This little stinker!
I love Avery so much. This morning, man. She was being a little pill! But she pulled it together long enough to smile for the camera!
I haven't done an Avery update in a while, so I thought I would.
Avery is wearing 3T clothes and size 5 diapers. I will be off the week of New Years, so we are hoping we will take that time to get her potty trained. It's very much time. I have no idea how much she weighs or her exact height, but her head comes to halfway up my thigh, so she is pretty tall.
Avery is seriously one of the smartest kids I've seen at this age, when it comes to her memory of things and her language skills. I really think this comes from her loving to read books and her loving to listen to music. In fact, I know it is. She has always loved books and she has always loved music. We have about 4 main kids' music CDs that Avery listens to in the car, probably close to 80 songs, and you can turn any of them on and she will immediately know the song and sing the words. She sits in her seat and we will hear her try to sing every word, because she is memorizing it. She loves books, she loves to look at them, listen to us read them. If you do those two things from the moment they are born, you will have a kid who speaks clearly, who can recognize the ABCs, and who will memorize things very quickly.
Avery is speaking in complete sentences, which is astonishing to us. The other day, we were eating cake after lunch, and she looks at us, and as clear as day says, "I would like more of that." and points to the cake. She surprises us every day with the things she says. She is really starting to ask for people in her life now, so she will say, "Leslie, we go see her?" "Where's Gigi?" and randomly we will hear her say "Thank you God, Brooke, thank you God Dave..." and list all of the people, including Jenn and the kids at daycare. Sometimes, it's people she hasn't seen in a long time, so it's just funny to listen to that.
Avery has learned her manners, and will always say thank you, your welcome, and excuse me. Drives me nuts, though. Having big brothers and big sisters to teach you bad things is not always good! She is to the age where she will say, "I tooted!" and then excuse me, but she announces it and laughs because the kids laugh at her. Ugh, kids.
Avery loves Caillou, which is probably her most favorite thing right now. Calliou is whiney for sure, but I actually like that show because it shows a very successful, very involved family unit and the parents are in the picture. It's funny, but with Dora or Mickey Mouse you don't see parents anywhere! I actually like watching Calliou. Go figure.
Avery loves going to church and she is at the age now where she can remember what she learned and did while she was there. I love that she is bring home things she colored. I know you just end up with all kinds of papers after church, but I love seeing her "artwork."
Avery loves to play outside. When the kids are here, I send them all out in the backyard and she loves to play out there. I love that. It's a good thing to have kids who like to play outside, making up games, digging around for things. She is also very social, she loves people and loves having people over to our house. She is just like her momma in that way.
Avery has also really grabbed on to pretend play and role playing. She can play make believe, which is great, and I think is her sister's influence and Jenn (her babysitter). She will just out of the blue say, "Momma, I have popsicle! You eat!" and we will pretend eat it. She loves to play tea party and loves to play with her dolls. LOVES it. She and I also do this thing where we will turn the corner into our hall and I will say "on your mark, get set, GO!" and we will race to her room. I almost always let her win, and she is always looking back at me to see if I am gaining on her. I think she has a little competetive streak in her, which I love and would make her very much like her daddy.
She is just pure joy!