Monday, May 25, 2009

Random Videos & Pictures

Austin dancing to music

Austin going for a walk outside

When Austin was a newborn he always took his naps on this blanket. He used to fit perfectly in the middle. Needless to say he doesn't exactly fit but that didnt stop him from taking a 2 hour nap on the floor.

Our cousins from Texas

The swing is so much fun! The slide's a littlle bit more scary

Look I can feed myself!
Me and my little brother.
Austin "helping" with laundry. He loves to push things around the house. The heavier the better. He likes to show how strong he is.

Austin eating his favorite treat pushups. No matter how many times he has one or we tell him they are cold, he still acts surprised everytime he takes a bite.
Mommy's new car
Austin watching John eat a snow cone at the zoo. He wanted to make sure daddy was sharing.

Austin at the polar bear exhibit

Austin and Papa on the boat.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Teething, Teaching and Pregnant

Well the McMahon's have been a busy bunch of people this last month. With Birthday parties, graduations, illnesses, and out of town family, we have rarely had a moment to relax. I am anticipating the relaxation of a fun McMahon/Walkenhorst family vacation.

For Austin, the last month has been filled with cutting 4 teeth. They have finally all cut through and his count is now up to 8. He has also been walking a lot more, venturing out and taking steps on his own. He is very active and and determined. We are still battling with the concept of "no" and we are often given a huge cheesy smile when his hand is slapped or he is told no. Trying not to laugh or smile back when he is looking so cute has been one of the bigger challenges of disciplining a 10 1/2 month old. He has had his ear infection recheck and well visit and everything is looking good. He is about 20 lbs of solid little boy. He is 30 inches and as his doctor says "he's a big boy". He is back to eating very well and likes to feed himself. Mealtime is much more of a mess now since he wants to do everything himself but, at least it gives us time to eat our own food. Austin is "talking" so much now and everytime you see him, he has tons to say. Right now he pretends everything is a phone and holds it up to his ear and chatters away. He is showing some signs of trying to say certain words, mama not being one of them. I have come to the conclusion he will never say my name because he knows I am always there at the slightest peep. Dada seems to still be his favorite to say, and Dada is who he talks on the pretend phone. He tries to say Kacie which is Grammy and Papas dog. Up and yuck are other words he attempts and comes pretty close to saying. Austin can also locate (when he chooses to do so) a nose and a tongue.

On the downside, this morning he woke up with a pretty nasty cold. He spent most of the weekend outside so I think it just caught up with him. He was so sad this morning and just wanted to be held. Hopefully some sleep and Motrin will help him feel much better.

For me, I am going to be 24 weeks pregnant and its going very well, much like Austins pregnancy. This little guy is much more active then Austin was and he lets his presence be known throughout the day. I have been sick much more in terms of colds, ear infections, and sinus infections. This past weekend I have been battling and severe ear infection that sent me to urgent care. With the help of antibiotics and ear drops the pain is finally under control and now I just have to fight a cough and plugged ear. This pregnancy is flying by compared to Austins. I cant believe that we only have about 4 1/2 months left. I am cherishing all the time I have with Austin because I know that he will have a hard time sharing him mommy with another baby.

As for John, he is busy teaching and loving his job. Being a new teacher and waiting to be offered the permanent position for next year, he has been working really hard to show the principal that he would be a good asset to their school. Hopefully within the month he will be offered the position and we can relax a little, knowing what will be going on next year. He is still working at his other job, not as much thankfully but still enough to the point where some nights he gets home late.

Summer is fast approaching and I can't wait. Austin is going on his first trip to Florida to meet his Uncle Eugene, Aunt Karen and cousins William, Louis, and Caroline. We are very excited. Going to Florida has been almost a yearly event for John and I since we have been dating and we cant wait to bring Austin along this year. We are driving which I am sure will be a challenge but also an adventure. I will be in my third trimester which means flying is out (not that it was an option unless I could have been heavily drugged and knocked out). We will be going to Florida and then making a stop in Tennessee on our way back for a couple of days. Austin will be turning a year old in Florida and what better way to spend a birthday then hanging out on the beach and swimming in the ocean!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Graduation Day!

Today I officially graduated from Wayne State. I just wanted to take a moment and publicly thank Christina and Austin for their tremendous support! Getting through 8 months of student teaching was very hard on Christina. It left her taking care of Austin many late nights as I went to work after student teaching. I am very happy to be done, but probably not as happy as Christina is.
Thank you Christina - I love you!

Monday, May 4, 2009

10 Months Old!

On Sunday, Austin turned 10 months old. It is hard to believe that less then a year ago, he was this little peanut that only weighted 6 lbs when we brought him home from the hospital. With turning 10 months came Austins first ear infection. Last week Austin got sent home from daycare with a very high fever. Because of all the crazy stuff going on, we got Austin in to see the doctor right away. He was diagnosed with his first ear infection, although he was miserable, we consider ourselves lucky that he is almost a year old and has not had one before. With lots of Motrin, cuddles from mommy all night, and an antibiotic, he is now doing much better. He is still pulling at his ears but is back to his old self, hurricane Austin, destroying everything in his path!

More updates about Austin: He is now on 1 bottle a day at night. He is completely off baby food and has good days with eating and bad days. For the most part he will try anything. Peas and carrots are still on his do not like list but we find other ways to hide them in his food. For the last 4 days, Austin has been sleeping from 9 p.m. until about 8-9 in the morning. This has been so wonderful for us to get a little taste of sleeping in. This morning I even had to go wake him up so I could go to work! He is still working on walking. He has mastered walking if you hold one of his hands and can take about 5-6 steps on his own if there is something he really wants. He loves pushing anything around the floor. He likes to push our laundry baskets around until he runs into something. Buttons are his new favorite adventure. He now knows exactly what buttons to push on our two tv remotes to turn it on and off. He knows exactly what buttons on his humidifier to push to turn it on and off and is in the process of searching the house for more buttons he is not supposed to touch. He is "talking" more but still refuses to say mama. His loves his dada and calls for him everywhere we go. Dada is always there according to Austin. Austin gives kisses on demand now. Daddy getting the most. He is daddy's little puppy dog, following him around wherever he goes.

We are noticing Austin loves to study everything. His new favorite game is to take all of his diapers out of his basket one at a time. Not only does he take them out one at a time, he places about half on one side of him, then the other side of him, and some behind him. When you watch him, you can tell that in him mind, he is thinking out every move he makes.

In baby news, I am starting to go through another tired phase. This might be in part of Austin being so active. The baby is starting to move a lot more and making his presence known. I have been having some cramping and contractions at night, I think in part to overdoing it. The ultra sound showed that he is healthy and right on track. We do have a name picked out for our new little one but decided to wait until he is born to tell everyone. We are hoping Austin will adjust well, but as of right now, he is very protective of his mommy and does not like when I pay attention to any other baby.