Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

I hope that 2009 was good to you all and that 2010 will be even better!

Lessons learned

I've learned quite a bit in the last year.  Both good and bad. 

Always trust your instincts.  I have learned that when something seems wrong, it probably is.

Just because you are a parent doesn't mean you know everything about raising children.  People of course don't realize that though.

I have more patience then I thought I did.  It gets tested often but I surprise myself.

I never thought I could love someone as much as I love my daughter.

You don't have to follow all of the parental advice people give you.  You should raise your child as you see fit.  No one can force you to do something you don't want to.

Quiet nights at home with my family are the best.

Less is more.

Things don't always have to be so complicated.  It is easier said then done though.

Watching my husband with my daughter makes me love him even more.

I don't care for those people that talk just to hear themselves talk.

Some people feed off of drama. I need less of those people in my life.

My house will never be as clean as I want it to be.  (This is something I am having a hard time with!)

There is probably so much more that I am forgetting. I could sit here all day but who has time for that ;)

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Just another phase..??

Hanna seems to be going through a phase.  Or so I hope.  Silly me I was under the impression that the temper tantrums didn't start until she was at least 1. I know 1 is only 2 weeks away but I didn't expect them to start 2 weeks ago. 

We don't leave her there long, no longer then a minute. I should rephrase that. She doesn't sit there long, if I am lucky it is close to a minute.

Am I a bad Mom if by the time my daughter turns 1 she has had at least a half dozen visits to time out??  I am certain she doesn't understand what is going on but I want her to learn that when she does something wrong that justifies a visit to time out, that that is where she will be going. 

I am sure that this is just a phase that will run its course soon. Sooner rather then later I hope :)

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Merry Christmas!

We hope that you had a very Merry Christmas.  It was a very special day in the Ryan house.  Hanna is a very loved little girl.  We are very grateful for everything thing that everyone does for us.

Here are a few photos from our wonderful holiday :)

Monday, December 21, 2009

Dear Santa,

This Christmas I don't need any toys.  I want to make things easy for you so please bring me more of these.

Empty diaper boxes.


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Just a dusting..

...of 2 feet of snow!  Yes, we are going to have a white Christmas!! 

Here are a few photos from Saturday.  I have more to take off the camera of what we woke up to this morning.  Needless to say, we have been in all weekend :)

On another note, lately Hanna has really been into looking at books.  Saturday night we found ourselves in the living room looking at photo albums :)

11 Month Photos

There is one good thing about Hanna turning more monthly photoshoots with the infamous paper. 

Thursday, December 17, 2009



Real Mothers don't eat quiche; They don't have time to make it.

Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils Are probably in the sandbox.

Real Mothers often have sticky floors, Filthy ovens and happy kids.

Real Mothers know that dried play dough Doesn’t come out of carpets..

Real Mothers don't want to know what The vacuum just sucked up...

Real Mothers sometimes ask 'Why me?'
And get their answer when a little
Voice says, 'Because I love you best.'

Real Mothers know that a child's growth Is not measured by height or years or grade...
It is marked by the progression of Mommy to Mom to Mother.....

The Images of Mother

4 YEARS OF AGE - My Mommy can do anything!

8 YEARS OF AGE - My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!

12 YEARS OF AGE - My Mother doesn’t know everything!

14 YEARS OF AGE - My Mother? She wouldn’t have a clue.

16 YEARS OF AGE - Mother? She's so five minutes ago.

18 YEARS OF AGE - That old woman? She's way out of date!

25 YEARS OF AGE - Well, she might know a little bit about it!

35 YEARS OF AGE - Before we decide, let's get Mom's opinion.

45 YEARS OF AGE - Wonder what Mom would have thought about it?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

O Christmas Tree

Hanna had a photo shoot in front of not just 1 but 2 Christmas trees. Yes, this girl has 2 Christmas trees in her house. Both are fake though cause I’m allergic but that’s besides the point.

Tree #1

Tree #2

Mom, I've had enough of this!!

11 Months

Hanna celebrated her 11 month birthday on Saturday. We celebrated with breakfast at the Amish Market. Stephen was so excited that Hanna liked scrapple. {She doesn’t get it from me!} That night Stephen’s family came to our house to celebrate G-Pop Pops birthday. It was nice to have everyone in our home for a change.

At 11 months Hanna is pretty much eating everything we give her. What we have for dinner she has for dinner. It makes life so much easier. She likes flounder, tilapia, steak, chicken, pork and turkey. She likes all vegetables, even lima beans! She likes grilled cheese and cheese quesadillas. As for fruits, Hanna eats bananas, peaches, pears, pineapple, apples. Like I said, pretty much anything we give her.

Hanna’s vocabulary is growing. “Ma,” “Mom,” “Da,” “Dad” and “Nan” are regulars. She has the “uh” in “uh-oh” down pat. Occasionally there is a “baby” thrown in there. Stephen and I are having trouble determining if she is saying “Bob,” “Bot” or “Pop” because it isn’t quite 100% clear yet.

I am optimistic that walking for Hanna is just around the corner. She is a pro at walking down the couch and walking with her push toy. She hasn’t mastered standing up on her own in the middle of the floor but Rome wasn’t built overnight. Toys with lights and music are still favorites. Little People and these small Christmas rubber ducks are always with us.

I don’t have any updates on weight and height because we don’t go to the doctors until the middle of January. At the last sick visit, Hanna weighed just over 20 pounds. That’s a big difference from the 4 pounds 14 ounces she was just under a year ago.

Big Girl Hanna taking her bottle.
Yes, laundry baskets are useful for more then just holding laundry.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Birthday Time

Thanks to everyone that voted on the birthday theme poll.  A decision has been made though I am not ready to reveal it yet.  It is still a work in progress.  Stay tuned....

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday, December 6, 2009

'Tis the season

My family started a tradition a few years ago that really puts everyone in the holiday spirit.  As a family (my parents, aunt, uncle and cousins) we would go to see the Trans Siberian Orchestra when they came to Philadelphia. The last two years the show has virtually been the same thing so we wanted to do something different this year. My Mom thought it would be fun to go to Longwood Gardens so that Hanna could go and see the lights.

I should preface by saying that yesterday we had our first snowfall.  It was mostly rain where we live but where we went had mostly snow.  It made for a cold but wonderful adventure.

We started off our evening with dinner at the Concordville Inn.  If you've never been you should definitely go.  The food is great and it so nicely decorated for the holidays.

Longwood Gardens is about a 15 minute drive from the Concordville Inn. In snow it takes a little longer.  Once we arrived we bundled Hanna up in her stroller and off we went.  I kept thinking that people were going to think I was crazy for bringing her out in this weather but I was glad to see I wasn't the only "crazy" person.  There was young children everywhere.

We had a great time.  The snow made it so magical.  I'll let the pictures tell the rest of the story :)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Another sick visit

Hanna had another visit to the pediatrician today. She has been dealing with a cold for the last few days and it doesn't seem to be getting any better. I was relieved when the doctor said it wasn't another upper respitory infection or earache. It's just a cold in her throat. We are sitting in the parking lot of CVS waiting for her prescription to be filled. I hope it helps and she is on the mend soon!

Hanna hopes her Grandpa feels better soon too!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


A repost and a plea....

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