Monday, November 30, 2009

We love play dates!

You may remember from this post, Stephen and I met Meghann’s Mommy and Daddy during our prenatal class. It is always great to get together with them.

Now that the girls are older, it is even more enjoyable. They play well together. There was only one meltdown. Hanna has hair. Meghann doesn’t. I am sure you know the rest!

We hope that the girls become the best of friends!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Another Cold

Hanna woke up from her nap yesterday with a runny nose and cough. Today it is worse as she seems to have a lot of mucus.

She doesn’t want to be held.

She doesn’t want to nap.

She only wants to do the things she knows she isn’t allowed to. We are very used to the tears now when we tell her no. And trust me, she understands what no is.

I hope that tonight goes smoothly and that we all get some sleep :)


Hanna's 1st Thanksgiving

We hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We spent the day in Pennsylvannia with Stephen's family.  It was nice to see everyone and enjoy a great dinner. 

Hanna was crawling all over the place and everyone loved it.  Great Aunt Alice was able to join us for dinner and meet Hanna for the first time.  Of course they hit it off. 

It is tradition that before we eat everyone must say what they are thankful for.  Family is not an option because that is a given. I cheated.  I said I was thankful for my family but most importantly for my healthy baby girl.  The common theme was for healthy family members and jobs. 

After dinner we piled in the car and headed home to have dessert with my family.  Hanna really enjoyed her girl talk with Aunt Becki and cousin Deanna.  She doesn't get to see Deanna very often as she is away at college so they had a lot of cactching up to do ;)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

We love Morgy!

Earlier in the month Morgan turned 6.  And of course we celebrated with vanilla ice cream. 

I know that this seems silly but I would like to think that these birthday celebrations are some of the things that Hanna will remember forever.

Friday, November 27, 2009

First night away

So much for my 30 posts in 30 days!  There has just been a lot going on in our house.  But you don't want to hear my excuses. 

Anyhoo....I did it.  I survived my first night without Nan.  Stephen and I went to Rehoboth last weekend to hit up the outlets.  It was nice to get away and go out on a dinner date. 

This sweet, adorable little face had us up early Saturday morning so we had her and Morgan to my parents bright and early.  We were in Rehoboth before noon which was awesome.  I couldn't believe the deals!  I was eyeing up a Coach bag {or two} but we weren't shopping for me.

For dinner we went to the Dogfish Head Brewpub in Rehoboth on the recommendation of friends.  It was good!  I had the Punkin Ale and Stephen had the sampler.

And for dessert Stephen had chocolate cake made with blue cheese.  It was very rich but tasted great. I definitely recommend this place if you are in town.

Sunday morning we woke and went to the Fractured Prune for breakfast. Oh my!!  These are the best donuts. Ever!!  Our friends {who also recommended Dogfish} told us about this during the summer when we were down there.  I made it clear when we were planning this visit that we had to get donuts for breakfast. It is so hard to eat just one.  We brought quite a few home and they were just as good for dessert.

We were gone for just over 24 hours and I only called 5 6 times.  I never doubted that she would be ok.  I did well though.  No tears. But I don't know that I am ready to do it again anytime soon.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Something cool

Xerox is doing something cool.

If you go to this web site, you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq. You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed services.

How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!! It is FREE and it only takes a second.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these? Whether you are for or against the war, our soldiers over there need to know we are behind them.

This takes just 10 seconds and it's a wonderful way to say thank you. Please take the time and please take the time to pass it on for others to do. We can never say enough thank you's.


Friday, November 20, 2009

Preparing myself

I have been mentally preparing myself for this day for some time now.  Deep down I always hoped it wouldn't have to happen for a little while longer though.  What am I referring to?

Tomorrow night is Hanna's first sleepover.

It is just one night.  And I know she will be fine.  It's me that I am worried about.  How many times can I call without coming across as well...crazy?  My parents raised me and I turned out ok {no comments from the peanut gallery!}

Wish me us luck!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Help me decide..

Hanna's first birthday is just around the corner {or so it seems} and my mind is racing with ideas. Do I go the route of the overkill pink fest or do I do something else. I came across this Mickey Mouse Clubhouse stuff and I thought it was cute. But I wonder if it is to boyish...

So I am turning to you for help. Which do you think I should go with?

Leave comments or vote on the side.

Thanks a bunch :)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Check out this blog post at the place where one porkchop is required. I feel like Natalie and Anna live in our house!  I have been trying to figure out how to wrap the crib with the sheet. Thanks to Natalie for the inspiration!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Fight for Preemies

Incase you don’t remember from this post November is Prematurity Awareness Month.

Hanna was born at 35 weeks and 1 day and is considered by the March of Dimes as a late preterm infant. We were very fortunate to only have spent 11 days in the ICN. The experience was still life changing. It all happened so quickly.

On Saturday January 3rd I began to notice that Hanna wasn’t moving as much as she had been. Instead of calling the doctor that day, I waited until Sunday. I didn’t want to call and be that over reactive first time Mom. When I called bright early Sunday morning I was scolded by the doctor for not calling sooner. She was going to the hospital to do a c-section so she said for us to meet her there so she could do a non-stress test. Of course though, as soon as I was all hooked up Hanna started moving like crazy. My blood pressure was high but she didn’t seem concerned. Since I had my regular visit scheduled for Friday, she said she wanted to do another non-stress test in the office.

When I got there on Friday I was feeling a bit nervous. Hanna had been moving all week and I just didn’t want anything bad to happen. Well something happened. My blood pressure was pretty high and I had a high uric acid count. To pass the non-stress test at the doctor’s office the baby needs to have 3 big movements. Well Hanna had 1. Off to the hospital I went. Stephen had a meeting for work so my sister met me at the hospital. I was set up for another non-stress test and it took some time but we finally passed. My blood pressure was still high (which was no surprise!) and the doctor said he wanted me to come back Sunday morning for another test. I was sent home with strict instructions to be on bed rest for the rest of the pregnancy. It was at that time that the doctor informed me I would most likely not go full term.

When I arrived on Sunday, my blood pressure was still high and my uric acid count was even higher. The doctor who was the same doctor I had seen on Friday wanted me to have an ultrasound the next morning to make sure that I wasn't low on fluid. While I was nervous I was also excited to see my baby girl again.

We went for the ultrasound the next morning bright and early. I didn’t have time to have breakfast so I was a tad on the cranky side. The tech was the same one that had done the 2 previous ultrasounds. She left and we made our usual comments on how “pleasant” she was. The doctor, who is considered a high risk doctor, came in to talk to us. He explained that I had pre-eclampsia and that I needed to go directly to the hospital to be induced. I was at risk for stroking and he didn’t want to put me or the baby at risk. I was never considered high risk but he really made me nervous.

I walked across the parking lot and into the emergency room. I was set up in observation around 11 am and informed that nothing would really happen till tomorrow. When my room was ready I was moved into there and my doctor came in to check me. I was 2cm dilated so the original plan changed a little. I started on the Pitocin right away. I was given my epidural around 4 (which didn’t work by the way – I felt everything except for my left leg). The nurse was done at 6 and asked if I could deliver before then so that she could see our baby girl. Well I gladly accommodated her request with minutes to spare. The labor and delivery itself was pretty quick and painless. The hard part was when they took Hanna out of the room to the ICN.

Originally the neonatologist said it would only be till around 9 then she would bring her back. She came back 2 hours later and said she wanted to keep her in there overnight. The next day she told us she wanted to keep her for a few days. Then they stopped saying how long they needed to keep her. It then turned to milestones she needed to meet before she could come home.

Eleven days may not seem like a lot to some but to us it seemed like an eternity. Hanna was born on a Monday and I was not able to hold her until Wednesday before they discharged me. While I feel like I missed crucial time with my daughter I know that she was where she needed to be.

When Hanna was discharged she was sent home on a heart monitor for apnea. It never really went off expect when she was in the car. There is something about the vibrations of the car that put her into a great sleep. She spent 3 months on the monitor before being discharged from the high risk follow up doctors.

I know that this is long but this is a story I have wanted to share. The pre-eclampsia came on so quickly and I showed little or no signs before hand.

Premature birth is the #1 cause of death during the first month of life. This is something we need to fight for because babies shouldn’t have to. Please visit the March of Dimes for more information.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Today is my oldest daughters birthday. 

What you thought Hanna was an only child?!?!

Happy 6th Birthday Morgan Ann Sunshine Ryan

Mommy, Daddy and Hanna

Sunday, November 15, 2009

A note

Dear Hanna's new tooth (or teeth),

I know that the process of teething takes some time but please oh please can we speed things up??? 

The fussiness and irritability are always a joy. So is the lack of napping.  My favorite is the screaming that occurs when it is time to sit on the floor and play toys. 

I understand that currently there are only two teeth and a long road of teething lies ahead.  Please let me know if there is anything I can do to not make this process so unbearable.

Thank you,
An exhausted and frustrated Mommy

Thursday, November 12, 2009

10 Months Old

OMG! (Yes, I just said that)

Nan is 10 months old today.  That means Thanksgiving is just a couple of weeks away.  Christmas is a month and a half away.  And Nan will be 1 in 2 months. 

Shock has set in.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Love this!

I just love when I find cool baby products.  While I was browsing the other night I came across the Over Tote System.  They are diaper bags that go on your purse so that you don't have to carry a purse and a diaper bag.

The website says that their product slides over the handles of purses and that it ties on the sides.  There is a detachable strap if you want to use the bag by itself and it comes with a changing pad and flexible wipes pouch. 

What a great idea!  I've said it before and I'll say it again..why don't I think of these things?!

Photos are from

Monday, November 9, 2009

Up up she goes

Our morning started off like this...

Then it happened so quickly I couldn't believe it.  She was climbing all over me and then she was off to get a toy.  I was fast forwarding on the DVR and Stephen was in the kitchen.  I looked over to see what toy she had but she didn't have a toy. She was on the third step and showed no sign of stopping till she reached the top. 

How did my little baby girl learn to climb the stairs like a pro?!?!  Yes, her Aunt and her cousin have previously encouraged her but never to do it by herself.  Just thinking about it puts me back into shock.

So one of the gates has now found a permanent home at the bottom of the stairs.  Morgan does not like it at all.  I do because then she can't follow me every time I go up and down them.  (Although her whining at the gate is rather annoying...)

Here are a few photos from today.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

I don't want to grow up...

finish that tune....

I love that there are times when being a parent makes you want to be a child again. Sometimes I think that Stephen and I get more excited about toys then Nan.  She would rather play with the tissue paper!

It could just be that toys have evolved so much in the last #@ years.  ( aren't getting my age!!)
There are toys that do this, that and the other thing now and it is fascinating. 

We have heard the "what does Nan want for Christmas" question several times over the last few weeks. Today we sat down with the circulars and made a list.  There was something on the list that I have wanted to buy because honestly, I can't wait to play with it.

So off to the store we went.  Some people may think we are crazy but we took Nan with us.  This is the only year we will ever be able to do it and frankly it was most convenient.  Stephen and I had such a good time wandering around and making the lights go and music play on toys.  Nan clapped and laughed which was really cute.  We had such a good time.  We picked up the item I wanted to purchase and it is still sitting in our living room. (Yes, it is still in the box...but in my head I have already moved on and am excited to open it!)  When family came for dinner I was quick to show it off. I could be the one that ruins the holidays for the Nan when she gets older if I don't learn to control my gift giving excitement  :)

For the longest time the holidays have not been a joyous occasion for my family as we have lost several family members in the month of December.  I think that this is the year that is going to change that.  Nan is such a blessing to Stephen and I.  She is loved by so many wonderful people.  We are all truly blessed.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

1st sick visit

Yesterday Nan had her first sick visit.  The other day when a sporadic cough started I thought that there might be a doctor's visit in our future. I think Stephen and I decided it was necessary sometime around 4:30 or 5 am when she was crying and holding her ear.  She has had the sniffles all week and has been dealing with a lot of mucus. 

So the final report from the doctor was an upper respiratory infection and earache.  My poor peanut!! We are treating it with meds and hoping she will be better soon.


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Friday, November 6, 2009

Where's Nan??

This is what our family room looks like after a long day of playing.  Funny part about this is she was sick...can you imagine what it looks like when she is feeling good?!?!

She was so into Mickey Mouse that I don't even think she realized that I had taken her picture!!

Thursday, November 5, 2009


I've commited to blogging everyday this month and I am 2 days in and already drawing a blank.  I have lots of things I want to blog about.  But I think I need to be feeling better to make them even remotely close to something you might want to read.

(For the record, I don't remember ever hitting the back button as much as I have in this short little post!)

I am asking you to help me out here...what do you want to see more of on this blog?  Pictures, everyday stories? 


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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Love this!

I came across this at forest & zoe while doing a little internet surfing.

I think the Nan would look like such a cutie in this :)

Monday, November 2, 2009

time change and a little sickness

I laughed when I read about concerned Moms and the time change on Saturday.  They were worried about bedtimes and when their little one would wake up.  I thought nah.... we'll be fine.

And we were the first night.  She was up a little earlier on Sunday morning but we fixed that with a little cuddling that put her right back to sleep.  Last night on the other hand...not so good. 

I should have prefaced this post by saying we are all a little under the weather.  Sore throats for Stephen and I.  Nan has a runny nose.  I don't think it is anything too severe and nothing a little rest and plenty of fluids won't cure. And I also don't think it is the sole reason behind the sleep issue last night.

Last night Nan fussed a lot before bed.  Stephen was in charge of bedtime because I was feeling worse then he was.  He got her to bed with little to no problems.  Sometime around 12:30 or 1 she woke up screaming, which is really uncommon for her. Diaper change - check. Bottle - check. Tylenol - check.  Still nothing. Finally after some cuddling with Daddy she went to sleep.  When I woke up at around 6 she was still in our bed.  I guess we had all fallen asleep.  No harm done.  Everyone slept.

Today we are still all under the weather.  Nan is more stuffed up then yesterday and very clingy.  (I'm not complaining about that!)  She has already taken a 2 and a half hour nap and she looks like another nap isn't out of the question (for her or me!). Her appetite isn't quite there either.  She eats everything and when she starts the raspberries I know she's done.

Here's hoping that this passes soon and we aren't all feeling under the weather all week!


I am challenging myself. One blog post everyday for a month. Yes, I know it is November I missed day 1. Fire me!! To make up for it, I'll attempt to keep this up till December 2nd.

Please leave lots of comments to encourage me to keep it up!