Wednesday, October 28, 2009

My 1st Halloween Party!

I had a blast today! My very 1st Halloween party was today at Itsy Bitsy Yoga. Mom and I brought cupcakes - homemade of course - funfetti vanilla with chocolate frosting and colored sprinkles. Mmmm. Here's the deal with my costume (s)...yes, that's plural.

Okay, so I have 2 grandmas, well 3 actually. Anyways, grandma Ruffing gave me a skeleton costume and grandma Longley gave me a lion costume. Since I love both of them equally - I decided to wear one costume today and one costume on Saturday. Since I have to bend in yoga, I decided to wear the onesie skeleton costume (sorry grandma Longley) today...and I'm going to wear the lion on Saturday. Oh, and I'm going to wear my lion costume on Friday too - for storytime at Barnes & Noble. So, grandma Longley, if you're reading this = you'll see that the pictures I'm going to post later on...have me in my skeleton costume. But don't worry - I'm going to post me in my lion costume as well!!!

I just got a BIG package in the mail today too! Grandma Longley sent me a Frankenstein candy bucket, with a Halloween teddy bear, a new book and some cheerios! Thanks gram! I can't wait to try those cheerios for the first time! And the's so friggin' cool. It's a cheerio book?! When you open it up, you're supposed to 'fill in' the missing cheerios with actual cheerios! It's so neat! You're always sending me the coolest things!

Let's see, what's been such a crazy week I don't know what I've blogged about and what I haven't?! Mom and I are staying home ALL DAY tomorrow, thank God! We're just going to breakfast and scrapbook...hug...kiss...and love some more. Oh, and then when daddy gets home, we are going to the picture lady's house to pick out my pictures I just had done. And then on Friday, I think we are going to storytime at B&N and I'm going to see Iyush and Tohbee and Davis...can't wait! Saturday, mom and dad are going birthday party much going on!

Monday, October 26, 2009


I am wearing my brand new, first-time-ever, one of a kind, super duper, pimpin', one piece pajamas with FOOTSIES! My very first pair! Yay! They are so friggin' cute. I have to admit, my thunder thighs have made the legs a tight squeeze - but that's says I look cute. I keep trying to pull at my toes = but I can't get to them. Hmm.

Mom is going crazy over planning my 1st birthday. Geeze mom, it's still like 2 months away! Her and dad are going to check out some party supply stores this weekend while gram and gramps watch me. Happy shopping!

I seem to be a bit better about the separation thing (see last post). I'm still not 100% over the whole 'putting me down' thing - but I've gotten better since daddy came home. Guess I must've missed him or something. Ha, ha...I DID miss you dad!

K, gotta go, time for bed.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

What happened?

Am I going thru separation anxiety? I won't even let mommy put me do anything! I don't even want to take a bath...and I LOVE bathtime. What's going on with me? I have no fever. I'm not hot. My pneumonia is gone. I'm full. What gives?
Mom can't wait for dad to get home...she says I'm a handfull! How do single moms do it?! Any who, mom and I had a lot of fun today. This is what our day looked like:

It was sunny and maybe low 60's out. We went to story time at Barnes & Noble...and I met up with Iyush and his mom Tsheten! They are my friends from IBY! Yay! We made Halloween bags...marched in a parade (around the store) our pictures taken...and caught up. It was so much fun!
Then mom and I went home and went for a walk. It was way too nice out not to take advantage of the beautiful weather. I watched mom make a new recipe. She made tomato vegetable bisque...and it came out pretty good. Tomorrow she's going to make daddy some sweet potato fries...yum:) Oh, and we did another load of laundry and another load of dishes! Geeze!
Can't wait to see dad you daddy!
PS - Thank you Erin for posting a comment! I never know if any one is reading my blog :(

Friday, October 23, 2009

Look at all we did today!

The cold, windy day in Mt. Vernon didn't hold mom and I back today! Look at all the things we did...
*grocery shopping
*Kohls stop to use up giftcard (got a new set of pjs and a Thanksgiving onesie)
*designed and ordered my 1st birthday invites!
*developed pictures
*helped mom submit her 1st article for the Monett Times (Yep, she's got a writing gig!)
*had a babysitter come over so mom could go to Combat Fitness
*read a million books
*talked to daddy like a gazillion times on the phone
*confirmed plans with my Itsy Bitsy yoga friends to meet up for storytime tomorrow :)
*watched mom pick up the house
*took a bath
*load of laundry
*load of dishes
*prepped Halloween costume

and probably more but I'm too tired to think of anything else!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Bye dad :(

Dad leaves today :( He's headed to Chicago for a few days for work...damn it. I'm gonna miss him. But, he said he was going to bring me back a shirt or something. So, it looks like it'll be me and mom for the next few days. She wants to take me to some kind of Halloween story time at Barnes & Noble on Saturday. If I'm feeling up to it...I may comply.
It's raining out here today. A good day to stay inside and sleep. I started coughing and sneezing a lot last night. Mom has a cold - so I'm guessing I probably got it too. On top of this pneumonia - can't a baby get a break?
Mom went to her ComFit class again last night - and she can barely sit down today. I think she likes the challenge though because she's gone twice this week and tells dad she'll go again. Go mom!
Oh, I have to give a shout out to my grandpa. Grandpa Ruffing's birthday was this week. Happy birthday grandpa! I love you!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Doc Appt

Just got back from the doc's...lookin' good. No fever now for a few days and doc says I am on the mend. Great news :) I have to keep taking my antibiotics until Friday and stay fever-free until Saturday - then I'm in the clear.

Was scheduled to get my booster and H1N1 shots next week - they've been moved to the following week now since I have pneumonia.

Going down for a nap. Talk later, xoxo Dylan

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

More Updates

Here's some more updates for you guys: feeling good today. No temp. at all. Going to see the doc tomorrow. However, I was up a lot last night so mom and dad look pretty worn out today - as well as me. I have 2 bottom teeth and it looks like I am about to get 2 top teeth as well. Here is an idea of what kind of night it was for the Ruffing family...

3am...all laying in bed, wide awake, reading a book, with Jimmy Fallon on TV, mom says, "You know when you get so tired, you feel like you're going to throw up?"

Dad, "Yep. I know. You know how you start to think about tomorrow and what your day is going to be like, and you start to have a panic attack?"

Mom & dad - both rolling least we were all in a good mood last night :)

Monday, October 19, 2009


Just a quick note: flu swab came back NEGATIVE! Temperature went back down and I'm smiling a lot. I'll keep you all posted.


Thanks for all the well wishes today everyone. I'm feeling good right now. It was kind of a long night for all of us. I had a hard time falling asleep, but finally closed my eyes around 9pm while daddy was holding me. We sat like that together for the next 1 1/2 or so and then I woke up and layed with mommy. I woke up again at 1130, 230 and then slept until 945 this morning. My temp. was 97.7 when mom took it at 10 today. That's a lot better than it was last night (101.2).
Now we're just waiting for a call back from the dr's office today to find out the results of my flu swab. I'm sure I'll have to go in at some point to get checked out and make sure everything is okay. But I am SMILING today and things are lookin' up :)

Sunday, October 18, 2009


Rough night. ER until 630 this morning. I have pneumonia. Supposed to get the results back on the flu test in 24 hrs. Hope I feel better soon. How the HECK did this happen...

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Welcome, tooth #2

It's official - tooth #2 has emerged. Dad noticed it when we were eating lunch today. Why is dad always the one to notice them? Any who, I'm not surprised it's there. Last night was terrible. Let's just call it what it is = the night from hell. There, I said it. It took mom and dad over 2 HOURS to get me to bed...and it got so bad, mom had a meltdown and told dad to leave - with me in the car - so she could have some peace and quite! Geeze! and I went for a ride and came back about 15 minutes later...I was asleep, dad was tired and mom was relieved.
So, like I said, I'm glad the tooth has broken thru. It is right next to my 1st tooth. So now I have 2 bottom teeth and they are pearly white. Mom said they are the most beautiful 2 teeth she has ever seen. We all think the next 2 are going to be my top ones. They are busting at the seams...
I think it's kinda funny that I have 2 teeth but am showing absolutely no interest in crawling. I guess it just goes to show ya that every baby does things at their own pace. I hear that my cousin Coleman, who is only 2 days younger than me, is crawling all over the place, but has no teeth. Funny how every baby is so different?
It was cold out here today. Not as cold as Mass. though. I heard it was snowing there. It was probably 50's here today, raining a little bit, and windy. I woke up around 6 this morning and dad got me back to sleep around 7 and I didn't wake up again until almost 10. Yikes! Once we got dressed and had some breakfast - we grabbed some coffee and headed to Joplin for some groceries. How is it, that 2 1/2 people...can rack up a grocery bill EVERY WEEK for around $200? We eat ourselves out of house and home every time...we barely eat out...maybe once a week...I just don't get it? Mom clips as many coupons as she can...but most of them have nothing to do with what we buy. I'd love to know how much other people spend out there...are we crazy? We make a list, sometimes we even bring a calculator and still...the bill is high. Hmm.
Grandma and grandpa are coming over for lunch tomorrow and we are going to celebrate both of their birthdays AND their anniversary. I have 2 special cards for them and some yummy cupcakes. Can't wait to see them :)
Nighty night. Hopefully I fall asleep in the next 30 minutes or so...

Friday, October 16, 2009

10 Months Old Today

I'm 10 months old today so I thought I'd catch you up on what's been going on in my life. Monday was a holiday so dad had the day off. We drove to Tulsa, Oklahoma (only about 2 hrs. away) and had a great lunch at the Cheesecake Factory. Mom and dad hadn't been there in ages...after that we went to the mall which was like 2 feet away from the restaurant and walked around for a few hours. I ended up getting a new winter coat = actually, my first winter coat ever. It's really cute. It's blue, red and yellow (I know, you'll be able to find me any where) and it's super puffy, with a hood. It was originally $30 but rang up on sale for $20 and then we got another 15% off! What a steal!
I'm definitely going to need this coat when I fly back to Massachusetts. It was snowing there today. And by the time November rolls around - who knows what the weather will be like. I can't believe I'll be leaving in just over a month.
Tuesday we just hung out at home because it was freezing outside and raining, I think. Wednesday we had yoga. It was at a new time, 930-1030, and I think it worked out better than last week's 1130-1230. Umm, Thursday I was supposed to go to story time at the library but I slept thru it...I was still napping when 10am rolled around. And Friday, I had coffee with Melissa and Owen and I was supposed to go to a play date with a bunch of new friends for the first time from 9-11 but I fell asleep just after 9 and didn't wake up until 1130! So...we missed that date. Oh well, oh, and mom wanted to go to boot camp for the first time tonight and she missed that too because we both fell asleep until 530 on-the-dot. What can I say...we both like to sleep when we want to. And, tomorrow we are going grocery shopping and we are getting together with grandma and grandpa at some point. It's been a busy week but a good one.
I still have one tooth but another one has started to pop thru right next to it. Just a little bit I'm not sure if I can really say that I have 2 teeth. I haven't been real cranky - just hard to get down at night.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Miss You Dad!

Well, I'm EXHAUSTED! I went to Apple Butter Makin' Days today for 4 hours! And I am pooped! It turned out to be a nice day though - so that was a plus. Mom didn't spend nearly as much money as she thought she will be happy!
Aunt Erica and grandma came with us and then grandma, daddy and Nick met up with us at lunch so we could all visit. We went back home to have some cake for Nick's birthday. It was a fun day - but I'm ready for bed!
Mom and I are flying solo tonight. Dad left for Kansas City today...his friend Raef has season tickets to the KC he invited dad to go and watch the game. But he'll be back tomorrow night just in time for my bath :) I miss him already. But I know he's having fun with the guys!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Oh, what a day...what a day...

Where do I begin...I slept like crap last night which slept like crap too. I woke up at 645am...which means, mom AND dad woke up too...before I knew it, I was in the car and on my way to Springfield for mom's doc appt. We were there at 830 bright and got her flu shot...and we headed home. Thankfully, I fell asleep in the car.
We got home, read, played, ate, went for a one hour walk and then back in the car it was again...back to Springfield for my doc appt. Doc was running late and I was getting went to change my diaper in the exam room and I pooped all over the table...put my hands and feet in it...oh yeah...then the doctor walked in...and stepped on my wipes container that I'd tossed on the floor...and then mom picked me up (with no diaper on) so the doc could change the paper on the table...problem was - there was no more paper. So, she had to leave the room, get keys, open the cupboard, grab more paper, etc. and by then...I'd already peed on mom.
Make a long story short...when we got home - I puked up all of my cheese puffs...and mom couldn't wait for dad to get home. Agh...what a day.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Welcome Cousin Nash Michael!

Well, it's official! My cousin Nash was born today at 810pm...weighed in around 8 lbs., 15 oz. and 20.5 inches. Mom and baby are doing great! Aunt Stacie says he has lots of dark hair! I can't wait to meet him!
It was rainy here in the Ozarks. It rained so hard last night, the house shook. It woke dad up! Mom and I ran a ton of errands today...we had to mail some things off at the post office...a birthday present for my friend Mason...and we had to return my Halloween costume that grandma Longley bought me because it was too mom is exchanging it for a smaller size. It's really cute - I'm going to be a lion.
I checked out 2 books at the library today for the very first time. I've already read each book twice since I brought them home. I also went to the grocery store with mom and picked up some salad. Oh, and we took a nap together this afternoon; from was NICE :)
Mom and I both have dr's appts. tomorrow. Mom's is at 815 in the morning! And mine is not until 230...after yoga...I have a little bit of a diaper rash - not too bad...but it keeps coming and going, so mom wants to have it checked out. I only have about 2-3 bumps...but you can never bee too safe!
I feel so thankful that I haven't gotten sick! Except for that one time when I was a few weeks seems like everyone my age is getting sick around me...but I've been lucky not to catch anything! Hopefully it stays that way...but with the cold weather coming...I'm sure it's inevitable. But I just got a new winter hat and mittens so they should protect me when I go outside.
I haven't gotten the 'curse of the audiologist' yet...what's that you're wondering? Oh, well that's when an audiologist's kid gets an ear infection...and gets one so many times that eventually, he needs seems like every one that dad has ever worked with - has had to get them...thank god I haven't had an ear infection yet...and I hope I NEVER get one.
Tomorrow is going to be a busy day so I better go.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Say Cheese!

Wow, today was a very busy day for me. I woke up at 8...had breakfast, got my pictures taken (!) and did way better than mom and dad thought I would, for not having had a nap! Then, I fell asleep in the car on the way home from mom and dad decided to skip eating lunch at home and just kept on driving to Springfield. I woke up when we got there and we all ate at 'Nearly Famous'. It's this cute little deli in the Brentwood Center across from the mall. Mom had a grilled cheese and tomato with tomato soup and dad had a roast beef sandwich with chips. And me? I had chicken with peas and rice. MMM!!!
Then we went to the mall. Mom had to exchange a shirt. I had to get a new winter hat and some mittens (our late night walks around the neighborhood are getting colder each time!) and we bought a Superman shirt for dad's friend's son, Mason, who just turned 4 this weekend. Let's see...then dad got a new battery for his watch and mom got her wedding ring cleaned...then we went to Dillards because dad wanted to look for some new thermals...he didn't find any - so we'll have to go again another time...(he's very PICKY about his clothes). After that, we went to Sephora so mom could help dad find some body scrub with salacylic acid in it to clean his pores out. Check! We got that! We found a nice, lemony smelling one by PTR...I'll let you know how his skin looks after a few washes...
Mom was craving something she decided to use some of her weekly WW points to get Coldstone...then it was off to mom's dr.'s appointment...then home! We didn't get back until after 5! Then it was dinnertime...playtime...bathtime...and bedtime! Today just FLEW BY.
I can't tell you how excited I am to see what these pictures look like of me...I am a NATURAL in front of the camera. I wore 3 different outfits...the first one was tan courds...with a button down shirt and a newspaper boy hat...2nd out fit was tan courds...white sweater...3rd and final outfit was a full-on...RED SOX outfit! Woohoo! R-E-P-R-E-S-E-N-T-E-N'!!!! (That's supposed to sound slang'ish...)
Okay, that's it - that was my day and I'm tired of typing I'll talk to you later! Oh, PS...I clapped for the first time yesterday!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

I Love My Tooth

Life is so much different with a tooth! It really is! I spend most of my day gnawing on my fingers...I can now chomp on my cheese puffs with my one tooth and I can flash a grin at mom and dad with my pearly, white one :)
Any who, not much on the agenda today...breakfast, nap, groceries, play, nap, walk, dinner, bed. Oh, and we might go to a pumpkin patch today if it's not too cold out. Dad said he'd take me on a hay ride.
And...I'm waiting to hear from Aunt Stacie to see if I have another cousin yet! She was due yesterday...but baby Nash has yet to be born? So, maybe today? I can't wait to meet him!