Thursday, July 31, 2008

Austin makes us so HAPPY

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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!! 

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Our First Family Vacation

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.  

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A Baby's Laugh

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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!  

Monday, July 7, 2008

Happy 4th of July!

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.  

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Mom's Tears

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.