Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Austin // 7 Months

My baby is a vampire. He has cut 3 teeth in the past week: one bottom front tooth and the two front-side teeth on top... hence, he looks like a vampire. The other bottom front tooth should cut through any day now.

Teething has resulted in a slight sleep regression, but he never wakes up more than twice per night, and it's never for longer than 10~ minutes, thankfully.

Nothing to report in the movement department. He'd rather stay in one spot than try to inch around.

He doesn't like sitting on his own very much. He can do it, but doesn't want to. When I try to get him to practice sitting, he uses his legs to either stand up instead, or to strain against me until he's lying flat on the ground again. Lazy bum. Haha!

He doesn't mind being on his tummy anymore, though! He even sleeps on his tummy half the time these days. Bum in the air and everything.

He frantically scarfs down any food he can get his little fists on.

I can pop bits of what I'm eating (soft things like peas, tiny bits of fruit, egg, shredded cheese, etc) into his mouth and he'll enthusiastically gum them down.

He tried using a sippy cup for the first time a couple weeks back and mastered it within seconds.

He loves to be held upside down by his thighs, or to hang his head upside down off my lap.

Dancing around to Disney songs with me always puts a big grin on his face.

He gets dozens of kisses per day. With cheeks like that, I can't resist.

I love how he snuggles right into my chest when I take him up to his room for naps or bedtime. The moment I start closing the curtains, he pops his fingers in his mouth and tucks his head under my chin. He welcomes sleep; it's like he knows he'll feel much happier when he gets some rest.

He can't take his eyes off Doug when he gets home from work. He breaks into the biggest smiles when any of us lock eyes with him. He gets especially bouncy and happy when I've been away from him (even for the shortest time) and he sees me coming. If he keeps being this cute, I won't be able to deny him anything! My goodness!

We love this kid. In case you were wondering.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Nicole Says // Vol. 2

She's my mini-me, and she makes my day! It's time for another round of "Nicole Says".

Here are my favorite toddler tidbits from the last couple months:

- I hung Nicole's Easter dress from a ceiling vent to dry. She saw it and exclaimed, "Oh no! Pretty dress! I can't reach! Fly! Fly! Pixie dust awaaaay!" She then spent the next several minutes throwing pixie dust in the air and trying her hardest to fly up to the ceiling to retrieve her dress.

- She put some dark-tinted sunglasses over her eyes and said, "Oh! It's dark!" then took them off and exclaimed, "Where da dark go?! 'A find it! C'mon! 'A find da dark!" And off she ran to go figure out where the dark went.

- While saying goodbye to my family at the end of a Skype date: "Bye Gramma! Bye Jenna! Bye Geekeessa!" (AKA Carissa... but I call her Geeky, so I guess that got Nicole confused)

- Nicole was downstairs with Doug one morning, and I was still in bed. He had to leave for work, and the moment the front door shut I heard Nicole coming up the stairs, calling out in a sing-song voice, "Moooooom! Time to get uuuuuuuup! Daddy go to woooooork!"

- The day after watching The Lion King for the first time, Nicole was messing around under our baby grand. I asked her what she was doing and she replied, "I hiding. Raaaaaawr!" (This girl is definitely my mini-me. I pretended to be a lion or cat aaaaaall the time.)

-  When we play Candy Land, I have Nicole tell me what cards she draws. One day Nicole drew a double red, but blanked on the word for red. After sitting and thinking very hard for a few seconds, she announced, "Two..........colors." Bahahaha! Well, she's not wrong. A very clever response.

- Nicole loves to go on walks, especially to the local park. We also have a trail that goes by our house that we often use. One evening when Doug told Nicole that he'd take her for a walk, she decided to be very clear about her expectations and told him, "Walk to 'a park, okay? No trail. No trail, okay? No trail. Walk to 'a park. Okay?" She kept repeating herself until she was certain that Doug was taking her to the park. We were dying.

- While playing with a toy boat in the bathtub, she says out of nowhere: "Nemo touch da boat. Marlin sad." Yes, half of the funny things she says/does these days pertain to Disney movies.

Ah, kids. Give her another half a year or so and she should start spewing some philosophical gems. I'm pumped. Oh, and please take note that she lets me put bows in her hair now! She only wears them when we're out and about, though. The moment we get home she tugs the bow out. Still... progress!

Monday, May 15, 2017

A Month After Easter

Better late than never with sharing a couple pictures from Easter, right? Haha.

Nicole had an Easter egg hunt last year, but this year was entirely different because 1) we could actually hide the eggs (in rather obvious places) and 2) we put candy in the eggs. She was ecstatic upon discovering those jellybeans. She found all of the eggs with ease, and was excited to see the treasures in her Easter basket. Favorite item = the Elsa doll. Elsa immediately earned a place next to Nicole for bed time, an honor only granted to her favorite stuffed animals and dolls.

^^^Eating her spoils

While we're talking about Elsa, I should mention that Nicole got to meet several Disney characters the week before Easter: Ariel, Moana, Olaf, Elsa, and Anna. She was shy around Ariel and was brave enough to wave goodbye to Moana. She was VERY excited to see Olaf and immediately went up to give him an enormous hug. Then we went to meet Elsa and Anna. I kid you not, her mind was blown. She was in a state of toddler shock, getting to meet her favorite princess and queen. As I brought her over to them her mouth dropped open, and then she closed her eyes and just stood there, slack-jawed and eyes practically rolling to the back of her head. Then Anna picked her up. I fully expected her to start crying at that point, but I suppose she was still too shocked to respond. The poor, star-struck toddler! I wish I had a picture of the look on her face, it was priceless. She was dazed the whole ride home. Like I said... her mind was blown.

No fear when it came to Olaf, though! Olaf got all the hugs and smiles.

Let's see... any other updates? Now that the weather is warming up, we go walks on an almost daily basis. Nicole already has a tan line, even though I'm pretty sure that I slather her up with more sunscreen than I do myself! And my tan is non-existent!

Also, an awesome splash pad is opening up about 5 minutes from our house sometime in midsummer. It's going to be the best one in Utah County. Better than the one in Springville, even. I anticipate spending lots of time there when it finally opens. Meanwhile, we have a kiddie pool stowed away in the garage, just waiting to be inflated! The hose water is so cold, though...

Lastly, we purchased our first watermelon of the season over the weekend. Nicole and Austin are both loving it. Oh, we're going to have such a great summer! I love my babies!