Feb 28, 2012

Baby Legs

I wanted to share some pictures of the cute little baby legs I made for Riley!  

I got these socks in a 2-pack at Kohls for $4.

Then, I followed this tutorial I found on Pinterest {imagine that!}


I love the cute little ruffle {which I will say took me several attempts to figure it out}.

So pleased with how they turned out!

Feb 27, 2012

7 Months!

Can you believe it?  Riley is 7 months old!  
Riley turned 7 months old yesterday, but we had such a busy weekend, I didn't get around to taking her pictures until today.  At her last check up, which was a couple weeks ago now, she weighed 16lbs 8oz, so I'm guessing she's probably a few ounces more than that right now.  Even though their weights haven't been too different all along, that put Riley in the 75th percentile, which Gavin was NEVER in, so she is a little bigger than he was.  She still has no teeth, and her eyes have changed from blue to a brownish/greenish color.

 She's wearing 6-9 month clothes and size 3 diapers; we're still using Luvs...they've definitely worked the best so far for her.  Last month, I ordered her her first pair of Robeez.  They're really cute and I'll probably end up with more, but she did figure out how to get them off, so I have to watch to make sure we don't lose any.  

Riley's sleep is still so hit-or-miss.  Yesterday, she barely napped at all, and was up twice through the night  (1am and 4am); she also stayed in her crib all night.  The night before that, I think she was up 3 times before 2am, so I put her in bed with us so I could sleep more than an hour stretch.  I know we'll probably end up doing CIO like with did with Gavin, but we're just not there yet.  She takes {usually} two or three naps a day and most of the time I can just lay her down and rub her back for a little while and she drifts off to sleep by herself.
It's unbelievable how quickly she learning things.  She's going to be crawling any day now.  Rolling and scooting are her main methods of transportation right now, but she's up on her knees rocking a lot now and starting to move her hands one at a time.  This past weekend, she also learned how to blow raspberries {which makes feeding time fun!} and is pulling herself up to her knees in her crib.  Oh, and Gavin thinks her fake cough is pretty hilarious.

She's doing great with her eating.  Riley's eating lunch and dinner right now, and we've gone through most of the fruits and vegetables so we are trying new combinations now.  Her favorites right now are sweet potatoes/apples/cinnamon and zucchini/carrots/apples/oatmeal.  The girl can eat almost a whole banana in her mesh feeder, too!  She loves them!  I, on the other  hand, do not like the mess she makes with them!  The mesh feeder is a great invention, but boy is it a mess.  We made the mistake of giving her one at Chickfila this weekend to keep her busy while we ate and it was a disaster. 
Riley is definitely going to be a blankey kid {how do you even spell blankey? blankie? oh well...}  She loves to suck on the tags of the taggie blanket Mimi got her, but she really loves her pink fuzzy blanket Rosi got for her.  We even let her sleep with it now because it makes her so happy.  We took a little road trip yesterday to a state park for a walk and she cried most of the car ride there and back {she still hates the car half of the time} and I kept telling Jarrod we have to start bringing the blanket because I know she probably would have stopped crying and fell asleep had she had it.  

These pictures crack me up, because you can see how her attention span is so short and taking these pictures is getting more and more complicated.  She went from playing with the lens cap...

...to the sticker on her shirt...
...to the headband.

She makes everyday so fun!

Feb 24, 2012


It's been a productive morning around here!  I love days like this.  I started out in the playroom and did some organizing so I could hang up a pocket chart.  Gavin and I did a little matching game and he matched his color words on the first try!  I was rather impressed.  Then, I got out my sewing machine and made Riley a pair of Baby Legs out of a pair of knee high socks I got on sale at Kohls.  I'm really excited how they turned out so I'll try to post pictures soon.  While Riley was napping, Gavin and I got out the playdoh and made, what else...Angry Birds!  I should have known that he'd want to keep them and play with them.  I have a feeling I'll be gluing these playdoh creations together so he can keep them.  While Gav was eating, I fit in a workout.  Now, both kids are napping and I need to jump in the shower.  Looking forward to a wonderful weekend with my family!  


Feb 23, 2012

Snow Day!

It's hard to believe that our windows are open, I just brought Riley in from playing outside, and Gavin's still out there in the sandbox, when just 10 days ago we were outside enjoying our first {and probably last} snow day of the year {and Riley's first snow day EVER!}

 We got just enough snow overnight to go out and play...but not enough for Daddy to get to stay home with us!  By the time he got home, the snow had turned to freezing rain, so we didn't get to enjoy any play time with him.  

Riley loved being outside!  But, it was so bright that she couldn't quite keep her eyes open.  :)

When we moved to NY, my mom gave us this sled, but unfortunately, it was so buried in the garage there with all our boxes, we never found it to use it!  I was recently in the attic and saw it, so it was fresh on my mind when we got this snow.  Gavin enjoyed pulling Riley around, and after she was back inside, I pulled Gavin back and forth MANY times across our yard.  Talk about a workout!  Mama was tired!

Though it might look like it, Riley wasn't really wearing many layers.  She had her outfit on, and then we put on this adorable snowsuit that my friend Stacey gave us.  But...every time I'd sit her down, she'd go from this....

...to this, in no time at all!

And yes, I'm such a good mom that I did it again on purpose after I figured it out so I could take her picture.  Mom of the year, right?

We had a blast out there, and I'm so glad that we still get a chance to occasionally experience snow down here in Arkansas so that the kids {and ME!} can have all four seasons and play in the snow!  I love the snow.  :) 

Feb 22, 2012


Very bittersweet, but our house is listed for sale.  Over the past couple of months, we've been on a rollercoaster of emotions dealing with our Ohio home, and sadly, it's come to the need to short sale the home.  Is it what we originally wanted to do?  No.  But it was the option we had to go with because it made the most sense, and now I'm just anxious for the process to be over with and for us to be able to move on.  But, it still hit me when I saw that it had been listed today.  Looking at the pictures was emotional.  That was our first house together; the house that we celebrated our first wedding anniversary in by cooking out and sleeping on the futon mattress because everything hadn't been moved in yet.  We knew it wouldn't be our forever home, but it was Gavin's first house, and that made it even more special.  I remember bringing him home and taking our picture in our front yard.  The thought of it not being ours anymore kinda makes me sad, but it's just another chapter in our lives and we get to move on the next.  Despite it's small size, I loved that house.  The covered patio and beautiful backyard.  Gavin's adorable nursery.  Our hardwood floors and the paint colors.  An amazing neighbor that we still miss.  Hopefully it won't take long for it to sell and we can move on, build up our credit again, and purchase another home that we love even more and start making memories in it.  Fingers crossed for a quick and easy sale.

Feb 20, 2012

Playing Around

Just playing around with different settings and white balance on my camera this past week and snapping away... Love this little girl's eyes!

Feb 16, 2012

The girl LOVES bath time!

Giving this girl a bath requires rain gear!  She loves to splash around and gets the floor, kitchen counter, and ME soaking wet!