Not to be confused with kind of Oktoberfest with accordions and beer, although that isn't unfamiliar territory to us either. This month has been jam packed with Halloween festivities. I'm really glad we've gotten the chance to take Riley out to do these little things, and I'm happy she's getting to an age where she can enjoy them. We won't be a family of three for much longer, and even though I know it means we are only making room for more memories, I have a soft spot in my heart for these times as well. It might seem silly, but there are times I feel guilty for Riley's short period as an only child. But that can be its own sappy blog post. This one is only for fun!

Went to ZooBoo! At the Indianapolis Zoo

Went to Indianapolis' Children's Museum to experience the Haunted House

Visited Stoneycreek Farms with Family

picked out her first pumpkin

Took Indy to Howl-oween in Gfield
It has been an extremely fun month, and its bittersweet to see it go by so fast. Our Riley is growing up so quickly, and yet as the time flies by, it means not much longer until we meet our Connor man.  This is way too many emotions for a woman as pregnant as I am now. 31 weeks now! In the home stretch!


Name That Baby!

And here it is, the official name post! We will be naming our son Connor Dao Oberly.

Connor was actually the "boy option" name we had for Riley. We liked it for the same reasons that we liked "Riley"-- we found the name to be relatively uncommon, but not too weird. When we found out baby #2 was a boy, we started exploring other names, but found ourselves back to "Connor" every time, so we decided to stick to it.

Dao is my dad's first name. I like the idea of passing on some Vietnamese heritage to our kids with their middle names, and I thought it would be an honor for Connor to carry on the name of a man who has greatly impacted my life. I know my dad was equally as touched that we asked him if we could use his name as Connor's middle name.

Connor is of Irish origin, and it means "hound lover." If Connor has the same type of relationship with our beagle Indy that Riley has, the name will hold true to its meaning. Dao is Vietnamese for religion, another reason Eric and I loved the name.

So there you have it, my half Asian kids with Irish names.


Riley's 1 Year Wellness

Poor baby girl is taking a much needed nap right now. We had 5, count them, 5 shots this morning, and she handled herself like a little trooper (after some crying and whimpering). At 12 months, here are Riley's measurements:

Height: 30.75 inches @ 94 %tile
Weight: 20 lbs 11 oz @ 42 %tile
Head: 18.25 inches @ 98 %tile

So she's still the skinny, tall bobble-head baby she's been since birth.

Towards the end of our appointment, we were scheduling her 15 month wellness, to which the doctor suggested we schedule baby #2's 1 month wellness as well. What a trip!


Riley's 1st Birthday

On October 3rd, 2008, Eric asked me to be his wife. Exactly three years later, on October 3rd, 2011, our beautiful Riley was born . The memories I have of her birthday are vivid enough to have happened an hour ago. We spent this past week celebrating her first year of life, and also giving ourselves a little high five for surviving our first year as parents.

10/03/11 & 10/03/12
On her actual birthday, I took Riley to her weekly library reading class. She was showered with all sorts of attention by her classmates, and she ate it all up! That evening, we had a little celebration with just us and Riley's grandma Oberly. Riley got to eat cake for the first time, and loved it for all of 3 minutes.
The next day kicked off the Riley Festival here in Greenfield (name/date of the event is a total coincidence, I swear). We stopped by to kill some time before Bao and Nana got here. Once they got here, it was full on party planning mode. (We had originally planned to celebrate Riley's first birthday outdoors at a park, but the weather had other ideas. We very last minute had to change all our plans, and this little side note is a HUGE thank you to Bao and both my Moms and Erin for helping make Riley's bday possible). The change in weather turned out to be a blessing in surprise though, I think. By the end of the day, Riley made it clear that her birthday party was the best day of her life. She was all smiles all day, and babbled herself to sleep at night as if she was replaying her day. The look of pure joy on her face all day made me happier than words can ever describe.

This was, hands down, one of the most memorable weekends of my life, and more importantly, one of the best weekends of Riley's life. When I think back on this past year, I get sentimental about how quickly the time has flown by and I get overwhelmed by how generously God has blessed us. I am thankful for a beautiful and healthy baby. I am thankful for all the support, help, advice and love we've gotten from family and friends while trying to figure out life as first-time parents. I am especially thankful for a husband who is a loving father, who continues to amaze me and who I continue to grow with as our lives constantly change and our family continues to grow.

Happy birthday to my sweet Riley. I love you so much and I am thankful for all you've taught me and all the joy you've brought into our lives. There are moments when you look at me with your dorky little smile and I get completely wrapped up in awe of you. You will always, always be my number one girl and there is nothing I love more than being your mom. Love you, sweetheart!