Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Every year John's family meets at Target to do his Grandpa's Christmas shopping. Everyone goes and picks out their gift and John's Grandpa stands at the register and pays for everything. Afterwards, we all go out to dinner. Austin was very excited to pick out his own present this year.
On Christmas night Austin went to his Great Uncle Bill's house for dinner. Austin loves spending time with John's family and so does mommy and daddy because there are enough people there to hold Austin so we can actually eat dinner together.
(who's addicted to the tv??)
(We started a new tradition this year. On Thanksgiving you get a new pair of Christmas pajamas and a Christmas movie.)
(Austin trying on hats at Meijer. He sits in the front of the cart now which makes shopping much easier!)
Monday, December 15, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Well the big new is... JOHN IS DONE WITH HIS FULL-DAY STUDENT TEACHING!!!!!!!!! Austin and I are so excited to be able to have John home before 8:00pm every night. These last 4 months have been very hard on me and especially Austin not getting to see John very much. He loves his daddy so much and bursts into a huge smile whenever John walks in the room or even looks at him so, now they will get to spend a lot of time together. I am just as excited to get to spend time with John.
Our little peanut is now 5 months old and growing every second. He finally is getting hair which makes me very happy. His little peach fuzz is getting darker and longer. He is officially sitting by himself. We still put a pillow behind him because he falls back once in awhile. He loves to sit on the floor and play with his toys. I can now actually get stuff done because he is very content entertaining himself. Austin is grabbing EVERYTHING now. If it's not nailed down it's in Austin's mouth. He has found his feet and the minute he lays down has to grab them. Which has made diaper changes a little more challenging but we are working through it. He has learned in the last few days how to pull off his socks which then end up in his mouth.
Austin has also started showing signs of crawling. He wants to move when he is on his stomach he just hasn't figured out how. We have been practicing with him - getting him up on his knees. When we do tummy time he looks like a fish out of water right now, moving his arms and legs but not getting anywhere. He used to fall asleep during tummy time, so at least now he knows he wants to go somewhere.
We still have no signs of any teeth but have constant biting and drooling. I feel bad for the little guy because you can tell his gums are bothering him. Hopefully something will happen soon and he will get a little relief.
Austin is now eating baby food 3 times a day. He loves it so much that he hasn't been taking his bottles that well so we are going to have to cut down his portions so he will start to take them. Normally, he would have some oatmeal and fruit in the morning, veggies and fruit for lunch, and some brown rice cereal and veggies or fruit for dinner. He is such a good eater and is not very picky. He has decided he does not like peas, and cries when he realizes that's what I put in his mouth. Austin also really likes to help when it comes to feeding. Once we put the food on the spoon he likes to grab it and put it in his mouth. he does a really good job and other then the really big mess it makes, we don't mind and let him help.
Austin is doing great at Grammy's, Aunt Anne's, and Little Turtle School. Other then packing him up each day for a different place, John and I really like that he gets different things at each place. With Grammy he gets one-on-one attention and he loves that. At Grammy's it's nice and quiet and he gets to cuddle and play with Kacie. At Aunt Anne's, Austin gets entertained all day long. His cousins sing and dance and put on shows for him. He also gets to go out places which he loves. He loves his Aunt Anne and likes to give her flirty eyes because he knows she will spoil him. Austin loves Little Turtle school and his teachers really love him. I like that he gets to be around other babies his age and there a few older babies in his class that he watches. With Austin being an only child, I think it is really good for him to have that interaction with other kids.
Austin got to have his first visit with Santa last Friday. When we got there at 5:00pm, we were shocked to hear the next available appointment wasn't until 7:20pm. I was hesitant about waiting since Austin usually goes to bed right around that time but we waited and I was so glad we did. Being the good mommy that I am, I completely forgot to pack Austin any baby food for dinner. All I had was one 6 oz bottle with me. John being the great husband and daddy he is, left the mall and went to 2 different grocery stores to find Austin his organic baby food. Other then a sweet potato stain on his shirt from dinner (along with no food, I also did not have a bib), Austin did great with Santa. Austin was such a good boy this year that Santa even sang his favorite counting song to make him smile for the picture. Of course Austin was the cutest kid in the mall and got stopped every few feet to have people say how adorable he is. Austin never gets sick of the attention and puts on a huge toothless smile whenever anyone talks to him.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Tonight Austin had his first bath in his big boy ducky tub. He is growing so fast that he no longer fits in his baby tub and was getting the whole floor wet every time he was taking a bath. He was very excited and loved it. He got to sit up and play for a long time. When he got tired it was very comfy for him to lay down and play.
I know I say this every post but I can not believe how fast Austin is growing and changing. It seems that everyday he is doing new things and is getting to be more of a "big boy" and less of a baby. This week he will be 20 weeks. He is eating baby food now which he is not so sure about sometimes. We try to tell him he can't have bottles his whole life. Right now oatmeal made with pear juice and sweet potatoes seem to be his two favorites. This weekend I made my first attempt at making a bunch of baby food for Austin. It was actually fun and thanks to a 2 hour nap Austin took, I got all of it made. On the menu was avocados and bananas, plain bananas, peaches, squash, sweet potatoes, apples, pears, pumpkin and apples and green beans. I made a trip to the organic grocery store and bought everything for his food. It was so easy. I plan to continue it. The food tastes so good, much better then the organic baby food from the store.
Monday, November 10, 2008
He hates to lay down and is working on pulling himself up from a laying position. A few times I have thought he was actually going to sit himself up.
He has not been napping during the day very well. We are not sure why but every night around 5pm he has a major meltdown. We are hoping to get him back on track soon.
He has not seen the surgeon yet, but praise God it looks like his belly button is healing up on its own. We are still going to have him checked but it wont be until December. We are believing it is going to continue to heal on its own.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
On the brighter side, Austin is growing and changing so fast that every morning I ask him if he grew over night. John and I are amazed at the things he is doing. He is now eating 6 oz every 4 hours (thanks to a little challenge made by his younger cousin Cody) Austin has also started on baby food since his little belly is not getting full from just formula anymore. He usually has oatmeal in the morning with some bananas or pears (which he is not fond of), and peas in the evening which he loves. John and I have decided to give Austin all organic food to help reduce the amount of chemicals in his body. We decided it was something small we could do for Austin that would contribute to a healthy life. I hope to start making his baby food so that he has more of a selection then what is offered from pre-made organic baby food. With a little guidance from Katie, I think I can do it. (Have I mentioned John and I would not have a clue what we are doing without Dan and Katie?) Austin has gone back to sleeping through the night. He rarely wakes up in the middle of the night anymore. He usually goes to bed about 8pm and wakes up about 7am. Daylight savings time has been a wonderful event in our home. Austin did not take to well to it the first night and tried to go to bed at about 6 at night.
Austin is rolling over now and is never in the same position that we left him at night. Most of the time he is completely the opposite direction that we left him.
He loves standing and can stand on his own if he is leaning against something. He has also been practicing sitting on his own and if not tired, can actually sit alone for a minute or so. Austin is officially teething, with confirmation from his doctor. Austin spends most of his day with one or both hands in his mouth and the rest of his day drooling. It is quite amazing; he can actually fit his whole fist in his mouth. Lately he has been trying to suck his thumb while drinking his bottle. 4 months old and he is already a multi-tasker!
On Halloween Austin, John and I went to Grace Christian Church for their "Candy Town" event with Anne, Dave and the kids. Beforehand we all met at Fudruckers for dinner. Austin had a great time. He got to see Dan, Katie, Nate and Uncle Tim, Aunt Vicki, Cade and Noah, also. Grace put on a wonderful event which John and I were very happy to see. We wanted to find something that we could do with Austin every year. There were a ton of carnival games which Daddy played to win Austin candy. After all the games, they did a wonderful praise song for the kids along with a skit about sin. All of the kids had tons of fun and Austin’s older cousins left with huge bags of candy. We can’t wait to attend next year when Austin is older and can play some of the games himself.
John is halfway done with student teaching and we couldn’t be happier. Austin is definitely a daddy’s boy right now. He loves his mommy but when daddy’s around it's all about him. John can get Austin to laugh just by talking to him. We can’t wait until John can come home early and spend more time with our little guy.