We spent a glorious few weeks in Seattle over the holidays. We took over my parents’ home, visited old friends, celebrated the baptism of our niece, and nursed a teething toddler at our family cabin on Whidbey Island. It was wonderful.
My sister-in-law’s family was in town from France and Singapore, and we enjoyed a huge Christmas feast together.
Reeves was delighted to be surrounded by his older cousins, albeit a little frustrated when everyone happily watched Little Mermaid while he still wanted to play.
Grandpa with his grandbabies
Cousins, getting to know each other
The celebration continued with the baptism of my beautiful niece.
After the festivities had died down, we headed to Whidbey Island for a little R&R, i.e. cuddling a certain fussy little boy who was getting his molars in.
Still, there’s nowhere on earth I’d rather nurse a cranky baby.
Saying goodbye never gets easier. Reeves grew so attached to his Grandma and Grandpa during our visit.
Woodland Park Zoo
Our little baby is no longer a baby. He is alarmingly strong — when he falls he does a little tuck n’ roll that amazes onlookers, can clamber up his high chair (ahhh!), and now wants to climb stairs like a big boy, holding on to the railing with only one hand.
We also have a “toddler” on our hands. We have a had a few ‘tantrums’ in public when we have tried to leave a place Reeves clearly wanted to stay. Feeling completely unequipped to handle such ordeals, I promptly ordered The Happiest Toddler on the Block. (The five S’s from his other book were a godsend when Reeves was an infant.)
So far, it’s been very illuminating and valuable. Although, I am not sure about the advice to, when I want Reeves to stop a certain behavior, say, “NO, clap my hands vigorously, and growl.” I tried the no-clap-growl combo tonight and Reeves burst out laughing at me… I’m such a softy.
His vocabulary is exploding, which is so much fun. He still loves his “Da” (dog) and now says “Nigh’ nigh'” whenever he reads Goodnight Gorilla or goes down for a nap. “Wooooow, uh-oh, hiiiii, bye, no-no, and ball” are all still favorites.
Other current obsessions: light switches, toilet seats (again, ahhh!), trucks, older kids, his trike, sticks, and thankfully, books!
And now, to the title of this post, “Here We Go Again.” We are on the move again. Yes, we will have moved FIVE times in FIVE years. But, who’s counting… We will sorely miss our little lavender house here, but are excited to be moving to Washington D.C. in June.
Finally, I will leave you with a video of Reeves’ total obsession with Hickory. Best buds.