Saturday, November 29, 2008

A Very Overdue Update

It's hard to believe, but little Ridley is already three and a half weeks old. He is doing wonderfully and is an incredibly sweet, happy little boy. Most nights he sleeps at least one three and a half to five hour chunk, which never fails to surprise (and delight) me. Last night was a little rough - he was much more awake and fussy than normal, but nights like that are rare for him, so I can't complain. I think he was just a little overwhelmed from all the Thanksgiving activities in the past few days!

Thanksgiving is kind of an extended holiday for our little family. It starts the Saturday before Thanksgiving when all the Hollands head up to Grandma Holland's house in Amery, Wisconsin for their big family get-together. Ridley got to meet all Josh's aunts, uncles and cousins - and Grandma Holland got to meet her first great-grandchild! 

Holiday celebrations continued for us on Wednesday evening when Josh, Ridley and I all went out to Stillwater so Ridley could meet his uncle Robin, who came home from Washington DC for Thanksgiving. I don't think I've ever seen my brother hold a baby that young before, but he did great. And Nora came home from Chicago too! I've been looking forward to seeing them for months now, so Wednesday was a very exciting day for me too.

On Thursday, we headed back out to Stillwater for a Thanksgiving meal with the Cutler family. One of my closest friends from college, Lara, joined our family this year for Thanksgiving ham (yeah, we do ham instead of turkey. and it's delicious), and we were all thrilled to have her there! 

From my dad's house, we went to Josh's parents for Thanksgiving dinner, and then spent the rest of the evening there relaxing and watching Get Smart. Hilarious movie.

Friday was Reid family Thanksgiving (my mom's family). We don't see my mom and her family very often, so it's always exciting when we do. My grandparents weren't able to come this year, but Ridley should get to meet his great-grandma and grandpa Reid at Christmas.

Ridley did manage to wear his "little turkey" outfit three days (Saturday, Thursday and Friday), although he did get it dirty almost right away at the Cutler family gathering, so it didn't last long there. 

Tomorrow night we're going to set up our Christmas tree - I'm excited to see what Ridley thinks. I know he's too young to care too much, but I think he might enjoy watching the multi-colored lights. I'm also curious to see how Gilmour and Tweak take to it this year. Last year they both loved sleeping under the tree, and they thought that all the ornaments were new kittens toys (thus, the ornaments slowly migrated out of their reach over the course of the Christmas season). 

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Bath time!

After Josh left for work this morning, Ridley and I decided it was
time for a bath. Don't let the calm face in the picture fool you - he
hated it! But despite his fussing, he actually handled it very well
and now he's clean, dressed and happily napping in his swing.

Friday, November 7, 2008

"I Didn't Realize That Babies Come With Hats"

Ridley Dexter Holland
Born: 11-5-08 8:23 p.m.
Weight: 9 lbs, 0 oz
Length: 22 inches

More details to follow when I'm not half asleep!