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Happy Birthday, Ryder Joseph

Notice the phone making its appearance again. Let's just say we will be switching to a sitting or standing position for the next set of photos because I can't take another session of trying to make Ryder lay still for a photo. Here's what Ryder has been up to this month.
*Giving big cuddly hugs
*Wearing 9-12 month clothes
*Banging things, everything
*Pretending to talk on the phone
*Signing doggie
*Becoming a picky eater (Boo!)
*Showing more of his will and personality
*Ryder took his first steps (two to be exact) willingly tonight. He went from the ottoman to the couch right in front us. I guess it was his little gift to us for a year of caring for him. He has taken steps on his own out of fear or without knowing, but tonight he chose to step on his own.

21 pounds and 9 ounces (30th percentile)
28 3/4 inches (19th percentile)

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Birthday Celebrations: Part 4

We rounded out the day by getting a quick bite to eat at a Mexican restaurant, a trip to the park and visit to our friends, the Pfaffs. It was a great day filled with lots of celebrating our precious, sweet boy. What a joy he is to us.
Now the babe's tucked in, so bring on the sugar!

Birthday Celebrations: Part 3

One year photos. I know they are small, but its the best I can do. I was sort of bummed because we couldn't get him to really smile and his tongue was out the whole time again. Check out the fifth picture down.....the Kinder tongue lives on in future generations for sure.
We also made a trip to the pet store since Ryder now loves dogs. However, it was too depressing seeing the little puppies locked up so we didn't get any pictures.

Birthday Celebrations: Part 2

"Yeah, I'm cool cause I'm ONE today."
The cake. I decided to go the sugar free route since he has never really had a dessert before. I made an Applesauce Banana Cake with whipped creme frosting. Then I cheated and added sugar sprinkles for looks. :)
Right after we sang him Happy Birthday and blew out the candle.
Oh the irony in making your child a sugar free cake with sugar free icing only to have him pick off each and every single sugar sprinkle. Serves me right.
It was hard to get Ryder to smile for many pictures. He was 100% focused on eating the cake.
Diggin' in.
All caked out!

Birthday Celebrations: Part 1

Our decorations for Ryder's big day. Do you see the two matching Elmo cards? Both sets of Great Grandparents sent Ryder the exact same card, and they came on the same day. Weird, huh?
Here's the big one year old first thing in the morning when we went to get him up.
We went to IHOP for breakfast. Ryder feasted on grapes, peaches and a blueberry pancake. He's such a people person. He just stared and smiled at everyone. It's hard to get him to eat when there are so many people around for him to interact with. He just loves it.
The waitresses all sang him Happy Birthday and brought him a pancake with a candle in it. He loved that, too.
Then we came home where he opened a present from Grandma and Grandpa. He still doesn't really get the whole opening presents thing, but he enjoyed the toy phone.
Now he's down for a nap resting up for the rest of the day.


Look Who's About To Turn One

I find myself constantly thinking back to a year ago and thinking of what was happening and how exciting it all was. Like a year ago today my water broke the night before they wanted to induce me. We sat around the table eating shepherd's pie writing the time of my contractions on a napkin. Fun times.

We have a big day planned tomorrow. Actually, it's rather low key with lots of little fun things to do just the three of us. I'm really looking forward to it.

Fitting Right In

Brandon and I love to play little jokes on each other all the time. All in fun of course. Poor little Ryder had no chance of escaping the trickery. Thankfully, he is always a good sport, laughing right along with us. Brandon and I might be in trouble when Ryder is old enough to retaliate.

Here's Ryder getting a bottle. When we gave it to him, and milk squirted all over his face. He let out the funniest laugh I have ever heard from him. I tried to repeat the moment for the camera, although, it isn't as good as the first time.

Brandon has been brushing Ryder's teeth in the bath. Ryder loves it. He gets so into it that he pushes his head back on Brandon's hand really hard. Mean daddy had to use this against him. Brandon called me in one night to observe. I honestly thought he just wanted me to see how much Ryder loved his teeth getting brushed. I was wrong. He had a trick up his sleeve. Then mean mommy had to get it on tape.

Precious Little Reminders

Lest we forget about our baby while he is napping, he leaves us little reminders of his presence scattered 'round.

Ain't No Mountain High Enough

Ryder may be cautious when it comes to walking by himself, but he climbs with no fear. Here are just a few of the places I have found him on lately.

Big Boy


Five Months Down

Four to go. We can hardly wait to meet you, Baby Bean (or shall I say, Spaghetti Squash)!
At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound, your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he's even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. If you could see inside your womb, you'd be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers his body and the deep wrinkles on his skin, which he'll sport until he adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.


One Year Ago

We were still a family of two. My mom and sister had made it to Maine, and we were all anxiously awaiting the arrival of our sweet boy. Little did we know I still had a few days to go because he was snug as a bug in my belly.

Sorry about the lack of postings. I have pictures on my camera to post, but I left my charger and camera cord in Indiana. It is due to arrive Tuesday. Stay tuned.


We Can't Wait to See You Tomorrow, Daddy!

Doesn't Ryder's right arm look like links of sausage? HAHAHAHA! Love my little chunky monkey.


How We're Filling Our Days in Indiana

Ryder is feeling much better now, but here is how he spent his second day.
Playing with fun toys at the all the grandparents' houses
Hanging out with his buddy, Owen
Enjoying the warmer weather