Sunday, May 31, 2009

We have a a bar.

Well, I didn't do too hot on the pics this week, so we'll have to rely on a few from Lisa! These are from last Sunday when we went on a walk and played in a park in Woodbury. Dylan and Ava both look so happy!

Ava has taken to using her knees as a form of transportation - she'll pop up on them, and hop around, like she's a bunny! It's fine when it's outside on the grass, or inside on the carpet, but outside on the concrete? OUCH!

We also visited Grandma Deb in the hospital on Wednesday night. She had a knee replacement, so we brought her some flowers and a cranky baby to help the healing process. :) Grandma Deb is now out of the hospital, and doing well!

The 2nd tooth (bottom right if you're looking at Ava) made an appearance this week! And then it disappeared and no one else could find it. I thought I might have been crazy, but then it popped up again yesterday. Ava's not too keen about letting us put our fingers in her mouth and poking around.

Thursday night, Scott had to take Ava into the doctor for a diaper rash that just wasn't getting any better. The doc prescribed an ointment that looks like it's starting to finally clear things up. At least it's not as bright red as it had been! Anyway, the nice thing about those un-scheduled visits is that we get a height/weight on her. She's now 29" long, and 21.5 lbs. Our little porker gained 3.5 lbs since her visit just 2 months ago! At least we know she's a good eater!

Yesterday afternoon and early evening, we went to the Rack N Roll silent auction at Jersey's bar in IGH. We felt a little weird bringing Ava into the bar, but there were a ton of other kids and babies there, so we got over it pretty quickly. Ava had her first taco experience there, and she loved it! She also loved crawling around on the very dirty floor. Ugh. To make matters worse, during one of her intense fussy spells (you know, the kind where everyone in the room turns and looks at you?) I took her outside to play for a bit. She stood up in the parking lot, and then promptly fell over, leaving dirt, gravel, and general junk all over her pink pants. And toes. And hands.

Let's just say the bath was badly needed last night!

If the weather cooperates today, we're going to spend lots of time outside, and just hang around the house. I'm looking forward to a "plan-free" day. Whew!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Farmer Ava

The weather has been beautiful the last week, so we have spent a lot of time outside. Scott had Ava outside with him for most of Saturday afternoon, and when we gave her a bath on Saturday night, we noticed she had a little farmer's tan on her arms! I'm very happy to see that it looks like she tans easily (like Scott) and doesn't burn (like me.)

We had a pretty gross experience with Ava on Saturday afternoon...something that we will bring up to her when she's older and she brings her boyfriend over to meet us. HA! I was feeding her lunch, with the intent of changing her after lunch, and then putting her down for a nap. All of a sudden, I noticed she was very quiet and focused on something...I had no idea what it was. And then I checked her hands, which were happily digging in her dirty diaper. There was pooh everywhere by the time we got her cleaned up...on her high chair, all over her, all over her clothes. It was so gross. I'm just happy that we were at home, and we were both here...I couldn't imagine cleaning that up alone! UGH!

On Sunday, we attempted to go to Como Zoo in St. Paul with Lisa and Dylan, but it was packed full of people. We couldn't even find a parking spot, so we decided to head out to Woodbury to go on a walk and play in some parks out there. It was a much more relaxing experience than if we had attempted to stay at the zoo!

Last night we went over to Grandma Deb's for a BBQ. Ava spent the night, which means we got to sleep in this morning, AND, Ava is spending all day with Grandma Deb, so Scott and I will have a chance to get stuff done around the house, go shopping, and go see a movie later on. YEAH! I think we're both excited to have some free time to ourselves!

There was one night she didn't sleep very well, so when I had to wake her up the next morning, she was exhausted. I just thought this position was so cute. All curled up in a little ball.

We broke out the bubbles, and Ava was having fun watching them blow by her. I'd catch a few on the wand for her so she could touch them. She was very surprised when they kept popping. Daddy did a GREAT job blowing bubbles - he's a natural!

These are probably my favorite pics...Ava was crawling on our patio, and she crawled up in the bottom of her excer-saucer. Next thing we knew her arms were coming up the leg holes, and she was standing up. We laughed so hard, but by the end, she was very frustrated, so we had to rescue her. Too funny.

Happy Memorial Day!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

This girl has attitude!

We had a really fun swimming on Monday, Ava was dunked twice, and each time, she came up with a little grimace on her face, but she didn't cry. I think that's a good least she's getting used to the water and isn't crying like she was the first night.

My friend Lisa and I went to a really big consignment sale last Wednesday, and I managed to pick up a bunch of "new" clothes for Ava for the summer, and even some cute pieces for the fall. I only found one toy for her this time, so it was nice to spend most of the $$$ on clothes for her.

She's been walking around at daycare and on Saturday, she took 10 consecutive steps at home! I've been trying to catch some of it on video, but as soon as I turn it on, she likes to sit down and crawl to me. Kinda defeats the purpose!

Scott was gone overnight on Saturday, so Ava and I had all day and night to hang out together. We spent a lot of really good mama-daughter bonding time together. We went shopping, did laundry, napped, and played together. It was the perfect way to spend a chilly Saturday.

She was giving me attitude this morning with her Cheerios...that, or she wanted to eat what I was having (which was a bowl of Cheerios...hmmm...)

It's been a little cooler the last few days, so I wanted to squeak in a few more wearings of her winter clothes. She looks so tough in this hoodie! (Yeah, right!)

Here's a cute bubble-bath-beard after one of her recent bath/drinking sessions...she just loves slurping up those bubbles! Last night she found the drain, and kept poking her finger in it as it was draining...I thought kids were usually scared of the drain. Not this one, I guess!

It looks like it's going to be a lovely day today, so I'm hoping we spend most of it outside. Time to weed!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

We had a wonderful day today! Daddy took care of the dogs and Ava this morning so Mommy could sleep in. Unfortunately for Mommy, sleeping in is just not an option any more - I was wide awake and ready to get stuff done at 7am.

Scott made us breakfast, and then I opened the gift Ava made for me at daycare (a cute paper "flower" card where the petals were made out of tracings of her hand on paper, and a very sweet "Mom" poem.) And from Ava and Daddy, I received a necklace with an engraved "A" and her birthstone on the pendant. Very pretty and special!

We spent the day doing errands, visiting Grandma Deb and Grandpa Whitey, and video calling Gramma Karen and Grampa Doug. We also spent some quality time outside, admiring the garden, the windmill, and our beautiful green lawn. Can't wait to let Ava play on it this summer!

Scott and I both had a very rough week at work last week - thank goodness for Ava who makes us laugh all of the time. A few nights ago she put her head down to the bathwater and was lapping it like a dog! 1.) Gross! but 2.) Yay...maybe she was thinking about her swimming classes and how they're not so scary after all!

I'm looking forward to going to a HUGE babies/kids stuff consignment sale with my friend Lisa this out, Ava, Mommy's going to come back with a ton of stuff for you!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

It's here, it's here, it's finally HERE! We have a TOOTH!

Seriously, I thought our week couldn't get any better...first steps, first word(s), and now a first tooth! I have waited SO long for that little pearly white to poke its head through. I was even smiling to myself at yoga thinking about it. But, it's a sharp little guy! I'm not even sure if it's the bottom left or right, since Ava was not giving access tonight into her mouth. :)

She's has been incredibly ornery the last week, and this explains it. At least she knows (kinda?) what's happening now, and should be better equipped to deal with the next one.

YAY! This was the perfect way to go into our weekend. Who knew a tooth could make me so happy?

Monday, May 4, 2009

Here, There, Everywhere!

It's funny how picture taking comes and goes in spurts. Last week, I barely took any pics of Ava, and within the last 24 hours, I took 30 of her, PLUS some video. Crazy.

Last night, we took a walk down to our neighbor Wendell's house (a.k.a. Debi's house - where Ava goes to daycare during the week.) While Scott was visiting with Wendell, Ava took a ride in the baby swing in her yard. I love the last picture of her in the swing - she looks so laid back!

She also pulled out a riding toy that all of the bigger kids get to play on during the day. By itself, it's fine for Ava, but it's part of a set with a ramp, and there's no way she could go on that yet. She did have fun pushing it around the garage, and eventually trying to push Daddy over!

After we got back from our walk (we really did walk past the neighbor's house), we gave her a bath, and I made a run for DQ. Yummm......

Ava's been getting a little too long for her footed pjs, so I had to break out her first two-piece pj set. She looks so comfy in it! This was the sleepy face I saw this morning...looks like she's thinking about something!

And then tonight, before we went off to swimming, I had Scott take a few pics of her in her cute little swimming suit and cover-up. I can't believe how cute little girl clothes are! We had a good night at swimming, except for the part where I had to dunk her head quickly underwater. She had a big grin on her face, and then she went underwater and came out crying. She immediately grabbed onto my shoulder and held tight. Luckily we distracted all of the crying kids with a round of "The Wheels on the Bus...", so she was back to all smiles in no time!

Time for bed - or at least time to go read in bed. G'night!

Sunday, May 3, 2009


It's been a busy week...first Ava took her real first steps and then...she said her first real word! Friday night, Ava and I were in the living room and she waved at me from across the room and said "Hi..." I couldn't believe it! So, I didn't. You know how babies always make sounds that sound like words, but they don't really know what they're saying? I thought that was the case here.

BUT, later that night, both Scott and I were playing with Ava, and out of nowhere, she waves at Scott, and said "Hi..." again. He looked at me, I looked at him, and we agreed: this WAS her first official word! So, she's done it a couple of times since then, and is always waving when she does it. I'm surprised that was her first word, and not "dada" or "baba" or something like that. Apparently, we have a smart little baby who decided she didn't want to choose which parent to call out to, first. :)

Here are some shots from this morning - her normal Sunday routine is to have a bottle, and play while Daddy reads the newspaper. Today he turned on Sesame Street for her, but she wasn't interested. So, he's now watching a much more mature program for him: Looney Tunes. He's just a big kid, too!

It's supposed to be beautiful today, so I think we're going to spend the day outside, working on our garden. Have a wonderful day!