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!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

June Pics

I'm supposed to be cleaning the house in preparation for mass invasion which starts tomorrow night, buuuuut let's post some pictures instead.  As I said, Ryan did NOT want to cooperate for a 4-month photo shoot--we tried for three days!  We got a few pictures that are good, but nothing we're in love with like previous months.  So here's a few cute pics from June.

Asleep on Daddy!  His jams say "Hunk" across the front...they won't fit him for too much longer though.

Ryan's first selfie.  He was watching himself on my phone...I helped him push the button to take the picture, but he DID take it and I thought it was so funny when I saw it!  He's thinking really hard about what he's doing.

My new favorite picture EVER.  And it's funny, this was a quick snap with my iPhone while I was cooking dinner.  Lee has Ryan sitting on the taller bit of the counter over the sink and they were watching me.  Now if I hold up the phone (or the big camera), Ryan won't look towards me or smile or anything.  It's like he KNOWS I'm taking his picture!  But this one, this one I LOVE.

This one's pretty good too, it's his Superman pose.  He does Superman pose a lot...hasn't quite started crawling yet, but he does kick a lot and swim on the floor, and he can turn around in a circle to get to things on his play mat.

Posting this one again just because I thought it was so funny : D

Last one, Lee got this one and I love how the light from the window makes Ryan's eye color pop.  We think his eyes will stay blue like his daddy's.  Can't say I'm disappointed about that!  It is my burden to bear being surrounded by handsome dudes.

Okay, I have to go clean house.  Cheers yo!

Friday, June 16, 2017


So as of yesterday, Ryan is now four months old.  Kid was asleep when Lee got home, so when he woke up, we fed him a bottle and then tried to take some pictures.

Yeah, that didn't work so great.

Over FIVE HUNDRED AND FIFTY pictures we've taken of this kid between yesterday afternoon and this morning, and already over 90% of them are in the trash on the computer.  He just refused to look anywhere close to the camera and kept giving us angry facial expressions.  Maybe he inherited my RBF?  Usually he's a little more cheerful than this, I don't know what his deal was yesterday.  So, for you to laugh at, here's some outtakes from our photo session.  We're going to try again on Saturday, in the morning, and see if we can't get him to look HAPPY for the camera.

Now, I'm not saying these are all terrible pictures (some of them are), they just weren't what we were trying for.

Very first picture.  It didn't really improve much from here.  See his look of deep suspicion?

Come on, kid.  Lee was only gone for one night, you can't have forgotten who he is that fast.

Okay, if he had a more pleasant expression on his face, this would actually be a really good picture.  I mean, it's not bad, but he does smile at me a lot and I'd really like to capture that gummy grin in a picture, ya know?


Stubbornly refusing to look anywhere near the camera.

Blink!  And blurry.


My face was starting to look like this too.

Well, he's...kind of smiling in this one?

Now see, this would be a GREAT picture if it was in focus and if the lighting had been better.  Arrgh.  Frustrating!

This is what he thinks of our activity this afternoon. *blows raspberry*

Just in case you didn't get it the first time.

Photo bomb by Sadie.  Maybe SHE'S the one who taught Ryan to stick his tongue out!!!

Okay I just think his face is hilarious in this one.

Again, this would be a fantastic picture if he didn't look worried that the camera was going to entrap his soul.

Preeeeetty sure he inherited this expression from me.  #SideEye

I tried again this morning but mostly got ones that look like this.

We did get a few pictures that I honestly like yesterday, but like I said, we're going to try again this weekend and see if we have more luck.  Not going to try it today because he has a doctor's appointment and he's getting shots, so he's going to be even angrier today than yesterday.  Angry baby!

Cheers, y'all.  Have a great weekend!