Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Oh lordy.  Aubree has been trying REALLY hard to move while she's on her belly.  She sticks her cute little bum up in the air and tries to inch like a caterpillar.  So far, she hasn't been too successful but she's working on it.  Isn't it too early for this?!  Once she's mobile, my world's going to change.

Monday, August 29, 2011


We went on a safari, Nebraska-style, on Saturday. It's called the Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari. I've never been to it, so we figured it was something different to do. It was a pretty fun way to spend a couple of hours. We saw elk, deer, cranes, bears, bald eagles, and bison.

And a couple random photos...

Monday, August 22, 2011

Aubree: 5-months

Five-months! Crazy. She's almost halfway done with her baby-ness. :) I think I say this every month, but she is such a good baby.

-She seems to cry even less now...she rarely cries when she's hungry anymore so sometimes it's difficult to figure out if she's ready to eat or not. It's generally every 3 to 4 hours...she still can't eat any more than 5 ounces at a time and sometimes that's a bit of a struggle.

-She is able to stay awake for pretty long stretches of time and lately she doesn't give us any indication that she's ready to sleep. So weird. But as soon as I give her her binky and blankie, her eyes start rolling and she's asleep in no time. She seems to be taking one long nap in the afternoon (1 1/2 to 3 hours) and little 20 minute catnaps here and there. We're not going to go into detail about how she's sleeping overnight because I always always always jinx us. We'll just say that we're happy with how she's doing right now. :) She's nearly binky-free overnight. She falls asleep without it and we end up caving when it's almost time to get up in the morning. It's like pushing "snooze". We plug her back in and it buys us just a little bit more time.

-I'm ecstatic to report that she is doing incredibly well with baby food! She still loves her rice cereal. We're making our way through veggies right now. So far she's had peas, green beans, squash, carrots, and sweet potatoes. She's eaten each one like a champ. Everytime I prepare food for her, I tell myself, "This is probably way too much so if she doesn't eat all of it, it's okay." I'm trying to keep myself in check so I don't freak out like I do with Ayla. But she always finishes every last bite. It floors me everytime. I actually get excited to feed her. :) Right now she has rice cereal late morning/lunchtime and then a veggie mixed with rice for dinner. In a couple of days, she gets to start fruits. She's going to love them!

-She isn't drooling like crazy anymore but that gave way just in time for her to figure out how to blow raspberries. It's messy but so cute. :)

-I don't think she's teething yet, but she really likes gnawing away at her toys, fingers, toes, blankets, and whatever else she can get into her mouth.

-She's rolling all over the place now. It's so strange to put her down in one spot and turn around to see her in a completely different area in the room a minute later.

-She smiles a lot at the people she knows best but getting her to laugh is another story. Tough crowd. But sooo worth it when she finally giggles. I can't get enough of the sound of her laughing. It's the best. Overall, she seems more serious than Ayla was as a baby.

-"Stranger Danger" has recently begun. Sometimes when someone she doesn't know well holds her, she cries. Loudly. It's a totally different cry than any other cry I've heard from her. She seems genuinely freaked out, tears and all. She settles pretty quickly once I take her though.

-She goes nuts in her jumperoo especially when someone's there to root her on. It's right next to Ayla's toy shelf, which is a great spot because when she gets tired of jumping, she just hangs out and watches Ayla play. She also likes her play mat but doesn't last as long in it now that she rolls...she ends up getting stuck and gets upset.

-She's awesome. She's amazing. She's beautiful. I love her.


Yesterday morning, Dean was sitting out on the driveway with the girls and then Ayla "helped" him mow (in a princess dress...Ayla, not Dean). It was a beautiful day! In the afternoon, we went to a friend's house to swim and hang out. Great great day. :)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

My little ladybugs

My mom came over yesterday morning to hang out since my dad's out of town and Dean was gone all day for a golf tournament. Aubree rolled onto her belly and Ayla plopped down next to her. Too cute. I love them.

Kody kept sneaking into the pictures. :)

Ferris wheel!

I finally got to go on the Scheel's ferris wheel with Ayla! She's gone with Dean a couple of times, but it was while I was preggers with Aubree so I just had to watch from below. I didn't realize just how high that thing goes until we were way up on top. I had a death grip on her. (She kept asking me to let go.)

Aubree waiting patiently with Daddy.

Water fun

These are from the past couple of weekends...once again, I am behind.

We finally had a chance to let Ayla run in the sprinkler. Last summer, she was able to do it all the time, but this is the first time she's been able to do it at our house this summer. Poor deprived child. :) As always, she had a blast...running, giggling, and squealing in her cute little swimsuit.

The next bunch are from my niece's birthday party. Dean taught Ayla how to hold her breath so she could go underwater for the first time. I know she's fine but it still makes me a little nervous.

I love Ayla's face in this next one as Dean explains to her how to hold her breath.