It is the year 2022 – A check-in

Wow, it’s been a while since my last blog entry. A lot has happened since the last one…let’s try to cover some of that.

Overhauling the house flooring

When I purchased this house back in 2016, I knew the flooring was eventually going to have to go. Initial pictures of the house when i found the listing showed that it had a somewhat dark brown stained hardwood flooring. When I toured the house, the current homeowner was trying to update it a bit, and decided to sand the flooring and overhaul it themselves with black stain. Upon taking ownership of the house, I literally had a weekend to seal it – the previous homeowner didn’t even get to that. In the end, its was a black hardwood floor….which would have looked OK if it had been done right, it wasn’t. So because of that, I knew I would eventually change out the flooring, and over the spring and summer of last year, I did just that. Ripped out the old and put down the new. I have a lot of photos of the process, but I’ll include just a few here.

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You’re the joy of my life,

You’re the sparkle in my eye.

When I’m feeling down, mad or upset,

Your laugh, your smile and your hugs brighten my day.

You amaze me with your intelligence, curiosity and wonder,

And your personality is one all it’s own.

Daughter, you’re the greatest gift I could have ever asked for,

I love you with every fiber of my being, with every ounce of my heart.

My daughter and I
My daughter and I

Finding a Santa

A few weeks before, Thanksgiving we started to get into the holiday spirit by bringing our Christmas tree up from the basement. We didn’t decorate it right away though. With RIley now crawling, we wanted her to grow accustom to it so that she didn’t crawl over to it every moment we set her down on the floor. A week before it was turkey time, we decide to go ahead and decorate the tree, hang the wreath that Meghan made, and get our stockings up. During that time we talked about trying to find a Santa Clause for RIley to meet and take pictures with. A quick Internet search showed that wasn’t going to be cheap!

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The first illness…

I haven’t posted in a while, been too busy living life. Finished a deck this summer with my dad, trying to squeeze in some small vacation time here and there, visits with both sides of the family…and well, trying to help Riley fight off her first illness.

It all started on June 23rd, a lazy Sunday where I was just trying to feed Riley…

Riley kicking back
Riley kicking back.
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Happy Father’s Day – 2019 & First Day of Daycare

Riley and I
Riley and I

This year, Father’s Day was a bit different, as I got to celebrate being a new father. The morning started off with all of us sleeping in a bit, something I never tend to do. When Riley was awake, I brought her into the bed with me and she stared at Mr. Ceiling Fan, while telling me all about it. When Meghan came back into the room, she brought with her a present in a box. I opened the box to find a loving card from the ladies, and a book called ‘When Riley Grows Up’, a semi-custom book from (I did a little research afterward because I was curious about how it was made). It’s the story of me talking to Riley at bedtime, telling her of all the cool things she could be when she grows up. I think it will be a great book to read to her when she’s a little bit older.

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Two months and counting…

I’m posting this just a little late, but we’ve hit the 2 month mark (actually 10 weeks now as of posting this)!

Riley at 2 months
Riley at 2 months

Boy, if I thought the first month went quick, this one went even quicker. We’re only a week and a half away from her starting daycare full-time, and Meghan heading back to work. Not sure either of us are looking forward to that. But, we think we’ve found a good place, one that includes development programs to hit those milestones, and one that will help prepare her for the school atmosphere. I’m sure that first week is going to be a rough one…for everyone.

Over the last two months, Riley has developed a really strong neck, her doctor even commented on how strong it seemed. Rarely does she require any support while holding her, but one place where she still needs it is in her car seat. We have a car seat that works in conjunction with a jogger, so we can push her around when we are out and about. Well, often times she will fall asleep, so her big noggin likes to flop to one side or the other. Well, I’ve found a solution for that…

Riley with her head holder
Riley with her head holder

As it turns out, Boppy has a product called the “Boppy organic head and neck support” . I took out the head support that came with the car seat and installed this thing, and wow, what a difference. I’m not entirely sure Riley likes it…in this picture it looks like she’s seen things that nobody should see based on her expression, but in reality she was just getting used to the support along her head. We’ve successfully tested it in car rides and in the jogger, and it works 100%. No more floppy head!