Thursday, May 5, 2011

Aubrey is 9 months old!

Summer has arrived at Casa de Baggett! The kids and I have already braved the pool water (a balmy 81 degrees on the first day), and Aubrey seemed to have the best time! These are pics from her first time in the pool. I suspect there will be many more to follow. Also, we have planned a beach vacation for this summer, and I can't wait to see how she does. Alden was a great beach baby, so maybe she'll take after her brother.

In other news, this month has brought about many new changes for Aubrey Jill (or "Aub" as Alden likes to call her...and actually, I think it's sweet). She is now pulling up to everything, and she only holds on with one hand. Occasionally, she'll let go and stand by herself for a few seconds. Then, it's like she realizes what she's done, and she sits down really fast! Of equal importance is the fact that she is now waving to everyone! At first, she started saying bye-bye (ok, well it was b-b, but we knew what she meant) and waving, but now she waves at you and expects you to wave back and say "hi!" It is so sweet! She is still crawling everywhere and she is fast, too! She can get out of your sight in just a moment, and everytime, she goes to the electrical plugs!!! She loves cords of any kind. She also loves shoes, which is not bad in and of itself, but she likes to chew on them. We also have to watch her so carefully because we live in the land of Lego, so at any moment, I might fine Luke Skywalker's light saber or Harry Potter's wand in my floor, ready to go straight to her mouth. Alden is really a very neat and clean little boy, but there are just so many Legos!!

Aubrey's tastes haven't changed much in the last month with regard to her favorite toys and things to do at home. She has now taken a liking to her giraffe teething toy, so we keep that one on hand at all times. It's either that or our hands! She is really independent, so she likes to be in her walker so she can do as she pleases. Occasionally she likes to jump in her Johnny Jumper while we get ready in the mornings. She also likes to sit in her high chair and play. That is a necessity at times (shower, Legos all over the floor) and she seems to like it. She also really likes to watch Alden play.

Aubrey is still eating about the same, except now, she is really getting the hang of feeding herself and using her pincer grasp. She is also very aware of what we are eating, and I can tell she wants table food just like we are I oblige her! She likes gravy the best! Strangely, she doesn't like juice, but not for my lack of trying. We'll keep working on that one.

In health news, it has been a fairly rough month. Aubrey had some terrible congestion/cough, so we took her to the doc, and she had an ear infection brewing. After antibiotics, she had all the fun things that go along with a course of those, so back to the doc we went. Not only that, but she had an infection in the other ear! So, two more medicines we given. Thank goodness she is such a good medicine taker! Speaking of, I did find a contraption to give meds using a med cup and a nipple on top. I, for the record, said she would never drink meds out of it because of the taste. Annaleigh, for the record, said she thought it was a grand idea. I spent $3 thinking that was the biggest waste of money ever...but since I bought it already, I should at least give it a try? For the record, I was wrong, and Annaleigh was right. She loved the new contraption and took both her meds at the same time! It was the best $3 I've ever spent! Aubrey also has a total of 3.5 teeth now! She has the bottom two in the middle, the top left and now the 2nd top left! It is the .5 that has just popped through.

Aubrey has also developed some weird sleeping habits. In the last month or so, she gets rocked (or bounced to sleep on our knees) and we put her in her bed. I know, I know, but we've never had a baby that cried it out, and I don't see the point in starting now! Anyway, she will sleep in her bed for anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, then she wakes up. We have to get her back to sleep again, and depending on the time, she sometimes just ends up in bed with us, which also, is just fine. In the last week or so, she has started waking up in our bed, sitting up, then trying to find one of us to lay on! She'll scoot over to us, still sitting up (but never opens her eyes) and want to lean over on us. The she just goes back to sleep! That is what I really love. Also, she still takes a power nap in the mornings and a longer nap after lunch.

Lastly, the weirdest thing she does is one that I've never seen before! I am not a newbie mama, so you'd think there's nothing I haven't seen, or at least heard of before....but alas. Aubrey is a major pincher!!! I don't mean gentle, sweet pinches. I mean, get you right in that tender spot on the back of the arm, or under your chin. She does it most when she's sleepy, so it's got to be some kind of soothing thing for her, but I can't stand it. And that's hard, too, when you're trying to get her to go to sleep, but I have to tell her "no!" and move her hands. Most times she's not too crazy about that. AND...I almost forgot...she has started head-butting, too! She might turn out to be quite the little scrapper!

In any case, Aubrey is the light of our lives, pinching and all! We wish we could slow down time, but our baby will be one before we know it!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Newest AJHS Majorette Is...

Sooooooo PROUD of my baby girl! She worked so hard, and it paid off!

You are looking at the newest members of the 2011-2012 AJHS Majorettes!

There are 15 of them total.
Aren't they the prettiest group of girls?!

The "7th" Grade Majorettes...At least that's what they'll be next year.
Five out of six of them have all been taking lessons together for the last year or so from the baton "guru" in a nearby town...It paid off!

Calling Daddy to tell him the good news!

Getting a hug from last year's Captain, Aly.

Calling Nana!

Annaleigh and her bestest best friend talking to their Daddies! I'm so proud that BOTH of them made it! Her mother was rooting for Annaleigh just as much as her own daughter.

I think that a major reason for Annaleigh's success is due to this precious young lady, Miss Jill. She helped Annaleigh during the week of tryouts and tweeked her routine to give her just the right amount of spunk and sass!! What makes you think she knows anything about twirling?? Well, she just graduated from the University of Alabama, and while she was there, she was a Crimsonette!! Now, if you're not from the South, you might not understand this, but here, these girls are celebrities!! They're the closest thing to royalty that you can get!

Happy Easter 2011!

What a wonderful Lord's Day! It could not have been any better! The weather was absolutely beautiful, my children are all happy and healthy, and we spent the day as one big, happy family. I loved talking all weekend about the importance of Easter with my kids. I hope they always remember that the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the real meaning of Easter.

When I grew up, we always went to Sunrise Service, but the church we have gone to for the past 19 years (wow) is really big, so we don't do that. It was always such a special memory for me, so I am trying to make equally memorable moments for my kids now. We love to tell the Easter story using Resurrection Eggs, and we love to watch Miss Patty Cake tell the story using those as well.

This is our traditional family picture outside of church on Easter Sunday. We started doing this for Annaleigh's first Easter, and we have done it ever since! Here is last year when I was 20 weeks pregnant with Aubrey:

And this is our family this year...
Now we are complete.
All the places at my table are filled.

Annaleigh, 12, Alden, 5, and Aubrey 8.5 months

After church, we came home to see what the Easter Bunny had brought the kiddos and take some pics of the kids by themselves.

Annaleigh got some new Brighton earrings, Alden got a Lego Hero Factory toy...

And Aubrey got a slew of toys, including a baby animal book, some stacking cups, a chirping chick, and a vibrating pig!

Then, we went to Nana and Granddaddy's for some food, fun, and fellowship.

Aubrey and Pappy playing...
That's Great-Granny Dunn and brand spanking new Baby Cohen.

Sweet baby girl is happy like this all the time!

Picking up her very first Easter egg!

And tasting it...

She got pretty good at this!

There's that happy baby again!

Lush green grass and baby feet just go together!

One of the only pictures of Annaleigh actually hunting eggs...

Alden hunting eggs...

Annaleigh, Jason, and Uncle Wesley chatting it up...

Driving the wagon train with Pappy...

Alden and Cousin Claire wallowing in the back of train car #1...

Family friends Kayla and Taylor hopped in for a ride, too!

My baby boy's not a baby anymore...

Is that the Easter bunny?

Mommy wanted to ride with the little ones, too!

Outfit change for some sweet pictures! This was Aubrey's first Easter dress that I bought, then I found the "Tiffany Blue" silk one, and I melted!

Hiding in the bushes...

Eating some bark...

Annaleigh and Alden...

 More finds...

What a face! I love this boy so much!

Happy Easter Everyone!

And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus' resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

Matthew 27:50-53

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Aubrey is 8 Months Old!

Aubrey, you are EIGHT months old!! I can't believe how fast the time has flown! You are still the happiest baby all the time. We drag you all over creation with your brother and sister, and you just don't seem to care in the least. Right now, it's T-ball season, so the weather could be just about anything. You just roll with the punches.

You still love going to "school" each day, and you are in LOVE with your teachers Mrs. Judy and Mrs. Linda. They both say you are the best baby all day, and you never get upset. Mrs. Wren, another teacher, was telling me that one day she came in to help with the babies, and you were a little testy about how quick they were about getting your bottle! She said that you very clearly yelled "Mama!" We have been working on that with you at home, but we haven't heard it yet. Maybe if I make you mad enough you will! 

We are working on clapping and crawling, although once you start, I'm sure I'll wish I could keep you in one place. You are the funniest thing when it comes to crawling! You get up on all-fours and just rock back and forth. You look down at your legs and it looks like you're thinking, "I know this works for Alex and Braxton!" We know you'll get the hang of it soon, and when you do, 'Katie Bar the DOOR!' 

Another funny thing is that you like being in your walker outside. We have been working out in the backyard on the "never ending pool project" for the last several weeks, just about every afternoon after work. Annaleigh is such a good helper with you, and so is Alden really. They bring your walker outside and keep up with you by attaching the dog's leash to it!

You are still eating about the same...and sleeping about the same, too! You usually wake up once per night. Sometimes, we try to wait you out on the bottle and see if you'll go back to sleep. That's also usually a waste of our time. Once you eat, you go right back to sleep. Spoiled? I'm sure. But you're my last baby. I'll wake up with you whenever you want. I can sleep with you're in college. 

Right now, you are still wearing a size 3 diaper, and size 9-12 month clothes. We can't wait for summer to get here so we can get you in the POOL! I might have already bought you several adorable swimsuits to wear, since we Baggetts live in swimsuits! I can't wait to get you in that water!!

Here are your 8 month pictures!

First try at pictures...I realized after a few pics that this bow was really HUGE!! But you were just so happy, so I included it anyway!

Close up of really huge bow on really sweet head...

Equally happy baby with a better bow...

A little tired of posing...

Getting ready to try to crawl off...
Time for a location change!

Azaleas! These only bloom in March/April and they are gorgeous!! 
They're called "Christmas Cheer."

Checking out the rocks...

If you look really close, you can see two teeth!

"Best pic you're gonna get Mom.
Now move, I can't see the puppies!"

"There the puppies are!!" Aubrey absolutely adores our two dachshunds, Abby and Alex.
Are you noticing a theme here? Annaleigh, Alden, Aubrey, Abby, and Alex???

"These rocks are dirty, Mama. You should clean them."

"They still taste okay!"