Wednesday, June 30, 2010

3 Months!

Aw I'm in love! This month has been so fun. We're starting to see personality start peeking through little by little. McKenna is going to be a fun kid, I just know it!

New this month...

Last month's favorite milestone was smiles. This month's is giggles! I heart baby giggles!! They aren't quite abundant yet - you kinda have to work for them, but you can get them more and more each day.

But you no longer have to work for smiles! She's so much more liberal with them these days! Still such a sweet smile. Melts me! I think the best part of my day is when she wakes up - it takes her a few seconds for her eyes to focus and lock in on me, but when they do, she breaks into the best smile! Like "Oh, I know you!! Seriously, best part of my day! She wrinkles her nose when she smiles big too. It's horribly cute. And I'm not biased at all. =D

She's still a momma's girl, but she's becoming more and more social all the time. She regularly lets other people hold her for more than a few minutes at a time! She really only fusses if she's getting tired. And even better, she let Brian comfort her a few weeks ago when she was upset. Huge step in the right direction! Don't get me wrong - I love that she's attached to me, but I think it's a good thing that she's comfortable going to just about anyone too. Makes separation anxiety issues easier down the road, I think.

McKenna is not too much of a fan of tummy time. I think it has more to do with lack of opportunity. When she's done eating in the morning, we promptly try to get out of the house, so Austin can have some run-around-like-a-crazy-boy time at a park. So we aren't home during her awake times very much. I'm trying to make it more of a point to find little bits of time, cuz I feel like she's behind some on her tummy skills.

She's a good little roller. Austin roller just once or twice when he was about 6 weeks old but then didn't roll again until he was 5 or 6 months. So I wasn't too shocked when McKenna did the same around 6 weeks, but I was when she kept doing it. She rolls over about 1/2 the time you put her down for tummy time. The other 1/2 of the time she just buries her face in the blanket and starts fussing when she's done.

She loves bathtime. She splashes around happily the whole time and loves it when you dip and splash her feet in the water while you're holding her.

Such a good sleeper! She's up to 7 or 8 consistently at night. She goes down around 9 and then gets up around 4 or 5. Then she goes back down until 9ish again most days. Afternoon naps haven't been as long as before, but I think she's trying to get enough to eat so she can sleep longer at night. She does seem to need

She just started to play with her toys. She's batting, kicking and grabbing up a storm. I took her to a scrapbooking retreat this weekend and I think she saw Sammy playing good and decided to step it up!

She is technically bypassing the old-man hairline, but you kinda can't tell! Most of her baby hair has fallen out on top and she's growing a good amount of new hair. However, all the new hair is very light colored, so when you look at her from a bit of a distance, your eye really only sees the dark hair in the old-man hairline pattern. If you look at her upclose, face-on, you don't see the dark hair and it looks like she has lots of hair! She's a little optical illusion. She still has a good bunch on top that sticks up pretty good too. She's always having an interesting hairday! Poor thing. I have no hair skills to pass on to her either!

She's not as excited about being swaddled anymore. She likes having the option to stretch her legs. Looks like we might start phasing out the swaddling in the next month or two.

I feel like she's just now acknowledging Austin's existence. Or really anyone other than me. She watches him play and giggles at what he does. I think she realizes he's not horribly careful, so she usually has a look of "oh please don't poke me in the eye or step on me" when he's near her! But he does make her smile as you can see in these bonus pics!

Austin insisted on being in the Pooh pics too!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Travel Town

I am already loving summer this year. It's warm enough to take fun outings and Austin is old enough to actually "get" the outings! We have a fun-filled calendar planned with moms from church, but Rebecca and I decided to start our outings a week early with a trip to Travel Town. It's a train museum near the LA Zoo. The museum itself ended up being a bit of a disappointment. It had fun things to look at but was all untouchable! Only one engine and one car were available to walk in, despite there being many more engines and cars. Thankfully Austin enjoyed just seeing everything and did a good job of not touching what he wasn't supposed to.

Checking out the engine

Conductor Jack Jack

Luke driving the train

My Little slowpoke walking the rails. It took him forever but he was loving it!

Snack break

McKenna, as always, was a good sport being carted around.

The best part of the day was the train ride around the park. Austin was in Little Boy Heaven! A few weeks earlier he had taken his first train ride at the Galleria Mall - the little train that goes around in a tiny 20ft circle. He loved that, so I knew he would have fun on a bigger one.

The looks of pure joy on his face though just melted me.

Jack takes trains very seriously, but I was able to get a little smile!

Hoping that if he just sits there, he'll get to go around again!

We took a 2nd ride after lunch. He was much more reserved cuz he was pretty tired.

But he still wanted to keep going. This is him signing "more".

Our little travel town travelers.

Good little buddies!

I Heart Baby Showers

Still working on getting caught up! Less than a month behind! Woohoo!!

I was so excited to get to help host a baby shower for one of my dearest friends, Brandi! She's having a little girl, Anabelle Mae, in August. She lives in New Mexico, (which unfortunately means I won't get to squeeze her little girl as often as I'm gonna want to) so it was an extra joy that she was able to come out here for a baby shower. It was a "Everyone in California" shower, so it was a combo of bible study friends, family and other various friends. It made for such a nice group. We didn't bother with cute games, because really we just wanted to enjoy her company and get to visit. Oh and drink really good punch and eat yummy cupcakes. (Made by Rachel, who makes the most wicked awesome things that absolutely ruin my diet.)

And of course, we also wanted to shower her with presents. Buying for girls is too much fun. So much pink and so much fun!

The new momma! (I don't believe in saying Mommma-to-be, cuz once you're pregnant, you're already a momma!)

A handful of bible study friends - Rachel, Nicole, Kathy, & Susan

My Mother-in-law, Judy and my sweet McKenna (First day she let anyone but me hold her for more than oh, 30 seconds)

Our sweet friend Lizzy, The Grandma (Brandi's mom), and Brandi's Aunt

Me & Susan

Some of the girlie-girl cuteness she got

And early three generation of women photo

Kathy (The real hostess!) & Brandi

The wicked awesome cupcakes. Seriously. Wicked. Awesome.

McKenna & Sam checking each other out. Sam was so taken by her, he pooped his pants when he saw her. Not sure if that's love at first sight or not...

The betrothed couple. Note the hand holding.

McKenna in her party dress.

Prayer requests. What an honor to get to pray for this little girl! May she and her momma and daddy be fully blessed!!

Lots of love Brandi! We can't wait to meet your little joy!!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Don't Worry Mom...I Got Her This Time

Shhhh, it's okay...

Hmm...that didn't work.

Kisses maybe??

Is she still crying? Yup, looks like it!

K, lemme try the binkie then. That's what works for me.

Take it.

Come on..hold it in. Look, like I'm doing!

Fine. don't take it. Let's try the blankie then...

Tuck it in..just like that.

There! Good! Now back to the binkie!


Friday, June 18, 2010

Not A Fan...

Okay Mom,

You got my picture

Now please

roll me over