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Smiley Riley - Volume II

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S: Smiley Riley 2010 - The First Year

FC: 2010 | The 1st Year

1: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 For My Daughter... On my way to work today, I started thinking about everything life has thrown at me in the last year and a half and I realized just how blessed we really are. Despite the rollercoaster ride I seem to have been on lately, things are really, really great. Our daughter is happy and healthy and so are we. We have a wonderful family that loves us and many, many friends that support us. Thank you to all. I also started thinking about our daughter and all the days ahead and how fast time seems to have already flown by. When I got to work, I sat down and wrote this poem. I just thought I'd share it with all of you. As I wake up in the morning, I prepare to face the day I think about the work ahead and the bills I've got to pay As I go through the chore of dressing and picking toys up off the floor I think of what I have to do before I walk out of the door As the coffee starts to brew and my mind starts to whirl I walk into her bedroom and look at my little girl Sleeping peacefully in her crib, innocent and sweet She fills my heart with love with every single beat As I wake her to the world and hear her little cries As she stretches out her arms to me, tears fill my eyes And I know that it's all worth it Every single thing It's all so very worth it For this little human being As I drop her off at daycare with her bottles and her bibs I smile to see her teacher and the three other cribs I know that she'll be safe and taken care of with joy I know she has friends, two other girls and a boy I know she'll be happy until I return But it doesn't stop the ache when my heart starts to burn As I lean down to kiss her and hear her say Bye-bye In her sweet little cherub voice, tears fill my eyes And I know that it's all worth it Every single thing It's all so very worth it For this little human being As I drive away to work, I think of the day When she's no longer little and has her own to say I think of when she'll hate me, cause I grounded her again I think of the boys that might break her heart and then I think of the day when she takes off on her own And it scares me to death to think of what she'll be shown Of the lessons that she'll learn and the pain she may know And the work that she'll do and where in life she'll go. And I hope I'll have given her the strength to stand her ground The confidence and morals to cherish what she's found And I know there will come a day when we have to say good-bye It breaks my heart to think about and tears fill my eyes But I know that it's all worth it Every single thing It's all so very worth it For this precious human being

2: Monday, October 4, 2010 Fun Weekend! We had a lot of fun this weekend. My mom and dad stayed the whole weekend long! Saturday morning, Mom, Riley and I went garage sale-ing and we hit the jackpot at a kid's consignment sale in Tampa. We got Riley two really awesome toys (I'll post pics later tonight) and some really great outfits. They have another sale in March and I can't WAIT! We got to this one about 2 1/2 hours into it and I wish we'd gone there first. There's no telling what great deals we missed out on. But all in all, shopping was a success! Saturday afternoon, mom and dad watched Riles while I went to go get my hair done. On my way home, I stopped by a Skechers Outlet cause they were having a blow-out sale. I bought Riley a pair of flip-flops and two pairs of tennis shoes as well as a pair of flip-flops for myself and all for under $50! Woot woot! Sunday, we spent the day out on the boat with two other couples that work for my dad. We had a great time and they were completely amazed at Riley's ability to sleep through the boat ride especially since the seas were a little rough. She's a trooper! I'm supposed to get a call from the surgery center this afternoon telling me what time Riley's surgery is tomorrow morning so I'll keep all of you updated as soon as I know more. I do know that I'm not allowed to feed her ANYTHING after midnight. Which means, our poor little girl is going to wake up hungry and probably won't be fed until around 9 or 10 am IF she can keep it down as the anesthesia wears off. Tomorrow morning is going to be SO much fun... I can tell. :-( Surgery update... Riley and I have to be at the surgery center at 7:45 am. She can not have any solid foods or milk products after midnight, but can have clear liquids (water, pedialyte, apple juice, etc) until 5:30 am. Which, of course, she'll be asleep through all of that. We should expect to be there for a couple of hours. The surgery should only take about 10-15 minutes and her recovery/waking up should take another 10-15 minutes. I'm supposed to expect them to hand over a very cranky baby once she is awake and takes a small bottle of clear liquid. If she holds it down, then we can go home. Wish us luck!

3: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 All Done! The surgery went great and Riley's a real trooper! She got her last bottle last night around 7pm just before she went to bed. We woke up this morning around 6:45 am and headed to the surgery center at 7. We got there just after 7:30 and played with toys and some of the other kids until they called Riley at about 8:30. So far, she wasn't fussy at all. She went through the pre-surgery process like an angel and they took her back for surgery at about 8:45. She was out within 10 minutes and about 5 minutes later was wide awake and drinking a bottle of pedialyte. They gave me a prescription for ear drops that she'll have to have for the next 3 days and let us go. When we got out to the car, Riley started crying, so I gave her her first bottle of formula, but she still wasn't very happy with me. She cried nearly all the way home. She fell asleep for the last few minutes and then took about a 20 minute nap with me on the couch. When she woke up, she was still pretty fussy, but after playing with her for a few minutes, she was sufficiently distracted and went back to her happy playful self! We have to go back in 3 weeks for a post-op checkup and then again every 3 months until the tubes fall out. Thanks for all of your prayers and good thoughts. We did great! Now, we wait and see if the tubes help her out at all. :-) Thursday, October 7, ,2010 I'm such a glutton for punishment... This nightly battle for sleep with Riley is becoming a no-win situation. She's regressed to waking up two or three times a night and then refusing to go back to sleep. I HAVE to get some sleep in order to make it through the work day at least halfway coherent so I end up bringing her to bed with me around 2 am or so when I finally give in to her cries. Don't get me wrong, I love to cuddle up with her and know that she's happy and content. I just know this is becoming a very bad habit that will be so hard to break if I don't quit giving in. She used to be able to soothe herself back to sleep if she woke up in the middle of the night. I know for a fact, she goes to sleep on her own at daycare. So why won't she do it at home? Cause she's too smart and KNOWS I will come and get her. Grrrr. Last night it took over an hour to get her to stay in her crib when she first went to bed. Then she woke up 30 minutes later and started screaming bloody murder when I didn't come to her right away. I finally rocked her back to sleep and she stayed down until 1:45 am when she gave me exactly 2 minutes before the screaming began again. You'd think someone was attacking her. I swear the girl could break windows with the high pitch she hits sometimes. It has made me jump on several occasions. Whatever child at daycare has taught her to throw tantrums is gonna get it. I swear. I'm gonna hunt him/her down for this. haha. Anyway, I finally got her back to sleep and then, idiot me, knocked something over in the dark on my way out of her room and that was it. She wasn't going back to sleep without me for anything. *sigh* So I brought her back to bed with me. Then I experienced a terrifying way to wake up when I noticed she wasn't right beside me and I could hear her moving. I reached out and literally caught her foot just as she was about to crawl off the other side of the bed. Dear God, I do NOT want to wake up like that again. She has GOT to start sleeping in her crib again. Which, of course, means some sleepless nights ahead for me and some very unhappy times for Riley. :-(

4: Mommy can't wait for Halloween. She's already dressing me up in ridiculous outfits.

5: Friday, October 8, 2010 9 Month Well-Check Stats Riley did great at her well-check today! She had to get two shots, which she really didn't like though. One was Hepatitis B and the other was the 1st half of the flu shot. She has to go back in 1 month to get the other half of the flu shot. Oh, and the doc said to take away the pacifier cause we don't want her getting permanently attached to it now that she's understanding object permanence better. She really doesn't use it during the day when she's at daycare, only during naptimes. Guess I will have to see how she does without it at night. Hmmmmm. Her stats are as follows: Height: 30 inches (97%) Weight: 21 lbs 1 oz (80%) Head: 45.5 cm (85%) She's hit all of her milestones and is eating everything she should. They said we can start introducing yogurts, cheese, etc. When she is one year old we can start giving her whole milk! Holy cow, our little girl is growing up! Here are the Normal Development Milestones for a 9 month old: Daily Activities: Continues to enjoy banging, waving, and throwing toys (check) Scrutinizes toys and other objects (double check) Becomes absorbed in toys and games (check) Explores food with fingers (triple check... lol) Initiates play (check) Motor Skills: Goes from sitting to lying position unassisted (check) May pull self to standing position (check) Stands holding on to furniture (double check) Tries to move one foot in front of the other when held upright (check) May try to crawl up stairs (glad there are no stairs around for her to try that out) May begin to walk with assistance (check) Language Development: Imitates the rising and falling sounds of adult conversation (check) Imitates more speech sounds, but does not yet understand them (check) Repeats sounds again and again (triple check) May begin to say "mama" or "dada" appropriately (sort of) Emotional and Behavioral Development: Continues to resist doing what she does not want to do (oh lord, yes) Begins trying to imitate some parent behaviors (check) Loves showing off for family audience (oh lord, yes) May cry when parent leaves the room (check) May resist diapering (oh lord, triple yes)

6: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 Yes! ::double hand pump:: Riley slept through the night WITHOUT MAKING A PEEP! She went down around 8 pm and slept clear through until I woke her at 6 am. She barely moved all night and even still had her blanket over her! That's the first full night of sleep I've had in over a month! Friday, October 15, 2010 4 Nights of Solid Sleep! So, I was writing a response to a fellow blogger about Riley's recent achievement of sleeping through the night again and realized I never explained how we got there so.... After a month of Riley constantly waking up crying every night and eventually ending up in mommy's bed, I'd had enough. Especially when she nearly gave me a heart attack by almost falling off the bed one morning last week. I just happened to realize she wasn't beside me and grabbed her foot a split second before she went over. Last Friday night she woke up at 12:45 am screaming. I spent 15 minutes trying to soothe her, rock her, etc. Nothing was working. So I left her alone for 5 whole minutes... And she screamed the entire time. I went back in and soothed her, rocked her, etc again and it still didn't work. So I left her for 10 minutes and she screamed the entire time. Same soothing process and again I left, intending to give her 15 minutes this time. Surprisingly, by the time the clock had ticked 12 long minutes, she was sound asleep and didn't wake up again until 7 am. On Saturday night, she woke up at 11:45 pm crying but was back asleep before I even made it to her room. She woke again at 4:00 am screaming and I tried to soothe and rock her and it didn't work. So I left, intending to do the same routine as the night before. Well, before her first 5 minutes were up she was already fast asleep. And for the last FOUR nights she has slept completely through the night without me having to get up even once. She woke up crying once night before last, but went back to sleep within about 10 seconds. I still can't believe it and I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop. Hahaha. Actually, I think another part of her finally getting to this point was that for the last four nights she's worn PJs with long sleeves and pants. She's always kicking off her blanket, so I thought the long sleeves and pants would help keep her warm and they do! So there you go.... yay for sleep! On another note, Riley is going to have her first babysitter that is NOT family tonight. My friend, Tina, (whose daughter Savanna is 6 days older than Riles) is going to watch Riley for a couple of hours while I attend a launch event for a magazine I do work for. AND at some point this weekend, Riley and I are going to a Pumpkin Festival! I'm so excited. I hope to get lots of pics with Riley surrounded by pumpkins. The festival also has a crafts fair and lots of fun things for kids to do so it should be lots of fun.

7: Fairy Magic and New PJs!!

8: Saturday, October 16, 2010

9: Riley saw her first pumpkins today! Tina, Savanna, Riley and I went to the Hyde Park Village Fall Festival today and got to see lots of cute costumes, people, entertainment, balloons and PUMPKINS! Here are a few pictures.... We had a great time!

10: Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival | Sunday, October 17, 2010

11: My cousin Ashley, Riley and I went to the Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival today and had a GREAT time! The place was absolutely huge. They had a crafts fair, lots of other booths, a corn and pumpkin cannon, hay rides, entertainers and even a CIRCUS! We got there around 2:00 pm and we walked around the whole place checking out the sites. We checked out the hay ride but the line was really, really long so we decided against trying that out. haha.

12: The circus started at 3:45 and we figured it'd be a chance to sit and rest and feed Riley. We really weren't expecting much. Boy were we surprised! They had performing horses, a couple of jugglers (one of which was 8 yrs old!), a little girl that was a contortionist (oh.my.god. she couldn't have been more than 6 or 7 yrs old), a family of three that performed a juggling act (the dad juggled objects with his FEET that his wife threw to him AND he juggled his daughter!). There was even a hula hooper girl that I swear to God, performed a real life version of the Wii Fit hula hooping. She had to have managed about 20 hoops around her waist. The were all thrown to her from outside the ring. She raised her arms and the hoops joined the ones currently spinning around her. Twice there were 4 thrown at the same time and she kept hula hooping! We were very, very impressed. Riley got to taste her first snow cone while we were there too. All in all, it was worth every penny. | Sunday, October 17, 2010 continued...

13: This is so cool Mom!! | Sunday, October 24, 2010 | No seriously, this is MY hat. Mine. All mine.

14: Friday, October 22, 2010 I hate being sick! And to top it all off, Riley's sick too! She's got an upper respiratory infection. I called in sick to work today because my throat and head were killing me and I was coughing like crazy. I took Riley to the doctor around 11 am. The doc said there's really nothing that can be done at this point. She's not showing any signs of a sinus infection and her ears look great! Before she got tubes, she'd have had a high fever and ear infection by now. I'm so glad we decided to go through with the surgery. She also now weighs 21 lbs 10 oz. It's amazing how fast she grows. It's only been two weeks and she's already gained 9 ozs! I keep telling her to slow down, but she just won't listen. LOL. The good news is that she is STILL sleeping through the night without a peep! Thank God for the small things. :-) Happy 10 months baby girl! I love you! Monday, October 25, 2010 A Decent Weekend... Despite the both of us being sick, we actually managed to have a decent weekend. We didn't do too much. We got a nice walk around the neighborhood in on both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Later in the afternoon both days, we went walking around the local malls (a different one each day). Yesterday, Riley got to play in the play area cause it wasn't too crowded as we'd arrived about an hour before the stores started opening. I took some fun pictures of Riley playing and socializing with the other kids.

15: Thursday, October 28, 2010 | Ready for Halloween!! | Riley is as artistic as her mom apparently! She "made" this at daycare this week! I love, love, love the footprint ghosts.

16: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 Riley Walked by Herself! Oh. My. God. She did it!!! I went to pick her up from daycare yesterday and they mentioned she was taking a couple of steps here and there, which I assumed was pretty much the same type of cruising she's been doing for the last month. She will walk all around the house or yard with us just holding on to one of our fingers, but she's never taken more than a step or two all by herself. Well I squatted down a couple of feet away from her and her teacher stood her up on her feet. I said, "Come to mama, Riley." AND SHE DID. She took 3 1/2 steps all by herself. It was real walking! I immediately took her home and my mom and dad were there for a very brief visit to pick up my mom's car. I walked in and immediately told my mother to go squat a few feet away. I set Riley down and said, "Go say hi to Omie." And she took 4 whole steps to her. Mom turned her around and she walked 5 steps back to me before she tipped over!! She was done after that. No more walking to anyone unless someone held her hand. LOL. It was like she was saying, "Seriously people, it's not that big a deal." haha. Oh, but it was so incredible to see and I'm SO glad that Jimmy, my mom and dad all got to witness it. I hope to catch her on video soon so you all can see too! In the meantime, here are a few pics from this weekend and Riley's christening.

18: Post-op appointment for tubes... Riley had her post-op checkup with the Ear, Nose & Throat doctor yesterday. Daddy picked her up from daycare and took her to the doctor's office yesterday afternoon. Everything went great. Her hearing is great and her tubes look good too. Her next appointment is in April to see if the tubes are still in. They usually only last 6-12 months, so we shall see. She has a regular doctor's appointment on Monday to get her second flu shot. Again, daddy will probably take her if he's not working. We'll get to see how much weight she's gained in the last month. Yikes. lol. Oh and one more small bit of news. I got a 2nd carseat yesterday so daddy has one in his car in case I need him to get Riley if I'm stuck at work. Cute huh? LOL No, the color/fabric was not my choice. It was the only option they had, but hey, whatever works right? | Thursday, November 4, 2010

19: Sunday, November 7, 2010 1st Cold Weather Day Yes, we've finally gotten our first taste of winter this weekend. This morning, we awoke to a 47 degree day outside. Riley, of course, was wide awake and rearin' to go on her morning stroll around the neighborhood. So, we bundled her up in her first true winter outfit and her brand new hat, wrapped a blanket around her lap and away we went. She loved it!

20: Monday, November 8, 2010 Riley got her 2nd flu shot today... And she did great! She didn't even cry! She also now weighs 22.4 lbs. Lord almighty, she's growing like a weed. One thing I forgot to mention was that before giving her the flu shot, the doctor wanted to make sure her cough and congestion weren't part of an upper-respiratory infection. After examining her, it turns out it is just a lingering cold. I was a little shocked, but the doc actually prescribed Benadryl to help her out. She said because of Riley's size, she's fine to take a small dose every 4-6 hours as needed. Wow. It has seemed to help a little though. Tuesday, November 9, 2010 Riley's in a magazine!!!!!! Check it out! Riley got her picture taken last month when we went to the Hyde Park Village Pumpkin Festival and they published it in the local Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine! How cool is that! Thursday, November 11, 2010 Nothing new... really Not much has happened over the last few days. Riley hasn't been feeling all that well although she's as energetic as ever. She's had a few sour moments. She had her flu shot on Monday and on Tuesday, daycare called to say she was running a low-grade fever around 100. Luckily, I had some Infant's Tylenol stashed in her diaper bag. I called the pediatrician and they faxed over a note stating the dosage and frequency to take to the daycare. Her day was much better after that. Today, Riles woke up at 5:30am and was very fussy. Nothing made her happy until she was given her bottle and a dose of Tylenol. After that, she was hunky dory. haha. She's walking like crazy as much as she can, anywhere she can. Nothing slows her down, not even the frequent tripping over her own feet. She's a real trooper! One moment she's playing with one of her toys, the next she's walked herself across the entire length of the room to play with the TV stand or to go find Daddy in the kitchen. She can pull herself up on anything she can get a grip on, put she's not yet getting up to stand without that support. I'm not rushing her by any means. God, where have the last 10 1/2 months gone?!? I still can't believe that this time last year I was in my third trimester and counting down the days, anxiously awaiting her arrival.

22: Friday, November 12, 2010 Another first! :-) Riley has always loved to learn how to do the hardest things first. Small little things like, say, clapping have never been high on her priority list. Well, today, she decided it was time to start. I took her to daycare this morning and while we were waiting for her teacher to arrive, I started singing "If you're happy and you know it..." and I clapped her hands together for her. I guess something clicked cause she started clapping all on her own! And kept on. It was pretty funny, cause once her teacher got there and said, "Well it's about time! We've been trying to do that for months!" Riley started clapping to get our attention. I gave her a kiss good bye and as I was leaving, she started clapping again. LOL. Not sure how to take that. :-) Anyway, I love sharing in those little milestones with her and I'm so glad I've actually gotten to see every first time she's tried something new. I was a little worried I would miss out on stuff like that when I went back to work full-time. I'm so proud of our little girl!!

23: Yes, I should be shot for this.... but I couldn't resist. LOL

24: Riley claps and shows us how BIG she is :-) | Saturday, November 13, 2010

25: Sunday, November 14, 2010 Weekend Photo Bomb Jimmy, Riley and I, Tina and Savanna all went to an Arts & Crafts fair today that was right beside a beautiful lake. Here are a few of the photos we took. Don't worry, the alligator is dead.... I hope.

27: Monday, November 15, 2010 Riley's not wasting any time... Lord, this child continues to surprise us every single day. Jimmy was cooking dinner earlier and I was playing with Riley in the living room, when she crawled a little bit away from me. Next thing we knew, she got up on one knee with her other foot flat on the ground, put her hand on the floor.... and STOOD UP! She wasn't holding onto a single thing and she just stood herself right up! Both of us saw it too! It was so exciting! Just had to share! Tuesday, November 16, 2010 Small update on life Riley had portrait day at daycare yesterday, which is why I took a few pics last night of her in her cute dress and posted them for ya'll. Unfortunately, she was not in the mood to pose, but you got the idea. She's been entertaining us all with her antics over the last couple of weeks with her walking, clapping, standing, dancing and showing us how very big she is. She is just too cute and I love her so much! Sadly, Riley is again not sleeping through the night. Every night for almost two weeks now, she's up one to two times a night depending on if we put her back in her crib. She's been waking up anywhere between 11pm and 1am. If we can get her back to sleep in her crib (usually after 30 mins to an hour of fighting it) she'll wake up again around 4-5am. Last night, poor Jimmy got up at midnight to soothe her and wound up spending the remainder of the night on the couch with her. Part of me knows we should let her cry it out, but the biggest problem is that she's still sick and has a very phlegmy cough. If she gets too worked up, she chokes on all the phlegm that gets churned up from all of the crying and either can't breathe or pukes. I HATE to make her go through that and so, am avoiding it. We've got her bundled up in warm clothes and her blanket so she stays warm through the night. But she's been running a low-grade fever off and on for the last week (around 100.3 was the highest it's gotten). The couple of times I put her in PJs that weren't so thick cause I thought she'd be too hot, she woke up and her feet/hands were ice cold. I just don't know what to do for her! *sigh*

28: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 (continued...) On Being a Mom... (I found this online and just had to share. It is so very, very true.) We are sitting at lunch one day when my daughter casually mentions that she and her husband are thinking of "starting a family." "We're taking a survey," she says half-joking. "Do you think I should have a baby?" "It will change your life," I say, carefully keeping my tone neutral. "I know," she says, "no more sleeping in on weekends, no more spontaneous vacations." But that is not what I meant at all. I look at my daughter, trying to decide what to tell her. I want her to know what she will never learn in childbirth classes. I want to tell her that the physical wounds of child bearing will heal, but becoming a mother will leave her with an emotional wound so raw that she will forever be vulnerable. I consider warning her that she will never again read a newspaper ; without asking, "What if that had been MY child?" That every plane crash, every house fire will haunt her. That when she sees pictures of starving children, she will wonder if anything could be worse than watching your child die. I look at her carefully manicured nails and stylish suit and think that no matter how sophisticated she is, becoming a mother will reduce her to the primitive level of a bear protecting her cub. That an urgent call of "Mom!" will cause her to drop her best crystal without a moment's hesitation. I feel that I should warn her that no matter how many years she has invested in her career, she will be professionally derailed by motherhood. She might arrange for childcare, but one day she will be going into an important business meeting and she will think of her baby's sweet smell. She will have to use every ounce of discipline to keep from running home, just to make sure her baby is all right. I want my daughter to know that every day decisions will no longer be routine. That a five year old boy's desire to go to the men's room rather than the women's at McDonald's will become a major dilemma. That right there, in the midst of clattering trays and screaming children, issues of independence and gender identity will be weighed against the prospect that a child molester may be lurking in that restroom. However decisive she may be at the office, she will second-guess herself constantly as a mother. Looking at my attractive daughter, I want to assure her that eventually she will shed the pounds of pregnancy, but she will never feel the same about herself. That her life, now so important, will be of less value to her once she has a child. That she would give herself up in a moment to save her offspring, but will also begin to hope for more years, not to accomplish her own dreams, but to watch her child accomplish his or hers. I want her to know that a cesarean scar or shiny stretch marks will become badges of honor. My daughter's relationship with her husband will change, but not in the way she thinks. I wish she could understand how much more you can love a man who is careful to powder the baby or who never hesitates to play with his child. I think she should know that she will fall in love with him again for reasons she would not now find very romantic. I wish my daughter could sense the bond she will feel with women throughout history who have tried to stop war, prejudice, and drunk driving. I want to describe to my daughter the exhilaration of seeing your child learn to ride a bike. I want to capture for her the belly laugh of a baby who is touching the soft fur of a dog or cat for the first time. I want her to taste the joy that is so real it actually hurts. My daughter's quizzical look makes me realize that tears have formed in my eyes. "You'll never regret it," I finally say. Then I reached across the table, squeezed my daughter's hand and offered a silent prayer for her, and for me, and for all the mere mortal women who stumble their way into this most wonderful of callings.

29: Thursday, November 18, 2010 Don't know what else to do..... :-( Poor Riley. She's been coughing and sneezing for a month now and has steadily been running a low-grade fever (around 100) for over a week. She's been waking up two to three times a night for the last two weeks. To top it all off, yesterday, when I went to pick her up from daycare, her teacher told me that every diaper change (around 6) had loose bowel movements. Because of that, she had really, really bad diaper rash AND she was running a low-grade fever again. They also said she was really rubbing at her ears all day too. So, I took her to the After Hour Pediatrics to get her checked out. She was getting worse, not better and this just didn't seem normal. I was really worried for her. Jimmy met me at the doctor's office and we waited to see what they had to say. Her ears, throat and lungs were all clear. They noticed the congestion in her nose. They heard her phlegmy cough several times. They checked her temp (100).... and said she seemed to be just fine. They then took her blood just to make sure because of the constant fever and checked her white blood cell count. It only indicated a viral infection, nothing more. Again, it's just a lingering cold. ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!!! I just wanted to sit down and cry. I don't know what to do to make her feel better! The funny thing is, I'm more upset than she is. She's still as energetic and happy as ever and acts like nothing is wrong. She just SOUNDS bad and is always rather warm to the touch. On a good note, for the first time in two weeks, she actually slept through the night! She coughed off and on throughout the night, but she didn't wake up. Again, me being the worrywort I am, I went to check on her as soon as my alarm went off cause I had to make sure she was still breathing. Gah. I feel like a horrible mom and like an idiot for constantly taking her to the doctor. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy she's healthy and doesn't have anything worse than a god-awful cold, but I just wish there was something I could do to help her feel better! Friday, November 19, 2010 Horrible diaper rash! Riley is still having several loose bowel movements throughout the day. Yesterday, when I picked her up from daycare, they told me it wasn't EVERY diaper change like the day before, but it was still pretty bad. And they mentioned that the diaper cream wasn't working for the rash. When we got home, after feeding her some dinner, I noticed Riley had another runny diaper. When I went to change her, I was horrified. Her entire bottom and cooter were bright red! Instead of diaper cream, I applied baby powder hoping it would help her more than the cream. Well, it certainly helped highlight several areas where the rash was literally RAW skin. Oh my God. I've never seen diaper rash that bad. Poor, poor Riley. I really hope today is better for her. :-(

30: Monday, November 22, 2010 11 Months Old Yes, Riley is 11 months old today! I can't believe it. Where did my little baby go???? This is what she's up to now: - Riley weighs 23 lbs 4 oz - At her 9 month appointment she was 30 inches tall (I know she's taller now, but we haven't measured her) - She has 9 teeth! Five on top and four on bottom - Her next doctor's appointment and well-check is on Dec 22nd - her birthday! - She's crawling (not as much anymore), walking, standing up on her own without needing to pull up on something, waving, rolling her hands (patty-cake style) and clapping - She babbles a lot and says mama, bye-bye, and uh-oh - She throws her hands up in the air when we ask how big she is - If I block her path, she's smart enough to try several other paths to her intended destination before she gives up and gets mad (LOL) - She loves to push stuff - her feeding table, the stroller, her lawnmower toy - She's wearing size 4 diapers, 12-18 month clothing, and size 4 shoes - Two naps a day. One in the morning about 2-3 hours after waking and one in the afternoon anytime between 2-4pm. The length of each nap varies from day to day though. - She's not sleeping through the night anymore, but we'll get back there soon - She loves bath time - Her favorite toys are her toy cell phone, the remote control that doesn't work, car keys, and her talking books - She LOVES Divot (our dog) and is always giving her hugs. The cat won't let her come near her. haha - She eats anything we give her, but she loves Broccoli and Carrots, Carrot & Cheese wagon wheels, pancakes, string cheese, yogurt, mac and cheese, chicken and water - Lately, whenever I get ready to feed her, the first spoonful is always spit out into her hand and she's tries to feed herself. This can get rather messy whenever we are feeding her purees. - Whenever Divot barks, Riley starts making little woofing noises (they sound like who- who) - Riley likes to dance (bounce up and down or twist side to side) and she's started clapping when she hears music she likes. - Her version of kisses is pressing her face into you, either forehead to forehead or cheek to cheek. It's very cute. - She's doing very well drinking from a sippy cup. She's finally figured out how gravity works and will tilt it up to get her drink. She's still drinking most of her formula from a bottle, but I'm sure when we switch to milk at one year that she won't have any trouble drinking from sippy cups exclusively. - When getting dressed, she'll push her arms through the sleeves of her shirts all by herself - And when you chase her, she giggles hysterically - I think that's everything. If I think of more, I'll definitely add them in.

32: Saturday, November 27, 2010

33: We've had a great Thanksgiving here at the McCants household. My parents came down Wednesday and stayed until this morning. Thursday, we had a lovely Thanksgiving feast despite the fact that both my father and I are on a diet. We still ate some very yummy turkey and low-fat sides like green bean casserole. Mmmmm. Mom and I started our holiday gift shopping at 10 pm on Thanksgiving. Crazy? Oh yes. I can't believe we actually stayed out shopping from 10 pm until 7 Friday morning. We were going to go to Toys R Us first, but by the time we got there (10:06pm) the line was wrapped around the building and into the parking lot. When we drove back by around 1 am, the line was STILL there! Needless to say, we skipped that stop. We ended up going to Walmart (where we stood in the checkout line for an hour and a half!), Kohls (where we waited in line to get in for an hour and the checkout line took 45 minutes), then JCPenneys and Macy's. We gave in and went home after that. We were completely wiped out. Jimmy had to work at 9:30 so we ran Riley to daycare so they could watch her for a few hours while we got some much needed sleep. Last night, we all went to the Hyde Park Village Enchanted Tree Lighting event. Again, crazy. The traffic was insane and there were several hundred people there. We got to walk around for an hour or so and then see the 30 foot tree get lit. It was fun. Here are a few pictures from the weekend. Hope you all had a very Happy Thanksgiving too!!! | Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

34: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 It's Christmas Time! And my wonderful husband greeted me last night with an incredible surprise!!! He put up our Christmas tree and all of our decorations during the day while I was at work! I came home from picking up Riley at daycare and bright as day in the middle of our dining room window was the Christmas tree! We walked in the house and sure enough, all of the decorations were on the shelves and walls throughout the house. I was so excited! I honestly didn't think we'd get to have a Christmas tree this year because Riley and the pets would probably destroy it. Jimmy moved our dining room and living room furniture around to block access to the tree and voila! it's Christmas time in the McCants household. YAY!!! On another note, about two weeks ago, Riley's daycare had a picture day and the pictures came back yesterday. There was only one I really liked enough to actually buy.... which is actually a good thing, cause we don't have the money to buy more. Check it out. She's such a cutie!!!

35: Thursday, December 2, 2010 What will Riley be when she grows up? Okay. I'm planning a birthday party for Riley the weekend before her actual birthday so that friends can come over and see her and celebrate the occasion with us. (We're doing a family-only birthday party on her actual birthday.) Anyway, there is a game I heard about that I would like to play at this party. Basically, you lay out several items on the floor that represent future career options (pen=writer, mouse=computer/IT, golf ball=golfer, etc). Then, you lead your little one over and let her pick one. Whichever item she grabs first is what her future career will be.... supposedly. :-) So, just for fun, I listed the potential career paths in the top right corner of this blog in a poll. Please vote on which one you think she'll pick. I'd love to see what ya'll think! By the way, here's the birthday invitation I created for her party.

36: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 Only 2 weeks and 1 day.... ...until our beautiful baby is officially a toddler! I'm happy and I'm sad about this. I'm so happy that we've successfully traversed the first year trials and tribulations, achieved all the milestones, and surpassed expectations for many others. I'm ecstatic that Riley is overall a very happy and healthy little girl. But I'm sad that our little baby is growing up. She's walking and babbling and so damn smart it makes me laugh and cry at the same time. Part of me can't wait to see what she'll show us in the next year and how she'll grow and learn, but another part of me wants to stop time and just hang on for dear life. It's a good thing I don't really have a choice, huh? Anyway, enough of that. We had a pretty good weekend. My cousin, Ashley and her husband, my mom and dad all came over on Saturday. We had homemade tamales made by my oh-so-talented father and ooohed and aahed over little Riley and her antics. My cousin is 21 weeks pregnant with a baby boy and we talked about pregnancy and the first few months after baby arrives. Her husband read the book I made from my blog about the 9 months of my pregnancy and laughed and said, "Yep, that's Ash. Yep, that's her too. Yep, yep, yep." LOL. It was fun to talk about it all and remember. After lunch, Riley went down for her afternoon nap and Ash, Chris and I went to Babies R Us to look at stuff for their registry. I gave my two cents and even got a couple of things myself. I kept it under $20 though. haha. Riley is still not sleeping through the night. We're lucky if we get one night a week now. Sunday night she refused to sleep in her crib at all. She and I ended up sleeping on the couch after 7 or 8 tries. I tried to let her cry it out at one point and once again, after only about 4 minutes, she worked herself up so much she started to gag. Last night was better, she went down around 8:00pm but woke up in the middle of the night and wound up on the couch with daddy for the rest of the night. This is getting so frustrating, but we just don't know what else to do. I wish she could tell us what's wrong, but that'll have to wait. Anyway, that's all for now. Riley is attending her friend Savanna's first birthday party on Saturday so I'll have some new pics posted this weekend. Oh, and a small success story to share. Despite the holiday temptations, I've managed to stick to my diet and have lost 12 lbs in 2 1/2 weeks! My goal is 30, so cross your fingers for me! Hope you all have a wonderful week!

37: Friday, December 10, 2010 Dear Santa... I've been a good mom all year. I've fed, cleaned, clothed, woken up in the middle of the night and cuddled my daughter on demand, visited the pediatrician's office more than the pediatrician, worked full-time and freelanced and still found time to occasionally hug my husband (usually while keeping a wary eye out over his shoulder for what our daughter will do next). I had to write this letter on the back of a receipt while sitting in the car waiting at several ridiculously long red lights. Who knows when I'll find anymore free time in the next 18 years. Here are my Christmas wishes (in preparation of the coming years that I've been warned about multiple times from well-meaning friends and family members): 1. I'd like a pair of legs that don't ache and arms that don't hurt or flap in the breeze, but are strong enough to pull my screaming child out of the candy aisle in the grocery store. 2. I'd also like a waist, since I lost mine somewhere in the seventh month of my pregnancy last year. 3. If you're hauling big ticket items this year I'd like fingerprint resistant windows and a television that doesn't broadcast any programs containing talking animals, and a refrigerator with a secret compartment behind the crisper where I can hide and take a quick nap. 4. On the practical side, I could use a talking doll that says, 'Yes, Mommy' and 'I love you, Mommy' to boost my parental confidence, and three pairs of jeans that will zip all the way up without the use of power tools. 5. I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting 'Don't eat that', 'Put that down' and 'Get away from there', because my voice seems to be just out of my child's hearing range and can only be heard by our dog. 6. If it's too late to find any of these products, I'd settle for enough time to shower, brush my teeth and comb my hair in the same morning, or the luxury of eating food warmer than room temperature. Well, Santa, the last light just turned green and the maniacs behind me are honking like crazy. Have a safe trip and help yourself to the cookies and milk on the table. Please don't feed any to the dog. Our daughter does that enough already. Sincerely with love, Mom PS. One more thing... you can cancel all my requests if you can keep my daughter healthy, safe and of course, young enough at heart to always believe in Santa.

38: Sunday, December 12, 2010 A 1st birthday celebration! Riley and I went to my friend Tina's house yesterday for her daughter's 1st birthday celebration. We had a lot of fun watching her smash her cake and open her presents. Riley stood by and watched the whole gift opening process and then came over at the end and helped Savanna play with all her new toys! LOL. Monday, December 13, 2010 Milk is good! Just a quick update in the world of Riley... Since Riley turned 11 months, we've been mixing whole milk in with her formula, slowly increasing the amount each week. Yesterday, she had a bottle of formula in the morning and one last night before bed. During the day, I fed her solid meals with a sippy cup of whole milk only. She did great! She didn't finish all the milk I gave her, but she drank most of it! Today, for the 1st time, I brought only whole milk and sippy cups to daycare for her. NO BOTTLES. I really hope she does well. I'm pretty sure she'll be fine cause she's doing fantastic with the sippy cups. The only issue we've had is that sometimes she'll get a mouthful of milk or water, forget to swallow and pull the sippy out of her mouth letting it all pour down her front. Cute, but messy. LOL. Here's a fun pic from yesterday when we went to a wedding luncheon with some coworkers. I was trying to keep her away from the gifts the bride and groom were opening. haha | | |_________ Tuesday, December 14, 2010 Need your opinion... So, I made this in Illustrator yesterday and was thinking of putting it on a t-shirt for Riley.... what do you think? | >

40: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 Not a good day for Riley yesterday... Poor Riley. Daycare called yesterday around 1:15 and said she was running a fever of 101.8 under the arm and that she'd been fussy and lethargic all morning. Jimmy went to pick her up and take her to the doctor's office to get her checked out. Her ears, throat and lungs are all clear and she weighs 23.6 lbs. They couldn't see anything obviously wrong with her but because she's been congested for over a month (coughing/runny nose) the doc thought it might be Sinusitis. So she prescribed Amoxycillin as an antibiotic and they will check her again when we bring her in for her 1 year well-check next week. Jimmy took care of Riley until I got home. She went to bed around 8 pm, but woke up crying around 11:30pm. When I went to get her she was extremely hot to the touch. I took her temperature and it was 103!! She was screaming by then which woke Jimmy. He went and got a cool washcloth while I gave her some Motrin to try and bring her temperature down. It took about 45 minutes for her to cool down enough to go back to sleep and me and her couched it the rest of the night. When we got up this morning, her fever was gone, but she wouldn't let me put her down for anything. When we got to daycare, it was like nothing was wrong. She was happy and playful. In fact, I took her jacket off and she ran across the hall to the toddler room and went straight for their toys. haha. I had to explain to her that she still had 2 more weeks before she could go play in that room. :-) I hope she'll be okay today. I have to call the doctor and have them send over a note saying that daycare can give Riley Tylenol as needed if she gets a fever again. Lord, I hope she doesn't. She really scared me last night. Thursday, December 16, 2010 Feeling better... Yes, Riley was feeling much better yesterday. Daycare said she was back to her happy, playful self... a complete turnaround from the day before. She's doing great with only sippy cups of whole milk during the day. She's still getting a 5 oz bottle of formula in the morning when she wakes and she gets a 7-8 oz bottle of formula at night before bed. Next week we will eliminate the morning bottle since daycare feeds her breakfast as soon as she gets there in the morning. The week following Christmas, if everything goes according to plan, Riles will be completely on whole milk. No more formula! My pocket book is getting a Christmas gift this year and is very happy about it. LOL. :-) Oh and I forgot to mention.... Riley is officially down to one nap a day at daycare. It's usually 2-3 hours long too. It's funny, she still takes two naps at home on the weekends. Probably cause mommy needs the break. haha

41: Friday, December 17, 2010 New toys and a birthday suit! Riley got a new toy yesterday from one of my coworkers whose son has outgrown some things. He brought me a crawl through tunnel for Riley to play in! Today, he brought me a bed rail for when she moves up to a toddler bed. How cool is that? Riley also got her birthday gift from the publisher of the military magazine I freelance for. I haven't put it together yet cause I want her to unwrap her present and see how she reacts when we put it together for her. But here's a picture of the piece. It should definitely keep her entertained for the next couple of years. And last, but not least... I picked up Riley's birthday onesie for her to wear when she smashes her cake on Sunday. Isn't it cute?

42: Sunday, December 19, 2010

43: Riley's birthday party.... | The Birthday Girl

45: ...was a "SMASH" hit! Lots of food, fun and friends. We all had a blast. My friend, Kerstin, drew balloons and confetti on a canvas for me. I had everyone at the party sign it and we are going to hang it on the wall in Riley's room as a memento of her first birthday! She LOVED her smash cake! We played a game in the middle of the party where I laid out several items for Riley to pic her possible future career. Thermometer=Doctor/Nurse, Pen=Writer, Book=Teacher, Tutu=Fashionista, Bells=Musician, Mouse=Computer/IT, Golf Ball=Golfer (like daddy), Marker=Artist. Gee, guess which one she picked... lol. She's definitely Daddy's little girl... and now, his pride and joy! | Yes, she chose the golf ball. :-)

46: More birthday party goodness. | December 19, 2010 (cont.)

49: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 Twas Four Nights Before Christmas... 2009 Twas four nights before Christmas, and daddy heard me say It's time to go honey, our little girl's on her way He helped me to the car and drove away with care, Knowing our little girl would soon be here. I got nice and settled in the hospital bed, counting all the contractions and kicks in my head While daddy stood close holding my hand Wondering what's next and where he should stand When out in the hall we heard a loud clatter And a nurse bustled in saying "Nothing's the matter I just came by to check and see how you are Has your water broken yet? You're dilated how far?" She said we'd give it an hour and then we'd see If I hadn't progressed, it was back home for me I walked around a while and what happened to appear? My water just broke, Riley's almost here! With a wonderful nurse, so lively and sweet I got myself prepared for our little one to meet More rapid contractions began to come Daddy tried to help, but it's seemed nothing could be done "It hurts! It hurts! Rub my back! Now the shower!" I crawled and walked and pleaded for hours. Finally, giving in, I rang for the nurse "Give me an epidural before it gets worse!" Blessed relief came soon after and then Daddy went to sleep and I just waited again The nurse came in around 10 in the morning And with a sad smile, she gave us a warning If the baby didn't start to progress very soon A c-section would be on the agenda for noon Within the hour I began to feel some pain And soon groans and moans could not be contained I'd dilated to nine, it was time to go! The nurse called the doctor to start the show The pressure was intense but the doctor said wait I had to push her a little while he went and ate. 10 minutes later the nurse called the doc But he finished his lunch before punching the clock By the time he got there, I was shouting "Now!" He said "Go ahead then" and then he said, "Wow!" Riley arrived immediately after Amidst the cheers and the cries and the doctor's laughter He couldn't believe I'd pushed her out so fast Next time, he said, he'd eat his lunch last. Riley snuggled up tight to me on my chest And then turned her head and latched onto my breast We were now a whole family, one two and three What a very merry Christmas this turned out to be.

50: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 Happy Birthday and 1 year well-check Happy 1 year Birthday to our beautiful baby girl. We love you so much!!! I truly hope this day and all others are super special for you. :-) 1 year well check Height: 31 1/2 inches (over 97%) Weight: 22.1 lbs (80%) Head: 46 1/2 cm (90%) Daily Activities: Usually follows a definite daily pattern (yes) Opens cabinets, pulls tablecloths (yes) Usually examines an object before putting into mouth (LOL-yes) Likes to feed self (absolutely) Language Development: Expresses complete thought with single syllable - "da" means "I wan that" (sort of) Shows definite understanding of a few simple words (definitely) Utters a few words (yes - mama, byebye, uhoh) Loves rhythms and rhymes (yes) Emotional and Behavioral Development: Shows more negativism - may resist naps, refuse certain foods, throw occasional tantrums (yes to all) Continues to prefer people to toys (most days - lol) Has developed a deep attachment to a few familiar people (yes) Loves to make parents laugh (yes) Shows somewhat less stranger anxiety (yes) May give up something on request (yes!) Displays a sense of humor (absolutely!) Motor Skills: Usually walks with assistance; may walk without assistance (has walked w/o since 10 months 1 week old) Crawls rapidly (yes) Stands alone (yes) Seats self on floor (yes)

51: The REAL Birthday Party!!!

52: I loves me some birthday presents!

55: Riley's 1 Year Photos taken at Sears at Countryside Mall.

56: FIRSTS 1st Holiday - Christmas 2009 1st time using pacifier - 12/26 Umbilical Cord Fell Off - 12/28 1st Doctor's visit - 12/28 at 9am 1st Tub Bath - 12/30 1st outing (to get newborn pics taken) - 1/4 1st visit to Chiropractor - 1/5 1st smile - 3 weeks 1st dinner out - 1/15 1st trip to the mall - 2/6 1st time sleeping through the night - 2 months 1st sat up (supported) - 2 months 1st immunization shot - 2/25 1st time holding bottle without help (about a minute) - 3/2 1st boo-boo (mommy cut your finger while clipping your nails) - 3/4 Rolled over tummy to back - 3/31 1st night in crib / 1st night in own room - 4/2 1st Laugh - 4/15 1st cold - 4 mo 1 week 1st attempt at solids (rice cereal) - 4/28 1st day at daycare - 4/28 1st solids - 4 months 2 weeks 1st 9 holes of golf - 5/8 1st attempt at crawling - 5/9 1st sat up (unsupported) - 4 1/2 months 1st finger foods - 4 1/2 months Rolled over back to tummy - 5/13 1st time put self to sleep in crib - 5/13 1st ear infection (left ear) - 5/16 1st night away from mommy and daddy - 5/27 1st outing/visit without mommy and daddy (stayed with Omie and Opie) - 6/2 - 6/9 1st dip in the pool - 6/7 1st tooth (two bottom teeth) - 6/15 1st supported steps - 6/20 1st time standing while holding on to something (no hands helping) - 6/23 1st playdate - 6/26 1st sippy cup - 6/26 1st time sat herself up from laying on tummy - 7/9 1st word (Momma) - 7/15 1st crawled - 7/19 Pulled self up to stand (using coffee table) - 7/21 1st fever over 101 - 7/19 1st body rash (virile infection) - 7/24

57: 1st time pulled self to stand in crib - 7/25 1st started cruising - 8/1 1st bout of Tonsilitis - 8/5 1st road trip (18 hours to College Station, TX) - 8/7 7pm - 8/8 1pm 1st taste of ice cream (Cookies & Cream - Bluebell) - 8/10 1st flight (Houston to Tampa) - 8/15 1st time eating meat sticks (she ate the whole jar!) - 8/18 1st Boo-boo at daycare (a little boy bit her hand) - 8/20 1st trip to the beach - 8/28 1st sip from an adult cup (she drank water from mommy's travel mug) - 8/28 1st time eating Toddler food (Pasta stars & meat sauce and green beans) - 9/4 1st time on a boat - 9/5 1st time standing without holding onto something - 9/12 1st visit to the zoo - 9/12 1st time walking across the room with her push toy all by herself - 9/20 1st visit to an ENT doctor - 9/24 1st visit to a museum - 9/25 1st time waving and saying hi at the same time - 9/26 1st time she scratched her eye 9/27 1st time to see an Opthalmologist - 9/28 1st taste of egg yolk (boiled egg) - she didn't like it much - 10/2 1st time drinking through a straw - 10/3 1st surgery (tubes)- 10/4 1st Flu shot 10/8 1st taste of yogurt (she likes it!) - 10/8 1st cupcake and birthday party - 10/13 1st Pumpkin Festival & Circus - 10/17 1st Snowcone - 10/17 1st kiss (leaned down and gave mommy a peck on the cheek - so precious!) - 10/23 1st time touching something HOT (hurt two of her fingers touching a very hot dinner plate - no blisters though)- 10/24 Christening/Baptism - 10/31 1st piece of cake - 10/31 1st Halloween (no trick or treating though :-( ) - 10/31 1st time walking by herself - 11/2 1st dose of Benadryl - 11/8 1st time eating Pancakes - she loves 'em! - 11/10 1st time clapping - 11/12 1st started dancing - 11/15 1st time standing up all on her own without holding on to anything - 11/15 1st intro to whole milk (2 oz with 3 oz formula) - 11/25 1st started pointing - 12/19 Riley's 1st Birthday party - 12/19 1st full day without ANY formula - whole milk and solid foods only - 12/21 Said DaDa for the 1st time - 12/22

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  • Title: Smiley Riley - Volume II
  • The remainder of our daughter's first year from October - December 2010
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