Saturday, May 30, 2009
I must say, God works in mysterious, yet wonderful ways! We had a financial burden and were trying to think of how we would get by this coming week, and after praying, were lead to find a way. I can really tell that we are both growing stronger with our faith, and are making an effort together, to raise our son in a christian environment. I want him to one day ask me all about God and Jesus and feel the same Joy that we do about them. I am excited to attend church tomorrow, and hopefully Ryder's name won't appear on the screen this time, to pick him up from the nursery because of his ears. Well, I hope that you all are having a great weekend, an I will say it again, What A Difference A Week Makes!! 1-No sick baby 2-No More Rain!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I couldn't leave without including this one of Scot and Ryder dancing! It melts my heart watching him with his son, like a papa bear and his helpless little cub. It's been another long day, but I am so blessed that I had this long weekend to snuggle with my baby, even if he was sick. I really missed him while we were away and it felt good to be with him again before having to get back to work. I hope that he sleeps well tonight, now that he seems to be able to finally breathe! Have a great night everyone!
Monday, May 25, 2009
Saturday morning, we loaded up the Jeep and cruised to Target for some new toys for Ryder. Now that he is 6 months, he is getting bored with his toys he's had since birth, so we decided it was time for a change. We picked up a few other things and were ready to head back home to enjoy our day that Scot had planned. He had blown up the baby pool, laid out our lounge chairs in the backyard, and had marinated Hawaiian chicken and steak kabobs for lunch. On the ride home, the fussy monster came back out and he fussed until he knocked himself out. We let him sleep as long as we could, which wasn't very long, and then he was up with a fuss in no time.
Monday, May 18, 2009
First we arrived in Labadee, Haiti, a private island owned by Royal Caribbean. We had to be tendered in, which was not very appealing when you are on a small ferry-boat with a bunch of hot, sweaty, anxious people. It was a hot sunny day and since we had gotten too much sun from the day before, we staked out some chairs in the shade. I felt very privelleged to own all that we do after seeing some of the natives there. They were trying to sell hand woven beads and anklets to help support their families. Before we left, we had to check out the infamous Dragon's Breath as seen on Travel Channel with Samantha Brown haha. It was really neat but before long, it got crowded and we had been in the heat long enough, so off we headed back to be tendered in to aboard our beautiful Freedom of the Seas.
All in all, we had a fabulous time and I am so blessed that we had the opportunity to get away from it all and spend some quality time together. I am refreshed and ready to get back to normalcy but at least I have these memories to last until next time. I have a feeling that we won't have many more of these vacations together, as they will be replaced with trips to Disney World and theme parks across the country, but all the same I can't wait either, as I have dreamed of one day taking my children to the places I once so adored as a child. Well, I hope you all are having a great week so far. I am happy to report that after a long day of appts yesterday that I no longer wear braces (woo hoo!) and that after taking Ryder for his 6-mo shots afterwards, he now weighs a hefty 17lbs 9 oz and is 27 inches long! I will post the "no braces" pics later, as it is already 9:30 and my nice warm bed has my name written all over it.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Since we would be gone for Mother's Day (I know I know, how could I possibly be away for my first Mother's Day!) we decided to celebrate tonight with my mom and stepdad, as we would also be dropping the baby boy and the fur baby off with them afterwards. We went to Sports Page for dinner and I savored my last hours with Ryder before we said goodnight. I gave mom her mother's day gifts, and opened mine too. I was so excited when I opened up my digital photo albumn! Now I can look at my little family all day while I'm at work. I was so touched to get a card in the mail today from my brother and sister-in-law too! It was really sweet and special that they remembered me. It was a bittersweet night for Scot and I as we said our goodbyes. Once everyone left, the house was so quiet and felt strange. In 6 short months, our world has turned upside down by bringing a baby into it, but I wouldn't trade lives with anyone because I love my family and I love being a mom. I just hope to be half the mom that mine was to me!
As we head for Florida in the morning, I will be thinking about my sweet baby boy and how proud of him I am. He has reached so many milestones already and is learning quickly how he can get away with things by stealing his daddy and my heart. I never would have believed it if someone told me just how exhausting but wonderful motherhood was, but I am experiencing it as a new mommy and I love every minute of it and am so blessed to have the husband to share in the moments with me. I hope that all you other mommys out there have a GREAT Mother's Day and I will be looking forward to getting back and catching up on everyone's lives while we were gone.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Kiddingly, back in January, shortly after having our son Ryder, my loving husband warned me that I needed to try to fit into my "shorts drawer" by May, in an attempt to save money from having to buy a larger size. This comment was made BEFORE he realized the moody woman he was dealing with and all of the moodswings that came along with a post-partum momma. I asked him to see if he would fit into his size 30" jeans after having a watermelon! In an effort to appease him and to try to lose my "baby weight", I decided back in February, after I had pumped my last bottle of breast milk, that I would like to tackle the gym like a mad woman, and just see if I could get into my dresses by May. So it was then that I gradually built my stamina back up on the treadmill for 30 minutes, with a 8.0 incline nonetheless ha! Groggy mornings filled with ab crunches, chest presses, and sweaty cardio sounded anything but exciting, especially after getting up once already during the middle of the night with our little monkey. All my efforts paid off in the end however, because I am happy to report that I was able to fit into a few of my dresses and shorts- yay!!
This was me this past Monday early morning before my gym workout holding my sweetpea. To spare our fur baby, Tucker from getting anxiety at seeing the suitcases, and working himself into a tizzy over it all, we decided that we would hold off on any heavy duty packing until we absolutely had to. I must once again state just how spoiled my little fur ball is! Pulling all the possible outfits together and laying them out and then imagining whether they would fit or not was tiring enough, not to mention, a few of our DVR'd shows were patiently waiting for us. A date with my husband, baby and the couch was just the remedy I needed to end a long day.This is the little guy that I chose to have a date with tonight after rummaging through all my drawers trying to find a few outfits to wear on our trip. His new name is Mr. Rolls-A-Lot! I will have to capture him in motion and post for you all to see. Well, I hope that you all are having a good week. With all the rain and thunderstorms we seem to be having lately, I am really looking forward to some sunshine!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
After Ryder slept through the night (Halelujah!), Scot and I were both excited about attending our new church this morning. We were finishing up the last week of the series we had been in and it felt good that we had dedicated time to finding a church that we could call our own. Sadly, they are doing baby dedication next Sunday in honor of Mother's Day, but we will be vacationing in the Caribbean. When we booked the cruise we weren't thinking clearly that it fell on that week. You can tell we were new parents that weren't used to celebrating that holiday yet.
Not only were we excited about our new church, but we also attended the "Newcomers Lunch" afterwards and met some really cool young couples like ourselves. As mentioned before, I was ready to dive into this whole experience and see where God lead me, but Scot was still hesitant. After talking, he too realized that he wanted to go deeper and get connected, so we went to this luncheon open minded, ready to sign up for a Life Group. I am so proud of him, because his nature is not to let people in as easily as I do, and he truly seemed excited too, about meeting other couples today. I even ran into a couple that are patients at my office, and I thought "well, maybe this is a sign". I think that we will be trying one of the Life Groups next week when we get back from our cruise, so I will let you all know how that goes. I am just ready to jump in and let God use me and grow stronger in my faith.
I hope that everyone had a great weekend!