Saturday, November 29, 2008

Like Father, Like Son?

Everyone tells us that Austin looks just like his Daddy. What do you think?

Saturday, November 22, 2008


Austin had his first sleepover last night. His cousins Brooke, Brennan and Riley spent the night. After going out for pizza we made a fire where we had s'mores. The girls played Hannah Montana on Wii and then it was the boys' turn to play some Madden football (which quickly put the girls to sleep). In the morning we had some pancakes and then it was time to go...

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Squeaky Clean

Austin and Daddy reading a bedtime story

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.

Austin also has his first play date in Friday. We went to visit my friend Jessica that I went to school with. Jessica and I started hanging out in elementary school and now her little girl Maddie is only 2 months younger then Austin. It was so cute seeing them together. Austin kept trying to grab her hand. We cant wait to get together again.

Austin has also began holding his own bottle although we still hold it for him. He has been grabbing at it but tonight he held it for a very long time until he feel asleep.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Quick update

Austin is officially sitting on his own. This weekend at his cousin Brenden's 7th birthday party, I sat him on the floor and put a boppy pillow behind him incase he fell. To my surprise he sat like that for about 3-5 minutes without falling. Yesterday, I did the same thing and he sat and played with his leap frog alphabet ball for a few minutes.

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

I'm a big kid now!

Austin had his 4-month well visit today. He is now 14 lbs and 27 inches long! The doctor said he is a very tall baby and has grown 3 inches in 2 months! I had a feeling he was going to be tall like his daddy but now I think he might be even taller. He had to get 3 shots, which was horrible for him and me. He screamed all the way to Aunt Anne’s, and finally fell asleep right before we pulled in the driveway. Our doctor also wants Austin to see a surgeon soon because he might have a slight hernia. His belly button has been really red that last couple of days and she would like a pediatric surgeon to take a closer look at it. She said that it might be something that can be cauterized or might need surgery on. We are praying that it is nothing and he will not need any medical treatment.

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.

This is what happens when you leave a 4 month old on the couch while you make his bottles. We literally turned our back for less them a minute. Its hard to tell but he was laughing in the second picture. I think he would have just sat there if we hadn't picked him up.

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.