Wednesday, May 30, 2012

My Little Loves


We recently met the talented Cristina Murphy of Snapshotz Photography at the Mercer Arboretum and couldn't have chosen a better day. We were very thankful that Cristina was so patient with our kiddos. It's not easy taking pictures of a then 4 1/2 month old but when a certain almost four year old gets a case of the sillies, it can be pretty trying. However, the outcome are beautiful pictures, but of course I think that, I'm the mama.


Monday, May 28, 2012

5 Months Old

Little girl, you my dear, are growing way too fast. I'm either suffering from heat exhaustion or I just had a vision of you going off to college. 


This past month you have reached several new milestones. You are rolling from front to back and back to front.

You found your thumb and it is now you best friend. I guess it's ok as long as it's no longer your best buddy when you go off to school. It is nice that something will calm you as you drift off to sleep.

You also got your first taste of rice cereal.

You weren't quite sure what to think of your cereal and after almost two weeks, I think you are getting the hang of it.  If we could just keep you from eating your bib or your hands, it would be a much easier process.


 I realized the other day you had on an outfit that you wore in your three month old pictures. I thought it would be fun to compare.

3 Months


  5 Months


 I can see some change especially in those cute legs of yours. At five months, you are mostly wearing six month clothes, although a bathing suit you had on today was twelve months. You are still sleeping well and thankfully have been taking a fairly consistent morning and afternoon nap. You love to stand. Those rolly polly legs of your are so strong! It makes me wonder if you are going to want to cruise around before long.

  Your hair is looking even more auburn and your eyes seem to be changing to slate blue. 

Ava Grace, your smile and even your puffed out bottom lip fill us with so much joy. Daddy says you have a contagious laugh and a knack for studying things. Your big brother can't get enough of you as evidenced by his constant need to pet your head or hold your hand. And I, sweet girl, love you to the moon and back and more.


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wild Strawberries

“Are wild strawberries really wild? 
Will they scratch an adult, will they snap at a child? 


 Should you pet them, or let them run free where they roam? Could they ever relax in a steam-heated home? Can they be trained to not growl at the guests? 


 Will a litterbox work or would they make a mess? Can we make them a Cowberry, herding the cows, or maybe a Muleberry pulling the plows, or maybe a Huntberry chasing the grouse, or maybe a Watchberry guarding the house, and though they may curl up at your feet oh so sweetly can you ever feel that you trust them completely? 


Or should we make a pet out of something less scary, like the Domestic Prune or the Imported Cherry, 


Anyhow, you've been warned and I will not be blamed if your Wild Strawberries cannot be tamed.”

― Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

What's Going On

I have a few rare minutes of quiet time with only the sound of a mixed French CD my husband made for me (yes, he still does that after all these years) and the ahhh, and ooohs of a gurgling baby rolling on the floor next to me. She is entertaining herself by rolling over and attacking her pink owl blanket with such vigor. I can't believe I just typed she is rolling over. She has been rolling from her tummy to her back for a little while now but just found even more freedom by rolling from her back to her tummy. Oh my, it won't be long before she is cruising along.

Blogging has been sporadic around here because quite frankly life is busy and something has to suffer. So, that something is blogging and sleep. Oh wait, those cute baby ahhh and ooohs have increased with intensity. To her mama's arms it is.

And the above two paragraphs were typed three days ago. Since picking up that adorably ferocious baby, life has moved on with warped speed. I just emptied my camera of its pictures and saw time truly fly by.  I guess the good thing is there's something to document that time because even if that adorable baby is out of my belly, I'm still working with baby brain. I feel like there is so much I want to blog about but can't narrow it down, so I'll just post a few pictures of what we have been up to lately.

Creating masterpieces

Being Silly (I'll remind him one day, he asked me to take this picture.)

Celebrating Mother's Day with my Kiddos

Serious Puzzle Building


And Smiling Up A Storm

Monday, May 14, 2012

Superhero Yoga

No wonder Spiderman and Superman are so flexible!