May 23, 2009

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May 21, 2009

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May 20, 2009


Where the HECK has May gone?? I cannot believe this weekend is Memorial day weekend already! Good greif!

Well, Mother's Day was really nice. We spent it at home, hanging out outside and relaxing most of the day. I got some cute tops from Chris, Audia and my parents, as well as the book 'Columbine', which I finished in just over a week (quite a feat with a babe, but I couldn't put the thing down! Thank goodness for longer naps these days ;-)). I highly recommend it to anyone interested in an extremely thorough account of the Columbine shootings and events surrounding it.

The 12th was our three year anniversary, so that night my parents watched Audia for a couple of hours while Chris and I went to Redstone to visit John and have some drinks and appetizers (if you haven't been, their buffalo shrimp is to die for. I get it every time I go!) We sat out on the patio, which was really nice despite the forecast calling for rain; it was pretty dead out there because the threat of rain, so we got some good convo in and enjoyed listening to the birdies. It started to pour just as we left. We didn't get to stay as long as I would have liked; Audia STILL isn't taking a bottle or sippy cup (granted we haven't tried in a few weeks now...we should get on that!) But it was a nice evening regardless.

The 14th was Chris' birthday, which was a nice, low-key day. My dad grilled steaks, and we got some Leinenkugels and Wuollet cake to celebrate.

On the 17th, we got up early and headed up to the cottage to meet Chris' parents for a couple of days. We had a very nice, relaxing time up there. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, and despite being early in the season, Chris even caught a couple of Bass! (Lucky bastard....) The water is still pretty cold, but hopefully when we go up there again in a couple of weeks, it will have warmed up a bit and the fish will be more active.

Audia is still growing like a weed. It seems like she is doing something new every day. She is shaking her head "no" and clapping all the time now, and still is babbling like crazy! We even think that she signed "Eat" on Sunday morning. She woke us up around 7:30 and was playing in bed with us and suddenly started repeatedly bringing her fingers to her mouth. Chris said "Eat?" and she did it again. Then I said "Do you want to Eat?" and signed back to her and she smiled! She hasn't done it again since, but patience is a virtue :-)

She definitely knows the word "no"; she typically stops whatever she's doing to look at us when we say it. She also will often crawl to us when we call her.

She slept in her carseat both on the drive to and the drive from the cottage, so it is nice to see a pattern starting there, and she is also taking longer naps, from an hour to two hours!

She is also taking bigger risks when she transfers from the table to the couch when she's walking now, and will let go and stand on her own for a few seconds before sitting back down. I will probably curse myself later for saying this, but I am a little anxious for her to start walking on her own, without holding onto things. I am always so worried that she is going to slip and hit her head on whatever she's holding onto when she's walking! Granted she is very good at sitting back down on her own, but all it takes is a split second distraction for her to fall. Once she can stand without holding onto something, I think this anxiety will be eased (of course it will probably be replaced by about 500 other anxieties....)

May 18, 2009

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At the lake :)

May 17, 2009

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dreaming of the cottage :)

May 13, 2009

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May 10, 2009

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May 9, 2009

A New Chapter

Well, we're here! Audia and I arrived in Minnesota (with the help of my mom - thanks, mom!) on the 29th. The flight went really well, thank goodness. I was so worried that because Audia is now so mobile, and asserting her independence more and more by the day, the flight was going to be hell. But she did really well, even taking a nap for part of it! The first couple of days we were here there was no real "settling" to be done; none of our stuff was here yet, so it was more like a mini vacation.

Chris and my dad arrived on the 3rd with the moving truck. Their trip went well; no break downs or bad weather, so that was a blessing :-). Monday Chris and my dad unloaded the stuff that we need here at the house, and on Tuesday Kit and John helped us unload the rest of the stuff at a storage facility. We still haven't completely settled in yet, but we're getting there. I am hoping to have most of our stuff unpacked by Thursday.

The commotion and change in environment took a bit of a toll on our sweet Audia, I think, although it is hard to tell if her 'clinginess' the past week has been because of the move or because she is developing so quickly right now. My guess is that it's a combination. In the time since we arrived in Minnesota, she has started side-stepping around the edges of coffee tables and play pens, standing with only one hand holding on, waving, saying "bye-bye", and clapping her hands. Apparently springtime in MN is all it took to trigger a plethora of milestones!

Speaking of springtime in is sooooo beautiful here! I forgot how green it gets! All of the trees are getting baby leaves on them, the apple blossoms, tulips, and dafodils are blooming, and the grass!! There is soft, plush grass everywhere. It's so nice. Audia absolutely loves crawling around my parents huge backyard, as does Cooper (well, Cooper doesn't crawl, but you know what I mean!) We have been taking walks around the neighborhood every day, and Audia loves watching all of the bunnies and squirrels and kids playing. Whenever she starts having a "moment", we just take her out on a walk or take her into the back yard and she's good as new :-)

So far I am really enjoying living with my parents again; we have our own living area in the basement so there is a bit of separation when we need or want it, but it is nice to have the extra hands with Audia, and I really enjoy having dinner with them every night. No ones stepping on anyone elses feet yet, so that's a good thing. Plus, Cooper and Buddy are getting along great! I think they both really enjoy having a friend to hang out with. Buddy is really great with Audia, too.

Well, that's it for now. Tomorrow is Mother's Day, so Happy Mother's Day, Mom! I couldn't ask for a more supportive, understanding, caring Mom; I love you with all my heart!

May 8, 2009

Eight Months!

Audia is 8 months old today!
She's now 28.5" long and 19 and a half lbs (according to my parents scale, anyways.....I still can't find ours!) Our big girl is showing off her height on a regular basis now, pulling herself into a standing position any chance she gets, and walking around the edge of the table or playpen. A few more weeks and I fear our little one will transition from crawling baby to walking toddler. Before the age of one. Lord, help us!

I don't have time to write a full update right now, but am hoping I'll get a chance either later this evening or tomorrow. We'll see....