Tuesday, January 24, 2012


January has been a bit of a slow month. Not much has happened. Kevin started back at school and has been super busy.  He is taking 9 credits of graduate level classes, 5 credits of undergraduate level classes, working 20 hours a week, working on his master's research, and trying to find time in there to do homework and study. The counselor at school told him most people at his level don't take more than 9 credits of grad level classes period, let alone without adding more classes and work. It just ended up being the only way to make it work since some of the classes wont be offered again until after he would have graduated.  He is stressed but I know he can do it. He is successful at everything he puts his mind to but I'm sure he will hate the next couple months!

As for me and Ryder, we have just been adjusting back to life after the craziness of the holidays. He has been cutting two teeth on the bottom and has had a really hard time sleeping because of it.  He has been waking up several times a night and then waking up at about 5 am and not going back to sleep.  It has been really ROUGH on all of us. He has never been a great sleeper and has always been an early riser, but this has just been really hard! Despite my best efforts, I don't think I have been the most pleasant mommy lately :(  I think he is getting back on track though.  The last couple nights he has only woken up once or twice.  He now has all his teeth except the second set of molars and I just pray we have a little break before those start cutting through!
Ryder is now 20 months old. He is busy busy busy! He is talking so much (at least at home. He tends to go into observation mode when we are out and about). Kevin and I were curious how many words he knows so we wrote down all the words he says on a regular basis and it's about 80. Our pediatrician said he's doing great since they usually see kids saying around 50 words at their second birthday. He is so obsessed with cars, trains, trucks, tractors, airplanes, helicopters, bikes, boats... anything that "goes". I seriously don't know where he got it from. Neither Kevin or I really introduced him to this interest. He was just drawn to it early on! He loves to get all his cars and line them up one in front of the other. He's very particular about it and hates it if any of them get out of line haha. When he is really excited to show me or Kevin something, he yells out, "MommaDaddaMommaDaddaMaDada!" really fast. It's so funny. He calls his Grandmas, "Bumba" and his Grandpas are, "Bumpa".

He loves going to nursery at church! He definitely needs a lot of practice with sharing though. If someone in nursery is holding a toy he wants, he can have a major meltdown really quick! We are working on it, and will be for years I'm sure. He loves saying prayers, especially saying "amen".  When the prayer is over, he'll yell out "AMEN!" with a huge grin on his face.  I have been teaching him about saying "please" and "thank-you". He is really good at saying "thank-you" but is still learning the "please" part of the equation. When he does say "please" it comes out as "cheeeeese!" I just love him :)

 Covering the floor with pillows on a snowy day and eating a cookie.  He is snuggling with his "dyes" which means sheep. He started out calling them "daaaa" because he was trying to say "baaa", but now it's morphed into "dyes".  Haha, I don't get it.

cute boy


 I love kissing him on his cheek by his ear because he is so ticklish there!

Getting to take a ride with Uncle Tyler on his wheel chair!

Hanging out with Aunt Tara