Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Huggin' Hydrants

Our summer is flying by. Liza has been sleeping so well and playing so hard. We've been going to Gymboree classes this month and she loves running up and down the foam ramp, going over the wooden bridge and balance beam, and jumping on the trampoline.  She did a somersault by herself today! We've also been doing story time at the library and toddler time at Giant. Between our activites and playdates with friends we stay busy!

Last weekend we went to Gates-Mills to spend time with Nanna and Pop pop. Liza had a great time and loved her new crib there. We went on a few walks, some with her shopping cart and some without. We found a fire hydrant and she give it a big hug. Ryan said, "I bet that fire hydrant has never had a hug before!"

My parents were able to meet all of us at the Cleveland Rainforest.  We saw a bunch of animals and then had a nice lunch at Johnny Mangos. The next day, while we were eating at Nanna and Poppops table, Liza announced "The name of the restaurant is Johnny Mangos!" She's always listening!

She's a very happy girl and is always playing, singing, and dancing.  She's a conlanger - she's made up her own language by adding "tay" to end of words. Comptertay! Milktay! Treestay! Monitortay! Grandmatay! Mommytay! We have fun saying all different words with "tay" in the car.

Jen came to visit a couple weeks ago and we had a nice time at the Ned Smith Craft and Nature fest. We packed lunches and then had a nice dinner at ROOTS on Progress ave.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Two much fun

*She was 2 in May!

Our big girl is two years old!  We had a great time visiting family in Ohio and celebrating her birthday.  She played with grandma and grandpa and was happy as a clam the whole time we were there.  She did get a stomach bug, seemingly, while we were there. She woke up puking 4 times in one night, heartbreaking!  She went back to sleep easily after all those sheet and pj changes and took a few sips of water and was fine the next morning.

We have been busy enjoying our playdates with friends at playgrounds, our house, and at friends' homes.  MusicTogether just wrapped for the season and we will start back in the fall.  We begin a new session of Toddler Storytime at the library on Monday.  Liza has also been loving the Friendship Center pool.  Ryan has joined us twice and got to see how much Liza loves the water.

We head out to Ocean City for a week next Friday - can't wait to relax on the beach.  Haha!  I mean I can't wait to chase Liza all around, in and out of the water, around the rocks, etc.

Sunday, April 9, 2017


I just have to take a moment to post some of Liza's recent musings.

We were sitting on the couch together and she was holding up her little penguin, showing it things in the room.  Then she holds it by my chests and, so clearly, she says "Look, Penguin! It's Mommy's scar!" (I have a tiny little chicken pock scar that she's aways pointed to.) Then she holds it to the scar and says "Penguin eating mommy's scar." I started laughing then she leans in and licks it! I said "Oh, now Liza is eating it?" And she said "I taste it! Tastes like soap."

This really cracked me up.  She went over to the window with the penguin and lifted it above her head and said "Penguin on escalator, going to see Big Man!" The Big Man is a large statue at the state museum, we take an escalator when we are there to go see it.

She amazes me every day!

Not only is she speaking well, but she is using her imagination too!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Out like a lamb...

Every day Liza has so many more words and ideas.  She loves to have things explained to her so that she can repeat the steps back to you.  Everyone comments on how cute her gallop/prance/dance-y way of running is.  Every night at dinner she gives us live entertainment with her dancing and laughing.  She loves music and will request songs by name.  Just last night she was singing "Echa Pa'lla by Pitbull in her crib after I put her to bed. She loves when there is a puddle in out cul-de-sac to jump in.

We went swimming yesterday and she really enjoyed it after being skeptical at first and wanting to "go bye bye" as soon as we got in.  She didn't want to leave!  I also filled a plastic bin with corn flakes and she's been enjoying playing with the bin using spoons and cups.

We got a second opinion on Ryan's illness at Johns Hopkins on Tuesday and it was a very long appointment.  She did really well with snacks and books while the Doctors talked to Ryan.  The are confident that he is getting the right treatment at hershey and they think this could be a one-time illness and he may never relapse.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Spring update

Although it's not officially spring...

My mom is back and visiting with us again this week.  Liza is in total bliss playing with Grandma all day.  She's been showing off with how many words she's been learning and she is still dancing all the time, even when she runs she looks like she is dancing a little.  She requests songs by name still.  She loves Harry Belafonte's version of Hine Ma Tov and his Hava Nagila duet with Danny Kaye which we play on youtube.

Last week we celebrated Christmas with Ryan's family.  We had dinner at his aunts house and had to head down to the basement during a tornado warning!  Liza had fun playing with her cousins and we enjoyed spending time with everyone. Liza got an awesome teepee for the front room along with several other really neat gifts.

I'm at the library right now while my mom is home with Liza.  I'm editing a couple submissions for the Lady Blue Publishing bi-annual literary magazine.  I'm excited that my writing will actually be published soon!

I've also managed to sew Liza an Easter dress complete with matching hat and shoes.  I'm not sure if i"ll make anything for her to wear on her birthday, but I might...I just might.

Ryan has been feeling much better and stronger.  We are still dealing with some questions and his medications have been adjusted and added to.  We are planning on getting a second opinion at Johns Hopkins as soon as he has another CTA and a urology consult next week.

Prayers are very welcome that we can put his health issues behind us very soon.  We are so thankful that he is home and feeling well enough to be back to work full time.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Good Riddance, January 2017!

Well I'm glad THAT'S over!

Our family faced a pretty hefty challenge last month when Ryan was stricken with what I like to call "The Mystery Illness."  He began having fevers on January 4, was admitted to Pinnacle Hospital on 1/9, moved to Hershey Medical Center on 1/17, and finally came home on 1/26...17 days in the hospital.  It was a long road with a ton of bloodwork, imaging, medication, and even a thoracentisis thrown in for good measure.  We missed him so much.  It was so hard not knowing what was wrong, the doctors were really stumped for a while.  It was tough on me knowing he wanted me to be there with him, but I could only manage a few hours a day to visit.

It wasn't all bad.  The positive was that Ryan's parents came and stayed with Liza and I for over a week, and then my mom came and stayed with us for over a week as well.  Liza had so much quality time with her grandparents while they were here supporting us and Ryan.  We really enjoyed their company and they made the situation easier on all three of us.  She really blossomed with her speech and is repeating and saying so many words and phrases.  Even a complete sentence here and there!

She still loves to dance and dances constantly around the house and at Music Together.  My mom came up with an idea to shine her Turtle star and moon projector night light onto the floor in the dark and Liza dances up a storm - you'd think she was at a disco!  She asks for certain songs by name and call fill in many of the words as we sing.  She loves when we all dance together and use her musical instruments, like the kazoo, cymbals and tambourine.

Ryan is home now and getting his strength back.  We are so happy to be getting back to normal.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Growing and growing

Much has happened since my last post!  Liza now has her 2 bottom teeth, two upper molars and two lower molars.  Her 2 canines just poked through today.  All she wants for christmas is her two front teeth!  She doesn't care much for brushing but we are working on it every night and morning.

We had a fun Halloween party here at our house with a bunch of moms and baby friends.  Liza was adorable as Frida Kahlo, complete with black yarn head piece with ribbons braided in and set with flowers.  Unibrow too, of course.  I fashioned her a Tijuana dress as best I could using clothes from Wonders Found cut up and sewed together.  The other babies looked cute too.  We had snacks and some music playing.

October flew by and so did November.  We finished up our music class and that will restart in January.  Liza graduated from Born to Read at the library and will start Toddler Time next month as well.  We've gone to an indoor playground at the Friendship Center several times which she really enjoys.

We had a great Thanksgiving in Gates Mills with Ryan's family.  Liza played with her cousin Josh and had lots of fun with Nanna and Pop-pop too, along with some quality time with Aunt Nicole and Uncle Scott.  She attempted to say "telescope" when she saw Pop-pop's big telescope in the basement.  It came out as "gah-goo-gook" but hey, that's three syllables!  We were at Costco yesterday and she pointed to one behind me and said it.  I turned around and looked and sure enough there it was- I was impressed!

Liza has been dancing up a storm and we call it her "happy dance" when she gallops and waves her arms in the air.  I made a montage video of her dancing to Billy Idol's "Dancing with myself."  So cute!

We've been meeting up with friends often, whether having them over to our house or going to theirs, or meeting somewhere else like the library or Bass Pro Shop (where they have a holiday activity area set up).

Today we had about 8 moms (and a dad!) over to our house for a playdate with some snacks.  It was fun having everyone over, and it always motivates me to clean the house really well before they come.  I got some pictures of all the kids with our good camera.  It really feels like a party when everyone is over.

Liza has shown us that she enjoys playing with clothes and towels by putting them over her head or around her shoulders and walking around the house like that.  She also like to hold may items in her hands at once, sometimes using her chin to help keep them in her hands.

I sewed her both a Christmas dress and a cozy robe.  The both came out pretty well, I'm pretty proud of my sewing lately.  It's not perfect and one can easy see the amateur stitching, but I love the items on her.  I made her a poncho too that fits great and looks so cute on her.

Monday, October 10, 2016


Lots to report since my last entry!  Liza is growing so fast.  She has 3 teeth now, one is in the back and I didn't know it was there until I felt it, so who knows when it actually poked through.  Liza is always running now, enjoying her play slide, play grounds, a crawling through tube my mom got her, and a pile of couch cushions that she can scramble up.  In addition to major gross motor gains, she has become very affectionate, which is the most precious thing.

Often while I'm at the sink or the counter she will walk up and hug my legs, sometimes when I'm holding her she will lean in and give me a kiss - it melts my heart!  She's been doing this for me for a little while now, but this weekend she started hugging and kissing Ryan and I know his heart is a puddle now too.

We've started up our music class and Liza is much more interactive with the songs and instruments.  She barely sits still at Born to Read and likes to walk right up to the book while the teacher is reading a story to the babies.  She knows when its time to put the animal puppets away and willing runs over to put her animal in the bag.

We had a great trip to Salt Lake City in September and a fun few days in Ocean City with Ryan's parents.  Liza totally loved the beach an ocean and playing around Ryan's grandma's house while we were there.  We also got to spend a few days in Canfield and Liza got lots of family time and a quick trip to the awesome Canfield library.

She's going down easier at night now, which is wonderful.  However, she still struggles when we travel.  It's hard to know if its different surroundings that are keeping her from going to sleep or if there is a coincidental tooth popping through.

We've been having lots of fun hanging out with friends.  Beth and Thea come over a lot to play, and we go and see Shannon and Tyler sometimes among other get-togethers.  We've enjoyed going to the market with Liza and taking her to Paulus Farm yesterday to play in their corn shed and corn maze.