Monday, December 28, 2015

Our Christmas 2015

Another Christmas has come and gone and this one was our best year yet!  Besides not getting to spend Christmas Eve with my mom's side of the family this year due to another nasty cold it was nothing short of perfect!  Charlie was sad to see our elf, Frankie go but was so excited that Santa was coming in the morning!  We set out his milk and cookies and when I asked what message he wanted to leave to Santa he said "Tell him Ho! Ho! Ho!" as he held his belly and used his best Santa voice!
Charlie was wide eyed and bushy tailed at 5am the next morning.  He just couldn't contain himself nor could he wait for Ben to wake up so we tip toed to the living room and he opened presents by the light of the Christmas tree.  After opening each gift he would whisper "Just what I wanted!" and then hug it, look up to the sky and say "Thanks Santa!"  Then he moved on to Brad's gifts.  After opening each one he would hold it in front of Brad's face and say "Don't you love it, Bad!?"  it was so cute!
 After opening gifts we headed to my mom's house in our PJ's to spend Christmas morning there like we do every year.  We had fun, she always makes it a special morning for us and we always leave with our car jam packed with gifts galore!  And Brad started sitting on his own better than ever Christmas day!  He is really getting the hang of it only a few days in from turning 5 months!   He loves sitting up and playing with all his new toys!
After my moms, we headed back to Ben's parents house for lunch with his family and then we were off to visit with my Havanas' side of the family!  When we got home we let the boys stay up way past their bed time to play with all their new toys and blow off some extra candy induced energy!  It's always a full day for us but so worth every minute!  
Hope everyone had a very merry Christmas!  Until next year!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Brad's 5 Months! Merry Christmas!

Brad turned five months on Monday and is making huge strides with regards to strength and awareness.  He is rolling over both ways,  I don't remember Charlie rolling from back to belly until he was a little older.  Just another reason why you can't compare because all babies are different.  His legs are much stronger now to where he can keep himself in a standing position while leaning on me so I can pull his pants up or while just holding on to my fingers. He can sit up for a while on his own and does very well sitting up with minimal support.  He also grabs his bottle, puts it in his mouth and holds it all on his own now.  

He is communicating in more ways than just laughing and crying.  When he likes are wants something he will reach, grab and grunt for it.  When he doesn't like or want something he will push it away.  I can see the bond between he and Charlie grow every day!  They are getting used to each other and figuring each other out.  They know how to get a good laugh out of each other too!

Brad's sleeping through the night streak has sadly come to an end.  He started waking up earlier and earlier over the last two weeks and so I thought if I gave him more than his standard 4 1/2 oz. before bed it might help him sleep better through the night.  It did for a couple nights but we are back to waking up at 3, 4, or 5 am.  I think it might be his teeth bothering him so I am going to try a different plan of attack (not sure what yet) and see if that works.  Stay tuned.

Lastly, my milk supply has gone down so much over the past month that we had to start supplementing with formula over the last few days.  I am working very hard at trying to get it back and really kicking myself for not keeping up with it all for a good nights sleep and the inconvenience it caused at work and now I'm Brad's paying the price:(  I am back to drinking 120 fl.oz. of water a day and pumping every 4 hrs.  I haven't seen a huge change yet but I've only been doing it a couple days so we'll see.

Happy five months to my little blondie whose hair is coming in and sticking straight up!  We love you, big bad Brad!

Merry Christmas Eve, friends!  Hope Santa is good to you!
Love, The Reeder's

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Santa Clause is comin' to town

Charlie and I are really getting into the holiday spirit over here! My favorite is our morning car rides to gram and pops house.  We listen to Christmas music the whole way and the station that we listen to always ends up playing the same 5 or 6 songs around the same time we are in the car.  Charlie's favorite is Bruce Springsteen's version of Santa Clause is Comin' to Town.  He yells "Turn it up momma!" and I turn it up and we both scream with Bruce at the end of the song "SANTA CLAUSE IS COMIN' TO TOWN!!" over and over again while Brad just screams (because he still hates car seat life or maybe he just hates our singing, either way...)  
There's also still a few songs that bring me to tears.  Josh Groban's version of Oh Holy Night and really any version of Mary Did You Know?.  I first heard that song when I was in my early teens.  Sean's family is very musically inclined.  His sister, Teresa and family were staying with us one Christmas and I remember waking up early one morning and hearing her singing that song downstairs.  She was just sitting down there with her coffee and guitar and singing.  I sat at the top of the steps and listened.  It was beautiful and has been one of my favorite songs ever since. Anyways, enough rambling.

We saw Santa this past weekend and I don't know what I was so worried about because Charlie just loved him! I didn't want to take him to the mall like I had done in the past because the last two times we went for the Easter Bunny and Santa, we waited in a long line only to have a freak out session as soon as it was our turn.  This year they had Santa at Build and Grow.  I thought it was perfect because we were able to kill two birds with one stone and if Charlie ended up not wanting to sit with Santa it was no harm no foul because at least we hadn't made a special trip out and then waited an hour in line to see him. It was the hokiest Santa I'd ever seen but he got the job done and Charlie loved him so I won't complain!  
Now I know for next year to find a better Santa but then Brad will probably be in his freak out prime sooo...whatever!
Santa also stopped at my mom's house to bring the boys gifts on the fire truck last night.  This was a fun tradition my mom did for me and my sister when we were kids and it's so fun now doing it for the boys!  Especially since Charlie has a new found obsession with Santa!  He was mesmerized and it blew his little three year old mind that Santa knew his name:) I unfortunately have no pictures to share because the few that I did take turned out so dark even Instagram filters couldn't brighten them up.  I did get a great video of Charlie running to Santa for a big hug before he left (the video is to long to upload)!  It was unsolicited and totally priceless!

Hope pictures with Santa are going well for everyone!
This really is the most wonderful time of the year!

Oh and here's a little Throw Back Thursday to Charlie's first Christmas:)

:Update: I had a few people ask where I got Brad's Santa beard sweater.  It's from Gapkids.  It's sold out online but they still have some in stores:)

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Holiday Extras

By now I'm sure everyone's got their Christmas tree up and stockings hung with care but I wanted to round up a few Christmas extras for the babes to help make the season extra bright! Hello, little drummer boy PJ's!

I really love the chairbackers that Pottery Barn puts out for each holiday.  There are little pockets in them to hide goodies and you can personalize them with your kids name. So cute!
The milk and cookies mug and platter are such a fun idea too! And I really like this one because the plate doubles as a chalkboard to leave a little note for Santa. Our elf, Frankie will be leaving Charlie and Brad a milk and cookies set on his last night!  And speaking of Elf on the Shelf, how cute is this hat, mittens and scarf combo!? 
The candy cane plush toy makes a great stocking stuffer for the littlest ones!  I plan to round up a few of my Christmas gift and stocking stuffer ideas next week:)
Oh and if you haven't started an advent calendar yet you can probably get a good deal on one like this since we are almost half way to Christmas!  Or you still have time to do a DIY one like this super cute toilet paper roll house!

We are going to see Santa on Saturday.  I'm hoping Brad brings a different dynamic to the table and Charlie will actually want to have his picture taken.  We'll see:)
Hope everyone is having a fun holiday season!