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.

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.