... and it was sunny in Los Angeles. Opa & Oma had come over from Europe. I don't know what possessed me, but that morning I had gone out to Barnes and Noble to get a book: "I [heart] Trader Joe's Cookbook". That's right, a cookbook. That afternoon, I was lounging outside. I was tired, my feet hurt and I was crampy, so I decided to kick back and read... my cookbook. Yes, that's the kind of person I am. I finished reading the book in less than an hour, at which point I had to restrain myself from rolling off the chaise lounge and waddling over to the car to go get the ingredients for one of the recipes that jumped out to me.
As the sun started to set, it cooled down pretty quickly and David and I decided to continue the lounging inside, while watching The International with Clive Owen. Little did we know that we would never see the end of the movie...
That Sunday afternoon was January 31, 2010 and this was me:
An hour into the movie I got up to make some tea and grab a snack. That's when my water broke and we were off to the hospital. It looked like it would be a long wait before meeting our 2nd little boy, so, we continued the snacking. Afterall, this was one of the last times that I could use "being pregnant" as an excuse for my cravings.
Maybe it was the milkshake, maybe it was the chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes I had for dinner, but my little boy seemed to be of a different opinion than the doctors: not long after dinner he presented me with the opportunity to work off the calories that I had just happily consumed. That night, on February 1, 2010 (02/01/2010) Ryder Willem was born and made us a family of 4. He weighed 10 lbs. 11.3 oz. and measured 21.5". (Yes, he was a big baby and no, I did not have a C-section.)
And here we are: on January 31, 2011. A year later. It was a year with lots of interrupted sleep, a year in which I was "graced" with many more gray hairs, a year of milestones, of teeth, of crawling, of walking, of eating table food, but most importantly, it was a year of lots of giggles, joy, happiness and a heart that doubled (once again) in size. Once again, I fell in love. This time it was with a blond, blue eyed bruiser. (It's cool, knowing that I can make both dark hair, brown eyed and blond hair, blue eyed children.)
We went from a sleepy, gassy, and yes, cranky 1-month old
to a happy, giggling, laid back 6-month old
to a mischievous, happy and flirty 1-year old.
And here we are, the day before his 1st birthday. So much has happened and honestly, I am having a hard time believing that it's already been a year. I miss the days that he would fall asleep in my arms, but I treasure the smiles, giggles and sheer delight he expresses when I hold my arms out and tell him to come to me from the other end of the hallway. The excitement and joy in his eyes when he masters something new is absolutely beautiful and though I sometimes wish he still were a little baby, I am truly happy with the gorgeous and precious boy he's turning into.
On his 1st birthday, Ryder:
- Weighs approx. 28 lbs.
- Is 32 5/8" (2ft. 8 5/8") tall
- Wears 24 Months clothes (although he fills out Kai's 3T shirts very nicely, see pic. above).
- Sleeps from 8pm to 7am
- Naps from 1-4pm
- Has 6 teeth
- Loves milk, yogurt and cheese
- Loves walking and being outside
- Is obsessed with anything that Kai is plays with.
Today, on January 31, I yet have to watch the end of The International. However, it once again is a sunny afternoon in Los Angeles. Opa and Oma are visiting again, but instead of reading a cook book, I actually baked. Apple sauce cupcakes are cooling on the kitchen counter, the house smells wonderfully, and I am preparing for a small family celebration tomorrow.
Happy 1st Birthday, my Baby Boy! I love you more than you will ever know. Thank you for joining us, you truly are a blessing.