Last night Ryleigh fell off the concrete steps in our garage. I am not real sure what happened because my back was to her, but it seems as though she fell off the side of the steps. She banged up her belly. I am guessing she did it on one of the corners of the steps. She has a concrete burn and several little cuts and scratches. It looks as those it will get a pretty good size bruise on it too. We cleaned her and gave her bath and then put some medicine on it and gave her some Tylenol. She screamed and cried for a long time. Once I gave her bath and put her pj's on, we sat on the couch cuddled up and she calmed down and fell asleep. This morning she seemed as though it was sore. It was really sad and you could tell that she was really hurting last night. :( She walks up and down those steps everyday, but I guess she just lost her footing.
Friday night Grammy came over to play and have dinner with us. Ryleigh showed Grammy her new Pink Mustang and her new playground. She wanted to go home with Grammy and was very sad that she couldn't. It was already after 8 when grammy was leaving and Ryleigh would have fallen asleep in the car on the way to Grammy's house, so it would have been pointless. She was very sleepy thanks to the fact that daycare didn't lay her for down for a nap that day. So on Saturday after we cleaned the house, I took Ryleigh over there to stay the night. She had a blast, as she always does. Grammy said they played outside on the swing, took a walk in the wagon with Haley and took a bath. She went to church with Grammy on Sunday morning. We picked her after church (we didn't make it to church, we took advantage of sleeping in on a Sunday). Later Sunday afternoon, Scott and Beth stopped by to borrow our mower and they hung out for a little while. Ryleigh had just woke up from her nap, so she took a while to warm up to Brooke and Jewell, but eventually she did and played with them. However, we discovered that she doesn't do well with sharing her toys. We will have to work on that!
Then, we went to the Block Party at the City Park that the church held. Grammy was there helping so we got to hang out with her. Aunt Sarah, Uncle Matt, Andrew and Gabriella were there too. Andrew and Ryleigh played on the playgound most of the time. They had a really good time. Andrew did get in the Bounce House, but Ryleigh didn't want to have anything to do with. I think, though, they would have been very happy eating the popice all day!! I know that they each had at least two, maybe more. I know they wanted more and kept trying to go back for more. After we left the block party, we went to Aunt Sarah and Uncle Matt's for a BBQ. Thanks for letting us invite ourselves. ;) We had a really good time. Papa was there too. Andrew and Ryleigh played outside and drove the Trekker. Ryleigh always has a such a good time with Andrew. Thanks for the dinner Matt and Sarah!!! Next time we will wait to be invited! ha!!!
It was a very fun weekend and time well spent with family!!!
A couple of weeks ago Grammy got Ryleigh a pair of pink crocs. Ryleigh thought they were so cool and wanted to wear them all the time. She was even more excited that she could put them on herself. Once she figured out that she could put those shoes on by herself, she started trying to put all of her shoes on by herself. She does great with it. She usually puts them on the wrong feet, but she gets them on there. If she can't get it on, she will get very frustrated and I usually have to calmly (very calmly, if I don't ask her if i can help her in the kindest voice I have, she usually gets more upset and throws a fit) ask her if she wants me to help her. Now all I have to do is say let's get your shoes on and off she goes to find them. Sometimes it's a little interesting what she will come out of her room wearing, but she is just so proud that she do it all by herself.
Ryleigh is really starting to pick up on words that we say everyday. She makes an effort to repeat a lot of what we say. Recently bye (or bye-bye) has become a big part of her everyday vocabulary. She learned to say it before she was a year old, but after awhile she just wouldn't say it anymore. Now, she says it all the time. She will pick up a bag or a purse or anything that she put on her arm and yells bye (and something after that, it sometimes sounds like kids and sometimes sounds like everyone). She says bye when talking on the phone too.
She has started saying shoe and referring to her shoes using the accurate wording.
She started saying Archie a long time ago, but it was another one of those words that she stopped saying. Over the last week, I have noticed that she has started clearly saying it again and calling him by his name.
She learned to say baby a while back, but it is used daily now when referring to babies in books or the baby in mommy's belly.
She has a wide range of words that she uses in her everyday vocabulary and it seems to grow daily. She makes a wonderful effort to repeat any word that you ask her too. Last night, she tried saying uh oh spaghettio's. It was so cute!!
Yesterday we worked all day building a play area for Ryleigh. We marked off a big spot with landscaping timbers and filled it with pea gravel. Along the edges that are up against the house we put mulch and plan to put mums in it. It turned out pretty nice, or we think so. There are a few things that we need to finish up, but it's a nice play area. We put her play cube/slide in there and her pool. We hope to get her a sandbox eventually. We also got a swing at Lowe's yesterday (not a kids swing, porch swing) . I think that is Ryleigh's favorite part.
We had a prenatal visit this morning. We are at 16 1/2 weeks. The doctor appointment was quick and easy today. Checked blood pressure, it was good. Checked the baby's heartbeat, it was wonderful, in the 160's. The scale moved this time. ha! I gained 4 pounds since my last appointment, but that is ok because so far that is all I have gained. Anyway, everything looked great today. I go back September 16 for my 20 week appt.
And the good news.... we will find out if we are having a BOY or a GIRL in 3 weeks!!! September 9 at 8:15 is our big ultrasound. I am so EXCITED!!!
Ryleigh tries so hard to help me out. She likes to try to clean and do the dishes. She always helps me empty the dishwasher. You can always tell when she put the silverware away. I usually have to wait to load the dishwasher when she isn't around though because she tries to put those away too. She also likes to wipe things down or sweep things up. If she makes a mess she will get the broom and dustpan out. Last weekend, she crushed crackers all over the living room floor. She got in trouble for it and I went in the next room to grab the vacuum, when I came back Ryleigh was in the living room with the broom and dustpan trying to clean it up. I just couldn't be upset with her anymore!
Last night was the cutest though. Ryleigh was sitting with daddy watching an Elvis special on TV and I was doing laundry. I came upstairs with a basket of clothes and sat down on the couch. Ryleigh jumped down and ran over to the basket and picked up some of her clothes and ran to her room with them. Well, seeing as she just wanted to help, I folded a couple of her things and handed them to her. She ran off to her room and came back for more. We did this until all of her clothes were folded and in her room. We watched her as she did this and wondered what she was really doing with them. So when I was done I walked in her room just to check it out and she nicely piled them all up in her diaper bag.
She is just such a great helper. I hope that she will always be like that!! ;)
This past week Ryleigh has been working really hard on learning some animal sounds.
Puppy (she has actually been doing this one for months) she barks.... woof, woof. Lion (she has been doing for several weeks and is so stinking cute) she growls the meaniest growl she can.
The next few are the ones we really had to practice because everything was either woof, woof or a growl.
Kitty, she meows. It's so cute. It sounds a little like a sick kitty. Duck, she says quack, quack. This one is really cute too. Snake, she still gets confused with this one, but if you remind her she will say ssssssss.
A pig she doesn't understand. She makes up a sound and then when you say, a piggy says oink oink, she grabs your nose and says honk, honk. So we have to work on that one!
When Ryleigh first got her Mustang, she thought it was so cool, she couldn't even wait for daddy and papa to get it together. She played in it and pretended to drive (the battery was charging). The next day when we got home, I put the battery in and she hopped right in. But, as soon as she realized it moved, she was out of it and refused to get back in. We tried everything, we even brought it in the house, but nothing. She would stand on the outside and push the buttons and put her babies in it, but she wanted nothing more to do with it. Friday, Andrew brought his truck over to Grammy's to show Ryleigh that it wasn't anything to be scared of. It took some convincing, but Uncle Matt finally got her in the truck and Andrew took her all over the yard. She loved it!!! She just laughed and smiled so big. Then, Aunt Sarah asked her if she wanted to drive and Ryleigh climbed right over there and took off (well sort of, she wasn't the best driver!). She didn't want to give up her turn, but eventually her and Andrew started taking turns. They had so much fun and I was so excited to see that she wasn't scared. When we got home, I tried to get her in her Mustang, but she still wanted nothing to do with it. It was late and she was tired, so I didn't push it. But I climbed in (and I may not be as big as a house yet, but it wasn't easy fitting my pregnant body into that thing!) and she sat next to me and we just went back and forth in the living room. She was ok with that, but nothing more. The next evening, we took it outside and she climbed in the passenger seat but didn't want to sit in the driver seat. I tried to push the gas pedal with my hand and drive her around, but that was to hard to do. So we got a long pipe and just pushed it with that and took her around the yard. Still, she wanted nothing to do with the driver seat. We were ok with that though because we made progress. On Sunday, we were all outside and her car was in the garage and she hopped in and then eventually moved over the driver seat. We let her know how excited we were and told her to drive it and finally she pushed the gas pedal and took off!! She had so much fun! She drove it all over. Our yard isn't the best place because it slopes so much, so Tom and I walked with her up the road and back while she drove. She really enjoyed it. She is a bit of a scary driver. I believe at one point she may have given herself whiplash. She ran into the garage door steps so hard that she came out of her seat. It was pretty funny though. Finally, she will drive it! It took a week for it to happen! We were so surprised that she was scared of it because she LOVES going for rides on the mower with daddy and she like to ride on the equipment here at work. But that is ok, she now loves it and she looks so cute driving it!!! GO RYLEIGH!!!!!
Last night when we got home from work, Ryleigh was very dirty and needed her diaper changed. So I changed her diaper and took off her dirty clothes. Knowing that after dinner she would have a bath, I didn't want to put her pj's on or any clean clothes. Ryleigh doesn't leave a diaper on if she doesn't have any clothes on, so I just grabbed a pair of bloomers to put on over her diaper. She spent the next 30 minutes trying to get her diaper and her bloomers off. All that work to get her diaper off ended with it completely undone on both sides and the front of her diaper pulled out of her bloomers as far as she could get it, so she had a huge hunk of diaper sticking out the front, but I just left. When daddy got home dinner was just about ready so I stuck Ryleigh in her highchair just as she was. We were having spaghetti, so I got Ryleigh's plate ready for her. We all sat down to eat and a few minutes later I look over and notice that Ryleigh has eaten almost all of her food. I was impressed and she was asking for more. I am thinking that she really ate it because she is usually a good eater. When we finished, I clean up her tray and wiped off her hands, mouth, chest and stomach and removed her tray from her chair and what do I find??? A diaper full of spaghetti!!!!! It didn't go in her belly, it landed in the huge flap of her diaper. I started laughing and laid her down on the floor to change her diaper and I continue to discover all the place those noodles were able to work themselves into!! I never thought I would be picking spaghetti noodles out of that place!! In the end, I am not real sure how much she actually ate!
Ryleigh is starting to understand that there is a baby in mommy's belly. Now when we talk about the baby in my belly, she will try to look through my belly button to find it!! It is so cute. She also kisses it, pats it and lays her head on my belly. If we ask her where mommy's baby is or where her baby sister (if it's a boy, she may be confused) is, she knows exactly where to look. Today, we were in the bathroom and when I was buttoning my pants, she points to my belly and I said 'yea there is a baby in there' and she just laughed like it was the funniest thing ever. She is going to be a great big sister!!
Late Sunday morning, Ryleigh and I were in the bathroom brushing our teeth when Tom came in to tell Ryleigh that someone was here to see her. So, she hopped down and went to find out who it was and Papa was standing at the front door. He told her to come outside, he has something for her. In the back of his truck was a PINK BARBIE MUSTANG!!! He took the box out and daddy and papa opened it and started pulling the pieces out. When she realized what it was, she got so excited. They continued to put it together and Ryleigh was so excited that she couldn't hardly stand it. She tried to play in it and help put it together. Finally, it was put together and she hopped in it. She started moving the steering wheel and the gear shift. She found the perfect spot for her binkie, in the cup holder. She took her babies for a ride, well not really, the battery had to charge, but she didn't know any different, it was just as fun to her. She hopped back and forth from the driver seat to the passenger seat. She just thought she was so cool!!!! Tonight when we get home, we will hook up the battery and let her drive it. She needs a booster seat though, her short little legs can't reach the gas pedal.
Thanks to papa and grammy for Ryleigh's cool ride!!!!!!!
Andrew invited Ryleigh over to go swimming on Saturday. She had a blast, actually they both did. They played for a few minutes inside while I visited with Gabriella. Then we took them outside to swim for a little while. They had so much fun!!! Afterwards, Aunt Sarah made us all lunch and we hung out for a little while and ate. Ryleigh had a lot of fun and I know Andrew did too. We both took a 2 1/2 hour nap when we got home!!!