Thursday, June 28, 2007
Yesterday morning we put her on the counter and had her take all of her bottles and bottle parts out of her cabinet and into a zip-lock bag. She even said 'bye-bye'. It was bittersweet. When 7 o'clock hit she went running to her cabinet pointing up (this was her means of communicating to us for the past few months that it was Bottle Time). We opened up the cabinet and hoisted her up to show her the bottles were gone. We decided that during this transition we would still allow her milk in a sippy cup. I even warmed it up. She drank about 1/2 of it and decided she was done. We took her up to bed at 8 o'clock not sure if she would wake up and thank goodness she didn't. I think it would have broken our hearts had she and we would have given in to her once again. Tonight will be more interesting because I won't be home to help. I hope she isn't much trouble for Glenn.
Monday, June 25, 2007
When Brendan arrived the three of us went for a wagon ride... pretty uneventful. It was hot and sticky so when we returned we played inside. Or I should say Brendan played. Ryleigh got up on the couch and looked down at Brendan while he ran around the house. When she wanted some peace she decided to hop into her high chair and read some books. She wasn't much for sharing or playing. I had a blast with the little guy and realized how much I forgot about the 11 month old stage. He was a motion machine and orally fixated. EVERYTHING had to be tasted before it could get the Brendan stamp of approval!
I hope to do it again soon even if Ryleigh doesn't seem so interested!
The Not-So-Happy Couple
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
My mom then informs me that she thinks Ryleigh is hyperactive! She said it very matter of fact.
Now I HATE this term. I dislike it for several reasons and most of it stems from my years as a day camp counselor than day camp director during my summers off from college. I dealt with too many kids who were diagnosed hyperactive/ADHD. The term just has negative connotations. I just don't take the word lightly.
Is Ryleigh an active child, yes... would I say she's hyperactive, no. I asked my mom to explain and she went on to say how Ryleigh is a constant motion machine and never sits still. She feels her constant action explain her long naps. I don't disagree with what my mother is saying, I just don't agree with the term she is using because others could infer that Ryleigh has a disorder. I know that term doesn't draw the same idea to my mom as it does to me. I knew that because the moment she said, "Well you were a hyperactive child".
I was an active curious child and so is my 18 month old daughter. I think that is fantastic!
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Thursday, June 7, 2007
The storm door we purchased has a pull down screen feature. He installed the 'door opener' as he called it (I call it the door spring that is attached between the door and frame. It helps ease the door closed so it doesn't slam). Anyway, whatever it is called got installed at the top of the door. He asked me where I wanted it installed, at the top or bottom. I said the top b/c of Ryleigh... WRONG ANSWER. He screwed it into the top and it went through the screen. The handyman doesn't know he fucked up. Glenn and I realized it when we went to pull the screen down this evening. We looked at the instuctions about attaching the screen that is rolled up top. We got to step one, started on step 2 where you pull the metal piece down and I realized why it was so difficult... damn screen was attached by the screws that went into the door sping to attach it to the door. Now I know why my mom says to read instructions front to back before doing anything. THIS should have been done by Mr. Handyman. Now Mr. Handyman owes me a new door.
UGGGHHHH... I am not really sure if I am to blame for this. I feel some responsibilty but I assumed he knew that the door had a screen in it. The title of the install book mentioned it. I am so not looking forward to this phone call tomorrow.
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Look at all that rot in the bottom portion of the door - that is staying! The stuff he took out was far worse.
Monday, June 4, 2007
Friday, June 1, 2007
Ryleigh & I spent Memorial Day at her grandparents. My sister & family came over too. We had a really nice time and the girls got the chance to play together outside.
Playgroup got together today in the backyard. Here are the original three: Ryleigh, Grace & Sam. They had a great time playing and snacking. I feel really lucky that Ryleigh & I have these kids and their moms as friends. It has been fantastic to watch them group up over the past year.