Baby's 1st Christmas

We flew my mom and dad into Virginia as a Christmas present (they think to them, when really I think it was a present to myself as well). For five days, Riley was completely smothered with kisses and I don't think she spent any time in her crib she was held so much. But you have to love grandparents for that! Riley wasn't the only spoiled one. My mom packed a suitcase full of food she prepared and froze to feed me and Eric. I think the last time we ate that well was when Anh Hai Mike was here. =P

Ba Ma and Riley with her first Christmas tree
On Christmas day, we bundled Riley up and went out to see the new National Christmas Tree. I was reluctant to do it at first, but boy am I glad we did. It made for a wonderful memory for Riley's first Christmas.
New baby and new National Christmas Tree
Ba Ma left on Tuesday, and we packed the car and headed to Indiana. I had been so excited about this trip, as we were finally getting to meet Ava and Katelyn as well.
Oberly siblings with their babies
Unfortunately, Riley wasn't happy about the travels. She was unusually fussy and had crying/screaming bouts that had me really worried, so we had to cut the trip short. Thankfully we will all be in Florida for Grandpa's 90th birthday, and I'm hoping she will do better then since she will be a little older.

This has been a magical Christmas getting to spend it with so many loved ones. Its amazing getting to experience things that we've experienced before but now with a baby. It's like living life all over again-- seeing things in a completely new light, and I am loving every bit of it. 


Smiley Riley

Middle of the night feedings are so much more enjoyable now that Riley smiles at me to wake me right up. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy to know she knows who I am and is happy to see me. Babies are just so amazing. She does something every day that just puts me in complete awe of her.

Here she is being cutesy and smiling at 2 months old:


Happy video

When I posted the video of Riley getting her 2 month shots, I felt uneasy, but I thought it was because I am Riley's mom. Chi Hai has brought it to my attention that the pinning of arms, shaking of head and screaming until she ran out of breath was uncomfortable for any one to watch. So to make up for it, I present you with this happy little clip that I can't seem to get enough of. Enjoy!!


Date Night

For the first time since Riley was born, Eric and I got to spend a night out on the town together, just the two of us. Thanks to our friend Jenna for watching Riley! Our date night consisted of a delicious dinner at Asia Nine, followed by watching "A Christmas Carol" at Ford's theater. The night went surprisingly smooth. Of course dinner conversation consisted of Riley, and showing each other photos we have of her on our phones. But we didn't call Jenna at all, and took advantage of our time together without the baby.

Us inside Ford's theater. Behind us you can see the
booth where Abraham Lincoln was shot.
As wonderful as the night was, we missed our baby girl and rushed home to get the low-down on how her night with Jenna went. I was so happy to hear Jenna tell us how easy Riley was, and how Riley talked to her and smiled at her when she was awake, and how she quickly went to sleep when she was put down. That little girl never fails to amaze me.

Thank you Jenna for making the night possible. We are so grateful to have a friend like you who cares about Riley as much as we do. And thank you Eric for taking me out. You still know how to make me laugh and smile like no one else does.

I am feeling so blessed.


a Riley update

Just a quick little update on Riley and her growth and development!

Riley now baby babbles quite a bit. She also smiles and laughs a lot at mommy, which makes her night time feedings so much more pleasant for me, since it wakes me right up. She is also sleeping in 5-6 hour stretchs at night.

Riley now follows toys with her eyes and her head. She loves her swing and she will fall asleep watching her mobile above her crib:

Riley is a total water baby. She loves bath time! And here is her head of curly hair after we wash it:


shots, shots, shots!

I wish this post were about taking shots (of liquor). But it really is about Riley getting immunization shots at her 2 month check up. In hindsight, I wish I would've taken shots (of liquor) before coming to this appointment. Poor Riley didn't take the shots very well. We left the doctor's thinking all went smooth, she cried for a little while but stopped after some snuggling with her daddy. But when we got home, and when she woke up from her nap, she continued to cry and scream non-stop for about two hours. Her little leg was so swollen and red. Any time we got her to relax, the slightest movement of her leg caused her to cry and scream some more. I finally went out and got some infant tylenol, which as far as I'm concerned is magic. She was settled within 5 minutes of taking the medicine.

And like any decent (read: cruel) parent, I took video of her shots. It stops at a dramatic point, because I couldn't take the screaming anymore. Watch at your own risk:

At 2 months, Riley weighs 10lbs, 15oz. She is 22 inches tall, and her head circumference is 15.5 inches.