Big news!!! Milestone HIT! Rylan is sleeping through the night. Hallelujah!!!!! It was tough, and I have to admit, that after that night where I posted at 3am, I cried to Rob and asked him to tell me this would be for the better. Those darned experts are right though. Eventually Rylan learned that crying will only get mom or dad in there to lay them back down and get a pat on the back or two and a blanket put on. He has gone down at 8pm on the dot with 5 minutes of less of fuss for almost two weeks (minus Christmas). He has also slept through the night until at LEAST 6am 11 days out of those two weeks. One time he even slept until 8am. I didn't know what to do with myself. Now, he's napping better too. He's up for a few hours, back down for a nap, then takes another long one later in the afternoon. Its like he figured out that sleeping IS fun and he wants more of it. For now, I don't have to tell him the old "when you're my age you'll WISH for a nap." So, goal one of staying at home from work has been checked off the list.
The weekend before Christmas was action packed. We headed to Chick Fil A for breakfast with Santa Cow. Rylan was the first kid to actually go to Santa Cow. He is about 6 1/2 feet tall and a COW after all. But, Rylan seemed unfazed. Didn't know what all the fuss was about. Doesn't everyone sit on a cow's lap everyday???
Then, after breakfast with Santa Cow, we had some time to kill so we went by the zoo. Rob got me Family passes for my birthday, so Rylan and I go to the zoo once a week or so. Its nice, because it feels free, and somedays we only stay 20 minutes if Rylan isn't in the mood, or somedays I treat it like my exercise for the day and we walk and walk and walk. But, we've never had the pleasure of Rob's company. It was super special. Someone to talk to and show stuff. Someone to help take pics and get excited with. I have found with staying at home, that there are very few people to talk to. And if your son is in the stroller and you are talking to him, people think you are talking to yourself. So, any opportunity to have someone to stand side by side with is awesome. It was a LITTLE chilly (really chilly) so some of the animals stayed in their warm beds, but we still had a great time.
The lower giraffe was totally lookin for lovin.
The animals had just gotten gifts from Santa
As if that weren't enough for one day, we went to Rylan's friend Jaeden's birthday party. e were invited to a birthday party for Rylan's friend Jaeden. Jaeden is the son of John and Gina, the couple that, in a way, got Rob and I together back in the day. John was playing at a bar and I recognized him from high school. He pointed at a table and commented that all the people at the table were also from high school. I pointed at Rob Qualls and said "I remember you" (there might have been beer fueling that comment) in a very unladylike fashion. A few John and Gina maneuvers later and Rob and I were on our first date. Fast forward 5 1/2 years and John and Gina's son is 3 and they have another one set to come any minute.
So, we ate lunch and had cake at Jaeden's house, then headed to the very scary during Christmastime----Chuck E. Cheez. Jaeden had a blast and Rob and I played enough skeeball to win Rylan a ball to play with. Which is a pretty cool gift if you are going by Chuck E. Cheez standards, usually for 400 tickets you get 3 straws and a glow in the dark spider.
Overwhelmed by the Chuck E. Madness