Friday, April 29, 2011
These days you are walking/running all around. You love opening and shutting doors, climbing up and down steps, and being chased down the hallway. You are on the go all day long and rarely enjoy just being still. Your favorite activity is making a mess.You still seem a bit behind in your eating skills. You continue to refuse to eat any solid finger foods......however, you did eat a few small bites of ground beef this week. Your Daddy and I got so excited when you did this! I now give you cow's milk twice a day, with lunch and dinner. You are still nursing about 5 times per day, although lately you've been skipping one of your afternoon nursing sessions.
Although you "talk" all the time now, your only regular word at this point is Dada. But you have said Doggy, Daddy, Yes, and Eyes. Still no Mama!
I remember when you were an infant and we struggled with getting you to sleep. I always imagined that by 1 year of age you would have "learned" how to sleep. Unfortunately I was wrong. You are regularly taking a morning nap of about 1 hour now. But that's usually it for the day. Nights are still the same. I can nurse you to sleep and get you into your crib by 8:30, but you are usually up again within a few hours, and then in bed with us. After that you wake up a few more times before the day starts around 7:30. It's better than, say, 6 months ago. But still......you are a big 1-year old now and you should be sleeping more consistently!
You still only have your 8 front teeth. But I can feel some seriously swollen gums in your mouth right now. You may be cutting your molars in time for your birthday!
You get both sillier and smarter every day. You love to clap and wave bye-bye. You touch my eyelashes when I ask you where my eyes are. You poke your tummy when I ask you about your belly button. And you open your mouth really wide every time I say the word "yogurt". In all honesty, I feel a slight sense of accomplishment for making it to 1 year. There were definitely some days in the beginning when it seemed like all you did was cry. Being a mom to a 1-year old seemed so far off, yet here we are.I love you more than you will ever know. You fill my life with so much happiness and laughter! You were created to be my son and I feel so blessed that God chose me to be your Mommy. Happy 1st Birthday Ryan!
Love you Baby Boy.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
One of my favorite parts of the day was actually before the party. It was early in the morning and Ryan was still in his jammies. He found some of the curly ribbons I was going to decorate with and decided to start the party early. I had an ongoing To-Do list all weekend leading up to the party. You have to be really organized when you are hosting almost 50 people!
My very talented friend Jen made the train cake. It was so cute! (and yummy!)Ryan got his own little cupcake with an "R" on it. He picked it up and mushed it in his fingers but made no attempt to taste it. I spoon fed him a tiny bite of frosting and he made an awful face. Too sweet for him!
To eat we had BBQ'd tri-tip, potato salad, fruit salad, biscuits, veggies and dip, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, and freshly popped popcorn. It was quite a feast!Ryan got so many cute outfits and some really fun toys that he has been enjoying this past week. I was anticipating that Ryan would be shy with all the people around, but he did great. He spent a lot of time playing outside and actually fell asleep for a nap later in the afternoon. The only bad part of the day was the fact that I had to call his pediatrician towards the end of the party....but that's a story for another blog post. Overall it was a great 1st birthday party and we all had a lot of fun!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Ryan is so active now that I have to keep a constant watch over him. In the blink of an eye he can fall and crack his head on the fireplace, eat the dog food, or knock over a lamp. I am really not joking when I say that I can't take my eyes off of him. I think my brain has gotten used to being super-vigilant during the day and now it doesn't know how to shut off at night.I keep waking up and thinking Ryan has fallen off our bed, but more often than not, he's actually in his crib and not even in the same room. Another example is Adam's nightstand, which is really a filing cabinet. When the top drawer is opened, it is so heavy that the entire filing cabinet can fall over. Ryan has opened it a few times and almost had it fall on him. So now sometimes I wake up and think Ryan is opening the filing cabinet and about to be crushed. I am so terrified until I figure out he isn't in any danger. It is both scary and frustrating! Why can't I just turn my brain off?
Monday, April 4, 2011
And also had his own adoring fans.
Friday, April 1, 2011
I thought this picture summed up our week pretty well. Poor baby has sore gums.
When I don't cook, it's not like we can just order take-out. We're on a tight budget that doesn't really allow room for eating out often. So our meals this week have consisted of a lot of canned vegetables, instant rices and pasta, and barbeque-friendly foods. Not necessarily bad food, just very lackluster.
Do you ever get in a food rut, or just plain get tired of cooking? What do you do when that happens? And what do you cook when it's really hot outside? I have a hard time coming up with meals that don't heat up the house too much, yet are still hearty enough to satisfy my hungry husband. Care to share any easy go-to recipes for the warm weather?