Sunday, November 29, 2009

Aden's first haircut

All the wrapped presents!
Baby Mohawk!
After his haircut
Before his haircut
Toys in the closet
On November 29, Aden had his very first haircut. It was getting really long, especially over the ears. I swear, when Ryan was finished, Aden looked like a little boy, not like a baby. I was taking SO many pictures until Ryan finally told me to cut it out. It was just so sad. He is almost 9 months old.

Christmas shopping is finally done! I started in early November and just picked up what was on sale if I went out. I may have gone a bit overboard on Aden but it's his very first christmas and he IS my first baby! AND it was all on sale. AND he hardly has any toys to play with now. I'm not kidding. He plays with chewed up plastic blocks (the dumb dog chewed them, and yes I have thoroughly cleaned them) a baby elmo toy, and a plastic cup. I think by this time next month, the entire basement is going to be baby land....

Aden's Christmas Gifts (that I know of already)
- Playskool busy ball choo choo
- Playskool ball popper
-Playskool step start walk and ride
- Dunk 'n cheer basketball
- Alphabet Peek-a-blocks
- The Story of Christmas (He will get this one christmas eve)
- Trucks (a book)
- Poppity Pop Train
- My Pal Scout
- Pink Floyd T-shirt
- 2 pairs of jeans
- Disney's greatest cd
- Baby Einstein cd
- Peek-a-boo choo choo
- Peek-a-boo frog
- Happy dump truck
- Fisher-Price Polar Coaster
-"Where the Wild Things Are" stuffed animal
- one onesie and two pairs of pajamas (one set he will open christmas eve)
-V-tech move and crawl ball
- Touch and feel animal book
-"Love you Forever" (it's a classic)
- Sillytown

See what I mean? The polar coaster alone is 4 feet long. the Sillytown is probably another 4 feet... I think I could invite an entire daycare over for a day and successfully entertain them all. So, who wants to have a baby party?!

I finally finished wrapping all gifts! Let me tell you, online shopping is the best. I didn't even have to do the whole black friday thing because by then, all I needed was 3 things that I could get any day, anytime and they'd still be the same price. I was so exhausted Thursday night, I couldn't imagine waking up at 2 a.m to just go shopping.

Speaking of Thursday, we had a GREAT turkey day! It started off at noon, going over to Charla Rae to eat with my family (it was my dad's birthday). We left at 2:45 and headed 45 minutes down to Lancaster. There we played games and hung out with Ryan's dad's side of the family. We left at 5:30 to go to Ryan's mom's side to eat thanksgiving dinner again. It was so much fun. We got back at about 10 that night. So much family, so much love!

I think I have finally recovered from Thursday, It was really exhausting. I think we'll have to come up with a more laid back schedule when it comes to Christmas! Ryan and I really have learned to relax and just go with the flow. We know that nothing will be perfect and to just take things a little at a time. We come up with a general schedule and then just adjust it as we go.

Aden now has 6 teeth. 4 on the bottom (the 4th JUST popped through) and two big beavers on the top! He is getting so old! He can sit up really well now and is trying so hard to crawl. I can't wait until his 9 month appointment to see how tall he is and how much he weighs! When i weighed him a couple weeks ago, he weighed about 20. He's GOT to weigh more now. My arm is so sore from carrying him around.

School for me is going well. I have finals next week and am a little nervous. I still have 3 chemistry tests to take by december 5. Just a LITTLE freaked out by that. I just finished all of my medical terminology tests and worksheets. 17 worksheets ranging from 1-2.5 hours each. So glad that is over.

I think I am missing something, if I remember it, I'll write tomorrow. It's 12:09 a.m and I have no idea what I am doing up. Nice one Ellyn.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


I am in complete disbelief that the year is almost through. Last November I was going to school full time, working full time, and was just told that our little peanut was a BOY! Where does the time go? My little peanut will be 8 MONTHS next Wednesday. Oh, and today is my half birthday!

My one midterm (I already took the other one and I don't have one in Chemistry, thank goodness because I would be failing that as of now) is on Saturday. I also resume my chemistry class on Saturday from 4-7:50. 3 down, 3 more to go! Thanks to Ryan's mom, I get Wednesday's all to myself and am able to study! My midterm is worth 30% of my grade.... crap.

Thanksgiving is coming! Thanksgiving is coming! I wish I had an excuse this year to eat twice my body weight in food. The good thing is, we will be eating at both the Kiger's AND my house. Next year we'll be eating with the Kilbarger's (Ryan's mom's side) and my house. Yay for two thanksgivings!

I ordered Aden's stocking! It is just the cutest thing. I was going to make it, and might make one next year when I have more time, but this is just precious. Its in the shape of an elf shoe with a green ball at the end, the body is red and the cuff is green with ADEN on it. It has white buttons sewn all over it. SO cute.

So I was looking in my bookshelf the other day and noticed that I still have "The Baby Book" by Dr. Sears, TWO of "the Womanly art of Breastfeeding", "100,000 Baby Names", "Your Pregnancy week-by-week", "What to expect when you're Expecting", and "What to Expect the First Year". The only real book I have in there is "Gone with the Wind" (best book/movie ever). I think I should probably start reading real people books. Any suggestions?

STUPID TIME CHANGE. Why does this even happen? An hour messes up my schedule WAY more than one would think. Aden is now waking up at 5:30 instead of 6:30 and not falling back asleep. That is painful. He is also getting into the habit of NOT taking naps. This kid has got more energy than the energizer bunny. He never stops moving. We lowered his crib mattress because he has been trying to pull down the bumper to pull himself up. Luckily he has failed to do that so far. Let's hope that continues for awhile. I don't even want to think of baby proofing this house. What a nightmare.

Aden in his walker is RIDICULOUS. He loves the gold knobs on the cabinets and he loves the dishwasher. I literally have to walk behind him for 30 minutes because otherwise he will pull towels off, purses off, knockdown chairs, and bang on the front of the stove. This is going to be trouble.

We have started to add more solid food during the day. We tried to do that earlier but I don't think he was ready. He always fell asleep before his last feeding and it just didn't work out. We also give him a lot of table food. He gets bread, pancakes, mashed potatoes, tiny pieces of chicken to mash up, pasta, veggies. They are pretty bland things and not really for nutritional value, just to get him used to mashing things up with his jaw. He eats oatmeal and 1/2 jar of 2nd food Gerber fruits for breakfast, 1 jar of Gerber 2nd food veggies for lunch, and for dinner he has 1 jar of 2nd food Gerber dinners. For snacks he has Gerber puffs, Cheerios, juice diluted with water (80% water, 20% juice) , or just plain water.

Orajel has once again become our best friend. With the top tooth and the side bottom tooth through, he is in some pain. We also have the other top tooth and other side tooth coming in. Poor child! The only thing that I hate about Orajel is having to stick my finger in his mouth and put it on his gums. He always bites me! OW!

Okay, I'm off to go Christmas Browsing!!!!