Sunday, September 20, 2009

Six Months

My sweet funny bunny,
In the last six months a lot has happened to be thankful for but here are my top six...

First and foremost the prayers of many were answered when you made your arrival into this world. I can't imagine how many prayers had been said for that day to come. I'm thankful that God allowed us to go on that journey for many reasons- my faith in Him was deepened, my love for your daddy grew stronger, I got to be a part of a miracle, I experienced the power of collective prayer, I have already had several opportunities to share my story and help others in their infertility struggles, I saw how many wonderful friends and family we have in our life that love us, pray for us and encourage us, and most of all it makes me that much more grateful for the wonderful gift of you!

Second, you are a thriving, healthy baby, weighing in at 20.2 lbs and 27 inches long at your six month check up. That puts you in the 95% on weight and 90% on height- wow! God really answered all my prayers that breastfeeding would be successful. You also are loving new foods- you seem to like veggies more than fruits, peas and carrots are two of your very favorites! In your first six months you have only been sick once and that was last week when you had your first cold which you are still trying to get over. Boy did that break your mamma's heart to see you not feeling well!

Third, you have become one very happy baby! You bring your daddy and I more joy than we could have imagined. You "twinkle" when you smile as our friend Benjie so sweetly put it. You really draw people to you everywhere we go with your big smile and bright eyes. You are really finding your voice now and love to talk and interact with people especially your mommy and daddy and it is the sweetest sound I have ever heard. You love to be outside and you love to lay on your changing pad and look out the window- this has been the case since the first day we brought you home. You are really enjoying your walker and following us through the house. You love music like your mommy and daddy! You love new faces and will generally go to anyone. When we go out to eat you sit in your highchair and do your best to engage the people around you by smiling and raising your eyebrows at them until they finally smile back or talk to you.

Fourth, you have been well cared for and the timing of your arrival worked out perfectly in fact I think that is one of the reasons God blessed us with you at the time He did. I got to be home with you for the first three months and enjoy those newborn days that go so quickly. Then just as I went back to work your daddy was out of school so you two got to the spend the summer together. You really bonded in that time and enjoyed your time with each other. Then when daddy had to go back to work you got to stay with Nana everyday for a few weeks. I can't think of a better place for you to be if you aren't with one of us than with your Nana. She has taken care of all three of her grandchildren and the timing always seems to work out just right for her to keep the next one. You two are having a lot of fun with each other! And now you are going to Mother's Day Out two days a week and we are blessed in that we personally know one of your teachers and the other two are so loving and sweet. The timing for your care couldn't have worked out any better!

Fifth, I have learned a lot from you. I have learned to be more adaptable. My plan and routine that I had in mind for you went out the door the day you arrived and a new version of me arrived, a more flexible and adaptable version of me. I have learned to get even better at managing my time and setting priorities. I have learned that perfectionism is not possible ever but especially with a baby. I have started to accept that fact slowly but surely and I think I will be a better person for it. You have made me evaluate myself and my flaws and made me want to be a better person. You have made me want to be a better follower of Jesus, a better wife, a better mother, a better daughter, a better sister, a better friend, a better coworker and more. I know you are observing and learning from me and your daddy everyday and I want you to have the best example to learn from possible.

Last, the village that is helping us raise you. I have really learned to cry out to God on many days especially when you were a newborn and were colicky and I couldn't do anything to calm you and again this last week when you were sick. I also frequently call my mom and I'm so grateful to have her here to help me learn to be a mother because although much of it comes naturally there is still a lot to learn. I am thankful the rest of my family is close by and you get to spend lots of time wtih them and grow up with your cousins. I am also thankful that although your Grandma and Grandpa live several hours away they don't let that stop them from seeing you and spoiling you every few weeks at least. I am so glad I have so many mommy friends both close by and a phone call away to also help me on this journey of motherhood. I am fortunate to have bosses and a job that are flexible and that truly put family before work.

These are some of my favorite pictures of you over the last 6 months- my how you have grown and changed in such a short time!

The first time we saw you!

One month old

Two months old

Three months old

Four months old

Five months old

Six months old

I love you so much and sometimes feel like I could never express to you the depth of my love but I will tell you over and over and I will show you through the hundreds of kisses and squeezes I give you a day! You are a wonderful treasure to me and your daddy!



Saturday, September 19, 2009

Half Year Party!

Friday night we had a little celebration with pizza, cupcakes and family for Ava Kate's 6 month birthday. Grandma even came to town to celebrate with us! Happy 6 month birthday sweet funny bunny!

She even got her first tiny taste of icing- yummy!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Fall Fun!

We have been having lots of fun lately with family and friends and wanted to share some pictures of our recent outings with Ava Kate!
Dinner at Spano's with Greg, Andrea & Stone
Enjoying the parade with Lily and Tessa
Daddy and I had a fun date together at the parade while mommy was getting her hair done.
I love Shelly!
And Matt!
Pizza and movie night with Pop and Nana
I save some of my biggest smiles for my Pop!
My first trip to the fair with mommy & daddy
& Nana & Keller!
Riding the merry go round for the first time- I loved it!
I can't wait until I'm old enough to ride the roller coaster with Nana and Keller!
Daddy and Keller coming out of the Fun House
I sure did love the petting zoo and all the animals!
I thought the donkeys were especially funny- they made me laugh and laugh!
Looking at the little goats with daddy
Riding the merry go round with daddy and this time I got to sit on a horse and I lost my shoe!
Something else I have to look forward to in a few years- going down the giant slide with daddy and Keller.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

First Day of School (Mother's Day Out)!

Last Tuesday was Ava Kate's first day of school or Mother's Day Out. The night before we got everything ready and laid out her first day of school dress. Our morning was going great and we were actually running a little early. I had the car all loaded and went to get Ava and smelt something familiar. I picked her up and out of her diaper dropped a piece of poop. I lifted her dress and saw a lovely blow out all over her and her dress. We managed to get the mess cleaned up and a new outfit on and still got to school pretty close to on time. Ava Kate is always happy to see new people and happily went to Ms. Vicky. We had gone the week before to her Meet the Teacher and she seemed to love all three of her teachers and so did mommy. We started the day off with no tears at all from myself or Ava. I was so excited when 2:30 came and I got to go pick her up. I had been wondering how her first day had gone. I walked in and there she was crying, red faced, puffy eyes, tears streaming and her shirt soaked from her tears. My heart broke! I managed to hold it together while her teachers explained she had a rough first day and had not napped very well because everytime she would fall asleep another baby would cry and wake her up. After a couple of minutes of holding her she finally calmed down and I knew when I put her in her carseat she was going to be upset again and I was right. Thank goodness she was too tired to be upset for long and she conked out in the car and slept for almost two hours. While she was getting her much needed rest I got my cry out. Thursday I was nervous and sad about leaving her, more than I had been Tuesday. Before we left Ava Kate and I sat down together and said a little prayer that she would have a good day and be able to nap better. Once again I dropped her off with no tears and she happily went to her teachers. I kept wondering all day how she was doing but I knew if I called and they said she was upset I really couldn't just go and get her everytime she cried so I refrained from calling. I was so glad when 2:30 finally rolled around and I hurried to go pick her up. This time I walked in and there she was sitting in the floor playing and looking at herself in the mirror. Her teachers said she had a much better day and had napped a lot better. I was relieved! They were so sweet to go out and buy some sleep sheep for the babies crib to help drown out some of the sound of the crying babies. We are blessed that she has three very loving, caring teachers.

Outfit #1 before the big mess!
Outfit #2- sitting in my new room looking all big!
Saying goodbye to mommy!
Ms. Vicky
Mrs. Erin

Friday, September 11, 2009

First Trip to Grandma & Grandpa's

The next Jarrett golfer!

Labor Day weekend we made our first trip to Houston since Ava Kate was born to visit Grandma & Grandpa. We enjoyed some shopping, good food and lots of family time. Ava Kate not only got to spend a lot of time with her Grandma and Grandpa she also got to meet more of her family for the first time- Uncle Frank, Aunt Tommi, Aunt Rita, Uncle Mike and Aunt Becky. She got to dance with her Grandpa to some Al Green. We went on a walk every morning with Grandma. She thought their 3 chihuahua's were very amusing. She was a trooper on the long drive there and back and only fussed a little. I sat in the back with her and pulled out all my silly tricks in an attempt to keep her entertained.