Sunday, July 31, 2011

Eli-Day 5

Your first trip to the playground.
You slept the whole time...but your brother 
had a lot of fun.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Eli-Day 4

Friday, July 29, 2011

Eli-Day 3

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Eli-Day 2

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Eli-Day 1

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Eli Joseph Martin
8 pounds 4 ounces
19 inches

Reid-{13 months old}

Dear Reid,
You are 13 months old today. Mama went to the hospital today to have your little brother. You stayed with Mormor and Papa G at our house while we were at the hospital. You’re a brother now and I’m sure you’ll love Eli with the same big heart that you love us with.
This past month has been really fun and really hard. I have been really sore and tired as your brother has started to take up more room in my belly. I think you know that I am not feeling normal so you have been really clingy to Dada and Mormor. I have cried quite a few times, wishing that I could wrestle with you and Dada or that you could lay on my belly for a snuggle. I can’t wait until that day comes!!  You also cut your 2 bottom 1 year molars. That was the most uncomfortable I have ever seen you, molars are not nice! The top 2 1 year molars are working there way down now and you are just as uncomfortable again. The top 2 started to come about a week before Eli was coming. 
Now for the fun stuff. You are walking! We are so proud of you, little man! You were pretty cautious at first, but now you are almost running around the house. You learned how to walk over the threshold between the living room and kitchen without falling, how to climb the stairs (with supervision of course) and your balance is improving with each passing day. You love to pick up “heavy” toys and carry them across the room, while you do this you grunt and say “ohhh” to let us know it’s heavy. It is really fun to watch you explore the world from a different viewpoint. 
You are also a lot more aware of what you want and don’t want. You can understand a lot of things that we say, but just don’t know the words to say in response yet. It is really fun to watch you grow and learn new things. You say “hi” a lot, to your toys, to Mama and Dada and even to strangers in the store. You are becoming more social and want to play with kids that we pass in the store or at the park. You really love kids your same age and say a very loud and excited hi whenever we see them. :)
You love to help Mama unload the dishwasher. You’ll stand and take out the silverware one at a time and pass them to me to put away. You tilt your head to your shoulder with each item you take out and look up at me with your sweet puppy dog eyes. It doesn’t matter that it takes longer to get the job are so precious.
Your favorite spot to play is in the space between the kitchen cabinets and the rolling cart that we have the coffee pot on. You slide your way in that small space and play with the lunch boxes or a favorite toy. It’s so cute to see your little body squished in there, you are so small compared to the kitchen. You also love to play with the pots and pans in the drawer under the stove. You take out the lids and try to hang them up with the hand towels and then put them back in the drawer only to start over again. 
You love to wrestle with Dada in the playroom and on the bed. He hides his face and you go over and lift his head up by his hair, then Dada chases you across the room or bed and flips you over and tickles you or gives you raspberries. You have the best belly laugh when you rough house with Dada. When we hang out on our bed, you throw yourself around, flopping back onto pillows and blankets. We cherish mornings spent playing with you on the bed. It’s your form of quality time and we couldn’t be happier to give it to you. 
Your world changed today, on your 13 month have a brother now and I can’t wait to see you grow into that role in the next month.
I love you Reid and I am SO glad to be your Mama.

Baby B- {39 weeks}

39 weeks with Reid

39 weeks with Eli

Thursday, July 21, 2011

{Embrace the camera} July 21st

That is what I see in these pictures.
I pray that God will help me to soak in the JOY he has blessed us with.
I pray that I will see the JOY in my life
through the temporary physical pain,
through the mental tiredness
and through the emotional ups and downs.
I want to see the JOY, unclouded.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

{Embrace the camera} July 14th

After a 24 hour virus/fever thing we enjoyed a lovely walk at the Eastern Prom.
Me and my boys.

Reid getting some quality time with Daddy,
who stayed home from work,
to help Mommy out
and to take care of us.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Baby B- {37 weeks}

37 weeks pregnant with Reid

37 weeks with Eli.
Feeling A LOT of pain this week
as he is residing in my 
pelvis more and more.
Hips are stretching out....OUCH!
Can't wait to meet Eli in just 2 short weeks!!
{The fancy dress is for my brother in law's wedding
on Saturday.}

Let's hope that Eli
doesn't decide to come 
before then....

Sunday, July 10, 2011

A bachelor party, to do list and water fun

While Daddy was in Manchester for Uncle Rick's bachelor party...

Mommy, Mormor & Papa G 
tackled the TO DO list.
Not bad if I say so myself!
We took some time to play in
the water.
You love that!

We discovered that you were cranky
because you had a fever.
Poor baby.
You fell asleep on Mormor.
So cute.

You also got your first battle wounds
from walking.
You walked right into a corner
of the wall.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Fun at Papa G & Mormor's house

Reid loves the bottom shelf 
of Papa G & Mormor's hutch.
He was having so much fun
making a mess!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

tired boy

Reid slept until 10am this morning! 
I had to go in and wake him up,
 but of course I took some pictures first. :)
There is something so lovely
about sleeping babies.

Later on in the day
Reid enjoyed playing
on a neighbor's bike.
The horn was a big hit!

{Embrace the camera} July 7th

This week we embraced Reid's first fireworks.
He ended up watching them from
the safety of the van...
but seemed interested for a while.
Then he fell fast asleep.
The pictures are dark and blurry...
but the memories are great!!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Baby B- {36 weeks}

36 weeks with Reid

36 weeks with Eli.
Lots of pain this week.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

Reid enjoyed his second 4th of July.
This time he saw fireworks,
ate corn on the cob,
played on the lawn,
got to take a ride on Papa's wheelchair,
watched Daddy fly airplanes
and loved being near the ocean.

watching the fireworks from inside the van.

He was so tired by the time we left,
that he fell asleep almost as quickly
as we put him in the 
car seat. :)

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Summer is here

And we are enjoying time at camp.
Reid LOVES Mimi & Papa's dog,