Wednesday, March 23, 2011

4 month stats

weight: 15 lbs 2 oz 50th percentile
height: 24 3/4 inches 50th percentile

We found out at this appointment how much Austin truly enjoys mirrors. He couldn't stop staring at himself!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

4 months

When I was in PA school, we were in the pediatrics module when we learned and had to memorize the developmental milestones. Not only are they drilled into my head as being in the medical field, but now as a parent, you know when and how old a child will be when they should be performing that milestone. I think every parent watches that time frame go by at one time in a child's life, and sigh as you realize it just isn't their time yet. It's hard to remember that each child is an individual and will do things when they are ready.

This upcoming Wednesday is Austin's 4 month appointment. Back at his 2 month appointment, the doctor asked if Austin was cooing, which at the time, he may have once or twice but nothing regular. When she left the room, she said "I am sure Austin will be cooing a lot in a few weeks!" Sure enough, she was right, and now we even had to leave church just a few weeks ago because Austin was cooing TOO much!

I was just telling a friend a few days ago how Austin hadn't rolled over yet, and I was excited for that to happen. As we sat around my parents house with my brother and his girlfriend and my parents, we watched Austin on his tummy as he lifted up his left side, and plopped on over to his back! I immediately jumped up off the floor and shouted for joy! Poor little Austin had somewhat of  a scared look on his face, not only had he suprised himself but now his mother was screaming!

Who knew that something that seems so small, like rolling over, could be so exciting! I was apprehensive to call Jason because he has been gone for a few weeks for the army. I had felt bad that he had missed something, one of Austin's "Firsts". My mom reminded me that we all miss a "first" at one point. Austin will undoubtably do something for the first time at school or when he is home on Mondays with Jason all day and I will have missed it. But thankfully, we all get to catch it with our own eyes at one point, and that will be the "first" in our minds.

Austin is loving to stand these days and sit up with help. The moment you place him in his car seat, he lifts his head up as if to say "get me out of here!" He's also grasping his toys and using his hands more purposefully. He even started growing in his new hair, which is much lighter than the previous (which is still hanging out in the back of his head). Jason threatens to "help" that hair fall out by giving Austin a little trim! His eyes are still a very dark blue so maybe he'll keep those like his Dad or they still have some time to change.

This boy loves to stand SO much these days that Grandma even invested in some cute new shoes...
He also enjoys the bumbo....especially so he can watch ballgames with grandpa!

Hard to believe Austin is growing up so much and so fast! Everyone says "they grow up so fast" but you don't really believe it until it is happening before your eyes. His 4 month appointment is on Wednesday and I can't wait to find out his stats and percentages! It always suprises me and makes me so happy that being 4 weeks early didn't phase this growing boy!!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

These Hands

It is these precious little hands that I can't keep my eyes off of.....

These hands can't stay out of Austin's mouth. It's so neat to watch him discover his own hands. There are times when he finds them and it's almost a suprise to him that they are attached to his own body.

It is these hands that move so fast these days that make getting a picture without blur impossible!
It is these hands that Austin is discovering to touch and to feel. He holds on to his dog and snuggles tight and grips my fingers with such strength.

Who wouldn't love these little hands?

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Busy, Busy, Busy

So it's not a suprise that going back to work made me busier than busy, but boy does the time fly!

Weekdays are nonstop! I wake up at 5 am so I can shower and get ready for work before getting Austin up. I wake up Austin at 6 am to eat and change clothes for school  (sounds so much better than daycare). After heading out the door with my pump, lunch, purse, bottle tote, and diaper bag, and of course the precious cargo himself, I have barely enough room left on my arms!

I drop off Austin at school and head to work early so I can pump before making rounds at the hospital. It usually takes from 8am to noon or 1pm to return to the office, when I usually pump again before eating lunch. I pump one more time before going home at 5pm so that I can instantly grab Austin when I get thru the door since Jason picks him up on his way home!

Austin is starved when he gets home so I feed him while Jason makes dinner. Lately, Austin's stomach is an endless pit as he eats, eats, and eats some more before bedtime at 9:30. So Jason and I pass Austin back and forth as we both get things ready for the next day. I try to pick out my clothes and Austin's for the next day, label bottles for daycare, and do any other little task that makes the morning less tedious! Back to pumping one more time before putting Austin down for bed at 9:30pm. Then.....I crash and do it all over again!

This weekend, Jason went off to national guard so I decided to come to the parents to spend the night since I already made a few plans on Saturday to share Austin with friends.

Austin has just started noticing his own hands, which is why the picture is blurry below because he can't stop moving them!
He also loves the colored rings

Cuddling is the best!
We got up in the morning and went to the mall for a nice walk. My mom was excited to get out the stroller she got for Christmas!
After the walk, we stopped in Panera for some coffee. I love this shot I got of my parents just having a blast being Grandparents!
Austin loves his turtles!
We even got a chance to visit with Rachel and Mirabella. Rachel and I grew up together and we just so happen to get pregnant with being just a month apart. It was fun to e-mail each other throughout the pregnancy to share our experience. With Mira coming two weeks early and Austin coming 4 weeks early, they ended up being just two weeks apart! It's so nice to be able to share with each other what our kids are doing developmentally as well as our parenting secrets! Here Austin is 16 weeks...
Everyone always asks if going back to work has been hard....I didn't realize it was this hard until I came down with a bout of shingles yesterday! I didn't really recognize the stress that life has brought me with trying to do it all. I love my job and I love my family, and the two can be overwhelming at times, but at the end of the day when I get to come home to Austin's smiles, it makes it all worth it!
Being a working mom has its ups and downs but I know it is what God has in store for me, because it feels right. These next few weeks will be tough with Jason being gone for the Army but thankfully I can have weekends like these where I get to share Austin with my parents.....and squeeze in a minute or two to blog!
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