Sunday, January 30, 2011


Austin got a visit from his Rochester NY cousins yesterday and today!  Poor B (in the middle) was sick most of the night, but the little guys, Landon (9 months older than Austin) and Austin had so much fun playing together.  They don't see each other often so if was so nice to have them over.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Christmas Train

 Austin loves playing with his Christmas train that he got from Uncle Al and Aunt Nancy!

Saturday, January 22, 2011


One of the reasons I wanted to start this blog, besides sharing pictures with all of  you, was to remember the little things and the big milestones.  I wanted a place to look back and remember when he did what and where and with who.  Needless to say, I haven't done a great job of typing.  Here is an attempt and playing check up.

About a month ago, we moved Austin into his "big boy bed" at about 27 months.  As usual, we thought this would be a big transition, but he took to it like a champ and loved his new bed.  He is free to roam and play and does a good job of occupying himself and still going to bed within a reasonable time.  He quickly learned how to open the door so we had to put a safety knob on, which he also mastered in no time, but after I acted like it just broke and I fixed it, he hasn't attempted another escape.

At 18 months, the Dr. thought we should have him evaluated for a speech delay/learning disorder and we've spent the last year seeing various people through county and city programs which have all been great.  It turns out, he was just a little slow to get going with formal words, but his language has really taken off and he was just officially "kicked out" of the early on program since he was doing so well.  He even scored slightly above average on his most recent evaluation of speech and understanding!  We hope to have him in some sort of pre school program in the fall.  He has a good vocabulary and I'm able to piece together his sentences and interpret to most others... He knows his numbers to ten and with a little coaxing can say them in order.  His ABC song currently sounds like this "a, b, c next time sing me"  so that needs a little work :)

Our schedule has stayed the same since moving to South Lyon this summer.  Andrew is home with him on Thursdays and Fridays when I work and I am home the rest of the week.  Friday is story time at the library and the boys head out of various field trips when they are together.  Austin went bowling a couple of weeks ago for the first time and scored a 42.  They also love Wal Mart and were recently parked 2 cars down from a crime scene in the parking lot.  Austin loves lights and sirens, so he was so excited when they came out of the store.

Austin is still into cars, trucks, airplanes, helicopters....anything with an engine.  He loves to "pick out" a truck or two to take with him anywhere, including bed time.  He also loves anything Toy Story and has replaced Elmo with "monkey george" Aka Curious George as his new top favorite.  Elmo is still a close second.

He has recently started expressing preferences.  He loves to pick out his diapers, with green diapers and the moo cow diaper being his favorites (we are still using cloth).  He also likes to have a say in his clothes, socks and jammies (which he have to change into at nap time too!)

Austin continues to be a good sleeper and usually takes about a 3 hour nap.  He goes to be around 8 and is usually up around 7.30am ready for yummy oatmeal.

Mornings consist of oatmeal or milkandcereal (one word if you asked him) and he loves fruit, yogurt, breads, milk, hot dogs, and anything that he can dip (even celery!)  He is becoming more open to trying new things and even ate some salad the other day and tried shrimp today.

He continues to be a big guy and is still in the 95th percentile for both height and weight.

Austin loves going to baby sisters appts with me and thinks Dr. D is very cool.  Austin does the best impression of the ultrasound doppler that we hear small fry's heart rate with.

A few times a week we go to some sort of bible study/church/moms group meeting which all get referred to as "kids church" in his mind.  He loves all the different kids and is going a pretty good job sharing and playing with others.  Wednesday nights are his favorite because my friend Heather's daughter, Hannah, who just turned 6 is there.  Austin is just smitten over her, they are the cutest.  In the fall, Austin had his first sleepover when Hannah needed to stay with us while her mom worked.  What a stud!

I guess that sums Austin up for now, we'll see if I can remember an update before he turns 3!

Small Fry

I am feeling very guilty for neglecting Small Fry (as named by my sister, aka Aunt Chuck) on the blog lately.  I thought I would share a little update to her progress.

Small Fry has been cooking for 33.5 weeks now and it still projected to enter the world around March 8th. According to google she's as big as a pineapple (19 inches and about 4.5 lbs.)  She continues to get great check ups at the doctor every other week and her heart rate has been between 140 and 150 bpm.  We've been seeing a lot of Dr. D (who delievered Austin) but they all rotate so we wont know who will deliver small fry until she's ready to come out.  Dr. D seems to think she is head down so that leads me to believe that she is very smart and already knows her way out.

She's very active and loves to move all around, especially after a good meal and dessert!

We (one of us is doing a much better job than the other, Andrew!) are keeping the name a secret until she is born, but she is named and loved very much already.

Here is a in progress picture of small fry's room.  Its still in the works....

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Push ups and Sit ups

                                                                      Austin decided to join Andrew for some sit ups and push ups this morning...

 ...and up!

Saturday, January 15, 2011


Here's a smile for my 1000th post!  Holy Moly...

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Hands On Museum- Ann Arbor

These pictures were forgotten about on the camera, but at the end of November we met Jack and Lexi at the Hands on Museum in Ann Arbor for lots of fun... 

These are the few pics I got before my camera battery died

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Play Doh

 Austin had so much fun playing with his new Play Doh that he got for Christmas!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Home Depot

Less than enthused at Home Depot as we had some wood cut.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Garavaglia Christmas

Click the link for a little glimpse into Garavaglia Christmas.  We missed you Michelle!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Hat and Apron

Ready to cook with his new Toy Story hat and apron!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Christmas Morning

For me?
 Like Father, LIke son...


Mama's sweetie.

Thanks for the bath Yo Yo

The men of the house