Tuesday, October 23, 2012

One Proud Papa Today

So with Erica on her flight home from her vacation in Tampa; I thought I do tonight's update.

Rory Husted is a full blown walker now.  I know that many people have heard that Rory was walking for the past few weeks BUT today was the first day that Rory was brave enough to on her own walk away.  Up until today, she would walk from Me to Erica or from the island to my leg.  She was willing to walk only when we asked her and urged her to "walk".

But today when I got to daycare I was told she was starting to "want to walk" more.  She walked like 20 steps from Miss Nikki over to me at the door.

Then we drove to meet one of the Danes players, Frankie, for dinner in St. Paul.  And we were hanging out in the lobby waiting and Rory was standing holding on to my leg and then next thing you know she was walking toward the door.  I never told her to walk, she simply got brave enough!

So then I realized I had no clue what to do; I mean if she falls on the tile floor she'll cry but I want her to know she can walk on her own; but I mean how far into the street in St. Paul do I let her walk.  So as I'm trying to decide, she turns around and walks 5 steps back to me.

It was awesome.  She looked up and was so proud of herself.  She was beaming.  I honestly don't think I'll ever forget her smile in that moment.  And she was so proud of herself and I was so proud of her.

She was so excited and happy that she finally did it.  Once we got upstairs at Cosettas, after dinner she started walking around the table.  Once she increases mobility, that is when she moves up from her current room to the next room at day care.  Mobility is a huge part of development for a toddler.

Although I already hate how quickly Rory grows up; I am so happy for her and her achievement.  We celebrated her success by dominating some Baked Ziti and Applesause and drinking water out of a straw and cheering all the way home from St. Paul.  She even got to stay up 20 mins late cause I forgot to count that after eating Baked Ziti she'd for sure need a bath!

So great day for Rory.  And I'm one proud Papa!


Friday, October 12, 2012

Pink Eye

Monday at about 3:30am I woke up and one eye was crusted shut.  I got up and looked in the mirror and it was bright red and nasty.  Wishful thinking had me hoping that it was just an eye infection, but when 12 hours later the other eye started bothering me I knew for sure it was Pink Eye.

Later that night Tim told me one of his eyes was bright red and eventually it spread to his other eye.  The funny thing about all of this... Rory never had pink eye.  Somehow Tim and I both got it and it skipped her.  Go Figure.

So the entire time at the conference I felt gross and infectious.  I got drops Tuesday morning but I still fully expect the 2 coworkers I was with to call me next week to tell me they have pink eye.

This is a pretty gross picture but I have to share how bad my eyes were.  Have you had pink eye as an adult, its awful!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

I am a Technology Nerd!

This week I got to go to the HR Technology Conference in Chicago.  I was really excited to go and learn about the HRIS world outside of my little bubble and I got even more out of it then I thought I would.  A big part of my job is creating reports for HR using an Oracle tool called Discoverer as well as writing scripts in SQL.  The big buzzword of the conference this year was Workforce Analytics, which is a new way of looking at the type of data that I run and send out.  Its a change in philosophy of giving the big picture to HR instead of just providing the data.  A lot of companies have fantastic new products for Workforce Analytics.  I am glad I got to go and learn about the direction the field is going.  There is a lot more I got out of the experience but I don't want to bore you too much (any more then I already have) with work talk.  I brought home tons of crap - 3 new tshirts, a new lunch bag, a tons of pens that light up and do other crazy stuff.  My favorite though is a stuffed monster from Monster - its for Rory and so cute.  And the shirt below, HR is always the most inappropriate!

One of the people I was with grew up in Chicago and drove us around the area that he grew up, which is Hyde Park.  This is where Obama's house is.  We parked at the end of his stread and walked a few houses down before Secret Service got out of their car and told us to turn around and go back.  I was surprised how much security they have on his block when he isn't even there. We didn't follow the sign's directions very well.

I normally don't have a hard time leaving Rory for a couple of days.  I've gone to Chicago once for a day, California for 4 days and Brainerd for 2 days and all 3 trips were pretty easy for me.  Its not that I don't miss Rory when I am gone, its just that I recognize that adult time is good for me and I embrace it.  Plus, Tim has travelled a ton this year and its been just Rory and I a lot, which can be hard and exhausting, so I am not going to lie when I say that I look forward to a little break.  I also love when Tim gets some quality Daddy/Daughter time.  Its good for everyone.

This trip was a little different.  I felt guilty about leaving Rory because in less then 2 weeks I am going to be leaving her again for girl's trip to Florida.  Its not that either individual trip bothers me, its the fact that they are so close together!  It just kind of worked out that way.

I stayed at the Radisson Blu, which Rory, Tim and I stayed at for a night over Christmas.  That made me sad too.  I remembered having Rory in her pack and play and nursing her there.  That was such a fun trip. It made me miss both of them more.

Tuesday night was Rory's first overnight away from both Tim and I.  Mackenzie stayed over with Rory for the night and took her to school the next day.  Of course, she got a sick baby that woke up 3 times overnight.  But I think they had a fun time!  Thank God for good friends!  Here's some pics that Mack took.  Rory loves Chobani Champions!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Top Baby Blogs: To Join or not to Join

For the 8 months that I have had this blog going I have gone back in forth in my head multiple times on whether I should join the Top Baby Blogs web site.

Part of me wants to keep this blog for just myself and my closest 300 Facebook friends.  Really I think only my close friends and family are reading this.  I worry that if I am expanding to a wider audience I will feel more self concious about what I am writing.

But on the other hand I would love to know that someone is reading this!  And it would be fun to see if I could get some votes for the the best baby blog and climb up the list a little bit.  Plus it would be encouragement to post more. 

What do yout think?  Seriously... please comment.  I want your opinion!

Thanks for listening to my nuttiness!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Ryder Cup

Last weekend I got to do something really cool.  I got to go the The Ryder Cup and watch the best 24 golfers in the world represent either the USA or Europe.  I am super lucky that this is the 3rd PGA Tour event that I have been to.  I went to the PGA Championship in 2009 and 2010.

As much as I love watching golf on TV, and yes I really watch it I don't just fall asleep.  Going to a live golfing event is just so cool.  I loved the PGA Championships because you could sit at one hole and watch every golfer come through and see every shot.  And unlike a lot of other sporting events, you get to be so close to the action.

The Ryder Cup was an awesome experience.  The excitement and cheering is nothing like the normally quiet game of golf.  There were so many European fans there, I couldn't believe it.  They are very loud.  I will say though, you don't get to actually watch as much golf as a regular stroke play event.

Here's a photo from when you walk in the gate.  This is actually the fairway of one of the other courses at Medinah.

Unfortunately we lost and Europeans kept the cup.  We'll have to get it back in 2014 in Scotland.  Next year I am hoping to go to the BMW Championship in Lake Forest, IL.  It will be really cool to go to a playoff event.

While we were at Medinah, Rory got to spend the entire day with Grandma!  I think they both had a great time.

The whole weekend was a lot of fun.  It was great to be home for a few days and see everyone.  And I love when Rory gets to play with her cousins.  They sure do tire her out.

I am adding a golfer to my list of favorites (Poults, Rory, Bubba).  Alvaro Quiros.  He didn't play at the Ryder cup but the Europeans brought him along as eye candy, I mean support.  I swear I am adding him because he's a good golfer.  (Tim's not going to like this).

PS - Rory did so good on the plane.  On the way there she cried a couple times for less then a minute each.  And on the way home she slept almost the whole way.  Flying with a 1 year old isn't the easiest thing in the world, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be either.  All my anxiety was pretty much for nothing (as usual).  On the second flight as Rory and I were waiting for her stroller someone actually said "Your baby did so good."  Can't really get a better compliment then that!