Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Hanna's Christening Part II

This is really just more pictures. I won't lie. I am tired and want to go to bed but I know that some people want to see more pictures. So here you go, enjoy!

He said he wouldn't do it but he did! And she lived!
My little cutie!
Hanna getting some love from her Godfather
Hanna was picking Daddy's pocket!
The fire hall all decorated
Lots of yummy dessertsMy Dad and his girls :)
This picture spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E!
Hanna in dress #2
Lots of good food
Hanna's G-Mom Mom and G-Pop Pop
Hanna's Grammy and Grampy
What a bunch we are!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Hanna's Christening Part I

I know I haven't blogged in nearly a week but it wasn't because I was too busy eating bon bons. Stephen and I were busily preparing for Hanna's Christening today. Our little peanut was so good for the actual baptism. After words she started to have a melt down. (You can only handle so much of the paparazzi before you scream!)

The Christening was at Kemble Memorial Methodist Church (where Stephen and I were married) and the party was at the Greenfields Firehouse. We had such wonderful help from our friends and family that made this party such a success. Stephen had the idea to make a slide show of pictures of Hanna for those who might not have seem them. Lots of good food and beverages were had by all.

Aunt Sue took over 200 pictures (an no I am not going to post them all here) so I will post a few of my favorites now and the other favorites later. I also have some Father's Day pictures, cute random pics from the week and some good reads to post too. But I am just to darn tired to get through all of that now. So these will have to do... :)

Hanna in her pre-Christening dress. This is one of
the best smile pictures we have ever gotten.
Aunt Becki and Hanna
Four Generations
Stephen, Hanna and me
Hanna being a cutie

Monday, June 22, 2009

This brought a tear

I heard this on the radio on my way home and it made me tear up a little. Just thought I would share.

Saturday, June 20, 2009


I am exhausted and too tired to write anything that really makes sense. I feel bad for not posting for a few days so I hope that these few pictures will hold you over for another day or two.

Hanna's new favorite way to sleep.
This is how I found Nanner Nanner yesterday morning.
Gotta love the Woobie and blanket! Mmmm....Sweet Potatoes!
Hanna and Daddy watching the Phillies...through their eyelids!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Food for thought...

err drink for thought. I cam across this article today that got me to thinking about children and drinking (the children aren't the ones drinking of course).

The author of the article talks about a Mommy and Me Happy Hour that takes place in a bar. The Mom's drink alcohol and the kiddies have juice and play games. This seems a bit disturbing to me. I think that I wouldn't feel this way if the happy hour wasn't at a bar. Don't get me wrong, I don't have a problem with meeting friends for dinner to catch up and having a glass of wine. Most reasonable parents won't drink in excess knowing that they have to put their child into their car and drive the car home. (I say most because there are those out there...)

Growing up my parents drank around us. No they never got drunk but there wasn't a reason they couldn't have a drink or two. Some of the mom's on the street wanted to get together for tea. Others wanted to get together for mudslides. I think it is important to show your children that you can have a drink (when you are old enough) and still be responsible.

In college I worked at this bar that well...wasn't the classiest joint. I recall a Dad coming in to have dinner with his children. Dad had a few drinks and while I wouldn't say he was wasted, I think he could have used better judgement when it came to getting his children home. But no one stopped him from leaving.

And that brings up another interesting point. If this was a Daddy and Me Happy Hour, would we be thinking differently after reading the article? It seems like a general perception that men can tolerate their alcohol better. They can have a few beers and be fine. Women have more then two beers and forget it. She's buzzed. Granted after being pregnant for nine months it does take a while to build back up a tolerance.

What do you think? It is ok to have a drink when your child is with you?

Monday, June 15, 2009

Monday funday

Today was just one of those days. We all have them. The kind of day where you just want to stay home all day and recoup from all of the running (not literally!) that you've been doing lately. Well that is what Hanna and I wanted to do today. And also all of her fun baby gadgets were feeling neglected. Most of them are not very portable so they needed a little love today.

This is one of my new favorite pictures. It is hard to catch Hanna with a smile (the orange light on the camera throws her off) or with out red eye. I'll settle for at least one of the two! I am a bad bad Mommy. I didn't take any 5 month
pictures so this will have to do :)
I love how bright her eyes are! She loves rolling over on her blankie but she doesn't like to spend too much time on her belly. And when she has had enough tummy time..she surely lets you know!!
Apparently playing really tires a girl out. And makes her sleep on her side. The scary thing is that I like to sleep the same way. "Like Mother, Like Daughter"
One thing Hanna is really good at is shrieking. Loudly. For all of the neighbors to hear. And for all of the people Daddy is talking to when he is working. But who doesn't love a happy baby?

Christening Photos

Last week Hanna went to Target to have her picture taken in her Christening dress. Lets just say that she was less then thrilled with the idea. We didn't get many good photos but these are two of the best. I just love that her dress is so different!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Only One?

I read an interesting article online today that made me do some thinking. I know that I may receive some slack for this but I thought that it would make for an interesting post.

The article discussed the author’s decision not to have a second child. The author said that this was the right decision for her and her family partially for financial reasons. Having one child will allow them to go on more family vacations and to allow their only to participate in activities and have both parents present.

I come from a home of two children. My sister is 4 years younger then me and like most siblings, we fought a lot growing up. There were never any broken bones but she did give me a black eye once (and she laughs when she tells the story). My husband comes from a larger family. There are 7 children but this includes step-siblings and half-siblings (but they are siblings none-the-less). I would say that neither of us (hubby or I) could argue that we were spoiled nor that we were neglected. Just because we wanted something did not mean that we would get it. And that is how we live our lives today. I may want a new Coach bag but I know that the chances I am going to get it are slim (but a girl can always dream :)).

My sister and I took dance lessons, participated in theatre and were both “briefly” members of the color guard. Our parents attended all of the events as much as they could. We (my sister and I) both understood that Dad sometimes had to work and just because he couldn’t be there didn’t mean he was any less proud of us. My Mom talks about the year that my sister’s high school graduation and my college graduation were scheduled for the same night. She says she never prayed so hard for snow days in all her life. And you know what, her prayers were answered and my sister’s graduation was a few days after mine. But if that hadn’t been the case, they had already told us that to be fair, one parent would attend each graduation. And with reluctance we agreed. My sister and I have been to Disney World more times then most people I know. Our parents may not have taken us on exotic vacations but the memory of getting stuck in It’s a Small World is so much better for us to tell.

I have some only friends who say that they will never have just one child because they don’t want to do that to their child. They say they missed out on the things you do with siblings and that when they get older they will be the only one to care for their parents. They say that they want to give their child what they didn’t have.

I can’t say that either scenario is the better one. It is each couples decision how many children they wish to have (and sometimes it isn’t when fate throws you a set of twins or triplets!) and it shouldn’t matter what other people think.

Given the current state of our economy, I think there may be a decrease in the number of larger families (unless they have already negotiated a TV deal). It is a scary thought bringing (another) child into the world not knowing if you are still going to have a job in six months or if you are even going to be able to afford the basic necessities for him or her. I know they say that this is just a phase we are going through and that things will get better but can we really be sure?
As for my family, I don’t know exactly what the future holds. I think it is still too early to tell. I can say with assurance that if there are more Baby Ryans it will only be one unless fate has other plans for us.


The day everything changed...

One year ago today our lives changed. For the better of course!
We love you Hanna :)

Monday, June 8, 2009

Our Weekend

In the Cupcake post, I told you Hanna and I went to Philly to meet up with my friend Heather. We had such a good time and I am so glad Kim was able to tag along.

Saturday we went to the IL's for a surprise 50th birthday bbq for Stephen's Aunt Catherine. I of course missed the surprise part because Hanna was eating. Aunt Catherine was very surprised which was nice.

Hanna and her Great Aunt Theresa

When we got home and finally got Hanna to bed, Stephen and I relaxed on the deck with a couple of beers. It was really nice.

Sunday Stephen volunteered at the Lt. Kenny Dechen Memorial Bike Run at Riverwinds. Kenny's family is our next door neighbors. They are such a nice family and we love being part of this event. Hanna and I got there just after a good portion of the bikers were leaving. We hung out till they got back and had a good time visiting with people.

Hanna ready to get on a bike!

Today Stephen had off from work and Hanna had her Christening pictures taken at Target. We ran a few errands afterwards then had a nice relaxing day at home. While we were out we bought Hanna a little pool for the backyard. Yes, we know she isn't big enough to splash around on her own but it is big enough for Stephen or I to go in with her.

All ready for the pool

Only her feet were in and she was crying already

Still crying

All better now that she is out of the cold water

Morgan thought we bought her a giant water bowl

Friday, June 5, 2009


Today Hanna and I took an adventure. Our friend Kim came with us too. I don't like driving in the rain. I don't like driving in the city. These 2 things aren't a good combination for me. Where did the adventure take us you ask? We went for cupcakes. Yes, cupcakes.

My friend Heather is visiting from Tennessee and has been talking about the Naked Chocolate Cafe and how the cupcakes there are the best she has ever had. I figured that if she is making a stop there while in town they must really be that good.

So off we went. It wasn't has hard to find the place as I thought it would be. My co-pilot had a pretty good idea of where we were going and my scribbled down directions where pretty accurate. Finding parking in the garage was challenging. Dodging the puddles wasn't to hard.

We met Heather and Roger there and sat at a comfy corner couch thingy and snacked on some cupcakes while drinking fancy bottles of spring water. It was their first time meeting Hanna. I think they got along wonderfully except that Heather and Roger talk funny. Hanna hasn't heard anyone talk like that before.

I had a great time today. I haven't seen Heather in almost 2 years. Next time we see them hopefully we will be visiting them.

And did I take any pictures???? No. I suck. I know :)

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Cereal 101

Hanna was getting excited! We kept telling her
she was getting something good.
I just love this face!
Now she is getting vocal! Oooh...what is that?! Like this? This isn't so bad...

Monday, June 1, 2009

Holy Moly!

Hanna had her 4 month visit today (she'll be 5 months in 11 days but who's counting) and I couldn't believe it. She is tipping the scale at 14.8 pounds and is 25 inches long. (That would explain why even the 6 month clothes are to short!) Hanna is in the 50th percentile for height and weight. The doctor was very pleased with how she is growing.

Peanut (I am not sure we can call her that anymore!) was being very noisy, blowing raspberries at Mickey and Minnie on the wall. She really wanted to show off and even attempted to roll over. I helped her a little because the table is so small but she had her head up high and was trying to make us think that she actually likes tummy time.

So I got the go-ahead I was hoping for. Yup, we start cereal this week. I am very excited because she has been very ready for some time now. But I felt like I needed the doctors blessing first. He wants to keep her on the 22 calorie formula until our next visit at the beginning of August. At first I was a little upset but he explained that introducing new foods and switching formula at the same time is a lot. If she were to have a reaction, we wouldn't know which was the cause. So..we are going with this plan and hopefully between the cereal and the high calorie formula, she doesn't pork up to much.

I was also happy to learn that we are ok to use sunscreen. When I was looking to get some a little while back, the labels all said that for babies under 6 months, a doctor should be consulted. When I asked today, he said not to worry about that and that we were fine to use it. That is good to know because sometimes the footsies hang out in the sun while Hanna is cruising in her stroller.

Sorry no pictures. Bad Mommy!!