Friday, December 26, 2008

Ava's First Christmas...!

We've had a wonderful first Christmas with Ava. We stayed in Minnesota to celebrate the holidays with Scott's family, as we were in KC with my family for Thanksgiving.

Last Sunday, we hosted the Goers' Christmas party - it was great having all of the cousins, aunts, and uncles over to our house. We truly look forward to getting together with them during this time of year.

On Monday, we attempted to take pictures of the four great-granddaughters for Scott's maternal grandmother's Christmas present. Ava and Callie did SO well, but Tatiana and Jenna just weren't in the mood.

This is the funniest pic from that night...Ava's trying to get Jenna to stay with her!


We spent Christmas Eve with Scott's mom's side of the family - the four great-granddaughters were there, and after the presents had been torn into, the living room looked like a wrapping paper factory had exploded. But, they all had fun!

Christmas morning was a special time for the three of us - I made a yummy breakfast, and we enjoyed opening our gifts - much more subdued than the night before, but still fun!

Is that fear or excitement on her face??


I wonder how Santa got that big caterpillar down our chimney?? (It winds all the way around the back of the tree...)


"Who needs gifts when I have my exer-saucer?? YAY!"


I love the expression on her face...


"Yummy paper!"

"Look at my new jacket!"

Opening gifts is hard work for a little girl...and Daddy is so comfy!


My parents gave each of the dogs a peanut butter (dog-safe) treat in the shape of a mailman. Darla and Lucky tore into theirs right away, but Spanky was a little more cautious. He guarded his and growled at anyone who walked by. Darla was trapped by the back door - she was scared to walk by Spanky to get back to us!!

Nummy-num-num!

MY TREAT!!!


And of course Lucky had to eat hers on our bed...


Scott's dad (Bruce) and his wife joined us for Christmas dinner, and we had a wonderful afternoon with them. Bruce picked out some pretty darling clothes for Ava - he made some great choices, and I would let him buy clothes for her anytime! This is the second time she has passed out on his chest - he's got the magic touch!


These were taken tonight - I've been trying to give Ava a chance to practice sitting on her own. She was doing so well, and then she decided to fall over, and roll around a little bit. At least she was having fun!




One last thing...Ava's been eating carrots for the last week, and she seems to be enjoying them. On Sunday, we'll be trying sweet potatoes...and then on to the green veggies!!

Hope your holidays were blessed! Here's to a great new year, just around the corner!!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Happy Half Birthday, Ava!

We've had a big week...Ava had her 6 month well-baby visit last night where she got more vaccinations, as well as the flu shot. We also discussed introducing veggies and fruits to her with her doctor, and we now have his blessing to do so.

Some basic info first:

  • Height: 26.6", 90th percentile
  • Weight: 16.5 lbs, 75th percentile
  • Head: 16.5", 25th percentile
She's doing great, and growing as she should be. And she won't have to get any more shots until we go in for Part2 of the flu shot in January. Yay!

She's been rocking a lot more on her hands and knees, and launching herself forward. It's a great next step, but then I think about what comes next, and realize we need to baby-proof the house!

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We also gave her squash tonight for the first time. At first, she did great, and was eating it so well...and then the meal progressed. By the end of the meal, she was slapping the tray and throwing her hands in the air! If she could have escaped, I think she would have. :)

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This morning, I came in to wake her up, and found her licking the side of the crib. I couldn't help but laugh when I saw that. At the very least, she brings a ton of laughter to the Goers' house!

Have a great night!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Too much to do!

My, we've been busy the last few weeks! Last week we got new carpet installed in the basement, and then spent several days moving our furniture downstairs, and getting our new furniture arranged on the main level. It's so nice to have a new family room, where Ava can roll on the carpet, and we can spend time together as a family.

We also put up our Christmas tree and decorations last week - it took us 3 days to decorate the tree. I guess that's what happens when both parents work full time, and have an almost 6-month old baby to entertain each night until she goes to bed!

But, the Christmas shopping and wrapping is mostly done with a few minor items left to pick up. We're getting ready to host the Goers' Christmas party next weekend, so I know we'll be busy for the next few weeks. Plus we have Ava's 6 month check up this coming Wednesday (that's the day Scott and I went on our 1st date, 8 years ago!!), and we have her 6 months photos on Saturday, 12/20. I've got the perfect little Christmas dress for her to wear. If only we could guarantee a smile...

Here are a few new pics:

Ava and Mommy by our tree...she was very interested in feeling the branches (yes, it's fake.)

Ava playing in her new Exer-Saucer - I'm pretty sure they didn't have cool toys like this when Scott and I were babies!

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Ava's frantic when it comes to her bottles - she goes nuts when she sees it coming!

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Next week, we're going to start solid foods...squash/carrots/sweet potatoes, here we come!

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Our Little Turkey in Kansas City!

Scott, Ava, and I went to KC to visit my family for Thanksgiving. My aunt Stephanie flew in from NYC, and my great-aunt Doris joined us for dinner, as well. In addition to listening to family tales from the past and eating a fabulous home-cooked meal, we also decided to let Ava open her Christmas gifts from my parents and Steph. I've included a video from her first gift - once she got past the shiny ribbon, she just tore into the gifts!

We're back home now, and looking forward to the next time we head south to KC!

Enjoy the pictures! And gobble gobble!

Dee, Ava and Gramma Karen - 3 generations of fabulous women! :)


This was just too cute...Ava is so good at really studying the person who is holding her. In this case, it's Grampa Doug!


Grampa Doug, Gramma Karen and Ava - after a great breakfast...


This is nice - we don't have too many pictures of the three of us.

What's this? Turkey legs on my shirt!

Ava the Dragon Slayer!

And a happy slayer to boot...!

The Blackwood family (L-R): Doris, Sparky the dog, Dee, Karen, Doug, Ava, and Steph

We were able to take a picture for our Christmas card (you'll have to wait and see that one), but here are a few other cute ones...

And the video - I'm surprised there weren't any paper cuts...!

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

It's Sippy Time!

Ava's gotten really good at holding her own bottle, as you can see in this picture. However, the sippy cup is still in practice...at the end of this drinking session, I think there was more water on her bib than what went in her mouth!



Here's a cute little video of her "playing" with Darla...notice Darla's pleading look to me at the end. Again, she is THE BEST dog ever. She has so much patience!

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I wrapped all of our Christmas gifts today...it's amazing how Ava had 3 times as many gifts as everyone else! It's so hard to stop buying things for her!

Have a wonderful night!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Fire, fire!

Quick story of the week...my best friend, Angie, and I had an early Christmas dinner this past Thursday. We had a wonderful meal at La Grolla in the Cathedral Hill area in St. Paul - the ambiance at the restaurant is fabulous - very romantic (yea Ang!), with a Tuscan feeling to it.

As I was opening her gift, we both realized that it was suddenly very bright at our table...the tissue paper in the gift had caught fire! Angie was trying to blow it out, I was waving it around, and finally, our waitress came to our rescue - she stomped it out on the mat by our table. The other patrons clapped, and we were even thanked for the excitement at the end our meal. Anyone who knows me knows that I do NOT like fire that's even the tiniest bit out of control...so, of course, this had to happen at our table. :) At least the cute sleeper that Angie gave Ava didn't get fried!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Girls Night!

Here are the photos from our Girls Night in Stillwater last night. It was definitely good to get out, and have some adult female talk!

At Whitey's: Corinne, Kristin, Lisa, Dee, and Tiff
At Marx Wine Bar: Corinne, Dee, and Tiff
Kristin and Lisa

What a Bunch of Sickies!

Scott, Ava and I all came down with a nasty stomach bug this week, so we didn't have the best week ever. BUT, Ava and I did manage to squeeze in some fun yesterday while Scott was up north hunting. Ava and I joined Lisa & Dylan, Tiff & Isabel, and Corinne & Colin for a play date in River Falls. It was the first time all four of us had been together since January!

Here's a cute pic of the kiddies (Isabel, Ava, Dylan, Colin):


That night, we ditched the kids, and joined by Lisa's neighbor, Kristin, we went to Marx Wine Bar in Stillwater for a girls night. It was really fun catching up, and I can't wait to do it again sometime soon...I'll post pictures of that event later when our resident photographer (Lisa) sends her pics to us.

Here's a few random pictures from this week...

She looked like she was in jail and was trying to get out!


Better late than never...the Halloween costume where you can actually SEE it!



Curled up in a blankie, ready for a nap


And the three beagles - the calmest I have seen them in a long time!


Have a great week!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Lil' Peanut Butter

Nothing too new on our lil' Peanut Butter, but I did get some cute shots this week. Scott's been hunting this weekend, so I've gotten a glimpse of what it would be like to be a single parent...and no thanks! It's been a lot of work for me.
Yesterday we went Christmas shopping at Southdale, and Ava got lots of comments on her pretty blue eyes. That kid is going to get a big head if we're not careful. :)
Hanging out with Daddy - and examining her fingers...


Granted, it didn't snow THAT much on Friday, but I wanted to try out the lightweight snow suit for our 20 second walk to daycare!




Rough night, Ava?


Smiling at the dogs...she's been doing that a lot lately. She seems particularly taken with Spanky...


Enough with the pictures, Mommy!

I was catching up on my email this morning, and look who was cuddling together. Dar and Ava! Darla just kept wagging her tail the whole time - even when Ava was chewing on her ear. Yuck!

Have a great week!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Mmmmm....tasty.

We had a great Halloween on Friday! We visited Scott's grandma for her birthday celebration, and then we went to the Greg Goers' house for some additional fun. Our little chicken was wiped out after a long evening of people holding her, cooing at her, and trying to feed her candy! It will be so much fun next year when she's walking and able to have a few pieces of candy.

She's also discovered her yummy toes - whenever she can, she's trying to suck on them. It makes for a harder time changing her diaper, since her feet never leave her head!




Daddy's been busy this weekend installing our new basement ceiling - next is the carpeting, and finally new furniture! It will be so nice to have an extra living space in our house.

It's going to be a beautiful day here - enjoy that extra hour!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Four Month Checkup

Tonight we brought Ava in for her four month well baby visit. She's such a charming little girl, and is always complemented by the doctor and nurses about how content she is. Until they stick the needles in her - but, can you blame her??

Here are the current stats:
  • 25.5" long - 95th percentile
  • 14.4 lbs - 75th percentile
  • 16" head circumference - 40th percentile
Everything checked out great, and she even took the shots like a champ. She cried for a minute and stopped when I picked her up. By the time we got on the road, she was zonked out. We'll see how she sleeps tonight...

Here are some fun post-bath pictures from last night. I had dried her off, and all of a sudden she flipped over and looked like she was ready to go!

Cutie!



Striking a pose...


Look at me! I'm so cute!


On a sad note, there were several layoffs at my company today, so it's been a bit of a downer day. I'm hoping that everyone who was let go uses this as an opportunity to re-evaluate what they want in life, and really go after their dreams. Definitely a bummer. :(

On that note, I'm heading off to bed - all three of us are exhausted. Good night!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

A New Toy!

Scott and I have finally had a chance to slow down and take a few minutes for ourselves these past few days. I realized that we hadn't cleaned/assembled the Jumperoo from Scott's cousin Josh. I washed everything up, and made sure it was at the right height for her. She seemed to like it better today than yesterday.

OMG! What IS this thing?? HOLD ON!


Oh, this "thing" has toys, so it can't be that bad. I guess.


The next project is to assemble her Exer-saucer. My question is, "Where are we going to put all of these HUGE toys??"

We're looking forward to this week - lots of big things are happening. Ava will go to her 4-month well baby visit, and she'll be getting the next round of vaccines. Hooray. I'll be sure to post how big she's getting.

We also have a Halloween party at her daycare on Thursday. We'll be bringing fruit snacks for the kids. However, we'll need to buy a new box of fruit snacks, as Mommy attacked the original box this weekend. Superman has kryptonite; Mommy has fruit snacks. :)

And on Halloween night, we'll be going to great-grandma's house for a birthday party, so we'll be able to spend some time with Scott's family.
Have a great week!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

It's been a busy week!

This past week just flew by! I worked a bit of OT, which always makes the days go by fast, but this weekend was packed with fun activities.

Ava loves her waterfall soother that's in her crib - she's been turning it on and off with her feet.

On...

And off! (the waterfall is no longer lit up)


Friday night, we attempted to give Ava her first taste of rice cereal. The looks on her face as she tried the new taste (blah), and the new texture (smushy) were priceless! She kept pushing it out of her mouth with her tongue. I do think that some of it made its way down, tho. By the end of the meal, she was bawling, so I gave her a bottle to calm her down. We tried again tonight, and it went much better. She still had weird expressions, but she kept much more of it in this time.

What's this new treat??


YUCK!


Saturday morning, Scott, Ava and I went to the Minnesota Zoo for the Trick-or-Treat with animals adventure. Two of the moms from my Mommy & Me class this past summer also met up with us - it was great to catch up and see how all of the babies have grown. One of the moms works at the farm at the Zoo, so we learned a bunch of stuff about the zoo we never knew before. I think the neatest thing is that Dawn (the mommy) is on the Escaped Animals Team - if a tiger gets out, it's up to her to catch it. A little bit more dangerous than my desk job!

The three babies all slept through the zoo walk, but we had fun looking at the newest exhibit - Russia's grizzly coast. It was neat seeing new animals at the zoo, especially the bears.

I just loved how pretty this exhibit was - those buffalo sure do have it made!


The mommies - Holly, Dawn, & Dee


Oh, Mummy, really? I'm dressed as a chicken?


Dragon Jack (and Ava's future prom date - they got friendly at their last meeting!)


Jama...originally she was going to be a mermaid, but that darn tail got in the way of the carseat buckle. So, she's dressed as a baby. :)


Our sleeping chicken with some real chickens!


After our trip to see the animals, we headed down to the Winfield farm, and spent the rest of Saturday, and Sunday morning with friends. It was nice to get away from the city, and we even managed to play some table tennis. Scott even had the chance to go hunting twice - but he came back empty handed each time. Oh well, still several weekends left for killing innocent animals...!

And here we are again - Sunday night, and getting ready to give Ava a bath and bottle. And perhaps, we'll even get a decent night sleep!

Good night all!