Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Ava Grace turned 4 months old on Friday and had her 4 month well visit today! :-) She got rave reviews as always!
She's always up to something these days...
She learns something new almost every day!
She loves making noises with her lips and blowing spit bubbles - it's her new favorite sound to make! It makes us laugh every time!
She has discovered her toes and they are her new favorite toy!
She usually has her hands on her toes or in her mouth! She still loves her paci when she's sleepy, but the rest of the time she'd rather be chattering at us or chewing on toys and fingers... with a preference to fingers, of course.
She smiles all of the time and is starting to giggle more and more.
She's getting better at sucking her thumb. She also likes to suck her index finger. :-)
Her size is leveling out! She's 13.5 lbs (35%) and 24 inches long (28%). Dr. Johnson is very happy with her growth and says she's just petite! :-)
She's sleeping great! She goes to bed on her own every night at 7:00 and sleeps until 5:30 (ish). She often needs help getting her Paci back in once or twice, but usually not until the early morning - and hour or so before she wakes. Naps are still a work in progress. She goes down in her crib, but usually wakes often, so when I can get a nice long hour or two out of her for a nap, it comes in 15 - 30 minute intervals with me patting her back down and popping the paci in. :-) Dr. Johnson said most babies either nap good or sleep good at night, but rarely do both at this age! He said she'll get better in a few months, but right now sleeping good at night and cat napping during the day is just fine!
Overall, we are pleased as punch with our little doodlebug! She's growing like a little weed and meeting all her milestones on time or early and we are so happy about that!
We have lots coming up in the next few weeks! We'll be meeting her plastic surgeon for our first visit and to schedule our first surgery - exciting and nerve wracking at the same time. We'll also head back to Dr. Johnson for the rest of her vaccinations over the next 4 weeks. We aren't following a traditional vaccine schedule, but are spacing them out instead. We'll also be trying our rice cereal soon and we'll try to bridge back down off of her super expensive formula to see if she can tolerate the much cheaper "sensitive" formula! :-) Lots of exciting stuff!
Sunday, May 13, 2012
I have wanted to write all day, but it's hard to find words to write on Mother's day.
I have thought and thought, but the words that are powerful enough to express what it means to be a mother don't exist! I have decided to just share a few thoughts instead of writing one fluid post.
Becoming a bonus mom to Lily has changed my life! It's through her that I learned first learned how to love like a mother. She's the most precious girl in the world and I love her with my whole heart. I am so thankful for the close relationship that she and I have!
I can say that being a mother changes you forever. It's a beautiful change and it comes from deep within your soul. It does not come from giving birth.
I can't tell you how important I feel it is for Mamas (and Daddys) to PLAY with their children! We love to play in our house! We play in every room and we play everything! From playing "cooking show" when we are making dinner or baking to playing board games and school - we love to play and it certainly makes an impact on my relationship with the girls!
Piglet once said, "Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart." How true!
My two girls are the biggest blessings and I am honored to be who God chose to help raise them!
Being a mom is by far the hardest and most rewarding thing I have ever done. It's my dream job.
NOTHING feels better or brings more peace that having my baby in my arms peacefully sleeping... or cooing... or smiling at me!
I make sure to tell my girls every day how special they are. I tell them they are beautiful, they are smart, they are funny, they are kind, they are good, they are precious, they are fun... I mean every word and I believe it is so important for them to hear this daily because they need to believe every word too!
Friday, May 11, 2012
Ava Grace recently got a gift from Grandmommy...
Another hand made blanket!
The last one was a quilt for winter, this one is a light weight summer blanket!
It covers lots of floor space for lots of playing!
It has BEAUTIFUL trim that's fun to play with too!
...and I'm pretty sure it's the cutest nursery rhyme print I have ever seen and it's in all our favorite colors!
Thank you Grandmommy! We play on it every day!
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Thursday, May 3, 2012
First you get an elbow in and an arm out...
...then you push off and lean...
...gotta really work the head to keep momentum...
I rolled over at 10 weeks!
Mommy and Daddy are pretty proud... and obviously finally caught it on camera!