Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Eleven months {Austin Mitchell}

I'm not sure I'm ready for this. Less than a month til my baby is ONE. How did this happen?!

At 11 months old, our smiley baby Austin is...

Stats... His 1 year appointment isn't booked in until after his first birthday so I'm still not sure on exact weight/height. He's now in all 12 month clothing and size 3 nappies.

Milestones... People keep asking me if he's walking and I'm pleased to report that we are (I hope) a loooong way off walking yet. I suspect he'll take after his big bro and wait until after his first birthday before that happens... We'll see. He's pulling up on everything he can get his hands on though and cruising furniture. He's also ditched his one legged scoot in favor of a strange little frog hop and more traditional hands & knee crawling and I'm a bit sad I didn't get a video of his funny little movement.

He's babbling constantly and says mama, dada, more, bubba and hi. He drools like a St Bernard and has 8 teeth. He just learned how to wave a few days ago and is super proud of himself!

He also had his first overnight(s) away from both mama & dadda and I'm so proud of him - he slept great and did so well! Bubba wouldn't let me out of his sight for the next week though :-)

He's also started having mini tantrums when (a) he's not getting his food/drink fast enough (he doesn't like to sit in the high chair and wait) or (b) something is taken off him. His face scrunches up, he screeches and throws his head to the floor.... Fun times.

Sleeping... We are in a good routine overnight. Bedtime has been brought forward a little and now he's doing solid 12 hour stretches most nights. Some nights he'll cry out momentarily but puts himself back to sleep. He's still taking a good afternoon nap around 1/1.30pm and morning naps half the week. We're in that awkward transition phase.

Eating... We're SO CLOSE to the 12 month point for breastfeeding and I'm proud to have made it this far, although I don't feel like our journey is quite over yet. I hope that he self weans like Ollie did, when the time is right. He's currently nursing around 8am, 1pm & bedtime. No more overnight feeds! Solids are well and truly established, this kiddo eats as much as his big brother.

Best moment... Seeing my boys playing peek-a-boo together. Ollie had taken the toys out of the toy suitcase in the lounge room and was laying in there, jumping out and surprising Austin who was in hysterics, laughing at his big bro. I just love seeing them play together :-)

Worst moment... You know, I can't think of anything. The boys have played together really well and other than a bit of grumpiness from the nap transitions, Austin has just been even more laid back than ever. His smile is as big as ever, some days we wonder how on earth he doesn't have a sore face from that sweet grin.

Loves... Mama. Waving. Blueberries. Swinging. Spaghetti & meatballs. Being the centre of attention. Peek-a-boo. Smiling!

Dislikes... Getting out of the bath. Getting into his carseat. Getting into the stroller. Having me stop walking when he's in the hiking pack.

Happy 11 months, our sweet baby Austin. You are growing up so quickly and your sunny little personality just keeps on shining through. You love your family and friends and forever let us know how much you are enjoying life with that signature smile that lights up your whole face.

Oh, how we love you so.

Austin at 1 month2 months3 months4 months5 months6 months7 months8 months9 months & 10 months...

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Friday, February 13, 2015


February 7th, 2004 - February 7th, 2015... Yup, last weekend marked ELEVEN years of married life (and almost 14 years since we started dating). Pre-kids, we were always big on going away to celebrate our wedding anniversary - from scuba diving in Fiji to staying in a French chateau, we've had some memorable adventures. Anniversaries have been a little more low key since we started a family but this year I felt it was time for another special getaway.

Thanks to the help of our bay area 'family' I was able to organise a child free long weekend in wine country. Child free. Wine country. CHILD FREE! (Given we've had 1 night alone in almost 4 years, it was kind of a big deal). And the best part - Mitch had NO idea. I really wanted to surprise him, and somehow I sneakily managed to pull it off. I called him after dropping the boys at my friends house and with 15mins notice, whisked him away to the most relaxing weekend in beautiful Napa/Sonoma.

So thankful for amazing friends who made this possible, and most of all - so thankful for this man. Two kids, four countries & countless adventures with my love... What a whirlwind 11 years!

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