Thursday, December 29, 2011

Avery's First Christmas

I just loved this Christmas and I cannot imagine how awesome it will be when she gets older and more aware of what is going on!

So on Christmas Eve we opened our presents as a family of three!

Our stockings
 Avery with her stocking!
 She is kind of opening her presents.
 She got level 2 nipples.
 She also got her favorites, pacis!

These are the family Christmas PJ's for the family!
 Avery opening her present.
 Still opening!
 Her pajamas!
Avery and Daddy!
 Avery's first toy for Christmas!
 She got stackable rings!
 She seems to like them!

 She looks like she is laughing here, but unfortunately, she still doesn't laugh very often.  But it sure looks cute!

 I got the Harry Potter movie series from Ray!
 He got a golf rain jacket from me!
 Mommy and baby!
Avery in her elf outfit, so cute!
 Taking a nap, Christmas is tiring!
 With her grandparents!
 The dessert tray, mmmmmm!
 With her antlers!
 Me playing with the different settings on the camera!

 Reading Twas the Night Before Christmas!
 Her stocking at Grandma and Grandpa's!
 In one of her gifts, a Bumbo!

 Everyone's favorite present . . . .Avery!
 She loves her Octoplush!

 And her gift from Santa!  A ballerina teddy bear backpack, so cute!!!
 She will be using this for sleepovers!
 Family picture with our penguin pjs.

 And one last elf shot!
Last but not least, Avery as a reindeer!  She endured a lot of outfit changes, but she was a champ and her first Christmas was a success!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Avery is amazing!!!!!
she is "talking" lots of coos and squeals, it is sooo cute

she is starting to giggle, it isn't all the time, but grandma makes it happen more than we do
she is doing better with entertaining herself now, mostly with her hands
she is holding her head up really well and can lay on her tummy and really support herself

her hair is growing a bit more in the natural light it looks blonde and in any other light she looks brunette
her eyes are lightening up a bit, but are still a beautiful blue
she still likes her paci to fall asleep with but doesn't need it much any other time
we have to put dark Karo syrup in 2 of her bottles to her her have loose stools
she still hates tummy time and only tolerates it for about 2 minutes at a time

Avery's firsts . . . .
Christmas everything (we'll do another post for that)

6 month pants

Lessons learned
it really helps her to sleep longer if we "top her off" right before bed

Not sure about either, but I know she is over 13 pounds and over 23 inches.  She is getting sooo long!

She eats at 10am, 2pm, 6pm (all 6 ounces), a top off at 8 or 9 (2 ounces) and another 6 ounces whenever she wakes up (between 4 and 7).

She is getting a bit more consistent with her sleeping through the night!  She will fall asleep (on one of us) between 8 and 9.  We will swaddle her and put her down.  Sometimes she stays asleep, sometimes she wakes up and we let her cry for a few minutes and then go in and comfort her.  Sometimes we only need to comfort her once sometimes this lasts for 45 minutes.  The length has really started to decrease though!

She isn't on a nap schedule, the closest thing to it, is usually falling asleep after her 10am feeding!

She loves to be out and about.  She is so well behaved.  She just takes everything in! Her head is going in all directions and her eyes are huge!!!!

What do you do to get your babe to giggle, I would love to hear her giggle more often!


Her 3 months and Christmas pictures!

Cutest tu-tu pic ever!!!

The many 3 month pictures!!!
 Why hello Mr. Bear, how long have you been here?

 I am over the bear, back to my favorite thing, my hand!!!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Visiting Santa

We took Avery to meet Santa yesterday!

I figure next year she might be in Stranger Danger mode and won't like it, so this might be my last chance for two years!

We got to the mall early to drop off my company's Angel Tree donations and then stood in line.  Avery slept through everything, we had to wake her up when it was her turn!  Why can't she sleep like that at night?

So when I first handed her over she started crying, but then just kind of sat there like "What the hell?"

And then she got bored with it.

So we got her pictures and gave her the bottle before we went to dinner.

These are her in the food court, showing off her outfit!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

One Year Ago

A year ago I was in the middle of my last BFN cycle (I obviously didn't know it at the time).

I was so excited because I could test on December 23rd.  I thought, what an AMAZING Christmas present!

However, it didn't work out that way.  I was devastated.  It was the worst BFN I had had yet.  It was the first month of trying after my HSG and the nurse told me that sooo many people get pregnant the month after.  I thought her saying that was a sign.

I am so grateful that the next month was a BFP!  But I am writing this because I know how hard the holidays can be for someone in the midst of IF.  Just remember that things can change sooo quickly.

I am thinking of and praying for everyone wishing for their Christmas miracle this year.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Too early?

Is it too early to put her in Christmas outfits everyday?  No, it isn't!!!

As of December 1st Avery will be wearing her Christmas gear multiple times a week.  There are a few reasons for this . . . .
1. I love Christmas
2. She has so many cute Christmas outfits
3. I want her to get a lot of use out her Christmas clothes that I spent way to much on

And here she is in her new ruffled holiday pants and Baby's First Christmas onesie.  This while outfit is 3-6 months, can you believe how well she fits into it?  She won't be three months until the 20th!!  She is my big girl!