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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

One Year Old!

Austin loves to help me empty the dishwasher if it is ever left open. Sometimes I just let him go at it while I'm trying to make dinner because it distracts him for some time. Otherwise he is whining at my feet holding onto my legs.

 11 months old

Sharing an ice cream cone with Mommy 
(wearing my painting clothes as I painted the game room during his nap)

At 11 months, Austin LOVED to point at any and everything

He learned how to climb up the stairs, and actually figured out climbing down the stairs without much guidance or practice like I did with my other boys. 
Except for Caleb, we've been lazy about a baby gate and just watch him closely. He has had one tumble down 7 or so stairs. :(

Celebrating his birthday with cousins

Singing "Happy Birthday"

Rainbow cupcakes

One year stats
Weight: 21 lb 3oz (48th percentile)
Height: 28" (2nd percentile)
Head Circumference: 49.5 cm (off the charts on the high end)

The pediatrician was concerned about his height, which keeps falling. She ordered a test for celiac disease and thyroid. The shots are hard enough without adding blood tests. I had to hold him down while two nurses worked on taking blood from one arm. Austin screamed bloody murder the whole time. At one point he jerked, ripping the needle out, and they had to continue on the other arm. Nothing is as painful as watching your child in pain and wanting to take it away from them...
The tests came back normal. I'm not thrilled that he will likely be quite short, but I'm glad that he is healthy. 

[This experience was deja vu from his 9 month appt. where she was concerned about his weight and ordered blood tests to check out a few things. (Can't remember!) I panicked over my milk supply, but in the end felt okay about focusing on increasing his solid food. His weight was right back where it needed to be at this appointment.]

Austin refuses to take a 2nd nap most days and thus goes to bed around 6pm. He does take a good morning nap for 2 hours, which is helpful during preschool. I still don't feel like he gets the amount of sleep he should.

Since I am almost a month past his 1st birthday, here are some more updates:

Since Disney World, he tends to wake up once a night. Ugh! We give him a sip of milk or water and put him back to bed. I've left a sippy cup of water in his crib at night, but he hasn't found it by himself yet. 

A week ago I cut out the nighttime nursing, so we are down to once a day in the morning. I'll wean him completely soon. Mixed feelings about it. This recent change may play into his nighttime waking.

He can take about 5 steps independently before he squats down and crawls. He's close to being a full-time walker!

Austin loves to play outside. He loves the swing and climbing up slides and loves me to hold him while jumping on the trampoline.

He is a big stinker about eating regular foods. My other boys all loved peas, green beans, and corn. I can't get Austin to eat vegetables! So I feel stuck that I have to continue to feed him pureed veggies. His favorite foods are chicken nuggets and peanut butter sandwiches. (He loves peanut butter!) He also loves pancakes/waffles or scrambled eggs for breakfast. Unless it's some sort of pasta, he refuses to eat what I make for dinner as well. Grrr.

Austin has also started mimicking sounds. Recently, if we ever tell him "no," he will put his head down and start crying. It's pretty cute. :)

Friday, September 30, 2016

Disney World: Day 5

Magic Kingdom

When we initially planned our trip, we planned to do one of the water parks on our 5th and last day in Disney World. However, we were on a time schedule in order to be home in time for my niece, Samantha's baptism. We decided that we could only put in a half day at one of the parks, and in the end decided on Magic Kingdom. Matt actually stayed home and packed up everything with the baby, and I took the 3 older boys. It was a huge sacrifice on his part, though Bryson did have a major meltdown at one point that made me wonder if I would have rather switched places with Matt. (No, I know I got the better end of that deal.)

Bus ride

Bryson on the carousel, refusing to smile at me

Splash Mountain

Bryson's favorite ride that he wanted to do again and again.

In front of Splash Mountain

Pirates of the Caribbean ride

A kid's ride that I like a lot is Peter Pan. We have previously always used a fast pass for it, but we waited the 15 minutes in line on this last day. I'm so glad we did! Using a fast pass skips past all the details of the Darling house, and there are some really cool features! I was impressed by the rooms and attention to detail and loved the shadow bells and butterflies. (The shadow bells ring when you touch them with your shadow and the shadow butterflies land on your shadow hand if you hold it still.) Winnie the Pooh is another fun wait line with several activities for the kids to do as you wait.

The drive home was better than the drive up simply because we decided to push through and not stop. The baby still would only sleep in 30 minute intervals and then wake up and fuss--just not happy in his car seat no matter what because he hated being strapped in. We left our Disney resort at 12:30 pm and got home just after 2:30 am with only 2 stops. We made it home on fumes because Matt didn't want to stop and get gas and wake everyone up. I was able to doze some, but it wasn't worth it with the baby waking up so frequently. We were tired the next day, but we survived!

Fun trip, fun memories!!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Disney World: Day 4

Hollywood Studios

 Waiting in line for Toy Story

My favorite ride!!

 Austin meeting Olaf while everyone else rode Star Tours.

In front of Tower of Terror

Bryson's first time riding the ride. I would have opted out of him riding this one, but Bryson hated when he couldn't do a ride. Matt told him to "roar" anytime he got scared. Apparently he roared a few different times. :)

Carter was frustrated he wasn't tall enough for Rockin' Rollercoaster so he rode this one a handful of times.

Girls' turn

Fish face

We enjoyed the shows throughout the day. Matt was chosen to be part of the Indiana Jones show, which he was excited about. We enjoyed eating funnel cakes during that show. The Frozen show is well done, though I took a cat nap during it. This was our earliest night getting back to the resort around 7pm. 

This park is undergoing a lot of changes: new Tower of Terror, Toy Story land, new Star Wars section.

Disney World: Day 3

Magic Kingdom

We started out the day in Tomorrowland and spent most of the morning there.

Space Mountain

Buzz Lightyear

People Mover
(Great activity for the littles that couldn't do Space Mountain)

Seven Dwarves' Mine Train
Bryson loved it, but still gripped an adult's arm the whole time

Ever popular Tea Cups

Trying to pull out the sword in the stone

Flexing for good measure

We did a late lunch/early dinner at Be Our Guest. First time at the restaurant; we loved the ambience.

Austin napped during the meal--perfect timing

Splash Mountain
 Bryson's favorite ride! 

 This was our first time to do Belle's story time. Worth the wait in line!

Carter played Belle's father

And Bryson played the Beast. It was the cutest thing ever!!!

Probably my favorite memory from the trip was watching Belle dance with Bryson (aka the Beast)

We tried to head in earlier that night so we could all get a good night's sleep!