Thursday, April 21, 2011

Army Crawling Machine and HAPPY EASTER!

Happy 7 Months to Rylee!!  Her 7 month birthday was actually last week, but better late than never, right?  Man how time flies.  It didn’t seem like Rylee was getting that old until she hit 6 months, and now 7 months?!?!?  Sometimes I wish I could hit a pause button so I can enjoy her at this age just a little bit longer.  She does the funniest things and is just so darn cuddly.  She doesn’t giggle often, but when she does, it melts my heart and makes me laugh every time.

This past week, she can now sit up on her own AND she is on the move.  She has been able to “scoot” for probably the last month or so, but she is all over the place.  She is doing a full blown army crawl now.  If she see’s something she wants, she is determined to get it.  Unfortunately, it is usually not her own toys.  Her three favorite items are the remote, my phone, and….Maggie’s (our dog) rubber bone.  I can't believe I am admitting this, but I have now caught her twice with Maggie’s rubber bone, chewing on it nonetheless – GROSS, I know (I hope it’s true that dogs have cleaner mouths than humans)!  I swear I will throw the darn thing out of reach, but while I am not looking, Maggie will go get it and bring it within Rylee’s reach.  I have even seen Maggie try to toss Rylee her toys hoping that Rylee will play back.  Those two are funny to watch because they both want to play with each other, but with completely different intentions!  I have now started to keep a really close eye on the two of them.  Well, here is a little video of Rylee going after the remote:

Friday, April 8, 2011

Zoo Pics

In the Jungle with Daddy

The gorilla didn't want to play with us :(

Almost as tall as a squirrel monkey!

There's a polar bear back there somewhere

Rylee LOVED the aquarium

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Fun Day at the Zoo

This past weekend, Rylee got to experience the Henry Doorly Zoo for the first time and I think she loved it!  I don’t think she knew what she was looking at when the animals were far away, but when we got to the aquarium, she couldn’t stop looking around at everything swimming by.  She is also a “people watcher,” so I think she enjoyed just being outside and taking in the new surroundings.  I couldn’t believe how much had changed since the last time I was there (at least 5 years ago).  I am going to grab a map next time so we are not just wondering around!  It was also fun to take her to a place that I also got to experience when I was little.  I am usually about a month behind on getting pictures uploaded from my camera, but I WILL get pictures up from our first zoo adventure eventually!

This last week I came across a blog that has really made me appreciate everything I have in life and how blessed I am to have a healthy baby.  If you want to see what I am talking about here is the link:  The blog is written by a mom who has a little girl with a bone disease.  The mom actually started the blog when she was still pregnant and was told that her baby would probably pass away shortly after birth, if she even made it that far.  Well, the docs misdiagnosed the baby and she is now 1 ½ years old.  The little girl is just so darn cute and it breaks my heart that she has had to go through so much pain at such a young age.  In her short 1 ½ years of life, she has probably already gone through more than what most people endure in a lifetime.  However, even through all of her medical issues, she seems to be such a happy baby.  I actually found myself tearing up when I was reading through the blog because I could not imagine having to go through that with Rylee.  Heck, I bawled when Rylee had to get her first shots!  Although I have never met this little girl, she has definitely taught me to enjoy each and every day (the good AND the bad ones) to its fullest!

I also want to say that I am very proud of this mom that she continued with her pregnancy and knew that aborting her baby wasn’t even an option!  I think she said in her blog that the overwhelming majority of women terminate their pregnancies when they find out their babies have a life threatening disease or have some kind of abnormality.  This is proof that we need to leave life and death up to God!