Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Avery's Stats

Avery had her 9 month check up yesterday. It was the first doctor's appointment I've not been to since she was born. And it made me sad. But, Jason is Avery's parent too, so sometimes, I won't be able to do everything, especially with two parents working full time jobs.

Avery weights 22.9 pounds. 95th percentile. She is a little chunk, I tell ya.

She is 27 inches long, 75th percentile.

She is currently wearing size 4 diapers and 12 month clothes.

She crawls everywhere, talks, and loves to watch TV. Especially Elmo.

She loves to mimic you. I will have to get a video of her copying us. Mainly just noises, although she is really trying to figure out clapping, high fives, and waves.

She sleeps about 10 - 11 hours a night uninterupted.

She is currently trying to use a sippy cup, and she is starting to eat alot of big people food. Within the next few months, she will only be drinking milk...NO FORMULA. My wallet will say, "AAAAAHHHH...."

She is getting two more teeth, her back molars. That makes 10.

She is such a smiley baby. She smiles, constantly. And she loves to give you kisses, even if it is her leaning at your face with her mouth open. You just hope the slobber hits somewhere around your cheek and not in your eye or directly in your mouth. :-)

She loves to pat me on the arm. I don't really know what that's all about, but she does it all the time.

Oh, and any other moms come across a phase where your kids hated you putting on their clothes? It's not that she doesn't want to wear clothes, she just hates the physical act of me putting her head through the neck hole and her arms in the sleeves. I mean, hates it. The other day she had a fit so hard, my mom had to blow in her face to get her to breathe. So weird.

She's got green eyes and brownish blonde hair that lays in no discernable direction but any way it pleases. Even when I try to comb it after she gets out of the bath, it has callicks everywhere and just ends up sticking up all over.

When she is eating in her high chair, she will lay her right hand off the side of the chair so the dogs can lick her hand. Uh oh.

We are beginning to think she is lefthanded, as she eats and does most things with her left hand. Jason and Jordan are both left handed, so we will see...

She loves to throw things on the floor just so we can pick them up. It's so hard as a parent not to start bad habits, but if you look at her when she picks something up, and say, "Don't you do it! Don't you do it!" She will throw it down and laugh with delight. You could do this forever and she just shrieks with laughter. I don't see this being so cute in about 6 months.

She loves to play peek a boo.

She loves to stick her tongue out.

She is a great restaurant companion. She never cries, or fusses, and she loves to people watch. It's very pleasant taking her out to eat!

She is just a joy, everyday!!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Bad Morning....

Avery woke up just fine this morning. We went through our normal morning routine:

-Get Avery up, feed her a bottle, I eat my breakfast. Watch Bewitched.
-Change her diaper.
-Put her in the pack n play while I take a shower.
-Let her run around in our room while I am getting ready.
-Say "no" a million times when she is exploring things she shouldn't be.

Everything was going just fine....

At about 6:50, when I was getting ready to dry my hair and head off to work, she just started crying. She just wanted me to pick her up. She NEVER wants me to pick her up. Not like that. Not just bawling,  pleading with her tears, "MOMMY PLEEEEAAASSSEEEE" crying. She was following me around everywhere I walked, sittting on my feet while I was drying my hair, staring at me with these eyes of compete abandonment. I got through drying my hair, but not very well. I didn't even style my hair. I just put it up in a pony tail. And then picked her up. She stopped crying immediately. I held her for a few minutes and she just put her head on my chest and started patting me. That's what she does. She pats. I think it's cause I do it, on her legs, when I hold her. I guess. I don't know. But, that's what made her ok again.

I wanted to get a picture of her, but I just couldn't bring myself to take a picture of her misery, so I got this one. Her eyes were just red after having cried...

I love that my daughter needs me. I really do. It's an amazing feeling to know that someone in this world is unhappy and out of the billions of people there are, you are probably the only one who can make her happy. I love that she looks to me for comfort. It lets me know I am doing my job. That I am providing her comfort when she needs it, enough that she knows I will hold her when she is upset. It doesn't help that I have a place to be in the mornings and that I need to look halfway decent, but you know, it is what it is.

Now I am off to work. Hopefully no one will notice my hair is not fixed. At least it's raining, that's a good excuse, right?

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

SUYL - Baby Showers

I thought I would participate in Kelly's Corner SUYL today - show us your baby showers....

So, I went back through to find pictures on the blog about when I blogged about my baby showers. Guess what? I did not blog about them. That makes me sad. So I am glad I get this opportunity!!

I had 3 showers when I had Avery. I hope I can find all of the pictures for them!!
My first shower was my mom's church friends.

Here is my mom, sisters, and myself. I don't know why people tell you that you "glow" when you are pregnant. I look at this picture and all I can see is my pale skin and horrible roots.

 Aren't these adorable cakes??

This was a tummy time mat from my mother in law. She lives in Seattle and wasn't able to come to any of my showers, but she made sure to send this cute tummy time.

My second shower was at my mom's house with her teacher friends.

Avery's nursery was pink and zebra, I thought this table looked great!

 Cute cupcakes....

 Got some cute auntie onesies from my sisters....

Oh Kate, how I love thee!

Kate got me this madonna onesie...I love it. I need to get one for her size now.

And the introduction of the tutus you see in Avery's month pictures every month!

My 3rd shower was my most interesting. Many of my parents friends are the neighbors that either live or have lived in their neighborhood over the years. Two of their friends' kids were having babies too, so we did a neighborhood couples' shower. It was so. much. fun.

Isn't this cake adorable??

We played this game with the husbands and wives. As you can see, the husbands put their faces into a foam board....

...then they blindfolded the wives and we had to feed them like a baby! I laughed the whole time. It was hilarious!!!

I am glad Jason got to be a part of a shower. However, I can't say that any of the husbands really cared about being there. They were more concerned with the UT football game on the background. 

Kind of makes me sad to reminisce......

Playing with my web cam!!

We were at McDonalds yesterday eating breakfast and I remembered that on my new laptop I had a webcam! So, I started messing around with it and here is the debut video of Avery on the playground for the first time. She did NOT like it.


I'm so happy. I am so glad I can instantly send and upload videos on this thing!!!

And then I figured out that it takes INSTANT pictures. Pretty awesome. Until I get a new camera phone, this will just have to do. But still, not bad for a web cam!!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Shiny Shoes

Avery wore her shiny patton (is that correct spelling?) shoes today and I did too. We both had on our shiny shoes so I just had to take a picture. 

Isn't this a great picture of her? Just smiling, sitting pretty, in her little outfit?? Isn't she just the most sweet, still, perfect little girl you've ever seen?

Well, I'll have you know, this is the ONLY one I got of her actually smiling and looking at the camera. This is how she is looking these days.....

"Avery, look at momma!"

"No, Avery, don't look back over at that stinky dresser, look at momma!"

"I know Avery, those shoes are so pretty, but could you please look at momma? I want to take your picture, pretty girl!"

"No Avery, don't crawl to momma, look at momma!"

"Sign, ok Avery. You win. But you are such a cutie girl."

This girl is just a mover and a shaker. I just love her. :-)

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Avery 9 Months

Happy 9 Month Birthday, Little Missy!

Avery did not want to smile for me today. This was the only picture she smiled in. And the quality of these pictures turned out very poor. But, it is what it is.

Avery is becoming a very opinionated, very independant little girl! She wants what she wants when she wants it. I am not sure if that is her personality or just how babies are at this age, when they realize that there are things around them and they want them, now, now NOW! Or they cry when they don't want to lay down long enough for them to change their clothes. Or when they don't want to go to sleep. But, that's how she is! She hates getting her shirts changed now, she hates being stationary, even for a few seconds! And she has found her voice, so she is going through a squealing, screaming phase. She is starting to learn the word "no" more lately. Like when she screams in the car at the top of her lungs just because she wants out - we have to say, "No Avery. We don't scream." She stares at us like, "um, excuse me?" But she knows what "no" means.

She is always talking. She says "ma ma" and "da da" along with all kinds of other interesting sounds. I still don't think she knows what those words mean, but we are trying to respond when she says those sounds, even by accident. Maybe she'll pick up on it soon.

She is crawling everywhere now! She is starting to really pick up on the fact that she doesn't have to stay within the same 3 feet radius. There are all kinds of fun things to explore for her now, and she loves to just go around and see. She also is pulling herself up on everything. That, of all things, is what makes me the most nervous! She has hit her head a few times, I mean, in the blink of an eye, while you are watching them, they can hurt themselves!

She weighs 23 pounds (or so) and is eating lots of big kid food (bread, Cheerios, mashed up veggies and fruits with chunks, etc.)

Avery loves her sister and brother, so much. She laughs and laughs at them when they are with us. She also loves us, very much. Everyday, it seems she has a favorite parent. I do think she is going to be a daddy's girl, though. Daddy's are fun, after all. At least, hers is.

Avery really does love to smile. She smiles constantly. Just not when I am trying to take her picture in the morning on her 9 month birthday and I don't have alot of time. :-) But she is a very very happy baby!!!

I have learned that weighted down diaper boxes are a great thing to climb on. If they fall on them, they don't hurt and they are the perfect height!

Why does my daughter look like a vampire in this picture?

She still wants to eat everything, so we have to really watch her now. Oy.

Avery Grace, please stop growing so fast. You are making mommy a little sad that you will be a year old in 3 short months. But I am really loving watching you get bigger and discover new things!!!

I love you!

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Ridin' The Rails

When you ride the vintage railroad at the Fort Worth Stockyards....

You gotta have your guns....

You gotta have your posse....

You gotta have your Blue Bell...

And you gotta have your Cowboys.

I am so excited to be moving closer to Fort Worth again. I love just walking around down there. We had such a great time riding the train!! I think Jason and I might have to do the round trip from Grapevine to Forth Worth one day, just the two of us!!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Ms. Pam

This is Ms. Pam, the wonderful woman who watches Avery every day. I've been meaning to get a picture taken with her and Avery for a while. This isn't the best picture in the world, but I wanted Avery to have a picture for when she gets older.

Ms. Pam is the best woman in Plano to watch children. She's been doing this for forever! She started watching kids when her little girls were young, even though she was an accountant and was making a very decent living, between her and her husband. She told herself she would stay at home with her girls, and would watch one more of their friends to make some extra money. She told herself she would go back to work after her girls were in school. 16 years later, she is still doing this, despite the fact that her girls are in college, one going for a masters at Rice and the other a sophmore at UT. She says this was just was she was born to do. She really just loves kids. She has a woman named Sonja who has helped her the last 10 years. She only watches kids until they turn 3, then they go to pre-school.

I really couldn't imagine anyone else watching my daughter. When I got this new job, I really thought I was going to have to find someone else to keep Avery and I cried. Literally, cried. Thank goodness it worked out that she could still keep her because I don't think I could have handled it.

Every single parent/child relationship and situation is completely different and I am a firm believer that every family's way is different. Every family must find what path works for them. In our family, Avery going to an at home daycare is what works well. Avery is really getting so much out of being there, every day. They don't have a structured learning time, or curriculum, but I don't really think they need a really structured learning time at 2 and under. They do alot of reading and structured play, they teach them Spanish, stuff like that. But Pam says that at this age, especially the babies under 1, what's most important is just to love on them and play the way they want to play and give them an environment where they can play with other kids. I think Avery is benefitting so much from spending her day with other kids. I couldn't tell you all of the ways this has been proven true. All I know is that my daughter is crawling, talking constantly, she is smiling all the time, she loves being around other kids, she sleeps well, she eats well, and she is really happy. I have a feeling a big part of that, aside from her father and I, is Pam.

It makes me feel good, knowing that I can be at work and still leave my daugher who someone who loves her so much too.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

It was a very good day.

I love it when God smiles upon us. I mean, He smiles upon us all the time. But sometimes, it's like sunshine, and Christmas morning, and rainbows, and babies, and awesomeness. On steroids. And I know that those times are not always permanent, so I learn to really wrap myself in His goodness, to take it all in, be happy, and just sit back and wait to see what He is going to do in my life.

We have been struggling so long. I knew it was only a matter of time before things would be OK again. Where we would feel a little stability. Where we would take all of the things we learned while struggling and apply then when times are good.

We have alot of great things going on in our lives right now. Some really great things. Some amazing, mindblowing, off the grid kind of great things. I wish I could share more, but for right now, let's just say that we are incredibly blessed with some great opportunities God is putting in our lives.

I leave you with a gorgeous picture of our biggest blessing. She is going to be 9 months on next week. Oh. My. Goodness.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

My Favorite Picture of Me

So, I always go back to this picture for as my favorite of just me. This was taken at Lake Tahoe in 2008, the year before I met Jason.

I just used to love being tan and blonde. I used to be really good at keeping up with all of that. I can't seem to do that now.

Anyway, I have been traveling down memory lane and thought I would share some old pictures you have never seen.

I hope you have a great Wednesday Blogland!!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

My baby.

I had a reflective day today. I knew that I had to go through some of Avery's old clothes but I have been putting it off for a while. Well, here are how many 0-6 months clothes she's got. I am not getting rid of them or anything, just taking them out of the general clothes populations to make my life a little easier.

Avery stayed at my mom and dad's last night. Today, when Avery was taking a nap, dad let me watch all the video he has taken of her since she was born. Jason couldn't watch it; it made him sad. It made me a little sad too. She was so little....SO little. I just can't believe how big she's gotten, just in 9 months. She is going to be 9 months old this weekend and I just can't believe how fast its gone. I know I say that all the time. All parents do. But its because it is so, so true. My dad pretty much got good footage each month of her life since we were in the hospital. It blows my mind, when watching each month concurrently like that, how much she really did change each month. She went from being a completely helpless, little baby who couldn't control her head, her arms, nothing, to each month getting more and more control. I watched her try and handle toys, to trying to sit up, to smiling, to trying to scoot. Its miraculous, completely miraculous.

I just can't believe that in 3 months, her first year of life will come to and end. And then, on to the next. I am so happy for the next stage, but so sad that I only have 3 months left of my baby being an infant. God has blessed me with her so much. And I never take one single second for granted. I love her so very much. So much.

Well, enough of that. Have a great week, everybody!!
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Just some pictures....

We had a great night out.....

Now I miss my baby. So I had to post some pictures of her.