Auggie turns 1

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Next up, photographs from Auggie’s first birthday last summer.  We didn’t want get too crazy with the details of this party, since Auggie is a little guy and didn’t have any input or preferences of his own to add yet, but we wanted to have a cozy, fun get together with family and a few friends, eat cake (Auggie certainly enjoyed that part) and celebrate this amazing little guy we’ve been so lucky to have in our lives for the past year. We were so glad to have several of his grandparents travel all the way to New York to join in.

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I didn’t think Auggie would care about decorations, but when Auggie got up from his nap and saw the colorful items on the wall, he pointed and said “Oh! This!”  His favorite parts of the day seemed to be walking around and interacting with guests, eating cake (and a lot of other food, blueberries in particular), playing with balloons, and seeing the other baby friends who came to join the fun. 

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Thanks to Keturah for documenting!!

 

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Last spring…

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And now for a series of posts I have been meaning to share for a long time! First up, a photo shoot we did way back last May with my friend, the very talented photographer Keturah Davis, also known as Aunty Keturah. By the way, she also created the lovely (and vastly improved from what I had cobbled together) header image you might notice on top today… thank you Keturah!  Auggie was 9 months old at the time these were taken. The photographs make me marvel at how much a child changes in just half a year.

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Aw, guy! Thanks again for the lovely photographs, Keturah! Hope everyone has a good Monday.

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No, no, tooka no.

Auggie has been saying more words lately… In addition to mama, dada, and toast, he says “oh yeah” (I think because that’s how we often respond to his babbling, by saying “oh yeah?”), “dog”, “duck” (sound the same), “nana” (his word for food or nursing)  “book,” “more,” and “down.” He really just pronounces the beginning sounds of these words but it’s obvious what he is trying to say. He also does a little sign language for “more” and “all done.”

Auggie has also been very intrigued by us saying “no” about certain things and has started saying “no” often! He even says it in a stern tone of voice, adding his own babbling additions and usually ends up saying “no no tooka no.” 

Here are Auggie and Dmitry walking and “chatting” the other day on Roosevelt Island.

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I just read that while babies Auggie’s age can typically only say a handful of words, they understand much, much more. So interesting!

 
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Back in action! And feeding a one year old

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Hi there! So, now that we are largely unpacked (emphasis on largely), I am determined to post more regularly here again! We have had some exciting stuff going on lately, between Auggie turning one (whoohooo! so exciting) and going on vacation for a bit in South Carolina. I will post more photos of both soon!

Meanwhile, I have been trying to get into a more easy and logical pattern with feeding Auggie. It’s an interesting stage, since according to doctors and most people I talk to, he should now just be eating everything that I eat. The only problems are that a.) with only 7 teeth it’s not easy for him to chew everything I eat and b.) he isn’t supposed to be eating huge amounts of sodium and to be perfectly honest, I am a total restaurant/ take out addict!

I try hard to cook regularly, but I have this sneaky habit of instead constantly ordering. So bad! I think it’s strange to feed my baby so carefully/ healthfully and then eat a giant slice of pizza (or whatever) myself. And my attempts at creating baby menus, etc. for him totally failed (remember this post? Yeah. Didn’t happen. Well at least not in order, all in one week). So I’m trying really hard to get better at feeding our whole family, including myself, in a home-cooked, healthful manner. 

I am totally inspired by this blog that I learned of by a fellow parent from my old neighborhood! And will appreciate any tips or advice anyone can give me! Since we returned from vacation I haven’t ordered in… and trying not to for quite a while. 

In any case… Auggie loves to eat!

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Also…

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Hi! It’s been a while, as we have been really busy preparing to move from Brooklyn to Jackson Heights in Queens. We are finally in the new place and after several days of unpacking chaos, things are finally feeling more like home! I actually know where most of the things I need on a daily basis are, and Auggie’s room and the living room are set up in a functional manner. The neighborhood is wonderful- more on that soon- and we live right down the street from my brothers, sister and niece which is dreamy. I have so much to write about the move but things are still really busy so in the meantime I will just post a video of Auggie who is now… walking!!! Whoohoo! Yes, he learned to walk during our move.

East River Ferry trip

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Today I had an errand to run in Dumbo (another neighborhood in Brooklyn) and the best way to get there from Greenpoint is the East River Ferry. I put Auggie in the baby carrier and we headed off. It’s such an easy and fun trip!

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The boat ride was good, not too crowded, and Auggie spent most of it banging on a table in front of our seat and smiling at the people who were working on the ferry.  As always the views of the city were wonderful.

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When we got off in Dumbo it was lush and green compared to the last time we made the trip in early spring.

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We had a chance to ride on the carousel before making our way back home.

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Before long we were back in Greenpoint, heading home.Image

 

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Steps toward walking…

 

ImageAuggie has been looking like he might take some steps soon. He’s really into his walker wagon toy, pushing it around and chattering. Sometimes lately he also takes advantage of the “wagon” aspect, putting a block or his dragon puppet inside. Side note: I have started giving the dragon a little personality, waving it around and having it say “Hi Auggie, how are you doing today? I love you!” in a growly southern gentleman type voice (that I realized later sounds an awful lot like the antagonist vampire on True Blood, Russel Edgington… but he really likes it!) My dad used to have two of my favorite dolls “talk” in funny voices when I was a kid and I have such great memories of it.

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Aside from using his walker, he has been standing on his own from time to time. Often he does this because he needs two hands to focus on a toy, so he doesn’t even really seem to realize what he’s accomplishing. Other times if he is holding our hands and we let go and make a big deal that he’s standing, he seems proud. We also try holding his hands and walking him around, but he tends to just do little jumps instead of walking, and lean back to smile at us.

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He also likes to climb up into the walker and get in funny poses.

The more milestones Auggie reaches, the more I feel content just enjoying where we are without feeling an overwhelming urge to reach the next one too quickly… it’s pretty fun in the almost-walking zone!

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