Tuesday, January 31, 2006
So i am starting to overcome my fear of riley Choking to death on various foods. i still have my Motherly high beams on him while he is partaking on the journey of trying various foods. His fruit puffs for one that melt the instant you put them in your mouth i used to break them up in tiny pieces and he could hardly pick them up, Now i just toss a few onto his high chair tray and he is happy as a lark. Bryan insists that if i keep doing this Riley will never learn to chew..imagine that. Also he has been eating the nilla cookies and stuffing each cookie in his mouth all at one time which drives me insane almost to where i want to close my eyes until he has swallowed the cookie and starts screaming for more. he also enjoys Cheese puffs and Chicken in a biscuit crackers along with a PB & Jelly sandwhich to wash it all down. I Swear yesterday all Riley did was eat, he looked like a tiny bird with his mouth wide open begging for more. Now i know i should be giving him Nutritious food for snacks and such, so i will be adding some yogurt and cottage cheese to his diet in the next few days. Today he had a Grilled cheese Sandwich for lunch along with some fresh peaches. YUMMY! oh and whatever Daddy gave him to eat i havent asked yet ;)
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Woooo creepy huh?
It really looks as if i am mysterically floating in the air. when in all actuality my dad is throwing me in the air and catching me when i fall. Our camera is pretty nifty and it takes pretty good pictures of things even when they are moving at a fast rate of speed. Mind Boggling?
Friday, January 27, 2006
*Bathtime With Riley*
Someday, he’ll be a big time movie star or a fifth grade English teacher.
Someday he’ll marry, have a few kids. Maybe he won’t.
Someday, he’ll change the world as we know it.
Or maybe he’ll travel, send postcards from China,phone you from Paris.
Someday, he’s going to be a big strong man able to carry you in his arms.
One day, he’ll have his own hopes and dreams,
Not knowing that once upon a quiet time,you closed your eyes and made a wish to one dayhave him in your life.
Thursday, January 26, 2006
My Mom even got a Certificate of Appreciation
Here is my Dad swearing in. another words the Army has him hook, line and sinker for another 4 years.
Here is my dad after swearing in, with his certificate. The lad with him is Dr. Betsy. We like him a lot.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Sorry we have no pictures, mommy forgot the camera.
Mommy had to take Trish to ST Louis, so i tagged a long and mom and i went shopping for my Valentines day outfit.
We arrived around 10 a.m and after i scarfed down half of a breakfast burrito from Mc Donalds, we started our shopping mission for the perfect outfit. after visiting Kohls, Once upon a baby, marshalls and Tj Maxx we finally found it at Old navy.. i wont describe what it looks like you will just have to wait until Valentines day to see :). We had about an hour of shopping time left so mom took me to Borders.. its a book store if you didnt know, there i found all kinds of tasty books, mom let me walk around instead of in the stroller i liked this much better. Mom proceeded to buy a big Cinnamon roll and a Candy Cane freeze from the cafe inside the bookstore for us to share. i wasnt to big on the cinnamon roll but i ate it anyway. it was a short day spent in ST. Louis but we found what we went in search of.
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
S-l-e-e-p-y. know why? Because i dont sleep at night i spend the majority of my sleeping time moving around and crying out in my sleep." We co-sleep". well let me rephrase that i "co-sleep" After several attempts to get riley to sleep in his own bed.. this just isnt working. ever hear of the Ferber method? if you have ever watched meet the fockers? and Robert Deniro is trying to ferberize his grandson? it involves trying to teach your baby to self sooth. you lay the baby in bed awake and let him or her cry for five minutes, the parent goes to the baby and reassures them that you are still there, leave the room, 10 minutes later go back in, you up the time by five minutes each time until the baby is asleep. i however did not
agree with the "crying it out"method nor "ferberizing" . but in order for Riley and bryan and i to get the sleep that we need i feel this is our last option. The "ferber method is only supposed to take 3 to 7 days. so we will see.
Monday, January 23, 2006
Its That time of year and Riley has been Very Busy picking out the perfect Valentine to send to everyone. he has been working round the clock so watch your mailboxes for Rileys valentine surprise!
Sunday, January 22, 2006
Do you have a question for Riley or his Mommy or his Daddy?Would you like to see a picture of something in particular? Just use the comments to ask. We love getting comments! Riley is doing so many new things lately. It's amazing to watch him change so quickly. His language skills in particular are growing. he is understanding what we say to him and sometimes responds.
Saturday, January 21, 2006
Riley says Tickle-tickle now it may be imagination but when i was tickling him he would repeat back tickle-tickle-tickle back to me.. I will say "can mommy have a kiss" and he smacks his lips like he is giving a kiss. he is a very smart baby so this doesnt surprise me at all. Now if only he would start calling me Ma-Ma as opposed to NE-NE. he sounds like a little goat when he calls me that.
Friday, January 20, 2006
Riley has been Head-banging.. so i thought i would try to find out some information to why he is doing this.. Interesting:
Why head banging happensSurprisingly enough, head banging is fairly common. As many as one-fifth of all young children bang their head on purpose, although boys are three times more likely to do it than girls. Luckily, the behavior usually stops between the ages of 2 and 4. No one knows for sure why, but there are a few possible reasons:
• Self-comfort. As odd as it may sound, most children who bang their heads do it to relax. Your child may bang his head rhythmically — he may rock on all fours as well — as he's falling asleep, when he wakes up in the middle of the night, or even while he's sleeping. In this case, developmental experts believe that head banging is a child's way of calming himself so he can sleep.
• Pain relief. A child is more likely to bang his head when he has an ear infection or is suffering from some other physical discomfort. Head banging may help him feel better, perhaps by distracting him from the pain he's feeling elsewhere.
• Frustration. Your youngster may bang his head during temper tantrums as a way of venting strong emotions. He hasn't yet learned to express his feelings in words, so he uses physical actions.
• A need for attention. Ongoing head banging may be a way for your child to get your attention. Understandably enough, you probably become solicitous when you see your child doing something that appears to be self-destructive. And since he likes it when you fuss over his behavior, he may continue the head banging in order to get the attention he wants.
• A developmental problem. Head banging can be associated with autism and mental retardation — but in most cases, it's just one of many behavioral red flags. Rarely does head banging alone signal a serious problem.
What to do about head banging Ignore it. As difficult as it may sound, try not to make a big deal about your child's head banging. He'll only do it more if he learns that it's a sure way to get a response from you. (You may, however, want to give your child extra attention at a time when he's not banging his head and see if that helps.) Even if you can't completely disregard the behavior, don't scold or punish him for it. He's too young to be able to change his habits, and your disapproval will only puzzle him.Protect your child from injury. If he's still in his crib, check all the crib bolts once a month to make sure the rocking isn't loosening them. Putting rubber casters underneath the crib legs and hanging a quilt between the crib and the wall will help reduce noise (and wear and tear on the walls and floor). If he sleeps in a regular bed, think about moving it away from the wall to reduce his access to hard surfaces.Try not to worry. Head banging may bruise your child a bit, but don't fret about it too much — head banging is usually a "self-regulating" behavior. This means your child's extremely unlikely to hit his head hard enough to injure himself. He knows his threshold for pain, and he'll pull back on the throttle if the banging hurts.Help foster your child's love of rhythm in other ways. He clearly likes a good steady beat, so help him find alternative forms of rhythmic expression, such as dancing, marching, clapping to music, or beating on toy bongo drums. You might also try putting a metronome in your child's room to give him the comfort of a steady rhythm. Make sure he gets lots of physical exercise during the day, too, to help him burn off some of the nervous energy that may feed his head banging.Institute a soothing bedtime routine. If your child's banging his head as a way of "coming down" from his busy day, a relaxing routine can help. Try a warm bath, a calm rock or back-rub on your lap, and a quiet story or song before lights out.Get expert help if the behavior becomes worrisome. If your child bangs his head a lot during the day or actually hurts himself, you may have cause to worry. If he shows some of the classic signs of autism — not relating well to people; not being interested in physical contact with you or his other parent; seeming to look through people rather than at them; losing physical, language, or other skills he's acquired; becoming increasingly withdrawn; or consistent delays in reaching common developmental milestones — consult with his pediatrician
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Monday, January 16, 2006
I can't believe how much I love you; sometimes it's a little overwhelming. Every time I look at you, I can see what has been missing all my life. I now know the reason I am alive. You make me feel things that I could have never imagined in all my life. I cry at every emotion now and I am grateful to feel them. You have made me a better person; I want to show you everything that is beautiful in the world. I want you to be happy and live a joyous life and be successful in whatever you perceive to be success. I love you with my whole heart. You are in my soul and I hope someday you will understand just how much I love you.
I wish you all the happiness on this Earth. You are my sunshine and I know that every time I see a rainbow or a mountain or a brilliant hillside, I will think of you, even if you are not there with me. You are so precious to me, you have made me complete. When I wake up in the morning, I can't wait to grab you and kiss you all over; when I go to sleep, I wish I could hold you still, and when I dream, it's about you and that gorgeous smile. I will love you and be grateful for you my whole life.
Sunday, January 15, 2006
Guess who came to visit me?
Papa Gary and his girlfriend Gerri.. We had a geat time, and i got to show off some of my new skills. :) i hope they come back real soon.. the stay was too short :(
Friday, January 13, 2006
On the Road Again*
Were coming home* Noone wanted us to leave and i was willing to stay but i wanted mom to have some Company on the way home. and i missed my dad. We ran into a few small problems (((SNOW))) so with only three hours left on our roadtrip we decided to stay in a hotel for the night and pick back up in the morning.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Monday, January 09, 2006
Mom and i spent a lot of time up at my grandpas house. He took us out to eat a couple of times.. but mostly we just played at the house a lot.
Sunday, January 08, 2006
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
This is me and my Cousin Stephanie. The Next Photo is of me and the County Jail hat, lets hope i dont end up there someday. and the last picture is of me and stephanies beloved Haley.. i really liked this puppy she was very gentle.. i loved to tug on her hair and lay on her.