Thursday, March 26, 2009

Where Did 8 Weeks Go?

I think 2 months flew by somehow...maybe feedings, changing diapers, soothing a crying baby, and lack of sleep distorted time. However, we're still loving every minute of it. We're Happy But Tired Parents!! Here are some more pics of our Little Man River and his adventures.

After much patience, Karis FINALLY gets to hold Baby River.

Uncle Ben.

River meets our friend and his future Tattoo Artist, Jason.

"Why I ought to punch you in the face?"

River loves his Panty Rangers. Thank you, Panty Ranger Fawn, for making his shirt.

Aunt Martha works her magic.

Grammy Time.

River makes a trip to GA to see Pappy in the hospital.

River's Job Description: Help Pappy Feel Better!

A Rare Family Photo These Days.

Chaco babysitting River in the swing.

Ryan's Wild Birthday Celebration with The Boyz

Ryan gets his much anticipated camera for his birthday.

Ryan's Birthday at Gojo, our favorite restaurant. Yummy, Injera and Veggies Ethiopian Style.

Family Photo at the Gojo Birthday Fun.

Of course, my men at their favorite past time.

Check out that smile.
River and Grandpap

Grandma, did Goldilocks REALLY buy Baby Bear a new chair to replace the one she broke?

The man who has us all wrapped around his finger.

His first hike at Radnor.

Story Time with Grandma

River's first picnic at Percy Warner Park

Gettin Burped by the Daddy.

"I love getting my diaper changed."

Having a conversation with Mama

River wondering how many times are all these people going to take my picture.

River finding his happy place.

Mama finding her happy place.

Uncle Choyer gets in on some feeding action.
How could Uncle Jim watch TV when there is so much action going on?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I'm A Total ROCK STAR!!

I'm sure that if I tried out for American Idol, you'd find my audition in the blooper reel. But to a little man named River, I'm a Rock Star.

My friend, Jody, would tell me her stories of making up songs for her little guy, Bodie. She would express her embarrassment and amazement that her made up songs would melt Bodie's tears away. Well, I've now experienced it for myself.

Yesterday I was leaving Maranda's house and heading to Ryan's work to show off River. We had a pretty busy day, and about 1 traffic light into our trip down Belmont Blvd and Music Row to go to his daddy's work, he started screaming to get out of his convining carseat and head home to his cozy bed. I don't blame you, River. Mama was tired too. But for some reason, I wouldn't get the sympathy for my tears for a nap.

I wasn't able to reach back to soothe him, and fearing the repercussions of getting caught if I "Brittany Speared" it, I had to come up with something else. Ryan and I continually refer to River as "our little monkey." Well, in the matter of seconds, I had written a lullaby. It goes like this...."I love you, little monkey. I love you, little monkey. I love you, little monkey. I love you, little monkey........"

Yes, only 5 words, but they're 5 magic words. Because in a few short moments, there was a hush coming from the backseat in absolute enjoyment of my impromptu performance. We successfully made it to the William Morris Agency where his daddy works. And after a few moments with his Papa, he was out like a light. It didn't matter that I had sung those 5 words for miles. It was magic!

Since that trip, I've used my One-hit Wonder on two other separate occassions which have produced the same results...a calm and sedated baby. I do modify my tune. Sometimes I sing high and work my way low. Other times I reverse it. And I have even been known to add verses which may include..."River is my monkey." "Mama loves her little monkey." "I love to cuddle with my monkey." "Mama feeds her little monkey." The options are endless. But the results the same.

I'm thinking it could go platinum in the baby world. I called Ryan and asked what talent agent at work he would want me to work with. I was willing to be assigned to anyone. I'm not sure if this is a One-hit Wonder or if I will have an album of self-written lullabies, but one thing is for sure as long as they work with River, I'll sing my out of tune heart out for anyone to hear.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Juicin' In A Sling

Thanks to my cousin's wife, Michelle, I was able to have a successful juice for lunch!! She sent me a Pippalily Sling for River awhile back. Between the Pippalily and the Moby Wrap, River travels through the house in style....worn by his mama and daddy.

Some of you know but River has a "gas" issue....but of course he would, look at the source from whence he came. There are moments of inconsolable crying and fussiness, and Ryan and I strap in for the ride everyday. Love the Gripewater, a herbal remedy from Whole Foods, by the way.

One night while we were up with the Little Guy trying our best to figure out how to soothe his achy tummy, I thought maybe there's a juice I could fix for me and then River would get it through my milk. I pulled out my Juicing Bible (literally - that's what it's called) and looked up indigestion juices. Here is what I dined on for lunch today. In our juicer, I put....

1/4 of an acorn squash
2 apples
1 carrot
1 inch piece of ginger root
a couple of slices of lemon

After juicing, I stirred in...
1/4 cup of natural yogurt with live cultures
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cardamom

I downed the juice and got it all cleaned up before River stirred. Perfect timing! We'll see if it makes a difference. I have enough goods for three more of the indigestion juices. Do I hear breakfast calling tomorrow?

Thanks, Michelle, for the sling and thank you, River, for almost sleeping through it all...Now, just how do we get him to sleep through the night....wear him and turn the juicer on???
Any other more realistic suggestions?