Thursday, September 25, 2008
This Sunday Ryan went to his very first birthday party which was at Bay Beach. Hunter turned 4 and his cousin Abby enjoyed cuddling our little buttercup!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Ryan has been smiling for about two weeks but recognition triggered this today. I picked him up and when he saw my face a huge grin appeared on his sweet little face. Just after he was born when he heard me talk he would turn his head in the direction of my voice. I still find this to be amazing. Another noteworthy first was that Ryan rolled over just after one week old. I now keep rolled hand towels on either side of him while he sleeps so he doesn't roll himself into a corner. Like everyone has said, once Ryan arrives I wouldn't be able to imagine life without him which is absolutely the case. There are so may decisions that need to be made like bottle vs mom or nanny vs daycare but even more important is how not to totally screw up this sweet little boy. The new normal seems to be dysfunction with a capital "D". All I want for Ryan is to grow up feeling loved and to be happy and confident. I'm sure I'll want more for him as he gets older but for now it's my job to keep him safe and to remind him how lucky his Dad and I are for being blessed with such a wonderful little boy.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Tonight we had the missionaries over for enchiladas which Lynne made and froze before she left. Dinner was fantastic! They've helped us with several home projects as we've been preparing for Ryan's arrival and having them over for dinner was long over due. We had a real nice conversation about all of our great childhood memories and all the experiences Tom and I want to share with Ryan as he grows up.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Bailey's basement toy basket has come in very handy to keep Ryan out of harms way while I get the clothes washed and folded.
Although we were up to going to the game Tom was worried that a drunken Packer or Vicking fan would fall and land on top of us... go figure! Aunt Pam went to the game with Tom but our family was still able to enjoy grilled chicken wings with all the fixins. Nope, Brats weren't on the menu :)
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
The last few trips Lynne was out visiting we ran out of time to show off Lake Michigan. Tuesday Aug. 26th we took a drive to Door County where we browsed some fun shops, enjoyed frozen custard and saw the fantastic view of the Lake.
Of course I forgot to take pictures of anything other than Ryan that day.
He is a great little traveler!
Ryan is not a huge fan of anything that isn't warm and cozy which includes a bath. You wouldn't think giving a little man a bath would be a huge issue - but think again. Thank goodness for Lynne in guiding me through this process. It seemed like it took FOREVER and as Ryan cried the anxiety made me panic and sweat. I hope this gets better soon!
Although we were well taken care of at Bellin we can't wait for uninterrupted rest - not to mention if one more person takes my blood pressure or looks at my downstairs region I think I'll scream.
I am also proud to report that I walked out of the hospital instead of being wheeled to the car. After not being able to walk without a waddle for several months and being stuck in a hospital bed for two days I feel like I could run a marathon.
Tom brought home one of Ryan's blankets from the hosptial after the first night to introduce his scent to Bailey. Today Tom and Lynne dropped me off at the house to spend some one on one time with Bailey before he met Ryan. There were lots of kisses, belly rubs and treats exchanged before the crew arrived with lunch in hand. Bailey was thriled to have his family home, sniffed Ryan for about 3.2 seconds and immediatly became distracted with the smell of food.