Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Ryder was SO well behaved for these pictures! I only brought this one outfit and his halloween costume because I really figured we would be lucky to get good pictures of even the one outfit! We probably could have taken pictures for hours he was loving it so much! The Halloween pictures are in hiding until... well... Halloween! Duh! They are SO precious though! So be excited!!
Note to Grandparents, Great Grandparents, and Great-Great Grandma:
This last picture has already been printed off and will be in the mail to you this week! YES... I got pictures printed off and you can have a real photo copy and not just pictures on the internet! I hope you all are very proud of me :)
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Job #1: Starts today... Derrik found a place that does kids basketball from about 9am-9pm on Saturdays. They said they could get him games every Saturday when he was interested. Today is his sort of "trial day" to see what hes got. He is doing the 9, 10, and 11 o'clock game. Hopefully he will do a great job and be able to do this on Saturdays! This job and the second one are what allows him to wear that nice outfit from the picture up above! LOL
Job #2: November-February... This is for high school basketball. Derrik has to get AIA (I think that is the letters) certified to be able to do these games. It is a small fee and he has to pass a test. I think this job is Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at the JV level. If he can do a really good job then he will be able to do Varsity games too!
Job #3: Starts October 24th... We are most excited for this job because of the opportunity it could bring our way. Through Derrik's many e-mails a couple months back he somehow stumbled upon a guy who owns a non-profit organization called Athletes for Awareness. The founder is a stage IV cancer survivor and wants to bring awareness of health and disease to kids through sports. He is big into basketball but has been looking for a good candidate to branch out to other sports. He is using Derrik as his baseball spokes person, and we are so excited! He will be hosting a baseball clinic on October 24th and through that should get some good baseball lessons! The legistics of how he gets paid and what is non-profit and what isn't is very confusing, but it should be a great opportunity for Derrik!
You can check out the website at AthletesforAwareness.org
We miss Derrik a lot while he is gone during the day, but are use to him being gone when he is on the road for baseball. We are excited we at least get him at home for dinner at night, and he's never too far from home!
Friday, September 25, 2009
Lindsay and Sean-
We hope you guys have an amazing day tomorrow! We wish so badly that we could be there, but know you guys understand this crazy baseball world holds you back sometimes. Enjoy every second of it and be sure to get some pictures up ASAP! Lindsay we know you will be such a beautiful bride :)
Derrik, Danielle, and Ryder
P.S. Be sure to check out their blog... Link on the side of my page under the friends section... No longer "The Henry-Crider's"... just "The Henry's"
As I mentioned in an earlier post Ryder has found his nose. All we have to say is "Ryder where is your nose?" and he points right to it! I am beginning to think we should have chose a different thing to teach him because he seems to have realized that his nose has two holes in it. No nose picking yet, but it might not be far off YUCK! We are starting to really push the "Ryder where is your belly?" but it still needs work. He also can find his Dog and his Cats. Another word that Ryder has really learned this past month is NO! Ugh that faces he makes when we tell him this! I have tried to get it on video, but he doesn't seem to take me seriously when I have my phone in his face. I can't even explain it, but honestly we might have a little actor on our hands with the fake sad faces and fake tears. It's pretty comical!
We are working on him signaling things to us and telling him words instead of screaming. For instance he use to scream at me to get out of his high chair (I am usually working while he eats his breakfast and lunch so I get distrated at times), now instead of screaming at me and crying he says Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom until I look and says a babble version of "all done" and puts his arms up in the air so I can take his tray away. While he is eating he knows when I ask him if he wants his juice or water and gets SO excited! Speaking of which... he has really mastered the sippy cup this month. We had used it in the past but more as a toy then an actual cup. He can now suck his drink of choice like a champ out of those things now!
We have also introduced the fork into Ryder's meal time. He is really good at getting the food onto the fork and into his mouth. We got some little kid ones and they seemed to do the trick for his short little arms. For the most part Ryder eats our meals with us and eats most of what we are eating. We still are having no luck with the veggies in solid form, but he is getting his nutrients from them in his yogurts (yes veggie yogurt..yuck, but he loves them) and those squirt packaged baby food things.
So I think the bottle may be gone for good! We made the switch over from formula to whole milk after we got the go-ahead from the doctor, and it's gone great! We are doing water at meal times, juice if need be while we are out and about, and milk with his snack before his nap and right before bed all out of a sippy cup. He has been going down for bed and his naps with no problem. We have also been leaving his pacifier in his crib. When he wakes up I ask him for his "paci" and he puts it in my hand. We then throw it down into the crib and don't see it until we get back in there. The great thing is he gets SOOO excited to see it when he goes to bed that he falls right asleep! I know the pacifier needs to go also, but we need to do this in steps. So for now Ryder and I will pat ourselves on the back for riding ourselves of those bottles and that expensive formula!
Ryder has been working so hard on his standing and walking. He is still only standing when he is in unfamiliar territory or in the bathtub. So odd that he keeps opting to stand in the bathtub... It is almost like he knows I won't post videos from the bathtub anymore on the blog and he knows he can keep this whole standing thing in hiding if he only does it there! As far as walking, he is now walking really good with the help of one fingers. I don't even hold him.. he just holds my finger. I think we still have a long way to go, but hopefully soon :)I'll be sure to let you know!!!
Have I mentioned our little boy loves to dance? Gosh any music anywhere and he just breaks it down! It is so funny!
With all of this learning stuff comes the praise we give him to go along with it! We are constantly clapping and telling Ryder "good job". He loves it and as long as he has both our attention and we are praising him he's a happy baby!
I am sure I will publish this post and think of a thousand other things Ryder is up to these days. He is just growing up so fast! We are loving that he is becoming an active part of our family and involved in what we do. It makes things so much more fun when you can see them through the eye of your own child! We love you little man!!!
Pictures have been few and far between lately. Ryder is too active and not into smiling for the camera! The lighting in our new place is awful! And well... I just haven't been on the ball with it all lately! I did get a couple on Derrik's phone yesterday when we stopped by to check out the local horse track that opens back up next week. My husband is obsessed with this stuff... and tries to convince Ryder to be!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
1-Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
2-Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3-Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4-Name 7 things about yourself that people may not know.
5-Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
6-Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7-Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they've been nominated
WOW! 7 things you might not know about me was super hard! I am way to open on this blog to be hiding seven secrets :) I hope you learned something about me though!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
After our long talk with the doctor, the mean nurse came in to give those awful shots! Ryder got four yesterday and then was sent up to the third floor to get blood drawn!!! Poor guy! He cried only during the actual shots and during the actual blood being drawn, but calmed right down after both. We had no fever from the shots and his thighs appear to be fine. They said one can make his leg really sore. He has a little bruise on his one leg and on his arm from where they took the blood. We were sure to give him lots of extra loving yesterday afternoon!
Four shots and blood drawn... One Tough Boy!
!!!UPDATE FROM ORIGINAL POST!!!!
Early this morning she said she heard him making some noises from his dog bed next to her bed. She said she got up to take him down stairs to go to the bathroom and he fell at the bottom of the stairs. She called for my dad and they sat on the front porch where he passed away in my dads arms. I'm so glad it happened that way and we didn't have to take him to the vet.
We love you Jake!!! RIP up there in heaven and know that we will miss you very very much!
Monday, September 21, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
This has been such a big week of firsts!!! I know most of them involve poop, but still they are all important to me. Another first we did tonight was no bottle to put himself to sleep. I gave Ryder his bottle while we were reading his book instead. We finished the book, he drank for a few more seconds, told me "dun", gave Daddy a kiss, and went to bed. Not a peep! Not any sort of fight... it can't be this easy! I plan on getting rid of the bottle before nap time tomorrow because the past two days he has immediately stood up and thrown it out of the crib the second I walk away. I don't go back in and he falls asleep within a few minutes. I'll save him the time of having to get up and throw it out of the crib haha!
Ryder is also constantly telling us "oh!"... it stand for "uh oh!" and is so darn cute when he does it. He makes the cutest little circle, rounded lips and has this look in his eyes like "what did ya think of that?". He does it mainly when he drops and throws stuff or knocks over a tower of blocks. We got lots of oh's at bathtime. Every time he throws a toy out of the tub (new rule: when they are out... they stay out!) he says "oh!" and he loves to stand up and fall down against the wall and say "oh!". It is absolutely adorable! I have very cute video of it and an extremely hilarious video of him dancing in the tub last night, but I have issues with putting the little weiner on the internet the older he gets. I did it a little before, but just feel it is kind of wrong. If you are family and would like to enjoy these videos just shoot me your e-mail and i'll gladly send them!
I think I could ramble on about this little man forever tonight... he really won me over with that standing stuff tonight! BUT... i'm done for now :)
These super cool big boy jammies are from Ryder's buddy Dakota who also recently just started standing! We miss you Dakota... thanks for the cool jammies though :)
And there has been a request from back home for a picture of Ryder in his tie-dye shirt we had made when I went to Cape Cod to pick him up a couple weeks ago. This is the best one out of like ten attempts on my phone... take it or leave it... this boy does not pose for pictures anymore!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
The inside was amazing. I couldn't compare to the old one because I've only been through the front door once, but Derrik seemed to be VERY impressed! There are two minor league locker rooms and a HUGE major league locker room! The workout room and training room I think he was most impressed with. They even had hot and cold whirlpools... two of each! They had a swim in place swimming pool! There cafeteria was basically like a full restaurant. Flat screen tvs for days... literally boxes lining the halls of 60" tvs! A lot of the offices had their own showers... it was just craziness. The view from the deck up on the second level was so amazing! You could over look all of the fields. They had huge grills, super nice patio furniture... looks like a place to have a party instead of play baseball! And MOST importantly wives/fiances/girlfriends of the Reds.. they are waiting on the covered tents to go over the bleachers to the fields! Can I get an Amen!!!
P.S. - We started on Monday asking Ryder where his nose was and showing him. He officially knows where his nose is four days later! So proud :)
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
"Hey blog world, what do you think of my new truck?!"
"I am not sure whether to walk or crawl with this thing?!"
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
This is why there is nothing on these shelves in his room