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!!



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!

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. :)

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!

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

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

Have a great weekend!