50 weeks: Adventures in Portland
We've had a pretty good week up here in Portland. We're getting used to living here. :) We had our first house guests (Becca and Daniel) on Saturday, so we finished unpacking a lot of boxes to get ready for that. We still have a lot to unpack, and honestly, I don't think I've unpacked a box since then. Oops...
I can't believe Reid is going to be one in two weeks! He's getting so big! He has gotten three teeth in this week, and his molars are hurting him for sure. Last night he slept horribly. He just wakes up and is awake, and I can't get him back to sleep. So we let him cry a little while last night. :( It's not easy, but sometimes that's the only option. He's about to walk for sure. He can let go of things and stand for a second or two, and he's really fast at cruising along tables, chairs, couches, etc. He also tries to say all of the words we're saying to him. He kind of said his first real word this week too, we heard some ducks and I said, "quack" and then he said, "gack." It's pretty cute. Diaper changes are increasingly hard with this guy because he just wants to be up and crawling and not laying on his back. He has learned to crawl on both knees instead of one foot and one knee.
Ruby has had a hard time with the move, but she's been doing much better this week, especially the last few days. I've gotten lazy with letting her have snacks and she hasn't been eating meals as well as she should. So yesterday we went to vegetable or fruit snacks (okay, plus crackers or trail mix sometimes), and she's been eating better meals. Parenting is tough! It takes a lot of listening and patience. I sure love these two, and it's definitely worth it.
He loves playing with the dish washer.
We went down to Salem to our friends' adoption fundraiser Hoe-down on Friday night. It was fun to see all of our friends.
Ruby and Andy did some line dancing.
Me and Reidsy.
Ruby helping me make play dough.
She found the birthday candles and has been making a lot of birthday cakes.
Play time in Mommy and Daddy's bed.
Reid has always had a hard time with naps. He takes a morning nap at around 9:30 or 10, but it's usually only 30 minutes or so. Then he takes another nap after lunch in the pack n play in my room, at 1 or 1:30, but he only sleeps until about 2:00 in that usually. Then I bring him into my bed and he goes back to sleep until 3:30 or 4. I wish he would sleep in longer chunks, but it's nice to have him to snuggle with every day. And I need naps too (because he wakes up a lot at night, especially with his teeth).
He woke up and rolled over to put his arm around me. So cute.
Sunday was a gorgeous, warm day, so we had a barbecue with Del and Patty in the back yard, and even busted out the water table and pool. The kids love the back yard a lot.
Reid's first time in the car wash. He was fascinated.
Monday was lovely too, so the kids and I headed to the zoo.
Ruby made a new friend right away and we walked around with her and her twin baby brothers for a while.
The polar bears were out eating giant popsicles. Ruby really liked her friend Ada.
The kids and I with the warthog.
Ruby got a tiny lizard named Zachary (she decided today that she didn't want it to be named Zachary anymore). Here she is showing it to the real lizard that was swimming around.
Riding on the lion.
Reid's new nerdy lion jammies.
We got out the train tracks. It was a lot easier to play them before Reid was mobile. He likes to destroy our work.
Super Ruby eating her snack out of a paper bag.
Bed time stories.
We did an experiment yesterday. When the candles went out it sucked up a bunch of the water.
Eating a snack at her little table in her room.
I picked out these jammies for Reid at Costco yesterday, and Ruby wanted matching ones. I couldn't resist. They're so cute. Ruby has been taking care of Lupe a lot. It's adorable.
This morning the kids and I went to a huge used baby things sale. She liked this vanity... to bad we don't have room for it. ;)
I realized that she was dressed pretty much exactly like I dress today. My mini me.
Eating a pear with her fork.
After nap she wanted to go on a little walk, so we walked part way down the street. She brought her umbrella just in case.
And then I made this chicken with cream sauce. It was delicious! I love French food.