Saturday, October 31, 2009

Our Anniversary

Ryan and I celebrated our 2nd Anniversary last Tuesday the 27th. He took me out to the Rancher's Club steakhouse and then to the movies to see "Law Abiding Citizen." (which btw was a really good movie)

Just wanted to say I still think I am the luckiest girl in the world.

I love you!!


Plbbbbblllbbbbb!!! Plbbbbblllbbbbb!!! Plbbbbblllbbbbb!!!

No, these are not typos.

This is the wonderful gibberish I get to listen to every day now. Riley has discovered how to blow bubbles and roll her lips. I had to share since, as with all the new things she learns from day to day, she REALLY gets a kick out of it!

There are no words...

There are no words to describe this next video.

A sound of delight that is so.... so... just HAPPY.

I love this video. It just cracks me up!


Friday, October 23, 2009

Riley Kate is 4 Months Old!

Riley Kate turned 4 months old on the 20th, and her health and weight check was today. She is now in the 75th percentile on all of her measurements! She is tipping the scales at 14 lbs, 2 oz and was 24.75 in long! Our little girl is sure getting big!!

She is beginning to get really playful and is sooo much fun! Our living room is full of pillows, blankets to play on, her play gym, jumperoo, bumbo seat... plenty of good stuff for Daddy to trip over!!! :-)

I have some cool videos of her to share. I know I've said it before, and I'll say it again, she is one active chica! I think just watching this video again made me tired! It's so funny though! She just loves her play gym!

She has discovered standing, and LOVES to flex her leg muscles. Mommy put together the Jumperoo that Aunt Shawnda let us borrow... Riley gets a kick out of it!

Some other good news... Riley has been discharged from PT this month! Mommy and Daddy are sooo glad to not have to worry about that anymore. No surgery, no collar, no more stretches, no more PT visits! It is so nice that Great Granna still comes to watch Riley once a week. Riley has so much fun with her, and by the end of the day, completely wears Great Granna out!

Still chewing and sucking on her fingers.... A LOT! I am willing to bet that 90% of the day the fist is in her mouth. And if she doesn't have her fingers in her mouth, the next best thing is whatever's closest- my hand, wrist, shoulder...

Her favorite spot in the house is definitely the changing table. I don't know why. Maybe its the nakedness, the fact that soon she'll have dry, clean britches. Who knows. But every single time I lay her down there, we have the best conversations, the most fun playing, and she is always, always kicking!

Mommy and Riley have spent the last few weekends in Wichita with Pa and Grammie since Daddy was away. The first weekend in October we went to Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Goddard, KS.

It was so cool. Located right in the middle of a housing edition, this property of 20 - 30 exhibits, had beautiful waterfall displays and included exotic as well as petting zoo type animals. Some of the exotic animals included lemurs, monkeys, giraffe, leopards, birds, camels, zebra, penguins, kangaroo, and one BIG rhino!

What was especially neat about this place was the contact you got to have. We didn't take advantage of this much since Riley was with us, but you had the opportunity to actually walk among most of the animals.

Of course, you couldn't enter the rhino's den. But the lemurs, camels, birds, were definitely friendly enough to have visitors around them!

The animal's caretakers would tell you fun facts and a little bit about the animals and what they like and don't like. Also, at the front entrance was a nursery with windows overlooking cages of all the baby animals! So cute! I wish I had pictures of them to post!

Here's some other fun pics from this last month.

Playing with Grammie

Sleeping in Mommy's old chilly basement bedroom from highschool

Going out to eat with Pa and Grammie

I'm still trying my hardest and doing my best to capture the moments. She's growing up and changing so fast. I told Ryan the other day, "At the rate she's going and judging by how much she likes standing, I bet she doesn't crawl long, she'll be walking REAL SOON." So there I have my guess in writing. I may be wrong, but I may be right though! We'll have to see!!!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

And The Little One Said, "Roll Over!"

"...there were ten in the bed and the little one said, 'Roll Over!' So, they all rolled over and one fell off, there were nine in the bed and the little one said, 'Roll Over!'"

This was a song that we sang in music class when I was in grade school. I had one of the best music teachers growing up. She was so much fun. Her name was Ms. Payne. While singing this song, we'd all actually lay down on the floor next to eachother and roll while singing. Imagine almost 2 dozen little kids rolling around on the floor in unison... we just loved it!

Anyway, today I was reminded of this song when Riley rolled over for the first time! :-) She was been twisting and turning a lot more now, but hasn't been able to complete the turn until now!

I was watching TV and happened to lay her in her boppy pillow for a minute. I looked at her and thought, "Now I had better move the coffee table over a little bit, just in case she rolls off of that..." Thank goodness I did! I turned back and was watching my show and out of the corner of my eye, she tumbles off the pillow, lands on her tummy, and begins to do a push up! It didn't even phase her!

Granted, she had a little help from being on her boppy pillow that has a slight slope. But, it still counts as her first trip up and over on her own!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


We've hit the entertainment jackpot for 3 month olds... Riley LOVES her new Baby Einstein play gym! She just kicks, coos, and practically screams with delight! You'll see what I mean in this video! She loves reaching for the hanging toys and the music that plays. We can leave her playing with this for 30 minutes straight! It is awesome! What a great way to help her develop hand-eye coordination, motor skills, and have fun!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Riley's 1st Professional Photoshoot!

I took Riley to the city today to have her 3 month pictures taken. She wasn't exactly thrilled about it, and it took 3 different tries to get enough shots/poses to make it worth the trip, but we finally made it! First she got hungry, then she needed a break since she was fussy, and we finally called it quits when shen started looking drowsy. She was asleep in my arms while I choose her shots! Still, they really turned out pretty good! I'm just glad they weren't completely booked this morning! Here's the ones we got: