Monday, December 29, 2014

Our Life: Christmas Riley Style 2014

What an incredible holiday this has been! We have been to multiple Christmas celebration with family throughout this last week, and tonight was our last Christmas this year. It was so much fun and so different than last year. Moose really understood opening gifts this year, and his excitement was so genuine that is was heart-melting.  Our children (and ourselves) were extremely blessed (aka spoiled) this year.

Santa brought Moose a Harley tricycle. His feet don't reach the pedals, yet, but I assure you this fact doesn't phase him one bit! He already has been scooting around the house on his trike, vroom-vrooming.  He seems to really like the handlebars on it.

 Santa brought Bo a clock toy, but since, he is less than three months old he wasn't impressed. Unless it's warm milk, there's not much he is impressed by. He will get to enjoy this season next year.

Sam and I were blessed by incredible gifts - too many to name. The highlights: a Dodgers jersey, baseball tickets, office supplies (you know I'm fired up), leggings, and much more!

Random Story:
We were blessed to have a calm in our day on Christmas Eve during nap time, and Sam flipped on a movie. Of course there were about a thousand Christmas movies on tv, but he skipped those and turned on "God's Not Dead" on On Demand. I don't know if you all have seen it, but it's a little bit heavy to be watching during nap time on Christmas Eve before our annual pajamas & pancakes Christmas at my moms. It was the first time we've seen it. So literally I'm in tears crying on the sofa, as the boys are waking up just at the end of the movie (perfect timing - literally our own Christmas miracle)! Anyways, moral of my story, God definitely sent Sam and I a reminder (a giant billboard reminder) in the middle of the chaos of umpteen celebrations that there is a reason for this season. It made me feel that fire that only God can fuel (the one that makes me want to be bold and unburdened in his name). Awesome stuff - had to share because when God reveals himself in the details it's just the best, right?!? 

Anywho... Here are a couple more pictures from our Christmas... (I only had my camera on Christmas Eve, so I missed several of our celebrations. Sorry folks!)

And my favorite video of Moose first seeing what Santa brought him...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Bo: 10 and 11 weeks, Hello double digits

Edit: In all my blogging, I can say I don't know that I've ever done this before. I used Bo's 9 week picture as his 10 week picture and didn't even realize it!! Is it because I missed a week? Or did I get confused somewhere along the way?? Oh geez, this is what they mean about the poor second kid isn't it... Well that happened, whoops!?!
How Big?: I think Bo has paused a bit on major weight gain. Well maybe that or he's getting taller and not fatter at the time being. (Which I think is the more likely case) 
Clothing Size?: 6 months for the most part, and I think he can wear size 2 in the thirsties diaper covers at this point. We only have one of that brand, but they're size one and getting snug for baby man. 
What/When is he eating?: Bo eats about 12-15 ounces while we are at school, and so far I am pumping about the same! It's very different boy exclusively pumping, but it's also a thousand times better!!! I am proud to say, Bo is still 100% breastmilk. Of course that is no judgement to formula Mommas because this stuff is hard! I am excited about having this break to nurse Bo a bit longer before we really commit to all bottles all week. (Since I sort of expect at some point he will give up nursing and just want the bottle.) 
Sleep?: We have some really good nights and some really tough ones. He is pretty good at sleeping a 6 hour stretch. Occasionally, he will sleep even longer. (Victory for momma!) The hardest part is when he won't go back to sleep, and we are up partying at 3 in the morning. 
Movement?: He is getting pretty close to holding his head up. He has also started to wiggle a bit in his crib. You lay him straight, but he wakes up crooked. He is also trying to roll over. He rolled onto his side the other day with no warning.
Milestones?: First time to visit Santa... First time being on the news, thanks to the before mentioned Santa visit. (It was far less Bo and much more Moose that got them that little memorable moment.) He's smiling and laughing and definitely recognizing us!Hardest Moment(s) of the Week: Going back to work was so hard!! It was hard in all these little ways: missing the boys, being sleepy, trying to figure out how to teach my kids, dealing with parents, missing the boys, pumping, not nursing, and so on. I am really glad I went back when I did, even though it was tough. I know it wouldn't have been any easier on me, if I hadn't returned before the break.Best Moment(s) of the Week: We really enjoyed figuring out the routine of things, but hands down the best moment of the last two weeks (warning: gross parent talk) is the fact that Bo has only pooped for my mom. Ok so... it's also been hard because we are genuinely concerned about his long "no poop" stretches, but it's been a bit comical because my mom has had to handle his last three poop explosions!!!Looking Forward to: It's officially Christmas break around here, and we are thrilled to have two weeks to hang out family style. This first week is all about Christmas!!! Then, we have a week to recover - haha, but really, we are blessed beyond measure. This time of year is full of incredible joy, and we are so happy to have our two boys to celebrate with!

If I don't get to blog before the holiday, Merry Christmas to you and yours!!!!!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Bo: 8 & 9 Weeks

Aren't these just the saddest little pictures in the world? I think Bo decided to boycott getting his weekly picture taken, and I just didn't know it! 

How Big?:
We went to the doctor for Bo's two month visit, and he has gained height and weight. He is 12 pounds 8 ounces and 24 inches tall. He is still in the 90th percentile for height, but he is now at 60th percentile for weight... Never fear though, we had some serious feeding last night, so I think he's growing again. 
Clothing Size?: Bo is a taller kid than Moose was at this point. I did have to get him 3 months in an outfit this week because the brand runs so big. It's what I've always said about kids clothes: the sizes can be so different from brand to brand. Clothes can be such a pain, and I don't even have girls lol!!!
What/When is he eating?: Bo is still getting breastmilk exclusively. I thought managing milk was tough the first time around, but the second time is crazier because you have another kid running around, too. It's our goal to make it to a year this time, but I'm proud to have made it two months. Sometimes as a mom, I think I get to caught up in future stuff. It's nice to stop and celebrate the small achievements, too. Last time, I was crying and frustrated with breastfeeding all the time, and now, I feel like I've got the hang of it. Please say a prayer for us as I go back to work next week. Bo hasn't been taking the bottle well, and I am going to be pumping significantly more than I have been. He has only taken the bottle really well one time, but I'm hoping it will become a trend. 
Sleep?: Bo is doing a great job going a six hour stretch at night most nights! Sometimes getting him to bed is rough, but if you can get him down, he's typically pretty good.
Milestones?: Well, I got the second baby monitor for Black Friday because it was on sale. And yes I know that I could've just bought a second camera, but instead, we got a second monitor so that each of us can have one kid at night or we have the option but both kids on one monitor and someone can take both of them at night. As a result of this awesome purchase, we moved Bo to his own room. I have been really surprised (knock on wood) that he's done really well sleeping in his own room. These last two nights have been the toughest ones we've had, and I have a feeling he's ina growth  spurt. Other milestones include first holiday: Thanksgiving!
Movement?: Bo loves to stand up and take kick his feet. He is a very active dude and tries to lift his head up already. I think that in the next month he will be rolling over with ease.
Hardest Moment(s) of the Week: These last two weeks tough moments have had much more to do with mommy and then they have with Bo or with Moose.The boys are awesome, but I'm a typical mom and I've been stressed about Christmas going back to work my way to the house etc. etc. honestly the most challenging things that we've experienced have been in the last two nights with Bo. He has decided that he doesn't want to sleep when I want him to sleep. I think we might have to experiment with putting him down just a little bit earlier. Oh the joys of teaching babies to sleep.
Best Moment(s) of the Week: We had a really good time last week for the Thanksgiving holiday. We had a blast at the turkey trot! Since then my mom and I have gotten a lot of shopping done, and I am so excited for my boys to have Christmas this year! Just shopping and imagining what Christmas morning is going to be like this year and the next and for years to come is seriously, hands-down the best part of having kids. I can't wait for the cries of, "Santa came!!" 
Looking Forward to: Well there's a lot going on so look forward to: seeing Santa, seeing Christmas lights, Christmas break, Christmas morning, Christmas everything… and full disclosure, I'm having really mixed feelings but I am also really looking forward to going back to school. I know it will be super hard to leave Bo and Moose. I know they're in very capable hands with my mom, but it's stilheartbreaking to think that I don't get to hang out and watch them play and watch them smile every single day!!! I am looking forward to getting back to routine getting back a little bit of that independence that comes with having a job. (Having a paycheck won't be bad either!) AnyWho, that's a long thing for what we're looking forward to you, but it's such an incredible time of the year!!!

Thank you for reading and keeping up with my blog! I always wonder as I am typing out all these little details about my kids (and thoughtfully trying to document for them and me) if anyone really cares. Not like that because I know that people care, but I look at my number of hits on a post, and I wonder who is reading? Who is keeping up with us? I love to share our world with others in the hopes that you will keep us in your prayers, in hopes that if there is anything we can do for you, you'll feel like you can let us know, in hopes that my journey will help someone else learning to be a mom. I love and appreciate all your support more than you know. I love to hear the words, "oh yeah, I read that on your blog!" 

PS Just for fun: It was a great, great night. (You non-parents might not understand the magnitude of this statement.) Tonight, I showered (alone), brushed my teeth, and washed my face! Isn't it glorious to be clean?!? Be grateful for what you have my friends. :)