Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Back to Work...

This is my sad face because I am back to work..well, part-time for the next couple of weeks. Then I will return full-time. These next weeks will be good for me to transition back into my new schedule but I can't stop thinking of my little boo boo and what she is up to with Greg!! At least I know she is in good hands. 

Friday, April 20, 2012


It's been awhile...

Upper Left: My first trip to Tulsa; Upper Middle: First bike ride; Upper Right: Chop & Greg at HC;
Middle Left: Huber Haus; Middle: CWS 2010; Middle Right: Billy Frogg's;
Bottom Left: Ellen's Bachelorette; Bottom Right: Ozarks 2007

Monday, April 16, 2012

First Nap in Crib!

I am a proud momma today! Avery fell asleep in my arms as I was watching TV so I decided to quietly take her upstairs and place her in her crib for a nap. Sounds easy, right? Unfortunately it's not - Miss Avery never stays asleep in her crib for more than 5 minutes. I think it's a real combo of things - the glider she normally sleeps in puts her more upright then on her back, the glider is more snug fit versus her crib that is open AND the surroundings are much different. 

Just about every night Greg says 'let's have her try out the crib tonight'. For some reason, it makes me so anxious to have her in there all night out of our sight. I worry that I'd be checking on her about every hour (that is, of course, if she would even fall asleep!). I think we are both ready to have our room back to normal without diapers, Desitin and sleepers sprawled out everywhere! It'll happen eventually and I keep telling Greg that I will get her acquainted with the crib during naps before she stays an entire night in I guess here we go!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Death Cab & Jon's Birthday

Greg & I had our first night out this past week! My mom came up to watch Avery while we went to the Death Cab for Cutie concert with some friends. We all met at Old Chicago for dinner and drinks beforehand. Although the concert was really good, they played all of their mellow stuff which resulted in a major buzz-kill. Instead of wanting to drink and go out after, I would've rather put on my pajamas and read a book! We had a blast with our friends, though, and need to get out more often.

We also celebrated Jon's 23rd Birthday on Friday in Lincoln. We ate and drank at Old Chicago - for those that don't know, OC is Greg and my favorite place. It was also Avery's first outing. We have been pretty anal about taking her anywhere. I am so proud of my brother, he is graduating in May and going on to get his masters in engineering next fall.

Birthday boy and his gf, Caitlin (also Avery's nanny this summer!)

Avery at OC - she had an adorable headband on but then we realized it was cutting
off her circulation...whoops!

1 Month Old

Yesterday was Avery's 1-Month Old Birthday! I already have a feeling that seeing our baby girl grow is going to be bittersweet. On one hand, it's so exciting to see how she is growing and changing, watching her little personality develop and all watching all of her milestones - rolling over, smiling, crawling, etc. On the other hand, I want her to stay little forever so I can soak in every little bit of her sweetness. Everyone says they grow so fast and after only 4 weeks, I know everyone is right. 

Our sweet Avery is our pride and joy. Every sound that startles her, every expression she makes or new outfit I put together we think is so adorable and have to document it through a picture and/or text. I never thought I could love a little babe so much in my life. She is in my every thought - even if it's just for a quick Target run. 

So a little bit about Avery's development over the last month: 
I wrote a post awhile back about things she likes but, as always, as she ever-changing and accomplishing more each day. Avery is an incredibly good baby. I know that most moms and dads think their children are and maybe we are a bit biased but we get told the same thing from most everyone that knows her. 

She is very content, especially in the morning. After I have fed her and changed her I can lay her on our bed and she will talk and move her hands and legs and just take in all her surroundings. Like most babies, she loves fans, windows, blinds...anything that has a good color contrast. Sometimes if she starts fussing and I've been holding her awhile, I just lay her down on the couch and she is content to stretch out and look around. BUT she also has a limit of how long she wants to lay here. You know this by the fake cry she does that sounds almost like a cough at first that gradually becomes more of a cry. I have to laugh a little when she does that. :) Her fussy time, if she has it, is usually late afternoon/early evening. 

Avery is a GREAT sleeper - I'm convinced she gets that from me! At night she sleeps anywhere from 4.5 to 7 hours at a time. Our normal routine if she wakes up throughout the night is: Greg gets up to change her (unless he has had a long day at work and needs the sleep, then I'll change her), I nurse her, burp her, swaddle her back up and put her back to bed. Some nights she falls right to sleep after she eats, other nights I lay her back in bed when she's wide awake. Either way she seems to fall right back to sleep. On a rare occasion, she will be fussy when we put her down. We either give her a paci (which she LOVES) or turn on a little white noise. The earlier in the morning she wakes up, the more likely she is to want to sleep in. Sleeping in for us is anywhere from 9:00-10:30. During the day she takes a mix of 2-hour naps and cat naps. Cat naps can be 10-20 minutes long, if that. Totally something I do, too. 

She has really started focusing on objects for longer period of time. She loves to have conversations where you either take turns talking or you mimic the noise she makes. She loves saying her 'aaa's' and 'eee's' but not her 'ooo's' or 'uuu's'. We do a lot of singing and she enjoys songs like Itsy Bitsy Spider or Patty Cake because they involve touch and stimulation. She really likes her rattles but hasn't gotten the concept of shaking them on her own. We have started doing tummy time on the floor on her mat. Depending on the day she doesn't mind it but when we turn to lay her on her back, she loves the hanging objects (of course for maybe 10 minutes).

Greg and I joke that Avery has a defense mechanism against people or surroundings that are unfamiliar - she 'sleeps'. I have sleep in quotations because we don't believe it's true sleeping. An example of this was Easter at my grandparents - everyone wanted to hold her and meet her. But she slept pretty much from the time we got there till when we got back to Lincoln. She would occasionally raise an eyelid but that's about it. I kept telling everyone she is usually so alert during the day because she is if it's just me and Greg. She also stays awake and talks with my mom but, again, she knows my moms voice since she has seen her so much. This mechanism makes me laugh and I am curious to see if she does it next week in KC.

Lastly, she has outgrown most all of her newborn outfits but doesn't quite fit into 3-month clothes either. So if I can find 0-3 month stuff that seems to be better. 

Sweet angel baby

At mom's doctor appointment

I love the big butterfly on my play mat!

Trying out my crib!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Tummy Time

Avery had her first experience with tummy time the other evening...and she did great! We've been trying to get her on the mat every day for good practice. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

April Fools!

As strange as it sounds, when April Fool's Day rolls around it puts a smile on my face. It all began back in 2010...

March 31st, 2010 was the day that Greg proposed to me; which meant I had to tell everyone on April Fool's Day that we were engaged! Imagine the amount of people that said 'is this a joke?!'. For those that don't know the story on how he proposed, it's totally a 'Greg way' of doing it. The ring came in on the 31st and when he went to pick it up, he was so excited that he couldn't wait to pop the question. LITERALLY he couldn't wait, so that night after his soccer game he came home and proposed in our apartment. My husband is the kind of guy that gets way too excited about surprises and gifts that he usually ends up spilling the beans ahead of time. This was one of the happiest weeks of my life: perfect weather, it was Easter weekend, everyone was so happy for us, Greg became Catholic. Brings such a big smile to my face to think about it. 

Engagement ring! I was so stinkin' shocked at how great he did with the design.
I think by that point he had the 4 C's memorized.

Holy Saturday Mass. Both of our families were there, it was such a fun weekend.

April 1st 2011 was the weekend of my first bridal shower. Hard to believe that just a year ago we were in wedding planning mode. If someone were to have told me that in a year we'd have a baby I wouldn't believe it. Add on changing jobs, getting married and buying a house to that....I definitely wouldn't have believed it! Funny how things work out, huh?! 

Bridal Shower Hosts - love them! (PS - I miss my skinny mini body!)

Now back to we are with our precious Avery. Life has neat way of working itself out. We are so very fortunate to have a healthy, happy little girl. I am so fortunate to have a husband that is so hands-on and loves to be a part of Avery's every cry, facial expression and outfit selection. We are all so fortunate to have such amazing family and friends that love her and support us. 

I have been AWFUL at taking pictures with my digital camera since we've been home! It's so much easier to whip out your phone when she's making a cute face and want to capture the moment. That is partially why I haven't posted much in the last few weeks. But since we've been home, everything has fallen into place perfectly. Avery is a pretty by-the-book baby, as I like to say. She eats every 3 hours during the day and about every 4 hours at night. She cries when she's hungry, wet, gassy or wants to be held (and her 'hold me' cry is different then the others) and that's about it. She is pretty darn content!

She can easily recognize my voice and Greg's. She loves to lay on our bed or the couch and soak up her surroundings. She loves the contrast in colors and the sound of rattles. She doesn't like to be cold so changing her usually sparks a good cry. Bath time has gone pretty good - I now shower beforehand to get the bathroom nice and steamy so it's warm when she's in there. If we want to put her to sleep all we need to do is turn on the blow dryer and she's out.  We have yet to put her in the crib. I told myself I wasn't going to be 'that' parent that has their baby sleep with them for weeks/months but she absolutely loves her snugglebunny rocker and since I am nursing it's so nice and convenient to have her close. 

Last week I was projectile pooped on - that was disturbing yet mind-goggling at the same time. How can something so little do that?! If we leave her diaper off too long she will go potty in a heartbeat. We finally took off the mitts she was wearing. The poor thing had such long nails and was scratching her face like crazy. She loves car rides and stroller rides. She also likes the Baby Bjorn. 

A few observations from the past few weeks of being home with her:

1. Babies are NOISY! Avery's new thing is making lots of noise. If she is trying to have a bowel movement, she has no shame is grunting and pushing like crazy. It was quite embarrassing last night at the aquarium preview when people wanted to see Avery and she was pushing out a poo-poo. The girl has no shame!

Also, Avery must have found her voice because every morning for a good 30-60 minutes she 'talks' at the top of her lungs. Grunting, squeaking, squealing, name it! It's quite funny to listen to but also really loud when you are trying to get some sleep. 

2. My iPad is my new best friend. Seriously. Whether I'm nursing, rocking or laying next to Avery my iPad is right beside me. I have been reading books, on Facebook waay too much, playing Words with Friends, making to-do lists, watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills...not sure what I would do without this trusty device. Did you know they even have apps that are strictly white noises for babies?! So far this has been my #1 baby essential.

3. Avery LOVES her daddy. This became clearly evident to me a couple of nights ago when we were waiting for Greg to get home. We were sitting on the couch watching tv when Greg came in. As soon has she heard his voice her eyes became alert and her arms started flailing. As he came over to give her kisses you could tell how excited she was. She will definitely be a daddy's girl and I am 100% okay with that :)

4. Maternity leave isn't quite what I expected. I was so excited to get some time off and now I am really missing the adult social interaction I got at work. I thought I would get lots of projects around the house done...turns out the house isn't any different that when I was at work full-time. As much as I love caring for Avery and having one-on-one time with her, it's very hard not to be able to take her to do simple errands (to prevent sickness) or to just be able to get out of the house. I am blaming these feelings on my 'i don't like change' self and not having a set schedule and not knowing what day of the week it is totally throws me off.

Ok, to end this long post here are some pictures from the past couple of weeks:

Beautiful arrangement from my friends at Lockwood.
Avery's first bottle of breastmilk! The day after we came home from the hospital my milk hadn't come in yet and we had an incredibly rough night. The next day we had a doctor's appointment and they told me to try and pump so I did and were able to give Avery a bottle. We were so thankful. 

We bought basement furniture and Cole helped us bring it home! We love him!
Avery's first stroller ride! It was a little chilly!
Proud daddy pushing her through the park.
The Ryan's came to bring dinner and meet Avery! Andrew was obsessed with her - it was 'his baby'. 
Another stroller ride with mommy. I love my leg warmers!
Love those cheeks! 3 weeks tomorrow...
Aquarium preview at the zoo. Avery slept the whole time.