Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Operation October - 5 months

Goodness...I have not had much time to keep up on the blog the past couple months. My apologies for those of you who take the time to read my blog!
Normally, I try to post at the beginning of the month but now it is nearly the end. So, for this month, much has been going on...
For starters, we bought a house! We don't close until Nov. 16th but we are very excited nonetheless. I truly feel that this is totally a God thing and that we are moving to where we are supposed to be. I am so excited to finally have a place we can call "home"; a place to have friends and family over; a place to have Christmas; a place to walk around in my underwear!! We are looking forward to having some privacy again and hopefully focusing more on each other and not being so concerned with my parents being in the same space.
Avery is of course growing bigger. I was gone for about 36 hours without seeing her and I swear she grew! Her fingers looked bigger and I think she got a smidge taller. I honestly don't know how I'm going to handle a week without seeing her when we go on our cruise in April. I don't want to dwell much on that...
Well, in getting back to the post title, it was our mission this month to get Avery to roll over, consistently. Mission accomplished!! We spent every evening putting her on her tummy, trying relentlessly to get her to roll onto her back. This past weekend, she successfully completed the full rotation of roll. She's been perfect since about the beginning of the month rolling from back to tummy but once she got there, she was stuck! We got down on the floor, showed her how to roll by rolling ourselves, helped her, and alas, she got it. Although, she only goes one direction, I'm not holding it against her.
In feeding times, she is now on #2's... For those who don't have kids, you start out on #1's then, #2, then #3, then pure solids. She loves banana's and squash and doesn't like peaches or apples. She is really getting the hang of eating with a spoon, although she still tries putting her feet in her mouth while you are trying to feed her. So you always end up with peas or sweet potatoes on her toes.
Now onto poop....I know some of you don't like talking about it but it's just a fact of life. And once you start on those baby foods...oh my. Operation October then has a whole new meaning. It gets more solid and hard, more like adult poop. I think it has the consistency sometimes of silly puddy. So don't be frightened one day when your baby poops out something like this! And if you thought it smelled bad when they were newborns...just wait. Those peas and carrots smell even worse on the way out...
I think that about covers it. Head to toes! Operation October was a success!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Silly September - 4 months

Avery went in for her 4 month check up and shots. She is growing so fast it scares me sometimes! She weighed in at 15 pounds exactly! Chunk... She also is 25.5" long, which apparently is quite lengthy for her (85%) but she is healthy as can be. She got the ok to start cereal and oatmeal, which we have been trying for a couple days now. It is the funniest thing to watch her try and eat with a spoon, when she has no idea how to. The vast majority of it ends up coming right back out. Which, note to all moms-to-be...always buy waterproof bibs or bibs with the plastic backing. This will ensure your childs clothes stay dry from food, formula, spit up, snot, etc. Whoever invented those bibs that look pretty but are just cotton, must not of had kids.

In developmental news, Avery is rolling, side to side and with a little help, from her back to tummy. I've only seen her roll from tummy to back once and she isn't too keen on trying again. I think she will master it in no time though and then it's only a matter of time before she's crawling, walking and dating.

She has also discovered how yummy her toes taste! She usually tries to cram her toes, hands and pacifier in her mouth at the same time. While she does have a big mouth, I assure her it isn't that big. She is constantly putting her feet up there though, and seeing if they'll fit. She's also chewing on her fingers, which makes me think teeth are not far off.

She seems to constantly talk, which I'm sure she inherited this trait from her father. She is giggling and smiling so much too! There really is nothing better (so far anyway) than walking into her room in the morning and seeing her lay there and smile up at me. I love it!!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Mouth Cavity

Alas, Avery has discovered she has a mouth. Yes, this little, tiny, cute orifice is actually quite loud! She has been busy making all sorts of squeals and high pitched noises. It is the funniest thing to hear her cry in the morning and when I go into the nursery, she sees me and immediately smiles and coos. As if she's saying "that's exactly what I wanted mom, I was just fibbing on being upset. I just wanted you to come hold me!"
Dresses are now becoming a pain too with her constant motion of shoving the hem in her mouth! So not only will her hands be covered in spit, but now her dress is too! And any toy or item place in her hands immediately goes right in there too. I am dreading the days when where she puts her hands becomes a problem when they always end up in her mouth.
In addition to the mouth activity, she has been kicking lots too! When she is on her back, she kicks so hard and arches up that I can tell she is almost ready to roll! I never thought these types of milestones would really be all that exciting. Before, when people told me their kids were doing things like this, I'd just shrug, "yeah cool..." I really didn't care much. But now, it all takes on a new meaning. I simply say this to all of you who don't have kids and you give me that same reaction when I explain things about Avery. I understand you don't really care. You will one day!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Astounding August - 3 months

Avery is growing so quickly! She is trying to find her voice, which is quite comical. I've noticed that it's usually in the evenings, about 7-8:00 that she gets this burst of energy and decides to "talk" to us. She just makes all sorts of noises, squeals, yells, and cries. She is trying to laugh, which is also funny. She'll make noises when she smiles, but there hasn't been an audible "ha ha" yet, but she is oh so close! My cheeks really do hurt when I'm watching her do all of these things because I just can't keep myself from smiling so much!
She doesn't like being on her tummy much so I feel as though we are lacking in that department. She can lift her head up but she can't push herself up yet. My book says she should be able to after 3 months so hopefully she can get her push ups down. She is getting stronger though; she can sit up fairly well, especially in her bebepod. I look forward to her sitting all on her own though!
Avery has also discovered that she has hands. I don't think she knows they are her hands but she is constantly holding them together, putting them up to her mouth, and moving them around. She hasn't associated them with her body though, yet. She'll suck on it and try to fit the whole thing in her mouth, but the she'll move and out it comes. She hasn't figured out that if she leaves it there, it stays.
I can't wait for all that is still to come! I am excited for her to reach out to me to hold her, for her to say anything and know what she's saying, for her to be sitting/standing in her crib for me in the morning, and everything else in between! Of course crawling, walking, first day of school, first tooth, etc. the list is endless! But I will keep you posted as to her latest developments!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Ahh...Weaning

Weaning. Being that I've never had to do this before, this first go around is a bit crazy. I have no idea how to do this, only what I've read online, which how reliable can all that be? So, I decided to make this monumental decision after a couple weekends ago... Chris and I took Avery to a fellow work associates house for a mid-evening concert. He was having a Dave Matthew's cover band play for a couple hours. Well, I had to leave the party, which meant leaving Chris alone with tons of people he didn't know. I had to go sit in the car, which was about 98 degrees being that it is August. As if this isn't a pretty enough picture, it just gets worse. I'm sweating, there isn't a breeze, and I have to duck everyone someone walks by the car so they don't see me sitting there in all my glory. Later than evening, we went to the Symphony on the Prairie. Well, I had to leave in the middle of that to go pump too! So as I'm sitting in the car, in the middle of a field parking lot, scared that someone is going to come by and break into the car while I'm in there because it's 10:00 at night, it starts raining. I freak out because I can just envision Chris trying to load up Avery, the wagon, diaper bag, cooler, blanket, etc. in the pouring rain. So I shut down the operation, sprint back to Chris (which took way too long being that I haven't done much of anything active in quite some time) to load up our stuff. It was after this experience that I decide, it's time to wean.
Which leads me to my next point...why is it that there is such a negative connotation to breastfeeding and weaning to begin with? I'm sure some of you are sitting there, reading this and wondering "Why is she talking about this? It's such a person thing!" Like pooping or farting, breastfeeding just has this taboo about it that people don't want to see or discuss. Why? Granted, I don't like seeing a woman just flop it out in public; at least use a cover up, but nonetheless, it is a natural part of life that is very healthy and beneficial for your baby. Obviously a baby, not a 3yr old...I do have serious issues with women breastfeeding more than a year old...when your kid can ask for a sip, it was time to stop 8 months ago. But anyway, I just wish it was more of a socially acceptable thing. Us women can't leave our boobs at home when we leave our baby, so therefore we must either take them or pump. Yet anytime a woman is discreetly breastfeeding her baby in public, if feel like all eyes stare, mouths are wide open, gasps can be heard! Just boobs and milk. Get over it.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Baby Poo

Well for all you mothers out there I'm sure you can relate. For those who aren't mothers, enjoy!

Apparently breastmilk is a natural laxative, which I'm beginning to wonder why I even chose to breastfeed because of this. Let's just say Avery's plumbing is that of her father's. The Dr. said that we shouldn't be alarmed if Avery were to go a day or 2 without pooping because it's totally normal. I assured her that day would probably never come. Avery poops about 6-8 times a day...And not just regular baby pooping, we are talking explosive, shoots out every crack in the diaper, goes all over the place, pooping.

Story #1
While attending a lovely wedding reception of my best friend Candace's sister, I decided that it had been quite awhile since I had changed Avery's diaper. So I stood up to go, but got caught talking to someone who wanted to Ooh and Ahh over her. Well, thanks to that person, we never made it to the bathroom. All the sudden I hear "I think she's leaking!" and look down to see a run of poop streaming from Avery's diaper, down her leg, and puddling onto the floor. Thankfully we were outside so I wasn't ruining someones carpet! So, I stripped her down naked, bagged the outfit, and changed her right there in the chair. Embarrassing moment, thanks.

Story #2
Avery's baby dedication was reserved for a fancy, white dress. I was so nervous about having a blowout in the middle of church or right before, but she was good! Until we got home. We decided to take some pictures and when Chris got her out of her car seat, BAM! Poop spilling out! All over the white dress! White! So I did what any mom would do...wiped her down with baby wipes, put a new diaper on, and continued on with pictures, just angling her so the poopy dress wasn't in the shot.

Story #3
I sent Avery off to Grandma Sue's this morning. I made sure to put her diaper on extra snug too. As soon as Chris gets there, apparently she poops and it shoots out on his dress shirt. Which, coincidentally, last time he wore, he spilled coffee all down the front, and a time before that spilled hot sauce. Needless to say, he's throwing away the shirt because it's bad luck.


I'm sure there will be many, many more times of getting covered in baby poop. I hope this prepares some of you out there to what you can expect from your tiny, delicate, sweet baby. I've learned in my short 2 1/2 months of motherhood, that I will never again wear anything nice. It will be covered in poop, puke, spit up, or urine, if not all of them at the same time.

Friday, July 17, 2009

July Jubilee - 2 Months

Well I apologize for not updating this since Avery was born. As I'm sure you can imagine, life has been busy. I am starting to get into a schedule and Avery is starting to adapt. I will certainly do my best to post some stuff every week, but don't be surprised if it's longer!

Avery had her 2 month check up this week. She received 5 vaccines, 4 of which were in the form of 2 shots. Her little legs were so sore! She even produced tears at the Dr.! But that Tylenol works wonders! Put her right to sleep. In fact, I'm thinking about making it an evening ritual...


She was 11lb's 14.5 oz and about 23" long. Dr. Collings said she is just great and doing just fine. Soon she will start grabbing for things, hopefully rolling from tummy to back, and maybe even cutting teeth. She's been drooling more that's for sure! But it's just her body preparing her for those pearly whites. She has been sleeping through the night for about 2 weeks now, which is awesome! She gets swaddled every night, which I think helps keep her under control. She's like me when it comes to sleep and is just constantly moving around.


We are having her dedicated this Sunday at church. I am actually nervous about it! Who wants to get up in front of their entire church for any reason? But, I am thankful we have the opportunity to proclaim publicly that we are promising to raise Avery up the right way. I don't care what sports she plays, what awards she wins, or anything else...as long as she grows up loving the Lord and following him, all the other stuff will just fall into place. Please say a special pray for us, that God will guide us as parents.


I'm sure most of you check out our flickr page, but I wanted to post some pics anyway. So, here is Avery!





Saturday, May 9, 2009

She's Here!

Finally! Avery Lynne has arrived! I delivered her on 5/7/09 at 11:44am. She weighed in at 7 lbs 1 oz. and was 20 3/4 in. long. I still just can't believe that she was all curled up in my belly...no wonder I had trouble sleeping with her pushing and kicking! I think I'm still just in shock over the whole thing. I can't believe I'm a parent! It makes me feel old, in a grown up sort of way. It's absolutely amazing to me that God can create something so beautiful, out of a little egg and sperm no less.
We hope to post some pictures soon. It's a little hectic and crazy right now but as soon as we can get a schedule and get some free time, we'll post some. Chris has created a flickr page also, check it out: http://www.flickr.com/photos/37903826@N08/

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Any day now!

Someone once said "Patience is a virtue," and I'm starting to realize that person never had any children. This wait is brutal! April and I have been doing our part as soon-to-be parents by cleaning, organizing, charging camera batteries, and going on daily walks but the list has run out. There is nothing left to do. All that remains.....is time.

We have both been told(over and over again) to appreciate the quiet while we still can and to sleep as much as possible, but who could possibly do that at a time like this? We both lay awake at night, imagining what it is going to be like without any sleep(ironic?). This is like a life changing Christmas Eve, combined with that Groundhog Day movie...it feels like we have done this repeatedly for days, and we will probably just wake up and do it all again tomorrow. In the mean time, I figured we could share some of the pictures that we had taken "pre-baby" (courtesy of bdpphoto.com)








Monday, April 13, 2009

On her way!

Baby Mason will be here soon! As of today, I'm 36 weeks 5 days. I am packed for the hospital, the car seat is ready, and now all we need is the baby! Chris and I are very excited to meet her and can't wait to share more of her with you.