Tuesday, August 24, 2010

0 years 1 month 0 weeks 6 days

Dear Austen,

Yesterday we went to visit Grandma and Grandpa Biggs for a while in Carlton. We went for a walk to the park for lunch with your cousin Lexi, and she and daddy played on the swingset while you and I sat under a tree. The weather was beautiful! You and I matched, I was wearing my new skirt that Grandma Brunette bought me that was orange, and you wore an orange onesie! haha...I'm silly, I know. :)

After our walk, you napped at Grandma's while the adults talked about boring things like debt and bills and the economy. Daddy and I were approved for a 10k consolidation loan! We're so excited! Now we can pay off all our outstanding debt, and bills, and only pay $300 a month instead of trying to pay a little to everyone! This will help so much you can't even imagine! This way we can clear our credit and move into a house of our own SO much sooner! Mommy and Daddy are stoked!

On the way home, we decided we wanted to go out and celebrate, so we went home and fed you and brought you back to Carlton because Grandma agreed to babysit you for a few hours so that mommy and daddy could go out! You were awake, and I was so worried to leave you! We were only gone for 3 hours, but Grandma said you were so good! You were awake almost the whole time and fell asleep just before we got back. It was nice though, I beat daddy at pool once! And we were able to play the stereo in the car for the first time in a very long time!

You were so tired, you slept the whole way home, and once we were home I was able to change your diaper and put you in bed without you even waking up!!! You were so beat! You were very fussy all night, but that's okay. You've been great all day today!

You're napping now, and when you wake up I will feed you and give you a bath! Daddy is gone tonight, he has an acting job tonight so he went to Aunt Jess and Uncle Carl's for dinner in Hillsboro and then he will be out all night for the shoot. We were supposed to go too, but I decided it would be easiest for us to be home in the event daddy is working until the morning.

Well, I made chili-taco lasagna that is done now, so I'd better go and eat before you wake, cos then it's bathtime!

Love always,

Sunday, August 22, 2010

0 years 1 month 0 weeks 4 days

Dear Austen,

You slept in your crib last night from 12:15 to 4:45! That's a long time for you!

Then you spent the next 4 hours with mommy and daddy without fussing and we got up as daddy was leaving for work. You and I watched tv for a few hours and now you're napping so I can clean up breakfast!

You went down really well last night too, usually I have to try a few times before you stay, but you just settled right in without a problem! Yay! I hope this means you're going to start sleeping longer!

I have a long list of chores to do today, so I hope you're as good of a boy as you were yesterday! I can't swaddle you anymore, though the first few weeks you were inconsolable unless you were tightly wrapped up in a swaddler or blanket; Now you hate it! Funny how fast you are changing!

Love always,

Saturday, August 21, 2010

0 years 1 month 0 weeks 3 days

Dear Austen,

You got a bath in the big bathtub today! With the litterbox gone, the hall bathroom is all yours! Complete with a kitty/puppy rug and all your bath soups and towels!

You loved your bath as usual! You were so angry at first when I changed your diaper and got you all naked, but as soon as I put you in the warm water you started smiling and cooing! Until, of course, I took you back out, but I guess that's how it works! Haha!

Funniest yet, somehow during the bath-prep I accidentally turned on the shower...so while YOU didn't get sprayed, mommy wasn't so lucky. So, we were both a little wet when this bath was over. :-P

I have gotten so much done around the house today since you're being such a good boy! I was able to clean both bathroom, shower, clean up the kitchen and bedroom, change the sheets, and do some laundry! We have discovered the vibrating bouncer chair! You simply adore it! I just need to tote it around to whatever room I'm in, and you just sit contentedly and watch, or better yet, take a nap. It's fantastic!

Daddy called a little while ago and said he will be coming home from work early to go through some boring bills with mommy, but that also means more daddy-time for you tonight! Yay! Last night you were so tired when he got home he really only got to see you a few minutes before you went to bed!

Also, we started the sensitive formula for supplementing today. You've been so gassy and fussy lately that I thought we would try it instead. So far, you've been great today, but we will see how the next few days go. You don't seem to mind the difference, so that's good. Of course, you're still happiest when you get a bottle of breastmilk! You're definitely able to tell the difference!!

That said, you're napping in your bouncer-chair right now, so I'm going to get dinner prepped so that when daddy gets home he can barbecue some pork steaks! Thank you for being such a precious baby today and every day. :) I truly enjoy you.

Love always,

Friday, August 20, 2010

0 years 1 month 0 weeks 2 days

Dear Austen,

We went grocery shopping with Grandma (Brunette) today!

Or- Grandma agreed to go shopping with us, since Mommy didn't really want to go alone! You did great though. You were a little upset when we stopped at Ross, where Grandma offered to buy mommy some new clothes, but only got a skirt and a sleeper for you. I just can't concentrate when you're upset! And you're not quite able to hold the binky in your mouth alone (let alone, like it!) so we left shortly after. Grandma took a smoke break and bought me a lemonade while I sat in the car and fed you, where you promptly fell asleep and then decided once we started driving again that you did NOT want to be out shopping!

However, when we got to Winco and Grandma helped me put you in a sling so I could wear you, you fell asleep and cuddled up to me for the whole shopping trip!

We bought you some Pampers that are still too big for you! So I think I'll go get you a small package of the small ones again tomorrow....just for the next week. You're growing fast, but I think another week or so in the little diapers will suit you better!

Anyway, you're napping now in your room, so I think I'll finish cleaning up the kitchen and folding some laundry while you're down. I think you'll be up soon! Daddy is at work until 10pm, so I will be here with you until then. Tomorrow I'm going to clean the house and give you a bath in the big bathtub!

Yesterday the kitties went to their new home, a nice lady that daddy works with agreed to adopt them both. I'm so sad, Dante has been with us for 5 years, and Mika for 4....but they were so much work, and with you around, mommy and daddy just decided it best to give you all our attention instead! Someday when we have a big house, we'll get a new kitty. For now, it's just better for everyone if you're the only one holding a piece of our hearts! They will be missed terribly, but you're worth it!

Love you always,

Saturday, August 14, 2010

0 years 0 months 3 weeks 6 days

Dear Austen,

Happy Saturday! Daddy is still in bed, you and I got up at 6:30 and came out to the couch. You're napping right now as I enjoy my coffee and write this.
We didn't intend to, but have been cosleeping more these days. You sleep so much better when you're near us, so even though it's a bit cramped, it works! Whenever you stir, I only need to rub your back and you settle back to sleep.

Today we are going to a BBQ at the Emry's. Jason was born the same week as you, and we haven't seen him yet, so I'm excited to meet him today. It'll also be the first time we've gone to visit someone other than your Grandparents or Uncle Carl and Aunt Jess' house. We'll see how well you behave!

We're still supplementing with formula, though you've grown rather impatient with breastfeeding since the bottle feeds you so much faster! Overall, you don't really care what you get as long as it's food, and last night you ate 5 oz of formula before bed! I think you're going through a growth spurt, all you've been doing the past few days is eat and sleep! I think you're gonna be a chunky little fellow!

We've been suffering from thrush for the past week or so, and yours is looking so much better as of yesterday! We started to infect each other, so I'm glad yours is healing. It has really helped your fussiness. You really have a fantastic personality! Such moods! Always getting a laugh from us as you take in the world around you!

As always, looking forward to another day of you and your developing dexterity and maturity! Each day you seem more like a little man and less of a newborn!

With Love,

Friday, August 13, 2010

0 years 0 months 3 weeks 5 days

My dearest son,

This is the first of many letters I will be writing you. I wish that I had started them sooner, perhaps the day you were born, but, as you can probably imagine: Mommy was a tad preoccupied.

Your birth was definitely an event, a story I will preserve for another day, but it was the changing point in my life. I have gone from being just a girl, a woman, a wife; to being so much more. I'm your mommy, and nothing in the world can ever change that.

In the meantime, it's been an adventure in sleepless nights, painful issues of thrush and whatnot, but it's all been worth it! You're healthy and growing, and we can't ask for much more!

With Love,