Saturday, October 15, 2011

Dear Avery,

You are seven months old today, baby girl!  SEVEN MONTHS OLD.  Wow. 

You eat like a chow-hound, Aves! Anything Mommy puts in front of you is devoured. This month you tried for the first time: lasagna, macaroni and cheese, corn, a little bit of ice cream, grilled cheese, tomatoes, green pepper.  You have absolutely NO interest in baby purees anymore!

And you are growing in leaps and bounds.  You Grammie and Gpa, who live in NY and don't see you on a regular basis, could hardly believe how big you got!

We went to visit them and you had a fabulous time on your second road trip to NY.

You got in snuggles with your Grammie and Gpa, played with brother's toys and sampled a few apples in the orchard!

You sit upright perfectly more wobbles or falling over and face-planting.  And at the beginnig of this month, you mastered sitting upright from a laying down position. Your legs are very strong when Mommy or Daddy stands you up and I think it's only a matter of time before you try to pull yourself up!  You are still army-crawler but super fast and efficiently. You go up on all four snd rock like you want to take off, but i think you realize how much faster you can go by dropping down to your belly.

You are also a VERY strong willed girl. 

Stubborn like your Daddy, determined like your Mommy! You can get frustrated very easy and aren't afraid to show it!

This month, we went pumpkin picking! 

Instead of the regular pumpkin patch, we went to a small local farm that had tables and tables of pumpkins of various sizes.

Your eyes were big and round at the orange surrounding us and you had a great time watching your brother excitedly squeal, "Pumpkin!" over and over. 

You were so tired out, you passed out cold, sound asleep for the first time in your...big girl car seat!

  Mommy still puts you in your bucket seat in her car but when we take Daddy's truck, the big girl car seat is in that vehicle. You rode great in it!

Your new tooth is coming down quickly and what a difference it makes in that usually gummy smile of yours! And you BITE now with that sharp little baby tooth. Sometimes, you bite down hard when nursing and make Mommy scream.  But thankfully, those moments are few and far between.

All in all, you are turning into the most FUN little baby girl ever, Aves.  We love you so much!!

Mommy, Daddy and Hunter

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Okay this post is LOOOOONG overdue.  Our lap top went KAPUT when Avery kicked it off the arm of the couch (admittedly, not a very good place for me to put it) so I should have posted her six month letter, oh say, almost a MONTH ago? She's now just about SEVEN months. Anyway, here is her six month letter....the pics are all from my iphone mostly cuz I lost all the pics on our laptop too (but I'm going to try to see if someone can save them for me):

Dear Avery,

You are now six months old and quite the mover and shaker!  You learned how to sit upright this month and Mommy is so very proud of you.  You look like such a big girl!  You also taught yourself how to do an excellent army crawl....I  swear you would make some army rangers jealous, I think. 

You eat so much more now.  You've tried, for the first time, this month:  pancakes, waffles, peas, avocado, mashed potatoes, Italian bread AND you've begun handling and drinking out of your sippy cup!

Once in a while when you are upset and you see me walking away, you've cried out, "Mama!" but that's it so far on the talking front.  You gibber gabber and laugh like nobody's business. I am amazed at how much of a happy baby you truly are.
I pretty much NEVER get a picture of you NOT smiling.  A smile is too much a part of your face!  You are also a very needy girl, or as Daddy likes to call you "High Maintenance".  You want someone around you (and pretty much right in front of you) at all times. Occasionally, you get wrapped up in your toys and forget about your parents, but you always keep tabs on your brother, Hunter.  You often times light up when he walks into the room you are in! 

And guess what else started to happen this month? A TOOTH!

Your first tooth has begun to pop through.  It was a miserable time for you when it was trying to break free of the gum, and Mommy felt so bad that she couldn't do much to ease you except snuggle (not that either of you minded that).

You are still a happily breast fed baby.  Four days a week you get a bottle at Nana's and you take it no's usually filled with breast milk but occasionally when  it's formula, you chug it down no slower!

Aves, you had your six month check up this month and Mommy and Daddy were happy to see you are growing right on track!  You weighed in at 17 lbs 6 oz and 27 inches long. You are approximately 75% for weight and 85% for height...our tall girl!

You love your brother something fierce, little girl.

And you intently watch him play, analyzing everything he does ad plays with. You bypass most of your baby toys for Hunter's trucks, tractors, and race cars.  I swear, Mommy even thought it looked like you were trying to drive one of the cars along the carpet the other day! I have a suspicion we could have a little Tom-boy on our hands!
Aves, our world is definitely a brighter place with you in it. You make us all laugh on a regular daily basis and I am so thankful.  I couldn't have asked for a sweeter, more happy baby than you my sweet girlie! 
Mommy, Daddy and Hunter love you with all our hearts!  Keep on growing and getting strong!
Love you always,