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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Portraits by Gelinas

In an effort to save money, we took Ryder to the place Scot and I got married last weekend to try to capture his 9 mo portraits. We probably took over 50 pictures, but he just wasn't in the best mood and trying to get a smile out of him was exhausting! The first three at the top are the ones that we thought were the best from the whole day. Then we took him to a spot by the lake yesterday and got a few, but again he was tired and hot and not in the mood to pose for pictures. I know that they aren't as good quality as a photographer, but I was happy with them for what they were. We just have to decide which one we think is the best. What do you think??

Saturday, August 29, 2009


I thought that I would share a cute video of Ryder and Scot playing peek-a-boo that I taped this afternoon after Ryder and Scot did their daily routine of climbing the stairs. Every afternoon when Scot picks him up from daycare, he practices going up the stairs with him. Even though it makes me nervous, I know that he loves it and it's so cute to watch his little legs climb as fast and hard as he can! We do have a baby gate at the top of the stairs that we keep closed just in case.


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

Visits and More!

We had a very busy day yesterday, filled with appointments and MORE! First, I took Ryder to the Pediatrician's office yesterday morning for his 9month well visit. I always intend to bring my camera with me to his Dr appts but always manage to forget. I have so much on my mind I guess, trying to make sure I ask Dr James all of the questions on my list and not forget Ryder's shot record, so in the end, the camera gets forgotten along the way.

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.

I dropped him back off at daycare and then headed to my office to meet with the oral surgeon who will be doing my dental implants. I am very nervous about the finances and all the work that is involved with my treatment plan. I know that God created me with 14 missing adult teeth and so that he has a plan for me. I am blessed to have a job in the dental profession and I can sympathize with patients who have similar dental needs. However, it is still very stressful to many degrees and I go for my next appt tomorrow for another financial consult. I just pray that Ryder isn't missing any of his permanent teeth. because I would hate for him to have to deal with the things that I have had to. At work, we always joke that as soon as he is old enough we are taking him to my office to have a PAN xray taken to see haha! No you don't have to adjust your computer monitors! This isn't what you think- Scot is holding his new baby niece, Madelyn Audrey Harrington. We had found out that my stepbrother, Matt and his girlfriend Jordan had their baby girl Monday night, so we were anxious to meet little Mady. After my appointment, I headed back home to meet Scot and Ryder so that we could ride to the hospital together. We met my mom and stepdad and followed them to the hospital uptown Charlotte, as it was close to rush hour traffic and I didn't know my way there (haha this due to the fact that we live in our lake norman bubble I'm sure) She is a beautiful tiny little angel and I am so excited that Ryder has a cousin now! It was very nostalgic to see how tiny she was compared to Ryder and remember the newborn days as the months have flown by! I will never forget how tiny and innocent he was as they laid him on my chest for the first time after he was born, and I still have a hard time believing that he is already 9 months old. Afterwards, we went to dinner with my parents and then we finally got home around 8pm. It was a long day for all of us, but we were happy to get to bed that night and be grateful for our healthy happy baby boy.
This was proud PawPaw with a curious Ryder checking her out, not quite sure what to think

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Odds And Ends

It's Sunday night and I just laid Ryder down and I am hoping that he will stay down. It's been a long day, even though we didn't do much, but sometimes entertaining a baby all day at home wears you out more than the days we have plans and can get out of the house.

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


What are you up to these days Little Goose?
  • 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

Weekend Wrapup

Thankyou for all of your sweet thoughts and prayers for my Grannie. I talked with her yesterday at the hospital and she was in really good spirits, and rather than focusing the conversation on herself, wanted to know how "her baby boy" was, as well as myself and Scot. She is a fighter and to look at her you wouldn't think she was 89! She is doing much better and we are hoping that she will be released from the hospital this week, as the Dr's continue giving her antibiotics and breathing treatments. I am just so happy that my aunt and uncle were with her when it all happened! God is great!

Our weekend kicked into gear when we picked Ryder up from daycare Friday afternoon, and his teachers informed us that he had taken his FIRST steps! They didn't want us to miss it, so they showed us what he had been doing all day. Before our very eyes, we eagerly watched Ryder take about 4 steps forward and it brought tears! It was the coolest thing yet, but as soon as we got home to pull out the video camera, Ryder got shy and wouldn't "perform" of course, but we didn't care because we were so happy that we got to see it for ourselves and are so proud of our 8 month old! Later Friday night, my parents came over and we went to dinner at Hickory Tavern. Ryder was very good, and flirted with our waitress all night! He is really starting to come into his personality and is always smiling and babbling. We think he already has a thing for blondes, just like his daddy-haha!
Then Saturday night, we headed to our friends house to watch a pre-season football game, and participate in the draft for our Fantasy Football league. Last year was the first time I had done it before, so it was a lot more fun this time since I had a little better understanding of how the draft worked. I am so happy that we have Tom Brady as QB and Steve Smith! I did tell Scot that he will have to be patient with me as I slowly figure the whole fantasy team thing. I will always be partial to the Panthers, so we went with that theme to make it easier to follow and we are really excited about the coming season!
We found jerseys for everyone, even Ryder! It's a 2T so we hope he will get a lot of use out of his, and he will of course have to be a Panthers fan too. We were a little worried about having him with us since our friends don't have kids yet, but he did great and we were even able to put him to sleep and stay on his routine!

This is Packer, our friends "baby"

When Sunday morning rolled around, we were all a little tired from all of the weekend activities we had been doing, but we knew we wanted to get to chuch because it was our preacher's first Sunday back in 3 weeks since he had been at a Pastor's conference in Uganda. We had missed him but it was awesome to hear all the good that he and his team had been doing over there, and we also met up with a new group to start our own Life Group. I am so excited about this and I had been praying that we would find one that fit our needs. (childcare, certain day of the week, location, etc,, etc) Scot has been so supportive of my desire to join a Life Group and he is really excited himself about the opportunities to make life long friends to support us in our walk with faith. We meet next Thursday and we can't wait!
After church, we came back home to eat lunch and I was showing Ryder how to root for the Panthers, and before I knew it, he started copying me! "GO PANTHERS" It was the funniest thing and he got the biggest kick out of cheering. Note that he has his new front teeth and is loving crackers..what a mess!Drool Monster! He loves taking Tucker's toys out of his box, and claims them for himself

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.

When I was a baby, my mom used to take my brother and I to the nearby duck pond in Banner Elk, where many ducks and geese would gather to be fed. As we drove by, we knew we had to take Ryder to where the geese were, as you all may know, I call him my "Little Goose" because of the noises he used to make while breastfeeding. Now it has become his little nickname, and I just HAD to show him what a real goose looked like. He was anxious to drop crackers at them, just as he does at home with Tucker. They patiently waited until all crumbs were gone, and then they took off. We had a really great weekend, and we are already planning the next trip to the mountains this fall to see the foilage and take in more sights with Ryder. I hope you all had a great weekend too!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Low Country Crab Boil

** Just an update- I wish that you would all lift my Grannie up in prayer today because I just received a call from my Aunt that while they were visiting her at the beach, she woke up around 1:30 am and couldn't breathe so they rushed her to the Emergency room, and she has pneumonia in her lungs so they are doing everything they can to break the infection. Unfortunately she will have to remain in the hospital for a few days and with us recovering from colds, I hate to go visit her to chance exposing her to any viruses. I am very close to her and she is my only surviving grandparent so I am extremely worried about her.****

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.

and THIS was the final product.. YUMMY!

I think Ryder was even anxious to try it ( notice he was drooling quite a bit- haha) ,but don't worry, we didn't let him have any of course!
All in all, it was a really good meal and it was nice to try something new for dinner. I'm thinking we can go ahead and add this to our other tried and true recipe staples that we make often.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Summer Cleaning

I'm sitting in my comfy office chair at home, still wearing my clothes from my gym workout from earlier this morning, and taking a break to write a post on here. Let me tell you, cleaning is exhausting! Since I had two days off from work this week, the organizer in my husband jumped at the opportunity to get our house cleaned, from top to bottom, since it had been poorly neglected the past 8 months, while we had been attending to an infant. Needless to say, now that Ryder is sleeping throught the night, and eating solids, we figured now was a better time than any to get things back in order. Scot started by pulling everything out of our attic and dumping it into the next room available, which happened to be Ryder's nursery. From taking inventory of any broken Christmas ornaments and creating a "wish list" for the upcoming season, to arranging Ryder's baby clothes that he was fastly outgrowing, we worked as a team to get things back in ship-shape condition.

This was a before picture... and this was the after..

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!

It's just like weight loss, so easy to get a house dirty, but takes so long to get it nice and clean again. I will say though, and yes Scot, "You were right" that the house does look MUCH better, and I couldn't have found a better use of my time off than cleaning. Haha okay, well that was a bit of an exaggeration, because I did in fact find a WONDERFUL use of the rest of my day off. I finished reading a book that I was initially hesitant about starting. A few weeks ago, when we had been on our playdate, Scot's friend Caroline gave me one of the books to borrow in the Twilight series, by Stephanie Meyer. I contemplated back and forth about whether or not I should read it, since it was about Vampires and I was in conflict about it spiritually. I finally broke down and started reading the insert and became immediately intrigued. A love story about a Vampire? With this being said, I decided to get the first book, because if I was really going to get into it, I had to start from the beginning. Almost 500 pages later, I am hooked! Have any of you read any of the Twilight series and did you like it?? Now I am debating renting the movie to see how it compares to the book. Well, now that I have finished the first book, and since I have a few hours to kill before it's time to pick Ryder up from daycare, I think I am going to go start the second book, New Moon.

Monday, August 10, 2009

God Always Provides

Our weekend was going along great, until Sunday morning rolled around, and Scot woke up complaining of a sore throat and feeling very achy. Since Ryder had spent the night with Nana and PawPaw, I told him to go back to sleep and try to get as much rest as possible and we would pick Ryder up around 11am. At first I thought it was just a reaction from all the chemical fumes from the cleaning spree the day before, but then realized after all the moaning and groaning he was doing that maybe it was more. You also have to realize that Scot doesn't normally nap, so I knew this was out of the ordinary that he could possibly be sleeping past 9am! With all this being said, I also decided that we would skip church that morning and catch the video online later.

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

Baby Showers and More!

Thursday we had a baby shower for a co-worker of mine at work since she is having a baby girl, named Baylee, due at the end of August. It doesn't seem like it was that long ago since I was sitting in that same chair, opening all of my shower gifts, awaiting Ryder's arrival just 8 months ago! It was nice to be on the other side of the fence this time, and being able to give new mommy advice to her. Let me tell you though, there's something in the water at our office because now there are going to be 3 pregnant women together! We all had a great time and there were delicious hotdogs that Emilie made since Tammy craves hotdogs everyday. I can relate, since all I ever wanted to eat was Wendy's chilli and peaches haha. Since I was off on Friday, I took advantage of the time off and worked on getting more of my scrapbook pages completed. I started looking back at the earlier pages when Ryder was this tiny, helpless bitty and it's hard to believe it's the same baby! I look at him now, and see a completely different baby emerging! He bounces around like Mr Tuff Guy, never missing a beat. Scot and I went to Target and were on a hunt to find him a toy that he could stand up with, as well as to get a few other odds and ends. Then we picked him up from daycare around 2 and wanted to see what he would do with his new toy. He checked it out and really seemed to get the hang of it, with a steady hand to help in case he fell of course! That night, I got to give him his night bath, which he now LOVES in the "Big Boy Tub". Little did we know that he would have a voracious appetite later on, around 4:30 am that would rattle us all to the core! Once we were able to get him settled back down for the morning, we all slept in until 8:30 Saturday morning, which was actually a nice change of pace.

Later Saturday morning, we decided while it was cooler to go for a nice walk around our neighborhood. Ryder always loves his walks, especially now that he can sit upright and look out at everything! Fresh air is the ticket everytime to a good night's sleep! Afterwards, we got dressed, both of the boys matching in their camo shorts of course, and headed to the mall so I could get some new bras and a birthday gift for my sister-in-law. I was way overdue for a new bra, since the nursing bras are stashed away in the attic with the rest of my maternity clothes, and since it had been over a year since wearing "normal" bras, I wanted to go to Victoria's Secret to see what they had. Let me just say, I fell in LOVE with their new Angel's Pushup- it has to be the most comfortable bra I have ever worn, not to mention they make "everything" look great, so it's a win-win for everyone!

To top off our day, Nana and PawPaw called and offered to watch Ryder, so Scot and I decided to stay in and catch up on sleep, the best kind of night a parent could have! I'm looking forward to hearing about all of the fun that he had while he was there.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Ryder's Many Firsts: From Play Trains to Playdates

video Edit********** I just realized the 1st video never uploaded-I was having technical difficulties and tried it 3 times, and it never worked.

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!