Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
The only issue I'm having lately is how to dispose of the poop, and how to keep the stink from taking over my house. Yes, I said poop. Now that Ryan is eating more solid foods, his poop has become, how shall I put this.......more "adult-like". I usually either rinse it down the shower drain or put it in the toilet. The cloth inserts themselves then get thrown in a bucket in the shower. I fill the bucket up with water and a little bit of vinegar to mask the scent. But lately it hasn't been working so great, and it's starting to smell like a frat house around here. The longest I ever wait in between baby laundry loads is 3 days, typically more like 2. But trust me, that's long enough for the smell to become problematic. Any suggestions from other cloth-diaper using mamas out there?
And yes, Ryan's thighs are quite strong. I know you were wondering.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Your new favorite hobby is standing up and letting go. You love to "surf" and try to balance yourself without any help. You have sturdy little legs, and I have no doubt you will be walking within a few months.
We bought a sound machine recently that plays white noise sounds. It seems to be helping you stay asleep for longer periods of time. I'm hoping this continues because I'm going to go crazy from lack of sleep!
Most days you are a pretty quiet, serious baby. You seem intelligent and aware of everything around you, but you don't react much verbally. I think you are taking everything in and thinking about it. I am beginning to see your little personality emerge, however. For example, when you get too close to the edge of the bed I say "no no no" in a singsong voice. You respond by looking up at me with a sly little smile and then proceeding to try and leap off the edge. It's frustrating but cute!
I love you baby boy!
Monday, December 27, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Ryan got called a girl twice yesterday. It doesn't bother me that much, because I personally think Ryan looks very "boy". And then today a woman told me he looks like the Campbell's soup boy, so I'll take that as a compliment. She also called him a "bomber".....not sure what that means. Anyone?
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
So if your present this year is torn, ripped, or covered in slobber, just blame it on the baby.
Monday, December 20, 2010
This morning I gave Ryan a taste of my grapefruit. He went from solemn-faced to this:Get me out of this highchair! What is this crazy woman feeding me?
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
I've had quite a few flops lately in the kitchen and Adam has become quite suspicious of what I cook. A typical conversation around dinnertime involves Adam asking me what's for dinner. I tell him, and he then asks if he can order a pizza.
So I went out and bought myself an early Christmas present.
Rachael Ray's Look & Cook Cookbook. I LOVE cookbooks. I like to sit down on the couch and read through them like a regular book. So after reading through every recipe in this cook, I realized that about 75% of the meals look like something I might actually make! This is rare, as most cookbooks have pretty pictures, but they are foods I probably wouldn't ever cook. So my goal over the next few weeks is to cook as many recipes from this book as possible. I'm going to try my hardest to not go substitute-crazy with the ingredients, but rather to stick to what is listed. Because after all, it's a recipe for a reason. I will report back next week on what I have made. I'm excited!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Yes, my heart hurts a little just thinking about it. I certainly won't be getting an award for my Mommy skills yesterday.
I set Ryan in the middle of our King-size bed. I turned around, took 2 steps, grabbed a kleenex, and turned back around. It probably took me 5 seconds in total. When I turned back around, Ryan had crawled to the edge of the bed and dove off head-first. He flipped over in the air and landed flat on his back.
Of course I scopped him up immediately to comfort him. You know when a baby is hurt and their cry is silent at first? Like they open their mouth to cry and turn red, but they're in so much shock that no sound comes out? That's what Ryan did. Once the sound came out, though, it was really loud. Surprisingly he stopped crying after about a minute, and seems just fine today.
I guess it's a rite of passage into mommyhood. Having your baby fall off the bed. I wouldn't recommend it, though.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Helping Mommy and Daddy cut down the Christmas tree.
Watching Mommy make Christmas cookies.
Decorating the house with lights.
Going shopping for presents.
Helping Mommy wrap presents.
Visiting friends and family.
Singing Christmas songs in church.
Exchanging Christmas cards.
Pulling down the Christmas tree.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
So far he likes them. I have only caught him trying to eat them once or twice.However, he doesn't like it when I try to make him sit still and pose for the camera in his new shoes.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
He is so irresistably cute in his towel with his wet hair and soft baby skin. Nothing better than a clean and happy baby.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Ryan is now crawling. He's still perfecting it. Sometimes he switches back and forth from his knees to his feet, like he's not sure if he wants to crawl or stand up. When he's not crawling or climbing, Ryan is standing up. And he's becoming fearless! He likes to pull himself up to standing, and then let go. The longest he has stood without holding on to anything is somewhere around 10 seconds. He was so proud of himself afterwards.
So I think it's obvious Ryan is mastering his gross motor skills. But now I think it's important for him to start working on more fine motor skills, like using his fingers. I recently bought him these:
I thought they would be good for Ryan because he can learn how to pick them up with his fingers. They are pretty small and supposedly melt in your mouth, so they are not a choking hazard. Ryan has a hard time grasping them between 2 fingers....so far he just grabs them with his fist. The only problem is that he gags whenever he gets a tiny piece in his mouth. I know it isn't choking him but it still scares me, so I may wait a little longer to give him these.
I already mentioned it on here, but I think it's worth repeating. Ryan now has 5 teeth, and it working on cutting his 6th tooth. Wow! I feel like he's so young to have that many teeth. He likes crunching the little puffs with his front teeth.
So what do you think? Is it normal for a baby to learn the "big" gross motor skills first? Or maybe it's just a boy thing?
Monday, December 6, 2010
So now I just need to pick a card design. Hopefully your card will arrive from us before Christmas! If not, it's Ryan's fault.
Once we got it home Ryan "helped" us decorate it.