Monday, June 30, 2008

Real Food, Sippy Cup and a Girls' Day Out

Gran came for a visit (YAY!) and we really enjoyed having her here. Riley stayed home with Gran on Thursday and they really had a great time. Of course, now that Riley has 2 teeth barely through the gums, Gran thinks she can have table food, so she decided Riley should try a saltine during dinner the other night. Overprotective, first time mom was afraid she'd choke and gave Gran strict instructions to give her a "tiny" bite and to "be prepared to stick your finger down her throat if she gets choked" : ) Needless to say, Riley did fine and she liked the cracker. She also drank juice from a sippy cup for the first time and, yes, she liked that, too. Feeding time was much easier - and a lot less messy - when all we had to do was give her a bottle. My 'anal rententiveness' is kicking in and I can't stand the messiness of it all. AAAggghhhh!

Friday I took off work to spend the day with Gran and Riley. We decided to have a girls' day out of shopping (of course, because shopping is my addiction). We went to have lunch at Zoe's in Homewood and then walked around to all the little shops there. It was a very successful day with both Mommy and Riley getting some new things. Riley loved seeing all of the people and everyone was commenting on how cute and good she was. She finally tired of all the shopping and fell sound asleep while we continued on. We stopped by Savage's bakery for a little treat. Yummy! A few minutes after that, I glanced at Riley and noticed some crumbs on her face. Yep, you guessed it! Gran gave her a bite of cookie. That's what "Grans" are for, though, right? What a great day with 2 of my very favorite people!! Here are a few pics from our little outing. (Excuse the quality as they were taken with my cell phone.)

And a few of her in one of her new outfits. How cute!!!
Sadly, Gran went back home yesterday. (I always shed a few tears when she leaves.) Hopefully, she'll be back very soon for another visit. It is so hard living away from my hometown now that we have Riley. Gran and Pop have always been such wonderful grandparents and I hate that they don't get to see Riley more. I really miss my family and friends "back home", but I am thankful that it is just up the road in North Alabama. We miss you already Gran!

Friday, June 20, 2008

We Have a Tooth!

In fact, she has 2 teeth. I can't believe it! They both came through at the same time. It is so cute! Of course, they are not all the way in yet, but they are through the skin and you can see them when she smiles. It is SO cute! Just a short post today to let you know the 'big news' ; ) Won't be long before she's eating corn on the cob like her cousin, Sarah Grace : ) Big weekend planned. Mommy and Daddy have a date and Riley's spending the night with Nana. It will be a fun time for all of us!!
Here are a few pics that I took of Riley this morning. I took them with my phone, so excuse the quality.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


I didn't realize that my last post referencing our parenting method of spoiling would be such a controversy : ) Seems some people saw it as a rant or took offense to it. It was not meant that way. Blogs are usually used as a place to say whatever is on your mind and that's exactly what I was doing. And, those of you who know me, know that I tend to speak my mind anyway ; ) It's just that, with all of the books out these days on parenting methods and such, I feel like people have definite opinions on how others should parent their children. I just wanted to make it clear, just in case someone might be thinking that we should try something different, that we know we spoil Riley and we like it that way. I'm pretty sure that won't change much. It's not that anyone has said anything specific to us. I guess it's just what I feel like people might think sometimes. At the time, we were trying to figure out why Riley was waking up crying in the night and I felt like that, if I tried to talk to people about it to get advice, I would be questioned on certain methods of putting her to sleep, bedtime rituals, etc. Not that I would be, but I felt that I would. Anyway... I'm getting too in depth and probably still offending people, so I'll stop. Just know that it wasn't directed at anyone in particular. It was really just a dig at all the 'parenting method' books out there these days. Sorry if anyone took it the wrong way. But, rest assured, I'll continue speaking my mind here. That's partly what it's for. And, by the way, thanks for the advice you're thinking about giving, but we've already figured out the sleep issue ; ) Oh, Lord, here I go again....

Monday, June 16, 2008

Father's Day

For Ben: A little late, but Happy Father's Day sweet, sweet, Ben. You are such a wonderful, loving father. Seeing you with Riley just makes me love you even more. I always knew you would be a good daddy, but you are so much more than I ever imagined. You are an awesome daddy and husband and I absolutely cannot imagine life without you. We love you!!

For My Daddy: I have always been, and always will be, Daddy's little girl. Thank you, Dad, for the dances, the back scratches, the nights you carried me to bed, for reading me the "funnies" on Sundays while I sat in your lap, for being my softball coach... I have so many wonderful memories of you that I hold close. You are a wonderful man and 'Daddy'! I love you so much!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Just So You Know...

It seems that lately all I want to do is hold Riley and look at her and kiss her and tell her and her Daddy how much I love them. I just can't help it. I feel so blessed and I don't want to take even one little thing for granted. This is not a new feeling for me, but it has become more intense lately for several reasons. So, I was thinking the other night about how I just love to sit and hold Riley, but the thing is that she won't really let us do that too much anymore. It made me so happy that, for the first few months of her life, that's basically all I did. And, I gave all of the grandparents permission to do so, too : ) Believe me, they took me up on it. Right, Gran? I would literally sit and hold her for hours while she slept. Oh, how I would love to do that now. People loved telling me that I was going to spoil her and I shouldn't hold her that much, etc., etc., but I didn't care and I wouldn't change it. So, just so you know... we spoil Riley. There. I said it. We spoil her, we know we spoil her and we will continue to spoil her. It's our parenting method and we love it! So, any of you who might think about having a talk with us about it, forget it! We are fully aware of what we're doing. In fact, I'll go ahead and let you in on something else, too. We don't put her in bed and let her fall asleep on her own. Nope! We hold her, rock her, or whatever else we feel like doing. That's how she goes to sleep. She loves it and we love it, so that's what we do. Whew! I'm glad I got that off my chest : )

I'm sure that none of you would be suprised if I told you that I was spoiled growing up. My memories of my bedtime rituals include laying on the couch - or floor - with my dad scratching my back until I went to sleep, then he'd carry me to bed. Or, other nights, I would lay my head in my mom's lap while she rubbed it and played with my hair. So, needless to say, I don't think much of this mumbo jumbo of 'you must put your child to sleep while they're still awake or they won't sleep good'. Whatever! I turned out fine - ok no jokes people - and so will Riley. She's my little angel and I hope she has as many special memories of her childhood as I do.

If I had to give one piece of advice to a new mother it would be this: hold that sweet baby as much as you can and let others do it, too. Both of you will love it! It won't be long before he/she won't let you do it anymore. What if, God forbid, something happened to my sweet angel and I hadn't held her that much and spoiled her like this? OK. I'm going to stop now before I get into all my sappy talk. Count your blessings today. I know I am! I'm including a picture of Daddy and his girl. It's an old one, but oh how sweet!

Friday, June 6, 2008

6 Month Appointment

We took Riley today for her 6 month appointment. We were a little late because she's now 6 months, 1 week and 4 days old. She is doing very well. She actually enjoyed the appointment until the very end when she had to get 4 shots. Poor thing! She cried pretty hard, but settled down right when they were over. Anyway, she weighs 18 lbs, 14 oz and is 26 inches long. That puts her in the 90th percentile for weight and 50th for height. The ped. said that we can start her on stage 2 baby foods, which will be provide a little more variety, so I'm sure Riley will like that : ) She loves her food, as you can tell. We won't have to take her again until she's 9 months and she'll only get 1 shot that time. Thank goodness! I know it's for her own good, but I just hate doing that to her. She didn't seem to be too affected by the shots tonight. She was just as happy as ever, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she sleeps good tonight.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Best Friends & Family

These are 2 of the best things in the world. I had such a great visit in Huntsville this past weekend. I spent a lot of time with my family and had an awesome visit on Sunday with the "Huntsville Girls" (known from here on as HSV Girls) and the newly named "Huntsville Girls version 2" - the daughters of the original Huntsville Girls - (known from here on as HSV Girls v2). We all got together at Cathy's new house (which is beautiful, by the way) and the big and little girls all had a great time. Sydney and Anna Chason were my 2 little babysitters and they were so good with Riley. It was neat seeing all their different little personalities. I so miss living there with the most awesome friends a girl could ask for : ( You guys are amazing and I love you!

My family time was so special, too. Gran and Pop loved their time with Riley, as usual and Riley was excited to see them, too. Saturday morning Todd and Pam came over for breakfast. Chocolate syrup and biscuits, of course. Yummy!! I was going to wait a while to introduce Riley to it, but thanks to Aunt Pam, Riley got her first taste of chocolate syrup. (I know, Mandi, I deserved it!) Looks like I'll be getting paid back for all the candy, sugar, caffeine, and other things that I gave to all of my friends' kids and to Eddie and Kyla. I was always the one you could count on to sneak the kids a bite of this or that when they weren't supposed to have it or bring them chocolate - and let them eat it - right before bedtime. (Right, Jackie?) It was worth it, though. Riley deserves to be spoiled to and we've definitely got a good start on that. Mommy and Daddy started the spoiling themselves from day one : ) Anyway, back on subject - Jeanie came over later that day for some special time with Riley. She helped Riley with her sitting up and rolling back over the opposite way. (She is currently only rolling from back to stomach.) I'm sure she'll get it quickly now after the professional help from Aunt Jeanie. She actually is doing good with the sitting, as you'll see in the picture below of the HSV Girls v2. (All of the pictures of them were cute, so I hope you'll click here to see all of them.)
Of course, a visit to Huntsville wouldn't be complete without a little Rosie's for dinner. I dropped by to get it to go and drank a Mambo Taxi while I waited. Yummy! It's better shared with friends, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do, so I sat at the bar, looking mysterious, and drank it alone : ) (For those of you who aren't up on your movie quotes, the mysterious comment is a reference to Hope Floats.)
So, as you can see, I had a wonderful weekend in "HuntsVegas". It was good to get back home, though. Daddy and Riley were so happy to see each other. It was very sweet!