Tuesday, April 29, 2008

5 Months Old


Well, Riley doesn't seem to want to perform her new little trick for the camera. I do, however, have a few cute pictures and videos for you. She loves to talk, so it's easy to catch that on camera : ) Enjoy!

Story time with Nana
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Watching Dancing with the Stars w/ Mommy

Listen to me talk : )

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Drum Roll, Please...

Riley just rolled over for the first time!! We actually missed it the first time she did it, but she's done it several times since. Hopefully, we'll be posting video of it soon.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Fingers Crossed

I'm reluctant to even blog about this for fear that it will "jinx" it, but here goes nothing. Riley has reached another small milestone. Some of you may not think it's that exciting, but for Mommy and Daddy, it is! We were able to cut out Riley's 10:00 p.m. bottle and she slept all night long! Wow! She has done so good the past 2 nights. We feed her a bottle about 7:45 and she goes to sleep shortly thereafter and sleeps until about 6:30. I just hope it continues. It makes it a little easier for us since we both like to go to bed no later than 10:00 p.m. This means neither of us has to stay up for that late bottle.

We also let her eat a real banana for the first time last night. Before you start thinking we are bad parents, we put the banana in a teething feeder and she loved it! It was messy, of course, but I guess I should get used to that.

Tomorrow is Riley's 5 month birthday, so we're planning a family outing in the morning to Aldridge Gardens and then to lunch. Hopefully, the rain will hold off until after that.

Monday, April 21, 2008

So Much To Say


We had a lot of company this weekend and it was such a great time. Daddy went to a golf tournament and spent the night there on Saturday night, so Gran, Pop, Eddie and Kyla came Saturday and spent the night. It was so great having them there - especially Eddie and Kyla. I think everyone enjoyed spending time with Riley. Pop, Eddie and Kyla left on Sunday morning after breakfast, then Glenda and Fred dropped by for a visit. (Gran is staying until Tuesday - Yay!) Everyone seemed thoroughly entertained by Riley. She's just so cute and always seems to have so much to say. I am posting some pics from this weekend and also a couple of videos. The video where Riley is in her exersaucer, she's talking to Pop. She hadn't seen him in a while and just had so many things to tell him : ) In the other video, Aunt Nay Nay (Glenda) is making her laugh. You'll have to turn your head sideways to see it correctly because I forgot that, when I rotate my digital camera while taking video, it comes out sideways when viewing it on the computer. Sorry about that, but she's still cute in it! Today, Aunt Jeanie is coming to spend the night since she has some appointments here in town. We can't wait to see her!
I'm only posting a few pics from this weekend. To see them all, go to our shutterfly site.


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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Hello?!

Is anyone even reading this thing? Sometimes I feel as though I'm just talking to myself! Apparently, I wouldn't be the only one talking to myself, though. Riley seems to be doing it more and more these days. She will wake up in the mornings and just lay there in her bed (or ours) and talk. It's just so sweet! I love to listen to her before going to get her. About 20 minutes after we put her to bed last night, she started talking very softly and when I went in there, she was just looking at the side of her crib (which has nothing on it) and talking. I told Ben this morning that I thought maybe she was having a conversation with God : ) I think she really just likes to hear herself. She'll sit there all throughout the day and talk and laugh. It's just really so adorable. There won't be anything to laugh at and she'll just bust out laughing.

We've been feeding her baby food pretty consistently now. So far, she's had green beans, sweet peas, squash, sweet potatoes and bananas. She wasn't so sure about the bananas at first, but she ended up liking them the second night. My little porker is just like her Mommy and Daddy about eating - she loves it!

She's still been doing really well at school and Miss Lindsey is still spoiling her. We like for our baby to be spoiled : ) Speaking of spoiling, Riley's Nana asked to keep her on Thursday night, so Nana is coming over for dinner and then Riley will be going home with her for the night. Also, Gran, Pop and Kyla are coming on Saturday to spend the night, so no doubt there will be lots of spoiling going on this week!

(I haven't been very good at posting pictures lately, but I promise to put up a few soon!)

Friday, April 11, 2008

An Hour to Live, An Hour to Love

I just read a great book last night. I know, most of you are saying "What?! Christy Habshey actually read a whole book! And, yes, I did! It's by Kristine Carlson (wife of the guy who wrote all of the 'Don't Sweat the Small Stuff' books) and it's called "An Hour to Live, An Hour to Love". It is a very short book - around 50 pages - and SO worth the read. I encourage you all to read it. Richard Carlson died suddenly in December of 2006. About 3 years before, he had written his wife a love letter for their 18th wedding anniversary. The letter answered the question(s), "If you had an hour to live, who would you call, what would you say and why are you waiting?". His wife published the letter in this book and then basically wrote a response, which is the 'An Hour to Love' part. It ends with Richard's favorite poem, which you can view here.

You all know how sentimental I am and the book (and poem) just goes right along with that : ) So, here's your task for today - take a minute to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you. Don't wait! As the poem says, we are not promised tomorrow, so today may be the only chance you get. Take the time to really appreciate life and those you love. Live life so that you never say 'I wish I had done this' or 'I wish I had said that'. Life is too short to "sweat the small stuff".

Friday, April 4, 2008

Gran's Here & A Forgotten First!

Ben and I got a much needed uninterrupted night of sleep last night. Gran is in town, so she was on Riley duty during the night. Not that Riley requires much during the night, but she sleeps pretty restlessly the second half of the night and maybe requires a few pacifier re-inserts. Gran likes nightime Riley duty because she has Riley all to herself. Gran's been given the OK by Mommy and Daddy to put Riley in bed with her early morning if she wants to - and, believe me, Gran wants to. With any luck, Gran will want to be on Riley duty again tonight : ) It's so nice having Gran here. She really spoils us. She does laundry, makes dinner, irons clothes - must I go on?! Oh, and we also love her company. Gran's awesome and I really miss her when she's not here : (

Now to the "forgotten first". I can't believe I forgot to blog about it. Riley spent her first night away from Mommy and Daddy last week. It was the night that Ben and I were sick. She spent the night with her Nana and Papa. Of course, they just live right around the corner, so she was right there and didn't have to be gone for long. Nana and Papa enjoyed it and I'm sure Riley did, too. I'm sure there will be more nights spent at Nana and Papa's house.

It's Friday - yay for Fridays - and I am so ready for the weekend. It means quality family time. It's hard to get that during the week. Mandi, Jacob and Kaleb are coming over tomorrow to play and then Eric and Laura are hopefully joining us later in the afternoon and staying for dinner.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Yummy Oatmeal!

Riley ate oatmeal from a spoon last night. I had been warned that it might be a disaster and wouldn't be as "fun" as I was thinking it would be. Well, it didn't go that bad. She made a terrible face at first, but did a pretty good job of eating it. Ben got it all on video, of course, but I've posted an after picture for you. Cute, huh?

I've also got a few videos to post. Riley loves talking while she's watching Noggin. Well, Riley loves talking all of the time, but especially when she's watching Noggin. She really loves Moose and Zee : ) The videos are very bad quality because they were taken with my digital camera in bad lighting. Oh, and by the way, this was at 4:30 in the morning.
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I would also like to encourage you to donate to Relay For Life. My 2 personal favorite Relays are http://events.cancer.org/rflhuntsvilleal and http://events.cancer.org/rfloakmountainhsal If you donate to the Oak Mountain Relay For Life, make sure to click on the Inverness Elementary team link and then click on Laura Gober. Laura (or LaLa, as she is known to Riley) is participating and would love to have your donation. Most Relays are held in May and I would encourage you to find your local Relay and attend. It is a very fun and special event. As most of you should know, Ben is an almost 10 year cancer survivor. Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society are very special to us and we truly believe in what they do to try to find a cure and to help improve the lives of cancer patients. "There is no finish line until there is a cure."

You may have noticed that I finally titled the blog - "The Moments...". For those who care, let me explain. Warning, though, it's kind of deep and mushy : ) I have always loved a song by Edwin McCain called "I Could Not Ask For More". (It was our first dance song at our wedding.) The song (one part specifically) took on new meaning after my cardiac arrest back in May 2005. One line in the song says "These are the moments I thank God that I'm alive." All of life's moments - good and bad, big and small - are very precious and I thank God every day that I get to experience them. I've always been one to say life is too short, blah blah blah, but, after almost dying that day, I really appreciate everything so much more. So, there you go, the meaning behind the blog's new title.