Thursday, March 12, 2015

Ava is 18 months!!

  Well, a lot has happened in the last 6 months. We moved to Plano, TX at the beginning of the year.  The weather has been pretty cruddy since we got here. We have had cold, wet and snowy weather most days. I think it is finally starting to warm up. It was shocking to me because Houston never got this cold. However, we do like it here; very family friendly, pools everywhere,bike/running trails, and much larger house to live in.
    I have been a slacker lately with updating our family blog. Besides moving we have had other things come up that have put me back. We love Ava so much and are so eager to get a brother or sister for her. We have had several setbacks and it has been discouraging. Ava was not easy to conceive either but I was hoping we would get a break this second time around and I was wrong.  Life is hard at times but I know that everything happens for a reason and it will happen in the Lord's time but it is hard. We are open to adopt and excited if that is the route needed. We will see........
     Ava is 18 months now and my pride and joy!!  She weighs 24 lbs and 9 oz, 33 inches tall . She is getting so smart. She can say so many words. She says, mama, dada, thank-you ,peas, mine, me, Jesus, cheese, keys,baby, no,shoe, boot, ball,yum, bubba(bubbles), ba(balloon) Bubye, hi, wawa(water), mi (milk) and a ton of animal noises. She makes the popcorn hand signal when she wants to make popcorn and will go find the popcorn maker. We have to spell that word now. She does the "intsy winsy spider and head shoulders knees and toes" motions. She spins around and around.  She is a little mimicker, she copies me all the time.
   She enjoys sweeping, cleaning, playing in her kitchen, pretend eating, running, playing at the park, playing with balls, pushing her shopping cart, riding her horsey, reading, swimming, being outside, chasing bunnies, bubbles, bike rides, climbing up on things, playing with her flash cards.  She amazes me all the time. She understands so much more than she can say.
   Ava will finally let me put her hair in a pony tail. Ava hates poopy diaper changes; she cries and straightens her legs making it very difficult.  She still is a very easy going, and a happy girl.
  She still is a very good eater, loves her veggies and anything else food related.  She sleeps 12-12.5 hrs a night with one 2-2 1/2 hour nap. As long as she is fed and well slept she is happy.
  She has been going to nursery since we moved here at 16 months and loves it. I was happy that it was an easy transition for her and us. Ava brings us so much joy and we are so thankful that we have been blessed to be her parents. Being a mother has been the easiest and most rewarding thing thanks to AVA.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Happy birthday my SWEET and BEAUTIFUL Ava!!

Ava turned 1 on September 4th. Hard to believe a year ago I was trying every self induction method out there to get her out. She has been such a calm, sweet, easy going baby. She has taken her time on some things like rolling over, crawling, pulling herself up, but not walking. She is a pro walker now. I can now let Ava go free. She still falls every now and then but knows how to fall.
  For Ava's first birthday we were in Utah for Scott's 7th 100 Wasatch 100 miler and to see family and friends. Scott did amazing!! He broke 24 hours which is extremely difficult to do. He sewed together a shirt with pockets on the back and shoulders to hold ice while he runs between at aid stations (typically 8-10 miles apart in the mountains). Very clever idea, and it worked. He felt great the whole race.  Less than 5% of the field completed this race in under 24 hours, and Scott was one of them!!
  We spend alot of time with Tyson, Taylor and TJ. We also got to see my Bachelor brother Garret!! We had Ava's birthday party at Deer Valley resort. Friends and family came and we partied!! We wore dog hats, Clarissa made balloon animals and hats and ate cake. Ava had her very own angel food cake topped with cool whip and strawberries and dog toppers. She loved eating the strawberries off and tasting the cool whip. Ava then opened up her gifts. She got a dog book, and giant stuffed dog and a little dog in a camoflouge carrying case. As you can tell the theme was DOGS!! The Love for dogs is still there! She squeals and says "Dog" every time she sees one. She has inherited the dog-loving trait from her Aunt Hollie.

  Ava's stats: Weight: 21 lbs 10 oz
                     Height: 30.5 inches
                     Head: 18.5 inches
* Pro walker now. Miss independent and loves the new freedom.
* Can finally crawl. Will crawl to where she can pull up and to walk.
* Can pull up to standing on pretty much anything.
* Can mimmick sounds and noises
* Can say "ah ohh" in her cute way.
* Points to everything.
* Sleeps with her stuffed dog.
* Loves her pacifier at nap and bed time.
* Switched over to cow's milk perfectly.
* Loves steamed veggies; eats them like candy(takes after her mommy), grilled cheese, p&j sandwiches, spaghetti, beans, avocado, bananas, french toast....... she loves everything!!
* As of today, she repeated Mom to me when I said say MOM. She usually just says it when shes eating or upset but first time on que. It made me feel so special.
* Loves, loves loves to wave. She is constantly waving at everyone!
*Has 8 teeth, 4 on top, 3 on bottom and a molar.

We feel so lucky to have Ava in our lives. She made me a MOM and I love it. She was well worth the wait and journey. I hope all our kids are as perfect as Ava.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

11 months...craziness!

I can not believe that we are 1 month away of Ava turning 1. This past year has flown by so fast. Ava has brought so much joy and energy to the family. She makes me smile constantly. Motherhood has been such an amazing gift. Here are her recent updates;
Weight: 21 lbish
Height: Taller than most babies her age and older
Head: smart and cute;)

*Always wants to walk. Pretty much walking on her own, just wears the safety jacket or holds on to a finger for occasional spills here and there. We have wood floor so when she falls hard unless we are there to catch.
* Can change direction when walking. Slows down to balance.
*Can step up on the curb.
*Has 5 teeth; two on top three on bottom.
* Waves to anyone and everyone. She flicks her wrist in the cutest way. Very unique wave.
*Still loves dogs. Wants to pet every one she sees. Says "Dog" or Hi dog." when she sees a dog.
*Sleeps on her belly and rolls all over the crib when sleeping.
*Has gotten from tummy to sitting a few times. For some reason does not like to do it, wants Mom to help you.
*Has pulled from sitting to standing while holding on walker. Still gets mad and wants to balance on me to pull up.
* Likes to mimic; Will copy me singing in the microphone, blinking my eyes, sticking out my tongue, doing the actions for "I don't know."; sign language for "more".
saying "more"

showing her tongue
*Is a great dancer; not only does she bounce but she does a full body shake.
*Loves to self feed; loves cheese quesadillas, green beans and anything else.
*Feeds herself the bottle, I am there for quality control.

* Knows when it is bed time and starts to cry when we are putting on her pjs.
*Naps 2-3 hrs a day; 12-13 hrs at night. Love my amazing sleeper;)

She gets cuter and cuter day by day. We love her so much!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

10 months with a BANG!!

Ava turned 10 months on July 4th!! Lots of celebrating with fireworks;) Ava is such an amazing sleeper. She slept through all of our neighbors fireworks. It was soooo loud and she didn't even flinch.
Today for the 4th, we went on a family hike to the summit of Montara mountain. Ava did great! That was the longest she has been in a hiking backpack (7.5 miles in 2.5 hours). We let her walk around on top and snack. She loves to be outdoors and walk; so she was in heaven.

10 month milestones;

weight: 20 ish lbs
height ; taller than before
head; cute and growing more hair for bows

* She has officially stood on her own for many seconds.
* Mastered walking with one hand for balance.
* Has taken 5-6 steps on her own,
* Received her first head booboo. She fell walking and hit her head hard;(
*Let MOM and DAD go to Tahoe while she stayed and played with Grandma Kunz for 3 days
*Has been called the "Easiest BABY ever" We are so lucky to have this happy easy going girl!
*Loves to dance
* Says MOM a lot, but not directly to me yet.
*Can say DAD when she sees him, We are working on the MOM.
*Will look at MOM or DAD when asking where is Mom and Dad.
*Still a great eater.
*Takes 2 naps. Sleeps 12 hours.
*Will wave bye and hi to people in the grocery store.
*Will look and smile at people at the store and wait for them to smile. Social Baby;)
*Has grown 3 more teeth. Two front top teeth and a another lower.
*Can scoots backwards on tummy, but no crawling. Prefers feet over tummy.

Its hard to believe that she will be a year in 2 months. We love her so much!! 10 months down; infinity to go!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

9 months already!!

Every month seems to go by faster than the last. It is bitter sweet. I love that she is becoming her own person but sad that she is not my tiny baby anymore, She is becoming very sociable, and like always, HAPPY and Smiling!

Weight: 19 lbs
Height: Tall
Head: she will grow into her cute big Beaman head

                *She is getting very quick and steady on her feet when walking assisted. She loves to go on walks along the beach. We also make several rounds around the house to explore her favorite spots.
                *Her favorite toy is a rocking horse where she gives it kisses and pulls hair. I think she thinks its a dog because she LOVES her Nanny's dog.
                 * Say "Dog" Mama" Dada" and "Hi"
                 * Wave Hello and Goodbye, Clap her hands, and Shake her head
                 * Favorite food is string cheese.
                 *Discovered how to undo the play mat.
                  * Figured out how to transition sitting to her stomach without it hurting.
                  * Can do a 360 spin on tummy.
                  * Finally enjoys rolling.
                  * Can stand alone for a few seconds.
                  * Top front teeth have started to make their appearance. She has been a little more tired and fussy from the teeth but overall still a happy baby.
Me and my favorite girl on Mothers Day;)

We love our baby girl to pieces!! Only  3 more months and she will be a year old. Crazy!!
One of Ava's favorite activities; flower picking.

Ava loves to be thrown in the air!

Family photos; memorial day