Saturday, June 26, 2010

First Father's Day

Brandon got to experience his first father's day this year, and we had an extremely relaxing day. Brandon told me later that it was one of the best days he has had since Rylie was born. Rylie and I woke him up with breakfast in bed and some fun gifts (clothes and sunglasses). We then headed to church and grabbed some lunch on the way home so that Daddy could catch the final round of the US Open golf tournament at Pebble Beach on TV. We spent the afternoon napping and relaxing. May sound boring to some, but for us new parents, it was great!

I found a Father's Day card this year that really put into words how Brandon and my relationship has grown since Rylie was born.
"When I first said "I love you", I thought I understood the full meaning of those words. But when I watch you as a dad-playing and laughing, giving a big hug, just being there-I realize that when I first said "I love you" I had just begun to understand all my heart could hold for you. I love you so much, and I thank God for making you mine-and then for making you ours."
Brandon, you are the greatest father Rylie could ask for and I am falling more in love with you everyday watching you with our precious little girl!

My dad with Brandon and Rylie the day she was born. Happy Father's Day're the best Grandpa!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Favorites-Part II

Just some more of my favorite pictures from the last couple of weeks! :)

Rylie with her friend Boston (he is about 2 months older than her)

Rylie and Wrigley...I just love the fact that they are both sleeping! :)

Just chillin'!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Blue-Eyed Beauty

While I was pregnant, Brandon and I used to talk about what we thought Rylie would look like...whose hair she would have, would she take after my side or Brandon's side of the family...things like that. One thing that we never even talked about was her eye color because both Brandon and I have such dark brown eyes and I had always heard about how dominant brown eyes are. I knew that most babies are born with a bluish grey eyes, but we are very surprised at the color of Rylie's eyes. They are blue...I mean, very blue! They could still change (they say that eye color can change up until a baby's first birthday) and they have changed since she was a more striking blue! Most people that see her think she will have blue eyes, even her doctor thinks they will stay blue. Guess will have to wait and see, but until then we will enjoy her baby blues!

And then she was over my little photo shoot! :)

Summer Wedding

A childhood friend of mine got married this past weekend, so Rylie got to go to her first wedding! Now, when we heard about this wedding we were a little worried about the outdoor wedding, in June, in Phoenix? All we could think about was how hot it was going to be. Well, apparently the Block family has an inside track with God because the weather was phenomenal! I almost could have had a jacket on during the ceremony, and if you have ever been in Phoenix in June, you know that this is amazing! (My parents anniversary is June 16th and it was over 110 degrees on their wedding day!)

Rylie actually didn't see any of the ceremony. She started getting fussy about 5 minutes after we sat down and since it was an outdoor ceremony, there really was no place to take her to get away, so Brandon took her out to the parking lot and walked around with her. She did great during the reception though (she pretty much slept through it)!

The beautiful couple...Matt and Carley

Carley and I have been friends since birth...even though she lived in Minnesota for most of our childhood.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Fishy in Training

One of my favorite baby items that I got when I was pregnant was this adorable tiny red swimsuit from my mother-in-law. I could not wait to put it on Rylie. Well, the time finally arrived! Tonight we went over to my parents house and took Rylie into the swimming pool.

I would say that she had a mixed reaction to the water. She didn't really like it at first, but as soon as she got used to the water she was fine. Every time we put her in a little bit farther, she would cry for a second and then be ok. She got pretty over it when we got her head wet, so that ended her first swim! I think she enjoyed the cuddling that she got afterwards! :)

The first little dip past her feet...she had a very delayed reaction before she realized that she did not like that!


If you know me, you know that I am a total Olympic junkie. Well, there are no Olympics this summer, but there is the next best thing...World Cup! Brandon got me into this 4 years ago when we were dating, and it has finally come around again. My husband is one that will set his alarm for 4am to get up and watch the games. Lucky for him that this year, we pretty much are already up at 4 with Rylie! Well, Rylie also got into the World Cup spirit this year during the US vs. England game. Brandon is very excited for his future soccer star! :)

Just watching the game with Daddy :)


Rylie has done some really fun things in the past week (between 5 and 6 weeks) that I wanted to share:

1. She has started really smiling at people. Brandon seems to get the most smiles, but I finally got some as well!

2. She weighs 9 lbs. 12 oz and is 21 inches long.

3. She rolled from her stomach to her back and Brandon and I both got to see it. She will do just about anything to get to a pacifier!

4. She went to her first wedding...well, the reception at least. She made it about 5 minutes into the ceremony before she got fussy.

5. Her head is still growing. If it is still growing at this rate by our next Dr.'s appointment, we have to get a CAT scan done.

6. She finally seems to have an eating schedule down. She eats every 3 hours-20 minutes with me and then a 2-3oz bottle.

7. She wore her first 0-3 months size clothing.

We love seeing her personality coming out and are continuing to fall more and more in love with her every day!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

A House Divided

So there is a bit of tension in our house...when it comes to baseball, that is. I am a Diamondbacks fan...I love going to the games, love their sedona red and tan colors, love Chase field, love everything about them. I am a relatively new baseball fan (just the past few years) and am happy to root for the hometown team. And apparently, so is my husband...only his hometown is in Southern California so his hometown team is the Los Angeles Dodgers. Now this wouldn't be such an issue if the Dodgers and D-backs didn't happen to be in the same division and therefore play each other a ton of times throughout the season.

So why do I bring this up? Well, while we were in California, the D-backs just happened to be in town playing the Dodgers. The issue arose when Brandon wanted to buy Rylie a Dodgers onesie to wear to the game. I didn't want my little girl in anything Dodger Blue! Well, they say marriage is all about compromise, so we both gave a little and came up with plan. As long as we were at Dodger stadium, Rylie can wear Dodger Blue. But anytime we are at Chase Field, sedona red it is! (I think that I got the better end of this deal since we live in Phoenix and therefore will be at way more D-backs games than Dodger games). I have to admit, Rylie did look pretty cute in blue!

Dodger Stadium is pretty cool. It is set up on a hill and overlooks downtown Los Angeles. The weather was amazing. We sat up high in the shade and had a cool breeze the entire game. Really, a perfect way to spend an afternoon!

Did I mention that she made it 9 innings...I know a lot of adults that can't even make it that long at a baseball game! We left after 9 since the score was still 0-0 (gotta love baseball!) and it ended up going 14 innings and the Dodgers won (so I'm glad we left early). :)