Sunday, January 24, 2010

Not much new going on, so here are a bunch of cute pics :) Hope everyone has a great week!

Enjoying dinner...

...not enjoying dinner

Enjoying dinner too much!

She's had these rough, dry patches on her back for awhile now...getting them checked this week. I'm hoping it's just dry skin/eczema...thoughts?

Now that she's walking, I just love it when she walks towards me and smiles like this!

She loves to read...she turns the pages back and forth, babbles, and points to the pictures. Cute!

I'm thinking about doing the 365 project. I'll be doing it weekly though, so for me it's the 52 project! Today Audrey is 13 months :)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

What's New with Audrey?

So much! She has become such a good's hard to believe that she only took her first step 2 months ago. I'm researching walking shoes to get her for spring/summer. Any suggestions?

She is talking all the time, mostly trying to mimic our words. For example, if we say, "Thank you!" she'll babble something that sounds like 2 separate words...adorable!! I'm pretty sure in addition to mama and dada she can say cat and dog (Grandma can confirm!) She also loves to point, and that combined with talking overwhelms me because I know she's trying to "tell" me something *tear*. Communication gets better every week it seems. Oh, and she's really good at shaking her head "no" when she doesn't want solid food.

Which brings me to my next update. She is a food nazi! She only likes chicken, pancakes, toast, & grilled cheese. She'll eat yogurt and any other kind of baby food you give her, but when it comes to real food, she won't even TRY it. She had spaghetti once, seemed to love it, but hasn't touched it since. We've tried pasta, fruits, veggies, everything we can think of. I'm a little worried that she's so picky but not quite sure what to do about it, except to just keep offering different food over and over. But until then Gerber will continue to get a good chunk of money from the Burns household!

She is getting 2 more teeth (possibly 3) for a total of 12 chompers :) Dad brushes them every night, she loves it! She is still an amazing sleeper and I do not take that for granted. She just rolls over when we put her down and within minutes she's out. On the weekend she is kind enough to let us sleep in. I'm pretty sure she wakes at 7:30-ish because I hear slight babbling...but she will just sit and play in her crib until we decide to go in and get her. I've awoken as late as 9:00, gone into her room wondering if she's till asleep, and she's just sitting there, smiling at me, all of her stuffed animals pulled down into her crib, lol.

Speaking of animals, she really, really loves her doggies. She giggles and tries to hide from them, pets them, feeds them Cheerios...

As usual, she is an absolute joy. I don't know it's possible to love something so much!

Friday, January 15, 2010


Watching reports of the devastation in Haiti is a real wake up call. It’s unimaginable what that country is going thru and as a mother/teacher it really hits home when I see children on the street with no food, no water, no shelter. GMA ran a story this morning about a 4 year old girl at an orphanage. Her adoptive parents are in Iowa and did not know if she was alive. Robin Roberts found the child and called the parents…they even got to see her as she slept outside on a mattress. At one point she was sobbing, and that did it for me! All I wanted to do was run home and hug Audrey, I can’t even imagine what those parents were going through.

We are so very fortunate to live in this country, to have the luxuries we have. Unfortunately it takes disasters like this to make us realize how good we have it. One of the many things I want to instill in Audrey is the ability to feel compassion and the desire to give to others in need. I don’t want her to take for granted all the things she has. I’m honestly not sure how to do that though, especially when children are so egocentric. I guess I have awhile to figure that out.

Please donate to the Red Cross. Haiti cannot get enough help right now. And I’m sure like me, you will be hugging your little ones a little tighter.

Monday, January 11, 2010

1 year photo shoot slideshow

Click here to see the terrific work of Stephanie Johnson (Baby Snap Photography.)

Monday, January 4, 2010

What a difference a year makes!

This one really freaks me out!!

Taken 1/3/09 (10 days new!)

Taken 1/3/10:

These pictures are exacty 1 year apart, how incredible is that?! It just goes to show how much babies change the first year. So amazing, kind of sad :(



Sunday, January 3, 2010

1st Birthday Party

What an incredible day! Audrey's big party was yesterday and so many people came over to help celebrate.

Our sweet birthday babe

Some decoration pics:

Her colors were green and pink, with polka dots of course!

I made a giant cupcake and 2 dozen small cupcakes, but forgot to take a picture, oh well!

With her cousins, Bella and Skylar.

Still not loving Santa, she hid behind me when we opened this one!

Loved her cupcake and made a wonderful mess

Laughing at Grandpa

She loves the Happy Birthday song:

How lucky we are to have such amazing friends and family! I know she won't remember it, but she'll have tons of pictures to look back at. I hope she always knows how much she is love and cared for, not just by us, but by so many family members and great friends.