Not a bad way to spend Christmas. Or any day for that matter. Ryan's favorite gift (Skye and Reagan like it too)...
Sunday, December 25, 2011
When we got back from Ko'olina there were packages waiting for us.
Aunt Patty sent this ornament for Reagan.
Nanna and Papa (for clarity purposes Nan and Pop are Ryan's grandparents while Nanna and Papa are Ryan's parents) gave Reagan this beautiful silver bracelet with her monogram engraved on it.
I got some lovely jewelry!
So Reagan had a big week with a lot of firsts (some legitimate some not). On Tuesday the 20th she sat up on her own for the first time. Ryan and I were both stunned, but it must have been a fluke thing because she hasn't done it since. On Wednesday the 21st she held her own bottle for the first time. This actually doesn't count because I just propped it in her open upraised hand and she only "held" it there for about 60 seconds. On Thursday the 22nd she had her first real laugh which completely melted my heart. And on Friday the 23rd she discovered something and made it a habit. It gives me slight cause to worry...
Yes, my baby now sucks her thumb. I wouldn't be so worried if I were like my sisters and had kicked the habit while still a toddler but I didn't stop sucking my thumb until... ahem.... the age of nine.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
It's that time of year again when militant atheist heads across the country begin spinning (and in some cases exploding). It seems that every year the outrage gets more intense and the "offenses" get more outrageous. I heard once from an agnostic that Christians try to "hijack" certain symbols to make them associated with Jesus Christ. As far as I'm concerned, Christians have little need of stealing or hijacking anything as long as atheists continue to ascribe seemingly unrelated objects to Christianity.
Objects in recent memory include:
The crèche or nativity. Okay that's obviously Christian.
A fir tree. Fine, it's a stretch but I'll give it to ya.
Colored lights. Say what?
And the new one this year....... snow. Yes you read that right.
I read a piece this morning on the Internet by Derek Powazek of Gizmodo. In his article he asserts that the well known website Flickr is forcing Christianity on its users by decorating their homepage with animated colored lights and "three little snowflakes" that once clicked on release a blizzard of little snowflakes on the screen. Obviously this is more than a good atheist like Powazek can stomach. He also says that Flickr has done Christmassy things in past years as well and gives two examples: a Santa hat and - you guessed it - snow. What is this guy's obsession with snow? And how is it related to Christianity? Is he afraid it's going to melt and he'll be baptized? Or maybe he lives in a warm climate and thinks that snow is a commercial item only available at Christmas time instead of an act of nature.
So by default snow must also represent maternity, patriotism, love, gratitude, and wearing green because, thanks to living in Idaho, I've experienced snow on Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, and the 4th of July.
Merry Christmas everyone! And that includes all the grinches out there that want to steal it.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Since Ryan has to work Saturday - Wednesday we decided to have Christmas early. We travelled to the other side of the island to stay at the Joneses. Ryan made a fabulous Christmas feast of roasted ham, twice baked potatoes, and crescent rolls!
We bought this little shrub in the garden section of Wal-Mart. Ryan decorated it, even drawing and coloring the pictures around the base.
So you can get a feel for the size we set it next to the baby.
And when we discovered this we put the tree outside. You see those light colored beads? Those weren't in there when we bought and decorated the tree. Those "beads" are actually gecko eggs. Now we don't mind a gecko or two in the apartment, but we didn't want all these babies to hatch!
Reagan's first Christmas present! Of course she was too interested in the ceiling to care so daddy opened it for her.
Yay for fluffy teddy bears! Thank you Nan and Pop!
Ryan's present from work: chocolate mushrooms and gum. I'd never had these chocolate mushrooms before and I have to say now, they might just be a new favorite!
Sorry we didn't get any pictures of me opening the family calendar but I'm sure y'all don't mind.
The best present ever!!!!
Nice and clean after her Christmas bath. She decided to blow out her diaper right before dinner.
Merry Christmas and best wishes for a fabulous New Year!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Now that we've discovered the problem and have rectified it (baby was not getting enough to eat so we have supplemented with formula), Reagan has been crying less, sleeping more, and beefing up at an astounding rate! My skinny little babe is becoming a hulk with jowls, a double chin, and even thunder thighs replacing her chicken legs!
How big is Reagan? So big!