Friday, November 25, 2016

the eighth month

Hot Dog is so precious and ridiculous!  
She has been crawling since 7 months and is comfortably standing and scooting along furniture.  Sitting up came a little after crawling.  
I remember thinking that Callum was busy and on the go.  I don't think that anymore.  Riley tops his busyness in every way!  

She's still not even close to sleeping through the night.  I've been frustrated with this since Callum easily slept through the night at 6 months.  When I let her "cry it out", she will cry for a very very very long time.  She doesn't seem to give up.  Again, Callum never did this.  

She's an incredibly happy and sociable girl.  She has zero stranger danger and is quite happy to be the center of attention.  She adores every thing about Callum.  She responds to him and talks to him.  It warms my heart more than I can describe. 

I'd say that I'm definitely the favorite parent right now.  She breathes pretty intensely when I come into a room and won't settle for me to do anything less than hold her if I'm near her.  

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

the glue

We have been quite purposeful in our use of time together.  In addition, we have made a firm commitment to attend the temple together regularly.  Guess what?  It's made everything better.  Just like exercising helps muscle stay in shape, TIME in a marriage will boost its fitness.  

the friendship of hot dog and motorcycle

Count your blessings.  That's what I'm doing each time these two smile and interact with each other.  Callum, reluctant at first about his sister, has become her protector, comedian, and number one fan.  Callum proudly tells anyone that will listen that she is his baby sister.  Riley worships anything that Callum does.  Callum talks to her in a mommy voice, which melts my heart.  I am so grateful for the bond they are forming and hope that they can be lifelong friends. 

Friday, August 12, 2016

the first day of preschool

Well, it has begun.  My firstborn started Busy Bees.  This is his two day a week preschool program.  

I'm excited for him to grow and learn with peers and sad all at the same time.  I guess this is the start of how every parent feels each time their baby grows up!!

He loves preschool and constantly wants to talk about his adventures there.  

the fifth month

My precious Riley is five months old now!  
She amazes me.  It's ridiculous how many times I laugh at myself for being terrified of having a girl.  I love everything about having a girl baby.  

Some things to brag on her include:
She really really is the happiest baby on the block.  Little Hot Dog is always so content.  She smiles when no one is paying any attention to her.  When she needs something she uses her voice to tell you but rarely gets to a big cry.  

She loves people.  No matter who it is she'll be happy to hear you talk and move if you lay her down near you.  She even loves to have her diaper changed.  Smiles and laughs from what I assume is being tickled.  

She has started doing a crawl of some sort.  She's nowhere close to sitting up, but I see her make some good tracks when she rolls to her belly.  When she is on her belly, you can see her kicking her back legs to make tracks.  Is that not crawling?  Amazing. 

She loves rice cereal and eats it quite cleanly.  I don't remember any of that with Callum!

I've avoided pumping-for the most part-while at work.  Riley hasn't loved a bottle and her babysitter is so close that I'm perfectly happy to go to her for my legally protected nursing breaks.  It's nice to nurse and not pump.  I get to see my babies for a quick second during the work day and am not stuck cleaning pumping items.  

Bottom line.  Riley is beautiful and perfect.  I can't get over how much she adds to our family.  How am I so lucky?