Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Ten months {Austin Mitchell}

Ten months (+ 1 week)!

Stats... Austin is still wearing a few pieces of 9 month clothing, but has mostly moved into 12 month/size 1. Still haven't done a weigh in/measurement, I think we'll just leave it til his 12 month checkup as that's going to be here before we know it!

Milestones... At 10 months old, our bubba Austin is now on the move forwards. He's army crawling the right direction finally, has crawled on all fours a handful on times but his preferred method of mobility is the 3 limbed crawl/1 legged scoot. He looks super awkward, moving both arms and 1 leg like traditional crawling but with 1 leg just sitting under him. He's VERY happy though to be able to get around and get what he wants.

He loves to stand and can stand for a couple of seconds unaided before losing his balance. He loves holding my hand and slowly taking steps, and has started to push the little walker around, although it's too lightweight for him to pull himself up on.

Austin says mama, dada, bubba, moh (more) and num num plus a whole lot of babble. He also growls.... Mostly at Ollie :-)

He has EIGHT teeth! And believe me, they are razor sharp.

The biggest milestone this month however - Austin is finally an Australian citizen, YAY!

Sleeping... Sleep was horrendous in the weeks leading up to our New York trip (waking every couple of hours) and was pretty awful in the hotel room. Since we got home however, he's sleeping much better. Bed at 7pm, puts himself to sleep, wakes at 4am for a feed, puts himself back to sleep and up for the day at 7am. Some nights he will cry out a few times but we don't need to go in, some days he wakes up super early and won't go back to sleep but I feel like we're in a good enough pattern, even though he's not yet sleeping through the night.

We're on a great schedule for naps - 2 x a day, although he could probably survive without his morning nap now. Still doing the 2/3/4 rule, he's generally down for his morning nap by 9am and up by 10-10.30am, then afternoon nap around 1.30-3.30pm. The big change in this last month - he now self settles for naptime too! Up until the new year I was rocking him to sleep, but we started CIO for naptime too and within a day, he was putting himself to sleep for naps without any tears. I miss those sleepy snuggles BUT my back is thankful.

Eating... He's a carb machine. With all the eating out we've done the past month, Austin got to really discover the children's menu and he's a big fan of mac & cheese and grilled cheese. BIG fan. He still loves his vegies - peas being his current favourite, and his fav fruit would have to be either blueberries or banana.

Breastfeeding is still going strong although he's SO distracted nowadays and is super quick, 3 times a day and once overnight - 7am, 1pm, 7pm & 4am.

Best moment... The first time he crawled down the hallway... His little head poked around and the look on his face was pure awe as he realised he could finally get where he wants, when he wants (ie to the toys in Ollie's room).

Worst moment... He was doing his little one legged scoot, but had no pants on - his leg underneath him got stuck on the wooden floor and he face planted. He cried pretty big for a few seconds, then snuggled in to me. I didn't even realise anything was wrong until Ollie asked me what the red stuff on my shoulder was... Lots and lots and lots of blood :-( Poor kiddo. I was momentarily freaking out that he had damaged a tooth, but nope - just a lip injury.

Loves... Mama. Giving sloppy, open mouthed kisses. Biting. Crawling into his brothers room. Standing. Knocking down block towers. Chasing Ollie... His favourite thing though - poking his tongue out. It's forever hanging out of his mouth like a little puppy dog!

Dislikes... Jumpers. Jackets. Any kind of sleeve, really. Mittens, beanies, scarves (it was a battle every time we had to bundle him up to go outdoors in New York). Getting out of the bath.

Happy 10 months, our little ray of sunshine! Oh, how we all love you so!

Austin at 1 month2 months3 months4 months5 months6 months7 months8 months & 9 months...

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Monday, January 12, 2015

These boys ♥

Oh, these boys. They have their moments but they sure do love each other already...

Photos are from a recent day trip to Carmel, California ♥

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Top of the Rock!

When thinking about what famous skyscraper to visit for views of New York City, the Empire State Building is naturally what comes to mind. A couple of friends however had mentioned to skip this landmark with its long lines and instead get tickets in advance for the Rockefeller center.

With a pre-determined visit time, we managed to skip a long wait time and got to watch a spectacular sunset over the city - all with the famous Empire State Building in our view.

Best. Idea. Ever.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

New York: escaping the crazy

Boxing Day was probably our most relaxed day in New York. It was nice to escape the crowds of midtown for the day and spend some time exploring what felt like a much more livable area. Friends of ours from Australia are living in NY so on Boxing Day, we had our own local tour guides.

It's no secret that our big boy Oliver loves trains. He was already train mad around the time of his second birthday and almost 18 months later, the obsession is still going strong. I think our visit to the high line was probably his favourite part of our New York trip (well, other than the toy store of course!) - he had fun running along the old railway line and discovering the chairs that rolled along the tracks.

Although I'm sure it's not the case in summer, the high line walk was really peaceful and relaxing after all the crowds we had been battling.

Right by the high line are the Chelsea Markets. I LOVED the industrial feel of this building and there was even an Aussie shop inside selling meat pies & sausage rolls.

We even managed a babycino (and vegemite toast) at lunchtime for Oliver at a nearby cafe run by Aussies. Note: babycinos are unheard of here in the states, so this was a treat for our big boy.

Oliver even got some down time playing at one of the playgrounds at pretty Washington Square Park.

Many thanks to our lovely tour guides Ben & Jeni for hanging out with us for the day!

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New York: Central Park (and other random, touristy sights)

Our trip to New York was so brief, we really only had time to cover the key touristy sights. I'm pretty proud of how well our boys traveled - they handled huge days out and about, Austin in the stroller and Ollie standing up riding on the buggyboard or walking. Every meal out and about, late nights. Having good little travelers meant we were able to whip through a lot of key sights...

... Central Park - even in the pouring rain, it was a spectacular sight seeing this huge park in such a crazily built up city. It really is impressive, although I was SUPER disappointed the ice skating rink was closed.

... Museum of Natural History. This place is AMAZING. Truly. You could spend days here. Our little dinosaur lover was in heaven!

... The 9/11 memorial & the One World Trade Center.

... Battery Park & our first sightings of the Statue of Liberty.

... Brooklyn Bridge & the view of the Manhattan skyline.

... The New York Public Library. By far my favourite building!

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