Wednesday, June 27, 2012

7 months!

Let me just overload you with some cuteness.  Audrey has been getting REALLY fun lately.  She has so much personality and energy.  Last Friday she turned 7 months old!  Every single month we marvel at how quickly it's passing.

She's sweet and cuddly right after naps.  She eats a TON of food.  We recently increased the amount of solids we give her and it has been helping so much in the last few days.  It's not like we were underfeeding her, but she apparently wasn't getting full enough to sleep for very long.  Since she started having finger foods in addition to purees at every meal, she has been taking just two looong naps a day.  Just like one of those babies I've been reading about in books! :)  I'm hoping it's a pattern that sticks.

I can make Audrey laugh just by widening my eyes at her.  We stare into each others eyes and laugh about the silliest things. She has also been experimenting with shrieking... which is cute when she's doing it for fun, and alarming when she's upset (and babies can go from fun to upset really quickly... I think she overwhelms herself sometimes).  We have a play date tomorrow and I'm hoping she doesn't get in a screamy mood.

I feel like we've become pretty good friends.  We understand each other, most of the time.  She's even started listening to me on occasion (or so it seems) when I ask her to come back to me or not to knock something over.  She also gets quiet and seems a little excited when I ask her if she wants to eat.  She also got VERY excited when Robert came home today.  She wanted to go to him and hug for a long time! 

She crawls, she climbs, she edges around furniture, and I get the feeling she'd be up and running everywhere if she could only figure it out.  This evening before bed she kicked her legs for about 5 minutes straight.  This girl has ENERGY.  She knows how to wear us out!

We have so much to look forward to in the upcoming month!  Audrey is going to get 3 visits from her grandparents.  Hooray for good baby stuff!  We've been enjoying being a family of 3 lately.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Father's Day, a little late

Just as I'd expected, Robert is turning out to be pretty much the cutest dad ever.  KNEW IT.  You can read about his first Father's Day here!  We tried to make the day special for him and had a really good time doing some major relaxing at home.

Audrey will be 7 months old on Friday!  As far as babies go, I think she's.... a jock.  I don't even know how it happened, but she is so crazy physically advanced.  Part of me loves it, because she is basically already a toddler.  Part of me is terrified, because she is an almost-7 month old who can almost walk.  Which means LOTS of accidents, because she doesn't understand gravity at all.  She takes her falls pretty well, but this morning she launched herself over the side of our bed before I could grab her, and it was scary seeing her little body crumple between the wall and bed.  So scary.  But luckily she seems to be fine!  And I spent the rest of the day with at least one hand on her at all time.  Really; I couldn't even get out of my pajamas until noon.  She has a little bump on her head but has been acting completely normal... 

Audrey is a little wild thing.  I feel so happy when I see bits of her personality emerging.  Even if I'm imagining them -- like this morning when I asked her for a kiss and she sort of licked my cheek so I cheered YAY for her and it looked like she was clapping.  She totally doesn't know how to give kisses or clap yet, but I know she will soon and I am so excited about everything that's ahead for her!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

good morning!

I think Audrey read my last blog post and decided to give us a break.  She's been sleeping through the night since then!  (But PLEASE, baby, don't read this and go the other way again.)  It makes such a huge difference... I've been in the best mood ever for the last few days.  Now when she wakes up around 5 or 5:30 to eat, if she won't go back to sleep in her crib, I put her in our bed and we snuggle a while.  Sometimes she falls asleep for an hour or two, which is awesome.  Sometimes not, which is okay too.  Nothing better to wake you up than a little baby crawling all over you.

Robert got in on the cuddling too, and he brought some of our favorite cookbooks because we were working on the menu for next week.

Here's Audrey loving on the Joy the Baker Cookbook.  It's THE BEST.  (Like, every time we look through that book we go a little bit nuts.  We've made so many of her recipes!)  Do you know JTB?  She's kind of our imaginary best friend around here.  She's just the coolest. We listen to her podcast every Thursday too!  It's seriously entertaining stuff.

Happy Wednesday!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

sleep transitions

If you notice a lack of coherency around here, it's because I'm just exhausted lately!  Audrey is going through some sleep changes and we've been having a lot of awful nights.  Her daytime schedule is actually pretty good at the moment.  She has FINALLY, at 6 months, begun staying awake for 2 hours at a time between naps, and is down to 3 naps a day.  For the longest time she could only stay up for an hour and a half and was taking 4-5 naps per day.  A while back she dropped her last nap of the day, and began having a wakeful period of 3-4 hours in the evening before bed.  She has also been developing a set bedtime of 7:30.  It's really amazing how these things just seem to happen and adjust themselves.

But nighttime... Aghhh.  I think there was a growth spurt recently, so she's been wanting to eat at night, but now I'm afraid it's becoming a habit.  And it wouldn't even be that big of a deal if she would just go right back to sleep!  Audrey used to be great at immediately going back to sleep when we put her down.  Now, even if she's exhausted and has fallen asleep in our arms, as soon as we put her down she wants to roll over, crawl to the side of her bed, and stand up.   She LOVES to stand up.  And she doesn't know how to get back down (without just letting go and falling), so leaving her standing in bed isn't really an option.  One of us has to stay with her in the middle of the night until she looks like she's going to really stay down and sleep.

It's been rough!  But we're trying to stay optimistic.  Things always seem bleakest in the middle of the night.  Coffee and sunshine do wonders for moods.  And to help during the night, I made a little motivational poster that I put up in Audrey's room today, for those moments at 3 a.m. when I sort of feel like giving up on this mom thing and running away to start a new life.  I didn't take a picture, but it says:

BE KIND & PATIENT!  Baby needs your love and care!

That might sound like an obvious fact, but when it's the middle of the night and you're exhausted, it sometimes begins to feel like that little person is just purposely being cruel!  She is doing so much growing and developing, and we can only expect so much of her.  She doesn't know any better and is only trying to get her needs met.  She needs to cuddle!  And I need to get some sleep!  Goodnight!

Monday, June 4, 2012

The Things We Did in Memphis

Donuts were eaten, late at night (sans baby, and with Emily!)

Robert and I had a breakfast date here.  It's kind of a tradition!

Audrey went on a swing at the park.

Robert turned 31 and was very handsome.

This is all somewhat old news.  Life has been hopping lately, keeping me on my toes!  There have been recent days where I haven't touched my laptop at all.  Gasp!  (Don't worry, I had my phone and also cheated occasionally by using Robert's computer... There's no real unplugging around here.)  Audrey is going through her 6-month growth spurt and consequently I'm not getting quite enough sleep.  This weekend we had a scary moment when Robert cut his hand on a bread knife and I realized how LITTLE I know about first aid.  I knew to put pressure on it, but that was about it.  He had to go to an urgent care clinic and have it glued shut.  Ew?  Not quite bad enough for stitches.  The neighbor guy, who is very awesome and handy, has been over at our house all day installing a new air conditioning unit for us.  It's busy stuff! 

It's JUNE already.  How did that happen?  My brain can't keep up!