David and I got married after four years of dating on June 3, 2006. In April 2008, we welcomed our first born son into the world Austin Alan Colschen. In April 2010, we welcomed our second son into the world Hunter Ryan Colschen. The Colschen family consist of little brother (Hunter), big brother (Austin), Mom (Candace), Dad (David), and two dogs Tex and Princess.
I apologize for the delay in posting but Austin has quickly discovered that he can move around now so I can no longer update the blog during his waking hours and must do all my "work" while he is sleeping. I have also been trying to get some Christmas presents put together since Christmas is only 14 days away! I can't wait! I am still like a little kid and get so excited this time of year. Last weekend we took Austin to see Santa and he did so good. He really was just kind of wondering who he was and why he had a big white beard. It has been so fun lately with Austin because we are getting to start to do things as a family...for example, spend the day at Market Street (or maybe I should say the afternoon).
From the day Austin was born he was strong. He was always trying to lift his head so that he could see everything that was going on. He is very much like his dad in that he can't just relax. It has been very fun watching him though as he has gone through all of his different stages. Right now he is wanting to get into everything. If you have something in your hand he wants it. If you have something new that he has never seen then he REALLY wants it. He has been spinning himself around on his bottom for awhile now while he is sitting up and has also lately started doing some "push ups" in his attempts to learn how to crawl. I try to get a picture when he does it and tonight he finally did a great push up and held it for me to snap a photo of him. He also wanted me to get a picture of him making his motor boat noise at the same time so that is what he is doing with his face. (We can't always be making our adorable smile...sometimes we have to be a boy and make motor boat noises.) What are we going to do with him? He is seven months old and already training to be some type of athlete...hey maybe we can get a scholarship one day? Wouldn't that be nice? Hopefully he keeps up his hard work and curiosity to learn as he gets older.
So yesterday was not the best day I have ever had because it was a rough day at work. It was all better though when I went and picked up Austin and got to play with him the rest of the evening. I guess my luck however hadn't turned yet because this morning when I went to drive to work I noticed that I had a flat tire. Luckily Austin and I were still in the neighborhood so we turned around and pulled in the garage since it was raining so that I could fix the flat. I called David to see if he could come home to help but he had a meeting that he could not get out of so he called his brother. While Austin and I were waiting for Uncle Mike I began to try to figure out how to jack up the car. After 20 minutes of figuring that out (and I was thinking that was going to be the hardest part...boy was I wrong) I began to jack the car up. Austin was sitting in his car seat and was getting a little hungry because he normally has had his bottle because he is normally at his school by this time so I held the bottle for him and continued jacking up the car hence where I feel the need to be called Super Mom...haha. I really wish that someone could have seen the two of us because we would have been a sight to see. So after I got the car jacked up I worked on getting the nut bolts off. OH MY GOSH are those suckers on there! My whole body was shaking trying to get them off and my legs the whole day felt like jell-o. Uncle Mike got to our house right as I am loosing the last nut bolt so I let him finish the job while I went inside and changed shirts since I had a workout first thing in the morning. When we were finished I made sure to ask Austin if he was paying attention because he got his first lesson in how to change a flat tire. I explained to him that you are really supposed to have a hands on experience but we were going to start small. I then dropped Austin off at his school and still made it to work before the kiddos were in the classroom. I made a pit stop by my AP's office to apologize for my outfit and explain why I was dressed in our field day t-shirt. She didn't care and just kind of laughed at me. You would think that starting your day off with a flat would have ruined my entire day but instead I was all giddy and excited because I was so proud of myself...haha. (I chose to add to the post the picture of Austin in his car walker because I felt it was fitting to the post of learning how to fix a flat tire on a car. Haha.)
Well Austin has had some ups and downs this football season so far. We have been cheering for the Longhorns and the Highlanders. The Longhorns have had a good season especially with the big win over OU but had a heartbreaker against Tech. I believe we lost that game because we went to the Highlander game that afternoon and a Raider touched Austin (Don't tell Dad because he doesn't know) because he is just so cute. I think we would have won if we didn't get Raider cooties on us. Austin and I didn't go to many Highlander games because they play so late and it is during Austin's bedtime but last weekend they played an afternoon game on Saturday so Austin and I went. Towards the end of the game we got to go on the field because we are VIP's...haha. It helps when Grandpa is the principal. Austin had a good time and loved watching the big boys play ball. It doesn't hurt to train them early to love football!! Haha.
So today Austin, David, and I went to get our pictures done so that we can send out Christmas cards. We also wanted to get pictures of just Austin for his 6 month portraits to have. I had a coupon for a bunch of pictures for ten bucks but of course when you get there and see all the cute pictures you want them all and then you are getting more than the coupon covers. So the lesson that we learned today is go into a picture place with a budget and stick to it...haha. We love all the pictures that we bought but now we have millions so guess what everyone's Christmas present will be....haha. It is amazing how much you spend without even thinking about it because you know it will make Austin happy. Granted a million pictures will not make Austin happy but it makes mommy and daddy happy because we will have pictures to remember him at this age. Every time I am out somewhere I always end up picking up a little something for Austin. It may be another package of paci's, a book, a new toy, or any old thing but it's what I do. Before Austin was born it would be a little something for dad...a football magazine, a favorite snack, or a card that just says I love you. I still sometimes get little somethings for Dad but always get little somethings for Austin. Maybe it is because Austin gives great grins and hugs...haha. It will be nice when baby number two comes because we will have already bought everything and won't be spending money as much as we do now on our little man.
Last Sunday, November 2, we went to a park in the Woodlands to take family pictures with David's family. They hadn't taken a family photo since David was a senior in high school so since Austin is now here is was very important that we get a recent family picture. Austin was very good and of course extremely cute! David, Austin, and I are going to take our Christmas picture this Sunday so I am hoping that we can have another good photo experience. I might have to tell Austin that Santa is watching him so he better be good. Haha. I say that but really Austin is always good. I am not just saying that as a bragging and proud momma because others would agree. I guess GOD really does bless people and I am not sure why he chose David and I with the perfect son but we do feel blessed and very grateful. Austin still makes me want to have 100's of babies. Haha. I still absolutely love being a mom and can't imagine my life any different now!
Austin got to have a playdate on Saturday with his friend Caiden. Caiden was trying to teach Austin how to crawl. It has been so fun having other babies to play with and watch grow up too. We get to play with our friends at school but it is nice to get to see our other friends on the weekends too even if they aren't longhorns! Haha.
Austin celebrated his first Halloween this year and because it was a first we had two costumes. I had originally bought a skeleton onezie and was just going to dress him in that but after some encouragement from many friends I broke down and got him what they would call a "real" costume...haha. I have to admit though I am glad that I did because he was a super cute shark. I was hoping that he would be able to help me pass out candy since daddy had to work but instead he decided that he wanted to take his evening nap and make me do all the work...haha. So I was handing out heaps of candy to the kids and they would leave our house shouting, "She hands out lots of candy!" Haha. I told them I had to get rid of all of it or else I would eat it and that would not be a good thing. When Austin woke up we ate some dinner, played some more, took a bath, read some books, and then went to bed. It was a very good first Halloween!
Tomorrow will mark two weeks at Austin's new school. Austin has been doing so well. He has a couple new friends to play with now and learn new tricks from. Last week a giant pumpkin visited them which he just loved because he got to sit outside. Today he really became a BOY...haha. He got his first bruise on his cheek. They told me that they thought it wouldn't bruise because he really was more shocked than anything and didn't cry hardly at all. That's because he is a boy and he is tough! Next weekend we are going to go and get portraits taken of him so that we can send out Christmas cards this year of our little man's first Christmas. We are also going to take just cute fun pictures so that we can have them for what now will be his 7 month pictures. Haha. Yes, I know I am a little late on the 6 month pictures but we have taken plenty ourselves so I don't feel as bad. Tomorrow we will be celebrating our first halloween and will be dressing up as a shark. Watch out he may eat you up!
Last night I cried myself to sleep because of today. It was Austin's last day at his school. We decided that we should get them a card and make them some brownies so last night I baked three batches of brownies and did my best to put into words how grateful I am for how wonderful and how much I loved his teachers. David was trying his best to make me feel better but I was just so upset. I decided that I the reason I think people get upset especially when they have to say good-bye is that when you "connect" with someone a piece of you gets attached to them and so when you have to say good-bye a piece of you is staying behind and it hurts. I was fine driving to his school but when I had to give his teachers there gifts I started to cry. As I was driving to work I was crying more today than the first day I dropped him off. When I picked him up today I knew it was going to be hard because it was going to be the last day that I would walk through the doors of his school. I wanted to take of picture of him with his favorite teacher Rosanna before we left so that I could put his first school in his scrapbook. When she came to the room to take the picture with him she started to cry which made me start crying...again. We were both very sad. It is sad because he has really come to know who his teachers are and he really loves being where he is. Where we are going is going to be wonderful I hear but it is going to be hard because we LOVED the Kangaroo Forest. We even got his first school art project today when we left which of course we are going to hand on the fridge. Being a mom is wonderful but hard emotionally. I don't think I was prepared for the strong attachments and things you worry about as a parent. It was hard finding a place you trust will love and care for you little one and they truly loved Austin. I think that is why it was so hard leaving. Austin is like the kid that every teacher wants in their class. He truly is a GREAT baby which is why I know he will be fine going somewhere new it will just be hard on momma.
Last weekend we were going to go to the Pumpkin Patch but decided to wait until this weekend so today we took Austin to the pumpkin patch and took lots and lots of pictures. It was so funny because you could hear the parents talking about how they remember when their kids were Austin's age and would just do exactly what they wanted and pose perfectly so I guess we have things to look forward to in the future. When we first got there we chose the pile of pumpkins that wasn't to crowded with people and this other family had the same idea also and they had a little girl that was probably a little younger than two and we both were trying to take pictures but they were to busy looking at each other. It was kind of cute. On Friday, Austin's Halloween costume came in....I was so excited!! We practiced wearing it and he just loved it! He is going to be a shark this year after many friends convincing me that I had to get him a "real" costume. I had bought him a skeleton onezie but they said that was not good enough since this is his first Halloween so I finally caved in and ordered him a costume online and I have to say that I am glad that I did. We will for sure be taking lots of pictures on that day and I am sort of hoping that he gets a tooth by then because I think it would be so cute!! We go to the doctor tomorrow for our 6th month check-up and shots :( and I am hoping that we will have reached the 14 pound mark because yes we are still fitting into our 3 month clothes. Haha. We are growing it is just taking us a little while! Poor little guy with David and I as his parents I think he is hopeless for being a tall guy but that is okay because he makes up for it with his cuteness!
I never would have guessed that I would get to spend the day with Austin when he turned 5 months but as you have seen from the video's David took of Hurricane Ike it was quite a storm and cancelled school for a week. We actually got very lucky because we didn't have any damage to the house except for our front baby tree getting pulled up from the ground. We were only without power from 3:22 A.M. Saturday and got power back at 1:10 A.M. Sunday. For myself and I think David would agree somewhat also Hurricane Ike was sort of a blessing because we got to spend the week with Austin. It was especially nice to watch Austin and David spend time together. Austin really loved having his daddy around and would give him the biggest smiles. Being a mom is amazing and seeing your husband be a dad is also wonderful. I have loved watching the two of them together this week (they are my two favorite men in the world). I am hoping that this blessing of getting to spend the last 10 days with Austin won't make him have to rough of a time going back to school but I am trying to prepare myself for when I pick him up Monday the teacher telling me it was a hard day for him (which breaks my heart). This week off has made me so excited about the other holidays we are going to get to spend together and the summer! I know the school year just started but I would be lying if I said I can't wait for summer time. I don't mean that in a negative way because the class I have this year is wonderful. I just love spending time with Austin and seeing him explore his world.
It is hard to believe that almost five months ago Austin was born because he has changed so much since then. Five months doesn't seem very long but the things he can do just surprise me daily. Austin from the day he was born was a strong one (it's those collegiate genes his mom gave him...haha) and now he can sit up by himself. He has been wanting to sit up for awhile because if you put him in his car seat or bouncy sit he would always lean himself forward. He never can relax (he gets that from his daddy). I just find it so amazing that he is now eating from a spoon, sitting up, and talking a lot more. He truly is amazing! I can't wait to see him learn everything! It has been so fun these last few months and I am looking forward to a lifetime of memories with him and one day more little ones! Babies are truly a gift from GOD and I don't know what gift could be any greater! David and I both feel so blessed having Austin in our lives. He truly makes everyday wonderful! Just to see him look at you and smile is amazing.
Tonight I decided to feed Austin in his highchair and he did perfect! I don't know what David and I have done in our lives to deserve such a perfect child but Austin just couldn't be any better. We have been eating from a spoon for a couple weeks now and have now begun to let him try things other than cereal and he loves it all. So far we have had bananas, sweet potatoes, and squash. After we finished eating our cereal and squash tonight I decided to give Austin the spoon to play with. It is amazing how someone so little can just entertain you for hours! Haha.
I remember when we got pregnant with Austin how excited we were and the things we talked about that would change but there are some things that I didn't think about and I don't think if I had it would make things easier. Wednesday night I had a major meltdown because I miss spending all my moments with Austin. I got spoiled being able to spend from April-August with him and it has made it really hard leaving him. I think that I was in denial about the I was having a hard time and just pushing it back and pushing it back and trying to be strong that I just couldn't keep it in anymore and the flood gates opened. David of course was wonderful and very supportive and tried to make me feel better. I explained to him that I just don't want to miss anything and he told me, "You see how Austin lights up, grins, and laughs with you. He is going to save it all for you." I thought that was very sweet. It is amazing how much love you can have for someone so small and instantly. I mean from the day he was born he stole my heart. I am going to be one of those moms that wants to get another hug and kiss and he is going to be like "Ahhh, mom. Stop." Haha. I love the place he goes to school and he is doing so well (which has made it so much better on me) but it is hard going from getting to spend 24/7 with him to only spending 5 hours a day with him. People say it will get better and I hope that it does but I am sure there will be times here and there where the flood gates will open again. Haha. I had David take a picture of Austin and I that night because I wanted to capture him still being a baby and resting on me. Haha. I can't get enough of our perfect son Austin!
We have started a new routine where we eat our cereal after our evening nap at about 7:45 and then wash it down with some juice water. Austin has been eating from a spoon for about a week now and he is doing so good. It is amazing how fast babies learn from just watching people and soaking up the things in their world. I mean Austin obviously has never eaten from a spoon in his life but he acts as if he has been doing it since day one. It is funny because when he is eating he reminds me of the scene from the movie What About Bob when they are at the kitchen table eating dinner and Bob is moaning after every bite because he is enjoying his meal so much. Austin does that and I just laugh and smile every time because it makes me think of that scene. After we eat we head outside from our nightly stroll around the neighborhood at 8. We do a mile loop and he just loves it. Last night though was one of the cutest things I have seen. It is funny because everything Austin seems to do is the cutest thing I have seen....anyways...we were finishing our walk on our street and I noticed that his head was kind of down and I stopped pushing the stroller and walked next to him and he had fallen asleep. Adorable!! I wish I had the camera with me but at least I have learned to bring it every where I go with him now. After our walks we come inside and talk for a little bit on the kitchen counter. After we are done talking we read our two favorite bedtime stories: Are you my Mother? and DoobyDooby Moo. After reading our stories dad usually gets home and we play with dad for a little bit until it is bath time. After dad gives him his bath he eats one last time and then he is in his bed at 9:30 and doesn't wake up until 6 the next morning. We have been so blessed with Austin and him being such a wonderful baby! He truly makes me want to have 100 more but I think we have narrowed it down to just 3. Haha.
So today marked day three of dropping Austin off at daycare. I had been preparing myself (I don't think you are ever really prepared) for almost a month. I was probably in denial really up until we got to the final week countdown. I had two practice days last week and Austin and I did pretty good. Each day is getting a little better (I will never say that it is easy). The only thing that gets me through each day is knowing that we are doing this so that we can have an even bigger family. It was a roller coaster of emotions today because I was as well as can be expected dropping him off and then decided at my lunch break I would go visit him. When I got there they said that he had just fallen asleep for one of his naps. I was a proud mom because he looked so peaceful and content and wasn't crying (unlike the two times I visited him last week when he was). I didn't wake him up because I didn't want to make him mad so I went back to work. When I went to pick him up he immediately smiled at me and started to talk. It was almost like he was so excited to tell me about his day which made me smile. Driving home today though with Austin was tough because he started to fuss a little bit because his pacifier fell out so I reached back into the back sit to stick it back in his mouth (I have become a pro at doing that now and will probably one day need some type of surgery because of the angle I am bending my arm...but it will have been worth it to make my baby happy). Anyways...after I put his pacifier back into his mouth he death gripped my hand. I was thinking to myself that he was probably thinking "Don't ever let me go!" It just made me start to cry because he was holding on so tight. He even fell asleep with his arm in the air holding onto my finger. He was not letting me let him go and I was not letting him go either. I guess he must have played really hard at daycare because he was passed out when we got home and the car ride is maybe 7 minutes long from his school. I miss not spending every minute of every day with him and it will definitely take time for me to adjust. I am glad though that I am a teacher and will get to spend holidays and summers with him so I am blessed with that.
On Sunday, August 17th Austin went to his very first baseball game to watch the Houston Astros. It was a special day because they were retiring Craig Biggio's jersey. Austin was of course the perfect kid and we even got to stay for the entire game. We got the call Saturday night from our friends asking us if we wanted to go because they got some extra tickets and David was really wanting to spend some time with Austin since he had to work late all week and didn't see him much so I told him we all three could go. It was great! I think the best part of the whole game was watching David and Austin sit together. There is nothing like seeing the man you married and love hold and bond with your child. It melts your heart! David even said driving home, "There is nothing like having your son sit on your lap at a baseball game!" I am so blessed with a wonderful husband and an amazing father of our son Austin. I could tell that David was proud at the game and loved every minute of it because Austin was there. I am looking forward to watching the relationship between the two of them grow and grow. I know Austin is going to love his Dad and hanging out with him going to games, fishing, and all the things a father does with his son!
Today was a awesome day! David and I both have been pretty exhausted because we seem to always been gone on the weekends doing things with our friends for the past couple of weeks and it has finally caught up with us. Today we were feeling not our typical selves because we are realizing that here within a few weeks our lives are about to become really hectic. I was holding Austin this afternoon after David had spent all afternoon in the heat doing the yard and he asked Austin to come to him and give him some smiles to cheer him up and of course he did. David was the one that got him to laugh this time by making him dance and shake his head yes! We just can't seem to get enough of our wonderful son Austin! He is the light of our lives!!
I have to be honest and say that David and I have the best jobs in the world being teachers because it allows us to have the summer off and this summer it really has been something special getting to spend it with Austin. We took a little family vacation up to Granite Shoals right outside of Marble Falls to Lake LBJ and stayed on the lake at our friends parents' lake house. It was wonderful! I probably gained at least 5 pounds because of all the wonderful food that was made because we all know that I don't make homemade meals every night that include dessert. Austin had a great time because there were big trees which allowed him to be outside most of the time because he could be in the shade until he was ready for his nap. He once again made us proud and was a great kid! He loved looking at the water and I am sure was thinking "Wow! What a big bath tub!" It will be nice if next year we return back to the lake because he will be able to enjoy some of the food and get to splash in the lake.
Sunday late afternoon Austin had his first real laugh and it was the cutest thing I have ever seen or heard. We were outside watching dad water the yard and I was having Austin stand on the back of David's truck. He was wearing a little white t-shirt and I rubbed my head on his stomach and he started laughing. I quickly yelled at David to come over because he was laughing and he ran inside to get the camera to take a video of it. I have heard and seen baby's laugh before and always thought it was one of the sweetest sounds but when it is your own it just is amazing. I have to say that being a mom has been better then anything I could have imagined. I always wanted to be a mom and grew up loving kids but Austin has just turned my world into complete happiness. I have been blessed to be able to spend everyday with him since he was born and keep thinking about when I have to go back to work and every time I think about it I get sad. I don't know what that day is going to be like when I drop him off with someone else. I don't want to miss anything. I am so glad that his first laugh was with his mom and dad. I pray that all of his first will be that way. It is amazing to witness your child growing and changing everyday and learning about their world. I feel so blessed being Austin's mom!
For the 4th of July David, Austin, and I headed out to Lake Conroe. Before Austin was born, David and I attended birthing classes which taught us a lot about what to expect when labor begins and what happens afterwards. We had the class every Thursday night for 5 weeks and it was sort of fun because it was like a little date night for us every week. We would always go to dinner somewhere before class and then go to class and learn about breathing and all kinds of things. Anyways...we meet two wonderful couples in the class who we became friends with who also had little boys, Jackson and Chance. We got invited by Chance's parents, Shaun and Kasi, to go out to their parents lake house and we had a complete blast. Austin was super! He was able to stick to his schedule and still go to bed before 7 so that mom could kick back and relax! It was a great weekend for me because I was able to be a mom all day and in the evening be a "normal" person. David was a great dad while we were there like he always is, but I know when boys get around "the boys" that sometimes they forget how they are at home. David did not. He would still get out of the pool and come and visit Austin and I on the porch or wherever we were to make sure we were okay. I have to say that going to lake with my two favorite men in the world (David and Austin) made me realize how truly blessed I am. Our next lake trip will be with some other friends of ours in late July who have a baby coming in October.
It is amazing to me that immediately after you have your own child you instantly fall in love with them. It is almost as though the word LOVE takes on a whole new meaning. I think that it is one of those things that can't be explained you just have to experience it. Being a first time mom you are always wanting to hold your baby and let them sleep on you because you just want to stare at them because it is like looking at a little miracle. I would not ever say that I regret holding Austin as much as I did but am now having a hard time not holding him. I am going to be going back to work in August and Austin is going to start going to daycare and he will not be able to be held all day. We have started letting Austin take his naps in his crib so that he is used to not sleeping in someone's arms. It has been a hard adjustment for a couple reasons. One being that I can't hold him while he sleeps anymore when I really just want to hold him all the time and the second being that he cries. There is nothing more heartbreaking than hearing your baby cry. I feel bad because I think to myself he would not cry if I held him as much as he did so I feel like it is my fault when I set him in his crib and he cries. I have only cried a few times when Austin cries because it just pulls at your heart strings. The thing that worries me or that makes me sad to think about is that when I go back to work he is going to be crying at daycare and I will not be there to pick him up and hold him and let him know that I love him. I might have to be going to work with waterproof mascara or my students are going to think I was beat up on my drive to school. David is going to be going with me on his first day of daycare because I know it is going to be a hard day for mom and hopefully not as hard for Austin.
As soon as David and I found out we were having a baby boy the thoughts of how we were going to decorate Austin's room starting spinning through my head. We ended up going with a football theme...surprise surprise...since David is a high school football coach. I had a parent of one of my former students come to our house and paint a mural in his room which turned out amazing. My mom was wonderful and made Austin's bedding which he loves to stare at. He also loves to hear his mobile play the Eyes of Texas and stare at Bevo. We can't wait for Austin to get older and play in his big boy room that we made just for him!
On April 17, 2008 my life changed in an instant. Our son Austin Alan Colschen was born at 4:14pm and it was the most amazing experience. We found out in August that we were pregnant and I couldn't have been more excited. I remember going to the store and buying boxes of pregnancy tests because I wanted to make sure we really were (there is no such thing as a false positive) so I guess I just liked seeing the plus sign on the stick. 20 weeks later in November we found out that we were having a boy and knew immediately that his name was going to be Austin. My pregnancy was pretty good for the most part with only an occasional trip to the bathroom and luckily never while I was at work. We went to the doctors office on April 16 for a regular check up and later that night I started to go into labor. We didn't end up leaving for the hospital till about 4 the next morning. When we got to the hospital the contractions were anywhere from 3-5 minutes apart and I was about 3 centimeters dilated. They had me walk around for an hour and then the contractions were right at 3 minutes apart and I was 4 centimeters dilated but we got sent home. I know CRAZY! Let's just say that was not the best car ride David and I have had together. We ended up driving home and turning right back around and going back to the hospital. When we got there they had a room ready for us and I immediately ran to the bathroom and got sick. After that I felt much better, and after the epidural I felt even better. I pushed through one contraction and the nurse told me to stop and that she was going to call the doctor. We waited about 20 minutes for the doctor to get there and then a few contractions later Austin was born. We were so excited!
It would make the most sense if I got everyone caught up on how I got to where I am today. Don't worry I won't be a total girl and share all the details just the highlights. I grew up for the most part in Spring, Texas. I graduated from the University of Texas in 2005 with a degree in early childhood education. I married David, who I went to high school with, in June 2006. After having known we were responsible enough to take care of our two dogs, Tex and Princess, we decided it was time to have a baby. We found out in August 2007 that we were pregnant and couldn't have been more excited. In April 2008, our first born baby boy Austin was born and couldn't have been more perfect. I know they say there is no such thing as "perfect" but when you see YOUR child for the very first time they are PERFECT!