Friday, September 24, 2010

Growing Girl

Well, I think it's official...Avery has now transfered from 2 naps to 1. Boo. While it's nice that she sleeps later and takes 1 long nap, I just don't like not having much flexibility anymore with her schedule. Before, if she missed one nap, I felt okay about it because I knew we had another to fall back on. Now, it isn't that way! I can see why some parents get very crazy during this time in making sure they are always home for the nap. Blah.

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

Falling into Fall

With all this cool weather, I am eagerly awaiting pumpkins, candy, and trick or treating! I am even more excited to dress Avery up this year, since she will be even cuter than last year. I still can't decide though as to what she will be though...does it really matter? She will be adorable in anything!!

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!!