Tuesday, December 21, 2010
All I can say is WOW! What an amazing story. Of course we've all heard the story of how baby Jesus got here, hundreds of time in fact, but the way this particular version put it made me have a new found appreciation for the entire cast. There are so many details I could go into, which I will spare you from, but mainly the way Mary and Joseph handled themselves and the news of their baby was incredible. Mary taking the news from Gabriel by faith; believing that whatever God's will was, she wanted to be used, regardless of what it meant for her life. She was honoring God, yet at what cost I'm sure she had no idea. Joseph, deciding to marry Mary after knowing she was pregnant, he wasn't the father, and apparently they were to raise the Son of God. Talk about pressure!! If only I could reflect their spirit and attitude in my daily life.
From the book, Mary's thoughts: "How was she to raise the Son of God? What was she supposed to do when he got sick? Would he get sick? Would he stub his toe, skin his knees, cut his chin? Would he cry with weariness and wail when he got hungry? Would he run to her arms when he needed comfort, or would he look to Adonai? Would she be a comfort to him...or a disappointment? For she was only a woman, prone to mistakes, too quick to worry, and sometimes too slow to reveal the deep affections of her heart." I myself have wondered these exact things...would Jesus throw a tantrum when Mary told him no, like Avery does?? And even the fact that she was raising THE SAVIOR...incredible!
It's just amazing what a true miracle the birth of Christ was. I feel as though we've become so obsessed with Christmas in the sense of gifts, lights, decorations, Santa, parties, etc. that we sometimes forget what we are truly celebrating. We worry over how many Christmas's we have to attend, what presents to buy our family, snow and traffic, cookie platters and the list goes on and on. I myself have wondered about starting new traditions with my own family but I think the one tradition I must make a priority, is teaching my kids what the meaning of Christmas really is: One Child, sent to earth to change the world.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Pregnancy update: Things are going smoothly. I passed my glucose test so no diabetes! I also had blood work done by my endocrinologist and my thyroid is acting normal this pregnancy which is fabulous. I'm 29 wks and still going strong. So far I've gained 13lb which I'm very happy about!! At this point with Avery, I was up about 19lb so I'm feeling good! No Braxton-Hicks thus far which I think is also a bonus. Other than that, I'm just ready for him to be here. Only 10 more weeks...
Avery is talking a lot more now which is great! She blabbers mostly but she does use some words. I LOVE that she now says daddy and mommy, rather than dadda/momma. It just is the sweetest sound. Some words though that sound similar I think she thinks they are the same word. Like Maddie vs Mommy and chow vs cow. I asked her to say chow and she started mooing. She's also getting more bruises and scrapes from being so active and all over the place. My mom said that I was definitely not like that as a toddler so it must be Chris's influence. I am seriously praying that this next baby is more laid back and calm. Otherwise, me and the kids might be medicated.
Avery has also been throwing some more elaborate tantrums, which sometimes drives me near insanity. She will run off to a corner, screaming and crying, and then sit down and pout. I can't stand it! Thankfully she has yet to give this performance in public but I know that day is coming. It's hard not to give her a cookie when she asks (usually right before bed time) but I know it will teach her that she can't have everything she wants. We have to have boundaries. But I guess she'll be pushing those for the next 20 years or more so I might as well get used to it.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Thankfully, she is doing much better and seems to be back to her old rip everything out of its place, hollering as she goes self. She still has a runny nose and I can tell she isn't 100% but no more cuddling that's for sure! :)
I just hate that from now on, most likely any time our kids are sick, we the parents are going to be sick. Whatever they drag home, we are inevitably going to face ourselves...lame. I'm certain Avery got her sickness from the nursery at church, which makes me not want to take her back. I guess I can't put her in a bubble and hope she never gets sick but sometimes I wish I could.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Avery has been acting more and more like a toddler these days. It is becoming increasingly difficult for me to take her out to eat, unless it's McDonald's, or even go to the grocery. She is just constantly on the move! Ask anyone who knows her; she is a mover. I can't get her to sit still. She also has become quite the actress with her crying skills. She can fake cry at the drop of a hat! It makes me want to pull my hair out. My mom says it's payback...
Avery has also learned how to take her clothes off. Again, my mom insists this is payback since I did the exact same thing when I was a kid, especially when we were in the car. Naturally Avery has taken after me in this regards and loves to take her shoes and socks off anytime she is strapped in. She tries to get her shirt off as well but can't figure it out yet with all the locks and straps. However, she is becoming a master at taking off her pj's. If they are footed ones and there isn't the strap at the top to keep the zipper in place, she will be in a diaper or naked come morning. Last night I put her in pants and a shirt and she had the pants off, hanging nicely over her crib when I walked in this morning. Grr.... How I'm going to chase after her and care for a newborn is beyond my mind.
Friday, November 5, 2010
With baby #2 on it's way, I have been very overwhelmed and anxious in thinking about all that is going to change. Not only was I scared to death of taking care of 1 child, now that I know what all it entails, I will have another one as well. I have no idea what it all looks like, when I'm going to get stuff done, and more importantly, when I'm going to sleep. As a woman, I also worry about my ever changing body, hormones, stretch marks, etc. I dread dieting again and working out...I'm certain the last thing I'm going to want to do after caring for 2 kids, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a husband is go to the gym so I can "get back in shape"! Ugh.
To help with some of these issues, I have enacted the "chore chart". We started it Nov. 1st so we haven't been doing it that long, but so far, I am VERY excited with the results. I realize that my job is to stay home and take care of things here, and Chris's job is to go to work to make money so I can stay home. However, I get so bogged down sometimes with all the things that need done; I need help! So, we are practicing now that way when baby #2 comes, we will be skilled at our jobs. While I am doing most of the things around the house, Chris is also helping and learning some things as well. I want him to be self-sufficient and know how to do things...mostly so that if something happens to me he will know how to do a load of laundry. But also, so when the kids get older and ask, he'll be able to show them that "daddy knows"!
The chore chart has also really helped me stay ahead of things too! Mondays in the past were usually the day I tried to cram everything in during Avery's nap. Of course nothing ever got completed and I would spend the rest of the week catching up. Now, Mondays are just laundry days. Tuesdays are bathroom days, etc. It's also nice because now I can actually try and rest during Avery's nap rather than do every little detail around the house.
I've also decided that the reason why people have kids, is so that one day their kids can do all the chores themselves and then the parents can actually take it easy! :) That's my plan anyway. Avery already "changes" her dolly's diaper, which I think will really help when the baby comes and she can take over that area. She helps me load the washing machine, wipe off the counters, and feed the dogs. Cinderella, Cinderella...
Monday, November 1, 2010
My little baby is becoming a big girl every day! She finished her sign language class and probably knows 30-40 signs. She does such a great job of listening to us and knowing what we say...it's just hard to interpret what she's saying! She's still only saying one syllable of a word, but I know one day I'll hear her say a sentence or something. I'm not worried or rushing it...she'll do it when she's ready. I know she's smart and understand things...and she's communicating with us, whether in a sign or grunt!
I can't believe her 18 month check up is only a week away. It's hard for me to comprehend that we are adding another baby to the mix as well. I just can't picture myself with 2 kids. Scary. Hopefully Avery will be able to help me out! I would definitely think so...she's already tried changing her monkey's diaper, she cleans her lambie's ears, and helps push her dolly in the stroller. If only I could get her to run the vacuum and wash the dishes...
Friday, September 24, 2010
Avery's sign language classes are going great! She did a few signs in class yesterday and the teacher was very impressed. I think it's so great that she is catching on and able to tell me things she wants or needs. Hopefully it will make the coming months and years more bearable as I think most tantrums are from miscommunications in needs and not being able to express them. She knows the sign for book, more, food, milk, drink, bird, fish, love, up, done, and others that she's made up are sun and monsters (for watching her movie). She still isn't talking words yet, but she is making sounds that sound like words...she did "bir" for bird the other day and still "da" for daddy and dog. I'm still not worried. I know once she learns how to talk there won't be any way to get her to stop. I'm enjoying this time of silence. Although, I have notice she babbles a lot more. In the car the other night she was just non-stop "talking". I don't know if she was singing or what but it didn't stop!
She has all 4 of her front teeth now and 2 molars. Her other 2 are coming in but haven't poked through yet. I just can't wait for this teething process to be complete. A friend of ours is a pediatric dental surgeon and she said it's so sad to see the teeth of some toddlers. Parents not brushing their kids teeth or giving them mountain dew in their sippy cups. Sometimes they have to pull all of a kids baby teeth because they are so decayed. After that conversation, I decided to brush Avery's in the morning and evening, just to make sure hers don't fall out.
That is all for now. Stay tuned for future pictures of our first trip to the pumpkin patch! I can't wait for Chris and I to take her. We only get one "first time ____" and I'm very much looking forward to seeing her pick out her pumpkin.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
So here is a "quick" update on all things Avery, who is 16months old!
1. She LOVES Monsters, Inc. She has a made up sign that she does when she wants to watch it, along with her pointing to the tv and grabbing the remote control. It is nice that it keeps her quiet and occupied, but I don't want to get in the habit of her watching it 24/7. Hopefully this is one of those phases I hear about...
2. Books, books, and more books! Avery loves flipping through books, pointing and blabbing about things she sees. Every morning, when I get her out of her crib, she points and says "bo" to where I keep her books in the bedroom. Sometimes she sits still enough for me to read one, but she mostly likes to turn the page and look at pictures.
3. Potty training! While I haven't officially starting this glorious endeavour, Avery has mastered all the mechanics of doing so. She grabs herself, runs to the potty, gets toilet paper, sits on her potty seat, and even wipes! She just doesn't understand the actually pottying part... I'm hoping by 18months though, to start really working on it with her. I've got to get it done before baby #2 so I don't have 2 kids in diapers!
4. Talking is still not happening. While she does get the first sounds out, like "du" for dog or duck, "da" for dadda, etc., she doesn't say any actual words. I've been teaching her some sign language, which has been helpful so she can sign some of her needs. She knows "more", "milk" which she uses for any sort of drink, "food", and "baby". We've signed up for a class this month too to learn even more signs. I'm very much looking forward to it!
5. Belly time...for some reason, she is very in to her belly. She is constantly lifting up her shirt and pointing to her belly. She then wants to lift up anyone else's shirt to point to their belly. It's strange... But she doesn't know all of her body parts, which is nice. Ears, toes, tongue, etc...and she knows if I say, "where are mommy's eyes?" she will point to mine. Such a smart one!
And there you have it...my baby is growing up!!
Friday, August 13, 2010
Avery is growing up so fast. She is 15 months now... She has been really working on getting some teeth! She just had 4 for the longest time, but in the past couple weeks, she has about 2 more on top and 1 more on bottom, plus she's working on some molars. And she has been quite the peach let me tell you! I feel bad...I wish they were just born with teeth so they didn't have to experience it later. She has been biting me too, which is not enjoyable. I smack her and tell her "NO that hurts!" and she just cries and cries. It really hurts though!! Ahh, I can't wait for the "terrible-two's"...
I have signed Avery and I up for a baby sign language class. I've been working with her on some signs but I don't know every thing (shocking I know) so we joined a class at the Monon Center. I'm very excited about it! She seems to do well with some signs but others she just stares at me like, "Why are you moving your hands so much?" She has been getting so good at doing hand motions though to songs. Her favorite is the Itsy Bitsy Spider. I love watching her get so excited about it! Sometimes we watch videos on YouTube and she gets very upset when I tell her no more.
I hate all this heat! I want to take Avery outside, to play at her water table or go to the park where there are water areas for kids. I just can't stand it out! Plus, I worry she'll get overheated too. I just want some relief... I guess this is where it would be nice to have my own indoor pool...
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I am absolutely exhausted, 24/7. I feel like everyone sees me as lazy, since our house is a disaster, the dogs are dirty, the lawn needs mowed, blah blah. I don't have much energy to play with Avery during the day and when she naps, I nap. I know I'll get passed this but this is the reason why I wasn't ready for a baby yet. I guess I was hoping for Avery to be more self-sufficient and able to help me with things around the house before I got knocked up. It's extremely difficult to handle stuff and I don't even have a paying full time job. I have much regard for women who work on top of taking care of a household. Yikes.
Dinner is a no-show...I haven't had much of an appetite. Even when I do, I go through the whole process of preparing and making the meal, only to taste one bite and want to throw up. Just makes me not want to cook anything or go out to eat, since it's a hit or miss as to whether I'm going to like it. Thankfully I haven't been sick, just extreme nausea. This too shall pass.
I'm excited for this next chapter. God has given us another miracle; something to be celebrated. It will be interesting for sure how the transition is from 1 to 2. Plus, seeing Avery with another kid, having to share (toys, mommy's time, food, and who knows what else) and learning from each other will be fun. Cheers!!
5. Lotion: Once you skin starts stretching and pulling, you are going to need some good quality lotion. My belly and back were the worst; just itching all the time. Invest in some nice lotion that will be sure to help your dry skin. I don't necessarily buy into the "no stretch mark" lotion, but I do like the Palmer's Cocoa Butter one, for it's smell and creaminess.
4. Bella Band: I know there are other techniques for keeping your pre-pregnancy pants longer, but the bella band is one thing you will want. I LOVE mine, and used it throughout my entire pregnancy and thereafter. I like mine because it helps keep maternity pants up, sort of acting as a belt, but without being too tight. I also wore it after I delivered, because I couldn't fit into regular pants and my maternity pants were just a bit too big. I even tried the knock-off brands but I just wasn't as pleased with the quality of the material and durability.
3. Weekly Bath Time: Set aside some "you" time, at least one night a week. Whether you have kids or not, it's always nice to spend some time alone. Once your bundle of joy arrives, you won't have much time for you anymore, so take advantage now! Get some Calgon Bubble Bath, a couple magazines, candles, music, whatever it takes to help you relax. Tell your spouse to leave you alone for an hour and unplug.
Friday, July 16, 2010
avery wanting to make sand angels.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
My "grown up" baby is on the move. She is walking everywhere and all the time. It isn't too bad keeping up with her yet. She doesn't go far from me if I do let her walk when we are out in public. I know soon enough though, she will see it as a game and want to run from me always.
She has just started to actually point at things, which is so neat. Before, she'd just stick her whole hand out and grunt. Now, she puts her tiny pointed finger out and grunts. It's quite an improvement!
And alas, she has said "momma". Although I don't think she is saying it with any intent on recognizing her primary caretaker, but beggars can't be choosers right? She doesn't really say a whole lot, but I know she understands me. I can tell her to "get her dolly" or "give me that" or "where's your belly?" and she will kindly obey my commands. Sometimes I feel like she is a dog though...always teaching her new "tricks" and constantly showing people. I need to get a bag of treats to start rewarding her with. Some kids focus on different things though...with Avery it's her motor skills instead of speech. Which I'm fine with! I know once she learns words and their meaning, she most likely won't stop talking. I might as well savor the silence.
Friday, May 28, 2010
The dr. told me that we could get some benadryl and that might help to sedate her a bit...So I want to know, what do other families do when they travel with kids? Have you tried this? Does it work? Any other suggestions or tips for flying with kids?
Also, how are the airlines with food, drinks, toys, carseats, etc. when you have kids? I'm sure we'll have a small stroller, plus a million other things. And what about changing a diaper on an airplane?? That does not sound fun...
I just want some advice and tips that you have from your experiences in this. Thanks!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Here's what she's been up to the past few weeks...
Avery started taking her first few steps at about 11 monts old. Ever since then, I suddenly am more aware of how quickly she is growing. One day it was 2 steps, the next day 5, then 8, 12, 20. It's crazy! Now she tries to run even though she hasn't mastered the art of walking completely. At 11 months I also took away her beloved bottle and switched her to whole milk in a sippy. That first week was so tough! She was very attatched to her ba-ba and it was stressful for me to break her of that. I figured, since she was already mad at me, I might as well take away her pacifier too. Needless to say, it was a rough week. But, at nearly 13 months old, we've moved past those difficult times and my baby is a big girl now!
My mom always said you quickly forget those beginning stages; the process of pregnancy, birth, first few days as a family, etc. and I hate to say, she's right.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
She still has yet to say momma. Ugh. So disappointing. She mainly says dadda, dog, ball, and sock. She does blabber and make noise all the time though. I wish I knew what she was thinking! It's neat to see her work through things and try and figure out where something goes and how it fits into something else.
Since Avery will be turning 1, we've definitely taken some steps to better our lives. She'll soon catch on to what we're saying, eating, doing, etc. and I'm sure in no time immitate those behaviors. We've stopped drinking soda, which has been difficult. I love me some Coke Zero!! But, it's nothing but sugar anyway and isn't nutritional whatsoever. We've also been trying to eat healthier; fresh veggies, fruits, etc. Most of the green veggies I have to force myself to eat, but I know it's good for me and I want her to eat those too. I can't justify telling her to do or not do a behavior, when I'm doing just the same. I also have been strict about no texting or cell phone use while driving, even at red lights. So, sorry to all of you who try and get ahold of me during those times. It's terrible that people do those things anyway; there's really no need. It is hard though but I know I don't want her to do it when she drives so I have to set a good example.
We've switched to whole milk, which wasn't that bad of a transition. However, the no bottle transition wasn't as easy. She loves her bottle so for about a week, it was pure rage against me. Plus, I put baby locks on all the cabinets in the kitchen, which she loves playing in. But, she has gotten over her bottle cravings and is doing perfectly well with the sippy cup only. She is such a big girl!!
Other than that, she's just getting bigger every day. I can't believe she'll be a year old this Friday. Time has flown by. I think you notice it more when you have a kid...hopefully it doesn't get worse when you have multiple kids.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Even at night, before bed, she seems to be extremely needy. She's even started to not want other people hold her at certain times. Sometimes I'll be holding her and she won't go to Chris, other times my mom will hold her and she won't come to me. Not sure what that is about.
She's still working on the walking. She'll push a chair or one of her toys around while holding and walking. She's taken a few accidental steps which I don't believe were intended. She has started to try and stand up on her own from a sitting position, without holding onto anything. It's so exciting! I love seeing her work out little things. She is just a sponge!
Tears and sponges. What a fabulous April...
Monday, March 29, 2010
I'm shopping at Meijer today and it hits me, the ever pressing urge to use the restroom. Unfortunately, I am not like my husband in the fact that he can hold it for hours, even days before he goes. When it hits me, I must go immediately, or else be doomed to go in my underwear. So, Avery and I make our way up to the front of the store. I park the cart, unbuckle Avery, grab my purse and at last, head into the bathroom. Thankfully the handicap stall was open, otherwise this would have been even more of a struggle. I go in, lock the door and stop. How am I supposed to get my pants down? Even more to be thankful for, I had on sweats. If jeans were involved with zipper and button...yikes I can't put Avery on the floor...as laid back of a parent as I am, I call it at public restroom cleanliness. I can't put her on the changing table because she would roll off. I'm pretty sure my cart won't fit through the door either so that's out. What? I somehow manage to get my pants down and out of the way, all while jocelling Avery. It's sort of awkward too with a child 2" from your face the entire time you're going to the bathroom. How is that even sanitary? Oh, and I forgot; how are you supposed to lay out toilet paper over the seat while holding a child? You sure as heck can't hover holding one! And Meijer doesn't have those toilet seat covers either, but even so, try putting one of those on! It's like a circus act in this stall!
Needless to say, I did my business and got out of there, all while Avery got a first hand view of how big girls go potty. I don't understand how no one has invented some sort of chair for the handicap stalls for kids to sit in while mommy goes potty. Is that too much to ask?? We have sham wows but no holding tank for kids in the restroom. I thought we lived in America? How has no one invented such a contraption?
Saturday, March 27, 2010
She still hasn't walked yet. I'm begging it happens before we go on vacation. I just don't want to miss it! However, I do think it might be awhile before she does on her own. She now occasionally will push something and take a few steps. But then she figures it out and would rather crawl since it's much faster.
I'm struggling with breaking her of the bottle. I've tried giving her formula in every form of a sippy cup and she won't drink it. She takes a few sips and then discovers, this isn't the bottle. She'll drink juice from the cup, but not her formula. I bought some milk and have been putting that in the cup to try and get her used to it too. She still doesn't like it much so I don't know if it means she isn't ready or what. I can't just not give her her bottle...she'll be hungry. Plus, she doesn't understand me withholding the bottle because I want her to drink from the sippy. I just don't know what to do to get her used to not drinking from the bottle. I've tried giving her 4 oz in bottle then 2 oz in cup; I've tried mixing formula and milk...it's just frustrating.
Still no mamma either. She says dadda, a word that sort of sounds like dog, sorta ball, and sorta sock. Oh and ba ba for her bottle. I know though once she figures out how to talk, there will be no shutting her up. She'll be just like me in that regards, and I'm sure Chris too.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
At any rate, things have been busy with Avery. She's still "cruising" as some call it; walking along furniture and basically anything she can hold on to. She can stand on her own, but only for a few seconds before she falls down. Chris claims she took her first steps a couple days ago. However, I think it was more falling gracefully. She tries though, but I just don't think she's strong enough yet. We'll get there. Although it had better happen soon because we leave for vacation in a few weeks!
I'm trying to feed Avery more human food and less baby food. This is very easy in the fruit and snack department, but veggies and meat is more of a struggle. I'm looking forward to the whole milk switch too.
I also must say, as much as I hate the pacifier, I've lapsed and given it back. She did great for a week, then got really sick. I felt horrible and so did she and I thought it would be something to make her feel better. So I caved and gave it back. However, only at bed time, none other. I at least feel good about that.
I just love all the new sounds, noises, consonants and all that she does. It's so exciting to see her grow. Hopefully she'll say mamma soon enough. For now, all is dadda.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
If you don't want your kid in your toilet, don't let them play in/near the bathroom. I don't need a lock to do that simple job of telling my kid "no". However, with things like outlet covers, we figure we don't want Avery to die electrocuting herself, so we did buy those. She just a few days ago has also figured out how to crawl up the stairs. So baby gates were also a must. She likes to stand at the top of the stairs though, and throw any/all toys down the stairs. Awesome. Cleaning up is now exercise. We also need to get a cover for her crib because she keeps biting the front edge of it and it now has teeth marks all over it. Things to keep in mind for #2's crib...
I just hope that whether it's our approach to babyproofing, parenting, discipline, whatever, that Avery isn't a spoiled child. I don't want to give her everything and do all that I can to cater to her every need. Life isn't that way nor will it treat her that way once she is older. Not that I don't want to do all that I can for her! Just, in a different sort of way.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
She has figured out how to crawl with toys in her hands now. She usually has something in both hands and crawls all over with them, placing them up on the couch or table. She's still pulling up on everything and has started to let go, trying to balance. However, she can't, so she falls right on her butt. She can go from one end of the couch to the other, holding on so I imagine walking isn't too far off.
Feeding times are going much better. She's eating more solid foods, which is super nice. I can't wait to feed her whole milk too! The cost will greatly decrease and I'm very much looking forward to that. She likes cheese slices, pears, goldfish, grahams and cheerios. Still not a fan of pasta, which she must get from Chris. I could eat an entire tub of pasta. Covered in butter. With some parm cheese.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Other than standing, she is still waving. Usually if I say "HI" she'll wave. But it's not perfected yet. Still no "momma". Only dadda and diddi; which she keeps repeating and is getting quite old to hear. No teeth either! But I didn't get my first tooth until 9 mo 1 wk and I read where tooth beginnings are hereditary. I figure she must be taking after me on this one.
Feeding is still a struggle. Sometimes I think she just likes to feed herself. She seems to throw a fit when I try to spoon feed her. But then other times it's the opposite. I just feel clueless! For example, tonight, I gave her 1/2 jar of squash, which she ate. Then I tried some spaghetti-o's, which she took 4-5 bites of and then refused. So I tried some cottage cheese - same result. Then I tried some bread and she took maybe 1 bite of and then didn't want anymore. I'm just trying to introduce new textures and tastes...sometimes I don't know if it's over kill or not but I guess she's fine. She isn't starving and with those rolls in her thighs, I think she'll survive. I just wish she could tell me what she wants. I'm sure those days will be here before I know it.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I think it's funny how I can be in a totally separate room and I can smell Avery has pooped. Or have the radio on in the basement and somehow hear her cry in her room upstairs. Weird. Sometimes, I even wake up at night like my body subconsciously hears her crying, and she's at my mom's house. I wonder if there is some sort of connection between moms and daughters, that develops from them being in your belly for so long.
Avery is 8 1/2 months and still has no teeth. Still no signs of teeth but hopefully soon she'll get some. She has started waving, which is really cool. I'll say, "Avery, say bye" and I'll wave. Then she does! But only sometimes...it isn't a consistent thing yet. She's also started being really talkative in the car. She's just making noises or putting "words" together, "da da, ba ba, ya ya, etc. but sometimes she just yells DA! really loud and long. It's so funny. I keep trying to get her to say momma but she always repeats with da da.
She has started getting into everything. She's constantly pulling up on things, opening cabinets, drawers, books...basically anything within her reach. I caught her yesterday in the dog food bowl, with a piece of dog food in her mouth. She's also pulling up to standing in her crib, but since she isn't very strong, she falls over after a few seconds. She has bruises all over her head...I'm still trying to find a helmet for her so people don't think I abuse her.
For awhile, Avery would cry hysterically at dinner time, when I tried feeding her. I have switched back to Gerber 2nd foods, which seem to be going much better. Maybe she thinks they taste better than the others. I've tried giving her 3rd foods, but she still struggles with getting the bigger chunks down. She doesn't understand the concept of chewing and swallowing. She just holds everything in her mouth. I fed her some egg yolks and she ate them fine. But 5 min. later had every piece just shoved in her mouth like a chipmunk. I am struggling though with what to feed her...so I try to add in new things and textures so she can get used to them. Cottage cheese, chunks of cooked carrots, bananas. But again, she can't swallow them well. It's a work in progress. She is much better at feeding herself too. I gave her some puffs and she had it down, the hand to mouth action was excellent.
Bath time is quite fun. She just noticed the water running from the spout a few days ago. She tries to grab the water and it's comical to see her facial expressions when she realizes she can't hold it. But she keeps trying. And she wants to crawl around in the tub for her toys which is hard since she is so slippery! I never honestly knew that babies were so slippery when wet. They should come with a warning label. She keeps pulling up in the bath tub too which is again dangerous yet cool to see her growing.
I feel like blogs are the new baby book. When Avery was firstborn, I was religiously writing in her baby book. I haven't written a thing in there for probably 4 months. Plus, I've taken 1,349 pictures, all of which I want to cram in there but know they won't fit. How am I supposed to narrow the field by choosing "good" pictures? I think they are all good and cute! It's like scrapbooking. Who has time to do that?! In the 3-4 hours a day that Avery is napping, out of all the things for me to do, updating her baby book is not high on my list. Hopefully I can archive these blog posts for her one day...
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
The added pressure from the hubby doesn't make it easier. After receiving those "you look weird" glares throughout pregnancy, it gets even worse afterwards. Your belly is all jiggly from being stretched. Same for your boobs. After lack of sleep, breastfeeding, and sore parts, the glares become "don't you think it's about time to get in shape darling?". Ugh. Even now, 8 months later, I'm still feeling those glares. I know he only means well, and part of keeping the marriage alive is pleasing my husband's needs of having an attractive wife. However, I feel like those carbs, sugar, and fattening foods have much stronger voices and stares than my husband.
Why is it that I only have 12 pounds to lose and yet I feel like I'm a contestant on the Biggest Loser?! My body is in so much pain from working out (yes, all 2 workouts I've done in 4 days), and I've got 2 Ironman training crazy men barking at me to eat more foliage. And all I want to do is have some french fries and a milkshake and call it a day. That's why part of me just wants to be pregnant again...I love the feeling that there is no pressure to suck in my gut along with the added bonus of it not mattering that my belly hangs over my underwear.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
She is nearly 8 months old, which is very weird to say. I know I'll blink and she'll be 16, going to the prom. But before we get there, focus on now. I'm assuming she's mabye 20 pounds, although I have no clue. She still has no teeth and I don't think they are coming any time soon. I have this feeling that she'll be at her first birthday, gumming her cake like some 98 yr. old woman. Oh well. Oral hygiene of her is one less thing I have to worry about and add to my to-do list. I've decide today that she is offically crawling. Earlier, I put my cell phone across the room on the floor and she immediately crawled over to it. Ugh. My days of plopping her down in one spot and returning 12 min. later and she's still there are over. She has also decided to try and pull up on things. Not so exciting. She isn't strong enough so she gets sorta there and plummets to the ground. Cue the tears. She has this plastic tree thing and she tried pulling up on it...and since it weighs 1.4lb's, she immediately fell over and hit her head. I think people are going to start thinking I abuse my baby! She has more bruises than a peach. She's constantly running into things, falling over, hitting herself. And the bath tub is the worst! She tries crawling around in there and slips and bumps her head or falls back. This must be why parents put their kids in bubbles...
Side bar. I looked at some figures yesterday, and in baby food, formula, and diapers, we spend close to $165 a month! SO, I have this genius idea, which I must share. 1 jar of food is ~50cents. I bought a bag of frozen green beans for $1. I steamed them then blended them and added some water. This makes ~6 jars worth of food...which clearly will be a substantial savings. Chris said we would be spending $60 on food, whereas with this idea, it would be about $20. Holla. I'm so pumped! I'm going to test it with fruits too. I can't wait!
The Before: This is the stage of either trying to get pregnant, or just simply not being pregnant. It's like, the second after you get married, people are always asking "When are you going to have a baby!?". As if it's any of their business to begin with... I mean, can't the enjoyment of marriage be had first? And then, after it's been a couple years, the previous question turns into "Don't you even want kids?" or "Do you not like kids?", etc. What is it with these people? Or even worse, you get those comments, most often from women who have kids, such as "Well, when you get pregnant, you'll just love it so much. It's the best thing ever". First, have these women not had a cupcake from the Flying Cupcake? Because I'm pretty sure that might be the best thing ever. Second, what is fun about gaining 30+ pounds, stretch marks, internal movements and hiccups, lack of sex, slimy birth stuff and then the prospect of actually getting the baby out of your poor body. Yes that sounds grand. Where can I sign up?
The During: This is when you are pregnant. Which is nearly the worst stage, however, stage 3 I think is far worse. Along with said items listed before, you now have crazy people talking to you wherever you go. Strangers ask you when you're due, is it a boy/girl, do you have a name, is this your first, do you have the room decorated, are you going to breastfeed, yadda yadda yadda. Like I want to share what I'm doing with my breasts to complete strangers. Then of course you get everyones advice on all topics of pregnancy, birth, and parenting. I'm pretty sure the majority of parents out there need to be seeking professional help in parenting, not giving advice on how to parent. Oh, and the constant belly touching is weird, especially from strangers. It's like they see that belly and they reach, instinctively. Maybe that's where the magnet is housed. That must be why your belly gets so big...it's the magnet growing to only enhance the radar of the crazy's.
The After: Post-birth. In my opinion, the worst stage. Babies must transfer the stupid magnet that was housed in your womb, onto themselves. The attraction is now intensified whenever you have your baby with you. Now you get all sorts of people, asking even more questions that are uncomfortable. I had Avery dressed in all pink, bows in her hair, her ear are pierced....and still had someone ask if she was a girl or boy. Honestly?! Additionally, the constant parenting advice that so many seem adamant to give is very annoying. Some from people who are terrible parents...whose children run wild and have very strict rules, from breathing, sleeping, eating, etc. Yes, the epitome of perfection...please, I want your advice!! "Well, when my kid was a baby, we did such and such and it was the best". "You know, if you don't do this, your baby won't develop." Blah. I'm the first time parent here. Let me figure it out and experiment on my kid myself. I'm pretty sure feeding my baby pretzels or giving her juice is not going to hinder her SAT scores.
So, I hope so many of you heed this advice...the next time you go to touch a prego's belly, give parental advice, or make comments regarding any female in any stage, try and think "Is this an obnoxious question that I will one day hate to be asked myself?" This is why I now don't say to a pregnant woman "Gosh, you are so huge! You look like you are going to explode!"
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
I have no freakin' clue what Avery is crying about at the moment.. She took about a 45 min nap this morning, which is usually 2 hours. I left her in her crib after she woke up for probably an hour, thinking that she'd go back to sleep. Of course not. Instead, she's rolling around, jabbering, sitting up, throwing her pacifier, blah. So I put her down for her afternoon nap and go figure...she's back up awake within 30 min. As if I wasn't irritated enough from the earlier episode. So, I decide, maybe she just wants to be held, which I am VERY MUCH AGAINST. Babies need to learn how to sleep on their own, by themselves, in their own space. Otherwise, when they need to do that, they don't, because they are used to being held in order to fall asleep. Anyway, I hold her for probably 10 min. and she still cries. I figure, what's the point? If she's going to cry whether I hold her or not, might as well put her back in her crib. This is why a device, which simply interprets their cry to let me know what is wrong, would be so very useful.
See, this is a perfect example of why nothing gets done. I feel as though people (men in particular) have this idea that stay at home moms do nothing all day. Dinner should be ready, the house should be spotless, etc. because I'm at home all day. What else do I have to do? I haven't done anything productive today!! I'm constantly in and out of the nursery, feeding Avery, changing Avery, yelling at the dogs, blah blah. This is why people go nuts.
But, I guess we all just keep going. And we even are insane enough to have more kids! I am guilty of wanting 4. After today, I am rethinking that strategy...
Monday, January 4, 2010
1. Life change - Relocation. We purchased a house! Finally...I was beginning to dread my mom and dad, and seeing them every day and every night. Sometimes in the middle of the night. In their underwear. After much searching, and walking through TONS of houses, we finally found the one. Well, God had something to do with it too. We now are residence of the lovely town of Westfield. I was very anti-northside prior to the move. I was afraid of an unfamiliar area, no safety net, no parents/family within 15 minutes, and being alone with Avery. But, after the move, I truly believe this is where we are to be. God wants us here, to raise our family, grow in our friendships, and become amazing people. Well, even more amazing. We are pretty much at the top there on that scale.
2. Life Change - Stay at home Mom. I quit my paying job to now have a new job, which pays in smiles. I guess I'd rather have smiles than money...right, who wouldn't??!! As I said before, I was terribly afraid to be alone with Avery. Every since she was born, I had my mom and dad there to take her whenever she had a meltdown, I was tired, bored, etc. But now, it's all on me. And things are going great! I have no idea how it all happened, but I am TRULY blessed beyond measure. My calling in life was always to be a mom. I am satisfied now that I am fulfilling that desire. Every day I thank God that he has blessed us in ways that I never expected, this being one. I'm thankful Chris took a job (which I don't think he likes much) so that I could stay home and raise our family. He has sacrificed so much for me! Thank you Chris.
3. Life Change - Budgeting. Yuck. I feel like budgeting = old adult. However, it's part of life. Part of making it happen, being responsible, blah blah. When we were living with the 'rents, we "budgeted" but not on a strick scale...we had no bills. However, now, we do. Plus, with me not working, we don't have that cushion to have addition fun when we want. So, now things have to be more planned and set out in advance. While this sucks, I'm sure we are just doing what all other people do to save and make a living. But still, I say boo to you, budget.
4. Friendships. I ran out of life change titles... Since our move and my lack of job, I feel like I can focus more on the important things in life. Being closer to our friends has had a tremendous impact. Surrounding ourselves with solid, Christian friends is hugely important to us. They are there for us when we need prayer, uplifting, laughter, help, babysitting (thank you Floyds), and most of all, food. I am excited to see us develop even better relationships this year.
To be honest, I feel like we are following the will of God precisely. In no way am I bragging because we do have hard obsticles to face. But things are falling into place and we have been trusting Him that we are making the right choices in our lives. My hope is that 2010 is an awesome year, with lots more great things to come. If He is for us, who can be against us, right?