Saturday, October 18, 2014

Phoenix Temple

On one of Andrew's days off, we went to the Phoenix temple open house.  It is so fun that we've been able to take Rylee through three temple open houses during her short life.  She was a little baby during her first one (Gilbert), so she was just wide eyed and looked around the entire time.  The second one (Ogden), she was learning to walk, so she wanted to walked through the whole thing.  This time, she was a bit older and appreciated the details more.  We held her through the whole thing, and she pointed to every picture of Jesus.  She also loved everything sparkly inside :)  I love to see the temple, and I'm so grateful to know that because of it, my family can be together for all eternity.

Riverview Park

Andrew took Monday and Tuesday off to celebrate the end of busy season.  It was wonderful.  I LOVE the end of busy season :)  On Tuesday morning we headed to Riverview park and splash pad and seriously had so much fun.  Rylee loves hanging out with her daddy.  We played on the jungle gym while we were waiting for the splash pad to open.  It's so fun now that Rylee is big enough to maneuver it on her own, and she loves doing it.  Also, it kind of amazes me how much she loves the splash pad.  She squeals and giggles the entire time :)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

14 Months

Rylee is 14 months old, and I feel like she just grew up over night.  She definitely isn't my baby anymore, and she seems like such a big girl.  She is at such a fun age, and we feel so blessed to have her in our family.

- For the most part, she is very obedient!  She often walks up to something that she's not sure if she's supposed to touch.  She'll look at us, and if we tell her not to touch it, she usually leaves it alone and walks away.  If we tell her to put something away, she'll do it!
- One day, out of the blue, she started talking, and it's crazy how many words she has learned since then.  So far she knows 10 words - Mom, Dad, hi, shoe, ball, go, clock (sometimes pronounced without the 'l'), baby, eye, more.  She uses all these words correctly, and gets sooo excited whenever she can use them. Her doctor said she should know 2-3 words by her 15 month check up :) 
- She also says 'side' whenever she wants to go outside. Not sure if I can count this as a word she knows since it's really only half of a word :)  But she uses it correctly!  She pounds on the front door and says, "side, side, side" over and over again.  I tell her to go get her shoes and she gets super excited and runs to get them.  We put them on and then we run outside.  She LOVES going outside.  Good thing it has finally cooled down here.  
- About a week ago, we were going through some flash cards with pictures on them.  Rylee loves to flip through them as I say the words.  We got to one with a picture of a clock on it. Rylee looked at me excitedly and then pointed to the clock on the wall.  I was so amazed that she made that connection! Such a smarty pants :) That's when she learned the word 'clock,' and now she points to clocks wherever we go and says "clock! clock!"  She gets sooo excited.  
- She loooves babies.  It's super cute, but kind of scary!  She just wants to hug and squeeze them whenever she sees them and seriously won't leave their side unless I drag her away. 
- She has 8 teeth - the 4 middle ones on the top and bottom.  Her first molar has started to break through (finally) and her gums there are super swollen.  It looks awfully painful.  Poor thing. 
- We went to some friends' house the other day and they have a cat.  Rylee wouldn't stop squealing because she was so excited to see it!  She chased it around laughing and squealing, and she seriously was SO happy. 
- She's a very cautious girl which I'm grateful for :) But she also doesn't get scared easily.  She isn't scared by the vacuum, big dogs, loud noises, etc.
- She loves playgrounds, and she is obsessed with the slide.  She climbs up the stairs and goes down the slide on her tummy over and over and over again.  
- She can be quite cuddly, and she gives hugs when you ask for them (most of the time :)).  I LOVE it.  She loves to cuddle blankets or stuffed animals and usually falls asleep cuddling something.
- We're finally down to a pretty consistent one nap routine.  She usually wakes up at 6;30, goes down for her nap at noon, sleeps for 2 hours and 15 minutes, and then is asleep between 7:30 and 8.  So all together she gets about 13 hours of sleep a day. 
- She loves opening and closing doors and loves being chased.
- She usually wants her daddy when we're doing something fun and wants her mommy when she's sad, sleepy, or around people she doesn't know.

Her first taste of horchata. She loved it

Sometimes we're still sleepy during breakfast.

But she'll always give me a cheesy smile!

Just hanging out at kids club at the mall.  She loves feeling like a big girl.

She loves the free carousel ride on Thursdays at the kids club.

She loves using her stacker rings as bracelets.  Also, she has mastered this toy.  She's pro at taking all the rings off the stick and putting them all back on :) 

She had a really hard time staying asleep one day during her nap, so I held her through the end of it.  I haven't held her during a nap in forever, so I loved it :)

SO excited about the balls in front of Target.  She kept yelling "ball! ball!"

She spent a good twenty minutes picking up sand and dumping in on her lap. 

Other than her very first bath, she has never hated bath time.  But it didn't used to take very long before she was ready to get out.  The past month she has absolutely loved it! She would stay in forever if we let her.  

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

13 Months

I hadn't planned on continuing the monthly updates after Rylee turned one, but she just changes so much and is growing up so quickly!  I don't plan on doing the photo shoot, and these may not happen every single month, but for now I wanted to jot down some things about Rylee.  She is such a big girl, and holy cow she is SO. MUCH. FUN.  Andrew and I can hardly believe how much personality she has and how stinkin cute she is.

All About Rylee at 13 months:
-  She doesn't crawl at all anymore.  She can stand up in the middle of a room and practically runs everywhere.  It's like she has been walking her whole life.
-  Because of the previous point, church can be quite a challenge!  She doesn't want to sit still for more than a couple minutes, let alone 3 hours :)  Other than the fact that we walk the halls a lot, she actually does quite well and loves being there to see all the people.
-  She literally cracks me up all day with her talking lately.  She looks at me with the most serious face and says a long sentence of what sounds like actual words and then just stares at me like she's waiting for a response.  I honestly start laughing every time because she's so serious about it!  I'm convinced she thinks she's actually saying something, and she's trying to explain something to me!
- Even though she doesn't say a lot of {real} words yet, our communication is getting more advanced!  She understands most of what we say to her, and for the most part we understand what she wants.  She points to whatever she wants, and she shakes her head yes or no.  It's so nice being able to communicate a little bit :)
- She is such a dancer! She freaks out whenever a song comes on and dances like crazy to it. Her favorite thing lately is spinning.  She'll just spin and spin and spin...
- She copies sounds constantly.  When I say something, she frequently repeats the ending sound.  She also says "Whoa!!" all the time.
- When we say, "One, Two..."  she yells "threeee!!!"
- She says, "Ba ba" when we ask her what a sheep says and "Mmmm" when we ask what a cow says.  And if we ask her what a fish does, she makes a fish face :)
- She is down to one nap...  I wasn't thrilled to drop a nap, but she has never loved sleeping, so I think it was best.  We had such a good, consistent schedule down when she was taking two naps, but we still haven't settled into a good one nap schedule.  When she goes down and how long she sleeps will vary a lot.  Usually her nap is between 2 and 2.5 hours, but sometimes it's less and on very rare occasions she'll do 3 hours.  She sleeps for about 10.5 hours straight at night.
- I still nurse her 1 or 2 times a day.  I was super nervous to start weaning her, but it has gone pretty well. The first week I had a hard time getting her to drink her whole milk, but now she loves it and loves drinking from her sippy cup.
- She loves her baby doll and loves pretend feeding her a bottle.  Too cute.
- Lately her favorite foods are blueberries, cheese, and pasta.
- She loves her shoes.  She constantly runs to go get them, brings them back to me, and then sits on my lap so I can put them on her.  She also loves being outside.  After I put on her shoes, she'll run to the front door and bang on it begging to go outside.
- She gives the best hugs and still melts my heart when she lays her head on my shoulder :)

And here are a couple pictures from this last month:

This is from the beginning of the month, so her hair is actually a lot longer than this by now.  But I wanted to show how it gets curly in the back.  So cute. 
Still my little book worm.
I'm telling you.  She's soo much fun!

LOVES the swings

She loves helping me unload the dryer

Sleepy eyes and major bed head :)

She went down this slide on her belly about a hundred times last time we played at the mall

She had so much fun at the splash pad

Silly girl - She was playing with her bunny after a nap, and I went to get her.  As soon as I tried to pick her up, she laid down and shook her head "no no!" She's normally so excited to get out of her crib after a nap! 

Blowing mommy kisses in her new hoodie 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Rylee's First Birthday

Rylee's birthday was two and a half weeks ago, but since I already blogged about her party, I forgot to blog about the actual day! Since we already had the huge celebration, nothing too exciting happened, but we had to do a little something to celebrate :)

We started the day with a pancake in the shape of a 1.  Rylee got to it before I could snap a picture, so you'll just have to trust me that it's a 1.

Then we basically just played all day and waited for Daddy to come home from work.

We stopped by Sweet Tooth Fairy to get a cupcake for her birthday.  I didn't want to make up a whole box of cake mix, and we had never been before, so I thought this was a good occasion.  It was totally worth it.  Turns out you get a free cake bite if it's your first time in the shop, so Rylee and I both got one.  So delicious.  AND you get a free cupcake on your birthday!  It was very exciting :)

When Daddy got home, we sang to Rylee and let her eat {some of} her cupcake.  Once again, she dug right in and loved it.  

Please excuse the wrapping paper and dinner that's still on the table :)

Then we let her open the present from Andrew and I - her first baby doll.  She was in love :)  She kept hugging and kissing her - cutest thing ever.  

It's the kind with opening and closing eyes, and she loves playing with them.
Happy Birthday my princess baby :) I love being your mom more than I ever imagined. 

Utah Trip: Everything Else

Here are the last pictures from our trip to Utah.  These are the random ones that I took on my phone :)

We went to the mall with my mom, and Rylee played in the play area.  They had all of these dinosaur fossil looking things to play in.

She wasn't great at walking at this point, but she wanted to walk through the whole mall and wasn't too happy about being held.  (As a side note - she's a walking pro now.  She can stand up without holding onto anything, and she basically never crawls at all.  Such a big girl.)

Aunt Mitzi met us there and bought Rylee this Tinkerbell which she loves :)

I love these two :)

Rylee loved all of the stuffed animals at Grandma Peters' house.

And she loved playing in Grandma's Tupperware drawer.

We were super lucky on the plane ride home. Allegiant airlines makes you pay extra if you want to choose your seats, but Andrew and I didn't want to pay for it.  Our plan was to try to get people to switch with us once we got there so we could sit together.  When we checked in, we saw that we were sitting next to each other already!  YAY!  But here's the best part:  There were only 4 empty seats on the plane, and one of them was in our row! So we got the entire row to ourselves which meant Rylee got her own seat.  She's at the age where it is impossible to get her to sit still (we spend most of church in the halls...) so we were nervous about this flight.  Having her own seat made her feel less constrained, and she happily sat there like a big girl.  Plus she got to play on the iPad which we don't let her do at any other time.  The plane ride home went very smoothly :)