Little Bunny Ru Ru

So yesterday (though I haven’t slept yet, so it still feels like today) was Ruby Joon’s first Halloween. Another significantly happy moment in her mommy and daddy’s eyes. We didn’t do much in the way of celebrating, other than carving some pumpkins and dressing her up. But it meant a lot. I remember over six years ago, Don and I went to a little one of those pop up Halloween stores to scope out costumes for a Halloween party – the ones most twenty somethings go to to simply look slutty (if you’re a girl) or like a superhero (if you’re a guy). Well as we were leaving the store we saw this entire rack of baby Halloween costumes and it simply took my breath away. It was like seeing a puppy – you just had to say “awww…” And that’s when Don looked at me and said, “you know, if we start to try now, we can have one by next Halloween!” Oh, the humor…

So it wasn’t the next Halloween. Or the four after that. But it was this year. This year we had sweet Ruby dressed as a little pink bunny with carrot rattle. Her name? Lil Bunny Ru Ru. Here are too many pics…

Getting ready for the big day!

Daddy love!

Don’s pumpkin: “Ruby’s 1st Halloween”

My attempt of doing a cutout of Ruby’s baby face with rabbit ears saying “Lil Bunny Ru Ru”

One of the many, many faces she had today…

Meeting with her besties – Stella and Madeline

Plotting their trick or treat trades in advance!

Daddy went as Flava Flav for Halloween (and won a contest)… gold teeth and all..

Love my baby girl!






Halloween Part One

This past weekend was the beginning of Ruby’s Halloween celebrations. Saturday, we went to the pumpkin patch with her grandma Linda and grandpa Myron. She had SUCH fun – always smiling and enduring the cold for the excitement that is a holiday filled with the receiving of candy. We all know this year Daddy will handle that for her, but in the meantime, it was a LOT of fun.

Sitting on the same haystack Don and I sat on with a six week old Louie – this time with our daughter. Sigh.

Mommy going down the “rabbit hole”


Then today, we took Ruby to watch Claire (a little girl I used to babysit) play in her Halloween piano recital. It was too cute – the kids all dressed up and Ruby was loving the music. Here’s Ruby hanging out with her future babysitter, Claire..

Following the recital we had a “family” Sunday night dinner with Roxanne, her husband Darrell and the kids at her mom, Nancy’s house. She made a beautiful toast over a fancy meal about “the addition of a daughter in need of a mother”. I welled with tears. Friends are certainly family and we are certainly lucky to have the family who truly love us and the friends who truly love us as family.

Now we wait to part deux – Ruby dressed up as…. any guesses?!?! 😉



I think I’ve learn to embrace this time in Ruby’s life as a “baby” before she grows up before our very eyes. Already I feel like she is just such a big girl and amazes me each and every day.

I am lucky to work so close to her that I can take my lunch break and spend some time with her and allow her to know I’m there everyday while I still pursue my responsibilities with work. Today, she swung while I ate and she was a ton of fun. Here’s a little bit of her sweet giggles…


Eight months today. Crazy eight. Who knew how much happiness this little girl could provide us? I’ve heard a lot of people say it’s common to have a good first baby and if all parent’s had their second baby first, they would never have a second. Being that I’m a middle child, I disagree… However, Ruby is quite amazing as the first born and such a beautiful, sweet little girl. We are blessed.

Taken on the morning of her 8 month birthday.

Ruby has been growing up to be such a beautiful, little girl. She has been starting to scoot around the house, not quite crawl but almost rolls/scoots herself to get something. Like the dog food. Thankfully none has landed in her mouth… yet! She’s started to feed herself – holds her bottle up and eats her mums (cracker/wafer life rice snacks) by herself. We have just taught her how to wave hi and she still pretty much masters “dada” though she will mock you when you say things like “woah” or “hi”. If only I could get her to say momma! She will lay anywhere and just roll her tongue/lips to make any noise she can make.

We have also gotten down our routine to a point where she sleeps through the night! I never thought the day would come… she goes down around 10 and will sleep solid until 5:15 on the dot. Then she gets a bottle and goes right back to sleep until I wake up around 7:15 to her playing in her crib. She has figured out how to turn on her motion picture maker hanging on the crib and will make her stuffed animals turn on (those that play music). We have even found her snuggling them in the middle of the night. It’s too much for me… all that cuteness to take in!

Bath time has gotten more fun… we play with our toys and she splashes around. She’s in the big girl tub now… finally outgrown the baby tub and has decided that we are only allowed to wash her if she gets the whole big tub to herself with her toys.

And she’s also made some decisions on the teams to cheer for. And this season, it’s official for who she’s cheering for, as seen in our last post. I’m sure Daddy had nothing to do with it!

We’re keeping super busy – both mommy and daddy have been working hard, so when that someone said it takes a village to raise a child, “they” were not joking. Team Thomsen we like to call it. Daddy even had a night of her all to himself while Mommy was traveling for work. And we have tons of help and Ruby is so lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful people who love her. Unplanned, it seems we’ve been going to WI on a weekly basis so Grandma and Grandpa Thomsen get to watch her grow, who can’t seem to get enough of her! We’re also starting to plan Ruby’s first vacation for the winter. Lots on the table – all exciting.

So with that said, lots of smiles on our faces, thanks to this ray of sunlight. Eight months have gone by too fast.  But they are the 8 months we have been so thankful for and are now looking forward to Ruby’s many firsts – first Halloween (ooh, her costume is TOO cute), first Thanksgiving, then Christmas, then vacation then her birthday. Just can’t wait! More to come…

Picture Update

Thought I woud share some fun pictures recently snapped of Ruby in her 7th month. She has mastered rolling over and over and over. Knows when “dada” gets home from work and greets him withTh a semi-wave of the hand and a  loud “dadadadadada”. Oh, and a smile. A GIANT smile. We are having so much fun in this little life of ours. I don’t think we’ve ever been happier.


Future musician, obviously.


Rolling and playing. Rolling and playing. Never sitting still!


So I look a little tired, but so does Ruby!

And it’s official. We’re one of those families with baby toys in the tub.