Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Here's to the stay at home mom...

Well, today wraps up my maternity leave.  It has been a great experience, and I have so much to be thankful for (NOT in order of importance!)

1. A healthy, happy, BEAUTIFUL baby boy
2. A room full of family before and after delivery
3. My health and quick recovery
4. My wonderful, loving Mom staying with us for over a week
5. An AWESOME husband who stuck by me through many mood swings....including me getting mad at him because he did not feel well.  Sorry babe.
6.  Wonderful in-laws giving Marc and I date night!
7. My very brave mother-in-law for keeping Ryder when I go back to work.
8. A job to go back to with the best coworkers and friends in the world
9. 24 Hour Fitness (not that I have gone more than twice!)
10.  WINE

So, Ryder is getting bigger every day and is the most precious thing I have ever seen.  Noooo...I'm not just saying that because he's mine.  I would say it even if he wasn't!  haha!!  I have learned a lot of things about myself over this time off.  I have gained even more respect for my mom who did this 3 times and had all 3 of us in diapers at one time. WOW!!!  That is insane!!  Seriously!!  I remember going with her and my sisters to the grocery store when we were little.  I think it was Haley in the top, small part of the cart.  Lindsey in the big open part, and I was on the bottom.  First stop, the deli to get a free cookie and entertain  us for a few minutes.  The thought of having 3 kids at the grocery store just freaks me out!!
Speaking of freaking out...I think that I have learned to be more patient. Marc may disagree!
 Poop no longer disgust me.  Actually, I get so excited to see Ryder's poop now.  We even do a little cheer.  haha!   I have learned that I can do sooo many things at once.  Bottles, laundry, feeding....however, nothing ever seems to get finished!
I have also learned how incredibly important family is.  I have always been a family girl and loved spending time with my family.  However, this experience has made me cherish every single minute I am lucky enough to get to spend with them.  I wish it were more, but I am thankful for the time we get together.
Last thing...This morning I woke up and began my day with coffee and making a bottle.   I played with Fisher as I do every morning, careful not to make him feel neglected with the arrival of Ryder.  I fed Ryder and put him in the bassinett so I could get ready.  Then, I walked into the guest room where Fisher sat looking at me with his big, guilty eyes.  Slowly, I looked over and saw that he had peed all over the bed. At that moment, Ryder began to cry which quickly became a scream.  I tried and tried to comfort him, but nothing work.  The only thing I could do was to cry with him.  So, there we to the bed with pee, Ryder in my arms, crying together.'s to the stay at home Mom because it is a HARD job!

Here are some pictures of Ryder at 7 weeks:

Yesterday, Ryder had a play date with his friends Aldo and Avery.  Aren't they the cutest little things ever?!?!


  1. What a sweet post, sister! Yes, here's to the stay at home Mom's! It is definitely a tough job! Ryder looks so cute & has grown since I last saw him...can't wait to see all of you in a few weeks. Thinking of you today with your first day back at school...hope it goes well! Love you!

  2. Ok, it's been almost 2 months since your last post. Let's get on it, sister! XOXO