Tuesday, September 30, 2008


So, I am laying in bed with Rylend like we do every morning. Its so great to take that time each day and just cuddle. Well, he is playing with my hair as always and all of a sudden starts:

"Ma ma ma ma ma ma. Ma. Ma. Ma ma..."

It was so cute! I responded with a "ma ma" and he looked at me all wide eyed like "wow you can say that too!" then he started on it again. "mama. ma. ma. mama mama. ma ma ma ma..."

Now when I come into the room and look at him, he gets all excited and starts saying it. Sometimes its just his lips moving with no noise, but then the word comes out and he says it a bit...then moves back to going after one of his toys or rolling or trying to crawl (SO close! Just has to figure out how to move his arms without bellying out)

My little boy is getting bigger and bigger! Its so fun to watch!

Oh, and here are two pics of him when he tried bananas the other day. We had just gotten back from the beach so he was super tired...hence the cranky and blank looks. But you can see his little teeth in one! Yay!

(And had to put this up...I love it! (from when we went to the beach))

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

My poor boy!!!

So, as I said already, last friday Rylend started getting his first tooth. WELL! Yesterday as we are on our way home form the islands (will post blog about that visit later with pics) I let him bite my finger and....ANOTHER toother! YUP! BOTH of his front lower teeth are coming in. The tips have both cut their way through and now are just coming up slowly. Poor boy...teething tablets help but still, he isnt all that happy right now.

Its cute when he smiles big though. You can see the tips.

My boy...he is getting big!!

Friday, September 12, 2008

5 months have flown by!

I have so many videos and pictures I still need to post on here. but for now, I am just going to write. I can hardly believe it that Rylend is already 5 months old. (to be exact...5 months and 9 days!) He is growing so fast and learning so much! He loves to be in his walker, exploring everything he can get into. When we put him down on the floor to play with his toys, he rolls everywhere. Then he will get up on his hands and knees, no problem, and look around. He tries so hard to crawl and almost has it! He is such a determined little boy, wanting to get on to the next stge before he has finished the one he is already on. If you hold his hands and help him stand, he will take his little baby steps, walking wherever he feels like at the moment.

And his talking! No, no words yet. But even without real words thi kid communicates like nothing else. His little coos, squeals, grunts, grumbles, squeaks...it is so easy to have a conversation with him.

He has moved on in food too! Yup! So far Rylend has explored both carrots and peas. I have videos of that I will post when I have more time. He seems to like anything he can eat. He made a few faces when we gave him the peas, I think just because he had just gotten used to the carrots. But after that..he ate his whole bowl of them. And I have also moved him to formula. I started to dry up naturally and it was getting harder to feed him. He has taken to the formula happily and still gets his cuddle time with mommy. When he sees a bottle, even across the room, he wants it! And in his walker, he will walk to his high chair then start ramming it and reaching for it. He knows food...

Rylend is so amazing. How he "reads" his books. He blows raspberries too! So cute! How he leans to the person he wants and gets SO excited when he finds out they want him too. How he talks to his toys, grabs his feet, watched everything SO closely then starts to laugh for no reason. Life is so amazing with him around!

And today! I am feeding him in the morning then he goes to bite my finger like usual as we cuddle. And guess what I feel! YUP! The tips of a little tooth. His lower left front tooth to be exact. The sharp little tip is barely sticking out of his gums, but if you can con him into letting you look, you can see it! So amazing! It makes me kind of sad, knowing that he is entering another stage in his life. Teeth! He is fussier than usual and I feel bad that I cant make it better for him. But I know Rylend is such a tough little kid, he will get through it and find out how exciting this new object is!

I look back and cant imagine my life without everything I have now. Money is tough. Living isnt always easy. Family cant all be close and friends grow apart. But when I wake up next to my loving husband, when I hold my perfect son...those things make all the cons of life seem so minimal. Sure, we have our tough days. Rylend can sure get on my last nerve. And irritation is easy with someone you live with. But I love them both more than life and am SO HAPPY that I am sealed to them for eternity. Moments like this, when I turn around and see my son smiling up at me...they are what makes life worth it all.

bath time and FEET!

Rylend has decided that he LOVES his bathtime!! He will sit in his tub and talk to the bubbles....leaning forward to them and smiling. We now have a rubber ducky for him and he of course bites it...then gets distracted by the bubbles and lunges for them. Its wayyy better than when he used to cry every bath...now its a fun game. So playful!

Just about a week ago Rylend really discovered his feet. The pictures below are after a bath. I laid him down to go get his pjs and when I got back...he was so immersed in playing with his feet I just HAD to take pictures!! Now...they are one of the ONLY things he seems to want. When I feed him he ALWAYS has to have at least one of his feet in hand. I have always loved it when babies play with their feet, so I am TOTALLY loving this!

oh yeah...I am now 22!

Oops..ok...on August 31 I turned 22. Yay! Well, it was a nice birthday. We went to church...then had dinner with Shane's family at CHANGS MONGOLIAN GRILL!!! Other than Sushi Town, Chang's is my other FAVORITE restaurant. It is soooo good. Its one of those places that you dish up your food, then they cook it right in front of you. Mmmmm so good with plum sauce. If I had the money, we would eat there at least once a week.
Its kind of sad, thinking about birthdays. Remember the times when you were young and you could literally FEEL the day coming the whole month before? Like, the air seemed to glitter and everything seemed so much more brighter and exciting as you felt the day come closer. Then when it finally hit, you would wake up so excited. It was your birthday! No chores for the day, a party, cake, presents, friends...it is so hard to describe the feeling of those days. Now...its the same old day. No butterfly anticipations. No glittering light or huge birthday bash. We still did the cake, but the presents were gone. The party was just family. The day was just another day with taking care of my family, going to church...I woke up and just went "oh, its my birthday" then shrugged. Dotn get me wrong. I still had a great day. We all had fun together and all...I just miss the carefree its my day the world is amazing birthdays of childhood. Ah...being an adult...

(Here we are on my birthday, just before we left for church.)

play time!

Rylend has discovered the joy of...books! I was sorting through some of my books and he just HAD to have one of HIS books to "read" too. This is a cute one...each page has a little mirror on it so he can see himself...and he LOVES it! He also loves Brown Bear Brown Bear and basically any other book you will read to him. He gets so excited and sits there with his mouth gaping open. Then he will look first at the left page, then the right page, then wait for you to turn it! Like he is really reading hehe. He is such a smart little boy. Maybe he will be a book worm like his mommy...and a gamer like his daddy....

It has also become a game for me to "chase" him out of the kitchen. When he is playing in his beloved walker, he will walk it into the kitchen then go reallllly quiet, watching for me. I will look around the corner and say something like " hey you shouldnt be in there!" and he will smile all big. Then I will push him out...and a bit later...the game is back on. He almost lives in that walker now. such strong little legs!

MY boys

So this post is mainly just about my two boys. Let me tell you, they are such best buddies! Whenever Shane comes home from work, Rylend gets super excited and only wants his Daddy's attention. And when Shane has his late days, Rylend gets all restless because Daddy should be home by now! Its so cute how much Rylend loves his Daddy. Shane is so good with him too! The love to play around..."rough house" and (meaning rolling on the floor together or tossing in the air) but their favorite thing....computers. Rylend loves the computer! When he is in his walker, he always walks to a computer and stares at it. And the other day I had him playing on the ground while I was checking my email...and he got SO MAD because I wasnt holding him infront of the computer. As soon as I picked him up, he started to smile and stare at the screen. Rylend loves to sit on Shane's lap when he is playing a game and watch the action. And recently he has discovered the keyboard...which means he wants to "type" all the time. Its really cute!! Here are a few pics of him typing and of him watching a game with Daddy.

And here are some pictures of the boys playing together before bedtime.

I love my two boys SO MUCH! This little family of mine...I would never trade it for anything!