Posts Tagged ‘Ryan’

A Trial Swim

Friday, September 24th, 2010

In preparation for tomorrow’s inaugural swim class at the YMCA, Ryan took a trial swim in the bathtub – her first in the “big tub”.

It’s like a Speedo! (Uncle Rich, eat your heart out…)

Lovin' it!

Splish splash I was takin' a bath... sing it with me now!

Since this is the slipperiest place in the house, I thought it an appropriate place to practice standing.

Daddy made me feel better after I slipped and whacked my head on the side of the tub.... I think Mommy was more upset about it than I was! I got over it pretty quickly.

Bath time with Daddy is still one of my favorite times of the day.

R.I.P. Duckie

Tomorrow we’re up early and off to swimming lessons! Ryan has no idea that she’s going. I think I’m excited enough for all of us….

~ Susan


Color Series: Aubergine

Monday, July 12th, 2010

One of the upsides to taking digital photos is that I can take bazillions of photos of any given event just to make sure that I get the right shot. No need to put up with closed eyes, strange expressions or out-of-focus shots any longer than necessary. It’s great. However, the downside is that I now have nearly 1,000 pictures of my kid on my iPhone. I go through and delete the lousy ones on a relatively regular basis, but somehow I have still managed to generate a sizeable collection.

So, I’ve decided that I’m going to embrace my photographic pack rat-ism and call it “art”.

I now present the first installment in my Color Series (alternate titles: “Still Life with Kid” or “The Photographic Meanderings of an Obsessed Parent”).

I call this one: Aubergine

Hey, everyone needs a hobby, right?


Star Spangled: Little Miss America

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Happy July 4th everyone!

We’re enjoying a quiet day at home before East Oakland turns into a simulated war zone when the sun goes down. In the meantime, we thought we’d snap a few of the kiddo to celebrate the day. Here are a few of our favorites. We couldn’t decide which we liked best, so we’re putting this one out for a vote. Let us know which one is the real keeper! We’ll tally the results and let you know the winner.






Wishing you all a very Happy Independence Day!


Our Day Home

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

A little while back I had the pleasure of spending the day at home with Ryan. She wasn’t able to go to daycare and Susan still had to go to work, so I took the day off and got to hang-out with my little girl. I thought I’d share some of the day with you.

First thing we did was get up and get dressed and head into the living room to play after we got Susan off to work.

What do you mean you need to watch over me? I've got everything I need here. See.

After rolling around and playing with toys and listening to glow worm we decided to read.

Some people have a thinking cap, Ryan has a reading cap.

All that fun was a lot of work as so it was time for a nap. I was able to catch a little shut-eye myself, which was rather nice.

Her Holiness the Dali Napa says that all life is grumpiness unless one awakens from their nap.

After our nap and lunch we went back to playing, and we had a surprise guest join us.

What? A surprise play guest? And me caught with this cup my my mouth. What can I say, I'm speechless.

That’s right, it was Bella. She came down from her nap spot and got really interested in Ryan’s toys. Bella was so interested in fact I had to take the a couple of toys away from the cat several times. Of course it didn’t help that Ryan kept giving her toys to Bella. She thought Bella was the most interesting thing, and couldn’t get enough of the cat. It was really cute to watch.

Ryan says, "Here Bella you have this toy. Don't let that Daddy person stop us from doing what we want, and I want you to have it."

Shortly after all this fun Susan got home from work and we all fell into our regular afternoon/early evening routines.

With that said, I must say this was one of the most exciting and fun days I’ve ever had in my life. It was so great to be able to spend time with Ryan, just the two of us. It was a real bonding moment for both of us and made me realize on a gut level, and not just an intellectual level, how important it is to the adults, not just the kids, for parents and their children to spend time together. That’s all for now, as I’m off to spend time with my wonderful family.



Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

I’ve been a bit behind with the blog posts lately, so please bear with me as I do a bit of housekeeping (or is it “blogkeeping”?) during the next few weeks. On Memorial Day weekend, Ryan was christened at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church here in lovely Oakland. It was a beautiful day made all the more special, because Father Mauricio agreed to perform the Christening on an odd Sunday while my mom was in town (it was actually the kick-off Sunday of the the Church’s Gay Pride Month). It was really great to have Mom here to celebrate Ryan’s day! They even sang “All Things Bright and Beautiful” my school song when I went to Holy Trinity back in elementary school. Mom and I shared a moment…

(Note: you may recognize the dress from a previous blog post. I’ll link to it if I can figure out how to do it.)

Ryan handled the attention, crowds and general unfamiliarness of the day incredibly well, and barely cried when Fr. Mauricio poured water over her head. Dan and I were very proud of her. Her Godparents are Uncle Adam, Uncle Rich and Auntie Camsie. She is one lucky little lady! We’re so glad they all agreed to be there for her!

Fr. Mauricio presenting Ryan to the congregation during the Peace.

After the service, we all came back to the house for a party (and Ryan desperately needed a nap). It was a really fun day. We were so happy that so many friends and family were able to attend!

Relaxing back at the house post-ceremony. Bill even survived the triple whammy of an early morning, church and a baby. Thanks Bill!

Lucas Belli made his first appearance at a Hartmann party! We love his little blue moon boots that he wore especially for the occasion.

Jan and Herb came down from Petaluma! We were glad they finally got to meet Ryan.

Liz and Judith took a break from househunting to swing by after church!

Mike. Chill. As Always.

Proud Mama!

Daddy and Ryan. All smiles!

After all the hustle and bustle of getting ready for the Christening and party, we took the rest of the weekend easy. On Memorial Day, we went for a walk around Berkeley Marina, checked out some kites, watched the waves and enjoyed the beautiful weather. A great day to end a great weekend!

Mom, Dan and Ryan enjoying the scenery and a laugh.


6 Months! Can you believe it?

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Hey Everybody! Can you believe that today is my 6 month birthday?!? Time is certainly flying by… It’s been a while since I’ve checked in, so I thought I’d take a few minutes to let you know some of the things I’ve been up to lately. I have included a few audio files, so that I can really express myself completely. Click on the links when you come to them in the post.

So, one of my biggest accomplishments in the past few weeks has been getting used to eating solid food. I’m getting pretty good at it, if I do say so myself! Here’s a list of my foods so far:

THUMBS WAY UP: Peaches (can’t get enough of them!), Butternut squash, Sweet potato, Potato, Peas


YUCK: Avocado (although Mommy is threatening to make me try it again next week, because she thinks it’s good for me)

Yum. Peas.

Spoons are totally optional.

My days are pretty fun and I like my routines. After I get home from Blue Skies, Mommy and I play for a little while or go for a walk. Then, right after Daddy gets home, we have dinner and I get ready for bath time. Daddy always gives me a bath and it’s one of my favorite times of the day. Sometimes I even want to stay in after I’ve started pruning and getting cold! I love it. Tonight, I was kicking my feet and splashing big time. Other times, I like to play with my toys or just sit and soak. It’s a great way to end the day and spend some quality time with Daddy.

Bath time is one of the highlights of my day!

Tonight, when I got out of the tub I found a surprise waiting for me in my crib – it was Emily! She’s been trying to figure out how to get in for months… she pretends that she’s a grump and doesn’t really like me, but I know she’s just putting on an act. We call her Emily Grumperpuss.

Busted in the crib!

Over the weekend, we just stayed home and had lots of fun playing together. Bella even joined in! She really loves to play with my toys and to lay on all of the soft and fuzzy blankets. She’s been particularly friendly since she started taking her Kitty Prozac recently. Now she comes out to play more and doesn’t just hide in the bedroom. I think we’ll be great friends once I can crawl around and chase her…

Family time. Just hangin’. Bella even joined in the fun!

So, now for the fun part – I’ve made a few audio recordings that I think will really let me express myself and give you a sense of my personality.

I am pretty chatty these days, particularly when there’s something on my mind. Sometimes I just have to express myself, you know?

Here’s the first one. I really like playing. And I’ll pretty much play with anything around – even if it’s not a baby toy! My favorite lately has been a little red bowl in the kitchen. Playing with red bowl (Click the link, and then click AGAIN on the next page.)

I love to laugh, and I am very ticklish!

Here’s another one. Mommy was making the funniest faces! Giggle glee (Remember, click and then click again.)

And, last but not least. Lest you think that I’m always happy (well, I am most of the time…), sometimes I just have to let it all out. So Unhappy

Sometimes, I get up on the wrong side of the bed. Hey, I’m human!

Well, I gotta run. It’s been fun checking in with you and letting you see into my life a bit more. We’ll keep you posted as new things happen. Thanks for reading!


Mad Hatters

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

It’s been a while since the last post, but we’ve been pretty busy around here these days. Ryan is in daycare and loving it. Dan is busy at work. Me, I’m just trying to juggle it all and stay balanced.

However, the Saturday before Easter we did manage a day trip out to Santa Cruz to celebrate spring with a Mad Hatter brunch at Bill and Colleen’s place. The weather was beautiful, the food was fabulous and the company was a lot of fun. Ryan even managed a couple of naps without much of a fuss… so a great time was had by all!

Ryan and Dan enjoying the sunshine.

Ryan and me. Just hangin'.

Chilling with Great-Aunt Colleen

Dancing with Great-Aunt Pamela.

Favorite dance? The twist.

~ Susan

Blue Skies and New Chapters

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, full of changes and transitions! The biggest change is that Ryan started daycare last week, marking the end of my maternity leave and the beginning of our next chapter. Ryan now spends her days at Blue Skies in the Baby House. She’s really adjusted well to her new surroundings, and the staff there have been impressed with her daily progress. Starting with one hour the first day, she quickly worked her way up to spending full days there.  Dan and I feel really comfortable with her daycare situation and that has really made going back to work a lot easier for me!

This outfit just says "spring"... fashion forward, do you think?

Dan took a couple of weeks of paternity leave to help with Ryan’s daycare transition. I think they’re having a lot of fun together, and it’s been great for Dan to get to spend some more time with her during the day.

Just hangin' around.

We’ll post more photos, videos and audio recordings soon – once we get through this transition period! I’m sure the adventures are only just beginning…

~ Susan

Three Months Old!

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Hey Everybody! Ryan here. Just thought I’d check in to let you know some of the things I’ve been up to lately. You know, I am three months old now, and I think I am really starting to engage life and grow as an individual. Here’s a quick synopsis of what I’m into these days:

Daddy and I have been hanging out a lot. We have a lot of fun.

We have a ton of fun at bath time. Sometimes we pretend I'm a pirate.

We also like to dance and watch the disco screen saver.

As you can see, I am concentrating hard these days. Here I am trying to master the fine art of batting at dangling objects.

I am quite pleased with my progress. I am getting pretty good at it!

I have also been taking a lot of yoga classes. These are my fellow yogis! I'm at the top in the brown jacket with hearts. Clockwise are Evie, Marco, Soleil, Juliette, and Penelope. We are a very cool bunch of kids.

Mommy and I went to a knitting trade show down in San Jose. It was pretty fun, but it'll be a while before I work on any big projects. The skeins of yarn are bigger than me!

I'm wondering if I should take up modeling. Here I am sporting the fabulous knit dress that Mommy made for me. I think I look pretty good. Do you think it's too soon to contact Vogue?

Tummy time is really improving. Soon I'll be rolling over!

And finally, Mommy and I have been working on our singing. Here’s a little duet we recorded earlier today: Ryan twinkle twinkle (click on this link and then click AGAIN on the next page).


Bath Time and My New Hat

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Bath time is not only fun, but a great way to make the washcloth that keeps your head warm into fun hats!

Don’t take our word for it, see for yourself.

Please excuse the grainy nature of the video, but our bathroom isn’t the brightest room in the house. Also, we are still learning our way around our video camera, but we’ll be posting longer videos soon.