Saturday, December 24, 2011

8 Months

8 months young - 12/18/2011
My little guy is 8 months young and an 18.5 lb ball of energy!  10 days after he turned 7 months he started crawling and has kept us on the run ever since.  He wants to see and touch everything!  There's no stopping this little guy.  If we walk out of the room he quickly follows us, it's amazing how fast he can crawl, AND he loves to stand.  He's constantly grabbing hold of a chair or ottoman or our legs and pulling himself up to a standing position.  This made taking his 8 months pictures very challenging....we couldn't keep him in the chair!

I must stand mommy 12/18/2011
tippy toes
Don't let the elephant get me mommy!  Really I'm just trying to keep him in the chair...
Suspicious  12/18/2011

Ok I guess I'll play along, smile and wave!

It's been a very busy month.  There was the last UT tailgate, Thanksgiving, Ry's baptism, a visit from Unkie Bob & Aunt Janie, holiday parties and pictures with Santa!  Whew, no wonder it's taken me so long to post this blog.

Mommy and Ry at the last tailgate of the season 11/19/2011
Fun with daddy
That iPad tastes great! 11/20/2011
Unkie Bob & Aunt Janie happened to be in Texas and stopped by one evening to visit.  Aunt Janie got a kick out of Ry, this was their first meeting.  Ry just loved her iPad and Janie enjoyed letting him play with it.  He even let Aunt Janie feed him peas for dinner!
Visiting with Unkie Bob and Aunt Janie 11/20/2011

Ry's been doing well with his foods, he's finishing up stage 2 foods and loves his puffs.  He's finally starting to like yogurt melts and he loves chewing on the occasional pizza crust.  ;)  We've also given him banana wafers and biter biscuits, but those are pretty messy.  Just the other day we gave him his first taste of Salt Lick and he LOVED it!  He went to town on turkey, brisket and some mashed taters.  Ry also loves to drink out of our cups.  Whenever he can get a hand on our water cup he'll sip out of it like a big boy.  Of course most of the time he uses his sippy cup.  He loves carrying it in-between his teeth while he's crawling.  One of these days I'll remember to take a picture of that, it's quite entertaining.
Ready to ride! 12/3/2011

Speaking of teeth, Ryland now has 5!.  His top two teeth poked through about a week ago, and now he's got another one poking through to the right of his top 2 teeth.  I can't believe how many teeth he has so soon!  He really doesn't like us trying to look at them as you can tell from previous pictures/posts.  All this teething has taken a toll on our sleep.  There's been quite a few nights within the past few weeks that he's woken up and needed comfort, Tylenol, a bottle or just plain didn't want to sleep.  Sigh....

I want that red ball! 12/3/2011
Ry and Santa 12/10/2011
All decked out for the holidays 12/10/2011
Even reindeer feet need sleep 12/17/2011
Ryland is very active, vocal and inquisitive.  You can tell that he's trying to figure out how things work.  He loves touching objects and faces.  In fact when Opa holds him, Ry will touch his mouth looking for a mustache, he knows a male is holding him but that he doesn't have daddy's mustache.  Ry makes all sorts of sounds, and we both swear we've heard him say 'mom' or 'mama' and of course 'dada'.  But this could just be normal baby babble.  Ryland definitely knows who his parents are and he makes it well known when he wants us to hold him versus other family or friends.  Right now Ry is all about daddy and will crawl out of my arms to get to him.  Unfortunately for daddy this means he's putting Ry to sleep most nights.  Mommy is a bit jealous.

Rub-a-dub-dub, 1st bath in a real bathtub 12/17/2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

All I want for Christmas are my 2 front teeth!

Guess what broke through the surface a few days ago?  2 front teeth!  Finally snagged a picture.

Before - Dad helping Ry show his teeth.  Ha!

After - happy Ry 12/12/2011

Gobble Gobble Gobble

It's been so busy around here I totally forgot to post about Thanksgiving!  We celebrated with the Maleks on Thanksgiving and the Freunds a couple days later.  

Presenting - my little turkey.

Cousins Ry and Blake 11/24/2011

Al & Isabel w/ Ry and Blake


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Ry meets Santa Claus!

As this is Ry's first Christmas, Santa pictures are a must.  Thankfully our clubhouse throws a holiday party every Dec, including free pictures with Santa!  I love the fact that it's only 1 minute away from our house, no lines, free Olive Garden lunch, and plenty of parking.  :)  Definitely worth it!

Ryland and Santa Claus 12/10/2011

Evan, Emma, Ry with Santa

Opa &Juju & Ry w/ Santa


The Sunday following Thanksgiving we had Ryland baptized at our church.  Several family members flew in that week to celebrate the holiday and to witness Ry's baptism.  Great Great Aunt Deanie was thrilled to finally meet Ryland and we named my brother Steve and his wife Christina as godparents.  Ry did great during the baptism and we celebrated afterwards at our home with family, friends, Rudy's BBQ and cake.  :)


Godparents Steve & Christina

Scandalous cousins!

Blake and Ry 11/27/2011

Holding his very own bible, wearing his bracelet engraved with his name