Gosh…my intention is to post more often than once a month! But these days seem a little busy. Hmmm the holidays?!? On that subject…Happy Thanksgiving to all. Unfortunately these pictures don’t include Thanksgiving…those pics are still on the camera. I’ll probably get around to posting those at Christmas..haha. Really, I will get on top of all of this!
Anyway, here are the remaining Halloween pictures, pics from our visit to our family in New Mexico (we even got to meet the newest member…sweet little Nathanial), Grandma Gene’s birthday and last but not least the Boise tree lighting ceremony. Hugs and kisses to all…
We got a head start on Halloween yesterday visiting Ruby’s local GREATS! We started off at Granny & Gramp’s and had a special visit from their good friend Lynn. Then off to Nampa we went to visit Grandpa Ford and Grandma Melva.
Now, when I went to download pictures from the camera I was shocked to find I hadn’t downloaded Auntie Tiff’s birthday from September 10th! MAN time flies! So we have some Halloween pics, Auntie Tiff bday pics, Uncle John’s Eagle fire station open house pics, etc, etc, etc. Whew…caught up for the moment!!
Can’t believe I am finally writing this blog! Whew! This video is about attempt 3 by Ruby this morning. Just out of the blue she decided it was time to cover more ground! I wondered if this was a fluke but she has proved that it was not! She has been a crawling maniac all day.
We did have the wonderful ladies from the Idaho Infant Toddler Program visit today to observe Ruby since we were concerned she hasn’t been progressing as fast as she should with her large motor skills. They were very pleased to report that everything looks good and got a good chuckle out of the fact that Ruby decided to crawl moments before they arrived. Needless to say they will be back in a month to check on Ruby’s progress.
Once again we are grateful for answered prayers! Goodness knows how much I love this kid, can’t imagine how much He does!
Well, Ruby survived her first visit to California wine country! She was quite the trooper and really did quite well given all the starts and stops, naps in the car, etc. We were grateful to have some extra hands available as well. Bob (Papa Pro), my mom (Grandma Gigi) and dad (Papa Bear) met us in Sonoma. Needless to say Ruby was well attended.
The weather was great (even a little hot) and the wine was even better. We enjoyed great food as well. I’ll have Kris write more details on both when he has the chance. Our special dinner out to Madrona Manor was very special and amazing!
Yep…that’s right we celebrated Ruby’s first birthday with Grandma Linda, Grandpa Bob, Auntie Heather, Granny & Gramp, GiGi & Papa Bear Saturday night. Two down, one more to go!
A special thanks to Grandma Linda and Grandpa Bob for taking the long way around on their way to Montana to stop and celebrate with our little Ruby! As you will see from the pictures and the video Ruby entertained us all quite a bit. Hard to believe it has been a whole year…but this has been the best year yet!
You will also see a few extra misc pictures…we celebrated Grandma Melva’s 88th birthday with Grandpa Ford, Grandma Gigi, Auntie Tiff & Uncle John.
Ruby celebrated some her own independence of sorts this weekend:
1.First fireworks. We headed up to the cabin on Saturday where Ruby took in her first ever fireworks. Much to our surprise she did really well. Once the adrenaline wore off she actually fell asleep half way through.
2.She swam in a swimming pool for the first time and LOVED it. She made it look like she knew what she was doing!
3.She pulled herself up onto her knees, on her own, in her crib. Still no crawling…
4.And she’s added some new words to her vocabulary…not real words but Ruby words. We actually caught this on video yesterday.
As you can guess she is a busy girl accomplishing all kinds of “firsts” these days. Oh and she does have 3 teeth now and 3 more that will come through any day!
Like the dumb parents we are we actually forgot our camera this weekend. Thankfully Grandma Gene and Papa Bear were prepared so we do have some photos to post (not that we need to actually take more pictures…we know…we are those parents)…once I get a copy! I also just realized I’ve never posted the pictures from Father’s day…so more to come…
Happy 4th of July! Love, Leah, Kris & the Rubster…
Whew I am behind on posts! Papa Pro was here a couple weeks ago and we celebrated Ruby’s first 1st birthday! At this point we have plans to celebrate Ruby’s birthday 4 times this summer! Maybe by the fourth time she will actually put the cake in her mouth!
Last weekend we had the opportunity to fly over and spend some time with Grandma Linda & Grandpa Bob in Alder, WA. We had a great time trekking around the family homestead and honoring the memory of family and friends at the Alder Cemetery. It was a great time to catch up and hang out…which we don’t get enough of! Thank you for a wonderful weekend…and thank you to Granny and Gramp for the use of their wonderful trailer!
I’ve included picture from our trip and from John and Grandpa Ford’s birthday. We enjoyed a special celebration for Uncle John’s Big 3-0!
A quick update on Ruby. A little over a week ago she weighed in at about 24lbs and is 29 inches long. Her newest trick is that she has finally caught on to drinking out of her sippy cup! We are still not crawling…but that isn’t stopping her from getting around. She does plenty of rolling and scooting backwards to get to where she wants to go. Her doc commented on her abs…I’m guessing that’s from all the rolling around. Hmmm…maybe I should try that…
Sorry for the delay in posting. We’ve had some PC problems and it took us a bit longer to overcome them. I took these videos on Monday. Monday’s are my long days. I work in the office in the morning and at home in the afternoon. Since the day requires so much focus on my part and Ruby is still so easy (meaning non-mobile) I typically lay her on the floor in the office and she has the freedom to roll around and explore. Since I burry my head in my PC I always have at least one ear on her! It cracks me up how I will be working along and then all the sudden I realize Ruby is making a funny noise or no noise or whatever. You will see from these videos it’s a noise that caught my attention this time.
In the first video Ruby was right behind me. The second one is the perfect example of where her rolling and scooting often times gets her. Out in the middle of nowhere! I should mention Ruby is not crawling yet. She desperately wants to but she is very cautious…
Last week we had a surprise visit from Papa Pro! Ruby enjoyed her time with Papa even though she was fighting a little bug. So far this kid amazes me…even when she doesn’t feel well she just powers through and does her best to be happy no matter what. We enjoyed our time with Papa and can’t wait to see him again in June!
The pictures include our birthday dinner with Kelly and crew. Ruby was a hit at the restaurant so much so that our waitress took care of Ruby while we ate! The lounge singer (yes we found the one restaurant in Boise that actually has a lounge singer) was having so much fun with her he sang her a few songs.
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My apologies for another “quick” update. This video was taken a couple weeks ago when Ruby and I were at the cabin. Ruby got a kick out of Grandma Gene and the Wocket playing paddy cake. Other than a quick trip to the cabin we’ve been enjoying our spring weather (when it’s here) as much as possible. Unfortunately over the last 6 weeks we’ve been battling allergies (thanks to spring), the flu, ear infections, hives and our first trip to the ER. The ER was uneventful but gave me peace of mind…which was worth it!
Papa Pro is in town for a suprise visit and Ruby is enjoying his wiskers, glasses and love...
Well while I’m at it tonight I thought I would post a few new photos. The bath photos are from a few weeks ago…Ruby LOVES to take a bath. I promise we don’t always bathe her in the kitchen sink...but it sure is a handy way to do it!
Here is a video from a couple weeks ago…Ruby playing with Granny. Up to this point Ruby had been working on her “sitting up” and decided to pretty much sit on her own throughout this visit. Now she’s an old pro…
This video was from a couple nights ago. Ruby is becoming more and more aware of what Kris and I are doing…especially when we are eating or drinking. She’s been reaching for our glass when we take a drink for some time. At the last doc appointment we were told we could give her about 2 oz of tap water in lieu of fluoride supplements. And she loves it! Why haven’t we bought a sippy cup yet? Who knows! I’ve been looking for glass or metal ones…harder to find than I thought!
Can you believe it’s been 6 months? Boy everyone says it goes by fast and they weren’t kidding. Ruby celebrated her 6 mo birthday by visiting her pediatrician, Dr. Kim. Dr. Kim had nothing but wonderful things to report…Ruby is doing everything developmentally that she is suppose to be! She weighed in at 18lbs (90th percentile) and measured 27.5 in long (95th percentile). Its official, she is growing. I’ll keep this short…it’s late and I’m exhausted! The little guy you see in these pictures is our little Landon. He belongs to my cousin Lyndsay. He is the little one I’ve asked many of you to pray for. Landon was born with a major heart defect. He has been through two heart surgeries and a number of different procedures. We had the opportunity to celebrate his first birthday with him a couple weeks ago. And he is so amazing! You wouldn’t know that he has been through what he has been through this last year. So thank you again for the prayers. Our family is beyond grateful!
Just a quick update on Ruby’s doctor appointments…we saw Dr. Bettis (neurologist) a week ago Friday to review the results of the 2nd MRI. Little did I know it was the first time he was seeing the 2nd MRI. The radiologists reviewed them right after the MRI and since there was nothing alarming (thankfully) they just reported back that there were no new strokes. A huge relief!
Nothing sounds sweeter to your ears than the neurologist sitting next to you saying things like, “wow, this looks great…not nearly as much brain damage as I thought there would be. I’m surprised.” Basically the two small strokes that showed up on the first MRI were completely gone. The damage from the big stroke was not as extensive as predicted. We hope to get images of both scans in the next week or two to show everyone but I’ll try to describe it in the meantime. In the first scan the large stroke shows up in the back on the left side and it is just a big white triangular area. Dr. Bettis explained that it shows up white because there wasn’t any blood gong to that area in the brain. In the second scan, that area looks completely different. It’s not white anymore and it actually looks similar to the other side of the brain. You can see where there is brain damage but from what we expected looking at the first scan the brain damage is minimal. We couldn’t be happier. We will see Dr. Bettis again in about 6 months!
Later in the day we saw Dr. Lee, the pediatric ophthalmologist. They did a few tests to make sure Ruby’s eyes react the way they are suppose to. She also held up objects to get an idea as to Ruby’s field of vision. From what she can tell so far there isn’t a blind spot on the right side. She told us what to look for if we think Ruby is doing things to compensate but feels very confident that Ruby’s vision will be normal. We have another appointment in 6 month and hope that the results of our visits don’t change!
It amazes me that five and half months have gone by. I can’t even begin to describe the fun we are having. I feel like God has totally spoiled us with such a sweet baby girl. And it has been amazing watching God work in Ruby and heal her brain. I continue to give thanks to God for all He does and the wonderful people He has put in our lives.
Whew…we made it to the New Year! I’m posting the rest of our pictures from Christmas-to-date. Prepare yourselves as usual there are a lot! We had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed a visit from Grandma Linda and Grandpa Miller. It was wonderful seeing them but as usual their visit was much too short! Thanks to all our friends and family that spoiled us. We truly are blessed to have all of you (the readers and the non-readers of our blog) in our lives.
Love and Happy New Year!
Oh and there will be more blogs today (hopefully). Ruby rolled over for the first time on Friday and Kris actually caught it on camera!