Friday, September 28, 2012

This Past Week

This week has been hectic! Greg has been working a lot, I've been attempting to clean the house and Miss Avery has been a busy bee! Her newest things this week: dancing when standing (specifically to Bob Marley's 'Three Little Birds') and holding her hands out to pick her up. It's so sweet - how can you not with those big, brown eyes looking at you??

That's all I have for now - busy finishing up some things at work and this afternoon I'm driving to Imperial, NE to visit our good friends, The Wenzlicks.

Such a pretty girl, playing at my parent's in Lincoln. Pretty sure my mom has more toys than us....

Saturday evening was Beck's bachelorette party. We went to small town bars and it was a blast! Haven't had a girls night since Avery was born!!

Jessie's Bachelorette Crew

Having a good time in Weeping Water, NE!

Getting SO big.

Sunday Avery & I cut back the hostas and spent some time outside. We are loving this fall weather.

I think we are teething (can you tell from the pic?)....baby has been fussy :(

Learning to crawl! She likes being on all fours and bouncing!

First time at the park! We are lucky enough to have a park basically in our backyard. She loved the swing but loved sitting and playing in the sand even more!

Watching the big kids play. 

I have been having serious emotional breakdowns this week as it's time to pack away Avery's bouncer and glider. I will post more on that later. Trust me, it deserves it's own post (in my opinion).

Nothing like starting a project! Greg decided last Saturday it would be a good time to chop down our dying tree in the backyard. I was opposed to this but I know Greg was excited to give using a chainsaw a try. We spent our entire Wednesday evening cutting and moving branches. Anybody need some wood??

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Pioneer Woman



Anybody else obsessed with Ree Drummond aka The Pioneer Woman?? I religiously watch her show on Food Network every Saturday morning. It's like my weekend dose of inspiration to cook.

Here are a few things I love about her:

1. She married a cowboy - but not just any cowboy - a cowboy who's family happens to own Drummond Ranch which a well known cattle ranch in Oklahoma (so you know she's got $$). Her husband is handsome, hard-working and always calls her 'honey'. I LOVE THAT!

2. She makes having 4 kids look easy. She has 2 girls and 2 boys which all seem to be be pretty close in age. They get along really well and always help with chores around the farm/house. Todd, the youngest boy, is too cute and has a strong personality. Ree also home schools the kids. This woman does it all!

3. Her home(s) is AMAZING. Yes, I said homes. The family has a standard home AND the lodge where most of the show takes place. The lodge is also on the farm and is huge. It accommodates for when they have guests. I'm not a country decorator but their home reminds me of something you'd see in Colorado, sort of modern rustic and it's gorgeous. I may or may not have spent a Saturday afternoon on her blog about the remodel of the lodge. 

4. Her style is unique. I love her flowy tops and effortlessly done hair. She just seems real. Not too done up. 

5. Oh ya, and her food is amazing, too! Recipes include lots of butter and heavy cream but who the heck cares! Each episode is based around events in their lives. Yesterday Ree's brother came to visit and she made his favorite meal. Lad, Ree's husband, had him help around the ranch. Her recipes are real and doable. Her cookbook is great and I really want her second one.

Dear Ree - you inspire me to cook fattening, delicious recipes for my husband and to be an easy going momma. Basically, you rock.

If you've never seen this show and like cooking - then tune in and share in my love affair with this woman. (In a non-creepy way!)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Avery - 6 Months

At Avery's 6 month doctor appointment


I have GOT to get better about writing about Avery every month so that I can look back and reflect on what she's doing. I always write it in her baby book and take hundreds of pictures to document every tiny thing but I still like to have a place to descriptively write about her.

These past couple of months Avery has really hit some big milestones. I wrote about her rolling over which was exciting, but she is also saying "MAMA", "DADA" and "BA" (for ball). She can make her razz sound and loves to do it - spit flies everywhere but she doesn't care! We are also starting to see signs of scooting. If Avery is fixated on a toy out of her reach she can use her hands and body to turn and move to get the toy. Also, when laying on her stomach and can put pressure on her legs to move. Sometimes she will even stretch her legs out and put her bottom up in the air. Her doctor said next time we come in she will be crawling around. 

Avery is also now able to sit entirely on her own. If she falls backwards or to her side she doesn't seem to mind. If she is laying down on her back and wants to sit up she gets mad! You can see her using her neck and back to try and sit up on her own. If we place the boppy around her as support she loves to arch her head and neck back real fast again and again. She is a little adventurous like her daddy, I can tell. 

I've already written in my previous posts that Avery is eating baby food. Next month we can start giving her table food! I can't believe it's already that time... Last night Avery proved herself smart again by picking up her spoon off the highchair and fed herself! We did this about 5 times - I filled the spoon with food, set it on the tray and Avery quickly picked it up and put it in her mouth! She is also learning to use a sippy cup. She easily can get distracted when she's drinking her bottle. If she hears a voice, she'll arch and move to see where they are or she often finds my mouth very interesting so she decides to play with that and forgets it's time to eat. She has become very spit-up-y since she is now on just formula so we are going to try the acid reflux one in hopes of less spit-up. The spit-up doesn't seem to bother her but it makes a mess!

I have to say that my favorite thing at this age is the fun interaction we have. She LOVES to make you laugh and really thinks she is talking to you. We will have having a conversation with her and out of the blue she will make a razz sound in your face or scrunch her nose like a piggy.  I love talking with her and you can tell by her facial expression that her little brain is churning. Doctor Newhaus said you can tell that she knows that certain words mean, like 'bath' and 'nap'. All you have to do is look at her and smile and she smiles back and squeals with delight. Oh and no stranger anxiety....yet. She definitely gives you a look if she is unfamiliar with you though.

Still loving bath time and still is a good sleeper for us. We are really on a good schedule with getting her ready for bed. She isn't sleeping as long during the day though. 2-4 hours is the max amount of hours she sleeps during the day. Little girl is just like Greg - doesn't want to miss out on a thing! You can tell when she gets tired because she gets fussy and rubs her eyes. You also know when she's up in the morning because she likes to talk and yell to herself. She is still SO happy in the morning. Wish I felt that way when I woke up!

Still no teeth but man, she can gnaw on your finger. She loves new textures and toys. Her new favorite toys include: an old tape roll, tupperware, the remote control and cell phones. Sophisticated, eh? She also loves to have her toy bins placed in front of her so that she can take every single toy out. Same goes for her diaper caddy - she loves taking out all of her diapers.

It's getting easier taking her places as far as feedings go because she can go longer without needing a meal. But now she doesn't sleep through things like dinner and shopping. The other night we grabbed dinner with a friend and she sat in a highchair the entire time, wanting to grab the ketchup bottle. She doesn't like laying in her carseat because then she can't see what's going on.

I see more and more traits of Greg in her as she gets older. I need to ask Greg is he sees any of me in her. She officially has brown eyes (the doctor was right) and her hair is lightening a bit. At her doctor appointment she was 15 pounds, 8 ounces (42%) and 27 inches (89%). As the doctor watched her sit and stand and talk she said, "Wow, she just thinks she's a big girl doesn't she?!" So true - she really does! 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Travis Comes to Town

One of Greg's best friends from high school (in Tulsa) came to visit us and meet Avery this past weekend. It turned out to be a really fun weekend packed with golf, tailgating and football . Travis attended his first Husker football game and we landed sky box seats (thanks to my office!). 

Starting the day off right at Jon's tailgate.

Playing bags before the game.

Greg & I

Me and my bro.

Our seats - amazing!

Fishbowl at Duffy's in honor of Kristin's 22nd birthday!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Family Photos Booked!

I am excited to announce that we have booked our family photos/Avery's 6th Month photos for next month! A college friend of mine referred me to her photographer who does an outstanding job. 


First purchase for the photo shoot :)


Too busy for pictures - all she wants to do is play!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Fall =

an amazing TV show lineup. I am giddy just thinking about all of the great shows that are beginning to start. One of my favorite things to do in the fall: an evening on the couch with a warm blanket, pizza and your DVR. Here is a look at some of Greg and my favorite shows that we enjoy:













Friday, September 14, 2012

Creeped Out

This morning I woke up to an email in my inbox from some random person in Orange County commenting on a post on my blog. It stated that they liked my blog but it could be better if I incorporated other posts? It was incredibly strange and creepy at the same time.  I'm considering making my blog private - if that's even possible. I don't want to delete it but it makes me really uncomfortable knowing strangers are viewing pictures of Avery.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

RELISH

A friend posted this today on Facebook. I LOVE this. It is so true. I need to remember this, especially lately as it seems that Avery is learning something new everyday.

And doesn't that kind of look like Avery in the pic? 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

First Foods!

It's been a little over a week since we have started introducing solid foods to Avery. We started rice cereal at 4 months and she's loves that, but now we've moved on to veggies. Tomorrow is Avery's 6-month doctor's appointment. I can't wait to see what the doctor says about her growth and development!

Here are some pictures of Avery's journey through her first food. When introducing a food, you have them eat it 3 days in a row to make sure there are no allergic reactions. Next on the menu: pears, bananas and apples!


SWEET POTATOES
I think I already posted this pic - but sweet potatoes were her first food. We didn't get a lot of reaction out of her other than that she ate it ALL.

ZUCCHINI
Avery didn't really seem interested in the zucchini. Then she spit it all up during her bath...

SWEET PEAS
She really liked the sweet peas. What can I say, other than that she is my sweet pea!

AVOCADO
At first she enjoyed it, but the more I gave her this is the look I got. Not sure if she just wasn't hungry or if she didn't like it. Either way we will try again tonight.





Stay tuned for what's to come on the adventures of Avery and her homemade baby food!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Just What I Needed.

The remainder of the weekend was wonderful. Slow-paced, but eventful. Saturday morning my mom came up to Omaha to take Avery for the night so that Greg and I could go out and celebrate Jake's 27th birthday. Even though the game wasn't the best, it was fun hanging out with everyone. But man, I forgot how expensive it is to have drinks and food at the bar! 

Sunday I drove to Lincoln to get Avery and spend grandparents day with my parents. It hung out for a couple of hours before we decided to head back home. The weather was absolutely perfect this past weekend. I am so, so, so ready for fall! I even have my pumpkin candles out!


Don't be fooled - she actually was enjoying our morning stroll contrary to this photo!

Pic my dad sent from Saturday night.

We were really happy DJ's Dugout got us new mozzarella sticks!

Me and my BFF 

Having a little too much fun at the Dubliner!

My mom bought some 'big girl' toys for Avery. I couldn't believe that she was ready for this stuff...guess it's time to go to Babies R Us.

Being goofy on Sunday.

Charlie, such a sweet pup.

I am DETERMINED to getting our backyard looking gorgeous for next summer  - so while I was in Lincoln my dad helped me pick some vines to transplant.

Cleaning his tank last night.

Here it is. Our fall bucket list. Fall is Greg and my favorite season and we want to make the most out of it this year!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

First Family Bike Ride

Last night was what I needed. *CORRECTION* Last night was EXACTLY what I needed. I could go on and on about the week from hell I had at work, but I'm choosing to brush anything work-related under the rug this weekend and focusing on the important stuff: family and friends.

Yesterday I came home and was mentally exhausted. All I wanted was to spend an evening with my husband and baby girl. We got out the new Burley that the Haus' gave us and decided to take our first family bike ride around the neighborhood. Words cannot explain how much I needed that - the crisp fall weather, our friendly neighbors waving as we rode by, my happy baby enjoying herself and Greg cheering me up - it was EXACTLY what I needed.

We finished off the evening with some lawn maintenance, Old Chicago pizza, bath & snuggle time with Avery and DVR catch-up. I'm looking forward to many more of these nights now that fall is almost here!