Monday, August 18, 2014

7 Months + 3 Days update

On Saturday night, I moved Ryder's pack-n-play into our bathroom's sink room and he slept the ENTIRE night. On Sunday night, he slept most of the night, he only woke up once around 2am to nurse and then went right back to sleep in the pack-n-play! Yay!

On Sunday at lunch at my mom's house, we were sitting there with Ryder and he was getting a little fussy so I gave him my knuckle to chew on and I felt something poke it! He's got his first tooth coming in! I couldn't feel it with my finger at first, only my knuckle (my finger must not be as sensitive). Eventually Sunday evening, I managed to get his mouth open and could actually SEE it! It's his right middle tooth on the bottom!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Ryder at 7 Months

Ryder is SEVEN months old! So exciting! He's doing so much more stuff now.

In addition to now being able to sit up for as long as he wants to, he is also able to get himself into the sitting position by himself! He can also army crawl kind of...or at least pull himself along the floor using his elbows & pushing with his feet. He is all over the place now. You can definitely tell that he has some favorite toys. I just got him a Baby Einstein Count & Compose Piano - my mom had one that he LOVES, but they don't make them anymore so yay eBay - and he loves that thing. It also came with this little Baby Einstein music player and he loves that thing too.

Even though he knows we come back, he cries if we leave the room. If we try to "hide" his toys from him, he can find them under burp cloths. He also loves knocking down blocks when I stack them up. He is constantly trying to get into whatever Claire is doing - playing on the iPad, looking at a book, etc.

We've pretty much stopped BLW. He just gets so upset when he wants food and he's not actually getting much from BLW. I've made him purees of peas, peaches, green beans and bananas. I'm planning to pick up pears, squash and maybe carrots to do this week. I'd also like to try chicken. He's also had store bought applesauce. I know applesauce is easy to make, but we already had the store-bought stuff for Claire (not baby applesauce, but normal unsweetened applesauce). We also gave him some cinnamon applesauce because that's what we had and he wanted some...and he liked it. So now I'm looking at the Gerber website getting ideas of other things that I could try making myself for him.

He is now wearing mostly 12-month clothing but still in size 3 diapers. He's still sleeping in his pack-n-play in the master bedroom, he just can't get the whole sleeping through the night thing figured out yet.

My little boy is getting so BIG!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Ryder at 6 Months

He's half a year old already!

He has been sitting by himself for about a week - he still can't get that way, but can stay sitting upright for the most part. I try to either sit behind him or have a pillow behind him just in case he flops backwards. He loves bath time, he never disliked baths, but now he is starting to giggle & splash in the water! He can roll really well and elbow around in a circle to get to toys. He is still up at least 1-2 times overnight - currently sleeping in pack-n-play in master bedroom. We were bedsharing until about 2 weeks ago, now he wants to roll around too much. He's adjusted pretty well to sleeping in the pack-n-play, once he starts sleeping through the night or at least being more predictable about getting up only once, I'll move him to his room. He slobbers EVERYWHERE and he likes to chew on the cold teething rings - maybe we'll have teeth soon!

We're mostly doing baby led weaning where you give babies manageable pieces that they can chew on. We fed him oatmeal cereal a couple of times, he's also had avocado, zucchini, yellow squash, cucumber, mashed potato (w/ breastmilk), sweet potato, french fries (without salt), yams, watermelon, and cantaloupe. He didn't necessarily EAT much of any of them, mostly just chewed on and tasted. I'm thinking about pureeing green beans, peas, peaches and pears to feed him too since peas & green beans don't work well for BLW and peaches & pears are really slippery. He is also still nursing really well! We've made it 6 months so far, I'm hoping we can make it for an entire year...but we'll see!

We went out to see my family in Columbia over the 4th of July. It was his first trip. He did really well both driving out and with the change in schedule of hanging out at my aunt's house most of the day. My brother & Anaya shot off fireworks once it got dark and they didn't seem to bother him, although after about 5 minutes Claire was done and told me she needed to go inside.

We had his doctor appointment this afternoon. According to their milestone chart, he is doing lots of things an 8 month old baby does. He weighs 20.5 lbs and is 28.5 inches - 90th & 97th percentiles respectively.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ryder at 5 Months

This month's pictures are probably my favorite so far. He is developing such a personality.

We're still bed sharing. I've decided it is fine and we'll just keep doing it until whenever he is ready to sleep on his own. I do NOT want to fight with him to sleep like we had to with Claire.

He is rolling over a lot, both directions. At the beginning of June we moved him into his new convertible carseat since he was outgrowing the infant seat. He has pretty much stopped scratching up his face, yay! I had to pull out the 6-9 month / 9 month clothing already! Still in size 3 diapers. We tried Gerber Oatmeal Cereal for the first time last night, mixed it with some breast milk. He is still breast feeding and he is going great so far! He likes going to walks in the stroller. He loves his exersaucer, since it doesn't have many toys attached to it we're constantly having to pick the toys up after he knocks them off. He's going a really good job of starting to sit up, he can't get in that position by himself and once we put him that way we have to help keep him upright. I put him in the Johnny Jumper for the first time this month, he really seems to like it.

He got to meet his Nana & Papa (Justin's parents) for the first time this month.

He is fascinated by Claire and loves watching her. He also watches more TV than I would like because of her. And he is already enthralled with the iPad (not that he gets to play with it, just because Claire will bring it over and sit by me with it while I'm playing with Ryder).


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Ryder at 4 Months

Wow. Our little guy is 4 Months old already. Approximately a year ago was when I found out I was pregnant and now we have a 4 month old!

On April 25, my mom & dad saw Ryder roll from back-to-front for the first time. Justin saw it the next week, but I didn't see him do it until May 4th and then again on the morning of May 5th! I tried to get a video...but he doesn't like to cooperate with me. He is also now rolling all the way over (back-to-front-to-back), again, no video because whenever I try I end up just getting him doing one roll and then fussing about it. We've also just started putting him in his exersaucer. He loves standing up. We've started putting him in his highchair during dinner, he is pretty happy to sit and talk to us most nights while we eat. And I got him a different bathtub in hopes a teaching him to splash - no luck so far.

He is also going through quite the sleep regression right now (I do not remember Claire doing this). If you had asked me before Ryder was born if I would EVER have him sleeping in bed with me, I would've said no. I didn't do it with Claire (at least not regularly) and I had no intention of doing it with Ryder either. But every night, all night, he is in bed with me. It's the only place he will sleep at night... At this point though, with his sleep regression, he is back to being up (and wanting to nurse) every 2 hours. Seriously. He is usually up at 12:15am, 2:00am, 4:05am, and 5:50am. I need some more sleep!

We went to the doctor on May 16 for his 4 month check up. He is a growing boy: 18 pounds, 2 ounces and 26 inches! Everything looked good. The doctor told me what I could do about his cradle cap, but it doesn't bother me that much so I'm undecided if I will do any of it. He has moved up to size 3 diapers. He's still mostly in 3-6 month clothing, but he does have a few 6-9 or 6-12 month things that fit. The 6 month footed sleepers I got him are all getting tight, but luckily it is warming up.


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Hello May - Currently

Today we had Claire's Kindergarten transition meeting and we were talking about May Day and May Poles and I realized that I had more or less forgotten about May Day. Also, it is really hard to type with two hands while a baby is sleeping on one arm.


watching Royal Pains & My Little Pony

reading What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman

listening to Claire talk (and talk back) a lot

making lots of homemade dinners & new recipes

feeling so very tired

planning next school year, we have big changes coming

loving my little boy who loves to sleep on mommy.

list uses the prompts from rukristin's Currently cards

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ryder at 3 Months

Ryder is THREE months old already! That is 1/4 of the way to one year!

He had been sleeping almost the entire night. He'd go to bed around 8-9pm, get up once between 1-2am to nurse and then go back to sleep until about 7am. It was lovely. Unfortunately he is currently recovering from his first cold, his cry is so hoarse, it is cute, but sad sounding. The cold really messed with his sleep and he has been sleeping with me since I'm not sure I would hear him cry with how weak his voice is if he were in his own room. We're finally getting back to a fairly normal sleep pattern, still getting up once a night, but way better than about a week ago when he was up 3 times every night.

He ALWAYS has his fingers in his mouth. He also manages to gouge his forehead no matter how often I trim his nails. He loves playing on his play mat and has started grabbing a hold of the toys that hang from the bar. He smiles and giggles at us - especially Justin. He does not usually like sitting still. He likes to be moving - mostly carried. He rolled over for the first time, front to back on the 14th.

According to my bathroom scale he weighs about 17 pounds. He is wearing size 2 diapers and 3-6 month / 6 month clothing (depending on the brand).

We're loving on this little boy and can't wait to see what he does next.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hello April - Currently

I love April. Hopefully we'll finally start experiencing normal Spring weather - it SNOWED just over a week ago...silly weather. I also love April because my birthday is this month! And Easter (this year). Sometimes they are on the same day even! But not this year.

I'm trying to figure out why this little boy has decided he HATES tummy time. He liked it, he would usually do it for at least 10 minutes without fussing until about two weeks ago and now he starts screaming the second I put him on his tummy. He does slightly better if I prop him up on a pillow. But he used to be fine just laying on his he is not.


watching way too many episodes of Peppa Pig (thanks Nick Jr.)

reading the Tess Monaghan series by Laura Lippman

listening to angry music (Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, etc) (also my pandora station is actually called Angry Music)

making lists of projects i want to work on

feeling overwhelmed like there is not enough time to get anything done

planning project life layouts

loving april! spring!

list uses the prompts from rukristin's Currently cards

Monday, March 31, 2014

Menu Monday

The only meal from last week that we didn't make was the meatloaf, and that was because Justin ended up being gone the night we were going to have that (which ended up being Friday after all my re-arranging), so Claire & I just had deli sandwiches and we'll have meatloaf this week instead. Claire ended up being sick all of Saturday and not totally back to normal on Sunday so she didn't eat much either of those days. And my mom was awesome and brought us lunch on Sunday!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Menu Monday

We mostly followed the plan last week. Well, we had to rearrange because I forgot to pull stuff out of the freezer, but we ate all the right meals. On Saturday we ended up doing leftovers night instead of waffles because we had SOOOO many leftovers.

When I was asking Justin what he wanted to eat this week he said, "Meatloaf, loaf of meat, and meat loaf." Instead we're having meat loaf once and them homemade meat balls using the same recipe. And after I wrote this out on my tablet, I decided to switch Wednesday & Friday, that's why there is an arrow there.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Day in the Life - March 20th

Day in the Life for March happened to be a Thursday. It was also Spring Break which means we ended up having Anaya for part of the week which means she was here for Day in the Life.

Right now I get up twice most nights to nurse Ryder & put him back to bed. Usually around 1-2 and 5-6, sometimes a little earlier, sometimes a little later, it just depends on how he feels. I do not pump at home, but I do pump three times a day while I'm at work.

Justin went to get Anaya today, so I took a few of pictures of her & Justin playing with Ryder. Then they handed him off to me and he promptly pooped and it went all up his back which resulted in me giving him a bath.

After I got him dressed again we sat on the bench at the diningroom table and swayed while he slept and I looked at Target on my phone. Justin & Anaya messed around with the computers in the basement.

I told Claire that I would help her count her money. She wanted to buy a Rainbow Dash "People Pony" (Equestria Girl), so we were figuring out if she had enough money to buy one (she did), but we weren't going to get one that night. Then she played the iPad some more.

Ryder played on his play mat for a little while - he LOVES the mirror. Justin made us the rare evening pot of coffee.

Claire likes to sit in the rocking chair in Ryder's room. Then she brought me the iPad because she needed up with her My Little Pony game. And Ryder laid on the floor and wiggled around.

I played with Ryder and made him have some tummy time. He usually LOVES tummy time but today he just wasn't in the mood and screamed as soon as I got him rolled over.

Anaya had a friend over to spend the night - but I didn't take any pictures of them. Claire wanted to go outside with them, but I wasn't letting her since Justin & I weren't out there. So she stood at the window, eating an Oreo, hollering at Anaya to come inside. Then it was time to put Ryder to bed. I like how my pictures start & end with my holding Ryder after getting him to sleep, because that is truly so much of what my time at home consists of having.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Project Life 2014 - Week 1

Week 1: January 1-5

This is the first week of the year. Ryder wasn't born yet, both of the girls were still on break from school and Anaya spent most of the week at our house. It snowed a few inches and it was REALLY REALLY cold.

This year, instead of using date cards, I'm picking a picture for the upper left corner that I can put a date on. I really love this look. I have completed 7 weeks so far using this "date overlay" and I love the look of it. I'm also switching to mostly using the plain colored journaling cards that came with the Seafoam kit. I like them a lot and wish that I had more colors of them - I may end up making some of my own.

And this is why I try so hard to keep up with my Project Life albums. There is a not a week that goes by that Claire doesn't ask to look at picture books. She specifically asked to look at the ones of her as a "Big Girl" and Hudson (her cousin).


Monday, March 17, 2014

Menu Monday

I really need to start menu planning again...and actually FOLLOWING the menu plan. A lot of the time, if Justin decides that he doesn't want to eat dinner, I end up just making Claire a pb&j sandwich and then I eat some leftovers, or something. But I never eat enough...or I don't eat anything that is actually a meal - 4 warm-ish pancakes & a piece of bread with some peanut butter is not really dinner - and then I end up grumpy later. So, dinner needs to actually happen every night.


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Ryder at 2 Months

Ryder is TWO months old already?! It kind of like, how is he already 2 months and really, he's ONLY 2 months! Because it feels like we've had him so much longer than two months.

We haven't had his 2 month check-up yet, so I won't have an "official" weight until Tuesday. But according to the not-so-accurate method of weighing us together and then just weighing me, he weighs somewhere between 13 & 14 pounds. And he is getting long too. He's already wearing 3-6 month clothing, which at Carter's is just called 6 month clothing. We need to finish off our box of size 1 diapers, and then we'll probably move on to size 2 diapers.

I've been back at work for 2.5 weeks. We're settling into a pretty good routine - some days are definitely better than others. Most days, he wakes up somewhere between 4:30am and 6:00am to eat, then he'll usually go back to sleep. By the end of the day the routine is usually completely shot. I try to get him to bed between 8 and 9, but then sometimes he falls asleep at 7 only to be up again at 9 and stays up until 11.

We thought he had a dairy allergy like his daddy & Claire, but now I'm not so sure. I have added some dairy back into my diet and he doesn't seem to be any fussier or have any more difficulty than when I wasn't eating any dairy. But I'm still limiting it to be on the safe side - except for today when I ate Cheesecake at my mom's and then made a pasta dish with a creamy cheesey sauce. We'll see how he is tomorrow with all that dairy in me...

He is lifting his head up so much now. And he smiles for us - especially for Justin. He kind of giggles. He LOVES making faces at the baby in the mirror. He has a magical ability to poop up his back and pee up his front at the same time - that results in him having a bath. However, for the most part, he LIKES baths. He is sometimes unhappy after the bath but probably just because he is cold.

Love this little boy and so excited to see him grow!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Day in the Life - February 20th

Better late than never...right?

I knew on February 20th that I was doing Day in the Life. I reminded myself on the 19th...then I got up on the 20th and promptly forgot until about 9am when Justin got back from taking Claire to school and brought me breakfast from McDonalds. So I have no pictures of Claire getting ready in the morning which is too bad since this is the last week day Day in the Life that I will be home for, the rest will either be weekends or days while I'm at work. After eating breakfast, Ryder had some floor time and I folded laundry.

Then I got Ryder ready and we went to run errands. We had to get a prescription, go to the bank, put gas in my car, and go to the grocery store. We also went to my work to introduce Ryder to my co-workers. I didn't take any pictures while we were there though.

In the afternoon, Ryder & I took a big long nap, so I don't really have any pictures of that either. I woke up when my mom called to tell me that she was here with my grandma to visit Ryder. They loved on the baby for a while.

We hung around the house. Claire quite literally hung off the couch to watch her afternoon cartoons when she got home from school.

Dinner for Claire. I rocked Ryder for a little while.

Claire took a bath and wanted me to sit in there with her. Since Ryder wasn't in the mood to go to sleep, he got to sit in the bathroom too.

Claire wanted to play the Wii after her bath, so I ended up playing Mario Kart while holding Ryder...and I still got 1st place. I did a lot of laundry today also.

Then it was Claire's bedtime - brushing teeth & reading a book.

And that was our Day in the Life in February.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Ryder at 1 Month

Back on February 15, Ryder was 1 Month old!

He didn't have his 1 month check-up until the 21st, so almost an entire week later. But we did go to a Breastfeeding Support Group on the 18th where they weighed him. On Tuesday, the 18th, he weighed 11 lbs, 12 oz. Then I fed him and learned that he ate about 4.5 ounces in a feeding (or at least in that feeding). On Friday, the 21st, at his 1 month check up he weighed 12 lbs, 5 oz. On Tuesday, he had just woken up from a 3-hr nap and hadn't eaten yet; on Friday, he had eaten before we went to the doctor's office.

He measured 22.25" at his doctor's appointment. So he is definitely a growing boy! He can lift his head up pretty well. He has started making eye contact, although he isn't smiling yet - social smiles, he sometimes smiles when he poohs & in his sleep, but not as a reaction to people around him. But he should start doing that within the next few weeks.

Loving this little boy.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Project Life : 2014 Cover Page

This year, I am not buying a core kit. At least I am not currently planning to buy a core kit. I have so many bits and pieces of my other 4 core kits, plus a mini kit and I bought some baby boy things (not PL, but a different company) that I just can't bring myself to buy ANOTHER core kit just so I can have the title page cards and the page title/date cards. I figure if I decide I need the ones to go on each page, I can buy the digital set of just those cards and print them for less than a core kit.

I ended up using Cathy Zielsky's free 2013 title cards. I just opened them up in Photoshop and downloaded a font (Multicolore) that was similar to the one she used and changed them to be for 2014 & the colors to be more to my liking. I'm not entirely sure about the "You Are Here" card. I made that one myself and I like it in theory, but I'm not loving it in the spread. I made it before I downloaded Cathy's stuff, so maybe if I redo it to look more like her kit I will like it better. I stamped our address on it (blurred out) using my return address stamp that I bought myself for Christmas. I love that thing.

I ended up using two pictures that I took about part way through January in order to include Ryder. I was having a hard time deciding what to do about the list of family members too. Because, technically, on January 1st, Ryder wasn't born yet. But he was born on January 15th which is close enough that the album will include many (many many many) pictures of him. I changed them to black and white in Photoshop because I liked it better that way for the title page.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Hello March - Currently

Well, I don't know what happened to February. I was on maternity leave for the entire month, so you'd think I would have PLENTY of time to write...I guess I was busy cuddling a baby instead. And watching Netflix. I watched a lot of Netflix while I was home. And now I'm back at is amazing how quickly 6 weeks flew by.

I have some back-blogging that I plan to do: Day of the Life - February, Ryder @ 1 Month, Portrait Project - February, some Project Life 2014 pages, and probably a few other things that I'm forgetting. For now, here's a picture of what life looked like while I was on maternity leave and a list of what is currently going on around here.


watching Friday Night Lights (season 2)

reading The Chase by Janet Evanovich

listening to Ryder sleeping (restlessly) & Claire playing the iPad

making Peanut Butter Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

feeling tired

planning what else needs to be done around here

loving being back at work, even though I miss being home

list uses the prompts from rukristin's Currently cards

Friday, January 31, 2014

Portrait Project / January

This month I had a ton of pictures of Ryder (which is expected), quite a few of Claire and hardly any of Anaya. I'm going to have to make a special effort to actually get a good "portrait" of Anaya since she is here so little during the month.


Monday, January 27, 2014

My Babies

My wee little babies on the days they were born...

It's fun to look back at the pictures of Claire when she was a newborn. I have hardly any pictures from the hospital of her sleeping - she almost always had her eyes open. And I have hardly any pictures from the hospital of Ryder with his eyes open because he was almost always asleep - and he still sleeps A LOT.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Claire at 5

Claire is FIVE! It's hard to believe that it has really been five years.

I'm amazed at how much she has changed in just the past year. Her speech has improved so much and when she is playing with her toys, she is having them "talk" to each other. Since a lot of her toys are related to tv shows, she sometimes will have her toys act out an episode that she has seen recently. She is very independent and once she makes up her mind, there is no changing it. She can recognize lots of sight words already. She wants to tell us about life and tries so hard to express how she feels or what she wants to do. When she & I come home from somewhere and we walk into the house, so yells "Daddy, we're home!"

I asked Claire about some of her favorite things:

What is your favorite color? Pink
What is your favorite food? French Fries
What is your favorite treat? Ice Cream
What is your favorite movie? LaLaLoopsy Videos on YouTube
What is your favorite tv show? All of Them (Peppa Pig, LaLaLoopsy, Paw Patrol, Octonauts, Dora, etc)
What is your favorite book? Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
What is your favorite animal? Red Panda, Elephant and Zebra (or All Of Them!)
What is your favorite song? Built For War by Megadeth
What is your favorite place to visit? Playground
What is your favorite toy? LaLaLoopsy Dolls
What is your favorite stuffed animal? Bear-Bear & Red Panda
Who is your best friend? Ethan

Some of her favorite phrases right now are:
...a little bit... : in reference to her wanting to do something that we have said no to.
I'm MAD : usually accompanied by a foot stomp
go away...right now! : when she wants to do something by herself.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Hello Ryder

I've mentioned him in almost all the posts I've written recently. So let me introduce you to our newest family member.

This is Ryder:

I've learned some things this time around that I didn't learn with Claire. As far as a birth experience, Claire was induced, Ryder was not. Having your water break at a huge mess. When you're 38.5 weeks pregnant and your water breaks as you lay down to go to bed, your will probably think something like, "How in the world do I get to the bathroom and then out of the house without making an even bigger mess?" Then you will have to call your husband on your cell phone (which is hopefully within reach of your bed), because leaving a trail of amniotic fluid everywhere would be gross. Towels, lots of towels, are the answer to most of your problems.

I couldn't actually remember my doctor's instructions about what to do if my water broke. To be honest, I thought I would go way over my due date and end up being induced again. So I called Justin (he was in the basement) and pretty much said, "I need you now, my water just broke". Then as he contemplated how to clean up the mess, I called my mom because she was the one taking me to the hospital. She'd been over earlier that evening, apparently she should've just stayed. Then I got a shower and my mom showed up and we went to the ER (because it was about 11:30pm at that point).

My water broke at 11:00pm...we got checked in around 11:45pm...Ryder was born at 1:53am. Let me tell you how glad I am that we didn't wait any longer to go in. I just barely got an epidural and by the time I did get an epidural, I could barely hold still for it since I was having so many contractions. Which was a bit surprising because I hadn't had a single contraction until at least 15 minutes after my water broke.

So, Ryder was born at 1:53am. He was 8lbs and almost 2 oz. I think he is the most adorable little baby boy in the whole world (but I could be a bit biased). He has reddish hair and dark blue/gray eyes (although they still could change to brown like Claire & Anaya's).

Expect to see lots of this little boy. Especially for the next 6 weeks (well, 4.5 weeks at this point) while I'm home on maternity leave.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Day in the Life - January 20th

Last year, Ali Edwards did a thing called Day In The Life, where on the last day of each month she took more pictures than normal to show what a normal day in their life was like. Since it was always on the last day of the month, sometimes it was a weekend, sometimes a weekday, sometimes a special event, sometimes just a normal day. I did not participate.

This year, I saw that Megan at the Nerd Nest was planning to do Day In The Life on the 15th. I had liked seeing how other people were doing and thought using the same day as a blog that I follow would help me remember to actually do it each month. But then I went into labor late on the 14th and Ryder was born on the 15th and I didn't really want to do Day In The Life while I was at the hospital. Instead, I did on Monday, January 20th.

We got up...made coffee...started getting ready for the day. It was Martin Luther King Jr Day so Claire didn't have school. And I'm on maternity leave, so there wasn't really much getting ready so much as just getting moving.

Claire played the iPad for a little while and I waited for Ryder to wake up. This baby LOVES being swaddled. My swaddling skills aren't all that great.

Claire wanted to play some "game" involving wrapping and unwrapping her lalaloopsy dolls and pretending they are birthday presents. We wrap them in some of her blankets. Ryder eventually woke up after peeing out his diaper. Then it was time for me to fed him - which I did not actually take a picture of because no one really needs to see that, yes it is a part of our life right now (a big part) but I don't really want to take a picture of the process.

Ryder went back to sleep and I did some laundry. The first three or four days he was home pretty much all he did was sleep. It was just a matter of where he would be sleeping since I tried to put him down for naps in a variety of places so he doesn't get picky about ONLY sleeping in his _______.

We went to Ryder's 1-week check up. He's doing good and is almost back up to his birth weight. He's actually only 5 days old. More napping in the newborn napper that came with our pack-in-play. I love that thing so much. Also, he can sleep through just about anything, including Claire stomping her feet and throwing a fit because she isn't allowed to do something.

Claire had gone to the zoo with my mom for most of the day and she brought her back around 3:45. Ryder was napping but I was holding him, so we played with her LaLaLoopsys in her room.

Claire played the iPad some more before bedtime - with Bear-Bear on her head for some reason. And I carried Ryder around because he is just so small and cute and sweet.

I will most likely continue to do my Day In The Life on the 20th of each month. I'm sure the months when the 20th is on a weekday my days will look different since I spend so much of the day at work, but hopefully this will still be an interesting look at our lives throughout the year. And who knows, maybe I can get Justin on board and having him at least take cell phone pictures of things going on around the house while I'm gone.

Also, Justin was around on January 20th...I'm not sure why I didn't take any pictures of him besides the pure and simple fact that he doesn't like it when I do. Maybe next month I'll try to make sure he is featured...even if he doesn't want to be.