Tuesday, April 27, 2010

So Spoiled

My son is becoming rotten! He has each of his grandparents wrapped around his fingers! Last night he was so funny. He has started putting his hands on people's face and babbling at them. His granddaddy loved every second of it!

He was so worn out after dinner! I was able to get a quick picture in before he fell asleep!

I Need....

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Time to Shake Things Up!

Spring is definitely in the air and I am desperate for changes! Ryan and I spent last weekend deep cleaning the house and organizing (seriously, I love that man!). When everything was finished, I sat down in the living room and decided I was terribly bored with everything in it. Then, I started thinking about other areas of the house I wanted to change. Soon enough, I had color schemes popping into my head. I quickly tried to block them, but it's been over a week and I just cannot! I'm now thinking about taking one room at a time and making some improvements. Caleb's room is freshly painted, so it's the only one I don't have to touch. Plus, Ryan would probably kill me since he spent so much time on painting it!

I'm not quite sure where I want to start, but there should be some changes coming in the next week...

Most Needed Items

One of my cousins is about to have a baby shower and I have been thinking of all the most needed items a new mommy must have. While all of the baby clothes are adorable, people tend to give so many that the baby outgrows them before you can get the tags off! I think now to the every day things Ryan and I use with Caleb and there are some essentials:

1. The Infant Movement Monitor : This monitors the baby's breathing and alerts when the baby stops. The risk of SIDS and suffocation is dramatically reduced. You may wonder what the chances are of actually needing this item are, especially when it is quite pricey, but it lets mommy sleep without getting up fifteen times during the night to check on the baby!

2. Batteries : Just about every dang toy an infant gets requires batteries. The cute little piano on the jumper, the swing that must be used every night for the first three months when it's the only way your baby will sleep without you holding them, and the bouncer with the vibrating option. Caleb is a movement baby and when Ryan and I were absolutely exhausted, the batteries saved our lives and sanity! The biggest problem is that they never last very long. When Caleb was a month old, we replaced four D batteries every week so his swing could work. He either wanted in the bed to sleep with us, or he wanted his swing. Since we didn't want to let Caleb sleep with us until he was 16, we depended on the swing! Now, he goes to sleep in his crib and is a happy baby!

3. Size 2 and 3 Diapers: We all know the baby is going to grow, but we only stock up on Newborn and Size 1 diapers. While it's nice to have a surplus early on and when mommy doesn't want to go to the store with a newborn, the boxes of itty bitty diapers can be a bad thing. Caleb outgrew his Newborn diapers within a few weeks. We had tons of Newborn diapers, but they just wouldn't fit by Christmas! Luckily my little neice was tiny so they were donated to her. If you don't have that option, save your receipts and exchange them later!

4. Bottles : When you buy or register for bottles, get all of the same kind! This way you never have to search for matching pieces! It's frustrating to have a bottle ready and not have a top to fit it!

So, the next time you're shopping for your little one or someone else's, remember these suggestions!!!

Friday, April 23, 2010

A Crazy Week

This has been quite the week. Looking back now it is starting to feel like a blur and everything has run together. Ryan, Caleb and I are completely exhausted! Work has been very hectic for us and I've had to drag Caleb into the office a couple of nights this week just so I could spend time with him. It's difficult being a working mommy and finding the right balance between the office and home. This has not been the week for balance and harmony between the two. Between computer issues at work and a boat job Ryan has had going this week, there's not much time for anything else!

My great uncle passed away this week. He had a long fight with complications from diabetes, just like my grandfather. We have to visit the funeral home this evening to pay our respects. I really hate that this occasion is how some extended family gets to meet Caleb for the first time. Any prayers for our family at this time would be greatly appreciated. My great uncle's wife is also not doing well at all. She is hooked up to a ventilator and is expected to be on it for the rest of her life.

My best friend, Jessica, called this week. Her father is in the hospital right now with a kidney tumor and possibly cancer throughout his body. Jessica is in her mid-twenties and has the weight of the world on her shoulders right now. I honestly couldn't imagine having to go through that at my age. She's dealing with it through prayer and a lot of strength. Ryan and I are praying for her and her family.

One of my coworkers has a daughter about a month and a half older than Caleb. Rachel goes to daycare with Caleb and she's just the cutest little thing! About two weeks ago she got a respiratory infection along with a pretty bad ear infection (must be going around). Then the medicine they put her on made her tummy all upset, so she really has had it rough. On top of all that, Rachel started running a really high fever and had complications this week. Yesterday she was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with pneumonia. The last update we received was that her temperature was around 104 degrees, she was getting an IV, and the area around her soft spot was swelling pretty bad. We have not heard anything else today. This little girl and her family need plenty of prayers right now.

I told you this has been an eventful week! Ryan had a boat bottom job this week. He was actually painting spots on the bottom at 8:15 last night! He was determined to get the boat in the water today and it was launched around 9:00 this morning! The guys he works with really hustled this week to get it done. I'm sure they are relieved to see the boat in the water!

Since this had been a heavy blog, I want to post something really cute that Caleb does. In the mornings, Ryan turns on monster truck racing while getting ready for work. Lately as Caleb has started paying more attention to his surroundings, he has locked in on monster trucks in the morning! It's getting to where he tries to turn his head to see the TV while eating a bottle. For once, this child is interested in something more than food! I think he likes the bright colors and sounds of the trucks. He is definitely taking after Ryan with the love of anything with an engine! Here's a picture Ryan took yesterday morning:


Ryan's parents took us to Amigo's for my birthday dinner. Caleb was such a cutie when he started looking at the menu! Here's a picture of him acting like a little man:




Maybe next week will be a little less eventful.....

Friday, April 16, 2010

Too Busy

I'm so busy with everything right now I can't even pick anything to write about. Everything just seems to run together. Caleb is doing great! Jessica and I went for a long walk yesterday evening and Caleb seemed to really enjoy it. He decided to pitch himself a good fit last night at bedtime. I think he knows now that he's missing things once he goes to bed. After about ten minutes of walking and bouncing, he gave up and fell asleep! He sleeps through the night 95% of the time now (his mommy is so thankful for this). I read somewhere the other day that he should be going through another growth spurt soon and may become fussy and irritable. We'll see how that goes...

Ryan is pretty busy at home right now. Since finding out that Madison and Bryce will be spending a lot more time with us this summer, he has been working towards building another room in our house. We will luckily be able to give each kid a room of their own. I'm excited because that means I get to decorate some more!!! I've been helping with hanging the dry wall and mudding some. That's really hard work! I'm almost ready to tile my laundry room floor too. I will be doing that all by myself since I've watched enough DIY network now! I bought the tile really cheap last year at Southeastern Salvage and it has been patiently waiting for me to lay it. Since I'm not pregnant and Caleb sleeps really well at night, I can finally finish this project.

Friday, April 9, 2010

What is Caleb doing now?

Caleb is almost five months old! The time is flying by and he's growing so fast. He has learned some new skills just recently and he's so much fun to watch. When Caleb gets really excited he smiles really big, kinda curls up, and stuffs his fist in his mouth. He's such a happy child and he does this a lot now. It's almost like he has was too much emotion bottled up and can't get it out! He has recently discovered his feet and toes. He curls up to hold onto them and practices rolling himself from side to side.

Caleb also laughs a lot now. He's very ticklish on his belly. Every night at bathtime it's almost impossible for me to stay dry while washing his belly. He gets ticklish and starts squirming in the tub. Water goes everywhere!

Ryan and I bought Caleb a walker a couple of weeks ago. While Madison and Bryce were here, Madison pushed him around the kitchen floor in it. He finally got the concept of putting his feet down and pushing. He took his first steps in it this week! He actually made it from one end of our kitchen to the other. Ryan couldn't believe it!

Caleb is also wearing 6 to 9 month clothing now. He's in size 3 diapers! He's getting so big. The doctor says he's really tall for his age.

Caleb loves to snuggle right before bedtime. He finished his bottle, burped, and laid his little head on my shoulder as he fell asleep the other night. I knew I needed to lay him down in his bed, but I couldn't bring myself to move! I sat in our rocking chair for thirty minutes not wanting the moment to end. I think it's one of the best parts of being a mommy. I've never felt so loved...

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Competition!

I'm in a competition with one of my coworkers. We created You Tube videos of our rental houses at Island Cove. He made one for Cabin A and I made one for Cabin B. Now we're in a race to see how many views we can get of our videos. A winner will be decided at the end of the week. Help me out by viewing my video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IL_WXzJdZA4

Monday, April 5, 2010

Pictures From The Past Week

It has been a long, exhausting week at the Del Signore house! Ryan got home at 3:30 am from taking Madison and Bryce back to Pennsylvania. It was a short visit, but we all had a really great time! Here's a few pictures:


Sunday, April 4, 2010

I'm A Star!

I am one of the stars in the new Island Cove Marina commercial! On Thursday I got to drive one of our new Tracker boats (a Q5 Tahoe sport boat). Five of our Tracker boats were featured in the footage. The new commercial is being made and should be available sometime in the next month.

I have the most amazing job in the world. I get to go to work, see the lake every day, and drive boats! There's nothing better than walking out of my office and seeing beautiful boats. I have encountered some of the nicest, most interesting people through the marina. I have met people traveling the Great Loop. Cruising the Great Loop consists of circling North America by water anywhere from 5,000 to 7,500 miles, depending upon the route. I've met people from other countries who have stopped by the marina. We have sold boats to people in Indonesia and showed our Tracker line to people from Australia.

I am part of an organization that is currently number nine in the world in Tracker boats sales. Yes, that's right! Island Cove Outdoor Center is the ninth top Tracker dealer in the world! When the owners purchased the Tracker dealership in 2005, my dad became general manager and I became the office manager at both of our locations. With the help of an excellent sales manager and sales team, in four short years we transformed the business into a power selling dealership. It has been hard work, but Island Cove is based on quality Tracker products and Mercury certified service. With that combination, we have been highly successful. I am hopeful that Island Cove will move up to the top five in the next couple of years!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

They Finally Meet!


Ryan got home at about 4:30 this morning. Caleb and I woke up around 6 to get ready for work and daycare. As usual, Caleb started talking really loud. It's very adorable, but he woke his sister up in the next room. I brought him to see her and they instantly hit it off. Caleb flashed his cute, little smile at her and it melted my heart! Madison immediately wanted to hold him, but after a minute she realized Caleb was pretty heavy!

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