Monday, August 26, 2013

6-12 Months

I am a horrible blog post updater! I usually post your milestones on your private page on Facebook and always write them down in your baby book and of course upload videos to our youtube account....wait with all of that said I guess I am not so bad at all! :)

At ten months your first tooth finally broke through the surface. You only needed medicine at night and only if you had a fever but you never woke in the night for pain due to teething. You are currently sleeping 12 hours a night and taking (if we cross our fingers, pray, hop on one leg and spin around three times) two naps a day! A few days after your first tooth broke through you went from army crawling to up on your hands and feet crawling. It only took 24 hours of learning to do this and you were as quick as lightning!

July 3rd, 2013 you learned how to pull up on to standing on your own. Daddy and I were sitting on the couch and you were crawling around on the floor. We thought its funny how much you like to booty shake to different songs and were enjoying flipping through different YouTube videos to see which one got better dance moves. When we put on "I'm Sexy and I Know it" you reached up on the ottoman and pulled yourself up to grab the phone and dance standing up! The next day at a friends house for 4th of July you were pulling yourself to standing on anything you could find.

You had your first sink bath, probably a little sooner then we should have because you got so excited you almost face planted in the sink under the water! Freaked us out out you recovered quickly and enjoyed bath time in a new location with your ducky. 

At 11 and a half months you started pushing yourself up from a sitting position into a full standing position using nothing to get yourself up. You look all proud of yourself then lose your balance and plop down on your bottom. Thank goodness for thick cloth diapers! You have gotten more daring at 12 months and pick toys up while you do this and shake them around while standing. Its pretty great to watch. 

The day before your first birthday party 8-16-13, you were given a new walker toy (a motorcycle) by your Uncle Ben and his girlfriend Erika. You stood up right away and took off walking using it. Like you had been doing that for AGES! Surprised Daddy and I! Now we take nightly walks outside in your squeaky shoes and your new walker and you are super fast up and down the drive way. 

Your first birthday party was a success and you thoroughly enjoyed every minute of your hot pink cupcake. We had a few small ball pits and brought some of your larger toys and all of the kids seemed to have a great time. Neenny cooked up a storm for some yummy food and we made a delicious pink punch. The theme was You are my Sunshine which was ironic seeing as how it was pouring down rain all day! Didn't stop friends and family from making their way out to your party and it was very obvious how much you are loved. 

We are very much looking forward to our first vacation in two years and our first vacation as a family this September. We are spending a week in Orlando at our time share and will do a few days at Disney. We are mainly looking forward to lounging around in the time shares lazy river and pools and just enjoying having nothing to do but enjoy each other for a whole week.

You don't watch much TV (except when Mommy needs a little help if Daddy has a night flight) but when you do you LOVE Mickey Mouse Club House. Especially Mickey Mouse himself. You scream with laughter, dance really hard and just smile up a storm. We are hoping when we go to Disney and you see Mickey in person you won't cry but smile. We know its a toss up because of your young age but we hope for the best. I look forward to being able to take you to Disney very much, its something I have looked forward to growing up loving the company and then working for and falling in love in the park for years. I can't tell you how much I look forward to many trips to come over the years and to see your face light up with joy each time.

Hopefully the next blog post won't take another six months. ;) We love you so much Avery!

Mommy and Daddy

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Months 3 to 5

I should start off the post saying that I can't believe that I have let nearly three months go by without updating your blog but then again its pretty believable when I realize how tired I am every day!

(Happily so.)

Thank goodness for Facebook and social media. I usually get so excited when you hit a milestone that I either snap a picture or post it to Facebook right away and therefore it is date stamped right away.

I have a few friends who have babies that are around your age and it seems like every single one of them has reached the milestone of rolling over from belly to back so quickly! As much as you hated tummy time I wondered how far along you would be. I quickly learned however, not to compare your babies progress with babies of the same age because milestones are met with such WIDE age ranges its impossible to compare!

You rolled over from belly to back on December 28th, 2012. Then as if you were trying to say, Oh yeah, you think that was cool? Check this out! And rolled BACK over onto your belly! That is quite a feat because the two of them usually come a few months apart. And lucky your Dad thought to catch it all on video.

A few days ago (mid January 2013) you pushed up with elbows locked all the way off your chest. You got really excited and screamed out loud.

Speaking of screaming you do quite a lot of that lately. Happy screaming and squealing! You are incredibly vocal and we hope you will talk early. :)

You LOVE when I read to you, you coo and and yell aloud and of course try to grab and eat the pages. I hope you love to read as much as I do and I especially can't wait to read you the Harry Potter series. Your favorite books so far are:

1.) Good night Moon
2.) Guess how much I love you
3.) The going to bed book

Tonight you objected when I lifted you off your play mat while you were playing with your bird toy. I apologized and put you back down and you went right back to playing happily. I guess this is another milestone for your five month mark! I read What To Expect the First year and its got a great list of different milestones and the age ranges for them. You frequently have many that you hit in the advanced age range.

We also got some real belly laughs during your fourth month. Daddy and I think the first one was when Mommy was making silly noises and started to quack like duck with a sore throat and you laughed high and uncontrollably, we died laughing ourselves. Every now and then we will find ourselves making all kinds of crazy noises to try and get you to let out a huge burst of laughter.

You didn't get a reaction from your 2 month shots but you did at your 4 month shots. Your little fever and fussy mood had me feeling very sad and sorry for you. :(
We put you in your bunny swing and you perked up a little. I tried to make you laugh by wiggling around and you screamed laughter. We actually got that one on video.

You LOVE to eat your feet and shove them in your mouth any chance you get.

I also got a fancy new Canon 50D to capture your rapid growth and many smiles and laughs.

We love you sweet baby girl and enjoy watching you grow every day!

Mommy & Daddy