Dear Reed | Northern Virginia Baby Photographer

Dear Reed, you recently turned TWO WHOLE YEARS OLD! I say recently because it was a few weeks ago and Mommy is just getting around to writing this. You will get used to having a Birthday in the middle of Mommy’s busy season, I would not have planned it that way but apparently you really wanted to surprise us. You still remain the best surprise we’ve ever received. This year has flown by and you have changed SO much from last year.

To say that you light up our lives would be a total understatement, you are the happiest, most laid back little dude ever. I’ve never met a child/toddler that loves to sleep as much as you do. I lay you down around 7 and have to go wake you up around 8am every morning. You always rub your eyes and greet me with the biggest smile and scream “mommmy”! Some mornings you wake up a little earlier but you love to just lay around in your crib and relax. I often find you “chillin” in your crib with your jammies half unzipped. It’s the cutest thing I think I’ve ever seen. I’m pretty sure you will be sleeping in your crib for life, or until we kick you out. By the time your brother was 18 months old he had climbed out and we had to convert it to a toddler bed. I’m pretty sure you could climb out if you wanted to, but you seem quite happy and content in there.

(iPhone images)

You have personality from your head to your toes but let’s start with the top of your head. Reed, you have the most amazing fro I’ve ever seen on a kid. One day it’s nice and straight, one day tight curls and the next a complete puffy fro. I love it, and it fits you so well.

You have amassed a rather large vocabulary, way more than your brother had at this age, but your favorite word to use recently is “no”. Well, that and Elmo, Mommy, ewwwww, uh oh, Daddy, and anything food related, pizza is a favorite.

The two’s have hit in full force, you definitely have a little temper and love to let it be known when you are not happy about something. You can start crying on a dime, and then throw yourself on the ground thrashing like a limp noodle. Luckily, you are still easy to distract and get over your tantrums rather easily. I’m sorry if I find your tantrums funny Reed, it probably does not help the matter.

You are a Mama’s boy and when you are tired, the only thing you want is to be held by me. I will always drop whatever I have and snuggle you because I know how fleeting these moments are, there will come a day where you will want nothing to do with me. I cherish every hug and open mouth kiss I get from you.

You are still a meatball and you are definitely a happy eater and not picky. Your favorite foods are fruit (any kind), pizza, any kind of kid snack, ketchup (you lick the ketchup off anything I give you, I almost regret introducing you to it), ice cream, cheese, ham, any veggie… The list goes on, I haven’t seen a food you don’t like. You are 34 pounds and 36.5 inches tall, we grow them big in our house!

You pretty much worship your big brother and follow him wherever he goes. You are also very patient whenever he steals your stuff or gets mad when you take his stuff. You didn’t even get mad when he put the “no Reed” sign on his door. He lights up your world and I know he loves playing with you too, even if he’s not always super nice to you. You love copying whatever he says or does, this can be super cute and entertaining or super annoying when it involves high pitch screeching. I love that you guys are buddies, it was the reason I was so thrilled to find out you were a boy.

You guys spend so much time outside playing in the playset in our backyard, I’m so glad you guys love being outdoors as much as Daddy & I do.

I love you so much I get teary eyed just thinking about it. You and your brother have made my life complete in a way I never thought was possible. Your laid back, sweet demeanor balances out with Carter’s crazy, wild personality perfectly. Your belly laughs and sweet little voice makes me smile instantly and I’m so thankful you are ours.

Happy Birthday sweet boy, you can stop growing up now…

Audrey - He’s grown up so much! I love seeing images of him and these made me smile.

Alicia Johnson - You’re very talented and creative. I found your through the CM Blog. It’s always fun to browse through photographers work and see their own style. I admire what you do. I’m just starting out and what you wrote gave me confidence to keep going. Thanks! Best of luck to you in the future!

You’re little guy is adorable. Love that cute white chair!

Kari Layland - What an awesome tribute to your little man! What a lucky boy :)

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