Wednesday, January 14, 2009


I just really wanted to get some things on here about what Riley's been doing so that I can have them documented. You see, this blog is not only for our family and friends to keep up with us (well, mostly Riley), but it's also my way of preserving memories and milestones.

Riley has been really talking a lot lately. Sometimes, she's just carrying on a little conversation and we don't really know what she's saying. It's so cute, though. Some words we can actually understand are:
  • mama
  • dada
  • bye bye
  • bott - for bottle
  • stinky - she just said this the other day when Ben told her that her diaper was stinky. It didn't sound exactly like "stinky", but she was trying to imitate what Ben said
  • hey
  • she can tell us what the dog says and what the cow says
  • nana - for banana
  • thank you - this is actually one of the first things she said
  • no no

She can also blow kisses and wave bye bye. She has recently learned to take her bib off, which is very annoying since I'm obsessive about her not getting food on her clothes. It's easier to keep her clean than to have to try to get those stupid stains out of her clothes : ) She's also taking steps here and there and standing on her own a lot more. She mostly takes steps when she's not thinking about it. If she thinks about it too long, she just chickens out. There are definitely words that I have left off of this list, but I will add more as I think of them. I have a written list at home, but of course, have forgotten half of what's on it.

Another thing that I wanted to mention is our dog, Goober. I can't believe that I've never talked about him on here before. I guess I should devote a whole post to him, but this will have to do : ) Ben found him right after we got married while he was running in our neighborhood. He had been muzzled and had wounds around his snout from it. Ben felt so sorry for him and brought him back to the house. We weren't going to keep him, so we tried to find an animal rescue that would take him, but they all told us they couldn't take anymore dogs. Of course! We agreed to be his foster home, and one of the rescues put him on their website to try and find him a home. We tried not to get too attached, so we decided not to name him. Well, everytime Ben would go to take care of him, he would say I've got to go take care of "the goober". Months went by and he still didn't have a home, so we decided to keep him. We tried to change his name, but Goober had just stuck by then. So, "Goober" it is! Now that you know the story of Goober, here is a picture of him.

His one floppy ear is so cute! You can see the scar that he still has around his snout from being muzzled so tightly. Poor Goober : ( Everyone who meets him says that his name fits him and what a great name it is : ) It is slightly embarrassing, though, when we're out walking with him and someone says "oh, what's his name?". I just sort of mumble "Goober".

Riley loves to go out and see Goober. She just laughs and laughs at him, especially when he's getting treats. And, if you ask her "What does Goober say?", she'll make the barking noise. So cute!

Riley is going to visit Gran and Pop in Huntsville this weekend. It will be the first time she's gone by herself and Gran and Pop are just so excited! We will miss our sweet girl so much, but she will have fun and it will be good for her to spend time with her Gran and Pop.

1 comment:

Jodi said...

That's a great rescue story!

It's great you're documenting your daughter's words, etc. I try to do that on my blog as well. I think after having a baby, you forget so much unless you write it down! So it's a good idea for you as well as something that can later be cherished by your child.