Thursday, December 31, 2009

Christmas Eve Festivities

Ryan's family has a tradition of holding a talent show with his uncle's family every Christmas Eve. Everyone is expected to have a talent, so everyone becomes a little creative. Before the talent show, we eat delicious food (e.g. fudge, bruschetta, hot dip in a loaf, etc.). It is a great night. Anyway, I thought I would share a little of the awesomeness that was the talent show. First, Reed's talent:

I know, he's amazing.

And now, the star of the show: Ryan, Janelle, and Justin's talent. I may or may not get in trouble for posting this, so watch is while you can:


We finished the night by opening our Christmas Eve present from Grandma Lexie: pajamas (surprise!).

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

WLW Week 7

How I did this week:

1. Run 3 times/week (3/3--check)
2. WiiFit 3 times/week (3/3--check)
3. Drink 64 oz. of water a day (7/7 days--check)
4. Cut down on sweets (fail!) Two words: Christmas treats.
5. Smaller portions (check)

Progress/Results:
My weigh-in was a little sketchy this week--again. I couldn't go to BioLife today, so I wasn't at my usual place or at my ususal time for a weigh in. The good news, though, is that I got WiiFit Plus from Ryan's parents for Christmas (woot woot!), so I used it for a weigh-in. I'm not sure if the WiiFit's scale and BioLife's are exactly the same, but I think from now on I am going to use my WiiFit for my regular weigh in. Anyway (sorry for the novel), I lost another 2.5 pounds for a total of 11.5 pounds lost overall. I have successfully met my first goal: Lose 10 pounds by January 13. I have 10.5 pounds to go be back at prepregnancy weight, and 18.5 pounds to go to meet my final goal.

Even though I met my first goal early, I am going to keep my next two goal dates the same--I think it will be harder to lose the next ten pounds than it was to lose the first ten. My next goal, then, is to lose a total of 20 pounds by March 10. My final goal is to lose total of 30 pounds by May 12. Wish me luck!

13 months!

I was going to stop doing the monthly Reed post when he turned one, but it seems like he learned a lot this month--so I decided to keep going...

Reed is kind of a late bloomer as far as clapping goes. But he has finally learned the secret art of clapping and now does it all the time.

Shaking his head "no" is one of his favorite things to do. He must think he's really clever, too, because he always chuckles while he does it.


Look what I can do!

Reed got a set of Mega-Blocks from Grandma Lexie for Christmas and he loves them. He is learning to stack them on top of each other, but his favorite thing to do with blocks is to take apart whatever I build for him.

Reed learned a new trick from Aunt Janelle: sticking out his tongue repeatedly and making noises. It's actually pretty funny to watch.


 Tongue trick.

Reed likes to play "musical people" to get to what he wants. He reaches for person after person, progressing his way across the room, until he reaches his goal.

Reed loves to comb his own hair and brush his own teeth.

Words: mama, dada, go, yeah, coco, kay-kay, and one new one...dough-dough (for doggie)


Practicing his sledding skills.

Reed still isn't walking, but he took 4 steps yesterday. One day, maybe, perhaps, hopefully he will walk.

High 5s are another of his new tricks. He loves giving them!

When he eats, he likes to sort his food. He will choose one food type (e.g. peas) and put each item of that food type into the different compartments on his high-chair tray.


Hey mom!

Now that he finally has a lot of hair, it is out of control. It is always sticking up in random places. I think it may be time for a trim.


Looking dope in his new jammies from Grandma Hambly.

We love our cute boy and are so happy he is part of our family :)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

WLW Week SIX!

How I did this week:
1. Run 3 times/week (3/3--check) And I am even on vacation. Go me.
2. Pilates 3 times/week (2/3--fail) I gave myself a traveling day...
3. Drink 64 oz. of water a day (7/7 days--check)
4. Cut down on sweets (half-check) California is my weakness.
5. Smaller portions (check)

Progress/Results:
Well, the scale tells me I lost 1 pound for a total of 9 pounds lost...but it is a different (though still accurate, I think) scale than usual, so I'm not really positive about that. But I'll count it :) This pound means that I am one pound away from my first goal of losing ten pounds by January 13. Sweet!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Beauty Salon

Reed got so messy after dinner last night that I didn't want to carry him across the carpet to the tub...it could have been disastrous. So instead, I plopped him into the sink. Instantly, I had three assistants:


Who proceeded to style the little one's hair:


He mostly just played with the water and ignored their hair-styling antics. But I do think he enjoyed the attention:


And at the end, I had a clean, shiny baby with rockin' hair:


Thanks, girls!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Peek-a-boo!

Where's Reed?


Peek-a-boo!


Where's Reed?


Peek-a-boo!

Christmas Sunday

Happy Christmas Sunday! We have a pretty cute family, so we decided to share the love and post a few pictures:


Lady Killer...


With really interesting shoes, apparently.


Mama and baby.


Daddy and baby.


Christmas love.

We didn't take a family picture because Ryan and I totally clashed...but you can picture it, right?

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Look at him go...

Ryan's grades this semester: A, A, A, A, & B! Way to go, Ryan!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

That Looks Uncomfortable...

Yesterday afternoon, Reed and I went to meet Ryan for lunch--it was dollar pizza day at the Grub Shak, which I'm sure you can imagine is awesome. Ryan and I noticed two bumps that looked like bug bites and Reed's face, which I thought was odd, but wasn't really concerned. When the bumps had disappeared an hour later, I was confused but still not concerned.

A few hours later, Reed woke up from a nap and I went in to get him (what a good mommy, right?). When I turned on the light I almost cried. Why? Because the entire left side of his face--from crown to neck--was covered in those white swollen bumps surrounded by redness. I got him out of his crib to find that the affected skin was very hot to the touch. I decided to search his body and found his right arm and leg covered as well:

It looked worse in real life...

You may have guessed what Reed was afflicted with, but I had only vague guesses. But before I panicked and assumed the worst, I called the doctor--and got their voicemail. They had closed for the night, but the night clinic would open at 6:00. It was 5:15. I panicked. I called Ryan and left him a somewhat "scary" message (he told me later that he would have been mad if I didn't have a good reason for leaving such a message.).

We got the the night clinic right as it opened (in the interim, I had called my mom and Ryan again and got some advice, so had calmed down) and waited our turn to see the doctor. Reed's bumps were rapidly fading, and I was starting to think the only diagnosis would be overprotective mom syndrome. But then I noticed that although his face was clearing up, his back and both arms were now covered with the bumps and redness. Weird.


Ouch. 


I know you're dying to know what was wrong, so here it is: hives. An allergic reaction to...something. We don't know what and may never know. The doctor gave us some medicine (for free--one of the samples they give doctors. How nice!) and instructions, then sent us home.
 

 
Poor face.

Luckily, Reed woke up today with a body that no longer looks like this:



And seems to be in perfectly good spirits. That boy needs to stop giving his mother heart attacks--perhaps next time he has a medical need, he can be sure to time it so that Ryan is home.

WLW Week 5

How I did this week:
1. Run 3 times/week (2/3--fail) At least I did better than last week, right?
2. Pilates 3 times/week (2/3--fail)  So a bad report so far...
3. Drink 64 oz. of water a day (7/7 days--check)
4. Cut down on sweets (check) I did have a little cake for my birthday...but hey, you only get to celebrate once a year, right? I give myself a check.
5. Smaller portions (check)

Progress/Results:
I lost 1 pound for a total of 8 pounds lost overall. And....drumroll please...that one pound puts the second number of my body weight down one. Does that make sense? It does to me.  And I'm happy about it. Other good news: I tried on a pair of prepregnancy pants and I can zip. them. up. They are still too tight to wear in public without being embarrassed (think "painted on pants" if you've ever seen What Not to Wear), but they zip. Woot!

My sister gave me the Wii game "My Personal Fitness Trainer" for my birthday and I tried it for the first time today. It is a great workout! And you don't even have to have the balance board that goes with Wii Fit (which I don't have) to use it. I think I am going to replace Pilates with the Fitness Trainer

Monday, December 14, 2009

Snow Day

On Saturday, we woke up to a winter wonderland--well, at least as much of a winter wonderland as you can get in St. George: about 1/2 inch of snow covering the ground. Luckily, Pine Valley happens to be a mere forty-five minutes away--and if there is snow in St. George, you are almost guaranteed to find a lot of snow in Pine Valley. So we rummaged through Grandma's stash of snow clothing, packed a few snacks for baby, and hit the road.

It was the perfect day for sledding. A few little flurries drifted to the ground, it wasn't very cold, and we found our own "secret" place to sled. Getting to this secret place involved crossing a river on stepping stones, but we made it, and it was worth it--no one else was around and the snow was untouched. I didn't find out until we were crossing the river again to go home that Ryan TOSSED Reed across the river to my dad. (Ryan would probably like for me to mention here that the river was only about 2 1/2 feet across and 8 inches deep. But still--it's the principle of the matter.)

Reed loved the snow. He was so excited to crawl around in it, encased in his layers of padding (long-sleeved onesie, sweatsuit, snow pants, winter jacket, hat, two pairs of socks, and two pairs of gloves). He loved sledding down little hills on my lap. He sampled several snowballs and, when we didn't get snow to him fast enough, he face-planted into it to get his own bites. He giggled the entire walk back to the car because Ryan pulled him across the flat ground on the sled.  He thought the snowman we built was fun to stand up with and pat (side note: someone pushed our snowman off a CLIFF). And he loved being thrown across the river to Grandpa's waiting arms (his father's son, I guess). Too bad we don't live in Provo anymore, where we could see snow most days throughout the winter, right?

And now, a barrage of pictures documenting the day:



Getting ready to go. Poor baby had snow falling in his eyes but was still a good sport!


He even started clapping. Ryan must have been doing a rockin' job of getting Reed ready.


His feet are already so chubby that we have only found one pair of shoes we can squish them into. So, once we added two pairs of socks, there was no way we were getting shoes on those feet. Luckily, the only little snow pants Grandma has are size 3--so they were a little long. Ryan came up with a great solution for the no shoes, too long pants debacle: rubber bands. Poor stumpy child.


Besties.


Reed did a back bend out of Grandpa's arms to give Kay Kay loves. I think he just might like her.


Group shot: Reed, Grandma, Grandpa, Kayla, Megan, & Ryan


Just the Hambly Fambly.


This child was made for the snow. He absolutely loved it. He cried when I picked him up out of the snow and didn't stop until I let him play in it again.


One of his favorite parts of being in the snow was eating said snow. After he face-planted in the snow twice to get a bite, we started feeding him snowballs.


Freezing pink cheeks, a line on his head from his hat, tired from 2 hours playing, but STILL happy.


On the way home, we stopped in Veyo to buy "world famous" pies. I think he might have enjoyed the blackberry pie, just a bit.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like....

Christmas is my mom's favorite holiday, which is something I think she passed along to me. I love Christmas. I love the smells at Christmastime--hot wassail, fresh toffee, cinnamon, pumpkin spice. I love the lights. I love the decorations. I love that people are nicer (generally) to each other. I love seeing kids' faces on Christmas morning. I love wrapping presents. Christmas really is a great holiday. Needless to say, I am very pumped that it is December and that I finally got to put out Christmas decorations:


Happily, we found another use for the MPR: Christmas tree location. If you can't tell, our 18-inch tree is on top of our table. Perfect. 


We don't have a fireplace, so we hung the stockings by the front door with care.


The chubby Santa is my favorite Christmas decoration. He's hilarious.


We got the two big penguins one year and were very excited to find the baby penguin the next year at a different store. What cuties. And the Santa underneath them is Ryan's favorite Christmas decoration from childhood. It stayed in the front window of our Provo apartment from November-April last year.


This home sign is a multi-tasker when it comes to holidays. I just change the things hanging from it depending on the season.

WLW Week 4

WLW again! I am kind of impressed that I have done this for an entire month.

How I did this week:
1. Run 3 times/week (1/3--fail) Yikes! I have a whole list of excuses, but I'm sure you're not interested. So we'll leave it at "fail."
2. Pilates 3 times/week (5/3--check)
3. Drink 64 oz. of water a day (7/7 days--check)
4. Cut down on sweets (fail.) Our HT brought a plate of Christmas treats. Ryan was allergic to some of them. I wasn't. You get the picture. At least they were good!
5. Smaller portions (check)

Progress/Results:
I've lost another 4 pounds for a total of 7 pounds. Hooray! I was so surprised when I stepped on the scale. I was sure I had gained weight and was crossing my fingers that my weight had at least stayed the same. So I was very happy, as I'm sure you can imagine, when I saw that my weight had gone down again. Those seven pounds mean I have 15 pounds to lose to reach my pre-pregnancy weight and 23 pounds to lose to reach my goal weight.

Even though 7 pounds might not seem like much, this is a huge victory for me. I've always had trouble losing weight and don't think I've ever lost more than 5 pounds during any of my attempts at losing weight. Also, I've finally lost the pounds I gained after having Reed and am starting to chip away at the pounds I gained while I was pregnant. And I am finally starting to feel a little hope--like my goal just might be attainable after all.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

no...

Reed started shaking his head "no" today. At first, I thought he just liked to shake his head and held no meaning for the action. I was wrong...

Situation One:
Me: "Reed, do you want a bite?" (He always wants a bite)
Reed: shakes head.
Me: "Do you want a bite?"
Reed: shakes head and crawls away!

Situation Two:
Reed is sitting by the Christmas tree at the house where we babysit. He starts to pull off the oraments.
Me: Reed, no sir! Come here, baby.
Reed: Shakes head. Pulls off a new ornament.
Me: Reed...come here.
Reed: Shakes head. Pulls off another ornament. Laughs.

Situation Three:
I sauteed squash and put some on Reed's tray at dinner. He took one bite, shuddered, and spit it back out.
Me: Reed, the squash is so good, though.
Reed: Shakes his head no. Laughs. Shakes his head no some more.
(repeated twice)

What a stinker. I can see I have a lot to look forward to...good thing I like him :)

Friday, December 4, 2009

Stats & Videos

12 month stats:
Weight: 22 lb. 12 oz. (40th percentile)
Length: 28 in. (25th percentile...according to the nurse. My growth chart puts 28 in. in the 5th percentile. Odd.)
Head: 48 cm. (90th percentile)

So he's short, a little chubby, and has a giant head. No wonder it's hard to get shirts over that noggin--90th percentile, my goodness! Oddly, he has not grown in length since his nine-month appointment. Hopefully he hasn't hit his peak height so early in life. Only time will tell.

And now, for your viewing pleasure, here are videos of a few highlights of the party. My favorite is the second one--don't miss it.

Here is Reed actually enjoying opening one of his presents (this wasn't the case for most):


And here he is escaping:


And, of course, the cake:

Thursday, December 3, 2009

In the spirit of giving: A second way to serve this Christmas

This is such a wonderful time of year; we remember the wonderful things in our lives, we think of others, we become better people. There’s an organization that helps people do those very things all year long, it’s the School of Life Foundation. This wonderful foundation helps people, especially youth, learn how to Achieve Straight A’s in the School of Life. They are trying to raise $100,000 by New Year’s Eve and I challenge each of you to help make this happen. Donate $1, $5, $10 or whatever you can. I know times are tough right now, so even if you can’t donate please pass this message on to your friends and family and let’s make this goal a reality. Thank You!

Just follow this link to donate: http://www.schooloflifefoundation.org/donate.html

From the School of Life Foundation website:
The School of Life Foundation is committed to the social, moral and character development of youth. We donate our workbook, Learn To "School" Your Toughest Opponent, to sports teams, schools, church groups, at-risk programs, and other youth organizations. The book offers life-guiding principles and values to help youth achieve straight A's in the school of life.

From me:
My dad, Jack Rolfe, founded the School of Life Foundation in August of 2007. During the past two years, SOLF has donated the Straight A's in Life program to over fifteen thousand youth in nineteen states and eleven countries. I have seen this foundation grow exponentially from its inception and feel that this growth is due to the exceptional program it offers--a program that really does change lives. This program is helping kids change their lives for the better. Please help if you can.


From a student at Millcreek High School (an alternative high school in St. George, UT):
"I had to read 'Learn to School Your Toughest Opponent' for a school project, but by the time I was half-way through the book, it wasn't that I had to read it-I actually wanted to keep reading. Amazing I know. What teenager actually wants to read something their teacher assigns them to read?! I was thinking the same thing, but what Mr. Rolfe was saying in this book changed my opinion on a lot of things. Now I don't look at everyday like 'what do I have to do today,' but now I look at everyday like 'what can I do today?'
It's funny because after finishing the book I called up my two best friends to tell them about it. I told them about how 'Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it,' and how little things like saying 'Thank You' actually do make a difference. I even told them I wanted them to read it so we could work on it together.
I was surprised to find that the things written in this book actually did make an impact on my life-and I think anyone who reads it will find that it will make an impact, little or big, in their life, too.
So…I'd like to say 'Thank You' Mr. Rolfe for helping change my life, and I hope everyone chooses to read this and change their lives, too."

In the spirit of giving: A way to serve this Christmas

We recently found out that a friend from our ward in Provo, John Jones, passed away in a caving accident last week. (You can go here to read an article about the accident.) He and his wife, Emily, have a fourteen-month-old daughter and recently found out that they are expecting their second child. John and Emily are both amazing people. I was Emily's visiting teacher for a while, and I was always impressed by how I left their house feeling uplifted. You couldn't help but be happy when around John and Emily--they are two of the most upbeat, kind people I know. I'm grateful we had the chance to get to know the Jones family.

In light of Emily's situation, a few memorial funds have been opened. If you would like to contribute, donations can be made to

The John & Emily Jones Memorial Fund (Utah Community Credit Union and Wells Fargo)
The Emily Jones Children Donations (Zions National Bank)
For those of you not able to go to these places, you can donate online here.

There is also an online auction at A Daily Scoop with funds going toward the family. There will be daily auctions, and there are instructions on how to bid (check out the first auction here). If you would like to contribute any item to be auctioned off rather than bidding, then you can e-mail the blog author (stephaniewaite@gmail.com) or comment on the blog saying you would like to contribute. There are several really cute items already up for bid, and this is a great opportunity to help someone else out while doing your Christmas shopping. If you can't donate, please spread the word.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

WLW Week 3

Woot woot for Weight-loss Wednesday.

How I did this week:
1. Run 3 times/week (3/3--check)
2. Pilates 3 times/week (3/3--check) First time I've "check"ed on Pilates--thumbs up.
3. Drink 64 oz. of water a day (7/7 days--check) This could be a lie, but I'm pretty sure I get a check here.
4. Cut down on sweets (check)
5. Smaller portions (check-ish.) Thanksgiving was a little bit of a killer, but I did pretty good, considering the amount of delicious food on the table in front of me.

Progress/Results:
I lost 3 pounds. Hip hop hooray!


And, in related news:
I found this great blog that gives excellent, straightforward, easy to follow tips on becoming healthy. I really like this blog because it's tips are actually applicable and it is written by someone who knows what she is talking about--she has a Masters in Nutrition.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Happy Birthday, Reed!

We celebrated Reed's first birthday with my family last weekend. Reed got extremely spoiled in the present department and ate a lot of food (I'm amazed he didn't get sick); at dinner alone Reed put down four meatballs and five or so jello jigglers, in addition to a breadstick and spaghetti. Somehow, he still had room for cake later.      

Family!


Kid table.


Great-grandparents Steel.


Spaghetti-Head Hambly enjoying dinner.

Then we moved on to presents. Reed was kind of pumped about ripping paper for about the first three presents; but then he started to get mad because we would take away whatever he had just opened to give him another present. Then he got distracted by a balloon. But possibly my favorite part of the party was when Reed decided to make a break for it halfway through opening presents and took off toward the stairs. Poor child was a little overwhelmed, I think. He loves all of his new toys--they are pretty cool, after all--but I think his favorite present was the balloon I let him keep. He has been playing with it all morning. Perhaps I should skip buying presents for Christmas and just get him a $1.25 bag of ballons--I'm sure he would be happy with it.

Opening presents--he got really excited about this one!


So excited, in fact, that he had to stand up to fully check it out.


Opening presents with daddy.

After presents, we moved on to cake, of course. Our "theme" for the party was Winter Onederaland (get it? haha), so we had a snowman cake. Reed was a little hesitant at first--he ate his cake one piece of Oreo coating at a time. Then Ryan grabbed a chunk of cake and let Reed taste it. After that, Reed couldn't be stopped--he became a cake-eating torrent. After he got tired of eating cake from a plate, he dumped the cake all over himself and proceeded to eat it off his lap.

The hat. That he tore off his head. In about 10 seconds. I knew he would tear it off, but I made him wear it anyway so I could get a picture. And I made Mandi hold his hands so he couldn't rip it off before I got a picture. Does that make me a mean mom?


Smash cake. I think everyone was a little jealous of Reed's cake.


Our cake (thanks for the help, Mandi & Mom!)


Pretty light!


He was a little hesitant at first.


But then he started shoving it in.


And finished by dumping the remnants all over himself, then eating them off his lap.

Happy Birthday, Reed!