Friday, March 20, 2009

Reid Family Celebrates Nathan's 11th

On March 14th, Nathan turned 11! ELEVEN! I remember going to the hospital when he was born! We went twice on his birth-day - the first time, please note that he was the very first NEWBORN (like 2 hours old) that I'd ever seen. I was wondering why the doctor wasn't in the room of this blue little cone-headed child! All was good after it was explained that this was what new-borns really look like (nothing like what they show on TV). We saw him again later in the day, and he was round and pink and adorable! As I was holding this wonderful little bundle of joy, I was thinking... Hmmm, I wonder if Russ knows how much I want one of these! His Dad even remarked that he (Russ) needed to watch out, because it looked like I had the baby bug. Eleven years ago, Russ and I were still dating - we didn't get married for another two years, so it was nearly six and a half years to the day that we had one of these little bundles of joy ourselves - much to Nathan's chagrin, it was a girl!

Anyway, as is tradition, we Reids all gathered for cake and presents. I was very relieved to have been served ice cream cake (don't have to chew that!).

Prezzies, cake, and colouring on bodies??? Don't all birthday parties have colouring on bodies? I think Auntie Jodi started with tattoos, but things escalated so that all of the girls (and we Reids make a lot of girls) were covered in doodles!

Okay, I always say "Reids" when in fact there are other contingents to this ever growing group. Grace is really an "Alexander," but we love her just the same!!! Here she is showing off her tattoos...

Auntie Jodi has a thing for Pebbles Flinstone!

This is a 3 month old Natasha with her 10 month old cousin Isabelle.
They weigh the same and are almost the same height!

All of the Reid cousins posed for a group shot
(or 6 dozen - there were a lot of cameras!).
I wish I had a digital picture to show you from when he was born, but we just didn't have digital cameras 11 years ago!!!!!!

This photo is from our wedding - Nathan was 2. Nathan was our ring bearer. He was wearing a wool suit; it was August 13; heat stroke happened. Between the ceremony and the reception, his Mom had to take him to the emergency!

Here is Nathan in January 2001 - he would have been 2 1/2
Happy 11th Birthday Nathan!!!


Well, Natasha may - technically - be too young for the Bumbo seat, but she doesn't know it! She loves being a part of the action, and sits in her Bumbo like it were a thrown for her royal magesty. She's very strong, and she holds her head up like a pro, so... All we have to do is teach her how to play chess!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Citadel Baby Shower

Yesterday was a fun day! The staff of Citadel Middle (my work) threw a baby shower for the babies that were born in the past year to staff of the school. There were seven!

Here are all of the babies together in reverse birth order: Natasha (December), Keelan(November), Matteo (October), Max (September), Brea (August), Susanna (August), & Kelsey (June)

Natasha got to meet Miss Joanne - Joanne is such a wonderful lady - and I was very privledged to work with her for a few years before her retirement.

My school knows how to put on a spread, and there was no lack of food or fun to be had! The babes and mums had a great time playing and chatting with everyone. And we are all so thankful for our special - personalized - gifts! Natasha loves her towel! It says: "Splish Splash Natasha's taking a Bath" - I'll have to get some shots of her showing it off. Thank you Citadel.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Prayers Answered!

Yeah!!!! My biggest prayer throughout this whole surgery ordeal was that I not lose my milk, that Natasha wouldn't lose weight, that me choosing to do this surgery at this time would not adversely affect my littlest daughter. AND IT HASN'T!!!!!!

I went to the PoCo health clinic last Thursday and weighed Natasha - their scale said she was: 16.3 lbs.

I went to the Maple Ridge health clinic today, and weighed Natasha - this scale said she was: 17.1 lbs.

Given that these were two different scales, there may be a small margin of error. Regardless, my daughter gained A POUND in ONE WEEK!!!!!!! Woo Hoo!!!

The reason for going to the health clinic today was to get Natasha her two month shots (I'm a little late for two months, but better late than never). She was a trooper for the shots, and now I'm just going to be Paranoid Mum for the next 24 - 36 hours. Wish me luck!