Thursday, April 17, 2014

Out of the mouth of babes {2 years, 8 months}

Quotes I don't want to forget - Mr Oliver, at 2 years & 8 months:

When referring to Austin: That's my baby. He came here to play with me.

After asking for a snack, and seeing me walk to the fridge (ie where there's no museli bars or cookies): NO. Snacks are NOT in the fridge. NO. Snacks are in the CUPBOARD.

Talking to Aunty Kim in the car: When I get bigger, I go to school. I go on school bus with Daddy. And Mummy. And you.

When Austin is crying: NO! I don't wike that noise!

While admiring the big kid Lego in Target: When I get really really bigger, maybe I can buy this.

When visiting me in hospital after Austin was born (and climbing up on the bed and lifting up my shirt): Your tummy is flat now.

When asked what he wanted to do for the day (the kid loves to shop like his mama!): Lets go to the shops!

Oliver: I want a huggle.
Me: Come here then, I'd love a hug!
Oliver: NO! I don't want to huggle YOU. I want to huggle baby Austin. Give him to me!

Talking to Austin (after Mitch made Ollie his daily special 'coffee' drink - ie frothed milk or a babycino as we Aussies call it): Maybe when you get bigger, you have special coffee drink too. And we can drink it together.

When I'm singing in the car: NO Mummy, stop singing. I want to hear music. Stop!

Love this little chatterbox :-)

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Ollie & Aus

Oliver at 2 years, 8 months & Austin at 1 month old... My sweet boys :-)

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Friday, April 11, 2014

One month {Austin Mitchell}

It feels strange to be writing this post... How can my littlest be one month old already?!?! Truly, the first month of his life has flown by. Things are definitely different the second time around; life is much busier with 2 little boys underfoot, but life is sweet. Austin's first month has really been delightful, much like his big brother as a newborn, Austin is a pretty laid back & happy little guy.

I didn't do monthly blog updates of Oliver until he was much older, and I regret not writing down anywhere how he was sleeping/feeding/progressing during his first year because I'd love to look back on it now (other then his baby book of course, but that's who-knows-where in storage). So, now begins the monthly updates of Aus!

At one month old, Austin...

He fits size 1 nappies and 3 months/000 clothing. He grew out of his newborn clothes at only 2 weeks old! I'm not sure on his weight/height - his next check up is at 2 months, but at 2 weeks old he weighed 9lbs 7oz and was 21 1/4 inches long. He's certainly sprouted since then and looks/feels much bigger so it'll be interesting to see just how big he is next month! I'm convinced he's bigger then Ollie was at the same age. He's all cheeks and rolls!

Although he's not the hugest fan of doing tummy time (just like Oliver), he is turning his head from side to side well & holding it up for short periods.

Oliver was a great sleeper in the first 4 months and it seems we've (so far) been lucky enough to get another good one. Since coming home from hospital, Aus wakes once or twice a night. He generally has his last feed around 8pm, then wakes at roughly 1am & 5/6am for a quick feed then straight back to sleep. We've even had a couple of sleep throughs. I can honestly say that I feel more well rested than at the end of the pregnancy, when I was up half the night with painful braxton hicks.

Naps during the day are still all over the place - he sleeps brilliantly in the car and his stroller, but at home I never quite know what we're going to get. We had one AWFUL day (my birthday) where he only slept 2hrs total between 7am-10.45pm, but that's been the worst by far. He's yet to fall into any kind of routine during the day, but it'll happen eventually.

Austin is a great little feeder. He got the hang of breastfeeding really quickly - it's definitely different second time around when I'm not so clueless - and feeds roughly every 2 hours during daylight hours. I feed on demand, so sometimes it's a little more often, sometimes a little more drawn out. My milk came in MUCH quicker this time around too which took a little stress off (it took 5 days with Ollie and they were wanting me to supplement because he was losing too much weight, but this time around it only took 2 days and he was almost back at birthweight by 5 days old).

We've also started introducing a bottle. He's nursing so well, I'm not concerned about him having the odd bottle here & there and I'd really like to make sure he actually will take one. Oliver did for a brief period at 6 weeks old, but we didn't keep it up and he would never take one again despite our best efforts. As he always fed to sleep (and I exclusively breastfed until he was 16 months old), it made going out at night really difficult. So, this time around I've been determined to make it work because as much as I love my boys, mama needs a Mums night out once in a while! I'm pumping almost every morning to build up a freezer stash and so far, so good. Oliver LOVES helping, one morning this week he piped up with 'that's my baby. He came here to play with me' and then insisted on helping Mitch feed Austin the bottle. He even took the bottle into the kitchen afterwards and put it in the sink, little helper!

Best moment...
Getting those first social smiles! Gosh this kid has got the sweetest smile - his whole face lights up! I shouldn't be surprised, given his Dadda and big brother, but it still melts my heart every time. Gassy smiles are still cute, but seeing him smile in response to us - well, it's the best :-)

Worst moment...
Probably the worst part of his first month was when we were dealing with the jaundice. We were discharged from hospital 24 hours after birth, but his bilirubin results at his first newborn club appointment were increasing. We tried the biliblanket at home for a day but even with that, it went so high so fast that Austin was admitted to pediatrics for phototherapy. Thankfully I was able to stay with him in hospital, but it was still hard - it was around the 4 day mark when hormones were really kicking in and he was often really unsettled under the lights and it was SO hard not being able to hold him. We only ended up spending half the time they had initially guessed it would take though, and were released just in time for my sisters arrival from Australia.

Austin currently loves bathtime - whether it's in the tummy tub, baby bath or a shower with mama or Dadda, he instantly relaxes when he's in the water. He also LOVES being on the change table. Complete opposite of his big bro! As soon as you strip him down, he starts wriggling, grunting happily and often smiles. Which is just as well, because we change his clothes multiple times a day - he's a power spewer!

His biggest dislikes are getting out of the bath & when the car stops at red lights...

Austin Mitchell, I can hardly believe you are already a whole month old but at the same time, it feels like you've always been a part of our lives. Your Dadda, big brother & I are all absolutely smitten - you've already brought so much joy to our lives at only one month old. We love you, sweet baby boy.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Beach days

After quite a few (much needed, but miserable all the same) rainy days in February/March, April has so far brought gorgeous, summer like weather. Temperatures over the past few days have been particularly warm - nothing like a humid Qld summer, but warm enough to hit the beach so that's exactly what we did earlier this week!

Mr Oliver is becoming quite the little poser. He loves being in front of the camera and has (amazingly) started listening to instruction on where to sit for a photo instead of just running around madly. Don't get me wrong - I think candid photos are the best. But he moves so fast nowadays, it's nice to have some clear photos of the little guy.

I just love his funny little SAY CHEESE face!

Even baby Austin woke up briefly to enjoy the scenery and get in a family photo or two...

Although my heart will always remain partial to beautiful Aussie beaches, we are so very lucky to live only an hour from the stunning Californian coast. Driving along the coastal highway 1 and stopping in at beaches like these really do lift my spirit... Bring on SUMMER!!!

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Family time @ Happy Hollow

We are just LOVING having Mitch home on holidays! He didn't start his leave until after my sister returned to Australia, so this week and last is his official paternity leave. Last week we kept pretty quiet - there were a couple of rough days/nights with both boys and I got a 24 hour bug which wasn't much fun, but once the sunshine came out and we were all feeling a little better, we took a much needed family day out at Happy Hollow; our local little park & zoo.

The big boy had a blast - and used up some pent up energy from being housebound all week. And the littlest... Well, he slept through the entire outing! I think he was making up for a looooong awake period the day before.

Life with a newborn & an energetic toddler is tiring, but we're enjoying getting out and about in the local area while Mitch is on holidays while also getting in some much needed rest... I only wish Mitch could be on holidays for longer!

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Sunday, April 6, 2014


One of my biggest worries about welcoming baby #2 into our family was how Oliver was going to cope. I know every oldest child has to get used to having a sibling, but the thought of my often rough & tough little guy with a baby around made me a little nervous.

But from the moment they first met, Oliver has just doted on his baby brother. He ran into the hospital room demanding to see baby Austin and couldn't wipe the big grin off his face as he looked at him and told us how little he was. His gentleness and loving fascination with Austin has truly made this mamas heart so happy. He still has his rough moments and I honestly think reality is still setting in (he asked me in the first week 'where's baby Austin's Mummy?'), but the initial transition has gone so much smoother than I could have imagined.

As a first time big brother, Oliver loves (a) telling us gleefully when baby Austin has vomited (b) describing the colour of baby Austin's poo (c) finding toys to show Austin and (d) demanding GIVE HIM TO ME. He just loves every opportunity to cuddle baby brother! Every morning without fail, he requests to hold him - the novelty lasts for all of about 30 seconds when he quickly discards him in favor of a more exciting activity, but the moment is sweet, however brief.

I hope that one day they can be the best of friends :-)

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