Thursday, December 31, 2009

Quick New Year's Post!!

Here are a few pictures from the past month (and especially the past week) that I thought I'd share. Happy New Year, everyone!!!!

Guess who got A NEW CAAAAAAAR (in the Price is Right voice) for Christmas.....Audrey!!! My best freinds Angie and Gia got her this pretty sweet Jeep. Riding in styyyyle.

Hey do you have a license for that thing?!

Yeah, I don't know what this picture was from, but that's one of the sleepiest, sassiest faces EVER. It reminds me of her current face which is in bed, but sniffling like crazy. The poor baby is soooo stuffy :( she's having trouble sleeping because it's not too easy for her to breathe well through her nose. I feel so bad. I try to use the nasal aspirator, but she gets SO upset and for such a little girl, that girl can flail around like the best of them.

This was right after we chopped down our Christmas tree. Audrey's cheeks look nice and rosey :) We were in the back of our friends' van. I just think she looks gorgeous in this picture. As uuusssuaaal.

Here she is all bundled up and ready to find the perfect Christmas tree! And man did she find one. That will be another post in and of itself. She was SO bundled up, though! It was adorable.

Oh, just doing some reading. And some pounding. You know, your typical Saturday morning for an 8 month old (who is now 9 months and 1 day old!!)

Hahahaha cheesing it up with Uncle Chris on Christmas! I love this picture. It kills me. We were getting our Christmas dinner ready and they struck a pose. Looks like Audrey's been downing some of that champagne Uncle Chris was drinking.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

New Pictures!

My friend Elena took a whole bunch of pictures of Audrey (and a few of me) the other week. I'm in love. As usual. She's just freaking amazing! I love having cool pictures of Audrey so that we can look back and reminisce about her growing up and becoming a little lady. Plus, I like having pictures of the two of us, too! It's hard to get pictures of her and I in our every day life since it's pretty much just her and I a lot. I mean, there's obviously lots of other people in our lives--such as Spence, my brother, Chris, Maureen and her family, a TON of other friends and babysitters--but a lot of times when Audrey's playing and I get out the camera, it's just her and I. That means I end up taking annoying Myspace-like pictures of her doing something really cute and me sticking my goofy face in there as if to say "Look at me! I was there!" Some of the pictures turn out really cute. Other ones? Not so much.
But Elena's pictures? THEY'RE ALWAYS ROCKING IT.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this pictures of Audrey in one of my mom's bags. I'm obsessed. She was loving it for a little while, and then she got kind of antsy from being stuck in a bag. It'll be so weird to look back and think, "You fit in THAT?!"

Of course, we had to take some pictures of baby in just a diaper. I mean, what could be cuter? Especially when the baby in question makes silly body movements such as this pseudo-marionette/zombie/thriller-dancing shot.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Happy Holidays from Jen and Audreyyyyy!

Last night we headed over to our friend Elena's house to get some pictures taken for the holidays. Plus, we just messed around and got some other glam shots of her. This is the one picture that she has shown me so far, and I can't wait to see more!
Audrey just cracks me up! Just look at her crazy hair-do, intense face, and chubby little arm rolls. It just kills me every time. We didn't pose her like that or anything; she just happened to strike that little pose. I'm pretty sure Elena got some pretty great shots. As usual. She's so good it's insane.
You can also see Audrey and her friend Jolie here. How gorgeous is Jolie? Her eyes are sooo amazing! They're little model friends :)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Going for a Swing

Audrey and I spent a day at the park a few weeks ago, and she seemed to really love it. She hated getting into the swing, but once she was in, she was loving it. One of my best friends, Gia, was home this weekend, and we went to the park with her, too. She's all about it.

We've gone with Spencer before, too, but he gets too worried that she's going to get hurt. EVERYTHING we tried to do, he'd say "No, that's too fast" "No, that's too high" "No, that's too dangerous." He was cracking me up. Needless to say, that park trip didn't last too long.

I really, really wish that this wasn't sideways, but I can't figure out how to turn it around! Oh, and you can ignore my crazy person voice. I go to great, embarrassing lengths to make her crack a smile. Just mute it or something haha.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Babies are High Fashion

I totally stumbled on the most ridiculous but most amazing child website EVER. Children Salon is an adorable upscale children's clothing website that carries brands such as Baby Dior, Little Marc Jacobs, Burberry, Armani Junior, Chloe, John Galliano, Ralph Lauren, Fendi, DKNY, John Paul Gaultier....and the list goes on and on. Pictured above is an approximately $25 Dior pacifier, which are apparently called "dummies" in Europe.

It's honestly INSANE. There's a ridiculous white Fendi stroller that costs over $800. Now, besides the price, my major question is WHO WOULD MAKE A WHITE STROLLER? Has that individual EVER had a child before. Or even been around a child? Heck, have they ever SEEN a child in a stroller? If you have said "yes" to one or more of those questions, than you should have never made a white stroller. Even if it is Fendi. And gorgeous.

The Little Marc Jacobs stuff is ADORABLE. They don't have much for babies, but these little mouse flats are SO cute. Granted, they're crazy expensive for baby shoes--we're talking like $60. Jeesh. And how awesome is that t-shirt dress? Your child would be the coolest thing everrrr.

Speaking of being really really cool, can we puuhlleeasssee talk about this Burberry trench. For babies. Heck, I would wear that coat. Except it's, like, over $200. I don't think I've ever spent that on a jacket for myself, let alone for my rapidly-growing child. I mean, children grow out of clothes in like 3 to 6 months. Insaaaaanity.

However, the most outrageous item I saw (so far) on the site was this little number. It's an over $200 fox and rabbit fur jacket that "is perfect for glamorous girls." Granted, it's not necessarily for babies. The smallest size is for 2 year olds, but STILL, a 2 year old in a fur coat?! Those free-flowing bodily functions--snot, spit, poop, pee, barf, etc.-- will greatly compliment that pink fur.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Not much to do with babies, but stilllllll

Ok, so this doesn't have much to do with the Audrey part of this blog, but this editorial from Harper's Bazaar Russia stood out to me for some reason. The title is translated to "The Renaissance of Grunge." I found it on foto_decadent.

SO COOL. Love the mixture of patterns.

AND LOOK, A BABY IS INVOLVED! Haha I'll tell you what, I think I have some baby radar nowadays. I clicked on the link initially just because I liked the first picture, but then of course, there was a baby in one of the pictures! I WOULD find the fashion editorial with a baby in it :)

love love love.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Model Material

She's not afraid to glam it up.

She can even look Asian if needed. (Versatility)

She is more than willing to do commercial advertising.

She knows all the right poses.

Alright, I'll admit, sometimes, she can be a diva. PRIVACY PLEASE!!!!

Oh, and she's willing to take it all off.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

I don't know why, but I love this picture.

I think this picture is just wonderful for some odd reason. It's blurry; it has an odd blueish tint; it's not focused; it somewhat gives me a headach; it's hard to tell what's going on.
But every now and then, you've just got to say screw "good" photography.
This is just amazing.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Holly Golightly + Bumble Bee!

This is one of the few pictures I have of the two of us this Halloween. Guess who I was? I was my second favorite Audrey (Ms. Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's) and in case you were unaware, Audrey was a bumble bee. I'd say we're pretty cute.

On Friday, her and I went to a Halloween party at my friend Katie's house. It was pretty fun, and Audrey was a hit, as uuuuusual. She was clapping like crazy. She just figured out that little skill recently, and she seems to love the reactions she gets from everyone.

Saturday was a pretty fun day, too. One of my best friends, Angie, was home from college in North Carolina, so we went out to lunch with her and her sister, did some shoppppping, and had a delicious dinner at the country club that they belong to. Oh, and somewhere in there I took my sociology test, too. But good LOOOOORD Almighty, this lady FLIPPED OUT at us at the country club. We ran into a friend's mom and were talking to her for literally less than one minute, but apparently we were in front of the TV broadcasting the PSU game. This woman gets up and yells, "GET OUT OF THE WAY GIRLS! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!" At first we thought she was joking, but we quickly realized she wasn't when she continued "WELL MOVE GIRRRRRLS!" Oh, aren't people just wonderful? I guess when we were walking to our seats she said "Who do those girls think they are?! This isn't some gathering spot." Uh, yeah, technically, I'm pretty sure that is the point of a country club. Oh, and she was using a reading light to see her food since it was dark in the room. Yeah, we win old grumpy lady.

After dinner, Angie and I went to my neighbors' Halloween party for just a little bit. It's so funny to see all the adults in my neighborhood in all their crazy costumes. There were some good costumes, such as the Publisher's Clearing House winner in PJ's and curlers, complete with an oversized check and balloons, a man in a woman's sexy nurse costume, a black judge, a gynecolegist, a urologist (Dr. Orphelia Weiner), etc. etc. etc.

During dinner and this party, Audrey was hanging with Maureen, my godmother/executrix extraordinaire. She took Audrey to her son's hockey game,and I guess her bumble bee outfit was a smash hit. Oh yeah, I made Audrey wear her costume alllllllll day on Saturday :) Hey, I figure she won't let me do something like that, like, EVER again. Plus, I insist on getting my money's worth! Most importantly, she looked so stinking adorable. What made it even more hilarious was that she has no idea that that's not a normal outfit to wear. So there she is, doing her thing, hanging out at lunch and the mall dressed like a bumble bee.

(This is Katie's dog, Lucy. Her and Audrey were BFFs for a night. It was cute.)

(Oh, and besides the first picture, all of the pictures were taken by Katie Hoffman.)

Friday, October 30, 2009

Trick-or-Treat, Smell My Feet, Give Me Something Good To Eat!!!

Tonight was Audrey's very first Trick-or-Treat night! She was an adorable bumble bee. Very exciting stuff. We went all around our neighborhood first, but Audrey fell asleep at the third house. What a lazy bum. She's going to have to build up some stamina for years to come, cause, honey, I go BIG when it comes to getting free candy! :) Anyway, every ooooh-ed and aaahhh-ed over her, so it took us 2 hours just to do our neighborhood. And our neighborhood really isn't that big! She woke up towards the end of it all, and then we headed off to my grandparents' house to say hello.

Needless to say, Audrey was a hit! From her cute little antenna down to her itty bitty stinger, she was the cutest bumble bee imaginable--at least in my opinion.

Audrey has accumulated so many little Halloween outfits, it's ridiculous! Here's a few of them. I'm trying to get her to wear them all this week quick. She looks like such a Halloween superfan. Every day it's like "Baby's First Halloween!" or "I Want My Mummy!" or "Happy Halloween!". She apparently loves it.

In other news, by this point, Audrey has two teeth. Count 'em!!! I swear, she's practically all grown up.

She's allllll about eating now, and really seems to like her solid food. (Knock on wood) There hasn't been anything she has completely refused to eat. I mean, looking at her pictures, she obviously doesn't look like one to miss a meal, and believe me, she's not! We've tried allllll kinds of things, ranging from your basics, such as bananas, peas, sweet potatoes, and applesauce, to the more exciting, such as avacado and soybeans. She likes it all! Like I mentioned before, I've been referencing the book "Super Baby Food" which is really so cool. It gives you all these different foods and when the can developmentally try them and how to prepare them and everything imaginable! Very cool. Plus, I've been making most of my own baby food because of the helpful hints in that book. It's really very easy. You can do it all in bulk by pureeing a bunch of food and freezing it in ice cube trays. I used to think, "There is NO way I'm making her food. That's gotta be a pain in the ass" but really, it's not. I don't know, part of me likes to know what all is going in her food. At the same time, I'm totally not against jarred baby food! I love how convenient it is, and they've got a lot of great stuff out there. I like experimenting with both the homemade and the store bought. Pretty fun stuff.

The past few nights have been kind of rough for some reason. I think it's some of the natural attachment issues that come with her age. She'll wake up, and when I pick her up, she immediately falls right back to sleep. I feel bad for her because there have been times that she's gotten herself rather worked up. I've just been going with my gut to decide how to deal with it. There are sometimes I pick her up, sometimes I rub her tummy and give her her pacifier, and sometimes I have to just let her cry a little. It makes me feel so bad, but she can't just get used to NEEDING to be in someone's arms to sleep. I mean, that's ok every now and then; who doesn't like that?! Poor Audrey. I also tried wrapping one of my tshirts around her bumpber because I heard maybe just being able to smell me would be comfortable. Since I smell soooo good haha :). I don't know. We'll see what works.

I'm sure it'll be one of those things that, like everything with raising a child, will pass just as fast as it came.

In the middle of the night when I'm exhausted and just want to go back to bed, I keep trying to remind myself that one day, she's not going to want to cuddle with me at all, so really, I should take full advantage of this situation! Hey, you've gotta find a silver lining somewhere.