Sunday, March 11, 2012

Reyna Turns 1!

Happy Birthday Reyna!!
Reyna’s first birthday fell directly on Mother’s Day.  On my first Mother’s Day I got to hold my little one day old baby.  Now I got to celebrate with my big one year old.  As you can see in the pictures she had a super day (even though she was less than thrilled with her cake).  Oh and she got a surprise present.  Just in time for her birthday…shock SURPRISE!  Mommy’s pregnant!  

Don’t worry, Reyna, your sibling will be here just in time to shake up your Christmas too.  (Luckily we now know you just adore him as much as we do!)  Happy Birthday baby!

This is a just another pretty thing for me to climb right?

Deep concentration

These blocks are still one of her favorite toys today.

Curious about her cake.

Disguised by her cake.  

(This should have been our first sign that she would be a very picky eater soon.  After a small taste she sadly did not eat any more cake.  No messy faces on this day.)

Adventures on the birthday slide...

This may take some practice...
Another fun present!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Reyna's Name

Reyna's name has two meanings.  The first meaning is "pure and clean."  This suits her very well.  The second meaning is "queen."  Yeah, she's a little of that too!

Reyna's Personality

As Reyna continued to grow over the next few months we could really see her personality developing.  As much as the two don’t seem to go together she was fully beginning to show herself as a gentle adventurer.  She remained an easy baby.  She was sweet and loving and very rarely cried.  One of her favorite things to do during this period of time was give “huggies” to everyone, including all of her stuffed animals and our kitty.  

Reyna slept amazingly well and would even look forward to going to bed once she was sleepy.  She began to really enjoy books and loved being read to or independenly “reading” her stories.  Although Reyna has normal hearing we had taught her several signs.  This seemed to help her maintain her easy going nature as they allowed her to communicate her needs pretty well.  

   Despite her mild temperment she was still driven to conquor new skills.  She was learning to climb all kinds of objects and give me regular heart attacks.  She learned to conquer the stairs using the handrail and bump her way down on her bottom or go down backwards.  She was very tempted to just walk down, but we steered her away from these ideas quickly.  

Right around a year, to the dismay of our cat who always stayed a few feet ahead, she learned the joy of running short distances.  She loved anything involving movement including spinning, swinging, bouncing, and throwing herself into mountains of soft objects.  

She was quite independent yet loving toward all.  She remains this way today.  We appreciate her gifts so deeply for making her who she is and allowing her to be a truly remarkable individual, daughter and big sister.