Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
So far we have had such a busy week, between appointments, visiting baby Mady in the hospital on Tuesday, and then we attended our first Life Group meeting on Thursday. Since we are new to the concept of a "Life Group", and both only had previous experience with Sunday School, we were eager to attend to see how it all works. It's basically a mixer of 30 people or more, minus the alcohol, so that small groups can form and get together each week and focus on a lesson or discussion on God/faith/bible versus, etc. Scot and I were really hoping for a Wednesday night because that is the most flexible day of the week for us and it just so happened that one of the groups that formed also had a baby Ryder's age, who live 6 miles from us, and wanted to host it at their house on a Wednesday night. God is GREAT! Even though this has been a very STRESSFUL week for both of us, we felt so much better afterwards, despite getting home around 9:30 that night!
We have had a great weekend so far and even got to spend more time with Ryder's new cousin Mady last night, while at my mom's house. We ate and talked and ate some more, all while the babies played and slept. I am already looking ahead to the holidays and all the fun we will have! Today has been very relaxing and we even took a few pictures of Ryder at the lake, trying to capture his 9-mo portrait ourselves, in an attempt to save money. We took him last weekend to the place where Scot and I got married, but only got a few good ones at the very end since he was not in the mood to smile for the camera. I will post a few a get your opinions on which one you think is the best.
Well, I hope you all are having a good weekend and I will be posting those pictures soon!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Ryder is still in the 50% for weight and 20% for height, but she told me that it just depends on his growth spurt and when we catch him at what interval. I thought this was funny, as Scot and I are both very tall, so I couldn't believe that he was in the lower percentile. She told me that we can slowly start to wean him off of his acid reflux medicine (which $50 a bottle.. WITH insurance is starting to add up) and that in a few weeks he can be off of it completely. I asked about his belly button while I was there because I had concerns that it was still an "outie". She told me that it will continue to go in as his stomach muscles get stronger the older he gets and not to worry. This reassured me of everything, as a first time mom and I felt much better, as I'm sure she is used to the many questions that get asked by new moms. She laughed when she asked if he had started to rock and crawl, and found out that he was already walking. Ryder lucked out and didn't get any shots but they did tell me that he would have to have a 2-series flu vaccine in the coming months. He had his finger pricked for his iron levels and I told her that I wanted his 12mo vaccinations to be spread out over a few visits as a precaution.
This was proud PawPaw with a curious Ryder checking her out, not quite sure what to think
Sunday, August 23, 2009
It was a good weekend all in all, and mostly because all of my begging and pleading with Scot worked, and now I'm the proud owner of a Blackberry curve.. and it's PINK! I love love LOVE it! I was so sick and tired of carrying around my Motorola Razor and having calls dropped, not getting texts or voicemails until 3 days later, and always telling Scot that I couldn't hear what he was saying when I would call him on the house phone while driving home from work. For 3 months I had been dropping hints that I was due for a new phone. Since he gets a Blackberry free with work, he couldn't relate to my irritation with an outdated phone, but he finally gave in and realized I needed a new one after getting tired of repeating himself over and over while talking to me while I was on my way home last week. Now that I am a hip mom, I feel like a 26 year old again!
Friday night we stayed in and rented "Last house on the Left", a scary movie that gave me nightmares when I went to bed, although it could have been from eating a cupcake before bed too.. but anyways, it was very suspenseful and made me want to check the doors twice to make sure they were locked when we got done watching the movie.
We had rainshowers most of the day Saturday and got tired of debating whether or not we should go for a hike or not, so we finally opted to grab lunch and then find some sales at the mall. First we headed to the big blue box.. otherwise known as IKEA. Even though it made it's debut to Charlotte months ago, we finally decided it was time to venture out of our Lake Norman Bubble and see what everyone was talking about. However, keep in mind that IKEA is a "Home Furnishings" kind of place, and since we didn't really have anything we needed "furnishing", it was all a little overwhelming. Once we pulled up and found a parking spot, it was more on the lines of an airport than a shopping center. Especially when you are hauling an oversized stroller and as you walk in, you can either ride up on the escalator with the other 30 people that were streaming in at the same time we were, (which I wouldn't recommend with a stroller), or make a u-turn and find the nearest exit. We decided we would head back when we had something in mind that we were looking for, and make a safe exit while we could.
By this time, we were all hungry and in the mood for something different to satisfy our cravings. A co-worker of Scot's recommended Golden Krust, a Jamaican restaurant, and said they had the best "patty's" around. When we walked in, there was already a line to order so we figured this was a good sign, the food must be good. You can imagine the looks we got from everyone else inside, since we didn't have a Jamaican accent, nor did we have dreadlocks. I glanced at the menu and saw a variety from coconut water to Oxtail. I decided to stick to what I knew, and ordered the Jerk chicken. My wild and crazy husband on the other hand decided to give the Curry goat a try. We also ordered two patties, one spicy beef for Scot, and a cheesy beef for myself. I was really surprised at Scot's bravery, but he said it was really good, and so was mine, so we were happy that we made the stop there.
Afterwards we headed to the mall and ended up with a $5 pair of jeans at OshKosh for Ryder, and a long sleeved shirt for $9, so we were content with our bargains. By this point, we were done with the crowds and were ready to head home. We made appetizers for dinner and played a few hands of Gin Rummy once Ryder went to bed, and watched a little of the pre-season football games that were on. He won of course, but we still had a blast playing cards, and realized we need to play together more often.
I called my Grannie this afternoon, who is now in Asheville with my aunt and uncle until she gets better. She was still in good spirits and goes to the Dr on Tuesday to hopefully be taken off of the oxygen tank. She was happy to hear from me and as always, asking how Scot and Ryder were doing, rather than keeping the conversation on herself. Once I got of the phone with her, I broke down and was really sad tonight, but at the same time I realize that she is getting older, and that God is watching out for her and He will do his best to get her well and there is nothing else I can do but put my trust and faith in Him. I am hoping that we can visit her soon because it makes you realize you just don't know how much time you have with the ones you love.
I hope that you all had a great weekend, and I am looking forward to the week ahead, especially as we start our new Life Group this Thursday!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
- It was 9 months ago today that we welcomed you with loving arms into our lives. We are so proud of you and all of the accomplishments you have begun to make. Just shy of your 9 month birthday, you are already walking!
- You are still wearing size 3 diapers, which your daddy keeps threatening to put you in 4's, but I keep resisting him, telling him that you ONLY weigh 19 lbs, trying to keep you my little baby as long as I can.
- You go to bed from 6:30 at night and don't wake up until 6:15am, which has become my daily alarm clock, and I almost don't even have to set an alarm anymore, because no matter what time we put you down, you're still determined to get right back up at that time!
- You love eating, which is no surprise since your Daddy and I love to, and you have started eating crackers and animal cookies, both are favorites of yours
- You sleep with your Bunny everynight that Grammy and Papa sent you, and you won't go to bed without snuggling up to your blankie.
- You love the water and are now taking baths like a "big boy"
- Your little personality has begun to come out more than ever, and you love to smile and laugh out loud, especially when Daddy makes funny noises and acts like an angry elephant coming to attack
- You talk all the time now, and your first words were: "Mama" "DaDa" "BahBa" and "Hey" and you can put your little hand up in the air to wave bye bye
You have made our lives so much more meaningful these last 9 months and I am looking forward to the many months to come! We are already starting to think about your upcoming 1st Birthday party and we love you more than we ever thought our hearts could hold.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Scot and I had been talking about getting away to the mountains for awhile now, and since the August heat and humidity seemed almost unbearable lately, we decided to take up on the opportunity since we only live an hour and 1/2 away from Boone. Appalachian State is there, and it's just a quaint little town to visit to feel like you're getting away, without having to drive far. Ryder was in a great mood, and enjoyed singing with me and showing off his new chompers.Once we arrived in the nearby town of Banner Elk, we decided to grab coffees at the Banner Elk cafe, and it was a perfect opportunity to feed Ryder too! I was born in Banner Elk, but we moved to Charlotte when I was a toddler or younger, so it was fun to go back to my old roots and take Ryder for the first time. I know we will be going back soon, since Tweetsie Railroad's there, and I'm sure we will have to take Ryder to Grandfather Mountain too. So much fun is in store for us! After our coffees, we drove around the area, and came across a deer! Tucker was trembling he was so excited to see one up so close, but he was scared to death all the same. She was so sweet, gingerly eating while her baby doe was on the opposite side of the road grazing.
Friday, August 14, 2009
When Scot and I went to visit friends, Don and Lisa in Greenville SC, we ate at a restaurant on the lake known for their "Crab Boil". Since neither Scot or I had ever tried it before, we weren't really sure what it consisted of, or what it really even was for that matter. Don ordered it for dinner, and when the waitress brought it out to the table, a spicy, salty, buttery aroma filled the air. It looked delicious, and this said a lot coming from both of us since we aren't big seafood fans! Apparantly, South Carolina is known for their Low-Country Crab Boil, and compares to a Jambalaya that you would find in Louisiana, minus the crawfish. Let's just say that after that experience, Scot and I couldn't stop talking about how good it was and how we would like to find out how to make it sometime.
So, "sometime" ended up being Thursday night at the Gelinas house. When I came home, Scot was carefully getting dinner ready, adding each ingredient to the boil as the recipe called for. We were both nervous of the outcome, but with a little faith in our cooking skills, (which if you are reading this mom, I know you are laughing and wondering "when did your little girl learn to ever cook" haha) we were able to pull of a culinary miracle. Ryder and I waited hungrily as the pot of yummy goodness was on the stovetop boiling. Even Tucker became curious and joined us as he tried to figure out what the smell was because we had never made seafood in the house before. Low and behold, this was the proud expression on Scot's face as he was about to add the crab legs to the pot, to finish the meal.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I think it is safe to say that we have the tidiest attics, stocked with as many color-coded Sterilite containers that you could imagine! But the cleaning and organizing didn't stop there, to my dismay. Oh no, my husband had other plans in mind, so with a bottle of Old English in one hand, and an old dish rag in the other, I set out to start dusting until my heart desired. With all this being said, I guess you already came to the realization that Scot is indeed feeling back to himself, and with all that rest he got, he is back better than before! haha- ok, so I'm very lucky that I married a man that likes to clean, but that doesn't mean I have to share his passion, right? The hardwood floors are shinier than ever, and I think it's safe to say that our carpets are clean enough to eat off of. So you can see now, why I am so exhausted!
Monday, August 10, 2009
Once Scot finally crawled out of bed, and threw on a baseball hat, we headed out the door, with Tucker riding shotgun. When we came to pick Ryder up from my parents house, my mom mentioned that he had been pulling on his left ear and had a cough and runny nose.. "ahhh just great" I thought! The daycare teacher had mentioned this when I picked him up last week, but I just chalked it up to the fact that he was probably teething and it was probably nothing to worry about. Being a mom always has you second guessing, thats for sure! Sure enough, once we got home and had him settled, he acted crankier than usual, even after I gave him a dose of Tylenol and Oragel, so I told Scot that I would call first thing Monday and make an appt to have him come in.
On top of this all, Saturday afternoon after coming home from the mall, we stopped at Chick-FilA to get lunch and while coming back to the car, we noticed that the driver side window was rolled down in the Jeep. Scot asked if I had accidentally hit the button, and I shook my head no. Before I could say anything else, Scot knew right away that we would have to bring the Jeep to the service dept to get everything checked out because we couldn't roll the window up at all. "ahhh just great"
So when Monday morning rolled around, we dropped Ryder off at daycare and noticed that he wasn't the only baby there with an ear infection, and that apparantly it was going around. We headed to the service dept bright and early and then Scot made the final stop to drop me off at work. He had a cleaning appt at my office around noon, so when he came in, he told me the news, that he had already taken Ryder to the Pediatrician's office and our fears were confirmed, that he did in fact have a slight left ear infection, and they gave him a prescription for an antibiotic. "ahhh just great". Then he gave me the rest of the bad news, that not only did we have to pay to have the window fixed, but we also had to refill the steering and transmission fluids in my car, adding to the already steep total. "ahhh just great" Not only this, but we both knew that his car was overdue for a set of new front tires.
Later this afternoon, once I was home from work, Scot and I sat on our couch after giving Ryder a dose of antibiotic, and putting him to bed, and we started to reflect on our crazy day. I looked at him and said "well babe, you know that God always provides". He looked at me and said "Yea, you are absolutely right, and at least it all happened at once". The ironic thing to this all is that Scot had just gotten a bonus from his awesome sales the past quarter, so we were able to cover all of the expenses. We both agreed that we were very lucky to have a healthy baby, and if ear infections are the worst of our problems now, then so be it. I'm happy to report that Scot is feeling much better and so far I haven't heard a cough from Ryder's nursery upstairs, so here's to hoping the end is near!
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Hey Everyone!! It's a rainy, cloudy, and depressing Sunday afternoon and we just got back from church so I had a few minutes to blog about our very exciting weekend. To catch up, the first video is from about 2 weeks ago when Ryder first started saying "DaDa". By now, he is saying "MaMa", "DaDa", "Buh-Bye", and "Hey" and we are still working on getting him to wave. He always curls into my lap, dragging his favorite book along, and wants me to read aloud to him, and there's one part where he's supposed to wave to the dog, but he just can't seem to get the hang of it yet, but we're still trying haha. The second video was yesterday, and he was showing off his new "raspberry sounds" that he loves to make. He also wanted to show off his first two pearly whites on the bottom, and he is starting to teeth the 4 on the upper too! I can't believe he will be 9 months old in a few short weeks, but I am happy to post the second edition of Ryder's Many Firsts: Awhile back, Scot's parents mailed him a few boxes of his childhood toys so he could look through them and save anything that he cherished. He spent a few days going through them, and really enjoyed reminiscing about all of the fun he used to have, and it was fun for me to see some of his old things too. One of the most sentimental things about having his old toys back, was the part about being able to pass them along to Ryder one day. Now that Ryder is old enough to play with some of them, Scot decided that we should pull out his old trainset, which was a gift from a family friend, and see what he would do. Ryder's face immediately lit up when he saw it, and was very fascinated at how it worked. I loved watching the two of them play together, and it was adorable how Scot pushed it along, making choo-choo noises. Saturday, we had a playdate set with Caroline, a girl who works with Scot, and her daughter Lily. Since we needed to get Ryder cleaned up before his big "date", we decided what better than now to try giving him a bath in the Big Boy Bathtub. We had been to Wal-mart earlier in the day to get a faucet cover, and toys for the bath, to make it more fun. It was sad to put his baby bathtub away, but it was seriously getting to the point where he was standing up in it, and making the whole thing rock on the counter tops, like a see-saw, and I told Scot he was about 3 months past due for the big tub haha. He was very scared at first, which I later attributed to the fact that Scot dumped water over his head, and he came up sputtering, which he didn't like one bit! Once I began showing him all of the bath toys we bought him, he didn't seem to mind and actually relaxed enough for me to bathe him. I'm sure with a few more baths in the big tub, that he will soon love his bathtime just as much as he did in the baby tub. (Please don't look at my roots in this picture haha..I DO have an appt next week at my hair salon, thank goodness!! haha)
Once we arrived at their house, we were quickly greeted by Lily, who gladly wanted to show off all of her toys. She was so sweet, but since she was turning 1 the next week, I was not used to how fast she was, and at one point, she grabbed my drink before I had time to react and almost spilled it everywhere! It was so cute to see Scot interact with a little girl, since he is so rough with Ryder, I noticed how delicate he was with her. Right away, the two of them played together like long lost friends, and she even grabbed his hand to show him how to push the buttons on her toy. They even entertained each other long enough for us to all sit down and eat dinner together, which was a nice change of pace for Scot and I.
We left home happy that our little playdate went so well, and we both agreed that we would have to host one at our house next time since they had so much fun together!