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My life as a math teacher, wife, daughter, and new momma.

7 Months Old December 1, 2013

Filed under: Baby,Baby by Month — LindseyJuly @ 4:34 PM
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Time continues to fly.  Avery is 7 months old today, and it’s the first day of December.  Crazy!!!

Adam and I survived our first holiday–Thanksgiving, visiting family in two different locations and introducing Avery to lots of cousins for the first time.  She was a doll baby.  She was extremely happy and smiled most of the time.  She traveled well and made things much easier than they could have been.  I swear she gets cuter by the day…but then again I know I’m partial.

Stats:

Weight — 15 pounds…my estimate. (up from 6 lbs, 15 oz at birth)

Length — 25 inches at least.  Did not measure today though. (up from 20 inches at birth)

Month 7

Month 7 - side action  Month 7 - side

Month 7 - closeup 2  Month 7 - closeup

Month 7 - face

Month 7 - sitting closeup

Month 7 - sitting side view

Month 7 - sitting  Month 7 - sitting2

Month 7 - birds eye view

What has changed over the last month?

-Avery can sit all on her now.  We still like to put pillows and padding around her just in case…but she doesn’t really need it.

-She is so close to crawling and has also started to attempt to pull up on stuff, though hasn’t done either successfully yet.

-She babbles nonstop and smiles more than ever.  She is a happy baby!

-Avery has started eating fruits and veggies now, and most nights seems to enjoy them.

-She wants to play with and grab everything in sight.  Catalogs are her favorite to grab and wrinkle or rip the pages…especially on Daddy’s lap.

A Favorite of the Month: After being away from Adam or I, even just after a nap she now seems so happy to see us each time, greeting us with a huge smile and usually even making some type of noise to try to say “hello.”  She is so much fun at this age.

In the next month I am most looking forward to…

-Our first Christmas as a family of 3, including all the time off we get together during that time.

 

4 Months Old September 8, 2013

Filed under: Baby,Baby by Month — LindseyJuly @ 5:40 AM
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Another month has passed and Avery is now 4 months old. Time seems to be going so fast, especially now with being back to work. I’m finally coping better with being away from Avery each day…but that still doesn’t mean I like it. I’m so very appreciative and relieved to be taking Avery to Mom’s or Mari’s each day, but I still wish it were me that got to spend the whole day with her. I crave the weekends like never before, knowing that I get two entire days with her, instead of just a few hours each afternoon and evening. My heart has been stolen again by this little girl, just like it was almost four years ago by her Daddy. I love those two more than I could have ever imagined!

Stats:

Weight — 11 pounds, 14 oz (up from 6 lbs, 15 oz at birth; up from 10 lbs last month)

Length — 23.5 inches (up from 20 inches at birth; up from 22.75 inches last month)

Month 4 -1

Month 4 -2

Month 4 - side

Month 4 side2

Month 4 - corner

Month 4 - corner closeup

What has changed over the last month?

-Avery rolled for the first time about three weeks ago. Now she does it all the time. However, so far she can only go from her back to her tummy. She will roll over again and again, then get “stuck” after a while and start to cry. She has even done this a few times in the middle of the night in her crib. She has gotten very speedy at it too. When she decides she wants to roll over, it’s only a matter of seconds and she is there.

-She has lost the majority of the dark hair she was born with, but is now getting lots and lots of new hair, especially on top. This hair is not nearly as dark…more of a light brown. Her bald spot in the back still remains though. I’m hoping this will go away soon.

-Avery prefers to “stand” when being held. She goes stiff-legged and wants to bear weight on her legs. You pretty much have to force her to bend her legs if you want her to sit on your lap. Along with this she is quite the little mover and squirmer.

-She continues to be aware of more and more things around her. Despite the fact that our TV sits up really high in our living room, she has figured out where it is and will turn to try to watch it. She doesn’t want to sleep as much either, because there is too much to look at. She stays awake in the car a lot more than before, but still seems to be a pretty good sleeper after about 15 minutes of the lull of the moving car.

-Her dexterity continues to improve as well. She reaches for, bats at, grabs, holds on to just about anything she can.

-She loves to sit on my lap and listen to me read her books. She isn’t always that interested in the pictures though…I think she just enjoys the cuddling. I can’t wait until she is really into the stories as well.

-Avery smiles and smiles and smiles. When I wake her up in the mornings most days she has a smile for me. When I see her for the first time after work she smiles at me. Every time she gets a diaper change she smiles. She grins at silly noises and of course at Daddy. I looove that big grin!

-Still lots of cooing and “talking” too.

A Favorite of the Month: I can’t really think of just one instance this month. But I do love holding her in front of the mirror in her room and watching her reaction. Most of the time she smiles really big, then hides her face in my shoulder, almost like she is shy. Then she will slowly turn and look again, repeating the smile and turning away.

 

In the next month I am most looking forward to…

-Avery learning to roll back from her tummy to her back.

-Each weekend that I get time with both Avery and Adam together.

-Even more growing and changing.

 

3 Months Old August 4, 2013

Filed under: Baby,Baby by Month — LindseyJuly @ 3:26 PM
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Avery was 3 months old on August 1st.  Time seems to be flying by, along with our summer, which is basically over.  The past three months we have already seen so much growth and change in Avery, it just seems unreal!  I feel as if I love this little girlie more and more with each passing day.  She is my little sweetheart and I can’t even imagine life without her now.

Stats: (my estimations this time, since we didn’t see the pediatrician this month) 

Weight — 10.2 pounds  (up from 6 lbs, 15 oz at birth; up from 9 lbs, 9 oz last month)

Length — 22.75 inches  (up from 20 inches at birth; up from 22 inches last month)

Month 3 - 1

Month 3 - 2

Month 3 - side

Month 3 - Moms Hand

Month 3 - closeup2

Month 3 - closeup

What has changed over the past 4 weeks?

-Avery is starting to have a little personality.  She smiles all the time, many times just even at the sight of Adam or I’s face when we’ve been away for a while or after she wakes from a nap.

-She “talks” a lot now.  Every couple of days it seems like she is making a new noise that I’ve never heard before.  It’s also so cute because she has one specific noise that she tends to make again and again with just Daddy.  And with me she has a whole variety of noises that she makes.  Plus she thinks Daddy is hilarious!!!

-Her skinny little legs have started to fill out and almost look chubby now!  And after losing some of her hair during the first month, she is starting to grow some back in again.

-She constantly seems to notice more and more things and can spot myself or Dad from across the room.  With this also comes her realizing when I have left the room where she can longer see me…which can then lead to some screaming until I come back.  Not so good when it comes to carrying in groceries when I have to make several trips, but I like it nonetheless.

-She has started reaching and grabbing things.  She isn’t very efficient at this just yet, but seems to get better at it each day.

-Avery is now sleeping through the night…usually about 6-7 hours at a time.  Hopefully this will continue once school starts.

-She seems to be out of newborn size clothes completely now.  It makes me a little sad to pack away some of her adorable newborn clothes and amazes me how much she has grown in such a short amount of time.

A Favorite of the Month:  I took Avery in the backyard to watch Adam swing his golf club and she thought it was the funniest thing ever.  She actually laughed out loud each time he would swing.  It was the first time I had heard her really laugh.  SO CUTE!!!!

 

In the next month I am most looking forward to…

-Watching Avery continue to change and grow.

-Hopefully adjusting well to our new school schedule.  I know it will be really tough, but I’m hoping that it will go as smoothly as possible!

 

 

2 Months Old July 7, 2013

Filed under: Baby,Baby by Month — LindseyJuly @ 12:01 PM
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Avery was 2 months old on July 1st.  It is truly amazing how much she has changed in just 2 months time.  It really seems like every few days there is a new pattern in her behavior or something new that she has started doing.  It’s hard to keep up some times, but also so much fun!  Some how I feel that my love for her grows each and every day…even at the times when she still cries uncontrollably for no apparent reason.  :) 

Stats: 

Weight — 9 lbs, 9 oz.  (up from 6 lbs, 15 oz at birth)

Length — 22 inches  (up from 20 inches at birth)

Month 2

Month 2 - 2

Month 2 - side

Month 2 - closeup

What has changed over the past 4 weeks?

-Avery is very much awake all the time now, and doesn’t cry nearly as often when she is going to sleep.

-She stares and checks out everything now.  She loves to look at new things and even seems to be getting bored at times when she is just being held still if you aren’t talking to her or giving her something to look at.

-We have had to retire several of her newborn onesies, as they are now to small–lengthwise.  She is also fitting into several 0-3 months clothes now too.

-She now coos and makes adorable sounds while she is playing.  She also “talks” back to us a lot, making sounds and every now and then mimicking the same sounds we make.

-My Next to Favorite:  She has started sleeping much longer at night, so now I only have to get up once in the middle of the night to feed her.  Our longest stretch so far has been her sleeping for about 5 hours!

-My Favorite:  In the last week or so she has started smiling/grinning at us!  It is THE cutest thing ever, and I LOVE it!!!!

 

In the next month I am most looking forward to…

-Watching Avery continue to change on a daily basis.

-Working on getting her to fall asleep on her own without being held every single time.  This has happened a few times, but we are hoping to up the frequency.

-Enjoying every last minute of the last days of summer with Adam and Avery.  I can’t believe it’s almost over!  :(

8 Weeks Later…1.8WeeksLater

While the zooms aren’t the same, if you look at the pattern on the chair you can see how much she has grown in length.  And obviously by looking at the sleeper there is a big difference in the way it fits!

 

Baby Books Have Been Keeping Me From Blogging… (Sure, sure.) June 27, 2013

Filed under: Baby,BOOKS, Books, books,General — LindseyJuly @ 10:33 AM
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For about 25 weeks I was very much on top of the blogging, getting at least one post in a week.  Now, since Avery has been born…not so much!  She makes finding time to write a bit more challenging, not to mention I don’t have my weekly belly prompts to keep me going.  Being the list person that I am, that format was much more suited for me than just free-response type posts.  Now, I’m not even sure what to write about!

So…here’s the BIG excuse I’m going to use for today about why I haven’t been writing…and that is Avery’s baby books.  ;)

Over the past few weeks I have been working to complete “The Belly Book: A Nine-Month Journal for You and Your Growing Belly.”  I had it mostly filled in before Avery’s birth, but have been working to fill in the remaining pages all about her birth, and gluing in all of the last few weeks of belly pictures and pictures from the hospital.  It has turned out to be a really neat book that I will be able to look back on, and that some day, if she’s at all interested, Avery can look at too.  It has taken a lot of time to fill out, but I love the finished product!

I also just bought the follow-up to this book, “My Baby Book: A Keepsake Journal for Baby’s First Year.”  I have had lot’s to fill-in up front on that one as well.  Then, it will only be every month.  I’m not big on scrap-booking, as that takes even more time than this…so these books are the perfect alternative.

There is one more book in this series called “Your Birthday Book: A Keepsake Journal” that chronicles every year from 1 to 18.  I have not bought this one yet, but plan to.

*I bought all of these books on Amazon if anyone is interested in getting their own copies.  Love them!

 

~I really do hope to get back to writing more frequently!  And I promise to have a two month post coming up…which is only a few days away.  HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE????  I leave you with two quick pics of my favorite girl.

After her bath.  What a cutie in her duckie towel.

Sitting on my lap, looking oh so serious, and showing off those chubby cheeks.

 

1 Month Old June 3, 2013

Filed under: Baby,Baby by Month,Good Times — LindseyJuly @ 8:06 PM
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Well, Adam and I survived the first month with our precious Avery Grace.  And by survived, I hope no one takes that to be a negative…however, anyone who has had a newborn knows exactly what I mean by this.  It has truly been the toughest four weeks of my life!  However, it has also been the most rewarding and special and amazing and the list goes on and on with positive words here.  I do miss sleeping a consecutive 8-9 hours a night, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything when I pick up our baby girl and feel her melt into my arms.  I love and adore her more than words can describe.

Month 1 - side

Month 1

What has changed over the past 4 weeks?

-At Avery’s four week check-up she was up to 8 pounds, 2 ounces.

-She now looks and stares at our faces.

-She smiles, though not at anything specific…I can’t wait for her to actually smile at us!

-She has a little activity gym that she loves to lay under and look at.

-She is also awake and looking around soo much more than she was the first few weeks.  She doesn’t just sleep ALL the time.  With this though, she now sometimes likes to be awake in the middle of the night for an hour or more at a time.  This I could do without.  :)

It’s very hard to believe that it has already been a month since…

-Avery has been in our lives.

-I was extremely pregnant.  Looking at the last belly picture I took, I already can’t believe I was that big.  It just seems crazy.

-I slept more than 3 hours in a row at a time.  Being a lover of sleep, I never thought this would be possible, but I’m still functioning and being somewhat productive.  Some days my grumpiness at being so tired is hard to overcome though.  Sorry Adam.

-I have been out of school/not working.  The best is that Adam and I still have all of June and July to enjoy Avery and time together as a family of 3.

In the next few weeks I am most looking forward to…

-Watching Avery change on a daily basis.

-Avery crying less…our pediatrician told us crying peaks at 6 weeks, so we’ve only got a few more to get through before it starts getting better.

-Heading to Macon to see the Grandparents.  I know they can’t wait to see Avery, as a month has been too long!

-Getting back into the groove of exercising and going to the gym again.  I haven’t been since the night before Avery was born.  So I’m very ready to get back into a routine and trying to get back into shape.

-Testing out more yummy dinner recipes that do not involve carbs.  Adam and I are working to eat less carbs.  This week we made Lasagna with no pasta, and pizza with a cauliflower crust.  We were surprised with how much we enjoyed both and didn’t miss the carbs one bit!  The crust can be found HERE and the Lasagna can be found HERE.

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