Friday, October 31, 2008


By the way... In case anyone didn't know already...


This makes for a very happy Daddy and Baby :)


I hope everyone has a fun and safe time Trick-Or-Treating!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Our Big Boy Got Shots :(

I wish my little man still looked as happy as he did this morning in this picture, but unfortunately Ryder isn't liking his shots too much. He took the actual shots like a champ only crying for a few seconds after each one and calming back down right away. He got eight vaccinations today. One that he had to drink, which he nurse seemed very impressed that he drank it right down without gagging or puking it back up. Then he got two injections into one leg and another injection into his other leg which had a total of five vaccinations in the one. It all seemed a little harsh to me, but I guess they know what they're doing. Ryder had his first dose of infant tylonel right after and slept for quite a while. He has been awake a little bit now and is a little sadder then usual, but we'll give him lots of lovin' tonight and hopefully he feels better soon.

Now for the stats! We have a BIG boy on our hands! Ryder weighed in at 13 pounds 8 ounces which puts him in the 90th percentile for his age!!! He was also 23 1/2 inches long which puts him in the 75th percentile for his age. Looks like we figured out why our two month old baby is growing right out of his three month clothes.

Ryder's next appointment isn't until he's four months old.... safe from the shots for a while now!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Pumpkin Carving!

Last night was pumpkin carving time in the Lutz-Winter household... enjoy the pictures!

Daddy getting the job started
Gotta get the guts out!Ewwww.... Ryder enjoying his first pumpkin carving

Mommy and Ryder

The boys hard at work carving the faces

Ryder pooped out before the job was done

Nice job guys!

The girls with their pumpkins

Happy Halloween

Monday, October 27, 2008

Tonight Could Be The Night!!!

One more game to go and the Phillies will be World Series Champs!!! We can't wait :)Here are some family photos...

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Two Months Old

Ryder is two months old already! I feel like I just wrote about him turning one month, and i'm sure the months will continue to fly by. I try to cheerish every moment with him, but every morning when I go to get the little man out of his crib I swear he's grown even more.

-I don't have any updates on Ryder's height and weight at two months yet, but we go to the doctor on the 29th (shots this time... ouch!) so i'll keep you updated. I know he's definately grown a ton because his three month clothes with the feet are already too small and the clothes without the feet are slowly creeping up his legs and beginning to take on a capri look... which doesn't work out too well if this cold weather!

- The biggest change Ryder had in his second month was starting to smile at us :) We love it so so much! He likes to smile the most in the morning after he has had his diaper changed and a bottle. It is when he seems to be the most happy.

- Ryder loves to look around now. I use to have to leave Ryder with Daddy in bed in the mornings while I got ready, but now he loves to lay in his crib and look at his mobile. He will sit on the couch and look around for a good hour before he'll fuss, and loves his toys that we put on his car seat handle. He also loves his little floor mat that we bought for him! It is nice to have a baby that will sit content for periods of time. It lets me get some house work done quicker and then I get to sit and really just enjoy him :)
Ryder on his floor mat

- The move to the big bottles was made more towards the beginning of his second month. He is pretty steady with five ounces of formula. During the night and in the afternoon he guzzles down full bottles, but from about four in the morning until around eleven he will sip on one bottle little bits at a time. No matter how hard we try he only wants about a half an ounce and then dozes off for a little while.

- Ryder's sleep schedule has been slightly fustrating lately. Instead of getting better with age he is just getting worse. As a newborn he slept great, but now it has been a little bit of a challenge. He goes to sleep anywhere from 7-9 p.m. and sleeps until around 12:30-2:30. He use to eat and go right back down after this whether he was still awake or not, but lately he just doesn't like that idea. It's not that he's wide awake, but he only seems to want to sleep cuddled up with me. I always make the attempt to put him back in his crib, but it usually fails and we head up to the couch and cuddle by the fire place to get some not-so-sound sleep. I've read that letting a baby "cry it out" before three months is useless because they can only remember things in the moment, and can't process the fact that he should fall asleep in his crib. So for the next month until he can start "learning a lesson and crying it out" i'll just enjoy our cuddle time on the couch. He'll only be this little for so long so as long as it's not any harm to him we'll enjoy our cat naps on the couch.

- The little man is in size one diapers now.

- Ryder has managed to find his lungs a little more now then when he was one month, and can produce tears really quick! It is the mose pitiful thing, but luckily he still cheers up very quick! We have only had one time that he was so upset we couldn't calm him down instantly and that only lasted about five minutes. I'm still keeping my fingers crossed on this one.

- Ryder's hair has started to come back in. He had a decent amount at birth, but most of it fell out pretty quick. The hair that is coming back in is so adorable. It's pretty blonde, strait, and fuzzy :) You can't see it much in pictures because it's so light, but I doubt he'll look like a bald baby for much longer. He also has the most gorgeous eye lashes now, and just the last few days i've really noticed his eye brows have come in. It's so funny the little things you don't realize they don't have until it comes in... we'll hold off on the no teeth thing for a while... i'm dreading teething!

- Oh yeah... the biggest news in Ryder's life in his second month is that he gets to watch the Phillies in the World Series!!! Go Phillies. Good Luck Tonight!!!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Still trying to get that smile on camera....

So trying to get this amazing little smile we now have in our lives on camera has proved to be quite difficult. I'll look down and he'll just be smiling away, and the second I grab my phone to snap a shot it's gone. I've gotten two more the last couple days. I don't know why he looks so chunky in them... I think it's the angle, but who knows maybe he's just getting chunky and I don't see it. Enjoy what I can get of his little smile :)

Happy Boy
All Squeaky Clean After His Bath!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Bye Bye Baby Weight...

Derrik and I have been going to the gym now for about two weeks. I didn't want to put a post up about it any earlier until it became routine and I knew i'd actually keep going. For anyone who doesn't know.... I HATE the gym, but what I hate even more is the twenty extra pounds still on my body that apparently weren't a huge baby, and we're actually all the fast food, Baskin Robbins ice creams, and McDonald's shakes I consumed while pregnant (oh yeah! and those amazing nachoes at the Lookouts field... girls you know what I'm talking about!) Luckily we've found a good routine that works for us, and makes the gym enjoyable.

We get up in the morning and get to the gym by 8 (that is when the daycare first opens). There is a really sweet lady named Sandy who runs the daycare. Ryder has only had to come out of his carseat once, and other then that he has slept every time we go. He's only had other kids in there with him twice so it's a great opportunity and we know he's being well taken care of. It's really nice to be able to get out and do something as a couple that is for our benefit. It gives us some time without the baby and to interact with each other. Derrik has been a great coach really helping me figure out what I need to do! He's not so thrilled about going every day, but once we get there he is fine. I think it's because he's not in such a huge need or a workout like I am!

Around 9-9:15 we finish up our workout and head into work. There is a shower at the office which Derrik gets into right away so he can get on the road. I get mine when Ryder decides to doze off for a little bit or Grammy decides to watch him.

It's really a great new routine we have and hopefully it'll get my butt back into shape!!!

1 Down.. 3 More To Go!

What a great game last night! I only got to see the first six innings since I knew i'd be paying for it later if I didn't roll over and go to sleep with Ryder's sleep schedule (I'll stay up once it's getting towards the end!). All that matters is that Daddy got to see it, and is in a great mood because of the win :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Ryder can't believe it! Less then two months old and he already gets to watch the Phillies in the World Series!! Daddy has had to wait fifteen years for this! Hopefully Ryder can will stay up and watch the whole game tonight..... then sleep 'til morning! (Yeah Right!!!)

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Parenting Tip: Don't leave hat on baby while driving

To all my friends out there with babies living down in the warm south who have yet to experience the freezing cold weather I have a little bit of advice for when the winter weather hits you. Don't leave the hat on your baby while driving. When they wiggle their little heads around crying in their car seat it causes their hats to come down over their eyes. Of course we just assume he's crying because he lost his pacifier so we reach back and give it to him again, but once we get out of the car we realize maybe he's fussing because he can't see! Perfect parents we are not.... oh well.. another lesson learned :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Ryder Smiles :)

Over the last three days Ryder has really started to smile :) He has smiled since he was born, but it was more random and just something he did. Now he is noticing us and smiling at us. I've tried for the last two days to catch it on camera and this was the best I could do. He will be all smiles, but the second the camera comes out it is over. He just get cuter and cuter every day :)

Ryder watching Regis and Kelly... a boy after his momma's heart

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Oh! What a Big Boy!!!

This is just a random picture of Ryder from over the weekend and I thought he looked like such a big boy! I wish he'd stop growing soon :(

Beach Baby

This weekend we took Ryder down to the beach for the first time. It wasn't exactly sun bathing weather, but it was still a lot of fun. We parked at the Squire and walked down towards the lighthouse (Mommy's gotta do some walking to get rid of this baby weight!) Once we got down there we bundled him up and walked out towards the point on the beach. We saw quite a few seals while we were there too! The fall is just absolutely gorgeous up here, and were really enjoying having the windows open every night. I wish it would stay this way forever.... winter stay away!!!!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Ryder's Newborn Pictures

A Wet Mess

Oh! What a mess!!! This afternoon Auntie Ally was up in her room feeding Ryder and came downstairs to tell me that Ryder had gone poop. It is expected this time of day from the little man so I headed upstairs to Grammy's room to get a diaper and some wipes to change him. Just before I laid Ryder down on the bed I thought to myself, "This is a poopy diaper so I should put something down to keep her comforter clean." I decided I would sacrifice my sweatershirt should anything leak through. Good thing I did!!! Just as I reached for a wipe to start tackling the awful mess, Ryder started peeing all over himself and then decided to poop even more! Thank God for the sweatshirt!!! The comforter was not sacrificed in this awful mess... We wouldn't want to make Grammy mad!
Ryder was very sad he peed all over himself :(

The Little Man AWAKE!

I've heard people think Ryder is always asleep... so I found some pictures of him wide awake. He seems to love to make a crazy face whenever I pull the camera out and he's up!
Auntie Hailey babysitting while Mom cleans the house
Getting ready for our day full of fall activities

Driving our long drive to the apple orchards
Testing out the new hat for winter
All sqeaky clean after a nice warm shower :)

Sunday, October 5, 2008

A Festive Fall Weekend

The Lutz Family had an awesome weekend up in New Hampshire! We headed up Thursday afternoon with Grammy, Grandpa, Auntie Ally, Auntie Hailey, and best of of Kaitlyn!!! We were so glad Kaitlyn could be in town to visit for our fun weekend. On Friday everyone went zip lining through and above the trees (Kaitlyn and Hailey stayed at the hotel and hung out with Ryder). It was so much fun! It was really nice to be able to get back out and do something adventurous after being pregnant for nine months. On Saturday we all set out to try to get in some fall activities. Unfortunately Penn State, the Phillies, and some horse race were all on t.v. so we lost Daddy for the day, but still had a lot of fun. First we found an apple orchard which had the best apples i've ever tasted! After that we drove to a farm that had a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, hay rides, and corn boxes (like a sand box, but with corn). It was one of the funest days I've had in a long time. After our little adventures we headed back to town and met up with some old friends for dinner. They were really excited to meet Ryder, and he couldn't wait to see them :) These pictures are just a quick preview of all the fun we had this weekend. Unfortunately Ryder just fell asleep and I need to head to bed to get some rest myself. I'll try to put up some more pictures tomorrow.

Love Always,

Getting ready for our zip line adventure!
One of the zip lines we went on
Me coming across one of the zip lines
Daddy zipping through the trees!
Grandpa hangin' on tight!
Ryder and I enjoying the beautiful river and folliage :)
Picking some apples out of the apple trees
The Winter Girls with the Little Man
Ryder hangin' out
The kids with their pumpkins
Olivia and Jeff lovin' on Ryder at dinner