December 16, 2008


Just a quick update on peanut... Yesterday, she learned how to make a kissing sound. I would have totally missed it if someone else hadn't pointed it out to me. She's so adorable and what makes it so funny is that there's no association with it at all. She just plays with her toys sucking on her lips like there's no tomorrow. I've been trying to show her how to "blow" kisses, but she's not that interested in it yet.

Riley has been feeding herself like a champ recently. This past couple of weeks, we've been introducing finger foods like bananas, green beans, graham crackers (which she's been eating for months now really) and corn puffs. The corn puffs are gerber graduates snacks and they come in a ton of different flavors and shapes. Her favorite right now is a gerber snack that has a ranch flavor to it. It's called dipped veggies and even mom likes it!

Peanut's getting better at sitting on her own. I can now set her down on the floor with some toys and she's happy playing by herself for a few minutes. I do have to make sure she's isn't in a position where she could fall and land on something. She's already smacked her head on the foot of her jumper. That went over real well!

She isn't crawling yet, but she is getting better at pushing up off the floor. Earlier today I could have sworn she was so far off the ground that her weight was actually on her knees, but it was hard to tell and lasted a split second. Mostly, she waves her arms around like she's swimming and lifts her chest up high. It has to be the best work out the child has ever gotten. I can't imagine putting my body into that position for any amount of time!

Christmas is around the corner and we can't wait to be with our families. The Kaden's are coming for a short visit next Sunday/Monday. After that, we're off to Richmond next Tuesday for the rest of the week. It will be a whirlwind holiday, but we are so excited to share it with Peanut! In the spirit of the holidays, I leave you with this:

Twas the Night Before Christmas...Mom Style
© By Catherine Cornell

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the abode,
Only one creature was stirring, she was cleaning the commode.
The children were sleeping, all snug in their beds,
While visions of X-box 360 and IPODS flipped through their heads.

Dad was snoring in front of the family TV
With a half-constructed bike propped up on his knee.
So only Mom heard the reindeer hooves clatter,
Which made her sigh, 'Now what's the matter?'

With toilet brush still clutched in her hand,
She descended the stairs and saw an old man
All covered with soot, which fell with a shrug

'Oh great,' muttered Mom, 'now I have to clean up the rug.'

'Ho! Ho! Ho!' cried Santa, 'I'm glad you're awake---
My gift to you was especially difficult to make.'
'Thanks Santa, but all I want is time alone.'
'Exactly!' he chuckled, 'so I've made you a clone.'

'A clone?' she muttered. 'What good is that?'
Now run along Santa, I've no time to chat.'
Then out walked the clone, the dear mother's twin,
Same hair and same eyes, the same double chin.

'She'll cook and she'll dust, she'll mop every mess,
You'll relax, take it easy, watch the Young and Restless.'
'Fantastic!' mom cheered, 'My dream has come true!'
'I'll shop and I'll read and I'll sleep the night through!'

From the room up above, the youngest did fret.
'Mommy come quickly----I'm scared and I'm wet!'
The clone replied, 'I'm coming sweetheart.'
'WOW!' the mom smiled. 'She sure knows her part.'

The clone changed the small one and sung him a tune
As she bundled him up in a blanket cocoon.
'You're the best mommy ever---I really love you!'
The clone smiled and said, 'I love you too!'

The real mom frowned and said 'Santa , no deal!
That's my baby's love that she's trying to steal.'
Smiling wisely Santa said, 'To me it's so clear,
Only one loving mother is needed right here.'

The mom kissed her child and tucked him in bed,
'Thank you so much, dear Santa, for clearing my head',
Knowing time goes too fast ,and it won't be too long,
That her children will no longer need her cradle nor song,

The clock on the mantle then began to chime;
Santa whispered to the clone, 'It works every time.'
And with the clone at his side, Santa said,' Goodnight
Merry Christmas, dear mom, you will be all right!'

December 13, 2008

Sneak Peek

Here's what we did this morning!

December 12, 2008

The Mom Song

Everyone should have a listen, especially all you moms!

December 11, 2008

Christmas Lists

Many of you have been asking what's on Riley's christmas wish list.  So, here it is!

Johnny Jump Up - or an equivalent doorway jumper
Books, books, books! - Ian loves to read to Riley on the weekends and they go through at least 4-5 books at a time.
Stackables - blocks, cups, boxes
Clothes - 12+ months, please! 
Baby Einstein DVDs - currently we have Mozart, Bach, Signs, First Moves, Animals
Baby sign language - books, dvd's, etc (anything to help teach mom and dad how to teach Riley)
Bath Toys
Fisher Price Laugh n Learn Play House
Leap Frog toys - 12+ months
Movies - we would like to start collecting a movie library for Riley. Disney and christmas dvds are always winners. We currently have the Lion King, Wizard of Oz, Emperor's New Groove, Polar Express

This isn't a demand list, just some ideas in case you were looking. The best thing we can ask for is the love, support and time spent with our family and wish we could spend Christmas with everyone instead of just a few. May everyone be blesssed with a wonderfully warm and happy holiday season!

November 25, 2008

Santa Baby

Guess who got to see Santa today!

November 20, 2008

Gregory David Tice

Riley's future husband was born on Saturday, November 15th at 10:02 pm. He weighed 7lbs., 3oz. and was 20" long. Go see his pictures at:

Go see!

November 19, 2008

Planet Child

We went to Planet Child yesterday with a group of moms from Triangle Mommies. We had such a blast! We hung out with Bryson and his mom, Tracy in the infant room. You can see they had a lot of fun!

Sounds of the Wild

Riley's been practicing with new sounds since she could make a peep. It's always fun and entertaining when she figures out something new. Recently, she's been playing with consonants. At any given point in the day, you can hear her stringing along Ma-ma-ma-ma's or Puh-puh-puh's or even d-d-d-d-d's. This morning Ian called her Riley "Machine Gun" Kaden because of the stuttering sounds she was making. 

Well, this week, her new thing is O-sounds. She's moved on to Whoa-whoa-whooOOoOOOoooOoo's with an almost wailing like quality to them. It's a haunting sound, especially when she does it in almost a whisper. We went walking at the mall with some other girls (By the way, it snowed for about 5 minutes while we there!), and she whoa-ed practically the whole time. It was funny. This morning, she's started with go-go-go's. 

What a funny kid!

November 12, 2008


We got a new, big-girl stroller. Here are some pictures from a trip to the park on Sunday. We had a great day, as you can see!

November 11, 2008


Peanut now has two (very sharp) teeth. Her front two bottom teeth finally popped through! They've been bothering her for about two weeks and now they are finally here! She's back to sleeping through the night again, but the drool is NONSTOP.  And breastfeeding is becoming a challenge. She wants to chew and rub her gums because they're sore. Mom's chest is NOT an appropriate place for this exercise. And when I yelp in pain and tell her no, she just smiles and laughs. Fun times, I tell you!

November 4, 2008

Developmental Update

Since my last post was so picture laden, I decided to update you all on some of the things Peanut's been accomplishing lately.

She's getting a lot better hand control. Things on the table in front of her are now fair game. This means that we have to be really careful when she's in our lap at the table. We experienced this on Sunday when we met some friends out for a bite. Riley simply couldn't resist trying to pull my plate into our laps. We finally had to clear a section of the table about a foot deep to keep her out of trouble. 

Not only is her grip getting better, but she's starting to pass things from hand to hand. The pediatrician tells us it's a milestone to watch for. Honestly, its not all that exciting.

Peanut is starting to like being on her tummy. It used to only last about 5 minutes before she'd get bored and mad. Lately, though, she's been happier. She's starting to push up on her arms and really reach out for her toys. I think being able to push up allows her to actually play with the toys rather than face-planting into them. And lo and behold! Riley rolled over from her stomach to her back today!

Many of you know that she's been rolling from her back to her stomach for about 6 weeks now. It shouldn't be a surprise for her to roll the other way. I mean, really. She did that move when she was almost 8 weeks old! Somehow, though, she'd forgotten. Seems that's all over. Now I'm just waiting for her to realize that she can be mobile with the rolling. Let's hope she's a little slow on figuring that out. For my sanity's sake!

Riley is eating like a champ these days. I've been making most of her food on my own and its been really easy. We've been doing plain vanilla yogurt, sweet potatoes, apples, pears, bananas, squash, green beans and peas. She loves graham crackers, but she only gets those on special occasions. We have to watch her closely because she still doesn't chew/gum the pieces very well and likes to swallow the cracker whole. 

She's taken a liking to anything that rattles or makes noise. Right now, one of her favorites is a plastic container I've filled with dried beans. At least she's easy to entertain! She's figuring out that it will make even more noise when she shakes it or throws it on the floor. 

All in all, things are going really well. We are moving along at the exactly right pace and this is keeping mom and dad happy! Every day is a new adventure and we are loving every minute of it!

October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

We had an awesome Halloween day. Through Triangle Mommies, we hosted a playdate at our house and had a total of 6 moms and 6 babies (ages ranged from 6 months to almost 9 months) attend. Everyone wore their halloween colors and we even had one in costume! It was a great time. We made hand and footprint crafts that looked like pumpkins and ghosts to celebrate the holiday. It was so nice to have all the babies together and meet some new moms in the area!

In the spirit of trick-or-treating, we are treating you with some new pictures!

We also took some new "naked butt" pictures before Riley's bath tonight!

October 22, 2008

Peanut's gettin' big!

It's hard to believe that its been SIX months since we brought Riley home. Seems like it was just yesterday and forever ago, all at the same time! We went for her six month well visit at the pediatrician's office today. She weighed 15 lbs. 1.5 oz. and was 26 inches long. Compare this to her four month visit when she was 13 lbs. 7 oz and 24 inches long.

Peanut's gettin' big!

October 14, 2008

Great Giveaway!

Visit the Little Window Shoppe for a great giveaway idea! It benefits a hospital that is dear to one of our family members. Her preemie son spent a lot of time here when he was first born.

October 13, 2008


Sunday we drove up to Youngsville (north east side of Raleigh) and spend the afternoon at Hillridge Farms. We had such a blast! There were goats, ducks, geese, swans, pony rides, giant slides, a train, hayrides and, best of all, pumpkins. Riley picked out her first pumpkin all by herself. The sun was out and the temperature was beautiful. We couldn't have asked for a prettier day!

Visit at Grandma Cotton's

We spent almost a week at Grandma Cotton's. We were there Thursday through Tuesday week before last. It was so great seeing everyone. As you can see from the pictures below, our little peanut had quite the time!

Grandma's tub was a little too big for bathing a peanut, so we resorted to taking baths in the kitchen sink. It was the perfect size!

Grandma introduced Riley to her first bite of apple. She really liked sucking on it and even managed to get off a bite or two.

Lexi and Sonny "read" the Itsy Bitsy Spider to Riley with a little help from Aunt Ashley!

Here, Sonny and Lexi are digging a hole in which to bury their peach pits and grow a giant peach tree.

Only, no one told them they would find a few friends along the way! Of course, Lexi was the brave one to pick up all the worms to show us!!

Sonny was her best pal. We walked to the bus stop in the morning and again in the afternoon for the school bus. He would give her a hug and a kiss right away as soon as he saw her. They spent hours blowing raspberries at each other and he loves to make her squeal. Here they are during a heated squealing match at dinner time!

September 25, 2008

Family Time

Whew it has been a crazy week! We've had a lot of family visiting this past week and little peanut is completely worn out. However, it has been wonderful seeing everyone.

Last weekend Grandma Cotton and Aunt Lisa stayed with us. It was fabulous! We walked around the farmer's market on Saturday. Had a big family dinner cookout including Aunt Carly, Uncle Kevin and Makayla. There were tons of kisses and hugs shared with Riley. It was sad to see everyone leave on Sunday.

Then, on Tuesday, Mamie and Papa showed up! It had been a long time since they had seen the peanut. She's changed so much! Again, it was wonderful to have family around. It was like having an extra set of hands and eyes to keep watch over the baby. I didn't know what to do with myself with all that free time! We even got to go out for a baby-free dinner.

There was so much excitement the past few days that we are all completely worn out. This weekend will be one for resting up and snuggling inside a warm house!

September 18, 2008

We did it!

Peanut rolled over from her back to her tummy this morning. She's been practicing for the past 3 weeks or so by rolling onto her side. Well, I put her down this morning on her activity mat and went into the kitchen to help get Ian off to work. A few minutes later, Ian went in to check on her and called back to me, "Are we doing tummy time this morning?"

"Huh? No..."

Sure enough, she'd flipped herself onto her tummy and was struggling a little to get one arm out from under her. Ian put her on her back again while I went to get his bagel out of the toaster. Don't you know it, she rolled over again while I was in the kitchen!

She's done it since then for me, but Ian got to witness it first. I'm so glad he went into work a little late this morning!

I promised pictures!

September 11, 2008

Off to the city!

I've been a little remiss about posting updates these past two weeks. That's because we travelled over Labor Day weekend (Pictures are coming, I promise.) and are just now getting back to our normal rhythm. Just in time to head out again this weekend. (sigh!)

Riley will finally get to meet her cousin Sasha. We'll be heading up to DC this weekend to visit with Uncle Terry and his family. We are very excited to meet Sasha, but make no promises on our sleep schedule as it has been erratic all week. It can make for some long days, but smiles and laughter are what keep us going.

More to come soon!

August 26, 2008

Bass Lake Park

We enjoyed an afternoon at Bass Lake Park this weekend and took some really good pictures! We had planned to sit out on a blanket and feed the geese, but it was still a little too warm. So, instead, we hung out on the clubhouse porch overlooking the lake. Riley was so good! She watched the light reflecting off the water and enjoyed the cuddling with Dad. It was a super awesome day.

We also managed to get some shots of Riley enjoying a taste of bananas!

August 22, 2008

Quick Update

We seem to be over our collective colds these days. The funk was passed from Riley to Mom and then to Dad, but everyone seems to have recovered quickly.

We've taken on cloth diapers full time and officially "switched" last week. It really is a lot easier than imagined. Aside from the extra loads of laundry its no different than using the disposables. Even Dad's caught on!

Developmentally, Peanut is working on her hand control. She's starting to bring things towards her mouth and grip items with both hands. She's holding her head up better each day and can sit up with assistance. Every day she finds new sounds to make and tests them out. Recently, it's been a very high pitch squeal that varies in volume.

We tried our first solid food on Wednesday - bananas. The spoon is a new feeling and she doesn't care for it being too cold. Oh the faces she makes! It's still early and she mostly pushes the food around in her mouth. But, today she managed to swallow most of it and even started opening her mouth when the spoon came near. I don't think we're too far off.

August 15, 2008


Peanut's been coughing some in the mornings and we thought it was just a case of dry throat from the fan we have running in her room. Unfortunately, such is not the case. We are officially battling our very first cold. This morning, she woke up coughing and sniffling back a very runny nose. She had a slight fever (100.1) this morning and so received a dose of Tylenol.

Overall, she's handling it all very well. She's tired and a little uncomfortable, as can be expected, but in relatively good spirits. This evening her temperature was up a little bit again (100.5), so we'll see how she's doing tomorrow.

August 12, 2008


Grandma & Grandpa Cotton sent some pictures they had of Riley and 3 generations of Aunts. Here they are to share:

Great-great-aunt Nellie

Great aunt Jane

Aunt Ashley