Wednesday, September 27, 2006
After we were done "running" and going back to our bike we paseed the exercise science office which has a parrott. I went in and said hello to the parrott, and you should have seen Autumn's face when the bird said hello back. The bird's name is Henry and he said quite a few things. He climbed out of his cage so that he could be closer to me and Autumn. Autumn just laughed and laughed, she loved that the bird could talk.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Prairie had her 4 month appointment today. Here are her stats:
Height: 26 in ( 9oth percentile)
Weight: 15 lbs. 3 oz. ( 66th percentile)
and her head circumference is in the 94th percentile -- so she's tall with a large head!
She can officially start eating solids. We have had a few feedings with rice cereal, cooked oatmeal, cantaloupe and peaches. She really likes the fruits. She has also officially rolled on to her tummy, which I consider an accomplishment, since she doesn’t particularly like being on her tummy, she has to really try to get there. I can’t believe that she is going to be rolling over all the time soon. Also she had her fist tooth cut through the gum. It is the bottom left tooth – pretty exciting, except for nursing, I don’t like when they get teeth.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
I realized that we had one weekend in September where we weren't visiting with family, I told Ben that we were going camping. I was so excited, I went grocery shopping and got all of my favorite foods for a one night camping trip. Well the camping was suppose to be last friday. All day there were off and on showers with scattered clouds. I got really depressed becasue the next opportunity we would have would be the second weekend in october, three weeks later, which is starting to get pretty cold in the mountains. Anyway I got really down.
When Ben got home he could see that I was down, and having a difficult time and he was trying to upbeat, but finally he just let me hang out with my sister. At around 6pm, Ben had had enough of my glum mood and just said whether it was raining or not we were going camping. So we made a mad rush around the house getting everything we would need for camping for one night and trying to get ready fast enough to get our tent up before it got dark. So at 6:50 we were all loaded in the car and leaving the house. Since Ben had gotten home from campus a couple of hours earlier, a huge cloud mass had come in and settled over the entire valley, and we couldn't even see the mountains, and as soon as we got in the car a steady rain began to fall, that there seemed to be no promise of it letting up. We went to taco bell got dinner, ate in the car on the way up to the campground.
We drove up through Provo Canyon past Sundance and stayed at the first campground we found past Sundance. Ben meticiously picked out a spot in the rain, trying to find one that we could set up our tent under a tree to help keep us dry. We began setting up our tent, by time it was set up it was completely dark, we drove to the toliets, used them then all went to bed. It rained all night. Everything that wasn't on the air mattress was soaked. It was cold enough that the rain turned into snow during the night. As soon as we were all awake we threw all the wet stuff in the trunk and the dry stuff in the car, and we packed up and made breakfast back at our apartment. Ben and I felt great - we finally went camping in Utah, and even though it was raining, even though we had taco bell in the car for dinner, and didn't eat breakfast until we got back to our apartment, and everything was soaked, we had a great time going camping, and we can't wait to hopefully go again in 2 weeks when it won't be raining.
The mountains driving back Saturday morning. It is cold enough in the mountains that the trees are beginning to change, and with the sunlight it is difficult to see, but the tips of the mountains were snow covered and it was beautiful.
This is what Autumn and I did on the rainy Friday instead of getting everything ready for camping. This are balloon head bottles of each member of our family. From left to right it is: Emily, Prairie, Autumn, and Ben (with a half goatee, which we lament that he cannot have at BYU).
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
This is my grandpa with some of his great-grandchildren. Autumn calls my grandpa, grandpa thumb-stump because he cut off part of this thumb like 7 years ago, and he has a stumpy thumb.
Autumn really enjoyed riding around on this tricycle on the back porch at my
Grandpa's house. This is her crazy uncombed hair.
This is how Autumn plays with dolls. She is giving them tummy time, just like we do with Prairie.
A couple of quotes from Autumn:
(Autumn talking to Prairie)
"How did you get so cute, so cute like me? Look at those cute cheeks."
"Marshmallows aren't for sharing, they're for eating!"
She decided to call her grandma roast beef for a while, and yesterday she was calling Prairie asparagus.
Friday, September 08, 2006
I am up in
My cousin has a son that is just a couple of months younger than Autumn, so we really enjoy getting together. We took them to Rexburg’s new splash park. It doesn’t have any depth like a pool, but it is a playground that sprays water down the slides and has water spraying all different directions.
Autumn waring a mexican wrestling mask. If you look closely you can see her eye through the nose hole.
Autumn is having a lot of fun playing with different toys and making new “friends”. There is a large cookie monster stuffed animal that has been the focus of her attention. There is her imaginary friend Ammon. Ammon seems to be getting in trouble a lot, Autumn is telling me that he has time outs quite a bit. Right now she is dressed in her pajamas, with a jacket over it, and flip flops on. She is stting on the stoop of my grandparents back door and watching the sprinkling of rain. Of course she isn’t alone Cookie and Ammon are with her. The way that the house is set up it is really nice that she can be outside and I can be at the computer watching her. With her jacket on this morning she told me she had a baby like me. She had stuffed the baby under her jacket, and had a big tummy and was pretending to be pregnant.
The other day when my mom got up from the table Autumn in a very innocent way said “Grandma you have a big bum.” Ben and I tried not to laugh, but what can you do when your child say something like that, than just laugh. The other day we were walking home from the park and we walked by a water park. There was a woman and a man walking back to the car. The woman was very much an apple shape. She had skinny legs and was hefty on top. Well Autumn told me that she had a big tummy and that she was going to have baby soon, and I am pretty sure she wasn’t pregnant. I think the lady was far enough away that she didn’t hear Autumn.
Prairie has really started grabbing. If there is something in front of her face she is grabbing it. She can hold toys now and will shake them, and seems to get a little bored sometimes if she doesn’t have toys to play with. She also recently has really enjoyed playing on the floor. Autumn pretty much since she was born was a floor baby. She loved being on the floor and being independent. Up until now Prairie loves being held, but just in the last couple of days she will start to get really squirmy when you are holding for a while, and she wants to be on the floor. She can roll over occasionally from stomach to back, but hasn’t gone the other direction yet, but that doesn’t stop her from moving her body. She can move her body more than 180 degrees from her original position. I think we might have an early scooter. She can already push herself a little bit on her back with her feet. It seems like Prairie is all the sudden out of the infant stage and is getting so much fun to play with. She responds with smiles and giggles. She can grab toys and loves it when her parents or older sister interact with her.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
I doubt that this trend will continue that I blog about every haircut that Autumn has, but since she has only had 2 in almost three years it doesn’t seem overboard yet. I am excited to announce that all of her hair is finally the same length. She has a very cute little bob. The more I see it the more I like it, and I liked it in the first place. Anyway here are some pictures of her haircut.
I took almost three inches off the hair at the back of her neck.
Monday, September 04, 2006
This morning when I went in to check on the girls Autumn had her Sponge Bob Squarpants pillow (compliments of her Aunt Laura) over her face. When she woke up she told me that she had put it on her head so that the sun couldn't see her sleeping.
(Also I posted a couple of pictures of me and Prairie hiking the Y thanks to David)
Saturday, September 02, 2006
While Ben's sister, Lindsey, was in town we thought it would be fun to go hike the Y. So this morning we all got up early so that we wouldn't have to hike with the sun beating down us. So it was Ben, Autumn, Prairie, Lindsey, Ben's sister Laura, her fiance David and me.
Friday, September 01, 2006
Autumn finding creative ways to keep Prairie's pacifier in her mouth.
Autumn really loves her grandparents a lot. She said that she was like Grandmother Isis because her grandmother uses a cane, and Autumn was pretending the cutting boards are canes.
Prairie is really developing. She is really getting the whole hand- eye coordination down. She really likes grabbing at toys now. When she is in her bouncy seat she reaches up and moves the mobile stars around.
On Tuesday we drove up American Fork canyon and went hiking near silver lake in the Uinta National forest. We had to drive up a pretty steep gravel switchback road to get there, and our car overheated. Luckily it was right next to the only stream on the whole way up. So Ben and Lindsey just kept pouring water over the engine until it cooled down and filled up the radiator with water. We made it up and had a beautiful view.
This is Aunt Lindsey and Autumn in front of Silver Lake.
Mommy and Prairie relaxing on the couch after a hard day of hiking. As you can see Prairie got a little sunburned on her face, arms and legs.
Autumn and Prairie in their pajamas all ready to go to bed. We have them on the same bed time now which is so nice. Prairie is our growing baby. Ben had to take her to the doctors office and she weighed in at 14.5 lbs, I checked and that is what Autumn weighed at about 8 months.
Mommy and Autumn spending some quality time together before bedtime. Autumn has been really wanting to spend some time with me this last week, so we have been doing some activities just the two of us. We went to the library together and picked out new books for Autumn and spent some time in the library reading the new books. Then last night we went to the BYU creamery and got a kids meal split it and had a really good time. Then at night I have been telling her stories and laying next to her. Last night when I went in to lay Prairie down she asked me to lay next to her, so I did. When I laid down she said " Mommy you are so cute and you are nice."
This is Prairie in her bumbo seat and Autumn's pretend baby Vaughn (the honey container) in its own bumbo seat complimentary of Autumn, she is very creative and has quite an imagination.