Monday, June 29, 2009

Giggles and Seven Months

If you don't feel like reading this post, just watch this video. It's my favorite. It's also Reed's favorite--I let him watch it and he couldn't stop laughing.
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(In case you are wondering, I am suctioning a cup to my face, then letting it fall off, over and over again. Apparently, this is the funniest thing in the world.)

At seven months...

Reed can roll over both ways. This has made naptime more of playtime. He rolls around his crib until he wears himself out and falls asleep.

He can do this cute pushup thing. He balances on his hands and tippy toes while holding everything else in the air.

He has two teeth and is possibly working on a third...

He can support his weight standing up and holding on to something.

He can pull himself up. If he feels like it.

Reed feels the need to be the center of attention. Always. And lets you know if you are in any way neglecting him by not looking at him enough.

He is a bread torrent like his daddy.

He doesn't really get a sippy cup yet. But he loves straws (especially for chewing) and is a big fan of taking sips out of my cup and chewing on the rim.

He really enjoyed going through the contents of this drawer.

Elder R. Kent Hambly of the Seventy. Seriously, though, doesn't he look like a little old man?

Having a conversation with his toy. He loves that it sings to him.

Such a good helper.

Loving the outdoors.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

One more


Reed's first in-n-out trip. Luckily, I had my phone handy to catch the magic.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

California...

We went to California last weekend to visit a whole lot of Hamblys from various regions and nations. The roll call: Grandma and Grandpa (Southern California); Janelle, Steve, Kamdyn, Zoe, and Peyton (Southern California); Justin, Jenn, Declan and Greer (Northern California); Mary, Kate, Sarah, and Matthew (Malaysia) (Yes, you read that correctly); and Ryan, me, and Reed (Utah). We were only mission Kevin's family in Illinois and Eric, who belongs with the Malaysia bunch. Reed met several cousins for the first time and was smothered with attention. Everyone, from Kate (the oldest cousin--14) to Greer (the youngest beside Reed--3) was pumped to hang out with baby Reed. Luckily, he quite enjoys the spotlight and hammed it up appropriately. He would often start making loud noises or fake coughing if he noticed that he did not have the undivided attention of everyone in the room. When the offender finally looked at him, he would make eye contact and employ his cutest, biggest smile to be sure they did not repeat the offense.

I was a little nervous about the drive. It's a long trip and Reed doesn't really like to be alone in the backseat--but we made it without serious incident. He was great on the drive down and slept the majority of the drive home (likely because the drive home went from 7:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.). The worst part of the drive home came around midnight. As I was driving through the gorge, I lost a contact and had to drive with one eye closed. There wasn't anywhere to pull over and the gorge is ridiculously curvy, so I drove very cautiously and (luckily) we made it home safely.

The saddest part of the trip came on the first day when my camera battery died and I realized I didn't bring the charger (good job, me). So here are the very few pictures I have:
I think California may be seceeding from the nation. We saw several tanks and missiles being transported there. Hmmm...

Reed being good in the car. Random, but I like that the camera focused on the giraffe (totally an accident).

Reed being even better and sleeping in the car. Hooray!

Not the best picture, but the ONLY picture actually in the state of California. Reed with his cousin Sarah.

This picture isn't even from our vacation, but I love his cute face and his cute teeth :)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Another Dad...

This post is dedicated to Ryan. He is a relatively new dad, but has taken to the role amazingly well. He is so good with Reed. He can make Reed giggle better than anyone else can. He wakes up with Reed in the morning or stays up with him in the night when he knows I've reached my tired breaking point. He is an amazing example for Reed and I'm so grateful for him. Happy Father's Day, Ryan!

Father's Day/Late Birthday

My dad (not pictured because I am out of town) celebrated two important days this week: his 50th birthday (woot woot!) and Father's Day. My dad is a great dad. He is a wonderful example and has taught me a lot about parenting. Here are a few of my favorite dadisms:

1. I spent the morning before my baptism with my dad. Our chapel had recently been finished being built and the paintings that were going to hang in it had just arrived. My dad was the bishop of the ward that was going to use the building and was somehow in charge of hanging the paintings. Anyway, we spent the morning hanging the paintings around the church house. I was his "expert" and helped him level all the paintings. After we were done, we went into the chapel and he sung "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief." Then later that day he baptized me.

2. He used to leave me notes taped to my mirror in the mornings. Two I kept in my wallet for several years: 1. Good Luck at Tryouts and 2. Some days you are a bug and some days you are a windshield--be a windshield today! (Included a great drawing of a bug and a windshield.)

3. On a family trip to the park, my dad noticed a "white dot" in the sky. The entire family spent the next forty-five minutes looking for it, shouting excitedly when they finally saw his white dot.

He is a great father and grandfather. Happy Father's Day, Dad!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Two Weird Things

And they both happened yesterday (which is also weird).

First, Reed stood up by himself! He was sitting on the ground between my dad's legs when suddenly he arched his back, braced his head against my dad's chest, and stood up. He didn't grab on to anything, just stood. Odd. I missed it the first time, but I was his backstop the second time. Then, this morning, he was sitting on my lap facing me and decided to grab my shoulders and pull himself up. A little disconcerting. I'm not ready for creeping along the edges of the couches and tables or anything...

And second, I found out that Ryan doesn't look me (or anyone else, for that matter) in the eyes. He looks right about your eyes and it really looks like he's looking right into your eyes--but he's not. Very odd.

At least there is one normal person in this family (maybe).

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Motherhood

Yesterday, Ryan and I were out and about for a while. Reed was sleeping when we left, so my mom watched him for us. Ryan and I ended up being gone for a few hours, and by the time we returned home, Reed was in the bath tub. I went in to see him and to relieve my mom of her babysitting duties. Reed was throuoghly engrossed with his toys, but when I said, "Hi, baby," he looked up at my and gave me a huge smile--which isn't too surprising, considering he gives everyone who looks at him a huge smile. But then, he grabbed my mom's hands and pulled himself to a standing position and leaned toward me. He's never made an attempt to stand in the tub and doesn't usually reach out for someone. But he did for me. I scooped my dripping wet baby up, bundled him in his towel, and hugged him tight. And he cuddled. Reed is not a cuddler. It was such a sweet moment and reminded me of how lucky I am to be a mom to such a sweet baby boy.

I love this kid.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

A few days ago, I decided I wanted to make a Taggie blanket for Reed. I was kind of nervous as I started--I haven't sewn anything since I moved to Provo four years ago--but I decided if I messed up horribly, I could always just ask my mom to make one. I found this easy tutorial online and tweaked it a bit (I wanted my tags longer so I made them four inches instead of three). Two hours and a lot of pinning later, I was done!

Voila! Check my taggie out! (But please don't look too closely...straight lines aren't my forte.)

Reed getting his taggie on.

The taggie is not only fun to grab, it is tasty, too.

We also enjoyed a great game of peek-a-boo with the taggie.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

I looked out the window and what did I see?

(Hint: No apricot trees were involved.)

Slip n' Slide

Saturday was a beautiful day. Beautiful days in June are rare in St. George, so we decided to take advantage of the weather and bust out the good ol' slip n' slide. (Slip n' slide should be read with the intonation italics imply.)

Kody was my favorite slip n' slider. He would walk the length of the slip n' slide, come to the end, jump in the air, then land on his bum. Then he would say, "I land on my bum!"

Hailey opted for the knee-slide.

My brother went for the slide-so-far-I-fly-off-the-end route.

And I tried the you-try-to-look-graceful-on-a-slip n' slide method.

We even got grandma to join in the fun.

Reed chilled in the inflatable baby pool (thanks K & G) filled with warm water--which made it more like a bathtub than a pool (thanks gma)--then relaxed with Ryan.

Don't you feel like slip n' sliding now?

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Sweet Quotes from CTR 7

Today was our second time teaching our new primary class. Last week only three of our girls were there--which was lucky, considering Ryan was alone (I was at a homecoming). This week, seven of the eight were there. I thought I understood the relative short length of a six-year-old's attention span. What I didn't account for was the effect six other six year olds have on each other's attention spans. We had an interesting day in class. But our kids are adorable and I am hoping (prayerfully) that we will continue to get better at keeping the attention of our class.

Here are a few of the gems we heard today:

Child 1: "My brother is growing hair down here." (Gesturing to armpits)
Child 2: "My brother already has hair."

"Sometimes I sleep naked."

Child 1: "Babies get rewards when they get potty trained."
Child 2: "I did that!"

Me: "Does anyone know what Heavenly Father said?"
Reed: (unintelligible noise.)
Child: Goo goo gaa gaa.

I love them.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Tooth Watch 2009

Apparently Reed has decided that one is just not good enough. In addition to his right bottom tooth, he is now cutting his left bottom tooth. And I am noticing the first signs of a tooth coming in on the top left, as well. Joy.

If you enlarge this photo you can see both teeth.

Reed is not a pleasant teether. I've heard many people comment on how great their babies were when they were teething--the parents "couldn't even tell" the baby was cutting a tooth, etc. Not the case here. Reed is very grumpy and not sleeping well. In fact, he's not really sleeping at night unless he is in my arms. But I am sure he could be a lot worse, so I am grateful that he is still taking okay naps and is sleeping at night in my arms--I mean, he could be not sleeping at all, right? And I do feel bad for him. I can't imagine it really feels awesome to have sharp teeth ripping through your gums.

Reed loving on his teething ring.

...crossing my fingers that both teeth finish their assault on Reed's gums soon...

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Ryan is Cum Awesome

Ryan got his diploma in the mail last week and we found out that he graduated Cum Laude--which is even more impressive when you consider that he worked two jobs for a total of about 40 hours or more a week, took about 15 credits per semester, and became a new daddy. Way to go, Ryan.

Consequentially, our expectations for Reed have been raised. No pressure, buddy.

Monday, June 1, 2009

I wonder why Reed has been fussy all day...



Oh. Right.

6 month stats

Remember Failure to Thrive Reed?

He's not here anymore. Meet Thriving Reed:



Weight: 17 lbs. 7 oz. (50th percentile)
Length: 26 1/4 in. (just under 50th percentile)
Head circumfrence: 44.8 cm. (75th percentile)

Oldies but Goodies

I was looking through old posts today and found a few gems(Yes, I realize I got a little carried away). So, if you are bored, peruse these:

Carnivore
It Really Did Get Pitched
He's Ready
Fake Reed 1 & Fake Reed 2
A little riddle for you all
What's up now Calculus? What? What?
A New Goal for my Life
Reed Peed, Reed Smokes Weed
Halloween Happiness
Ouch.
Yeah, that just happened
Yup That just Happened!(I promise it's different than the post above)