I just got this picture of Ryan sporting sunnies at daycare today. They said he wore them for a full 4 minutes - that’s a record! He usually pulls them off the second we put them on. Funny that he was more willing to wear them indoors…maybe we’ve been listening to too much U2.
This week is overwhelming. Ryan is getting sick. I miss him fiercely after not seeing him all weekend. Steve and I are both tired. Work has been insane. Satisfying, smooth, but insanely busy. By 7:30 this morning I was dealing with two urgent press requests and a pressing deadline. All while I tried to keep Ryan entertained somewhat unsuccessfuly. Between emails I made a break for it to get him to daycare and me into the office, sending mail at red lights along the way. I was exhausted by the time I got to my desk and the day officially began.
Juggling it all continues to be the most challenges piece of motherhood for me. Ryan is a dream. Truly. To the extent that I worry about what others think (ok, I do worry a little bit), I wonder if people think I’m sugar-coating things when I claim my baby hasn’t noticed that he’s teething, sleeps well and is a dream. Sorry, but it’s all true. I’m exhausted, nonetheless, trying to cram so much into every single day. And, I don’t think this is something we’ll outgrow for a very, very long time.
Maybe it’s my imagination, but I swear Ryan bestows sloppy kisses on demand. I’m not sure if he’s responding to my verbal request for them, or my cheek thrust in his face, but he usually obliges. He was doing this shortly before he left for Boston and has kept it up.
Also fun, he came home saying “dadadada.” Just in time for Father’s Day! He doesn’t yet associate those sounds with Steve, but it’s still adorable.
Christine’s shower today was tons of fun! And, to be honest, there was something freeing about waking up, finishing my baking, and getting myself dressed and out the door without any distractions. All while singing at the top of my lungs to the Pandora Glee station.
Driving home from the shower I felt a rush of sadness, though. I wanted to come home to my boys. I miss them a lot. Three hours at the spa tomorrow, followed by a visit with Kathleen will help pass the time until they come home.
We pulled a fast one today on one of my favorite readers, Ryan’s Granny K! Steve and Ryan boarded a flight to Boston early this morning to surprise his parents for an early Father’s Day celebration. Until tonight, they’d not seen Ryan since he was one week old.
I’m sad that I’m not there. It seemed to make sense; this weekend worked amidst Steve’s race schedule, summer weddings, etc. I’m throwing a shower tomorrow, though, so we decided they’d go and have some really nice Koper family time without me. Now I feel like I’m missing out on all the fun, and am dreading four whole days without my boys! It’s worth it for Ryan to spend time with his grandparents. I have lots of fun planned, including an overnight visitor (yay Kathleen!), 3 hours at the spa and a shower for my dearest Christine!
Steve reports that Ryan did awesome on the flight, took naps, ate well, was quite happy and played peek-a-boo with strangers. Here’s hoping to a smooth flight home on Monday.
I spent last night up to my elbows in dried lavender, sewing and stuffing sachets for bridal shower favors. Everything I eat tastes slightly soapy, but they’re cute and smell lovely! Pictures of the sachets and shower goodies to come. I got up early this morning to make crepe batter and chocolate pastry cream for a tart before work. Tonight I’m making the filling for a smoked salmon crepe torte, cooking the crepes, baking ladyfingers and making a vanilla bean raspberry charlotte, making madeleine batter. Tomorrow I’ll bake the madeleines, the tart and make gougere. I love a good party.
"I’m on a boat!" Ryan playing outside at daycare yesterday. Apparently he loves to turn the wheel to steer the boat. I love that he has a ton of toys there that he wouldn’t otherwise get to play with at home.
We hired a sitter last night and went out on the town. It was the first sunny day in three weeks (literally, and the pouring rain is back this morning). When we got to 3 Doors Down, an amazing Italian spot, we had a bit of wait. So, they brought us cocktails on park benches just outside the restaurant. I had my first taste of campari in almost TWO YEARS! Campari is and always will be my number one summer drink. In the name of Ryan, I went without it last year. Normally I just have campari with soda and an orange twist, but I ordered a fancy cocktail last night with grapefruit juice and a float of sparkling wine. Steve had an ‘amalfi,’ which contained vodka, limoncello, lime juice and thyme. So, so good.
When we were seated they brought spongy Italian bread with a warm white bean spread. Then, we shared a tart, anchovy-laden caesar salad and kobe beef carpaccio. Steve had their legendary housemade sausage over tortiliglione in a vodka sauce, and I had fettucine with shrimp, pancetta, fennel, olives and fresh peas.
It felt so good to be out the two of us. We talked about Ryan, but we actually talked about lots of other things. We have a long road ahead of us of keeping our marriage fresh now that we’ve added a baby to the mix, but I think we’re off to a good start.
Last night, Steve set an alarm for 5:00am. By 5:40, we were out the door and on the way to the first triathlon of the season. I was nervous. Ryan is so scheduled. He knows his schedule. He loves his schedule. But he did great! He loved it. No crankiness, just lots of playing, smiling and thank goodness a little napping on the go. And of course, now he’s sleeping off all the fun.
Ry gave amphibian Daddy a few good luck snuggles before the race began.
We played for a while, awaiting results and hanging out. Ryan made friends for the first time! He found a toddler and squealed and smiled at him. They exchanged shrieks (seriously, back and forth over and over) and grins and shared toys.
I couldn’t be prouder of Steve. He came in second place in his age group!!! Ryan was proud, too.
Happy eight month birthday, Ryan! My sweet boy has made incredible growth this month. It’s not that he’s doing a lot of new things. He seems considerably more in command of his actions, though, and has become more playful than ever. Some highlights -
Lately you’ve not been taking as much from a bottle, and are eating three big meals of solid food every day. I’m excited to introduce new foods this month now that his belly is a little more mature. We’ve still not tried fruit, due to stories I’ve heard of veggie-only babies under one eating their veggies well into childhood.
Peek-a-boo remains a favorite game, as is “catch.” We toss a toy into Ryan’s lap, he picks it up and throws it in any direction, we retrieve and repeat. He also loves itsy bitsy spider.
Bouncing baby boy! Ryan can’t get enough bouncing. Seriously, I know all babies bounce, but he takes it to new extremes. He wants to jump all the time. Loves the jumperoo, but not as much as standing in someone’s lap and jumping up and down. When you hold him on your hip he bounces himself and giggles with excitement.
He loves to shake his head back and forth, as though he were saying no. Steve and I enjoy posing questions and then cracking up over his predictable response.
Ryan’s favorite position is standing. He doesn’t pull up yet, but if we prop him up against a stable surface, he holds himself up and plays while standing.
Two front teeth! Both bottom front teeth have come through the surface. You can see both of them in this picture of him. No complaints on his part, or mine for that matter. Our doctor said teething was overhyped. I know all babies are different, but I was worried for nothing!
His favorite toys are spinning toys. He has a little red cup with a spinner in it which he flicks and flicks.
He babbles a ton, particularly during meals. His consonant sounds are becoming more frequent, with g and b being his preferred sounds. He also loves to shriek with delight!
Ryan has brought us immeasurable joy and happiness. I’ve never felt so fulfilled. But, wow, the time has flown by!
This week, I am recommending nibblesandbits. Her family is adorable, her son, Ryan, is PRECIOUS, and Ali is a fantastic woman and mother with a heart of gold.
Thank you to MamaLina for my very first Tumblr Tuesday recommendation, and the sweet words. I’m sure everyone is already, but if you’re not following her blog you’re missing out on musings from a clever woman about a darling boy called Marcel and their sweet family.