April 25, 2009

Tyler's 1st birthday party

Today was Tyler's birthday party so we spent the afternoon in Seneca celebrating the special occasion with The Johnson's and some of their family. All the little ones were fantastic and had a lot of fun. Austin discovered balloons and absolutely loves them now. He also loves to watch other kids and play with his buddy Tyler. I took a ton of pictures, but here are a few of my favorites.

The Birthday boy!

Austin & mommy

Tyler's crazy parents!

" Does this thing come off?"

Admiring the gifts!

"It's all mine!"



Time for cake!

Austin's first taste of icing.

"Give me back my balloon!"

April 24, 2009

Happy 1st Birthday to Tyler!

Austin's buddy Tyler turns 1 year old today! It seems like just yesterday when Ryan and I were visiting the newest baby Johnson at the hospital. He's such a cute and sweet little boy with some of the best parents around! We hope you all enjoy your big special day!!

April 20, 2009

Sofia's Baptism

Saturday evening we attended Sofia's baptism at St. Mary's downtown. She looked so beautiful in her white gown and was so good during the entire ceremony. Austin remained unusually quiet during the ceremony and we were so pleased that he didn't cause a scene since talking is one of his favorite things to do right now.

We went to dinner at Soby's right afterwards and sat at a table with 2 other couples who both have 6 month old babies all born in October as well. That means that there were 4 babies there born within days of Austin. October...and February...must have been pretty busy months last year!!

April 19, 2009

Colors of Spring!

Here are some shots of the beautiful new Spring blooms in our own front yard. If only it could look this gorgeous all year long!

So close!!

Yep, he's trying to crawl away already! Austin's getting so good at pushing up and he's really trying to figure out a better way to get around. There's just so much to do and see! Only a matter of time before he figures out how to move forward. I think it's about time we finish babyproofing!

April 17, 2009

Surprise visitor...

Austin woke up from his nap the other morning so I went upstairs, opened his door, looked in on my happy boy and then turned around to get him a change of clothes....this is what I found when I got back to his crib! Jack thinks Austin's crib is pretty cozy too!!

April 16, 2009

Austin's 6 month visit

Austin went in today for his 6 month check-up. He weighs 20 lbs. 1 oz. which is in the 88th percentile and he's 27 inches long which is the 71st percentile. His head circumference measured in the 71st percentile as well. The doctor was very impressed by Austin's physical stature and said that he was pretty advanced for a 6 month old. (I knew I had a little smarty-pants!) He couldn't believe Austin was already sitting on his own so well, pushing up on all fours and putting syllables together and saying things like "ma-ma." He said we'd have a little crawler on our hands in no time!

The doctor answered my endless list of questions while Austin wiggled in my arms, wanting to get loose and check everything out in this new place. He smiled and flirted with all the nurses, tried several times to pull the doctor's hair and tore up all the paper on the exam table. He was being his usual happy-go-lucky self until the end of the visit when the 3rd and 4th shot went into his chubby little legs and he finally realized what was going on. He let out one of those silent screams where his mouth was wide open and his face was all red, but no sound was coming out. When the sound finally did come out it was one of the loudest, most pitiful cries I've heard yet, but the nurses quickly whisked him into my arms and after a few minutes of snuggles and rocking he was back to his happy self again. He even gave one of the nurses a big smile before she left the room which she said made her feel so much better about having to be the inflicter of pain. We were still very happy to leave knowing that there would be no more shots for three more months!!

April 15, 2009

Half Birthday!

I can barely believe it, but Austin is officially 6 months old today! It's hard to think that half of a year has already passed since the day he was born. The things he has learned and the way he has grown and changed in this past few weeks as well as the past 6 months have been unbelievable! He is seriously learning and doing new things everyday and I can just see those little wheels in his head churning every time I look at him.

Austin has been sitting well for over a month, but now he can sit for much longer periods of time as well as turn and pick up his toys and look all around without losing his balance. If he does lose his balance, however, he can usually push himself back into the sitting position without toppling over. He will also raise up onto all fours when on his belly like he's trying to crawl. I've put toys in front of him to see him try to move towards them, but he always ends up kicking his legs out and scooting backwards for some reason instead of forwards! He loves his toys and his hand-eye coordination has really improved. He will grab anything in his reach and either put it directly into his mouth or bang it against the floor, table or whatever else is around. He really enjoys making noise either by banging or shaking his toys or with his own mouth. He has recently learned to "blow raspberries" and thinks it's hilarious when you do it back to him. Several times he has done it with food in his mouth, causing it to splatter everywhere! He is also saying "ma-ma," but usually only when he's getting tired or frustrated. He may not know that I am "ma-ma," but he sure knows that saying it gets my attention! Ryan caught a cute video of him saying it the other weekend that I'll have to post soon.

In addition, Austin has become quite the wiggle worm! He is no longer my cuddly little boy, in fact, if I want to cuddle him now he pretty much has to be asleep or have a bottle in his mouth! He is SO interested in everything around him and wants to touch and feel and put everything he sees in his mouth. He loves to grab hair, jewelry, noses, lips, clothing, dog hair, cat fur, his spoon, his toys, the phone, the remote, and pretty much anything else within reach, but most recently, his favorite things to grab are his own feet! Every time I go to get him out of his crib he is on his back with his feet in the air and trying to grab them and put them in his mouth. He's quite flexible for a pudgy little fellow and while sitting up can lean all the way forward to his feet and put his toes in his mouth.

At 6 months, Austin is wearing size 12 months clothing and some of those are even fitting a bit snug! He is in a size 3 diaper and wears a size 3 shoe. He is eating four 8 oz. bottles a day every 4 hours and I can usually get one stage 1 baby food in over 2 feedings. He tried squash for the first time today and liked it alright, but bananas are by far his favorite and the only food he will eat a whole serving of at one sitting. Austin is on a great schedule now and wakes up every morning between 7-7:30am, has a nap at 9 and another one at 1:30, a power nap around 6 and then off to bed between 8-9 pm.

Austin is such a sweet, happy, social, good tempered, smart little guy who's ALL boy...just like his daddy! He makes me so proud and I'm delighted to call him my baby boy! I can't wait to see what the next few months have in store!!

April 14, 2009

Austin's Nursery

From the day we came home from the hospital until last Friday, Austin slept in his pack n' play which was located in the corner of our bedroom. His nursery is upstairs and our bedroom is down, so we felt uncomfortable when he was only days old being so far away from him. At the beginning we decided that once he turned 6 months we would finally move him into his own room, but we went ahead with it a little earlier than planned and tried it out last Friday night while Ryan was on "duty!" Austin woke up twice but was easily calmed back to sleep and last night he finally slept all the way through the night in his own room without waking!!

We are very glad to have made this difficult transition and happy that it went as smoothly as it has so far. Not having a baby in our bedroom has given Ryan and I a lot more freedom and we are exctied to finally be getting use out of Austin's nursery which we worked so hard on. I think he likes his room now that he's getting use to it.


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