Showing posts with label Avelyn Grows Up. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Avelyn Grows Up. Show all posts

Saturday, November 1

Avelyn Turns Five


Baby Avie

to this…

Avelyn at 5

*Weighing 40lbs, 44.5“ tall
*Wearing a size 12 shoe, and 6/7 in clothes {she needs the length, but the waists are swimming!}
*Loves books…LOVES THEM! She ends up with about 15 in bed with her every night.
*Has such a heart for her brothers and sister, and every one else {this kid has more “cousins” and “brothers/sisters” than we’re related to!}
*Loves the colors pink and purple
*Has more shoes than most grown women {thanks to the endless supply of BaBa’s shopping}
*Loves pretending and being outside
*Loves making up her own songs about Jesus and his loving us
*Is growing to like Ballet more and more.

As for the rest, I’ll let her tell you herself: 


Avelyn, you are more than words can say to me and your daddy. Our first, the one who made us parents, the one who is our best friend. The one who can push us over the edge and draw us in close at the same time. You are an amazing, incredible little girl.

You can read all of Avelyn’s Growing Up posts HERE.

Friday, November 1

Avelyn Turns FOUR!

I have been a mother now, for more years than I fought to attain that title. It has been more than I could have ever hoped and everything I imagined {good and bad}. This girl, no matter her years, is my dearest friend. She knows me like not many others do, loves me in spite of it, and continues to hold me in awe of her and our Creator.

Ave is 4!

A little bit about Avelyn at 4!
*Weighing 34.5lbs, 42“ tall
*Wearing a size 10 shoe, and 5 in clothes
*Loves books…LOVES THEM!
*Wants to be outside whenever she can, rain or shine.
*Has been out of overnight diapers since last Christmas, with only a few accidents.
*Has such a heart for her brothers and sister, and every one else {this kid has more “cousins” and “brothers/sisters” than we’re related to!}
*Knows her colors, shapes, a little less than half of the alphabet {by sight}, and counts to at least 20: We started homeschool this past September, but haven’t gotten crazy with it.
*Can write her name, Ave, and about 3 or 4 other letters in the alphabet.
*She can swim for short distances by herself.
*Giving up the Georgie {her pacifier} tonight {SOOOO, NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS!}
*She comes out with the darnedest things, then follows it up with “That’s a figure of speech..hahaha”

I found my list of questions to ask at each birthday {You can go here to read last year’s}. Here they are:
1. What is your favorite color? Pink
2. What is your favorite toy? Playing dress up by myself at Baba’s
3. What is your favorite fruit? Strawberries
4. What is your favorite TV show? Wonder Pets
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Grilled Cheese Sandwich
6. What is your favorite outfit? Princess Ballerina Dress
7. What is your favorite game? ABC Mouse
8. What is your favorite snack? Cheese
9. What is your favorite animal? Sheep
10. What is your favorite song? Schlaf Kindlein Schlaf {Sleep Baby, Sleep}
11. What is your favorite book? Curious George, Peter Rabbit, and about 50 others
12. Who is your best friend? Clare
13. What is your favorite cereal? Rice Crispies
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play
15. What is your favorite drink? Farm Fresh
16. What is your favorite holiday? The holiday of going to Noah’s Ark {Sight and Sound Theater}—She’s British, a holidays a vacation.
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night?  Georgie (her pacifier) {That ends tonight…pray for us}
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Dippin’ Eggs {Over easy eggs with Toast}
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Pigs in a Blanket
20 What do you want to be when you grow up? A Mommy

Wednesday, May 22

17 Months

One more month and we’re closer to 2 than to 1 :-(

*Weighing in at 32lbs
*Wearing 3T bottoms {clothe diapers will do that to ya’}
*Wearing a size 7 shoe {needs it in the width}
*Has 11 teeth, although 11 isn’t all the way up. 12 and 13 are hot on it’s heels.
*In addition to Mama, Dada, Baba, Do {dog}, his new favorite word is bub-bo {bubble}, which he loves when I blow bubbles.
*Can do the stairs, but doesn’t like to…I think the few times he’s fallen has made him nervous.
*Will not sit in the tub. He’ll squat, but he won’t sit on his bottom. I’m not sure why, but I’m curious to see how swimming lessons go.
*Doing a bit better with eating, but he’s still having issues keeping food down sometimes. It goes away, but comes back when he has a cold or is coughing.


*Weighing in at 29.5lbs
*Still fitting into 2T bottoms, but they’re getting a bit tight.
*Wearing a size 8 shoe {although he still can fit comfortable in a 7, depending on what brand/style
*Has 7 3/4 teeth in the front…that front-right-bottom one just does NOT want to come up. He’s working molars…I think he has 1 up, maybe 2.
*No longer climbing out of his crib. Found the idea online to put him in a sleep sack, so that he can’t get his legs up. It’s been working for the past 3 weeks now.
*Does the stairs like a pro! He doesn’t even crawl up them, he most of the times walks up, holding the railing.
*Still climbing everywhere.
*He’s my cudddler…oh my. I love it! He’ll just come up to you, climb in your lap, putting his head on your shoulder and sit there.
*Not too many words, but he will answer questions with a “yesth”. Babbles like he’s having a full on conversation.
*Will eat almost anything, but does take to throwing his food on the floor for no reason.


*Weighing in at a whopping 24 lbs!
*18-24 month clothes are starting to get a bit tight, if they’re one piece or a onesie. We might just hit 2T before she turns two! Although she’s going to fit into Avie’s 6-9month bathing suit this summer…go figure!
*Wearing a size 5 or 6, depending on the brand/style.
*Has 9 1/2 teeth. 8 in front, 1 molar and a partial molar. She’s working on 2 or 3 more teeth, so she hasn’t been too happy lately.
*Climbs up the stairs
*Running like a champ…she’ll still crawl if she doesn’t feel safe where she is.
*Loves, loves, LOVES! the water!
*Eating a bit more, but still very fussy and picky.
*Turned her car seat around, because she kept having screaming fits when you would put her in. She’s much happier now.


*All 3 of the kids had their first bottle-less bed time last night.
*They love being outside.
*James sleeps through the night and loves sleep. Ellie is doing a lot better and rarely wakes up. Henry has been good the past few nights, but still is up sometimes, usually only once.
*In the afternoon, if the dogs bark…all 3 of them immediately look at the back door and start saying “Dada”. It’s awesome!

And just because I couldn’t leave Avie out: Miss officially 3 1/2 now!

She’s certainly something. The things that she comes out with are dumbfounding. We’re driving with the windows down the other day and she informs me, “This is the life! A girl could get used to this!”
*She’s weighing in at 33lbs, wearing size 9 shoes, and 4T/5T clothes.


Thursday, November 1

Avelyn Turns 3!

Yea. Not sure about this :-P ave

A little bit about Avie, at the ripe old age of 3:
*Can this girl ever articulate a sentence!
*Been potty trained for a little over 2 months now
*Loves being outside and running around like a crazy kid
*Loves her brothers and sister
*Incredible imagination
*Has no fear of anyone or anything
*Does fantastic accents
*Loves to sit and be read to or read to her brothers and sister
*Pushes and pushes and pushes boundaries, sometimes it’s exhausting
*Can count to 10, to 20 goes more like 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 13 16 19 20
*Can say her Alphabet, but L M N O P comes out kind of funny sounding; able to pick out some letters
*Figuring out some of her colors and shapes
*Is able to pick out her own clothes and get dressed, even her socks and some shoes
*Loves painting and coloring
*Knows how to use the iPad better than I do
*Wearing a size 3T in clothes and size 9 in shoes
*Still napping once a day, between 1.5-3 hours {She does sometimes not take a nap, but most days she does}
*Loves playing make believe

I found a list of questions to ask at each birthday. Here they are:
1. What is your favorite color? Pink
2. What is your favorite toy? The TV
3. What is your favorite fruit? Strawberries
4. What is your favorite TV show? Theo
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Grilled Cheese Sandwich
6. What is your favorite outfit? Princess Ballerina Dress
7. What is your favorite game? Tag
8. What is your favorite snack? Cheese
9. What is your favorite animal? Mrs. Jones’ horses
10. What is your favorite song? Jesus Loves Me
11. What is your favorite book? Golden Book Collection and Eloise Wilkin Collection
12. Who is your best friend? Clare
13. What is your favorite cereal? Rice Crispies
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Swing
15. What is your favorite drink? Farm Fresh
16. What is your favorite holiday? Easter
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night?  Georgie (her pacifier)
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Cereal or Yogurt with Honey
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Cupcakes
20 What do you want to be when you grow up? A valentiner, you, I don’t know, a mommy… yea, totally random answers

I’m curious to see how she answers these next year, because most of these questions meant absolutely nothing to her :-)

Tuesday, May 1

I have a 2 1/2 year old...

Today Avelyn is 2 1/2 years up, turning 3! I'm not ready for a 3 year old, then it's going to be 4, then 5, then moving out :'(

I decided to put together a little post today to keep track of all her 2 1/2 year old achievements.

*Wearing 2T or 3T clothes, depending on the brand.
*Weighing in at 31lbs and measuring 36.5" tall
*For the most part she sleeps through the night, unless she has a bad dream or a cold or something...even if she is up at 6.30 or so...yuck!
*Yea, we do, on occasion, have to deal with bad dreams

*Still have the George (pacifier), but only in bed.
*She peed on the potty once...that was it. She's sat on the potty a few times and tried, but really has absolutely no interest in using the toilet.
*She absolutely loves being outside....if she could live there, she would, especially on the slide.
*She's wearing size 9 shoes.
*Our bum genius 3.0 one size diapers still fit
*Ave now says Grace for us at meal time
*Forget about complete sentences, this kid could probably narrate a full-length novel now

*She seems to have discovered "imaginary friends" in the past week or so
*Can count to 10, and sometimes higher; can recite the alphabet
*Sometimes can pick out letters
*Knows her basic shapes, but draws a blank on colors
*Her hair is half-way down her back, and is the color of spun actually glistens in spots..amazing
*She can get some of her shoes on herself, socks are another story, but she can certainly strip down naked faster than anyone I know
*Puts her clothes in the hamper

I'm going to keep adding to this list as I think of things :-)

Tuesday, November 1

Avelyn's TWO!

She's two, TWO! I'm really rather sad about this, but then she had a two-year old moment and I thought "oh brother!" I can't believe she's two...there's no more baby at all, there is just this little girl who is very independent and knows exactly what she wants.

There are two big things she's been doing the past few weeks: She can count from 1 - 10 (but she doesn't like 3 and 4, just skips right from 2 to 5), and has started saying some of her A B Cs. It's crazy! Part of me thinks, "Wow, isn't that something that they start around 4 or so". I guess she's around letters and numbers so often that she is just picking them up, the same way she picks up the bad habits of other little kids (and adults). Oh, and she sings....oh my goodness is that priceless!

Well before I start sobbing all over the keyboard, I'll just post some pictures from her birthday. Matt was able to come home for a few minutes in the afternoon so that we could give her her presents and let her have a cupcake.

Click HERE if you want to see all of the pictures from Avelyn's Second Birthday!

Saturday, October 1

23 Months - The last MONTHLY post :-(

Oh my, less than 1 month and our little girl will be two. TWO, that sounds so OLD. We've started working on a few ideas for her birthday party, which isn't going to be anything huge like her first was. We're definitely in the midst of the Twos and all that they encompass...from meltdowns to demands to random hugs.

*You'll do something for someone (draw a picture, pick a flower) then bring it to them and give them a hug.
*Your sentences and words are just increasing so much! You come out with a word every few days that I know we didn't "teach" you: Light bulb
*You definitely have a sense of humor, which you aren't even aware of: "I break you TV Daddy" (she broke the door off the TV cabinet the other day and this is what she told Matt).
*You LOVE, LOVE, LOVE helping with things, whether it's construction, cleaning, cooking....of course, it also makes the job ten times harder, which is sometimes ok.
*You adore animals! You're knew thing is to look at pictures of hippos, giraffes, elephants and other African animals....with a few penguins thrown in.
*You think it's funny as anything when the dogs lick you, but only our dogs.
*Doing great with sleeping....although it would be nice if it would last past 6:30/7:00 am (especially since mommy usually is up late at night trying to do things, because there is no sneaking past your door in the morning).
*You are officially a no-bottle girl (it's been 1 month since we stopped them)
*You love being outside, particularly if it involves a muddy puddle or picking apples off the ground and eating them

My sweet little girl, how is that you're already two? Where has the time gone?

Thursday, September 1

22 months

Oy! 2 more months and I have a TWO YEAR OLD! GOOD LORD! Where did that time go?! And I know it's only going to start going faster!

Avelyn at 22 months
*You are currently 34" tall and weight 27lbs (mommy's days of picking you up are quickly ending)
*You're wearing 2T or 24months in everything, 3T in some things
*More and more words are coming out of your mouth, and your starting to string them together: "Come on Oma, I show you" the longest one yet
*Still not showing any interest in potty training
*Miss A has a burgeoning British accent...the shows we watch (pooh, kipper) all have British's totally adorable!
*Ave loves helping out, when she wants to
*Very interested in helping cook or bake anything...of course it makes it 10 times harder and a thousand times messier
*She's managed to get her socks, shoes, pants and shirts almost on (and on the right body parts) by herself a few times...never all at once though
*Cute Story: Last week, while at my mom's, Ave was playing with a stuffed Eeyore and my sister said "Is Eeyore sad?" Ave immediately picked up Eeyore, wrapped him in a blanket, sat him down on her lap and started to "read" her Sesame St. farm animals book to him.
*Ave get's very concerned when she hears babies crying, she wants to help make it "a'better" for them
*Last night was our first night with no bottles....and it seemed to go all right, hopefully it continues as such. Now to deal with her "George" (aka pacifier)

Yes, this child is a ham....just like her mama.

Thursday, August 4

21 months

*You are now identifying some shapes and letters, as well as colors, correctly
*You finished your PACA level of swimming lessons for the summer (with flying colors)
*You had your first visit to the ocean and loved it
*You are talking up a storm and are so absolutely funny with some of the things you say
*If you burp or toot you are sure to say " 'guse me" and "I sorry"
*Of course you also announce and claim any toots that happen in your vicinity with a heart "I toot!"
*You walk up to us now and say "Sugar mommy/daddy" and want a hug (all started with my telling her one day "Gimme some sugar sweetie!"
*You LOVE, LOVE hugs
*You are so interested in books and coloring, and coloring in books, particularly those which shouldn't be colored in

I'm sure this is loads more that I am forgetting :-)

Friday, July 1

20 Months

Sheesh...not even a teen-monther anymore :-(

*You now weight in at 28lbs and are getting so tall (most people figure you're 2 or 3)
*You've been sleeping and napping really well....which mommy is really appreciating
*You love your swimming lessons and being in the pool
*And if there isn't a pool any body of water will do
*You love playing in the mud....oh my goodness do you love it!
*It's so much fun to actually carry on a conversation with you now
*Your new obsession is Winnie the Pooh...which I can definitely handle
*Still not too interested in going on the big potty
*You have such big're now in a 6.5 or 7 depending on what kind of shoe
*You occasionally spout out a color correctly
*You love seeing all the cows and horses in the fields
*Running around outside is something you would be content to do ALL DAY LONG
*You've had your first ice cream this summer and you loved it....didn't know what to do with the cone though
*You seem to have forgotten how much you loved corn on the cob last year

Avelyn you are just such a joy to be always manage to make everyone smile. I love when you curl up in my lap and contentedly sit there...the cuddles are too few and far between. Your daddy and I love you so very, very much!

It took me until the 18th to get pictures of A and the incredible shrinking bunny...and even these aren't great.

Wednesday, June 1

19 Months

Oy vey! How is it already 19 months since you were born little girl?!

What a personality Ave has, it is just absolutely huge and such a joy to be around. A couple of weeks ago she figured out that if she has a boo-boo we'll kiss it. Now she pretends she has boo-boos, we kiss them, and she goes "All better!" She's one tough cookie though: The kid runs and face plants, gets up and keeps going....getting hurt does not phase her in the least.

*You now weigh 25lbs and are 34" tall
*You're wearing 2t or 3t clothes (depending on the brand)
*Your top canine teeth are all the way through (and boy are they sharp!).
*You love being "side" (outside) or playing in the water
*We had your first big-girl trip to the park and you had a blast going down the slide and climbing all over everything
*We just turned around your car seat this morning....boy do you have long legs girl! (not quite sure if I'm ok with having turned the seat may be going back to rear facing)
*You don't even look like a baby anymore, just a little kid
*You have the most adorable chubby knees
*Every morning you get up looking for Daddy
*Sometimes you sleep through the night, but then you inevitable want to be up at 6am since it's light out
*You're starting to pick up on colors
*The list of animals you can name and make the sounds of is getting longer
*You're getting more regular with saying sentences that are a few words long

Sunday, May 1

18 months

We have an 18 month old: As of tomorrow, she will officially be closer to 2 than 1 :-(

Avelyn has had an explosion of words the past few weeks! I couldn't even begin to recall everything that she says now, she'll point at things suddenly and say the word. The other day we were all in our bedroom before bedtime, Ave looked at the ceiling and said "light". The best though is the "I love you"...boy is that wonderful to hear!

Ave's canines are still trying to poke through...they're coming a little bit at a time. Doesn't seem to be any others that are working their way in.

She can climb up on any chair or low table now, so watch out!

She's completely in 2T clothes now and is around 25lbs and 33" tall: We'll get the official height and weight on Wednesday at her 18 month well-baby visit.

The bunny is getting smaller and smaller....

Friday, April 1

17 months

This little girl gets more and more amazing with each passing day. Boy is she a spit-fire though! I think we're moving rapidly toward the "terrible twos", because each day seems to bring some other issue with it.

17 Months
* Back to not sleeping through the night....some nights are great, others not so good
* Some nights she takes a bottle, sometimes she doesn't
* Becoming a picky eater (joy!)
* I think Avelyn signs about 8 different things
* She says "please" and "thank you" (sometimes it's signed)
* She says at least 35 different words and sounds
* She says "I sorry" if something happens that shouldn't have (whether it's her fault or not)
* Loves splashing in puddles
* Still way too friendly at the store
* Weighing in around 24.5 lbs
* Helps stock shelves at the store
* Absolutely adores animals....squats right down and says "peas come"
* LOVES to get into things she shouldn't

(She got stuck between the wall and the piano: Playing with snow inside: Looking outside at the snow: Sitting in the dishwasher....I kid you not I turned around to grab something from the counter and she had the door open and sitting there)

Wednesday, March 2

16 Months!

16 thing we know it will be 16 YEARS! Lord I am NOT ready for that!

*Miss A is out of 18 month clothes....they still fit, but are getting too short.
*We're working on a being a bit less friendly (A will got to ANYONE in the store).
*A will now leave hair-ties in, although she still doesn't like having someone do anything to or brush her hair.
*She LOVES sliding down the stairs
*A thinks it's a blast slipping around on the ice
*She can now sign for cookie and does.....constantly! (In my defense, a cookie is anything from a graham cracker to a pretzel to an animal cracker)
*She loves pizza: Particularly white garlic
*Any time she sees a flower (either in a book or real life) she says "hotsie" and starts sniffing it
*We're now sleeping through the night....thanks to Daddy taking a stand (THANK YOU Matthew!)
*We've also gotten rid of our nap time bottle and are down to just 1 bottle before bedtime (which I am loathe to give's the only time she cuddles)

We love you so very much little girl!

I took this picture just after she woke up from her nap...thus the sleepy face and hair

Please ignore my annoying voice....I had every intention of editing this video down to just her saying the word, but that didn't happen.

Wednesday, February 16

15 Month Well Baby Visit

We went yesterday morning for Ave's 15 month Well Baby check up. Everything looks good, but she still does have a slight heart murmur, which the doctor isn't too concerned about. I also had started to notice a soft bulge above her belly button (while standing) the past few months. My MIL looked at it (she's an RN) and said that it might be a slight umbilical is. The doctor says we'll keep an eye on it but it should close up on its own by the time A is 4 year....if not, we'll deal with it then.

I did pull out my records and I was the same height as A, but a 1lb heavier than she is now.

Tuesday, February 1

15 months

Another 1/4 of a year is behind us....2 is coming on way too fast! There have been quite a few new developments, particularly in the past here we go:

*We don't have our well-baby visit until the 15th, so we had to improvise and do our own weights and measures: A is currently at 23lbs and looking to be just under 32".

*18 month outfits (particularly one piece-ers) are just barely fitting.

*All 4 molars are now most of the way through...raising our teeth grand total to 12.

*Walking is our constant preferred mode of addition to walking there is running...which sometimes ends up with a complete full body face plant.

*A now signs: Milk, more, all done, read, book

*A now says: Mama, Mommy, Dado, Daddy, Dada, dog, puppy, happy, please (for the first time yesterday), bottle, Bailey (Auntie Megger's dog), Sa and Thy (our dogs, Sage and Thyme), wat (for water), 'mana (banana) and a couple of other things I can't remember.

*A now makes the sounds for: Dog, cat, chicken, lion, lamb/sheep, monkey, cow, and ghost

*A also points to her hair, ears, eyes, nose, mouth and (sometimes) tummy

*She blows lots of kisses and can click her tongue

*We're still not sleeping through the night and are usually up at least once, if not twice, but they're quick drinks and then back down....we typically go from 7:30pm until 7:45am (but with 2 wakeups).

*A can now climb up on the couch, ottoman, and arm chair without help (Lord help us!)

*A continue to try and climb up the dog crate to get on the kitchen counter (hasn't happened yet).

*A responded to her first phone call: I was on the phone with Matt and put her on and he said, "hello" and A said "Hi" (usually she just sits there in awe).

*We're down to only 1 nap a day...sometimes it's an hour, sometimes it's 3, but on average they're around 2 hours: I miss 2-2 hour naps.

*A still refuses to leave hair things in.

*A few times we found A sucking the same 2 fingers that I sucked when I was a kid...only (no idea how she came up with that or why (she still has a pacifier, but only in her crib or in the car).

I'm sure there is something else I should be mentioning, but I can't seem to remember. This kid is just growing up way too fast.

Out shoveling this morning before the big storm comes.

~*~*~Updated 2/15/11~*~*~

Went this morning for Ave's 15 month Well Baby check up. Everything looks good, but she still does have a slight heart murmur, which the doctor isn't too concerned about. I also had started to notice a soft bulge above her belly button (while standing) the past few months. My MIL looked at it (she's an RN) and said that it might be a slight umbilical is. The doctor says we'll keep an eye on it but it should close up on its own by the time A is 4 year....if not, we'll deal with it then.

Saturday, January 1

14 months

Every month I do these little updates, to remind myself of all of my daughter's changes and milestones and I never can come up with a creative way to begin them.

14 months
*You are 23lbs and 31" tall
*You now have 4 wisdom teeth coming in, in addition to the other 8 you already had.
*You're most certainly running around and are growing more steady on your feet.
*You've learned how to climb up onto the arm chair, fortunately you also know the proper way to get off the chair.
*You know when you're not supposed to be doing something: You always give us that little smile just before doing it.
*You now can get on off and your little car and the rocking horse at grandma's without help.
*You love dogs.....that's the first thing you go looking for whenever we get to someone's house.
*You really enjoyed ripping open your Christmas was so much fun to watch you.
*You try to put your shirts on yourself and it's really rather adorable.
*You've started picking up a book and bringing it to someone to read to you.
*You make the cutest animal sounds: Your sheep are quite evil sounding.
*Your laugh and your smile just absolutely melt our hearts.
*You were not at all interested in any of your cousin C's hugs and kisses.
*You are certainly testing your boundaries to see what you can get away with.
*You love doing somersaults and have started to do them on your own...kind of.

We love you Ave: More than you'll know.

Saturday, December 11

13 Months...only a little late.

Does this count as being in the teens? Because some days I think Ave's practicing. Her new phrase: "Oh man"...and it's used in the right context... I'm not even sure where she got that from.

Here it is, 13 months

*You have 7 3/4 teeth: That 1 is not wanting to come all the way up, and there's no sign of the other 3 that were working last month.
*You're running...'nough said
*You're doing lots of things you're not supposed to
*You fell back down the steps (fortunately you only got up a couple)....she was sneaking around and managed to pry the door open
*You give Hi-Fives.
*You now say "dada", "mama", "do" (dog), "hi", "happy", and "puppy"
*You LOVE dogs....and are always saying "Hi do" every time you see one
*Definitely starting with the temper tantrums: If you don't get what you want, let the hysterical crying begin.
*You have absolutely no fear of anything (we'll see how Santa goes today)
*You fight sleep like nothing I've ever seen're always worried you'll miss something
*You're doing better at night now...back to only once a night being up, but I think we have a growth spurt coming soon

You're just an awesome, wonderful little girl, who no words could ever describe!

Look everyone! It's the incredible shrinking bunny!

Monday, November 1


A year, how has it already been a year since I first held my beautiful baby girl in my arms? There's no baby here now. They really do grow up too fast; while the days sometimes seemed really, really long this year has just flown by. We managed to keep a helpless child alive for a year, and just not alive, but absolutely thriving and learning.

I can honestly say that while the year wasn't easy, it wasn't as bad as the horror stories. People always say the first year of marriage is the hardest, the same with a child...I haven't found that to be true. I'm sure the teenage years will be MUCH harder than this was.'s our ONE YEAR UPDATE! How on earth did we get here already?!

*You now have 7 teeth, and at least 3 more hot on the heals of the last one (4 on top and 3 on bottom).
*You're walking all over and are beginning to run (or at least walk faster).
*Your smiles light up a room.
*You now can stand up without pulling up on something.
*You're sleeping through the night, for the most part.
*You weigh 22.5lbs and are 30" long.
*You're wearing 18-24 month clothing.
*You absolutely adore seeing other kids, especially ones your size.
*When you give hugs (whether to us or a stuffed animal/doll) you put your whole heart and body into it, usually knocking them down.
*You blow kisses to anyone that gives air kisses to you.
*You can click your tongue and even do the weird throat scratching thing that mommy and oma do.

Ave we love you more than we ever thought it possible to love anyone. You are absolutely and totally amazing!

Friday, October 1

11 Months Old

11 Months: Oy! Less than 31 days until you're a ONE YEAR OLD! (Pardon me while I go cry for a few minutes). So many things have been going on and so many changes for you, our sweet Avelyn.

*You LOVE LOVE LOVE books: You'll pick one up and sit down with it and just look at each page. I'd love to know what you're thinking.
*You have 4 teeth officially, and 4 more coming in.
*You're 21lbs and 29.5" tall: Wearing all 18 month clothes.
*Your first broken bone has healed great and your back on the move...I must say your "crawl" was quite adorable though.
*You're walking...completely and totally walking. You still crawl, but walking is your mode of transport now. You'll walk all over by yourself (max of 10 steps), but when you have someone's finger look're running away!
*Blood curdling screams...oh how we love these! They actually make our ears hurt and are, of course, at the most inopportune times.
*You've been making monkey faces: You purse up your lips and make funny noses or breath like you're doing lamaze.
*You still love boys...or more exactly one boy in particular. You've always got a smile for Dan (works for us).
*This month will be your last "first holiday": Halloween! You just missed it by a few hours.
*Your hair when it's wet is halfway down your back.
*You've started air kisses and it's absolutely adorable...especially when you and daddy get into kissing matches.
*You love your daddy! He may not get home some nights until bed time, but if we're up and you hear the dogs bark, you immediately start looking in the hallway for him to pop up the stairs.

Ave we love you so very much...there aren't any words and there is no way to describe just are everything in our lives :-) We love you!