September books

In September I read 11 books, which considering how busy I’ve been with work and family life is pretty good!

September Books:

Summary

This was a month of series, both starting (The Fallen) and reading the next book (or books) in a series (Whiskey books, Shadow Agents, Lori Foster book, & the Paradise books). The one standout (and completely different book) was Burn Down the Ground, a real-life memoir of woman who grew up with deaf parents. It was the book for our reading group at work and was especially touching!

Overall a good month of reading and I’ve got a number of good books that I can’t wait to start for next month!

Check out the other books I’ve read so far this year:

Dump truck

On Friday while my Mom was here we went to a kids sale and in addition to the entire winter wardrobe for Reagan, I also picked her up a toy dump truck. Reagan has been loving her tools and wagons, so I thought a dump truck would be right up her alley.  And yes, once I showed it to her, Reagan figured out how it worked and seemed to really enjoy it!

Playing outside!

Playing outside!

Loading up her dump truck!

Loading up her dump truck!

In addition to using it outside as a toy, Reagan also realized pretty quickly that it was the perfect size for her to sit in (with a few friends) and relax and watch TV!

Relaxing and watching TV in her new (to her) dump truck.

Relaxing and watching TV in her new (to her) dump truck.

Grandma Davis visit

Friday afternoon my Mom drove down to visit. She only stayed until Saturday afternoon, but while she was there Reagan kept her busy showing Grandma her tool bench…

Showing Grandma her tool set!

Showing Grandma her tool set!

And cooking some breakfast….

Cooking breakfast with Grandma!

Cooking breakfast with Grandma!

And playing with her water table…

Playing with her water table!

Playing with her water table!

Mom wasn’t here that long, but we had a great time while she was here!

Twenty-one month update

Little Miss Reagan Kay is twenty-one months old!!

Happy girl!

Happy girl!

Here is some of what Reagan has been up to this month:

  • Climbing: Reagan has become an expert climber and is up down and all over the place!
  • Books: Corduroy is still a favorite, but we’ve also read a lot of Goodnight Gorilla and the Baby Bunny book!
  • Talking: Reagan is saying more and more and is getting better at repeating things we ask her to say. In the past if you asked her if she could say something she’d just answer, yeah, but then not say the word! Definitely her father’s daughter!
  • Understanding: Reagan is very very aware of what’s going on and what we say to her. Yet, I think she is pretty frustrated that she still can’t convey all of her thoughts and wants to us. Her mind is much more advanced than her language capabilities.
  • Helping: Reagan loves to help Mommy and Daddy. In fact, she loves to help so much that James got her her very own tool set and work bench so she can “help” with things!
Daddy showing Reagan where to vacuum!

Daddy showing Reagan where to vacuum!

  • Playing: Reagan’s favorite things to play with are Daddy’s tools! She doesn’t seem to like her *toys* that much and far prefers adult *real* things like tools and kitchen utensils!
This is also pretty nice!

Check out these tools!

  • Outdoors:  Being outdoors is one of Reagan’s favorite things. She loves picking fruit (this month it’s pears and some apples), riding on the wagon and tractor, swimming, and anything else that involves being outside; bonus if it also involves Daddy’s tools!
  • Pool: We enjoyed our last swim in the pool for this season, but Reagan had a good time and we’re looking forward to even more fun next year!
  • Attached: Reagan is a Mommy’s girl all the way up until Daddy is on the tractor, going outside, or is working with tools. Then she is totally a Daddy’s girl!
Daddy letting Reagan help!

Daddy letting Reagan help!

  • Getting into things: Emptying drawers is one of Reagan’s favorite things! She loves dumping everything out all over the place!
  • Nursing: Reagan is still enjoying her momma milk in the morning when we wake up, throughout the day if I’m home, and nurses to sleep (and throughout the night).
  • Solid Food: Reagan is eating more and more solids and seems to especially enjoy fresh fruits and veggies, as well as pasta and rice. Overall she’s still pretty hit and miss when it comes to eating a lot of food, but when she’s hungry she can pack it away!
  • Sleeping: Reagan is still sleeping pretty good. No night wake-ups, but still dream nursing on and off (but not as much) during the night.
  • Favorite things: Tools, playing in the water, making messes, and reading books!

Reagan is an amazing little girl and it’s hard to believe another month has passed! We can’t wait to see what next month brings!

Where's Reagan??

Where’s Reagan??

Adding a little color

Reagan has been obsessed with marker and coloring lately and James thought it would be a great idea to teach Reagan how to open the markers. As you can see from the pictures below, Reagan thought it would be a great idea to put this new skill to use by coloring all over herself!!

Hmmm... I think green would like here...

Hmmm… I think green would like here…

Busted!!!

Busted!!!

Reagan was so cute putting the green all over her that I didn’t have the heart to stop her, so instead I embraced it and got out the camera to take some adorable pictures!

This green would look good as lipstick!

This green would look good as lipstick!

Check it out Mom!

Check it out Mom!

What a cutie! Even with green all over her face!!

What a cutie! Even with green all over her face!!

Thankfully the marker was washable and the green came right off!!

Fruit and veggie lover

Reagan really does love her fruits and veggies and I love watching her eat so many different types!!

Pictured: cucumber, orange slices, banana, apple, strawberry, and carrot

Pictured: cucumber, orange slices, banana, apple, strawberry, and carrot (and a glass of water to wash it all down!)

Digging right into a fresh cucumber!

Digging right into a fresh cucumber!

Reagan loves her fruits and veggies!!

Reagan loves her fruits and veggies!!

Bye bye breastmilk

It was a sad day at our house; well at least to me it was sad. We had to clean out the deep freeze in anticipation of a half side of beef and that meant throwing away (gasp, yes, throwing away) my frozen breastmilk stash. This was extra milk that I stored just in case something happened to my milk supply and Reagan needed it.

Notice all the breastmilk in the bottom and middle shelves?

Notice all the breastmilk in the bottom and middle shelves?

I’d stopped saving breastmilk quite a while ago, probably back in February or March because Reagan was old enough to not need the extra and I was still producing more than enough fresh milk for her. I kept thinking about donating it, but I wasn’t sure exactly how or where to do this, so it sat. And sat. And sat. And now most of it is over a year old – way past it’s expiration – and it was time to throw it out. 🙁

Luckily I had a great little helper who emptied almost the entire bottom shelf by herself! I got the middle shelf and she did the bottom one!

Reagan helping Mommy empty the breastmilk out of the deep freeze.

Reagan helping Mommy empty the breastmilk out of the deep freeze.

It felt pretty sad to see so much milk go to waste and now I also wish I would have taken the time to mark down just how much I had saved. Each bag was anywhere from 4-6 oz and let me tell you there were a LOT of bags, at least 50-75, which means even a low estimate of 4oz X 50 bags would be 200oz of breastmilk that I’d saved! What a waste and if I was able to do it again I would definitely make an effort to find some place (or someone) to donate it to. Just check out my healthy, sturdy (aka she was a chunky monkey when she was an infant), amazingly intelligent baby girl girl… obviously I make some pretty top of the line Momma milk! 😉

Empty deep freeze all ready for some beef!!

Empty deep freeze all ready for some beef!!

Monticello Railway Train Festival

On Saturday James suggested that we go to the Monticello Railway Museum Train Festival! I’d been wanting to go to the Museum for a while, the weather was pretty nice, and the lure of extra events was just enough to get us on the road to Monticello!

One of the trains providing rides!

One of the trains providing rides!

The museum has a number of train cars (and an engine) that have exhibits and a chance for kids to climb on the trains!

Looking at the train model with Daddy!

Looking at the train model with Daddy!

Pretending to drive the train!

Pretending to drive the train!

Hanging out in the engine!

Hanging out in the engine!

Mommy and Reagan climbing around!

Mommy and Reagan climbing around!

After checking out the trains, we decided to take a ride on one of the trains!! Reagan was really excited and couldn’t wait to take a ride!

Watching the world go by...

Watching the world go by…

Look at that!!

Look at that!!

After the train ride, we walked around checked out some of the other things going on at the festival, including homemade ice cream a kiddy ride made out of old barrels!

Walking around and checking everything out!

Walking around and checking everything out!

More fun!!

More fun!!

It was a really fun day and afterwards we headed to Champaign for dinner and grocery shopping!

Playing outside

Wednesday when we got home it was still pretty nice outside, so we headed out by the pool to let Reagan burn off some energy!!

Picking the last of the tomatoes!

Picking the last of the tomatoes!

Love these fall colors!!

Enjoying the fall colors!

Reagan counting out the tomatoes!

Reagan counting (and then squishing) the tomatoes!

Reagan trying to capture some butterflies

Trying to capture some butterflies

Look who we found eating one of our tomato plants!

Look who we found eating one of our tomato plants!