Reese’s 3rd Birthday Q&A

I started this with Kennedy when she turned 3 so I started it with Reesey this year… er last year. She turned 3 in November. I’m sure you’ll note the common theme in her answers.

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Nicknames – Reesey, Reese Olivia, Reesey Pie

How old are you? Free (3)

What is your favorite color? purple

What is your favorite animal? horses

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What is your favorite book? Charlie the Ranch Dog

What is your favorite TV show? Sofia

What is your favorite movie? Flicka

What is your favorite song?  My God is SO Big

What is your favorite food? Mac and Cheese

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What is your favorite drink? Hot Chocolate

What is your favorite breakfast food? Granola bar

What is your favorite snack? Fruit Snacks and Dunkin Donuts

What is your favorite outfit? Pajamas

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What is your favorite game? Gaston and the Beast (They play this with David and it’s some kind of Beauty and the Beast themed chase game)

What is your favorite toy? Horses

Who is your best friend? The girl that has the pony (She means Reesa from the petting zoo in town. They both like that their names are similar).

What is your favorite thing to do? Play horses

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What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play horses

What is your favorite holiday? trick or treating… Kennedy said this too.

What do you like to take to bed with you at night? horses

Where is your favorite place to go?  disney

What is your favorite restaurant? 5 guys

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Where do you want to go on vacation? Disney

What do you want to be when you grow up? A HORSE! We suggested maybe she can take care of horses…

What did you do on your birthday? Unfortunately, Reesey’s birthday was during David’s “unnamed employer Crisis of 2016” and it fell on a weekday so David wasn’t home. We pretended like her birthday was the following Saturday because David felt so bad that he wouldn’t be home. By November the girl’s missed him a lot and they got upset when we talked about him not being home so it was easier to not discuss him being gone for her birthday and luckily she’s young enough that she didn’t get it. That Saturday, Kennedy woke up early and woke Reese up so balloons were a no go. We did presents and hung out while they played with those for a while. That afternoon, we took the girls to the fair so now Reese thinks the fair comes for her birthday and plans to again next year.

I have to mention this because it’s one of those stories you’ll never forget… I asked Reese what kind of cake she wanted for her birthday. She was very specific and wanted a cake with purple frosting, topped with horses and sprinkles. The girls and I made a double layer round cake and we made some buttercream frosting to go with it because homemade is the way to go. I frosted it later and when I finished it I was going to put it in the fridge. I opened the door to the fridge and the cake flipped off the cake plate to the floor. It landed upside down of course. I had to laugh because what else do you do, right? Cry, maybe. So I did what any normal mom would do and took the bottom layer of the cake that didn’t hit the ground and stuck it back on the cake plate. I stuck candles in it, her number 3, and a bunch of horses and we sang happy birthday. I made her a new cake the next day.

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Snip Snip

It’s like a cardinal parenting rule:  Should your kid become too quiet go figure out what they did wrong, broke, painted, or in my case CUT.

So, one day back in February I was sitting in the living room, working on painting the headboards for the girl’s new room, during Reese’s nap.  Kennedy had been sitting with me, but she left and went into her room.  She doesn’t take naps anymore, but when Reese naps Kennedy is supposed to do quiet activities.  I didn’t think anything of the fact that she was being quiet, especially since Reese was asleep in there, and there isn’t anything she can’t play with in their room, BUT I should have known.

Kennedy had recently used a pair of scissors in one of her classes and cutting with scissors was her new favorite thing.  I didn’t want her using our big scissors, or any pair for that matter really, but I went and got her first pair of scissors, a preschool pair.  Earlier in the day, she had been practicing cutting out shapes at the kitchen table.  I had no idea the scissors were still out or when she got them, but when David went into her room to check on her she was sitting on her floor innocently cutting out shapes from paper.  It was time to wake up Reese anyways and I didn’t want her using them in her room by herself so I went in there.  I walked up to Reese to wake her up, brushed the hair off her face, and that’s when I saw it.  Little clumps of hair all. over. her. bed.   While Reese slept, Kennedy had played hair salon.

Immediately, I’m thinking 1000 things at once.  Why didn’t I check on her sooner?  We went over the NEVER cutting hair situation when we got the scissors… why did she cut her sister’s hair?!  Why did I ever mention cutting hair like that was even a possibility?  Poor Reesey… she hardly has any hair at all and she’s dying for long hair like her sister and now she looks like Rihanna with a half-shaved head.  The worst haircut ever.  All the feels.

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Anyways, I had to deal with the aftermath somehow so I debated 2 options.  Give her a pixie cut or trim it up to conceal it a little better and ride out the awkward.  I went with the second option because I felt terrible cutting off her hair when I know she wants it long.

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Luckily, her hair is so blonde that it was hidden a little more that way too, but the first few weeks were definitely awkward.

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Now, it’s been about 2 months and it looks so much better than it did that first day. Much less blunt and lucky for her, her hair is growing pretty quickly right now.


Kennedy realized what a bad idea the haircut was when she asked me to fix it and I explained that I couldn’t fix it.  My parents were coming to town the next day and she kept asking me over and over not to tell them that she cut Reese’s hair.  She was so anxious about them finding out.  I told her I wouldn’t tell them, but if they noticed we’d have to explain what happened.  She ended up just spilling the whole story about a minute after they walked in the door and you could tell she felt so much better that they knew. Sometimees Reese still tells people that Kennedy cut her hair or she’ll mention it to me when I brush it, but she wasn’t really phased by it at all.  I’m forever traumatized and not sure Kennedy or any of my children will ever use a pair of scissors again.

So that’s, that.  I think it’s the first sibling right of passage we’ve had at our house and I’m sure it won’t be the last.  Good luck, #3.

 

Reese Update |2 years|

Reese will be 2.5 years old in May so I need to get this done before she turns 3.

Here’s what she’s been up to…

– She loves, loves, loves clothes. She can get herself completely dressed and she changes her clothes probably 15 times a day. She only wants to wear dresses or dress-up dresses and getting her to wear shorts or pants isn’t easy. She’s also super picky and getting her to wear something other than what she pulls out of the closet is a major battle. I can’t say that I blame her because I’m picky too, but wearing a dress and dress shoes to the playground isn’t always the smartest/safest option. She figured that out on her own last time when I let her wear that to the playground and her feet slipped off everything. I’ve also made her wear a certain dress to church and then when we get there I realize she’s put something else on underneath it.

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– She started to potty train herself around 20 months or so and I was not ready for that. We really didn’t have to do anything and she’s 100% in underwear now.
We tried to keep her in a diaper or a pull-up for bedtime because I didn’t trust her to stay dry all night, but the battles were too much so I let her try it and she proved me wrong.

– She hates taking naps now. It’s a million times easier for me to plan some kind of drive home around her nap time and transfer her to her bed or else getting her to take a nap is next to impossible. Even if I lay down with her, or sit in her room, she doesn’t go to sleep. I’d almost be OK with an earlier bedtime and no nap, but she will end up falling asleep randomly at some point in the afternoon and it’s usually not at the most convenient time. She still needs a nap.  (and sneak peak of the girl’s new room!)

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– She is my adventurous eater and she has a pretty decent appetite most days considering how tiny she is. There isn’t much she won’t try and a lot of the things she really likes Kennedy wouldn’t touch. She loves having yogurt with blueberries and granola and she eats that or scrambled eggs for breakfast every day. It’s very rare to see her eat a pancake or a waffle and that’s what Kennedy asks me for ever day. She also loves american cheese slices and she calls it morgan cheese. It’s one of the few words she pronounces incorrectly and I think it’s hilarious.

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– She talks constantly. Full paragraphs. It makes for good conversation between the 2 girls and it’s funny to listen in. I will say having 2 very talkative kids makes me crave silence at the end of the day.

– She loves to dance and dress up. She puts a princess dress on and asks me to play a song and she dances all around the house. My mom saved all of our dance costumes and the girls have a field day when we go home. Reese has fallen madly in love with one of my sister’s first ever dance costumes and it pretty much stays on the entire time were home.

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– Kennedy will just sit FOREVER and do workbooks, read books, puzzles… any kind of learning activity basically and actually WANT to do those things. It’s very easy to teach her just about anything. Reese on the other hand… she’s definitely not the first child. She’s my free spirit and everything I try to teach her has to be action based or some kind of song. It’s only been in the last few months that she will sit with me and read a book because before she had no interest and I’d just be reading out loud as she played. For a while she would let you read a few and now she let’s you read half a book and then decides she’s going to read the rest herself.

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– Did I mention she’s strong-willed? I’ve always said her motto is that quote, “and though she be but little she is fierce” and she’s still living up to that. The girl has got major attitude and she will not go down without a fight. Being 2 is bringing that out so nicely in her.

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– She is freaking adorable. She has this smile that will just melt your heart and you can’t stay mad at her. She knows it too and that’s the worst. If she is getting upset and starting to get an attitude and you say “Reesey don’t smile” she will start smiling and laughing right away.

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– She is my cuddle bug and it’s the best. Kennedy was my snuggly baby, but Reese LOVES to snuggle now. She loves to be held, give hugs and kisses (she gives the longest kisses to me by the way… borderline awkward, but it’s hilarious), sit as close to me as possible on the couch, and have me lay with her before bed where she almost suffocates me with her hugs.

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– She’s incredibly independent and it’s both good and bad. If it’s something I want her to do on her own it’s great, but if I don’t want to wait the extra however long it takes for her to climb into the car and get herself into her car seat it’s not so great. Or it just might not be safe for her to do something and that really makes her mad. This is where the majority of our battles stem from.

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She’s not a fan of water.  Last summer we’d go to the pool or the splash pad or the beach and she likes to hang and eat snacks and not go in the water.  By the end of last summer she was going in at the beach a little, but we went to the splash pad once this year already and she had no interest so we’ll see how interested she is this year.

I’m sure there’s more, but that’s enough for now.

Love you Reesey Pie!

Disney

We went to Disney for a few days in the beginning of May with our friends Beth and Paul and their 2 girls. Their oldest, Madeline, is 2 weeks younger than Kennedy and they’re BFF. She’s been on the blog more than a few times I’m sure.

As far as timing goes, it was perfect. The park wasn’t too crowded and the weather was great. We stayed at the Animal Kingdom resort, which was really nice, and the girls loved seeing all the animals wandering around the hotel. I think we’ve decided that next time we’ll stay at one of the resorts that directly connects to Magic Kingdom just to make life easier though. Everything with a stroller is more complicated so being able to hop on the monorail without folding it up or taking the girls out would be awesome. We took the ferry in which was fine, just a little slower. Anyways…

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Our first day was at Animal Kingdom and aside from some issues with our Magic Bands trying to enter the park everything was great.

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We only rode one real ride aside from the Safari. It was basically a dinosaur version of Dumbo, and Kennedy screamed the entire time. Screamed. So, we were a little worried about the next few days.

That day, Reese fell asleep in the Ergo for a while, but Kennedy didn’t fall asleep until the drive over to the hotel after we left the park. She was out cold, so David took her out of the car seat and put her in the stroller without her waking up. Can I get a successful transfer AMEN? She stayed asleep until we woke her up to go to Chef Mickey’s for dinner. I just have iphone videos of Chef Mickey’s, but Kennedy thought it was awesome and Reese was terrified if the characters came too close, but the girl loves, LOVES, Minnie now.

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We let Kennedy sleep in the big bed and surrounded her with pillows so she wouldn’t roll off and she thought it was awesome. They slept pretty well. Kennedy stayed up late, until almost 10 both nights, just talking and talking, but once she finally fell asleep she was out.

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Reese was in the pack and play in this little nook in the bathroom and she slept like Reese 🙂

We spent the next 2 days at Magic Kingdom and we all loved it, but the first morning was not off to a great start. We tried to drive over to one of the hotels and take the monorail, but the monorail was closed and the security guards were intense. So that idea got killed and on our way to the Magic Kingdom parking lot we passed the 1 turn for it. So we pulled a u-turn in the median and of course, OF COURSE, there was an unmarked cop car that saw us. Woop, woop! It was awesome. David couldn’t find an unexpired insurance card and the cop was really lame at first. Then I said, “can I just say that we’re not from here (yes we are), and we’re totally lost (no we weren’t) and we’re just trying to go to Magic Kingdom”. So he leaves and comes back a new man and says some nonsense about how he doesn’t like our license plate because he went to UCF and he doesn’t want to get David in trouble and lets us leave. So we got to the park WAY later than anticipated. Beth and I weren’t in the best moods that morning we’ll just say that.

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We took the girls on the Ariel ride and Kennedy, again, screamed the whole time. This time she kept saying, “I want to go back to my hotel”. So we figured out Kennedy wouldn’t like any rides in the dark or anything Dumbo-ish.

Her favorite was the carousel, hands down. It worked because Reese loved it, too. She kept saying “neigh, neigh”

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Her next favorite might have been the Barnstormer and that’s a little roller coaster that is near and dear to my heart so that was awesome. She also liked the “boat ride” (It’s a Small World) and the tea cups.

They met all the princesses. And here you get to see the many faces of Kennedy.

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And Reese just watched from the sidelines most of the time. She loved all the princesses though and she would get so excited, but didn’t want to get too close. And then, finally, we met Aurora. (Who I just figured out is sleeping beauty! I always just called her sleeping beauty.)

First she was all, let me show you my shirt…

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And then she ran in for the real thing and gave her a hug and I about died because it was so cute.

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We rode everything else that they could ride and saw all the sights. When we got tired, toward the end of the 2nd day, we took them on the train ride. We thought Kennedy would love it, but she didn’t seem to think much of it. We also rode the People Mover and got stuck in the dark part through Space Mountain. I had to light up the flashlight on my phone to keep Kennedy from losing it (“I can’t see anyfing!”) while the intercom was begging people to stay in the cars.

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We ended our trip with some Mickey ice cream cones and a couple more rides. We tried to get them to nap so we could stay for the parade, but I couldn’t get Reese to fall asleep so we called it a day.

David and I have been trying to figure out what we loved about it so much. Was it the “magic” of Disney or something else. I think it was a little Disney magic… everything is perfect, clean, and easy with kids and that’s really nice. But, we really think it was just that is was our first family vacation where the girls were involved and not just along for the ride. It was planned for them and around them. It’s so exciting to be able to think about where we’ll take them next and what we’ll do for our next family vacation. We’ll definitely be back to Disney again soon though.

5 on Friday

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Is there anything more annoying than having to listen your baby/toddler/kid whine or cry {or both} from the backseat of the car?  No, I didn’t think so.  Except having multiple children do this at the same time of course.  It’s like they know you are physically restrained so you can’t DO anything.  And really Kennedy, I can’t read you that book while I drive because, you know, I’m a little distracted trying to get everyone safely from point A to point B and all.  No biggie. 

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I’ve probably mentioned it before, but David loves yard work.  Like, he subscribes to a YouTube channel about a guy that owns a lawncare business loves it.  {not kidding, but in his defense the guy is actually pretty cool} Anyways, he’s always scheming up ways to get new lawn equipment or upgrade what he’s currently got.  His most recent purchase was a leaf vacuum and his reasoning was because it mulches the leaves into smaller pieces and that’s better for his compost.  It may also be because he’s run out of lawn equipment items to buy.  Hey, if he’s happy I’m happy, but that doesn’t mean I don’t feel like we should be 80 years old and living in Del Boca Vista or some retired people community because my husband buys leaf vaccuums.  

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Fast dry top coat.  I’ve been living under a rock I guess because I had NO clue this existed.  I never paint my nails because it just takes too long and then I wake up in the morning with sheet marks in my nails.  Anyways, I finally found out about this stuff and it’s like magic.  I painted my nails the other day and 5 minutes later I’m waking around with dry nails.  

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I love, love seeing our girls grow up, but seeing how different their personalities are is fascinating to me.  I gave both girls a popsicle the other day and Reese took her time and licked her Popsicle until it turned into a spoon, but Kennedy ate hers really quickly, bite by bite.  Sounds about right to me. 

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I bought the girls bathtub paint the other day. A red one and a pink one and they thought it was awesome.  Reese rubbed it all over her head and I realized after we did this two nights in a row that her hair had turned pink.  It’s just now starting to come out and it’s been over a week.  Blonde hair problems, but pink is better than blue or green, right?  

Happy Friday!

Reese |17 and 18 Months|

Reese, you’re 1.5 years old! Older than Kennedy was when I had you, but still my baby! Here’s where you’ve been up to…

You sleep with baby, blankie, and lovey and after Disney you added minnie.

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You have 14 teeth and the last 2 canines on the bottom are cutting now. The canines have been the worst for you and that rock star sleeping I mention a while back, yeah that’s gone.

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The 18 month sleep regression also kicked in and you went a little crazy for a few weeks. You woke up for about few hours every night from 1-4ish. You got so, so angry if your dad went in there instead of me. You also unweaned during the night because the only thing that would calm you down was to nurse.

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Anyways, you’re better now that the teeth are cutting and we’ve come to the other side of the sleep regression and we have nights where you sleep through and nights where you wake up once. I see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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You’re obsessed with the potty. We’ve found you more than a few times sitting in it. Yes, in it. You are very aware of it and I guess that comes with watching Kennedy for the last year or so. Maybe you’ll potty train early, but I won’t be pushing it because in my opinion there are just as many cons to being potty trained as there are pros and it about breaks even with diapers.

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You talk a lot, but mostly at home. You’re pretty quiet unless you’re super comfortable. I think some of the more recent is amen, all done, that, there it is, nigh-nigh, bye-bye, Minnie, potty, wishies (fishies), neigh, moo, duck, dog, ball, love you (ya you), bible, rock (when you rock on the rocking chair or elmer)

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You’re learning numbers and letters. You can say 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, and 9. The rest you call 2. Hearing you try to sing the alphabet song is one of my favorite things.

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You love to take care of people. Especially babies. You will be my best helper if/when you get a baby sister or brother.

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You kiss everything. Not kidding. Every page of your books. Toys. People. You name it, you kiss it. I haven’t figured this out yet, but I suppose you just love everything.

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You went to Disney for the first time and you loved it. You love all the Frozen characters and you bring me your Ana and Elsa dolls all the time and say “ana” so you loved seeing the princesses, but you wouldn’t go near them. At the very end of the 3rd day you ran up and gave Aurora a hug and I was so proud of you because I could see how excited you were.

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You are still my little peanut. People still ask me how old you are because they can’t believe you’re walking. At your 18 month well visit yesterday you weighed 19 pounds and were 30″ long.

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You’re still nursing, but not as much. Usually 3-4 times a day. I’m about over it though so after these teeth cut I’m going to start weaning you because I really don’t see you weaning yourself… EVER.

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My sweet, silly girl. I love you so much! Happy 17 and 18 months, Reesey!

Reese |15 and 16 Months|

I still have to do your 1 year picture slide show… hopefully soon.  At least before you turn 2. Here’s 15 and 16 months up to March 10, 2015.

Climbing.  Just nonstop climbing.  You hurt yourself all the time, but that doesn’t deter you at all.  Our kitchen chairs are always laying down in an effort to get you to stop climbing on the kitchen table and dancing.

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Teething.  OMGoodness the teeth you have gotten.  You went from having 6 teeth to having 11 and you’re still going.  You are a really good baby as far as teething pain, but you always, ALWAYS get a runny nose and terrible congestion which ends up turning into a cough.  This is my tell for a new tooth for you.

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I didn’t mention this in your 13/14 month update, but you’re still nursing pretty regularly.  My goal with Kennedy was 12 months and we were about a week shy of that, but I was pregnant and sore and she was pretty ready to wean I think.  I think.  You are a whole different story.  You still nurse anywhere from 4-8 times a day.  I’m currently not offering to nurse, but not refusing and you DEMAND that I nurse you.  You pound on my chest like a gorilla and try to take my clothes off.  When you are nursing and I tell you it’s time to stop you look at me, shake your head, and say “uh uh.”

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You try to repeat most of what I ask you, but right now you say mama, dada, more {mo!}, tree {tee}, turtle, woof, tweet, choo-choo, juice {ju}, up, please {peas}, and thank you {tan-to}.

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Speaking of juice… Kennedy gets water with a splash of apple juice in it sometimes and we call it juice.  You stole her sippy cup and realized hers tasted different from yours that just had water in it and now you will steal Kennedy’s sippy if you have water which of course causes major issues.  So, juice all around.

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You can point to your hair, eyes, ears, mouth, nose, teeth, tongue, cheeks, fingers, and toes.

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You still take a morning nap, but can go without it if you need to.  Your afternoon nap is getting longer and is usually 2-2.5 hours.

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You’re sleeping great at night still and generally from about 7-7. {This will be revised in your 17 month update so don’t you worry}

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You got an ear infection and your first round of antibiotics.  I wouldn’t have even known you had one if we didn’t have to go for your 15 month well check.  Aside from the fact that neither you or Kennedy has ever had one before, you didn’t have a fever, weren’t pulling on your ear… nothing.

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The love for your stroller continues.  You push everything around in that thing all day long.  Best Christmas present ever.

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You have become such a lover.  You give hugs, kisses and snuggles to just about anyone and I think you just about melted your pregnant Auntie Lo last time she was here.

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You love coffee. When I have a cup I let you taste it. You used to just put a finger in there, but now you stick your whole hand in. If it tell you it’s hot and make you wait to try it you blow on the cup for me.

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You are in that really messy stage when it comes to crafts, but you love them.

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There was also a period of time where the tutu was on constantly, but you’ve let up on that now.

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You just want to do everything your sister does and you don’t want anyone to get in your way. I love you my sweet baby girl! Happy 15 and 16 months, Reesey!

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