2.20.2009

Sleeping Beauty

Throughout the whole pregnancy I always worried that I would be one of those new moms that had mismatched shoes, zombie eyes, no time for any fancy hygiene, hungry and NO sense of control. I have been surprisingly surprised! Ryleigh is such a good baby. She ONLY fusses when she cant get her milk fast enough or gets too cold after a bath. But by fusses I mean a cute little whimper followed by some squeaks. She sleeps at night for usually 5-7 hours. Sometimes she wakes up right at 5 hours and then eats and goes back to bed for another 3. It is a miracle. I never thought I would be so happy with 5 hours of sleep because pre-baby I loved my sleep. I am so thankful for how things are going and I hope to keep it this way. We are getting into a really good routine now. It was meant to be! I thank the lord everyday for such a blessing.

2.19.2009

Imagination Photography... by Cody Smith

Our friend Cody Smith took Ryleigh Kate's pictures at 2 weeks old. She did a GREAT job. She is still editing most of them but here are a few...











Where did the month go?

So Ryleigh Kate is ONE month old! WOW. It goes by very fast. For that matter...each day goes by very fast. Before I know it, it will be time to go back to work and send her to daycare. :( She is going to go to Woodland Academy in Bentonville. We are VERY pleased with the staff there, the cleanliness, the christian learning environment and that they only keep 4 babies at a time. She is going to love it there.

This weekend is very busy for us. Tomorrow we are running errands all day and then my aunt Heidi flies in for the weekend (Through Tuesday)from Wisconsin to see Miss Ryleigh. We have dinner at Olive Garden and then mommy is off to girls night. :) Saturday Ryleigh will go to her PaPaw & Mamaw's for her first overnight trip. She is going to be so spoiled. :) Kyle and I are attending our friend Emery's 40th birthday party.

Well I better get to the gym while her Autine Tabby is here to watch her...

2.09.2009

Multitasking Mommy's!

Wow...where does the time go? I cant believe Ryleigh Kate is almost 4 weeks! Every time I have gotten on here to blog about my new bundle of joy...I am reminded that I could be using that time to nap, clean the house, run an errand or just relax. And by the time this short window of opportunity is beginning...it is over and then it is time to feed or change a diaper. My heart goes out to ALL mommy's as it is the hardest and most rewarding job ever.

Being a mommy has been the most amazing experience of my life. I love watching her and holding her. We have adjusted well to our new life and enjoying every minute. She is a WONDERFUL baby and we hope it stays that way :) We usually get 5 to 6 hours of sleep a night and then wake up to eat and change and then its back to bed for a few hours. Breastfeeding has gotten so much easier and a lot less painful. It took a few weeks of patience and strength and I am very happy that we stayed with it. She truly is a blessing.

We have had wonderful support from our family and friends over the past few weeks. I want to say a special thank you to my mom who has helped me a ton! She comes over a few times a week to help with the house and any other things, like rest and running errands that I need. I couldn't have done it without her. Ryleigh is SO lucky to have all of you in her life. We look forward to raising her with all our loved ones.

Cody Smith took her first baby pictures last week and we can't wait to get those back! Stay tuned this week for the cutest pictures you have ever seen!!

Ryleigh Kate Watkins 1.16.09 8lbs. 9oz. & 20 inches of pure joy!

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