Friday, March 26, 2010

Recent Adventures with the Shays

Check out Audrey's new shoes! My godmother and great friend Maureen (as well as the rest of the wonderful Shay family) got Audrey these as an early birthday gift. They're legit walking shoes, so they have more support than some of the other little shoes out there. You could tell she thought she was hot stuff when she was trying them on :)

It's so funny, it took her a while to get used to walking with shoes on, but now she's got it down pat. At first, her little feet would flop around, and she'd stare down at them like, "what the heck are these things?!"

Check out that speed demon!!!
I've been trying to upload videos lately, but it hasn't been letting me! As soon as I can, I will.

Last Saturday--since it was absolutely BEAUTIFUL out--we went to the park with the Shays. It's nice having a park that's literally 2 minutes from our house. Audrey liked it! She seemed to really enjoy picking up pieces of tanbark one by one and handing them to Maureen. I guess that's more interesting than a playground full of swings, slides, etc. She cracks me up!

She really enjoyed waving to this pig as well. Audrey LOVES animals, even fake ones :)

It's so funny, if Maureen's around, she's like "I don't want my boring mom...MAUREEN'S HERE!" It's so funny. I guess parents just don't understand :) And it's hilarious how excited she gets to see Maureen's children. She literally gives them the BIGGEST smiles. It's also impressive how comfortable she's gotten with Maureen's husband even though she is usually very tenative around men.
It's great to see her bond with people, especially people like the Shays who have become such a big part of her life!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Food, Drink, and EVERYTHING in Between

Wow, I had a quiz and short essay due at 11:59pm tonight and when did I turn the essay? 11:52 pm. Not good. I should not procrastinate so badly. It's not good. I would have definitely finished it earlier if I wouldn't have fallen asleep while feeding Audrey as I do so very often. It's just so hard. I'm laying there next to her in the dark and it's silent and it's warm and cozy.

However, we're starting the whole weaning process, so I guess soon enough, I won't have that as an excuse for procrastinating. We've cut out one of the feedings so far, but there's still 4 to go, including her first "meal" of the day and right before bed time. Those will probably be the toughest. I guess the morning shouldn't be too bad but she always wakes up so darn hungry and practically pulling my t-shirt down as soon as I pick her up. Not appropriate. And really, I'm hoping that her nursing before bed can just be switched out with a bottle of whole milk and maybe she won't mind. I guess we'll wait and see.

I tried the whole milk the other day out of curiosity, and MAN is that gross. UGH. But they suggest it for weaning and for children over the age of 1 (she's close enough) as the next step after breastmilk or formula. They need the fat, unlike the rest of us. But hey, I'm not jealous. That stuff's gross. Drink all the fat you want, Audrey; I'll be sticking with my 1%.

(Eating a plum. I have a video of it, but it won't load. I was eating it, but she wanted some, too. She was slurping the heck out of it.)

And speaking of food, it's amazing how much Audrey will eat now! I swear she gets bored before she gets full. She just keeps going and going sometimes. I try my best to feed her mainly FRESH fruits and vegetables, and she really seems to like that. She shows so much more of an interest in our food lately, so she might help me improve my own eating habits. For example, today I was trying to sneak in an apple fritter while I gave her apple sauce, but she had her eye on the prize. She does this little grunt and reach thing to try to show what she wants. I didn't give her any though; I just ate it faster and then was like, "Oh, what? It's all gone. Sorry. I didn't know."

Spencer and I agreed to try our best to keep her off the sweets as much as possible. She doesn't need that crap now; she's not even a year old, and any time she has had something sweet (such as a few bites of cake on my birthday) it has not agreed with her. I hate seeing her not feel good, and it's obvious her body is jut not ready for that stuff yet. She has her whole life to have junk food, so why introduce her to that taste now? It's one that will catch on far too quickly. There is also some diabetes in Spencer's family, so I'm not messing with it.

In fact, for her birthday, I'm not going to do cake. Go ahead, call me a controlling parent. Call me a health nut. Call me what you will. BUT I'M NOT. I just don't understand this insane idea that we're supposed to put down a big ol' slab of cake and let our BABIES have at it. People act like I'm committing child abuse. I'd say my decision is the sane one. Plus, she LOVES fruit. She'll be totally into it! And there will be some sweetness in the crust. I'm sure she'll survive. :)

Monday, March 15, 2010

Children's-Book-I've-Memorized Mondays

I'm going to start this new tradition of sharing with you some fun books that Audrey is obsessed with lately. She's so obsessed with them that I have some memorized. Yes, we read them that much. But I'm fully willing to encourage this obsession!

This week's book is Pajama Time! by children's book God Sandra Boynton. It's been one of Audrey's favorites for a while, and it's because of this book that Spencer pointed out to me that I have a problem.

The moon is up, it's getting late
Let's get ready to celebrate!
It's pajama time!

Pull on the bottoms,
Put on the top,
Get yourself set to pajama-dee-bop
It's pajama time!

Now some are old,
Some are new.
Some are red,
and some are blue.

Some are fuzzy,
Some are not.

But we can all pajammy in whatever we've got!
It's pajama time!!!

Some are pink,
Some are green.
Some are the ugliest we've ever seen!

They might be stripey or polka dot,
But we can all pajammy in whatever we've got!
It's pajama time!!!

Pajammy to the left,
Pajammy to the right,
Jamma Jamma Jamma Jamma P! J!
Everybody's wearing them for dancing tonight
Jamma Jamma Jamma Jamma P! J!

Now all around the room,
In one big line,
Wearing our pajamas and looking SO fine!
It's pajama time!!!

Hop in to bed,
Turn out the light,
You can have a party in your dreams tonight,

Hush, Hush
It's pajama time!!!
Hush, Hush
it's pajama time
(Goodnight. Sleep tight!)

Saturday, March 6, 2010

New Kicks Bring Street Cred

I found these cute little Chucks for Audrey, and although they're a little big, I put them on her anyway. Since she's a big walking girl, I want her to get used to having shoes on her feet. However, it's tough for her to walk in shoes that are slightly too big. Plus, she struggles so hard whenever I try to get shoes on her feet. She HATES it. It's so hard to wiggle her little foot fully into those shoes. Quite a predicament. And then on top of it all, it's so hard to find cute baby shoes that aren't crazy expensive. There are so many tacky baby shoes out there it's insane.

Oh, just checking up on her text messages.
Did I tell you all that she sent a text to Spencer, like, a month ago? She got through the 2-button lock on my phone, got to my text messages, got to Spencer's name, and sent him one of the quick texts from Verizon that said "On my way." It' was ironic too because we were getting ready to go pick him up soon. She cracks me up. She's texted him once since then, and once she had typed "Hi :) :) :) :)" and I helped her send it to him haha.

Audrey rocked her Converse sneaks with a pair of black leggings and her "Brooklyn" t-shirt from Brooklyn Industries layered over a striped onesie that I found for about $2.00 at Old Navy. Her t-shirt is a 2T, so she decided to wear it as more of a dress haah. I just saw it and remembered how cute it was and insisted that she wear it.

On another note, I uploaded some pictures from my phone the other day, including this gem:

This is Audrey grocery shopping butt naked while dancing to the Who's Super Bowl Halftime show and cutting coupons. Doesn't everbody do that?!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Getting an Early Start

Audrey has always seemed to love books, but lately, she has been OBSESSED! I always think back till when she was a few weeks old and I was reading a book of nursery rhymes to her and my mom walked in to find Audrey literally fist pumping to my reading. We both found it hilarious. My mom said she was cheering, but after seeing that ridiculous Jersey Shore, I'd say I have reason to be nervous....

Anyway, lately, Audrey will go through a stack of books and hand me one after another and grunt until you read them all to her. She is a big fan of turning the pages, and sometimes I think she's more into that than the actual book haha. Well, it depends on the book. Her favorites are Pajama Time by Sandra Boynton (or pretty much ANY Sandra Boynton book), Global Babies by the Global Fund for Children, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. and illustrated by Eric Carle, and Cat by Matthew Van Fleet.

My Lord, I feel like I have read these books SO much lately. You know it's sad when you don't even have to have the book in front of you to recite it. For example, the very inspiring Global Babies that is pictured in the pictures goes as follows:
Whereever they live,
Whereever they go,
Whatever they wear,
Whatever they feel,
Babies everywhere,
Are beautiful,
And loved!

Get this: my mom's yoga teacher gave Audrey this book as well as an organically made monkey stuffed animal when she was born. How nice yet rather cliche of her! For some reason, that always cracks me up.TOES!

Tonight, I attended a fundraising event for the Capital Area Pregnancy Center. I had visited the center the first day I found out I was pregnant, so it holds a special place in my heart. They had asked me to share my story this year, which was a wonderful opportunity. Oh, and there were about 500 people there! AHHH. I didn't feel too nervous until I got up there and looked out and truly realized how many people were there. But overall, it was a pretty cool experience. Audrey slept through the beginning of it, and finally I just woke her up since I wanted her to sleep tonight. People would clap and her eyes would open, roll back in her head, and close again :) She just kills me.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


GUESS WHAT?! Audrey took her first steps on her own last Friday! It was so exciting; she just got real gutsy all of the sudden and went for it and took like 4 or 5 steps the first time. It was so cool. I didn't see it coming at all because I didn't think she was developmentally ready. She's been standing on her own for a little, walking while holding our hands, and transferring from one object to the next, etc., but I didn't know her balance and coordination were this good! Then, once she did it once I figured it wouldn't happen again any time soon. You know, I thought it was a big fluke (sorry, Aud). But then she took two steps two other times that night, and since then, she's done it some more every day. Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures from it or anything. I was so unprepared! But here are some other pictures that are cute, regardless :)

I was so excited that I literally had tears in my eyes when it happened. It's amazing that she is actually a real live human being, and about 11 months ago, she was completely incapable of doing ANYTHING. And now look!! She's practically a grown up. AHHH. I know people keep saying like, "Ohhhh, and NOW the fun begins. Just you wait. It stinks when they become mobile." I get what they're saying, and I'm sure it's going to get tough to chase after her all the time and whatnot, but she's my daughter, and I'm pretty damn proud that she can walk. I mean, I was hoping that at some point in her life, she'd be able to move on her own, so really, this suits me just fine.
As soon as I get a video of her legitimately walking, I'll certainly post it! I started to get a real good one tonight, but then my camera died. That always happens at the most convenient times, doesn't it?