Friday, July 7, 2017

Independance Day 2017

Utah Valley is aaaaall about patriotism. There are festivities going on the whole week leading up to the 4th. This year we didn't take advantage of too many activities, but our 4th was still enjoyable! We watched the parade in the morning (Nicole loved the horses) and spent time with Doug's family all afternoon. We attended a block party for dinner, then went straight home to put Austin to bed. He slept soundly (hallelujah, white noise machines) while we watched our neighbors light up tons of fireworks. Nicole loved the aerial rockets, and she was entranced by the sparklers we got for her. One of the only pictures I took all day was this gem from my phone:

I love her little lips puckered in awe. And yep, I've been terrible at pictures lately.

I've been trying to be less attached to technology. I uninstalled facebook from my phone nearly 2 weeks ago (magical!), I have traded more books for less Netflix (also magical!), Doug and I only watch one episode of our current shows in the evenings... it makes a difference!

Anyways. I'm not a huge fan of hot weather, but the month of July is my jam. I'm not sick of summer yet, and the whole month feels festive (thanks to Pioneer Day here in Utah). The only downside to summer this year = I haven't had a single piece of corn-on-the-cob. What's up with that?!?! That's something to fix next time I get groceries!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Austin // 8 Months

If Nicole's mantra as a baby was "Go Forth and {Cheerfully} Explore" then Austin's mantra is "Smile and Chill." He lets just about anyone hold him. He's relaxed and receptive, and he isn't one to rush things. He loves to observe rather than get in the fray, but he's anything but shy. He's a friendly kid, and gets very loud sometimes. VERY loud. I'm not exaggerating.

Our sweet little boy has finally accepted that sitting up is a good thing, so he no longer fights me when I sit him down on the floor. He can sit indefinitely. He still hasn't caught the movement bug, however (like I said... "Smile and Chill") although he occasionally scoots himself forward an inch or two if he reeeeeally wants something just out of reach. It's got to be something highly desirable though. More often than not, he moves himself backwards when he tries to go forwards. He can rotate in any direction, at least.

As shown in the lovely close-up above, he has 6 teeth! You can see what I like to call his "vampire teeth" up top, as well as one top front tooth that's barely broken through. The other top front tooth is working it's way out right now. 6 teeth in the space of one month, poor kid!

Teething (combined with being out of town and having a teeny cold over the weekend) really messed with his sleep patterns for a while. We're getting back to normal, though. He takes a 1.5 hour nap in the morning and his afternoon nap ranges from 1.5-3 hours, depending on the day. He no longer takes a third nap (and that transition is another thing that probably contributed to his sleep regression).

He chatters "Dadadadadadada" to himself all day, shrieks like a banshee when he's excited or upset, and laughs until he's red in the face if I pretend to "eat" his chubby neck.

In the past month, Austin has: been in 3 new states, gone swimming for the first time, devoured his very first slice of homemade pizza (the first of many!), stayed in his first hotel room, started actually paying attention to books when I read to him, and has perfected the "pincer grip" technique. This means that while I tried to capture the picture below, he spent most of the time concentrating on picking the tiniest twigs and leaves off the ground instead of looking up to smile. And yes, some of those leaves made it to his mouth before I got them out of his hands ;)

^^^The goobers were never smiling/looking at the camera at the same time, of course. And Nicole didn't want Austin to touch her. Bahahahaha. *Sigh.

Occasionally I catch Austin swaying side-to-side to the beat of a song. If he really likes the song he'll bounce, but he prefers swaying.

Sometimes when I'm carrying him, he leans back away from me so that he can make eye contact with me, and rewards me with a huge grin.

He has done a little wave with his hand once or twice, but I can't get him to repeat the action yet.

He almost never naps on the go, he loves talking to his reflection on my phone camera, and he has this hilarious habit of scraping his hands across carpet in hopes of finding loose strands of hair he can try putting in his mouth. Hilarious, but kind of gross.

He's still my snuggle bug, and he's such a bright little addition to our family. Happy 8 months, Austin!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

2 Weeks of Family

We've spent the past 2 weeks chilling with my family in California. It's the longest, I believe, that I've stayed in Fresno since Doug and I got married. There were zoo and park trips, movie nights, 3 different dinners with extended family, swimming, Nicole and Austin always had someone to entertain or hold them, and we got to see my sister graduate from high school! In fact, the only time I brought my camera out on the whole trip was to take a couple belated senior pics of her. I included two of my favorites, since every blog post needs pictures, apparently.

It was good that we stayed for 2 weeks because my poor mama got pneumonia and wasn't able to come near the kids for 5 1/2 days. No fun for a grandma who only gets to see her grandkids a couple times a year! On the plus side, I got to have Me'n'Eds pizza on two different occasions, not to mention going to Sweet Tomatoes, having Cheesecake Factory cheesecake, and eating a LOT of popcorn with m&m's during our various movie nights. Yep, tasty food makes me happy.

The kids handled the long 12 hour drive fairly well. Thank goodness for cheerios, food pouches, and Disney music playlists. Dear family, I wish we lived closer! Miss y'all already!

^^^Hey there fellas... she's cute, sweet, and single! :D :D :D Hahaha, love ya Carissa.