Monday, September 18, 2017

Seven Months

Y'all, I have a problem.  Because I have the absolute CUTEST KID ON THE PLANET, these monthly posts keep getting longer and longer!  Yep, problem. ; )

So anyway, Ryan hit seven months on Friday, so Lee and I did his photo shoot...but really I broke out the camera almost every day last week just to catch pictures of Ryan since he's starting to explore things.  But first, I can't remember exactly what day Lee took these first few pictures but it's sometime after the 6-month ones...

It's banana time!

Yeah, I think it's been at least a couple of weeks since Lee took these.  But he's so cute and happy.

And banana-y.

He still doesn't do the classic crawl; he seems happy to slap his hands on the floor and pull himself along that way.  Lee looked it up and apparently that's pretty standard for kids who spend most of their floor time on wood as opposed to carpet--wood is comfy to slide around on and carpet isn't, so babies on carpet tend to crawl instead of what Ryan does.

But since he's mobile, we frequently have the problem that he'll try moving closer to me as I'm trying to take his picture.  Awww, he likes me!

He also likes the handle on my hope chest, although his new favorite toy...

Is the dogs' water bowl.

He will scoot from one side of the house to the other just to get at that bowl.

And yes, he's tilted the thing and splashed water all over everywhere on more than one occasion.  Lee and I are both fine with him sticking a hand in and playing with the water, but we'd prefer he not swim in it or make a lake in the kitchen.


Look look look!  A TOOF!!!!

Ryan was on the floor, playing around in our entryway (which is three steps lower than the rest of the living area) and saw his daddy coming up the steps outside.  Big smile for dada.

And here we start the photo shoot on Friday.  My friend Melissa made the blanket for Ryan; my mom's aunt and uncle sent us the outfit.  The overalls have Mike from Monsters Inc. on the bottom though I don't think you see it in these pictures, but I love the colors.

We had a bit easier time of it this time around with getting the squirt to smile.  Maybe because Lee and I were both here?  So one of us could try to entertain Ryan and the other could take the pictures?

Or maybe we were smart and started taking pictures right after he was fed so he's all happy.


Yeah, I know.  My kid is gorgeous.  I've had several people think he's a girl when we're out and about.  Is it the hair?  Not like I dress him in pink...not like I wouldn't dress him in pink if I found something I liked in pink though.  But blue brings out his eyes.

Speaking of hair, Lee gave Ryan a bath and dried his hair afterwards with the hair dryer and I don't even know what is going on with it right here.

But it looks pretty stinkin' hilarious.

Om nom nom!!!

I don't know why I like this picture so much.  Maybe it's because of the teeny baby piggies?

Last one.  I love our little monster!

Info for me because I'm going to forget things by the time I can scrap these photos:  Ryan loves scooting around all over the floor anywhere we'll let him.  Favorite things to grab are cables and cords, the handles on the hope chest (or drawer pulls on my dresser), and the dog water why do we have a bunch of toys for him again?!  We're trying to do some solid foods (like the banana) but we did get pureed baby food...this kid will eat pretty much anything so far.  Favorite thing is the apple cinnamon baked oatmeal, I swear he'll eat half my bowl and then ask Lee for half of his oatmeal too.  He smiles at the dogs a lot, and will creep up to them...Vader will generally stay still and let Ryan crawl over his legs, and he licks Ryan's feet or arms or whatever he can get to.  Sadie is fine with Ryan if we're holding on to him, but if he's out moving himself around, she runs away.  Chicken lips.  Ryan also likes to visit Mirror Baby, who magically seems to wear the same clothes he does : D  And possibly his favorite thing in the world is hanging upside down.  Squeals and squawks and big smiles ensue.  He's also kinda ticklish!

Friday, September 1, 2017

The Accolade, Part 12

I'm very excited to report that after a six-month hiatus, I'm back to cross stitching :)  I hadn't done any since Ryan was born, but about a week ago I got The Accolade out of the hope chest and started working on it again.  I've really missed stitching!  However, it seems like I've been staying up a lot later in the evenings to do this...yeah I need to go to bed earlier.  But anyway!  Here's the current progress shot:

I stopped and did a stitch count at the beginning of February, but I didn't take a picture of it then, and I did some more work on it between the beginning of February and when Ryan was born.  So counting that two weeks in February and what I did in August, I did 5,493 stitches.  I've now got 87,629 stitches done out of 150,000, so I'm roughly 58% finished.

There's a little closer.  I'm going to keep working on the shield and the people on the far right and then work my way back to the left.  I've got two more rows of full pages, and then one row of partial pages and then I'll be done with this.  Which should only take the next ten years or so :p  I ought to break The Quarry out of retirement too and just go between these two projects...but for now I'm going to keep going on The Accolade.  Because I want to.  : D

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Half a Year Already

Wheee six month pictures!  I took these a few days after Ryan officially hit six months, but that's okay.  What's even better is that this time I was able to get him to look at me while I was taking his picture, so I got some pretty good ones.  This little squirt now weighs just under 16 pounds.  He's not really crawling yet, but he can kind of scooch himself around on the floor, and we think he'll start getting his baby teeth in pretty soon.  He's been chewing on everything he can get his hands on and he tends to suck in his bottom lip a lot, so that's part of why we think he'll be getting his teefs soon.

Is it weird that I usually take Ryan's picture while he's laying on the dog bed by the window?  I put a baby blanket or an afghan on top of it but it's cushy and usually he's happy to roll around on it for a bit while I snap.  And he's so CUUUUUTE.

As soon as I set the 6 Months sign next to him, he rolled over and smudged it. :p  We took some more pictures and then he suddenly decided he'd had enough fun for one session.

I laughed pretty hard when this pic popped up as I was looking through the photos on the computer.  Good lighting and everything, and I'm definitely keeping some pictures of Ryan when he's angry.  Might come in handy later as blackmail material (mwahahahahahahaaaaa!).  So little munchkin got to go down for a nap, had a bottle when he woke up, and then he was happy to continue with some more pictures.

I love this one.  That expression on his face, like he's got a secret or he's about to start giggling.

Heyyy there's a smile!!

And there's those big blue eyes.

I think this one is funny because Ryan totally does the single eyebrow quirk like his mama.

Another one where I just thought his facial expression was so funny.  Told you he wants to chew on everything.

Who, me?  Yep.

See, he's kinda sucking on his bottom lip, which he does all. the. time now.

Smiling while he chomps on his toy.  And yep, it was *totally* intentional that his toy matches one of the colors on his onesie.  I think about these things.

Last one, I focused on his hands just because they're cute wee baby grabby hands.

Ryan is asleep now, so I'm going to split for the gym so I can get a workout in.  That's the advantage of having Lee here--I can go to the gym or run a quick errand while Ryan sleeps, but I have to get back quick because Lee isn't allowed to lift anything that weighs more than 5 pounds so I'm the one who has to get Ryan and change the diapers and all that.  But still, I get gym time.


Sunday, August 20, 2017

Ryan's First Haircut

So it's been a busy few weeks.  The short version:  Lee hurt his back a little over a month ago, and every time he saw a medical professional it seemed to get worse and finally he had severe sciatic nerve pain in addition to back pain soooo he had surgery last Wednesday.  Because Tiana is the MOST AWESOMEST PERSON IN THE WORLD, she drove down here last Monday with her daughters so she could take care of Ryan while I was at the hospital with Lee (she also made a half-dozen freezer meals and cleaned up most of the house and washed a ton of towels and sheets because she's an over-achiever).  So anyway, last Tuesday was the day that Ryan officially became a six-month-old, so we celebrated (?!??) by giving him a haircut.  I refused to do it myself because it would have come out looking all wonky if I'd done it, and Lee couldn't sit or stand still long enough to do any such thing so Tiana did it.  I managed to take pictures while cooking dinner for us all, though Ryan seemed content to snack on water squirt bottle.

He was definitely squirming back and forth a lot while she did this, but she was very patient and snipped fast when he was still for a second.

I think it's funny he's wearing a Superman onesie and has on a burp cloth cape.

So yeah, the whole operation took maybe 20 minutes, maybe a little longer, but by the end of it I was working on dinner and didn't take an "after" picture right then, so here's one I took yesterday:

Lee is so happy the mullet is gone, and now Ryan doesn't have hair covering his ears.  It's still a little longer on top, so it won't stick straight up, but it looks way way better than it would had I tried to cut it!  Thanks, Aunt Tea!

As I said, Lee had his surgery on Wednesday, and the surgeon said that he had if not THE largest herniated disc he'd ever seen, then it was in the top three.  His sciatic nerve was so compressed and angry about it that they were all extremely surprised Lee walked into the hospital under his own power that morning.  He had to spend one night in the hospital, came home on Thursday, and Tiana and the girls left on Friday.  Now's the really difficult part--recovery.  He's not allowed to lift anything that weighs more than five pounds, and of course Ryan is a lot bigger than that (just shy of 16 pounds now).  He can't even hold Ryan on his lap for now.  And he's on 30 days of convalescent leave, so he might just go stir-crazy being stuck in the house with us for a solid month.  But he already feels a lot better now than he did before surgery, for which we are all grateful.

Back to the cute baby.  I did take Ryan's six-month pics yesterday (a few days late, but we were busy last week), but that will have to wait for another post.  Maybe tomorrow or Tuesday.  Cheers, y'all!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Five Months Pics

Time to post more Ryan pics!  A week ago I dressed Ryan up in his fancy duds and we did a little photo shoot for his five-month pictures.  We took almost 500 photos (again), and at first I didn't think we got much that I really liked, but when I went through them again this morning I found myself wanting to keep a lot more than I'd initially thought.  So let's take a look!

I know his face isn't in focus, just his hands, but I still think this one is cute.

Then we got several that look like this, so he got a bottle in the hopes of making him happier.

See this girl?  She's the one who taught Ryan everything he knows about not cooperating for pictures.

But we persisted.

I just think his face is funny in this one, he really chomps down with gusto on his toys.

Ryan still didn't want to cooperate much, so I had the idea to get the oval mirror out of the powder room and see if we could get some good pictures with Mirror Baby.  Ryan likes talking to Mirror Baby.

I think this picture is HILARIOUS---it looks like he's practicing his best Joey Tribbiani pickup lines.

We had to stop for a nap, but we reconvened in the afternoon to try for a few more pictures and HEY LOOK AT THAT HE SMILES!  Actually he smiles a lot, just not when we can get a picture of it.  Toot.

He loves to stand up.  He's not steady enough to do it on his own, but he'll stand up in my lap and just look all over.  He really likes the shogun helmet and shishi dogs he can see over my shoulder when I'm sitting with him on the couch.

Very serious business.

Trying a couple of different angles.  He did like messing with that bow tie.

Wee baby feets!!!

Wish I'd noticed my toes were in this shot while I was taking the pics, but I just love his face and his posture in this one.  He loves to kick his feet!  Not crawling yet, but he "swims" on the floor a lot and is really good at turning in a circle or rolling over and over to get to something he wants.  Crawling can't be far away, and then we're in trouble.


Yeah, we're like 99.99999% sure his eyes are going to stay blue like his daddy's.

One last happy baby picture.  And there you have it, that was the July photo shoot!