About Me

Hi! I'm Abby. My husband, Carl, and I are happily married since October 2007. Our little family of 2 (well, 3 if you count Chief, the dog) added one more in October 2011 when we welcomed Audrey Elizabeth, our first child into the world. Our life was forever changed. And to add to the joy and excitement, we added another daughter, Clara Marie, in May 2014. I wanted to create this blog originally to document all the milestones throughout my pregnancy with Audrey so we could remember that special time in our lives. And now I get to write all about Audrey and Clara and our life with these amazing "Larson Ladies", which is so much more fun!


Sunday, April 22, 2012

My, How Our Little Girl Has Changed

Through her first 6 months...

From the day she was born, Carl and I are in awe at how beautiful and perfect our little Audrey is.  She gets more and more beautiful every day!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Audrey is 6 months old!

Our Audrey Elizabeth is already 6 months old!  I cannot even believe it.  In another 6 months, we are going to be celebrating Audrey's 1st birthday.  Wow, the time is really flying by!

Weight:  16 lbs 4 oz (50th percentile)
Length:  26.5 in (75th percentile)
Clothes:  Size 9 months (6-9 months).  She's really in between sizes right now, but just this week, I feel like she's outgrown most of her 3-6 months outfits and pajamas.  She is so long that she is outgrowing her clothes lengthwise!
Diaper:  Size 2
Food:  Audrey started eating vegetables (peas and green beans) this week!  Carl and I were looking forward to introducing her to the green vegetables because we thought she'd make some funny faces.  But her first taste of peas was uneventful.  She acted like it tasted just like her cereal.  Again, her easy-going nature carries over to eating, too.  She's such a happy and flexible baby!  Here is her current schedule, as of this week after her 6th month birthday (times are approximate):
6:00am - I nurse Audrey
9:00am - 5oz bottle at daycare
10:20am - Cereal at daycare (mixed with formula)
1:00pm - 5oz bottle at daycare
2:00pm - Vegetable pack at daycare (peas/greenbeans)
4:00pm - 5oz bottle at daycare
6:30pm - I nurse Audrey, then we feed her vegetables and 1tbsp of cereal mixed with formula (oatmeal, rice, or mixed grain)
8:00pm - I nurse Audrey just before bedtime, then we top her off with about 2 oz of formula
I am still pumping at work, so she usually gets about 6-8oz of breastmilk and 7-9oz of formula in her 3 bottles at daycare.  One of the teachers at daycare just suggested that we start mixing fruit with her cereal, instead of mixing it with formula.  They have been impressed with how well she is doing with her solid foods!  We'll start the fruit with the cereal at the end of this week.
Sleep:  As long as Audrey gets the extra 2oz of formula right before bed, she sleeps like a log until about 6am.  Most mornings, she wakes up between 4:30-5am wanting her pacifier, but she falls right back asleep.  In fact, I have to wake her up at 6am to feed her and get ready for daycare.  Over the past week and a half, she has been sleeping mostly on her side and stomach, as opposed to on her back.  We always put her to bed on her back, but she rolls over almost immediately.  Over the past few weeks, she hasn't napped hardly at all at daycare.  Some days, she'll have a couple decent naps, but other days she doesn't sleep at all.

Audrey is now getting her knees under her when she's on her stomach and starting to lift her belly up off the mat.  She is rolling all over the place and moving herself 360degrees using her upper body.  If we put toys in front of her or to the side, she will do everything in her power to reach out and get them.  She's really close to being mobile.  Watch out!  I think she would just jump up and start running if she could.

She is sitting up really well now.  I can sit her up between my legs on the ground and she will hold herself upright.  She's still a little unsteady and tips over to the side if she doesn't have anything supporting her, but she's getting stronger everyday.  She really likes to bend forward and hold her toes and even tries to put them in her mouth.  And if she's on her back, she reaches for her feet and holds them.  Happy baby yoga pose!

Audrey is now reaching for and grabbing everything!  She likes to play with rattles in the car.  She'll hold them and keep herself entertained for a considerable amount of time.  Just 2 weeks ago, we noticed a big change with her reaching for everything.  We were at dinner with Aunt Ashley, Grandma & Gramps Patton, Uncle Scott, and Grandpa Hahn.  Ashley was holding her on her lap before our food came.  Everytime Ashley would pick up her glass to take a drink, Audrey would reach for it like her life depended on it.  And now Audrey is so focused on and will reach for everything, all kinds of different objects.  She has even started reaching out for people.  Several times, if someone is holding Audrey and someone else walks up (me, Carl, Grandma/Grandpa Larson, Grandma/Gramps Patton, one of her aunts), Audrey will reach out to the other person for them to hold her. 

There have been a few times over the past month that I've had to go grocery shopping on Monday night.  So I go to Jewel right after I pick up Audrey from daycare.  Audrey is so happy and fun on our grocery-shopping trips.  And she's such a hit with all the ladies that work at Jewel!  At the fish counter, at the checkout... everyone wants to see our pretty little girl.  And she just smiles at everyone.  I'm a proud Momma!

Audrey has been laughing for all of this month, but it's more and more regular now.  Carl and are I pretty silly... we will do anything to hear that girl laugh.  It's the best sound in the whole entire world!  And over the past couple weeks, she has really started giggling and belly laughing.  Love it!  She laughs watching Chief and Bixby wrestle around, at Carl hopping or dancing, when going up and down the stairs, when we tickle her, when we make funny noises... She is the best baby!

Happy 6 months, Audrey Bear!  We love you!!!

Here are some pictures from this past month:
Audrey got to meet her Great-Grandmother Patton
at the end of March. 
Audrey just loved her!

Colby Marr and Audrey.  True love!
With Grandma Larson at the Dancing With the Teachers
competition.  Grandma Larson won 2nd place!

Look at those baby blue eyes!

I love this picture!  It's such a happy picture.  Audrey LOVES her Daddy!
She looks a lot like him, don't you think?

Grandpa Larson's birthday 4/14/12

Gramps Patton's birthday 4/17/12

Visiting Gramps & Grandma Patton

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Happy Easter!

April 8, 2012

Audrey and the Easter Bunny
(at daycare)
The Easter Bunny came to visit Audrey at our house and at both of her Grandparents' houses.  Here she is digging into her Easter basket that the Easter Bunny left at our house:

The Easter Bunny left her some candy.  Silly Easter Bunny,
Audrey doesn't eat candy yet!  

The Easter Bunny left a basket at Grandma & Grandpa Larson's house.  This bunny was in it.  It plays an Easter song while its ears flop up and down.  It's so funny and so cute, and Audrey just watches it in amazement.

The Easter basket at Grandma & Gramps Patton's house had some cute spring/summer clothes and a Mother Hen who lays eggs.  It's so funny!

Dressed to go to church!

We spent Easter with Carl's side of the family at Grandma & Grandpa Bockelmann's house.  It was really a fun day.  I only took a few pictures: