Thursday, February 26, 2009

I really am a mom

I'm still adjusting to being a mom, but tonight I realized I really am a mom. When I asked Ryan what time the soccer tournament started tonight because I was planning on going he said 7:00. And I said, "7:00, but that's so late for it to start!". That's right folks, I officially think 7:00 is late. Haha.

The power of prayer

Yesterday was an amazing day. Several things that I have been praying for worked out.

1. We got the farmhouse. We didn't think we would after the landlord tried to get us to sign a lease saying we would move March 6! We couldn't afford that since we'd still have our current apartment to contend with. But we took a chance in asking them to wait till May 1st because we'd be able to afford that (with some help :-). We never thought they'd wait till May 1st, but I said if God wants us to have the house then it'll work out. And it did!!
The real estate agent said we might be able to get the keys a little early because the house needs a lot of TLC, so we're going to have our hands full with cleaning, packing, painting, and moving. But we'll still have our apartment for 2 months, so there's not much of a rush.

2. My sister got into the national guard. This is a two-fold blessing. Her faith in God was really waning. Yesterday she basically said, "Micayla can you pray for me because I basically don't have enough faith to". So of course I did. It was important for her to get accepted right away because next month Obama will be cutting the military signing bonus down from 20,000$ to 10,000$.... not to mention that she had no idea how she would pay her rent next month if she hadn't gotten accepted. And, since I told her I'd be praying, and everything worked out I'm really hoping it's increased her faith.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

My favorite things

One of my favorite times with Ryleigh is bath time. It's wonderful because she loves it too. She loves getting her hair washed, and she loves being all wrapped up in a towel at the end. She also loves when I brush her hair.

So, here's some pics from this morning's bath.



All wrapped up and snuggly.
(Notice all the pink in all these pics! It's crazy. Haha)


She looks like a Jedi or something, all hidden under a hood.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Family

We had a very successful weekend, in that Ryleigh got to meet a lot of family. She's only met about half of my side of the family, but it included 3 great-grandmothers, one great-grandfather, 2 grandfathers, 3 aunts, 1 great-great aunt, 3 great-aunts, and I think 8 of my cousins who I'm not sure what the name of that relationship would be to her. Needless to say, this little girl got a lot of love this weekend!

Now I'm at home enjoying time with her. I don't think I held her all weekend except for when she was hungry.... people even wanted to change her diapers for me! And she's enjoying not being stuck in a car seat right now!

The hardest part was coming home. Everyone was begging us to move there. I even had people at church that I didn't even know telling me that I'm breaking my mother's heart by being so far away! I don't want to break my mother's heart, but I also don't want to completely uproot my life again either. Not to mention the fact that no matter what state we live in we will always have family in another state missing us.

P.S. No word on whether or not we got the farmhouse yet. The landlord is stalling to make necessary electrical repairs to the house. But the real estate agent said we both have good credit scores, so hopefully we'll get approved. Then we'll just have to figure out the whole money situation. It's such a great deal we don't want to pass it up, especially since we're considering asking about a rent to own kind of deal. But we know that if it's meant to be, God will provide.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The final decision?

Yesterday I found out I didn't do well enough on the SAT test to be a tutor. I did respectably way back in high school when I took them, but since that was 10 years ago and I haven't done all that math stuff since then I guess it makes sense that I wouldn't do well enough to tutor kids. I'm supposing they want you to do really, really well if they're going to pay you 23$ an hour to guarantee that your students will get high scores. Oh well..... guess it wasnt the job for me.

So, after hearing that news I went back to the drawing board to think of ways to make money so I don't have to go back to Goddard. Then it hit me. I have a part-time job already, and it pays more than Goddard does! So, here's the plan. With Sylvan Online I currently have my schedule set up saying I will be available for 10 hours a week to tutor. But what if I change that? What if I put myself on the schedule for 30 hours a week? I'm not guaranteed those hours, but we did the math and if I teach for 12.5 hours a week I will make just as much as I would have at Goddard after paying Ryleigh's tuition.

So the plan is to be on the schedule from 3-9 M-F. That way I can have the day time to attend a mom's Bible study, go to the park or for walks, set up some play dates, get the laundry and cleaning done, and prepare dinner for me and Ryan. Then Ryan will be responsible for watching the baby, heating up dinner, and bringing me food while I'm teaching. It will also work out better than the SAT thing because sometimes Ryan gets out of work kind of late and if he's a little late I don't have to worry about what to do with Ryleigh cause I'll be home.... although if he's going to be super late we may need to call Granny or someone cause we can't have Ryleigh crying in the background while I'm teaching.

No other part time job would be ok with me just working in the evenings, and not working on the weekends. I won't have any commuting time, and I will definitely cut down on gas if I'm not driving to Voorhees every day. And Ryleigh can be raised by her parents, not strangers. It sounds like a good plan to me..... I still have another week to be able to get my 2 weeks notice in to Goddard, so we still have some time to mull it over, but it seems like the right choice.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Bubbles, bubbles everywhere

2 and a half hours of filling in bubbles on an answer sheet...... not my idea of a good time.

I took the SAT-ish test today for the tutoring job with Kaplan. I do not remember how to find slope, or functions, or what z equals when x+2-1987=yx+f! So, I'm not feeling very confident in the math portion. I'm sure I did fine on the verbal though. I would much rather correct grammar than find x. The essay section was retarded. My question: What motivates people to change?....... As if you can simply explain why people change in a nice little essay which you have 25 minutes to compose.

And I had to do all this thinking after spending an entire morning doing things like changing diapers and reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

My valentine

Nothing says Happy Valentine's Day like a good soccer game. Haha. That's what we did yesterday. I captured everything in pictures, so here you go.


We started the day with bath time. She loves the end of bath time when she's all cuddled up in a towel.

We headed to Salao to watch daddy coach his team. They lost, but it was an intense, close game.


Ryleigh was very excited to be at her very first soccer game.... do you see the excitement on her face?

Thankfully Ryan didn't completely blow off Valentine's Day. I came home to these beautiful flowers and chocolates :-) He's so thoughtful sometimes.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Charm with a capital C


I just went to look at the house for rent in Cherry Hill. Oh my goodness, if asked to describe everything I would want in a house I'm pretty sure this one would include everything.... except a W/D. When we saw the ad for an old farmhouse for rent we thought it was a house that got broken up into apartments. Nope, the whole house is for rent, for 750$ a month. It's right on 561 in Cherry Hill, close to everything, and a lot closer to pretty much all the places we go.

The house has old hardwood flooring throughout, except the living room and the stairs. It has lots of closets, old light fixtures, skylights, and a small barn out back. There's sliding glass doors in the dining room that lead out to the back porch. The whole backyard is taken over by leaves, branches and ivy, but under all that there's a little koi pond just waiting to be cleaned out. The whole house is covered in dirt and cobwebs and the outside paint is chipping..... but it kind of adds to the charm. Ryan would have so much fun fixing it all up.

And best of all, I would get to decorate it country style!
I'm trying not to get too excited because they still have to accept our application, and we'd have to come up with a security deposit, and we'd have to figure out what to do about the lease on our current apartment.... but I dont think I've wanted something this much since when we were trying to get pregnant!

The power of prayer

As most of you know, my sister Jenn is living in California. Well, this morning my mom called to tell me Jenn is in the hospital. She will be okay, I just can't share too many details because I don't think she'd appreciate it.
She has a long road ahead of her. She needs to recover, and she needs to overcome addictions, and most of all she needs direction in her life. So, if you believe in the power of prayer please pray for her. My mom is most likely going to be flying out to California tonight to be with her. We all want her to move back to the east coast so she'll be surrounded by family, but we can't force her. She has decisions to make all on her own. Just pray that God gets ahold of her before anybody or anything else does.

Thank you

Thursday, February 12, 2009

It's a mystery

Ryleigh and I are playing the guessing game. Every day this week we have someone from church bringing us dinner. It's fun to guess what we're going to be eating for dinner tonight. So far everything has been delicious! And I thought everyone would bring pasta cause to me it's the easiest thing to make, but so far we've only had one pasta dish and it was take-out from the Olive Garden. Yum yum :-)

To pass the time before dinner arrives we played with the camera.



Question: What color do you think her eyes are?? We can't figure it out. Our best guess is grey.



Sleeping Beauty

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Daddy's girl

Here's some pictures I took of Ryan and Ryleigh bonding, while listening to rock music on iTunes.


I think they were having a staring contest.



I'm pretty sure the look on her face is saying, "Daddy, you're crazy". Haha

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

This is heaven

I am so absolutely happy and content right now.
I love waking up and spending time with my beautiful daughter. Yesterday Ryan came home for lunch and we got to enjoy some time together. I also had lots of visitors, and it was nice to see people and chit chat for a while. We also went to the park for a quick stroll since I can't walk too much yet. Ryan was so cute telling Ryleigh all about fishing, and ducks, and telephone poles (yes, that's right, he explained why all telephone poles have numbers on them). It was a perfect day.

All my life I have wanted to be a stay at home mom. I'm actually even feeling satisfaction from cleaning the house, doing laundry, and providing a nice environment for my hard working husband to come home to. It's seriously a dream come true. I am just praying I get the tutoring job, so I can enjoy this forever!

P.S. Ryleigh only woke up twice last night. She ate very well and then went back to sleep for about 3 hours each time. :-)

Monday, February 9, 2009

My little piggy

We went to the doctor's this morning to see how Ryleigh's doing with her weight gain. She gained 6 ounces! Yay! Her spitting up has definitely decreased and she no longer screams before having a BM. So, I guess her stomach is a lot happier. And apparently I won't be eating any dairy any time soon :-( I am someone who has cereal for breakfast, at least 2 glasses of milk a day, yogurt for a snack, and ice cream for dessert, not to mention how much I love cheese! This is going to be so difficult, but if it makes her stomach feel better I guess it's worth it. I'm really hoping I can tolerate Lactaid milk.

This weekend was pretty busy, but good. We got to visit nana and pop, and I got to get out of the house! We also got to go to church, and grocery shopping, and visit with Uncle Steve and Aunt Michelle. It was so nice to have people to talk to! :-)

P.S. We found an apartment that looks very promising..... keep your fingers crossed.

here's some pics from this weekend:


Modeling the cute little onsie that grandma bought for her.



An attempt to take a picture of Aunt Michelle holding the baby.... Amelie jumped in right at the last second.

There, that's better. :-)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Happy tears

Something about these crazy hormones and emotions that have been going on this past week cause me to cry at least twice a day. Lately they've been somewhat happy tears.

My grandparents sent me a congratulations card. In the card were also a CD and a mini-devotional. So every morning Ryleigh and I read through the devotion together, and we listen to the CD. The first song sings about how our children aren't really ours, they're God's, we're just privileged to take care of them for a short time. And the guy's voice who sings it reminds me of my dads. So the tears flow through the whole song.

It's not sad, it's happy. I sit there and think about the loving grandparents who care so much for my daughter that the first thing they send her is a devotional. Then I think about how lucky Ryleigh is to have great-grandparents, and granparents that all love the Lord. Then I think about how lucky I am to get to care for such a sweet baby. And I think about everything I want her to do with her life and I picture the kind of woman she will grow up to be. And I am so thankful that she is surrounded by such a loving, supportive family that will help her grow into a strong, loving, Christian woman.

Gosh, who knew one little song could bring about such deep thoughts. :-)
So although sometimes these tears that I can't really seem to control can get annoying sometimes I know I will look back on the quiet mornings we had together thinking about our family and praying to God to keep her safe.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Video debut

video

This video is for the aunts and uncle that have yet to meet the newest member of the family. It's not action packed or anything but it's a small glimpse of her preciousness. enjoy :-)

My little stinker

Not to be mean to Ryleigh but she really is a stinker. She keeps having these awful BMs, which I won't go into detail about, but trust me they smell. And right before she has a BM she's been spitting up a lot. The doctor seems to think it's normal, so I'm trying not to worry. But seriously, last night we were up about 5 times where we had to wipe her down, change her diaper and then I had to feed her. It was not fun.

The best time of night is when I finally relinquish all baby care to Ryan. He puts her to sleep by laying her on his chest. She sleeps so soundly, I'm pretty sure it's her favorite place in the world. And then when it's time to go to work he hands her over to me where she'll sleep in my arms until 9am. I like being able to catch up on sleep at the end of the morning, but poor Ryan is going to get tired out with this schedule. Hopefully soon she'll figure out the whole night and day thing.

Meanwhile, I'm trying to keep her up as much as possible during the day.... I don't know how but she manages to fall asleep even when I'm moving her arms and legs and talking to her.

And, finally, I absolutely hate not being able to drive! The doctor said wait two weeks! I cannot just sit around. And I'm not supposed to do housework (which is fine with me), but I'm supposed to not go up and down stairs a lot, which is next to impossible when the kitchen and tv are downstairs, but the bathroom and crib are upstairs. Ryan said he'll buy me one of those old people chairs that you can ride up the stairs :-)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Wellness update

Ryleigh had her first doctor's appointment today. The doctor said she is healthy, and cute. She grew a half inch taller. She weighs 6.5lbs. She has been having some digestive problems that don't exactly make her the happiest baby in the world sometimes, but the doctor said it's most likely pretty normal. I need to cut things out of my diet,like my favorite milk, because they may be upsetting her stomach. However, we have a weight check appointment on Monday and if she has lost weight from now to then it may indicate that she has a digestive issue that we need to address.

I have to admit I feel kind of flattered whenever someone says Ryleigh's adorable or cute. I mean, I think she's the cutest baby ever, but that's just me. But seriously, anytime you see a baby the automatic reaction is to say that they're cute, even if they're not. So, is she really cute or are they just saying that? Of course, the majority of the people that read this blog is related and will say she's adorable too.... so how do you get an honest opinion? haha

P.S. Thank you to everyone who has been calling to just to see how the baby and me are doing. It's nice to have a connection to the outside world right now :-) And seriously, feel free to come visit. I love visitors!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Adjusting

I have to admit, yesterday was no a fun day. I'm not sure who cried more, me or Ryleigh. It was pretty overwhelming. I was in pain, and she was suffering from lots of gas pains... not to mention the fact that we barely had any sleep the night before.

Today is completely different. Last night we decided to let her sleep in the bed with us. It was a lot easier, and she slept so much better in my arms than she did in the crib. I have told myself I would never let my kids sleep in the bed with us, but I think it was a good choice for last night. I don't plan on making it a regular thing though.

This morning I woke up at 9, and Ryleigh didn't wake up till 9:30. I was able to get breakfast, check my email, and tidy up a bit. It was great. Then she got a sponge bath and some breakfast and then took a quick nap, allowing me to get a shower. I feel so human after showering and putting on make-up!! :-) I also decided to try and see if I could get my belly button ring back in. Truth is, I've missed it. And I was so happy to find that the hole hadn't closed up! It's not like I want anyone looking at my belly right now..... it definitely needs some work.... but I feel like a little jewelry makes it look a little better, therefore it makes me feel better.

Ryleigh got some lunch and now she's sleeping contently in her crib. We haven't been able to get her to sleep in her crib at all, but today this is nap #2 in the crib! Yay!

Now I just can't wait to be able to go places. I'm not supposed to drive for a week, but there's a lot of snow anyway, so I'm pretty much stuck in the house till Ryleigh's doctor's appointment tomorrow.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

My baby story

Ok, so it seems like everyone wants to know all about the birth of Ryleigh. I'm not really sure why cause most of it was not fun, but here it is.

I started having contractions around 12:30 on Friday. We sat around the house timing them and I was trying to deal with the pain until we called the dr. at 5:30 and she said I could go to the hospital. We arrived about 2 minutes later cause the hospital is so darn close. They pretty much admitted me right away since she was 2 days overdue. We called my mom who quickly bought a plane ticket to fly down.

Nothing about the whole process was what I expected/wanted.... but it turned out well. I didn't want pitocin, but they didn't give me much of an option.... plus I ended up wanting to get everything sped up so the pain would just end. I didn't plan on getting an epidural, but after dealing with contractions for like 8 hours I was definitely wanting it!! And I am so glad I got it. After getting the epidural everything went quickly. Thankfully the nurses knew my mom was on her way, so they kind of took their time getting everything ready for the actual delivery until she got there. I also never planned on having people in the delivery room with me, but in the end I had Ryan's mom, and my mom with me. And I'm glad I did cause they were very supportive and helpful. I pushed for just about an hour and Ryleigh was born at 3:04.

She was 18.5 inches, and 6lbs 15oz. She has a full head of dark hair, with a widow's peak that she inherited from her daddy.

I also wasn't planning on having the baby put on my stomach as soon as she was born.... I thought it would be gross. But the nurses didn't even ask, they just put her on my chest, and I'm glad for that too. It was pretty amazing. My first thought was, "wow, I can't believe I have a baby!".

Ryan did not want to cut the cord, but when the time came they asked if he wanted to do it and he said yes. He also took pictures of her being checked out and everything.

So, we are happy new parents and we're so happy we have a beautiful, perfect girl

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