Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Years Resolution


So far I have done 1 day of Jillian Michaels 30 day shred and 1 day (55 minutes) of turbo jam. I have decided that I like turbo jam way better. It is so much fun and REALLY works my abs (mine along with 95% of every woman's problem spot)

Let's just see how long I can keep this up...

Christmas x5











And finally, the madness is over. We survived! 5 entire christmases and we all survived! Aden was a little grumpy and VERY overwhelmed. He still hasn't touched half of his toys. We are introducing a couple a week. His favorite so far are his books and his Woody Doll.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Cool Kicks

Aden received his very first christmas gift.....

They are the coolest shoes around! Thank you Lexi and Luke!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like...


...CHRISTMAS!! Only 5 more days! Well, 3 days until extravaganza part 1 of 3 starts. Monday is baking cookies and buckeyes day, Tuesday is a nice relaxing day (only one of the week), Wednesday is packing day and then over to Jamie and Fred's!

It seems like Aden is doing a new thing every day lately. He has learned how to open drawers (by the knob handle, not the top) and pull out things. His favorite drawer is the one with all the whisks. We have at least 5 whisks that he pulls out, walks around with in his walker, drops them on the floor, and then goes back to get another one. I don't know what I'd do without his walker.
Today he actually army crawled! He doesn't pull up on anything yet but he sure does try to crawl.

Also, today I had a GREAT parenting moment, truly fantastic. Aden was walking around in the walker in the kitchen like he usually does. I went into the fridge to grab some chocolate covered pretzels (yum) and was in there a max of 45 seconds. About a minute later, I see Aden walking around with a blue cap. Not a big deal, I figured my mom gave it to him. He seems to be entertained by lids. Another minute passes (probably less than that) and I look at him, he seems to have something all over his face and hands. I grabbed the cap out of his hands... it was the lid of the Dijon Mustard. Do not ask me how I did not notice he was in the fridge with me, let alone how he got the cap off!!! That stuff is SPICY too! He seemed to be fine and actually cried for more... I gave him some water and crackers to wash it down. I think I need more sleep.

He has been waking up at 5 lately! This morning it was 5 and 7. He took one nap at 9:30-11:30 and that's all I got. He went to bed at 6:30 so you can bet i'll have another early morning tomorrow. Friday morning he was up at 2 or something crazy like that. I was so tired that I put his diaper on backwards. How did I even get the flaps fastened?! I do not recall a diaper change ever occurring. Once again, good parenting.
Aden babbles like a little man now. He just talks non stop. He can also clap really well! He almost has the "how big is Aden? SO BIG!" down, and is really starting to want to wave. 9 months is such a fun age for us! Right now I am loving the limited mobility. If he wants to move, I just put him in the walker. If I don't want him to move, I lay him on the floor.

I love that walker but MAN, the thing has destroyed our christmas tree. Okay, maybe the baby IN the walker destroyed it, not the thing itself. We have gold garland strung over the lights and Aden has removed it about 125 times now. I'm thinking next year we might have to omit the garland. He hasn't gotten into any of the presents yet, thankfully. They are in a corner that his walker can't get to so I don't even think he knows they are there.

So I bet you all are asking "What does ELLYN want for christmas?". Clothes. I need clothes. I think about every sweater I own is about 3 or 4 years old. By every sweater I mean the 3 that I have. I don't weigh much over what I did before I was pregnant but 14slim jeans just ain't cuttin it anymore. That is all I want for christmas. Clothes. But, this christmas isn't about me of course, just Aden Joseph.

OH! I did something really neat on Wednesday. Well about 2 weeks ago I got some research thing in the mail saying if I signed up I would win a $50 giftcard to Victoria Secret. Being the loser I am, I signed up. What's the worst that could happen? It was a 30 minute talk (so it said) and a free giftcard. Plus it was on a wednesday so I could have Ryan's mom watch Aden for a little! Guess what? I GOT A $50 GIFT CARD TO VICTORIA SECRET. All I had to really do was talk about what I liked about the store and what not. Of course I spent it right then. I've been wearing the same bra for 2 years now. I don't even wear the size anymore.

I've also made a New Years Resolution already. I think I've made one once in my life and I can't even remember what it was. I obviously stuck with that one really well. Anyways, my resolution is to take better care of myself. I'm so stuck on being a mommy and doing everything I can for Aden, sometimes I forget about myself. I'm going to try to do my hair more often (meaning style and dye it), I'm going to try and lose my "loose jelly" - I'm not even kidding, that's what my mom told me I had today. I'm going to paint my toes and nails more often, and I'm going to get dressed more often. This probably sounds like I'm a huge scrub, but getting dressed seems so pointless to me! haha, I'd rather be in comfy clothes then 4 sizes too small pants. I'm thinking Ryan might appreciate this as well.

Well! I might post before christmas, I might not. I might not even post before New Years. You never know! Good night all!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

'Tis the Season!




December is here! December is here! And guess what? only 15 more days until our family starts celebrating! That's right, 15. On the 23 we are doing a Kiger christmas eve and celebrating with the Kiger family on Christmas Eve morning. Then we're doing Ryan's moms house, then the whole christmas eve thing with my family and christmas morning with them. THEN heading down to lancaster to do a Kilbarger christmas and the other Kiger christmas. Can you say busy? I'm so excited!!

I have wrapped most of my presents, probably 5 or 6 of mine left. I've also wrapped all of Charla Rae's presents. I have promised both of my sisters, my mom, and Ryan that I would wrap for all of them. It's not that I am a good present wrapper or anything, it's just that I really like it! So hey, if you need me to wrap some presents, just let me know! I think I have done about 40-45 so far. Not too shabby!

So, how bad is it that I want to open Aden's gifts and give them to him now? You have no idea how sick I am of those leapfrog songs on his one toy. I noticed that 90% of baby toys have lights, music and/or sound. What happened to wooden blocks and a dog that moves its ears when you pull it? I've got to admit, most of what I got Aden does sing songs or light up. But this kid needs some serious entertainment.

Aden is so close to crawling! He gets up on all fours and rocks back and forth. If he was more patient and just kept working on it, he'd have it by now. I can't believe Aden is 9 months old! We had our doctors appointment yesterday and he weighed 19 1/2 pounds (on an empty belly) and was 28.5 inches! He might have been a shorty when he was born, but not anymore! It's a good thing we just changed from his infant carseat to his convertible Recaro seat because the weight limit is 20 and the height limit is 26. shhh, we might have been using it a little too long. He only got one vaccine yesterday (Hep B) and was given the O.K to eat pretty much anything. No nuts, candy, gum, or shrimp (pretty much a given to me) but that's about it. W
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are lowering the amount of formula Aden gets down to about 25 or 30. He has been eating about 45 ounces a day, an unheard of amount. This way Aden will be more hungry for table food. 9 months is an awkward time because they still need formula in their diet, but they need to start transitioning to real food.

Speaking of 9 months, they say 9 months to gain it, 9 months to lose it. I'd say in my case that is pretty darn true. I have lost more than my goal weight (105) and am down to 103. Of course I won't be able to fit into most of my jeans ever again, but I'm still really happy with the way I look. I'm also pretty excited because I can actually fit into gap and american eagle! yay for them baby hips! Maybe I'll be swimsuit-ready by the summer!

I think I will stop counting Aden's teeth now. I think after the first 4 teeth it isn't as fun. Aden has 8. Yes, 8. The eighth one just popped this morning I think. Number 7 popped yesterday. I don't even realize they are coming in anymore. The only reason I noticed 7 & 8 was because Dr. Brown said they should be coming in pretty soon. When we looked in his mouth, yep, there they were! Dr. said I should be getting a teething "break" after this. Hopefully so. In less than 3 months he has popped out 8 of those teeth! I remember at his 6 month check up he had NO teeth and no sign of them either. 1 week later, there they were!

SCHOOL'S OUT! WOOOO! I took my finals last tuesday and on Saturday and finally finished my terrible chemistry class. We only had 5 tests the entire quarter that were worth 500 points. There was only 615 points in the entire class. 60 of those points were the lab quiz. The rest were for 24 hours of lab. The test took about 2 hours to read the material, 2 hours to study, and an hour and a half to take the test. Imagine how hard this was with a baby who doesn't nap. The tests were supposed to be due today at 5 pm but I got them done last wednesday! It feels so good to know that I got through some really hard classes this quarter! Bring on anatomy at 8am on sunday baby!

As I'm sitting here sipping my hot chocolate and watching Aden run around in his walker, I realize how fast time is going by. I wish for just a moment I could go back to March 7, 2009 and do it again. I am so blessed to have such a perfect, precious little boy. Watching him grow is the best thing ever, but also so scary. -- Sorry to break the sentimental moment but my perfect son just made a perfect BM everywhere. Great timing right?