Thursday, March 23, 2017

Austin // 5 Months

^^^Let's take a moment to appreciate the fat rolls on those arms, not to mention those screw-on-wrists. And that glorious double chin. Not to brag or anything, but I get to kiss those cheeks aaaaall day!

As the pictures show, Austin has started to "tripod" (sit using his hands to prop himself) and holds a personal record of a whole minute. I can't believe how big he looks sitting up by himself. That's the only major physical milestone to report; he's still content to lie in one place instead of roll around. He's an extremely chill baby; not even favorite toys or people motivate him to move. During tummy time, he prefers to be propped up over the nursing pillow so he can look around with ease and not tire as quickly. He is a carbon copy of Nicole, I'm not even kidding. She was the same way about rolling and moving.

He loves gumming on Sophie the Giraffe, and his bottom gums are starting to look a little white so he might be preparing to cut teeth. I hope he's an easy teether.

When it comes to naps, this kid thrives on structure and predictability. If we have one "off day" with naps (*cough*cough*every*single*Sunday) it throws him off and I have to work for a day or two to get him napping well again. And of course, bad naps affect how well he sleeps at night.

We have started him on solids. As of today, he has sampled banana, apple, butternut squash, avocado, carrots, and pears. He was not a huge fan of avocado, but I think the texture was to blame for that. I've also let him suck on a slice of apple for a couple seconds, and he was very mad at me when I took it away. He then attempted (rather unsuccessfully, considering he's still a long way from perfecting his motor skills) to grab every single slice I ate, complaining loudly when I didn't let him have more.

He tolerates the bumbo now! Hooray! During bath time he chills in the bathtub and just grins up at me while I wash him off. No splashing, just chilling. He still shares his smiles freely, and I can get him to laugh SO hard. I love that sound! He also still wakes up several times a night to nurse. *Sigh. At least he's a pro at putting himself to sleep.

Austin loves to lie on the ground by the piano and listen to me play. LOVES it. On more than one occasion, I've accidentally kept him up 15 minutes or more past his nap time because he's so content listening to the music that he doesn't even complain about being tired. Time flies while I'm sitting at the piano; I don't even realize how long I've been sitting there!

Oh, and he loves to shriek. Loudly. Man, he has a strong set of lungs.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Mommy Daughter Date // Mall Edition

Nicole needed new shoes for the warmer weather, so on Friday evening we journeyed over to the mall and I decided to turn the outing into an impromptu mommy-daughter date. It's been a while since I've spent time with just her outside the house, aside from an occasional short walk. I want to always make sure to spend one-on-one time with each of my kids as they get older, even if it is something as simple and unplanned as this:

We listened to a playlist of Nicole's favorite songs in the car. We sang unashamedly at the top of our lungs to pop artists like Justin Timberlake and Chainsmokers, as well as Disney hits like "Part of Your World" and "Let it Go".

We got the shoe shopping out of the way first, since Nicole finds it unpleasant to have her feet messed with, and then we went and explored the Disney Store! After pulling out every stuffed character she recognized (Minnie! Mickey! Sulley! Nemo! Moana!) Nicole finally found an Elsa doll. She held that Elsa doll in the tightest embrace until it was time to leave the store. Homegirl is obsessed with Elsa.

Next we sat on the ledge of the outdoor fountain pool and watched the colorful water dance to the beat of "Thriller". Nicole was mesmerized. We finished up the night splitting some treats over at Sweet Tooth Fairy. She wanted cookies instead of cupcakes, so we got two sugar cookies--one with lemon frosting, the other with strawberry--and shared them while sitting at a little table and talking about her favorite things she saw in the Disney store.

Then we both got thirsty; the store doesn't offer water cups and silly mom forgot to bring the water bottles, so back home we drove, singing all the way while Nicole intermittently commented on how dark it was outside.

The poor girl fell asleep almost as soon as she hit the pillow. Being up 1 1/2 hours past your bedtime will do that to a girl, ya know? I love my little Nicki. It was good to spend some time with her without Austin in tow. Oh man, I'm SO excited to go on mommy-son dates with him once he gets old enough!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Austin // 4 Months

- I'm pretty sure I say it every time, but Austin is such a happy little man! He smiles and laughs throughout the day, and has become very fond of shrieking in a high-pitched voice when he's excited, and cooing to himself when he's content. I love hearing him "talk" (he tells me stories all day long!) and watching him play with his toys.

- His favorite toy is a Very Hungry Caterpillar rattle that has a bunch of multi-colored linking rings attached to it. A close second favorite toy is Mortimer the Moose (at this same age, the "girly" version of this toy -- Muffin the Moose -- was Nicole's favorite! It's such a handy toy for babies!)

- He prefers to either be kicking away on his back on the ground with a toy in hand, or to be carried around the house. He cannot stand sitting in the Bumbo, which makes me so sad! Hopefully he'll grow to love it over the next month or two because it's SO handy to use at restaurants.

- He and his car seat are on fairly good terms now. ;) Haha!

- I love how he snorts when he gets excited.

- He regularly pauses in the middle of nursing to give me a huge smile, and it melts my heart! Even when that smile occurs while there's milk in his mouth, so it ends up spilling all over my arm... :P

- Also when he's nursing: he tries to hold my hand by slipping each of his tiny fingers between my big fingers. It's suuuuuuper cute.

- He loves to watch his sister run around and rewards her with smiles if she talks to him.

- He is SO content in the evenings when Doug gets home and holds him because Doug constantly walks around with him and holds him juuuuust right. Austin loves it.

- He still wakes up two or three times per night to eat, but since he is in "sleep mode" from 7 PM until 7 or 8 AM and goes right back to sleep after eating, I'm okay with it.

- Sometimes he tries to get from his back to his tummy, but right now he can only make it onto his side. He doesn't put much effort into it, though. He's still not a huge fan of being on his tummy, so I imagine he's not in a rush to figure it out!

- I love how his whole face lights up when he sees me; his eyes widen and his smile couldn't be bigger. It's like the sun bursting through a bunch of clouds.

- He enjoys: being pulled up into a sitting position, having one arm swaddled when he sleeps, chewing on my hand or his own fingers, being tickled, chilling in the baby wrap when we're out and about, snuggling and listening to me sing before I put him down for naps or bed, and being gently tossed in the air.

- Not a huge fan of: spending long-ish amounts of time in the stroller, Nicole being too close to him when she's crying, being cold, staying up past his nap or bedtime, waiting for letdowns to happen when he's nursing, sitting in a wet diaper, and tummy time.

-Ambivalent about: baths. Sometimes he likes them, sometimes he doesn't.

- At his 2 month checkup, his weight had dropped quite a bit for some reason... but he's back up to a healthy, average weight now, so I took his pants and jacket off halfway through taking pictures of him so you could all bask in the glory of his perfect little fat rolls! :D

Mmmmm, chunky babies. All the heart eyes.

We love our happy little man! I'm looking forward to the next couple of months as he learns how to sit, perfects his rolling technique, and becomes more verbal. Also, I can totally see some Pease in him in this next picture. Nicole is all Kelly, but Austin definitely has some visible Pease characteristics. At least, I think so. (And... the dimple strikes again!!!!! Eeeee!)

^^^He has a birthmark on the bottom of his right foot. I don't think I've ever shown you guys. Nicole has a birthmark about the same size on the left side of her belly. I wonder if all of my kids will have birthmarks?!