Sunday, June 24, 2007

Link to pics

Soo, some of you are much more adept with computers than I and figured out that all you need is the link to view my photos on the york site. Here is the link:

Of course these are now somewhat outdated. I hope to post another batch soon!

Much love,

Ruth (and Joseph!)

Thursday, June 21, 2007

The Diaper Song

Despite my complete lack of musical ability, I have taken to composing songs for Joseph and my entertainment, especially for often repeated activities. As you might expect therefore I developed my first song for diapering. Brad thinks no one is going to talk to me again after reading this, but I’m risking it . . .

This is the diaper song
We sing it all day long
‘Cause we are growing big
And we are growing strong
So we sing the diaper song
And we sing it

I like to poop and I like to pee
But I don’t like it on me
I go number one and I go number two
I might
get it
on you!

I can spray a mile away
I can shoot my poop to the moon

And sing the diaper song!

Repeat. Many, many times a day.

Joseph stylin his cloth diapers

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Pictures!! (on another site . . .)

So, I know that some of you are frustrated that I am a bit behind on posting pics! I finally have put a bunch on another site (which some family prefers). However, on this site you have to be invited to view the album. I sent an invitation email to many of you, but if you didn’t receive the email and want to see the pictures, just let me know. Perhaps I don’t have the correct address.

Everything continues to go well here. Tonight we are headed out for a first social visit without Brad, so we will see how that goes . . . especially since I didn't really sleep last night. Joseph decided he needed to be held all night for some reason. Let's hope this isn't a new routine. I love cuddling of course, but getting some small amount of sleep is nice too. Brad is back to work, but while he was home he managed to do all sorts of work around the house, including painting the garage and the bathroom, so things are looking good. We love to get visits from any of you who are around here and I hope everyone is doing well!


Saturday, June 2, 2007

Things I Have Learned About Joseph So Far

Hello all!

Things are going great here with our new family of three. I know I have been a bit tardy on all my electronic communication, but will continue to try and do better. I will post more pictures soon.

Here is a list of Things I Have Learned About Joseph So Far to explain a little about our life together and help you get to know him.

Warning: A lot of this has to do with body functions, which some might think is a bit gross. However, it seems that if you spend time with an infant this becomes customary.

  • #1. He is just so damn cute and, as everyone says, it is crazy to know that he is mine and somehow Brad and I made him and you just have to love him to death.
  • He might be an infant, but noises from both ends are certainly very grown up (i.e. screaming and farting).
  • Eating and sleeping are his favorite activities, probably inherited from me. Most of the time he will sleep through the loudest noises and he will often happily drink his medicine.
  • Related: he grows and grows and grows. At his one month checkup he was 11 pounds 10½ ounces.
  • When he is going through a growth spurt he is perfectly capable of eating nearly constantly, including at night. Amazingly I have discovered I can function on just a few (seriously) hours of sleep.
  • Even if he just peed on you, do not be deceived and think his bladder is empty and it will not happen again; it can and it often will. The amount of diapers we go through is astounding.
  • Staring at himself in mirrors is another favorite activity.
  • He also can communicate surprisingly well. If he is hungry he will let you know in the following ways: opening and closing his mouth, sticking his tongue out, putting as much of his hand as possible in his mouth, screaming, and if I am holding him diving toward my boob and head butting me.
  • He is strong. Kicks, grasps, pushes, pulls, head butts, etc . . . are surprisingly powerful.
  • If he is tired of sleeping all alone in his playyard, as he generally is by the early morning, he will effectively insist to be held and join the grownup bed.
  • Pooping can be quite hard work and takes up another large chunk of his time.
  • He changes and grows everyday. One day all of a sudden he was bright eyed, aware, and gazing intently in my eyes. And then he was holding his head up and turning it to look around. Every day he seems bigger, stronger, fatter, and more capable. Brad is sure he will be walking very soon.
  • He certainly knows his mommy. I never thought it would happen, but in times of duress I can calm him and he responds to my voice. What an amazing feeling!