Friday, August 28, 2009

9 month pics are in!

We {finally} had Avery's 9mo pictures taken this week. I know, I know... she'll be 10 months next week, but better late than never, right? I was trying to hold out until she didn't have a scratch or a bruise on her face, but I gave up. I think she's at that age where she's always going to have some sort of scrape or bump :D

Funny story: I put Avery in disposables today since we're about to go on a trip and won't cloth diaper while we're gone. Normally, she wears 6-12 or 12 month pants. Guess what size pants she wears while in a disposable diaper?

0-3months. My almost-10-month-old wears 0-3 month pants. She is so. stinkin'. skinny.

But look at that face:

Or this one:

(yes, that's the tutu set from the Cochran's!)

Or this one:

(yes, we have this in an 8x10)

you can find more here:

Monday, August 17, 2009

My new ::hobby::

UPDATED: the link to the site should work now... :D

So, we decided to take the plunge... and I am now an Educational Consultant for Discovery Toys!!

These toys are fantastic- all of them are developmentally appropriate for the recommended ages and educational. They have passed strict safety tests and are very durable. And if by chance your kid breaks one, they have a lifetime warranty! You can also order replacement parts for the ones with little pieces :)

Tell everyone you know! Kids learn through playing with toys, and there's no better investment than your children.

You can find my personalized site at:

If you'd like to place an order, shoot me an email:
Just list what you'd like and where you want them shipped to, and I'll email you back!!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

9 month stats

We had Avery's 9mo well-baby visit at the doctor on friday. She measured at 17lbs 1oz and26 3/4 inches tall (Both in the 25th percentile). She's really consistent and is staying right on her growth curve, so that's fantastic!
At 9 months, Avery is:
-wearing 6-9 or 9month tops, 3-6 or 6-9mo dresses, and 9mo, 12mo, or 6-12mo pants (because of the cloth diapers)
-crawling and cruising really well, and able to stand on her own for up to 30 seconds
-eating "real" food cut into chunks- no more purees here! And her favorite? Mac N Cheese :D
-has mastered drinking from a straw
-able to say "dada", "mama" (not always to me), "no" (haven't heard this one in a while, thank goodness!), and maybe "uhoh"
-still only has 2 teeth, but i think her top 4 are coming in any day now!
-really starting to like books. she will turn the pages and "reads" in this cute little voice! (GOT to get it on video!!)
-loves other babies, pets, and herself in the mirror or photos
-still waking up 2-4 times per night to nurse or just hang out :/
-loves her daddy's "redbirds hat"
-likes playing in her tunnel, or under the blanket
-starting to "share"- her paci, toys, food, etc
-starting to be shy when she's around other people... she turns her face into my shoulder- it's precious!!!

I think that's it for now. I'll add pictures once we get them taken- hopefully this week or next sometime!!

Saturday, July 25, 2009


Here are some videos William took of Avery today! She is so funny these days....

Saturday, June 27, 2009

June Photo Catch-Up!

It's been awhile, so I figured it's time for some updates! Avery will be 8 months old in a week! It's crazy that she's been on the outside for almost as long as she was on the inside... :) At a recent appointment, she weighed 15lbs 9oz. She still only has her two bottom teeth, but I think she'll be getting more any day now.

A while back, I won a baby identification contest on the Cochran Quads' blog!
The prize? A tutu for Avery! We got it in the mail last week, and it is pretty much the cutest thing ever (or maybe it's just who's wearing it!!) Thanks, Sandra! I think we'll definitely use this for her 1 year pictures in a few months!

William had a great first Father's Day! We celebrated by eating his favorite: Bellacino's. Here's some pictures of him and his little girl on their special day:

At the beginning of the month, I took Avery to a local splash park with the Panduku boys. Here's some pics I took while we were waiting for them to get there:

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


as you can see... we have a crawler!! she's been working on this for awhile now, but today's the first day that she's been really consistent. 7 months, 11 days old, with 2 teeth, loves to say "da-da" and now, crawls!!

she's getting so big. i miss her being small and cuddly, but i love the little person she's becoming! :)

Friday, May 1, 2009

Bath Time!

Just a quick word... I'll post more for her 6mo birthday next week! Avery can now sit on her own (for up to 20 mins!) and can wear a bow in her hair! It's too cute!

Avery REALLY likes her bath.... watch the video below and find out! :)

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Cinco de Avery!

Avery is 5 months old today! Wow, I can't believe how fast time is flying. I know, I know... everyone is ALWAYS telling me, "enjoy her first year, it goes by so quickly"... but the reality is, it's going by a lot faster than "quickly". At 5 months, Avery is:
-rolling over from her tummy to her back, and trying to go the other way
-in love with her daddy :) he can always make her smile or laugh
-wearing 3-6mo clothes, and they're just really starting to fit
-happiest in the bathtub
-really starting to reach and grab for things that she wants: especially cell phones and the remote
-able to sit propped in her Boppy pillow
-sleeping in her crib- she decided that she hated the PackNPlay 2 weeks ago... :(
-still nursing every 3 hours during the day and 3-4 at night
-drooling... a lot :)

She really is a good, happy baby... unless you're talking about sleep. Then she's not so good. She hates to nap, and lately, 4:30-5:30am seems like a good time to be awake. But, when she's not napping, she's happy.... just really, really tired.

Oh, and she's started eating baby food here and there... peas, sweet potatoes, apples, and pears so far... I think we'll do Avocado next.

We had her pictures taken last weekend, and she didn't do so well. She just stared at everyone with her mouth open. Here is a photo from the studio blog:

We only got one of the poses (not the one above), since they weren't that great, but she'll be getting her 6mo pics in May, so hopefully those will be better!

You can see the rest of our March/April pictures at:

I really want to be a better blogger than I am. And I want to blog about more than just my sweet baby girl. But I know that's all you guys really care about anyway :)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

3 months!

3 months. Things have gone haywire! The past couple of days Avery has started teething (we think). Drooling, slight fever, and she's happiest when something is pushing on her gums... uh oh, here we go! She has become difficult to get to sleep and just irritable... but we still managed to get some good 3mo pictures!

go here to view the rest:

Saturday, January 31, 2009

So sorry!

I know it's been forever since I posted, but I just haven't had the time. I wish I could be one of those bloggers that posts every single day and people flock to read my opinions and about the life of my little family... but I just know that's not going to happen when I post twice a month! Here's what we've been up to:

Right after Christmas, our OBU friend Heath came to visit! Sadly, this is the only picture we took the whole time he was here (at the museum in the basement of the Soldier's and Sailor's Monument). He got sick and had to stay away from Avery for the most part... but we still had fun running around the city and seeing 2 movies! We miss you, Heath!

This is from earlier this month! Avery loves to play with her toys and last night she started trying really hard to grab them! It's so cute! She keeps on growing- her 0-3 clothes are definitely too small, but the 3-6's are too big... so we make her wear the too small ones, but the brands that come in a 3month size fit the best for now.

She also likes to sit up on the couch like a "big girl" and watch TV. She's like her mom and prefers to have a blanket over her lap :)

The changing table continues to be her favorite place to talk and smile. She's working really hard on laughing, but it still comes out like a grunt instead. Don't worry, we have it on video :)

And here's the grand finale! I swore I would never drive a minivan, and I loathe the color red, but here is our new ride: a new 2008 Chrysler Town and Country. As far as vans go, I love it! It drives great and has that new car smell :) We got a steal of a deal on it and basically traded our CR-V for the van and only have to play $10 more a month. Woohoo!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

You're gonna love it!

Avery had her 2-month checkup on Wednesday. Here are her stats for this month:
Weight- 10lbs 2oz (between the 25th and 50th percentile... so I guess 37th?)
Length- 22 1/2 inches (50th percentile)
Head Circumference- 15 1/8 inches (50th percentile)

So, she's doing great! She got some shots (not a fun experience for either of us) and has been running a low-grade fever and seems more tired today. She also projectile vomited EVERYWHERE this morning, but I think it's because she gagged on the Tylenol. Either way, she earned herself an extra bath! :)

I have a fun surprise for all of you... VIDEOS! yay! The first one is of Avery talking and the second one is of her playing on her playmat (which she LOVES to do!) Enjoy our baby girl!

Monday, January 5, 2009

I Can't Believe It....

This little peanut is 2 months old today! Time flies when you're having fun... Here are some things about Avery at 2 months old:
- Wearing 0-3 month clothes
- Always full of smiles and beginning to "talk"
- Likes to grab the neck of my shirt or my hair when she's falling asleep or nursing
- Starting to suck on her hands
- Able to hold a toy placed in her hands
- Always kicking and wiggling
- Loves to watch TV
- Not as crazy about the swing anymore
- Starting to cry when she falls asleep (this isn't so much fun)
- Absolutely stellar gross motor skills :)

I took some video of Avery playing and talking today- I'll work on getting those online tomorrow!

Happy 2-month birthday, baby girl!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Cellphone photos

Today's blog will be a bunch of photos I've taken with the good ol' pink Centro! Since they're phone photos, a lot of them are of her in her carseat.
This is a pic of her asleep in the sling when she was just a couple of weeks old!

Milk Coma :)

Wrapped in her blanket at the doctor's office waiting for her check-up

Asleep on the Boppy :)

Wanna fight?

She always spits out her paci once she falls asleep... this one didn't go quite far enough

This is her warm fleece lamb suit... it's cute :)

Sleeping :)

When you're trying to capture her smile, she just makes silly faces!

Again with the silliness...

She looks tough, right?!

Updates... let's see.... yesterday Avery went through an odd eating spree- she wanted to eat every 2 hours, but would only eat for 3-5 minutes. That's it. She didn't seem cranky or like she was still hungry, so I didn't worry about it. We'll see how today goes.
It looks like we're going to have a thumb sucker whether we like it or not. We gave her a paci in the hopes that she wouldn't want to suck a finger or her thumb (theory: you can always take away a paci, you can't take away her hand), but the past few days she has been furiously trying to suck on her hand/thumb. She can't coordinate getting just the thumb in her mouth, so usually the whole fist goes in, but she definitely prefers this over her pacifier. Problem: she gets so frustrated trying to suck on her hand that it wakes her up instead of helping her fall asleep! Ugh... hopefully this problem resolves itself over the next few weeks!

We go to the doctor on Wednesday for her 2-mo check up! I'll post then and let you know how it goes! I held her on the scale this morning and it says she weights 10 1/2 lbs! Yikes! We'll see!