Lots and lots of new stuff in the last month. Most notably – Audrey is walking! (and walking quite well) She is a very controlled walker – deliberate, but not overly cautious. And she is really fast!
Oh guys, I just adore her. She is so affectionate and loves to give hugs and kisses. Last week I got home late and she gave me the best squeal and nearly ran to give me a kiss. It was the most enthusiastic greeting I have been given in some time. She is so independent and really can play along side Jack or by herself well, so her cuddles are especially endearing. And when you ask her for a hug, she wraps her arms around you and is a complete cuddle-bug!
She loves waving and clapping. She can sign for “drink” and loves communicating with us. She says dada, mama, and Jack (daak) and seems to use “yeah” in the right context. She seems to love waving and saying “hi!” Like her brother, she really enjoys music and having songs sang to her.
We have started giving Audrey her bath with Jack and both kids love the extra company. Jack likes to ask about Audrey’s teeth – she has six now and is working on two more.
Audrey had her second flight in the last month for a trip to Kansas City. I loved getting to introduce her to friends and she traveled really well. She also went to Memphis to visit Godmother, Mira, and her husband and kiddos. She was in heaven getting to play cars sitting by all of the big boys. The adults were outnumbered that weekend so I somehow came home with no pictures. Good memories though!
Next time I check in I will have a one year old! What will Audrey be up to next?
The last month has been a really good one! We had a trip to Effingham for one of Matt’s cousin’s weddings – beautiful and fun celebration. Plus lots of good time with Grandma, Grandpa, and Aunt Tina.
This month has also brought along increased playfulness. Audrey loves her little red car, cars and trucks, her stuffed giraffe and anything of Jack’s. She bobs and claps to music, and has days where she is in a nearly constant giggle. What a joy!
Our independent girl has gotten a bit cuddlier. She give kisses and hugs very often when she takes play breaks.
She eats pretty much everything we eat now, which makes dinner time pretty easy. She still nurses around 6 times a day, and I’ll have to admit I like that it can buy an extra hour of sleep most weekend mornings.
Audrey cruises along furniture, and has taken a couple of steps on her own. She can crawl up the stairs on her own and is quite the climber. I’ll be ok if she decides to wait on the walking for just a bit longer.
I think this will be another big month. Lots of travel and more milestones to come. Have a wonderful week!
9 months – equal time on the inside and outside for our little girl.
This has been a really fun month full of big milestones.
Audrey moved into her own room in the last month…I’ll admit I miss waking up to her sweet little talking. (I think Matt was afraid I’d try to room with her until she leaves for college!) I also had my first few nights away from her. I traveled to a conference for a few nights and she got extra special time with her boys at home. Unfortunately, this has coincided with her mommy phase. She needs me in her site at all times – equal parts flattering and confining.
She waves “hi” and “bye bye” really well. And her giggling…oh, she has gotten silly and even sweeter over the last month. She loves to jabber to us and laugh. She loves peek-a-boo and gets a kick out of being the one to hide. Audrey has started clapping in the last week, and we all love it. She is just such a happy baby.
Audrey so far is a very easy eater. She usually has one puree a day and does table food for the rest of her exploring. Favorites right now are peas, sweet potatoes, cheese, avocado, banana, and scrambled eggs. She had her 9 month appointment on Friday and is 99th percentile for height (30.25 inches) and 67th percentile for weight (19 lbs 4 oz).
She plays with toys more than I remember Jack playing at this age, but I think it is because she can sit playing beside him and loves to be busy like him. She is a fast crawler, pulls to stand and loves to climb. She loves to tease Jack by climbing in his toddler bed to grab his stuffed animals. I can see my refereeing starting already!
Wow! A lot changes in a month with a baby. Since last update, Audrey is pulling up on everything. She wants to be standing all the time and has done a little bit of cruising too. In the last month she has also perfected her crawling – and that little girl is fast! She is still in 9 month clothes for the most part but sleeves are starting to look a bit short. I think most babies get a 9 month growth spurt so we’ll see what happens in the next month.
Audrey still naps 2-3 times a day and still (thankfully!) is an excellent nighttime sleeper who rarely wakes in the middle of the night.
She is working on her top two teeth. Lots of hands in the mouth but she is still so good-natured.
Matt and I joke about her comedic timing. She responds to questions and statements with the perfect tone and timing. And she likes shaking her head “no” and seems to do it at the funniest time. (Audrey – do you want to share your toy with Jack? [head shake with smile])
She seems to like all the food she has tried. She is getting proficient at feeding herself and seems to want to eat if everyone else is eating. She especially likes feeding herself peas.
Audrey had her first plane ride to Seattle this month. Way to start out big! A long day of travel wasn’t too tough with her. And the three hour time difference just meant that I got to fully experience sunrise in Seattle every morning (wink, wink)! She loved the double stroller we rented and loved getting to see her way around a new city.
I don’t even know how to convey how delightful Audrey is. She has such a sweet disposition, and her smiles just light up my day. Seeing how she looks at Jack is such a joy for both me and Matt.
What will this sweet little daredevil be up to next month?
Somehow we are over half way through Audrey’s first year. Boy, oh boy this little girl is busy! She loves to sit and play and is really good at her army crawling (creeping?) to get anything she wants. In the past couple of days she has gotten really good at getting herself gracefully in a sitting position.
She is trying more foods every week and so far seems to enjoy everything. I remember Jack having fish as his first animal protein…but I don’t remember when. I think I will need to brush up on baby food basics for this little one! She eats solids 2-3 times a day and is regularly eating oatmeal, bananas, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, broccoli, peas, avocado, green beans, and carrots. She still nurses 6-7 times a day. And she can drink out of a straw! I hope that will make the transition to whole milk easier in 5ish short months.
She naps 2-3 times a day, and admittedly naps much better at home than at daycare. Her evening sleep is wonderful! She is in bed for the night around 8. I wake her/dreamfeed her around 5am before I head to the gym and she falls right back asleep until around 7. (I probably shouldn’t have typed that because she has been so easy I probably jinxed myself!)
Audrey loves her big brother, bath time, being sang to, and her Fisher Price barn and animals. The picture of Audrey and Jack is from earlier in the week. Jack said he wants to go to Purdue but “Audrey no go to Purdue. Audrey go to Illinois.” So I had to dress them appropriately. :)
I’m sure this next month will bring many more fun milestones. Increased babbling? Pulling to standing? Audrey says bye bye for now!
Half a year old already! These 6 months have definitely been the quickest of my life. The little girl we welcomed into our lives is full of personality and has amazed me with how quickly she is growing.
Audrey can get around in a couple of different ways. When she wants something (especially one of Jack’s toys) she will army crawl for it. She gets up on her hands and knees but when there’s a toy in sight she just goes for brute force and speed in an army crawl, much to Jack’s dismay. Trains and cars are the favorites so far, but at least they are temporarily keeping her away from dirty shoes. Audrey really likes to “play” with her baby toys and loves music. She loves her crib mobile and often turns it on to listen to music and talk to the animals before going to sleep.
Sleep is going really well. She sleeps in her crib in our room because I’m just not quite ready for her to be sleeping in her own room. I love how sweetly she wakes up! We are at a transition point where most of the time she wakes once to eat but sometimes she sleeps straight through. Audrey tries to stay awake but 8pm is about as late as she can cut it. She naps 2 to 3 times a day, depending what we are doing. Her routine seems pretty fluid.
And Audrey started foods this week. Her first was oatmeal and she loved it! Her next food was steamed broccoli florets – another huge hit! I let her feed herself and when she would drop one she would yelp for me to get her another one. Today she had a little bit of banana – and, again, she loved it. I think Audrey is going to be an excellent eater. I hate the diapers after starting solids (TMI?) but it is so much fun to see your little one exploring foods. We will continue to do a combination of purees and self-feeding finger foods (baby led weaning).
Audrey has a very agreeable personality. If she is fed and dry, and is around her people she is happy. And if Jack is near she is all smiles and giggles. Matt and I have to work hard to make her laugh but Jack only has to make eye contact. Love these two kids!
We had our 6 month doctor appointment today and Audrey is still very tall — 98% for height and 40% for weight. Happy half birthday to our growing, sweet baby girl!
This little doll is 5 months old this week!I think 5 months is such a sweet spot in age for babies. Coo-ing and smiling is nearly out of control but she mostly stays out of trouble…for a bit. Audrey is quite the roller though, and especially loves to roll to her belly so she can look around. Also on her list of loves? JACK! He doesn’t even have to try and he has Audrey giggling so hard she gasps for breath. It is one of my favorite sounds in the world.
Audrey loves being outside, and going to the park with Jack seemed to be a highlight of her week. She has started playing peek-a-boo and really likes her toys.
Audrey is still a super long baby – 97th percentile for height and 50th for weight. Her hair is beautiful and is so long that it hangs down past her eyes now. And she got her first two teeth shortly after she turned 4 months old! I might regret saying this but she didn’t have a hard time with these first two teeth at all. No disruption of sleep or fussiness. (Let’s hope this continues for the other upcoming teeth). Speaking of sleep, we are doing really well on that front. She goes down for the night by 8pm with usually one wake-up to eat and go right back down. And when she is home she is a pretty good napper too. She found her feet this week, and loves to hold the “happy baby” pose.
Audrey started day care this week. My mom has been over every week for the past two months watching Audrey during the day. We miss her so much already! But Audrey is getting lots of smiling faces and fun new toys during the day. Plus Jack and Audrey are getting ready to welcome their first cousin in about a month – and Gigi will be across the country helping welcome the sweet little girl into the family. Audrey is an extremely happy and sweet little girl. She wakes up in the morning coo-ing and singing like a little bird. Matt and I are enjoying every day with her!
Hi there! Long time no talk. Life has been good, and things have been busy. Some great workouts, some good family time, and lots of fun. We had a Purdue-Illinois game while Grandma Jayne, Aunt Tina and Uncle Brandon played with Audrey.
We’ve done lots of cooking and cleaning
And not too bad on sleeping.
Still, somehow, it has taken me a couple of weeks to announce our winners. I wrote the names on pieces of paper and let Jack pick out two winners….and he selected Theresa and Jami. I will be emailing both of you today to set pick a TRX training session or Well Fed 2.
Hello there! I realized the other day that I was coming up on two years of blogging. I started this blog as a way to show off baby Jack to friends and family who lived far away from us and to chronicle my journey of maintaining a healthy balance in life. The last two years have seen that baby grow up to a toddler (almost a little boy), a move to a different state, me starting a PhD, and the addition of a new baby girl. Thanks so much for coming along the journey with me!
To celebrate two years with you, my friends, I was thinking of two things that I could do as a give away to show my appreciation for you reading along…..
No! Not those two things!! (I’m sure that’s against FTC regulations anyway.)
First up: A TRX training session for you and up to three of your closest friends. You pick the time and I will deliver a great and fun workout for you and friends at Parkwest Fitness. Must be in the West Lafayette area or willing to travel here to win. You know that I love using the TRX for my own fitness and I love teaching. I’m so excited to be able to share this with you!
Second up:Well Fed 2 cookbook/recipe wonderland. I have the original Well Fed and while I don’t follow anywhere near a strict Paleo diet, this cookbook has been great for inspiring me to use vegetables in more creative ways (and in greater proportion to the rest of my food) and has rekindled creativity in the kitchen for me. I am going to treat myself to Well Fed 2 and want to also treat one of you to the book. (And this is easier for me to mail to you rather than taking the TRX show on the road, wink wink.)
What do you have to do to get a chance to win? Keeping with our theme of healthy balance, leave a comment about either (1) your favorite way to eat vegetables or (2) your favorite way to stay fit.
I’ll pick two winners at random and let you choose your gift. Good luck!