SIX months

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 Six months!! Aaahhh!!! It’s crazy that our baby girl is already half a year old. She is a Rollie Pollie and rolls all over the floor. She also scoots all over on her belly to get a toy. I have already had to start baby proofing our tiny apartment, because she gets everything within reach and I know crawling is around the corner. Big news!! Her first tooth just started to pop through this last week!

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Riis is a super good eater and loves her fruits and veggies. Like all things it doesn’t sit well in her tummy, so we have had to take it a little bit at a time. She has randomly developed a fear of the vacuum. It’s never bothered her before and I do it all the time. Even the small hand vac upsets her. Kids!

We took Riis to the beach for her first time. She enjoyed a solid snooze on her towel, while listening to the waves crash. She also loved the water and it didn’t faze her even though it was the freezing cold Atlantic ocean.

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For the fourth of July I thought it would be funny to get the classic Old Navy shirts and all match. When I got to the store they were all sold out of the men’s, so I got Tyson a women’s. Yup, women’s shirts are made for women and definitely not men. So Riis and mom matched.

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At night she rolls over in her crib and will sleep face down. It freaks me out, so whenever I hear her flip over I have to go check. She also gets stuck in the rungs and it wakes her up. A new problem we have started facing is wetting the bed. Her diapers just can’t handle all the liquid. Maybe a different brand would solve the problem. Any suggestions?? We use Huggies. As of now still no sleep for mommy.

I took Riis swinging at the park for the first time and she loved it! Now we hit up the swings whenever we can.

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We had a super fun weekend where we got an extra day with Tyson. Tyson had a work party in the Hamptons, so we took our first road trip with Riis and spent all day Friday there. At the party she got SO much attention and was in heaven. Then we had our rental car for an extra day, so we made a spontaneous trip to PA for some killer cheesesteaks at Genos. Then we went to see the beautiful new Philadelphia LDS temple and ended our day getaway with the Rocky steps at the museum. We learned that Riis loves the car when she is tired and it puts her right to sleep. If she has energy and is ready to go it’s a different story.

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I have decided that going to the park is not only fun for Riis, but me as well. Talk about people watching. New York is prime time for this, but let me tell you the parks are a different ball park. There are mostly nannies with the few of us moms scattered in between. There are nannies who have got it together and you know they know they are awesome and then there are the hot mess nannies yelling out “time out” threats to their child, who in my eyes, really isn’t being that naughty. The mom’s are a whole other story. Let’s just say sometimes we go to the park so I feel better about my mommying skills.

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Riis’ BF (mom says boy friend, but dad says best friend) is Jax!! These two cuties are perfect little buddies. They get so excited to see each other and I love it!

Happy Half Birthday, baby girl!!

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FIVE months

Toes, toes, and more toes!! We are all about our toes over here.

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Riis learned to roll from her tummy to her back just a few days after turning 4 months. It totally caught me off guard and I went crazy! Riis was not enthused and looked at me like it was no big deal. Proud parent moment 101. She can now roll to her belly as well. These new milestones are so much fun!

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Riis has become interested in everything I eat or drink and tries to grab everything out of my hands. She is also way hard to keep entertained and hates her play mat and bouncy chair now, so we got her a jumper that hangs from the door. She is still a little too small for it, but she likes sitting up like a big kid and watching her dad get ready for work.

We took her to the zoo for the first time and made it half way through before we had a major meltdown. For those of you who have been to the Central Park Zoo (map), you know that’s not very far. But we had a great time and it was a beautiful day.

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We celebrated Tyson’s first Father’s Day! I failed in the fun mom/wife department and didn’t make a cool breakfast like all of those awesome women out there. Next year, babe! I promise!

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Riis can now sit up in her bumbo and watches me cook dinner. We also tried giving her some carrots for the first time. She basically spit most of it out and made faces of disgust. We’ll try again later.

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I am pretty sure she is teething, because she chews on everything and  is a slobbery mess. She thinks it’s hilarious if I say “owie” when she bites my fingers and she has also discovered her feet and tries to chew on those bad boys too.

Riis gives Tyson and I kisses now, or she is just tasting our cheeks, but I think she is giving us some lovin’. She is still as loud as ever and talks a ton when she is a happy camper. When she talks on our walks it makes everyone around us laugh. In the mornings she is normally in bed with us (I know, horrible habit) and she will talk as loud as she can toward Tyson until he wakes up and gives her the attention she wants.

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I have decided she is kind of a fighter. She fights me on naps, bedtime, walks, changing her outfit, and the list goes on. I think she just might be a difficult one for us, but I can’t help but love her to pieces. When she is feeling needy and wants to be held she will cry and it sound like she is saying a jumbled sad version of “mom”. It’s like “Mmmmmmaaa maamaam”, I think you get the picture.

Riis loves our elevator and gets excited when we leave to go for a walk and then when we return home. She also secretly loves the doormen even though she is stingy with her smiles. Funny story – Riis didn’t see our doorman one day and he scared the living goodness out of her when he came up behind her. I about peed my pants laughing.

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We gave Riis her first hair cut! What 4 month old gets their hair cut!? She had some crazy mullet thing going on and it was driving me crazy. So I snipped it off and straightened out her hair line. Of course she was such a wiggle worm and kept trying to turn around to see what I was doing. It also blows my mind to think she was born with dark black hair. Things have changed so much in just a few months.

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One question I get asked ALL the time when people look at Riis is if I had heart burn. Yes I sure did! Not sure if it’s directly correlated, but Tums should be thanking me for keeping them in business.

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We took Riis to a specialist for her tummy problems and learned that she basically has baby IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or in other words she is still “colic”. Her poor little GI tract is out of sync and so it hurts her tummy. Now we are supposed to give her suppositories to try and teach her muscles to learn to relax and push only when needed.

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I had a few mom fails this last month. The first was that she burnt her hand on the toaster. It had cooled down some and didn’t leave a mark, but boy did I feel horrible. I thought I had moved it out of her reach, but she showed me how long her little arms actually are. The second was that she got a little sunburn. Ugh and it like totally shoots up your chances of getting skin cancer if you get a burn as a baby. I’ll take the blame if that’s the case. The last one is pretty horrible. I put Riis on the couch propped up on the Boppy with it wrapped around her for support. I turned around for two seconds to put my shirt on and heard a big thud behind me. My stomach sank and poor little Riis had tumbled off the couch. HUGE mom fail month for me. Lets just say it was a bit of a rough month and I have finally learned my lesson, that Riis is now way mobile all of the sudden and I need to be on my mom A game.

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FOUR months

Our baby girl is growing up way to fast. It seems like yesterday she was that tiny fragile newborn who we were scared to take home. Now she is far from tiny and just keeps getting bigger by the day. She now weighs just under 16 pounds! She is also way off the charts with her height.

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This last month was a big one! We took Riis on her first flight to Vegas (see last post) and she was blessed by her father, which was such an amazing experience. She started giggling about once a day a few days before Mother’s Day. Then on Mother’s Day they kicked in full blown. She went swimming in a pool for the first time and loved it. She got sick for the first time, which was so sad. She finally loves bath time and likes to let her hair float around in the water. Speaking of which, the other day during her nighttime bath she decided to pull a Pumba on me and create her own bubbles. Then she continued to stare at me with her straight face as I fought back giggles. Oh man! Luckily there were just bubbles and nothing more. Not quite ready for that kind of fun.

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At the start of this month Tyson was working insane hours. Oh wait! More like all month, but after not sleeping for over 48 hours (on a weekend) he came home to Riis, who had been crying for a very very long time. He immediately took her from me and went for a walk to try and calm her down and give me a break. I am not sure how I lucked out in the husband department, but Tyson is just an amazing husband and father and I couldn’t be more blessed.

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Riis has started teething and is a slobbery mess now. She also shoves everything in her mouth and loves biting Tyson’s fingers. He will probably know when she gets teeth before I do. At night I try to swaddle her, but she thinks she is hilarious and likes to grab her blankie, shove it in her mouth, and giggle before I can even wrap her up.

We got Riis a bumbo thinking she was about ready to practice sitting up on her own, but she mostly just flops to the side unless we prop her up. So we only practice for a couple minutes a day. She is getting very strong during tummy time and I just know she is about to start rolling. When she gets mad though, and can’t do it, she starts to scream/squeal in frustration. It’s actually pretty cute.

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Riis is now full of smiles and giggles! She still has some tummy problems we are trying to work out, but colicky baby is a thing of the past!! I thought the colic phase would never end. Riis is so much fun and is always talking. She still has her fits every now and then, but let’s face it she is still a baby.

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Riis and I have experienced our first week without dad and are still currently living it. I never thought I would miss that extra 10 min of sleep in the morning while Tyson plays with Riis.  I’ve also been triple locking our door, since we don’t have that manly protection. Just two more days till daddy comes home!!

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First flight

Holy Moly!!

We made it to Vegas and back in one piece AND didn’t get kicked off the plane!! Phew! I had been so excited/fearing this trip for so long. Riis is not the easiest of kids and I could just see this 5 hour flight being a disaster. We started off by buying two huge (25 pair) containers of earplugs for those lucky passengers around us. Tyson was the smarty who thought that one up. I was just going to avoid eye contact with everyone.

Our flight to Vegas was at 8am :/ so we left our place at 5am to allow extra time. We had pre-check so security was a breeze, especially because we had both of us. Riis was pretty good until about 30 min prior to boarding where she started to get fussy. This made both us and everyone around nervous for our flight with Riis. Once we got on the plane she passed out and slept for two whole hours!! Normally she is a terrible napper. Then she woke up and played for about an hour and went back to sleep for the remainder of the flight. When we landed everyone commented on how great of a baby she was. Hah!!! Little do they know how huge of a blessing that was.

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Our week in Vegas was loads of fun! Riis was able to meet most of her family and made new friends. She was blessed by Tyson on Mother’s Day, which was such a great day. And you guessed it! She cried during the entire blessing, but that’s okay. She just likes to express herself. Prior to Vegas Riis had only been in her car seat a handful of times, so you can only imagine the struggle that brought. She absolutely hated it. Every car ride consisted of screaming and crying until she fell asleep or until we reached our destination. Luckily the car did help in putting her to sleep if she was tired enough. Riis also got to go swimming for her first time and loved it! We had so much fun seeing family it was very hard to leave.

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Our flight home was much more of a struggle. Riis cried all the way to the airport and then wanted to only be held. We rushed to our gate and got on the plane once we got there. At first we had a neighbor sitting next to us, but the awesome flight attendant made him move to give us extra room. Props to Delta!! Riis fell asleep quickly again and I thought we were off to a good start. This time she only slept about an hour and then we played hot potato with the baby trying to calm her down. Then we started getting major stink eye and eye rolls from our fellow passengers. Riis was only whining and they had no idea what she is capable of. She fell asleep for maybe another hour and then woke up again. Once we got off the plane we had to wait in a 15 min line to get a taxi. Riis really started to freak out and so I took her outside to try and calm her down. She cried so hard that everyone around was staring. A security guard even asked if she could hold Riis for me. I said “no” cause I thought that was weird, but then I realized she was only trying to help. She then let us jump people in line and got us a taxi quicker. After this experience I am not sure if I am ready to fly alone with this kid yet. It was hard with the two of us and I can’t even imagine what it would have been like alone.

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THREE months

63CB6CCA-6C78-429B-A55B-CF3B0AED1011Riis is super grabby now and likes to grab ahold of my hair and rip it out. She also busted my favorite necklace 🙁  Mom bun and no jewelry until this phase passes… hopefully. I have a feeling this is just the beginning.

Our doorman loves Riis and always tries to get her to smile. He lately has been touching the top of her head(hair) and asking if she stuck her finger in a socket, because her hair sticks straight up. I think her hair is so much fun, I just can’t get myself to put product in it yet. We get comments everywhere we go and I have found my biggest pet peeve is when strangers touch the stroller to look at Riis. Whoa!!! Momma bear mode kicks in fast. A lady walked past us and said “Awe baby” and reached to pat her back when I was holding her. I immediately blocked her from touching Riis. Not okay in my book!

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Our first time to the Statue of Liberty was a blast!! Nothing screams fun like a Riis tantrum. I might start carrying her birth certificate around so people don’t think we kidnapped her.

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We got Riis a new bouncy chair, because she loves it when we hold her and bounce her. Sometimes it’s the only thing that will calm her down. Does she love it like we hoped? Like all things it depends on her mood. The first day we got it she loved it and played for 45 minutes! Miracle in our house. She has learned that when she kicks her feet it bounces and the toys move. Sometimes she starts kicking so hard I worry she will bruise her feet. Her favorite toy is her blue octopus. We don’t leave the house without it, because he always saves the day.

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Riis is growing like a weed and we have recently had to switch out all of her clothes. She wiggles and kicks all day and night. In the mornings she is in a completely different spot than where I put her down. She also rolls to her side at night. I think we are getting close to rolling over. Her pout is still on point and she can turn it on or off on demand to get what she wants.

On the subway everyone tries to get her attention and make her smile, but she always just stares at them stone faced. Not sure why she doesn’t like to throw out smiles, but she likes to save them for mom and dad.

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Riis giggled twice for the first time when we were giving her a bath! Tyson and I were shocked, cause baths are normally torture for everyone. We haven’t heard one since then, but those little giggles made my whole day and I can’t wait for more.

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I can’t get over her hair in this picture!! ^^

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The grocery ladies love us and they all recognize us now. Not sure if that is a good thing. Once Riis starts squeaking they all look over and try to cheer her up. We have met a cute old lady at the grocery store a couple times, but I don’t think she remembers. Every time she sees Riis she tells me I have won the lottery. She is super fun to talk to though. Maybe one day she will remember.

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We have started Skyping Tyson when he gets a couple minutes at work. Riis gets so excited when his face appears on the screen and her whole face lights up. She throws her arms to her side and does her little happy wiggle.

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Riis LOVES reading books! We read at least 12 a day. She likes to talk and read along with me. Her favorite book right now is Good Morning, Good Night. Every time I get the book out she starts squealing with excitement.

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I hear 3 months is the lucky number for colicky babies. Fingers crossed!! I find myself wishing, at least once a day, she was a bit older in hopes that she is not colicky anymore. Then I have to take a step back and take in every second. One day I will miss all of these, needy, snuggles. We are so in love with our little girl and she brings so much joy to our lives! Caos sometimes, but that’s what makes life fun.

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Sleep training

At our two month check up Riis screamed through the entire appointment. I mean beet red face and barely breathing she was crying so hard. Some days I am surprised she still has a voice. The doctor asked if there was anything I wanted to go over with him and sure enough her excessive crying was it. The doctor went through a list of things to try to help Riis’ tummy. My diet, different formula (cause we are supplementing), gripe water, gas drops, probiotics, the list goes on. I had already tried everything he suggested and he concluded that she needed more sleep. Apparently babies are NOT supposed to go to bed at 10:30-11pm 🙂 He looked at me like I was joking. Nope! I learn something new every day. Riis was already sleeping about 9 hours straight at night, so I was pretty proud of that. Her pediatrician said we needed to sleep train her, using the cry it out technique, to go to bed on her own at no later than 8pm. SO I made little care packages for our neighbors that included treats & ear plugs and we started our three days of sleep training.

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Our routine is supposed to start at 7:30pm where she is offered a bottle. Then she is given gas drops and burped. Then we change her diaper if needed, change into jammies, put lavender on the bottom of her feet, and then swaddle her. After she is nice and cozy we read a book, sing a song, and say family prayers. Then it’s off to bed and we turn on her shusher.

The doctor warned us that she could cry anywhere from half an hour to an hour, but we were supposed to leave her until 6am. I am not one to just let my baby cry, so this was really hard for me. We also live in a 450 sq ft studio apartment, so there really isn’t anywhere to go except the bathroom.

On day one I jumbled up the routine a bit. She was falling asleep in my arms at 6pm so I let her take a cat nap and woke her back up. She cried the saddest little cry while I changed her diaper and put her in her jammies. Then I warmed a bottle and while feeding it to her I read the book, Guess How Much I Love You. Then she decided to poop, so I changed her diaper again, gave her gas drops, and then burped her while I sang a hymn. I almost forgot to say prayers, but remembered last minute. Last I swaddled her, put lavender on, and put her down with her shusher on. She cried on and off for about 15 minutes and that was it!! I was shocked out of my mind. At 7:30 a neighbor knocked on the door and I didn’t answer. Um… did they not read the cute little note I left them with their treats!? Sleep training!

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At 10:30pm she woke up and started crying. She cried for an entire hour and her poor voice was hoarse. My heart was going to explode I felt so terrible. She whimpered for 15 minutes and then started crying again so I went and picked her up. She immediately started giving me the biggest smiles and it broke my heart. I felt horrible for letting her cry like that. She didn’t sleep well the rest of the night. Night #1 was a bust.

Night #2 she went to bed fine at 7:30pm and whined for about 5 minutes. Then she woke up less than an hour later and started crying, but not as hard as the night before. We let her cry for 30 minutes and then I went and got her. She was so rattled she wouldn’t go back to sleep and I was up with her for the next few hours, struggling to get her back down. Then she was up again at 4am and woke up in tears. Normally when she wakes up she will talk loudly until we finally get her. Instead of letting her cry and soothe herself back to sleep I went and got her. Night #2 a bust!

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We decided that the cry it out technique is not for us. Before we started this whole training gig Riis was sleeping 9 hours straight and could soothe herself back to sleep. Now she is back to waking up multiple times during the night and we are all sleep deprived, AGAIN! We failed at sleep training and now have to somehow get back to what we had. We should have gradually started making changes instead of throwing her into it. Oh well! Maybe when we are desperate we will try again, but until then we are sticking to the Ty and Ky way. Or in other words the Riis way, cause this baby gets what baby wants! Fingers crossed she grows out of this colicky stage soon, so we can get our heads back on straight.

On the plus side we made friends with our neighbors, sort of. The cute family next to us came over to say Thank You and the couple on the other side wrote us a Thank You note. Glad we aren’t frenemies after that fun weekend.

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TWO months

IMG_1919Riis has a very loud personality. She likes to cry as loud as she can, talk, eat loudly, grunts when we give her kisses, scream sneeze (I laugh every time), giggles and whines in her sleep, and when she wakes up she stretches and grunts until she is satisfied. This little girl is full of many sounds. Riis loves to go on walks, but when she is over it she likes to scream until we get home, nothing calms this sweet girl down. I get lots of looks from people. She is starting to copy our facial expression and will stick her tongue out back at us. She can flop to her side, but not roll over completely. When she has a burp while she is eating she throws some punches our way. She extends her arm far back and then hits us as hard as she can. Then when we burp her, if she is angry, she lifts her head, looks us straight in the eyes, and cries right in our face. She likes to get her point across.IMG_1922 IMG_1924 IMG_1931
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We have two spots in our apartment that Riis will look at and always smile. One is up high by our fire alarm and the other is right above my head when I sit on the couch. It kind of freaks me out and I always have to look. I just tell myself she is smiling at angels.

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Riis has an amazing pouty lip. She knows that if she throws it out I will respond immediately. This is a pic of her trying to work her daddy.

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Our doctor warned us that weeks 4-6 are always hard weeks with newborns. Sure enough they were pretty difficult. Once we hit about 7 weeks Riis turned into an angel. She still has her random colicky fits every once in a while where she cries for hours straight, but other than that she is a ton of fun and full of smiles! I ran into our neighbor in the hall and she gave me a, poor you, face. I wasn’t sure whether I should apologize for the noise or just smile. I chose to just smile 🙂 lucky for us Riis is an awesome sleeper at night now. She sleeps between 5-8 hours straight!! Thank you sleep training. Riis likes to look around the room and is getting very good at holding her head up. She likes to snuggle with us in the mornings and then watch daddy get ready for work. She hates baths and I am not sure how to make that a fun/positive thing. If anyone has suggestions please send them my way.

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Newborn photoshoot

Riis had her first photoshoot. The photographer was amazingly patient as Riis fussed and we had to calm her down every 5 minutes. She also peed on almost every prop, the photographer, and on me three times. So for our first family photo I was drenched in urine. Hope you enjoy some cuteness!!
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ONE month

This first month has flown by. It has been full of snuggles, kisses, dirty diapers, feedings, tears, sleep deprivation, lots of prayers, and full of love.

IMG_1726IMG_1719Loved this sneezing pic way too much to leave it out.

The Friday following Riis’ birth we took her to the pediatrician to get her bilirubin levels checked again. That night we were informed her level had gone up and we needed to take her to the emergency room, not what brand new parents want to hear. So Friday night we went to the emergency room and were admitted to New York Presbyterian to get Riis started on phototherapy. Nothing breaks your heart more than watching your daughter get her heels pricked, multiple times over several days, to get blood drawn. We expected to only be at the hospital for one night, but ended up being there for a couple. Tyson and I were exhausted and could not get any sleep, because about every two hours we had a nurse or doctor coming in to check on Riis and her progress. We also had to share a tiny couch to sleep on. Sunday we were finally released from the hospital and able to go home. IMG_1583IMG_1584

Riis is a long lean lady and is off the charts for her height. At first she struggled with putting on weight, but now we are on the road to success. Chunky baby rolls here we come! She loves snuggles and gets upset when we put her to sleep in her bed. She also hates to be swaddled and needs her arms to be free. Riis is a sleep squeaker (talker) and giggler. At first I would jump to her side with every squeak she made, but now my mom mode has relaxed some.

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We took her on the subway to get lunch when she was 3 weeks old. I about had a heart attack. I was paranoid about all the germs and freaked out if someone got too close to her. New Yorkers are super nice and move out of the way when you are pregnant, but once you have the baby they don’t care. I once saw a man cuss out a lady, because her stroller took up too much space on the subway. Not okay! So I just throw on my RBF and make my way through the city.

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Riis HATES tooting and pooping. We suffer through hours of nonstop crying before we get a bowel movement. She has maybe one a day if we are lucky, but that means we get huge blowouts. Showers with daddy are the quickest way to clean up that action. Sometimes she likes to poop, pee, and barf on you while changing her diaper. She likes to keep us on our toes.

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Riis’ birth story

Our baby girl is finally here! Riis Marie Bryan was born February 1, 2017 at 12:12pm. She weighed 9lbs 11.8oz and measured 21.25 inches long. Big baby right!? We will get to that little detail.IMG_1607

The spelling of her name is unique, and no we didn’t just make it up. Tyson and I were in Brooklyn exploring one day and came across a street named Riis street. We loved the spelling and the name stuck.

This past month as I was trying to prepare mentally for the birth of Riis I imagined every possible way I could go into labor. Maybe my water would break walking down the street or worse on the Subway. Also if it were to happen on the subway would it be while standing or sitting. If sitting then there is the possibility of soaking everyone around you! GROSS!! I know, but my prego brain was freaking out.

 Another fear of mine was finding a ride to the hospital. My ride of choice was a taxi cab. This is because they are quicker and know where they are going better than uber drivers do. There is also a law that they can’t discriminate against pregnant women, which is big because I am sure many have heard the story of the pregnant NY woman who’s uber driver denied her a ride to the hospital because he didn’t want her to mess up his car. If you haven’t you can find the story here.

My last concern was that Tyson wouldn’t be able to make it in time, cause you know… Wall Street. And of course the closer we got to her due date the more projects he was getting assigned to and the later the nights were getting. Meaning that if my water were to break at 3am there is a chance he still would be at work. So packed in our hospital bag was an energy drink for daddy to be, just in case the adrenaline rush wasn’t enough. Luckily for me though all of these concerns of mine didn’t come into play and the process was actually quiet smooth compared to these nightmare situations I thought up.

Riis didn’t actually end up coming on her own. I tried everything I could to get labor started. Daily lunges, squats, raspberry tea, walks, spicy food, foot massage, etc. You name it and I tried it. Our stubborn little lady stayed high up in my tummy though, causing me to be induced 4 days after her due date. So Tuesday January 31 my mom, Tyson, and I jumped in a taxi and made our way to the hospital around 4:30pm. When we got to the hospital I was still only dilated to a 1 and about 60% effaced with contractions that I could not feel. Which meant no improvement from my last appointment, where my doctor had stripped my membrane.

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After being at the hospital for about two hours they finally decided they were going to insert a foley bulb into my cervix and start me on pitocin. A foley bulb is a catheter that they insert through your cervix and then they inflate it once inside the womb. The pressure the inflated balloon applies to the cervix helps dilate you quicker and once you’ve dilated between a 4- 5 the balloon falls out on its own.

SO they sent in two residents to put my foley bulb in place. First off, the title resident isn’t very assuring. Then they argued with my nurse about which foley bulb was the correct one to use. The residents eventually gave in and used the one my nurse insisted was correct and my confidence in them plummeted. The junior resident was the one attempting the procedure. He was going to manually place it in my cervix, which is supposed to be less painful than when they have to use the special tool. I am not sure how painful having a foley bulb inserted in your cervix is supposed to be, but I hope I never have to be induced this way ever again. The junior resident tried three times to get the catheter through my cervix. Each time he tried for several minutes and still could not successfully get it through. I was sweating and had tears streaming down my face from the pain. He finally gave up trying manually and used the tool. The pain was supposed to be worse, but it actually hurt SO much less. He still could not get the catheter through, so the senior resident finally stepped in and got the job done in one shot. I was so relieved they finally got it in, but pissed they put me through so much pain when the senior resident could have done it the first try. Once the catheter was in place they inflated the balloon and I still did not have enough pressure against my cervix, because Riis was so high up. My nurse had to attach an IV bag full of fluid to the end of the catheter creating a weight that was constantly tugging down the balloon against my cervix.

During this whole process they had already started the pitocin and within minutes of getting the foley bulb situated the contractions started full blown. Earlier, before they had even decided how they were going to induce me, I asked Tyson if I could have a couple starbursts because I was starving. I literally only had a few and quickly regretted it when the hard contractions hit. The contractions were so strong and measuring about a minute apart. They were too intense for Riis, so they lowered the amount of pitocin down to 1ml. My whole body was shaking uncontrollably and those few starbursts I had eaten quickly came up. The foley bulb was still in place, meaning I wasn’t even dilated to a 5 yet. I felt like I was going to die and couldn’t get myself to ask for an epidural yet. I felt like a wimp asking for one so early in the game, but finally gave in after only 15 minutes more of contractions and requested one ASAP. The anesthesiologist was there within 10 minutes, but it felt like an hour. The nurse made my mom and Tyson leave the room when I had the epidural put in place and then she helped me hold as still as I could. A few hard contractions later and I finally could breath again. The pain was gone and I felt like I was on cloud 9. The nurse took me completely off pitocin, because the contractions were remaining steady at 1.5 minutes apart.

Within a couple hours I started to feel the contractions again. At first they were mild and then they started to build up in intensity. I kept hitting the button to get an extra dose every 20 minutes, but it wasn’t relieving the pain. When I reached the point of tears I requested the anesthesiologist come back and adjust my epidural. She pulled it out a bit and then gave me an extra dose to help knock out the pain. The foley bulb still had not fallen out at this point.

Every few hours the contraction pain would come back and the anesthesiologist would have to adjust the epidural in my back. It literally took about 12 hours for the foley bulb to finally fall out and I was only dilated to a 5.5. The doctor was still not at the hospital and I wasn’t progressing fast enough, so the senior resident came back in to break my water.

Once again a couple hours later I started to feel the contractions AGAIN and the extra dosages were still not helping! I requested the anesthesiologist fix the epidural, hoping it would finally do it’s job. They said that if it didn’t work this time the epidural would have to be removed and reinserted into my back. The anesthesiologist took his sweet time to come and fix the epidural, and during that time I had started transitional labor. At about 10am the nurse came in and had me put on an oxygen mask because my blood pressure had dropped. For the next hour I was on and off oxygen, then finally got the epidural adjusted into the proper place. I had about 15 minutes of rest before my doctor came in and discovered that I was dilated to a 10. Then she literally grabbed Riis’ head with her hand and tried to pull her down further, because she was still really high up. Tyson was asleep and was woken up with “It’s go time”. The doctor left to go change her clothes and came back around 11:45 am.

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With my first push Riis’ head was showing and the doctor gasped with excitement. She just kept telling me I was so awesome and such a great pusher. With each push she got more and more excited, which was very encouraging. After a couple of pushes my blood pressure dropped again and I had to have oxygen on in between the rest of the contractions. I kept telling the doctor I didn’t think I would be able to feel if I was having another contraction, but sure enough I knew exactly when it was coming. About 15 minutes in the nurse passed my left leg to my mom so she could run out and get the baby nurses. No one thought she would come as quickly as she did. After 16 minutes of pushing Riis had crowned! Tyson said the doctor played with her hair while we waited for the next contraction to come. I thought that was kind of funny. The doctor also asked me if I wanted to reach down and feel her head. I know it sounds horrible, but I declined the offer. I was more focused on getting her out. Two pushes later she was out! I pushed an almost 10 pound baby out in 20 minutes flat. My doctor was so excited she called my other doctor to tell her what had just happened. After that every nurse, doctor, or medical professional I passed in the hospital congratulated me and told me I was awesome. LEGEND!!

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Once Riis was born the doctor put her on me and I felt like I was in a dream. This perfect little baby was all ours. Tyson leaned in and started talking to me, I don’t remember what he was saying, but Riis immediately leaned her head back towards his voice and looked at him. That’s when the tears hit me. She knew exactly who her dad was.  IMG_1570 IMG_1567 Tyson became a diaper changing pro and had to teach me his skills.

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