled with toxins, carcinogens, and a laundry list of ingredients I can’t even pronounce (-1).  You can imagine my frustrations!

We have not given up hope though!  We are just a little more realistic.  While I know it’s nearly impossible to have all organic clothing, food, diapers, bottles, kitchen wear, toys, toiletries, bedding, furniture, houses, cars etc. we are taking baby steps and doing what we can. We try to feel good and celebrate that we are even aware, willing and able to make these small changes.

I've rounded up a list of our top ten organic/earth friendly brands and products!

1. Bocasa Organic Blankets
2. Sophie the Giraffe by Vulli
3. Burt's Bees clothing, skin and lip care (current obsession)
4. Babyganics cleaning supplies and sanitizers
5. Plum Puffs
6. Earths Best Organic Rice Cereal
7. Biome5 Tees
8. Mod'Swad baby swaddlers
9. California Baby shampoo /conditioner
10. Aden + Anais

Happy March, Friends!