Tuesday, December 22, 2015


There are many reasons I love being a mom. I love the hugs. I love the laughter. I love the play time. I love the sweet snuggles. I love the learning, creating, and exploring.
But I think, one of the things I love most, is watching these two boys grow in their relationship as brothers. From the very beginning, Hudson embraced Foster, literally and figuratively. And now, Foster is really embracing Hudson. I can't describe the look of excitement on his face when he sees Hudson after naps, or a school day. They are going to be thick as thieves some day, and I can't wait to watch it all!

These two boys make my heart happier than I could have ever imagined. I am truly blessed to be their mama. 

God Bless

Saturday, December 5, 2015

4 months

Time keeps flying by, and little bit is already 4 months old!

He's growing so well, and is such a happy baby!

-he weighed in at 15lbs, 9 oz (which is the 50%), and is 27in long (98%!!). so he's basically, long and lean! which I already knew because he no longer fits into 3 month old clothes! he's in either 6 month or 3-6.
-he started rolling over! he can roll from his back to his belly, which is technically harder to do than rolling from belly to back. At first this was exciting! But now, he isn't content to just lie on his back. He will roll over to his belly as quickly as he can.
-he actually sleeps primarily on his belly, which scared me at first, but doctors say that once they can roll over, you don't have to worry about them sleeping on their belly.
-he is very social and doesn't want to miss a thing.
-he is very active! always moving, kicking, following Hudson
-he loves to play, sing, and dance - like I said, he isn't content to just be laying down
-he enjoys being in the exersaucer, and pulling himself up on his feet

-he was the cutest little cow for Halloween!
-he enjoys baths. but again, he won't sit still long enough to really enjoy them - he just wants to roll over in his little tub

-he went on his first long road trip! we visited my grandparents in Atlanta (his great grandmother who's grandfather he was named after), and then on to Nashville to visit my sisters. he did very well!
-he likes facing forward in my wrap carrier when we go on walks
-he loves being outside!
-he is a very happy, easy baby, full of life and personality

We love you Foster Scott!

God Bless

Sunday, November 8, 2015

3 Months

Foster was 3 months on October 27! He is growing and changing every day, and it's so much fun being him!

-he can fully support his head
-he loves sitting up and being able to look around - he doesn't want to miss a thing
-and of course his favorite thing to watch is his big brother! He loves watching Hudson and I think gets bored with me on the days Hudson goes to school!
-he is starting to roll to his side. We practice rolling over from back to belly, and belly to back, and I don't think it will be long before he can roll on his own
-he will push up on his legs like he wants to stand and walk when we hold him up - he's quite a strong little fellow!
-he has the sweetest smile and laugh and he loves to laugh
-he is starting to "talk", and will have little conversations with us
-he loves his Daddy, and his face lights up every night when Paul comes home
-he isn't the best sleeper - but we're working on it. most days he takes a bunch of short naps, every once in a while, he'll take a good, long, nap; but I'm trying to start "sleep training" and getting him to fall asleep in his own (i.e. without Mommy rocking to him sleep every time). I have a feeling it's going to take a while, he likes being rocked. And at night he's still up at least twice; recently, it's been more like three times. fortunately, he usually goes right back to sleep, so Mommy can too; sometimes I have to coax him back to sleep!
-he's a good eater, and we're finally stretching out to about 2.5 hours between feedings! Hopefully we can get to every three hours by Christmas (that's my goal!)

God Bless

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

2 Months!

Foster was 2 months old on September 27!
Our baby boy is getting so big and these two months have gone by so quickly! I can't believe it's already October! (and I'll be 31 in three days myself!!)

Foster is such a sweet baby!

-he is making really good eye contact, and can track us when we move around
-he has the sweetest smile and will even laugh a little
-he still likes being held the best, but he is more willing to lay on his play mat, Boppy pillow, or in his bouncy seat
-he still hates being swaddled, so I'm slowly transitioning him out of it. He naps with one arm out, but sleeps at night with both arms in. Today, I actually tried both arms out for a nap, and so far, he's doing ok! 
-he sleeps in his crib the majority of the time, which is amazing - I think Hudson was in the swing all the time till he was like 3 months!
-he's only up twice a night, usually around 1:30/2:00 and then 4:30/5:00, which is good because then I get some decent sleep as well!
-he enjoys baths now!
-he loves watching Hudson and will "find" him (aka - follow his voice) when he's playing near by
-he has started "talking" and it's adorable
-he likes being outside and it seems to calm him when he's upset
-he likes tummy time! I'll prop him up on the Boppy pillow and he can hold his head and shoulders up for a good while!

Happy Belated 2 months!

God Bless

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hudson turned 2

Foster was born about two weeks before Hudson turned two and in all the hustle and bustle of a new baby, and planning a small birthday party for Hudson, I completely forgot to write about it. Sorry Little Man!

Hudson is growing into such a little boy.

He's become very independent. He wants to put on his clothes and shoes by himself. He wants to get his own snacks in the afternoon. He wants to hold Foster on his own. Whenever he says "me, me, me, me" it means "I'm going to do it, don't help". Most of the time, he does a great job, and it's nice that he can do a lot by himself; however, every once in a while, it can become a problem challenge- like when the cereal box spills all over the floor, or he splashes water every where trying to wash his own dishes.

Along with being independent comes being strong willed. He is the definition of first child, type A, strong personality little boy. He knows what he wants, what he likes, what he doesn't, when he wants to do something, or doesn't. We're working very hard on being a good listener and following directions the first time they are asked, but it will certainly be a learning process for him and us.

He loves to laugh and make people laugh! He's always had a fun, humorous side, and it's such fun to play with him. One of his favorite games to play is hide and seek, and he cracks up every time we find him.

He still loves to be outside, and we get out as much as possible. He loves just playing in the dirt and collecting rocks, acorns, sticks, bugs, and dirt in buckets, adding some water and stirring it all up together! He loves kicking and throwing beach balls and footballs. He still loves going on walks around the neighborhood and every once in a while he's able to actually walk with me and not just ride in the stroller; he's very observant and notices birds, rocks, plants, bugs, anything!

He still isn't talking much. He does have a few clear words in his vocabulary, but mostly it's just one or two sounds from words and we have to act as interpreters. He also calls animals by their sounds - so a cat is "e-ow", a sheep is "baa-baa", a cow is "moo", etc. We're constantly working with him on making sounds and having him repeat after us. He'll catch on soon enough and when he does, I doubt he'll ever stop talking! He already has a lot to say!

He's very creative. He's really starting to create structures with blocks, or draw pictures. He loves making hand prints with paint, and anything involving glue!

He loves to sing, and sings all the time - again, mostly just the melody is clear, not the words, but you can tell the song he's singing by his tune. Recently it's been a lot of Twinkle Twinkle, Are You Sleeping, ABCs, Wheels on the Bus, and Itsy Bitsy Spider.

He is still a really good helper for Mommy and Daddy. He loves to help us with anything and everything - feeding Vance, planting flowers, making meals, cleaning, reading books, hanging bird feeders. He definitely likes having and participating in tasks.

He is an amazing big brother. Every morning and afternoon, he loves to help me get Foster up from sleeping. When Foster is in the swing, Hudson will run into his room and go right to him and say "hey" and start laughing and trying to play with him. When Foster is laying on the floor or doing his tummy time, Hudson will want to be right there with him, patting his belly, talking or singing to him, laughing with him, encouraging him, bringing him toys/animals. It's really sweet to watch him interact with Foster, and I can't wait to watch their relationship grow and really develop as Foster gets older and more interactive.

This little guy is truly a blessing, as I have said many, many times!

Happy Belated 2nd Birthday, Hudson Noah!

God Bless

Monday, September 14, 2015

One month...

... a little late.

Foster was one month... a couple of weeks ago. Sorry! It's a little harder to blog on a "regular" basis than I thought it would be.

However, I do want to keep some record and updates of this sweet little boy just like I did with his brother.

Retrospectively speaking, Foster has been a wonderful baby. He sleeps well, as well as any new born, is very attentive when he is awake, and likes to cuddle. He prefers being up right as opposed to cradled, but does enjoy being rocked. He hates being swaddled, but obviously still needs it, and sleeps better when his arms are tightly wrapped by his side. I'm hoping he will eventually just get used to it until its time to give it up. I don't give him a pacifier much, only when he's fussy, because I don't want him to become dependent on it, and so far, he's doing ok without it. He does not like baths! So basically, I just wipe him down with a warm wash cloth and a little soap. Again, I hope he learns to enjoy bath time - we have a lot of fun splish-splashing at this house! Hudson is doing great with him. He loves to hold him in his lap, rub his belly and head, and give him kisses. He really is a great big brother just like we knew he would be.

This has been a whirlwind of a month, but we survived, and each day we are getting more and more settled into our new normal. I've been waiting a long time for this role as a stay at home mom, and while it's harder and more challenging than anything I've ever done, it's also the most rewarding and brings more joy (and honestly sometimes tears) that I could have ever imagined. My prayer every day is that I can raise these sweet boys for God's glory and that I can be His light shining onto them.

God Bless

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Foster Scott

I know I'm late with this post, but we welcomed Foster Scott into our family on July 27, 2015. He has been a wonderful baby so far, and brought so much joy to all of us.

The quick story:
His due date was Friday, the 24th. The day came and went, no contractions (that I could feel), and we kept going on with our daily lives!

I went to the doctor on Monday for my weekly exam, and she said I was already 5-6cm and that we needed to go straight to the hospital unless I wanted to have him at home!

Last baby bump photo!
We got to the hospital around 3:30, they got me admitted, and gave one dose of antibiotics I had to have, then broke my water around 4:00. My doctor said he would be back at 6:00 to check my progress. I asked if he had any idea how long it would take, and he said we should have a baby probably by 9:00. My goal was to try to have a medicinal free labor and delivery, but 5 hours seemed quite far away! I was praying it would go quicker.
Contractions finally started picking up and by 5:40, I was in real pain and knew the doctor wouldn't be back to check me for another 20 minutes. Paul was a wonderful support and encourager, and kept telling me I could do it. A few minutes later, we were talking about an epidural, but I knew I was already in transition and it was too late. Then it got really bad, and he said "12 more minutes, Whit. You can do 12 of anything!" (a line he learned at CrossFit!). Well, literally the next contraction and I could tell it was time! Paul ran to get the nurse, she confirmed that he was coming, then ran out the door to get the doctor. I had to force myself and struggled to get back into the bed, and almost started pushing without the doctor! He was ready to come! Two contractions later, and Foster was born at 5:56pm. It was amazing. We were finally holding our second sweet baby boy.
He weighed in at 9 pound, 2 ounces, and was 22 inches long! And just as beautiful as could be.
Not to mention, he looked just like Hudson when he was born! Hudson is on the left, Foster is on the right.
Hudson was very excited to come see his baby brother, and did so well meeting him. He liked finding his toes, and fingers, and was even able to hold him for a little bit. Hudson will be such a good big brother - he proved that right from the start!
Reid family, party of four!
It was a whirlwind of labor and delivery, but we made it, and now we are holding our precious baby boy and so in love!

God Bless