Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Father's Day Weekend

We had an awesome Father's Day weekend.

It started with dinner with friends and their baby Friday night. I forgot to get a pic but did snap one of Ava and I in our coordinating outfits.

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It was a beautiful evening and when we got back from dinner we spent some time outside before putting Ava to bed. My dad found a fishing bobber for her and she was so enthralled with it.

As I said on social media, these are my two favorite dads in the world. And they both love my girl so very much:

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And I just love this pic of Lee and Ava with her fishing bobber:

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On Saturday we hit up the new water park in Kinston. We were very impressed and Ava loved it!

Ava and beautiful Brevyn:

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Ava and Easton checking things (and each other) out:

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Brevyn giving Ava and Easton kisses:

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Keiley enjoying the slides:

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I hit up the zebra slide once and the lazy river -- and that was quite enough excitement for me.

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After the water park we visited with Lee's mom and dad (Ava'a Granny and Pa) and Ava's great-grandma Pearlie:

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We had dinner with family Saturday night and then Ava got to take a bath with Brevyn, which she loved.

What, your family doesn't crowd into the bathroom and sing songs and hymns together?

Happy Father's Day Lee! We hope you had a great weekend and we love you so so much.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Ava: 9 Months

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Eating: I nursed her morning and night right up until the nine month mark, when a stomach bug and cold really took its toll on me. I still nurse her occasionally in the morning but it's more for comfort. She's getting around 5 5-oz. bottles of formula per day. Plus three meals of solids and finger foods. This month we started stage 3 chunky purees and some chicken/turkey/pasta type dinners. We've tried hummus, cucumbers, diced pears and strawberries this month, and she liked them all. Girl loves her groceries. She's getting less and less interested in milk (I actually have to work to get her to finish a bottle, which is new for us). I think she's starting to slim down because of it, which the doctor said is totally normal at this age as they start moving more and are more distracted eaters.

Sleep: Doing good here. Still the occasional early morning wake-up, but mostly sleeping 7pm-6am. She doesn't nap well at daycare, which is frustrating. Too much going on, plus I've probably spoiled her by rocking her to sleep at home, which they don't have the luxury of doing at daycare. We can usually get two good 1.5 hr naps from her at home on the weekends, sometimes longer if she's not feeling well or is worn out from the pool or something.

Illness: This month was no bueno. She got a really bad (yeast) diaper rash, plus we were still dealing with some rash/eczema issues. Then she got a stomach bug (one evening of vomiting, followed by three days of diarrhea, which didn't help the diaper rash). Then on the heels of that was a nasty cold/virus that had her sounding like a purring kitty and barking seal all at once. Of course, that was just in time for our 9 month "well visit." I don't think we've ever been well for a well visit. Maybe one day. Thankfully, her cough is sounding a lot better and I think we've almost got the diaper rash kicked. Of course, I got the stomach bug and cough too, and they took a much worse toll on me than her (thankfully). I think we're finally on the other side now but it has been a ROUGH two weeks. So tired of being the house of sick!

Activity: She loves being out and about. Eating at restaurants, shopping, going to the pool or park. She gets bored and fussy if we stay at home too long (like her mama, much?). And I broke down and bought her some new toys at Target because we were SO OVER playing with the same old things. She likes stacking her stacking rings, shaking anything that will rattle, dumping things out, knocking things over and playing with her musical/talking toys.

Milestones: Here I am waiting for her to crawl, and she decides to pull up instead, which I had no idea she was close to. We have a storage ottoman/toy box in the living room and she decided she really needed to see what was in it. She's not pulling up regularly though because she can't crawl over to things to pull on, she has to happen to already be sitting in front of something to pull up on. And speaking of crawling, she's moving more, scooting more and will walk her hands out far enough reaching for something that she gets onto her belly, but then she gets mad because she hates being on her belly. I think she's getting closer to figuring out how to get up on all fours but still not there yet. But oh, the waving. She has learned to wave and is so proud of herself. Homegirl loves to wave. You walk into the room and she lights up and starts waving. So cute. And she's even started making "buh buh" sounds when waving bye to me at daycare in the mornings. And yes, I stand at the window for 10 minutes waving at her like an idiot.

She's really starting to get develop a little personality now and it's so much fun. Here are some pictures from her ninth month of life.

Mother's Day flowers, cards and crafts :)

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No margaritas for you!

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Always with the hands behind the head, even in the car seat:

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A sweet daddy-daughter moment:

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Just out for a little picnic:

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Ava's very first Aurora Fossil Festival:

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River napping is good napping:

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Loves swinging at the river:

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A day of fun in the sun:

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Sugar and Lee sharing a towel:

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Watermelon at the river:

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Sick baby snuggles:

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Happy girl:

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Loooooves mama's glasses:

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Got that hand propped up:

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Her very first school picture:

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Out to lunch in her watermelon outfit from Aunt Erin:

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First time at the pool!

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