Thursday, July 21, 2011

Dear Avery,

You are now four months old, pretty girl!  (as of July 15th...I'm late with her letter this month. Oops!)

Lots of "firsts" for you this month. Your first time sitting in the Bumbo chair....
And now you love it. When/if I take you OUT, you get mad!
Also you have obviously been smiling and laughing for a while now, but this month was a first for what I like to call your "squeal-y laugh". Super high-pitched, almost an excited shriek, and HILARIOUS. We were shopping one day with your Nana and as Mommy browsed clothing racks, you squealed to your heart's content for a good five minutes straight. It echoed loudly throughout the store and people were giggling all around us. It was great!  You definitely entertain yourself sometimes, just by laughing, shrieking and squealing as loud as you can. You've obviously discovered, and LOVE, your voice.

This past month was also your first "dip" in the lake. Literally, it was just your piggy toes being dipped in though cuz the water ended up being waaaaay chillier than Mommy anticipated!  But you were just as happy to lay back on a beach towel, like the bathing suit beauty you are, and chill out in the shade....

Another first...not so started teething this past month. Ugh. For a normally happy-go-lucky baby you are taking it pretty well. You DO cry and frantically gnaw on your fists, and drool like crazy, and it does make it hard sometimes for you to nurse...but you still have your sweet happy moments throughout the day!

You are turning into such a strong girl. Right after I wrote your 3 month letter saying how you had not rolled over yet....yup, you guessed rolled over! Mommy thought it was a fluke thing cuz you were laying next to me on the couch (so, sorta on an incline) but once on the floor you started rolling and haven't stopped yet! No matter how many times we flip you onto your back, you immediately roll over to your belly again. And around that same time you started lifting your head and shoulders up off the blanket like a champ, so now at four months, you look like a pro! You will stare at toys (especially those with faces) and smile and laugh and coo. Your favorite "thing" to stare at believe it or not, is the boppy pillow cover! I think you LOVE the animals on it.

For first trips this month, you went to Cabela's (Daddy's favorite store) and also we took a weekend trip to visit your Grammie and G-Pa in upper state NY! You went on a quad, for the first time. Granted, we weren't MOVING, but Mommy can still say you were on  it. ;-)

You love your big brother more and more every day, Avery.

And Mommy loves to see him cuddle up to you so gently.  The two of you will lay on the baby activity mat together and smile those big, silly grins and it just melts my heart!  These really are the moments to treasure, the way he kisses your head/cheek/hand and how you smile oh-so-big at him. You love brother, for sure!

You've also become closer to your Daddy, little Miss Avery. Now that you are smiling and talking, you and Daddy have lots of conversations and cuddles together. It warms Mommy's heart to see and hear!

Something else worth mentioning, you are finally getting into more of a napping routine. On a good day, you take three "regular" naps (anywhere from 45 minutes to 3 hours) and on a not so good day, you are a cat-napping Queen. Thankfully, though, the cat napping is not how you normally do it.  Mommy had no choice but to move you to the crib, a few days ago, becuz of how big you have gotten! I think I'd held off cuz I wanted to make sure you and brother were both sleeping quiety through the night, so as not to wake each other up! Usually you are nursed to sleep, wrapped up tight in your swaddle blanket, and then Mommy lays you in the crib. Although the other night I attempted to put you down drowsy and after some fussing, you stared at you musical, bright mobile and drifted off to sleep. Success!

You are wearing 6 month outfits and onesies now, my big healthy girl! And literally yesterday, Mommy started putting you in the next size up for diapers...size 3! And becuz you are big enough now, Mommy has started putting big brother's gDiapers on you and they fit pretty good! You look super cute with fluffy cloth diaper booty, I must say.

Unfortunately we are doing your 4 month wellness visit late becuz Mommy has to bring both you, and Hunter for his 2 year, but Mommy was dying to know your weight so we hopped on a scale at my work. My little pork chop girl, you are SIXTEEN POUNDS! Up from TWELVE pounds ast your 2 month visit! Breastmilk does a baby body good. :-)

You are turning into quite the personality, baby girl. You are SO attached to your Mommy, moreso than Hunter ever was, and it's almost funny to see your turn off the tears as soon as Mommy picks you up or takes you out of someone else's arms. You are spoiled already!  But you are coming out of your Mommy-shell a bit, and now seem pretty content with other family members/friends holding you.

We love you Avery, so, so much. Keep growing and smiling and making us happy! 

Love Always,
Daddy, Mommy and Hunter 

Sunday, July 10, 2011

She's aliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive!

It's been a while since I blogged (and at that, I've only really been doing FNL posts) but tonight I figured hey, Avery asleep on me after nursing and Hunter is busy showing his Great-Grandma all the money he's found around the house (Daddy doesn't seem to put ANYTHING in the spots they actually go in...including money. Litearlly piles of coins all over the house.) so I might as well take advantage!

Good weekend. Family time, house-cleaning and organizing, great weather, swimming in the lake AND I got some more sun. Woot! I'm not a pale, white ghost anymore.

And tonight is going to be Avery's first night in her crib! I"m simultaneously super excited and slightly nervous. We started Hunter in his crib at a MUCH earlier age (approximately 6ish weeks, I think?) cuz he was sleeping through the night so early on. And Avery has been sleeping through the night for QUITE a while now but for some reason, I just couldn't part with her sleeping in her bassinet at the foot of our bed. But finally, I felt it was time, and a couple weeks ago mentioned to Daryl that he needed to raise the mattress in the crib, cuz I was ready! I laid her in it today to see how she liked it and little girl was rolling all around, giggling, smiling and cooing at her mobile. And then immediately getting her chunky thigh stuck in between the crib slats and crying. ;-/ So ON went the bumper (which I was trying to avoid until I could find/buy a breathable bumper). Hunter's thick thigh got stuck in the crib slats when he was about a year old and I DO NOT want that to happen to poor Avery. Daryl and I felt SO bad, that time.

Avery and her future hubby, Matthew.

Hunter has been doing SO great lately. Less tantrums and even when he DOES throw them, I try very hard to distract him with something else which sometimes (not always!) works. He's also talking SO MUCH now and enunciating much better.  And today we've really jumped into colors and he already remembers "pink" and "yellow"! And we went to my in-laws Fourth of July weekend and Hunter got to ride on a quad with his Daddy for the first time AND catch a ride on a tractor.

My mischevious girl.
So, onto me! I'm interested in starting up some exercise classes but I can't decide between Zumba and Pilates.  Both have classes nearby and Daryl already told me, "Do it! Go for it!"  so I wanna do some Saturday morning classes. But I can't decide which. I had GREAT success with Pilates years ago but I keep hearing how fun Zumba is. I used to take dancing up until like eleventh grade (and helped teach classes) so I'm not afraid of not being able to pick it up but I just don't wanna look like some old fart trying to shake my groove thang. (ha ha, I'm so "old" at 34 years old, right? Sorry, just been feeling like time is flying by!). So what is your preference iff you've done both? And why?

Okay, I'm off to whip up a berry smoothie for dessert! I'm sure my son will want a sip (ha!  a sip?) of his beloved "mooo-eeeee!!"....nighty night!

Friday, July 01, 2011

  • I missed last week's FNL. Oops. It's been crazy busy for me lately.
  • Yesterday we left for upper state NY to visit my super awesome MIL and step-FIL. This is Avery's first trip to NY (although her grandparents have obviously seen her here, a bunch of times). I'm SO excited for them to see how big both kids are getting.
  • Hunter is talking SO MUCH.  He literally will pick something up and excitedly tell me what it is, "Leaf!" "Block!" and his pronunciations are a tad better. Although people other than his Mommy, Daddy and Nana still arent' always sure of what he says.  Hunter's great-Grandma often jokes that we need a Hunter dictionary for her. 
  • The weather has been AWESOME. And.. AND...I got to sit outside for 25 minutes yesterday in a lawn chair by the lake!! I could have stayed out so much longer, but was paranoid that i kept hearing the sleeping babies crying. So I went back inside. But in that 25 minutes, I still got a little bit of color on this pale, white body of mine.
  • I lost another two pounds, woot woot! I have four more to go to reach my first "mini goal". Then after that I want to lose 30 more pounds. Step by step.
  • Planning Hunter's 2nd birthday party (August 4th) and I'm almost positive I'm gonna do a loose Mickey Mouse theme. The kid LOVES Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (When he says Micky Mouse, it sounds like "Mi-eeee Mow!").
  • The week after Avery turned 3 months old, she rolled over for the first time! And she hasn't stopped rolling yet. LOL
  • A month and a half left of my husband's Grandma staying with us. I can do it. I can do it. I can do it. *SIGH* She's been driving us freakin' crazy. And Daryl and I have even gotten into a couple fights about it (even though he is just as annoyed). She went home on Tuesday and came back yesterday, BUT, we left yesterday night so I wasn't totally annoyed by this. And my blessed two days of alone-ness with my family? Heavenly!

  • Hunter being smooched by one of his many girlfriends!
  • We are going to be shooting off fireworks off the dock on Monday! Well, by "WE" I mean, Daryl. It's going to be a great show!
  • Fore more tasty tidbits, go see Danifred!