Wednesday, January 25, 2012

8 months!

My baby is feeling less and less like a baby and more like our independent little girl.  Rounding the corner into 8-month land, Olivia:

-Stands, stands, stands.  Whenever she is near something sturdy, she will grab hold and pull herself up onto her feet.  She loves playing near any chest of drawers because it is the perfect height for this.  I have learned that draping a rice bag (the kind in fabric that you can heat up) over the edge of the drawer will 1)keep it from sliding closed on her little fingers 2) cushion the edge in case of any face bumps.  I still keep one hand on her though, as she is not very sturdy yet. 

-Has no sign of a tooth.  I don't mind, nursing is still a dream and I love her little gummy smile.  I will actually be pretty devastated to see the gums go.

-Will almost surely pass by crawling altogether.  She still hates being on her tummy and will scream for help and flail like an invalid if she tips onto her stomach while sitting and playing.

-Loves her "busy box", a small wicker box full of some toys and some random sensory objects from around the house.  She is so curious and likes to examine and explore new objects.

-Is short and chubby, but is just starting to thin out a bit now that she is more active.  She wears 12-18 month clothes that I have to roll the pants and sleeves on, and size 3 diapers.

-LOVES feeding herself.  We graduated from breastmilk and cereal, to breastmilk, cereal, baby foods, and finger foods.  She pretty much will eat anything we give her.  We bought a highchair last week and it has been a dream to let her chill and eat by herself.  Some of her favorites are: sweet potatoes, wheat bread cubes smeared with baby food, pears, banana, veggie puffs, avocado, and life cereal.  She can pick up small items with her thumb and index like a pro.

-Says 'da da' indiscriminately and 'ma ma' when sad, but we still aren't sure if we can count these as first words.  Olivia loves playing with a yellow duck in the bathtub, which I always point to and say 'Duck'.  The other day I was wearing a shirt with a picture of yellow marshmallow peeps on and she pointed to them and said 'Duh....Duh' over and over. 

-Let's us know when she is bugged or unhappy.  If she doesn't want help standing or playing, she will push my hand away.  If Tucker gets to excited or too close to her for comfort, she will yell at him and shove his face.

-Still gives me lots of kisses and has gotten more generous with Jack.  The kisses are the sweetest part of my day.

-Wakes at 8, takes two naps a day, and goes to bed at 8 with only one nightly feeding now.

-Is always trying to get a smile out of us.  She makes silly noises, grabs my face or just gives me a big grin when she catches me with a serious look on my face.

Something I've learned in the past couple of months is not to compare.  I know some babies Olivia's age are crawling, cruising, sleeping 12 hours at a time, saying words, and have 2 teeth by now.  Sometimes I get weak and think "what am I doing wrong?  Should I force her to be on her tummy?  Am I feeding her the right things?  Am I stimulating her enough?"  But at the end of the day I know that I am doing my best, and to me she is the most brilliant, beautiful, loving 8-month-old in the world and she will get where she is going at her own wonderful pace.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Aforementioned Wanderlust

The top 5 places I would die to go right now.  If Olivia could just go back to heaven for a week (because in heaven there would be no need for bottles or night time wakings and I wouldn't have to worry)

1. Orlando, FL.  Jack and I went here on our honeymoon and had a BLAST. The only downside what that we saw them building Hogwarts at Universal Studios and couldn't go in!!! I want to go to the WWoHP. (wizarding world of Harry Potter.  I wanted to sound cool, but it didn't look so self explanatory)

2. On a cruise with my best friends!! We are tentatively planning this for July, given there are no extenuating circumstances with our baby or Clar's....or if Tasha doesn't get preg. ;)

3. Hawaii.  I have never been, and the last time Jack went we were dating and broke up over the phone for an unconnected reason and it ruined his trip.  Oops.

4. San Francisco or back to Seattle.  I love the NW coast.

5. Anaheim.  Disneyland again.  With family.  I think we should make this a yearly tradition (back me up Jen and Amanda! Let's get everyone on board!)

In other news, I think we have finally nixed the 4:30am feeding!  It was so hard to let her cry through it, but after 4 nights of willpower, her tummy finally realized that she was 7 months old and didn't need to eat every 4 hours.  The past two nights she has gone to bed at the usual 8pm.  Had her midnight feeding, then slept again until 8am!  Hopefully this is the beginning of a new, more restful, era at the Austin house.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Dos Anos

Five years ago I was living in Hurricane at my dad's house and was going to school at Dixie College.  Jack was getting ready to move from Pleasant Grove to  Costa Mesa, California to sell alarm systems for the summer.  He knew a girl back in Orem named Emily and had a crush on her.  Jack and Emily then became friends on Myspace and he wanted her to think that he was in demand or something so Jack started hitting up random girls on Myspace.  On this particular day when Jack hit 'browse' on his myspace homepage, I happened to be on my respective Myspace page at home.  Because I was online, my profile came up as one of the first of thousands.  He clicked for me to 'add' him to my friends.  I noticed that, not only did I not know this kid, but his profile was set to private.  I always ignored requests from strangers.  This time, for whatever reason, I decided to message him.

We messaged back and forth for weeks, then texted, then called.  I don't know what drew me to this guy I had never met, but man was it something.  Did I mention I had a boyfriend at the time?  Whom I had been dating for almost 5 years?  Needless to say, it didn't work out.  I just couldn't get my mind off Jack.

That summer my Buba and I planned to meet. He drove from Cali and I drove from Hurricane and we met for our first date in Vegas.  The first time I laid eyes on him, he was standing in the lobby of the Wynn Hotel.  It was so surreal to see the person connected to the voice I had grown so accustomed to hearing over the phone.  He was nervous as could be and kept staring at me.  He later told me that he had gone to Nordstrom and bought a new shirt and my favorite cologne to wear.  We saw a Cirque du Soleil show, ate at The Cheesecake Factory, and had our first kiss in a casino.  'Cause we're classy like that :)

That fall Jack moved back to Pleasant Grove and I moved to Provo to live with my mom and go to UVSC.  We were inseparable.  Over the next three years we had a lot of ups and downs and more than one break up-including him moving to New York for a Summer.  He knew he wanted to marry me, but I still was unsure.  I liked things just the way they were, and he was fine with that.  He was very patient.  Finally, I decided to serve a mission.  Jack was disappointed, but so supportive and wonderful.  He said he would write every week and whatever happened, happened.  A couple of months before I was to turn in my papers we went and got sno cones.  As I sat in the car and watched him order and then spoon out his grape sno cone, I felt very good about things.  It wasn't thunder and lightning and angels singing.  I just knew that he was the only one I wanted to get sno cones with from then on.  He was my home.  We got engaged a few weeks later.

I can't believe today is only our two-year anniversary.  I feel I've known him forever.  Every heartbreak or stumble before now is meaningless because I have been blessed with someone who takes the utmost greatest care with my heart and feelings, and who makes me laugh hard at least once a day, and whom I will never get enough of.

Saturday, January 7, 2012


It's a new year!  I can't believe it.  I remember thinking that 2005 seemed so far away cause that's when I graduated.  I feel pretty ancient compared to that :) 2011 was my most life changing year yet because of our little one.  She makes everything different. 

One of the best things about starting a new year is that you can look back and see things that you struggled with and resolve to do better.  I've never been one to make resolutions because I feel too much pressure, but Jack and I have discussed what we would like to accomplish this year and he wrote his down (and is doing great at them!) so I thought I'd make mine concrete so I can work on them.

-The first one is going to sound crazy to some of you.  Because it is.  One of our goals is to not eat out more than once a day.  That's right.  We eat out almost every day.  My husband loves to eat out.  Most of the time it is just sandwiches or salads to go or what not, but nonetheless, it is eating out.  What's even crazier about this is that I love to cook. I feel that it is the thing I am best at.  I've just gotten lazy and busy over the past few months so this leads into my second goal.

-Cook more.  Be organized with my grocery shopping so that I can utilize what we have, make healthy, meals, and throw out less (this will also help with Jack's goal of weight loss...he is also banning candy for himself)

-Get Olivia to sleep through the night!!!!!  A couple of months ago she decided to wake up twice between 8pm and 8am.  I'm okay with the first feeding because it happens at midnight before I go to bed.  I am NOT okay any longer with the 4:30am feeding.  I have been a softie, but no longer.  She'll just have to cry it out.... :(

-Do more with my church calling.  I am the sports coordinator for the Young Women's (the girls in our church ward that are ages 12-18) and our ward has not been at all organized with sports.  I need to take charge and get some things together and help more with teaching lessons and such.

-Make some friends.  I have a hard time making girlfriends because they intimidate me and I can get kind of shy.  I have had the same best friends for years and years, but they don't live by me anymore and I have been kind of lonely.  I need to make some good friends here in the Lehi area though since my other friends don't live close.  I should join a playgroup or something... or just call the girls I do know from my ward and neighborhood and have get-togethers or something.  It's healthy.

-Go running or walking as much as possible.  I already started this week, and it has felt great.  I'd like to run another 5k this year.

-Go on a vacation.  Wanderlust is hitting me big time lately because my love and I traveled so much before Liv came.  We have talked about a cruise with my friends, but if that doesn't work out we might go to DC.

-Transfer this blog to a new, public blog.

-Organize the garage, get our food storage stocked and organized, and some emergency essentials in place.

-Read the scriptures every night with Jack.  He has been really on top of this and it has been so great.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Baths, Bums, and what we do while Daddy works

Our little bathing beauty
I've gotta say, two of of my favorite parts of baby are back and her funny little bum

speaking of bums...

and lastly. I'd like to introduce you to
Olivia the Evil Snow Queen her snow hut with her minion

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

7 months

At 7 months babygirl:
wears 12 month clothing and size 3 diapers!
still hates tummy time, but can push off the ground with both arms held straight
shows no sign in being interested in crawling
can stand holding onto our hands or furniture
loves cold weather and cold things like water bottles
can drink out of a cup
loves anything edible
eats rice cereal, pure apple/prune juice, natural applesauce, sweet potatoes, squash, and baby rice cakes
loves and kisses her new Rapunzel doll
reaches out to be held
balances well while sitting, rarely falls, and can sit up from a slight incline
loves her jumperoo
screams when she wants something or doesn't like something
fake coughs often to get attention
loves other babies, especially her cousins
is always naughty during church
still takes two naps a day and goes to bed at 8pm
eats at midnight and sometimes at 5, then sleeps til 8am

Olivia is catching on to the game of 'hide and boo'.  When Jack or I hide beneath the edge of the bed, couch, coffee table etc., she will scoot forward to find us before we can pop out and say "boo!"She catches onto other games quickly as well and will play along.

It's amazing watching her figure things out and make connections in her mind.  The other day we were taking a bath and she was playing with her new foam letters.  She watched me stick one up on the wall and she grabbed it off, inspected it, then stuck it back on the wall.

Jack bought Livi her own little recliner to go next to the couch and she likes to sit in it while we watch TV.

Livs recently learned how to take off her socks and will smile and look proud every time she does it.

She has her own silly sense of humor and will sometimes find random things hilarious.  The other day we were in Target and she started laughing hysterically.  We discovered that it was because of the Sky Ball Jack was bouncing as he walked down the aisle.  Pretty soon she had drawn quite the crowd because she would crack up every time Jack would bounce it and was soon laughing so hard her face was red and she was almost choking :)

Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year's Eve 2011

Party at Dave and Karen's house!

Games, food, laughs, and NEW YEARS KISSES
looking forward to our second year married, our fifth year together

(the little one was tucked into her swing in a closet upstairs, but quickly joined us when she heard the excitement, and got her New Years Kiss)
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