Tuesday, April 21, 2015

It's a...

GIRL!!!!!!








You guys, we seriously had so much darn fun throwing a gender reveal party at our house. At first I was on the fence about doing one. We didn't want to spend a lot of money on another party (we just had Avery's birthday bash!), the weather was looking crummy (90% chance of rain) and Miss Avery made it very clear that if blue balloons came out of the box she 'would be very sad and cry because i want a girl...' - these were her exact words. So we figured this reveal could potentially be a total flop.

The day of the ultrasound (Thursday) came and Greg & I could barely sleep. Greg texted me about an hour after we got to work telling me he couldn't focus because he was so excited. We had already decided, thanks to my sister, that we would wait to find out what we were having when we opened the  box versus finding out beforehand. Greg did not like this idea but I convinced him to wait 2 days. No patience! I was more interested in making sure everything looked healthy and on track. I hadn't been feeling a ton a movement - it was very sporadic. One night i'd feel a kick or two, then another in the morning and then nothing for days. That worried me and I really wish that I would've documented more about when Avery started moving around so I had something to go off of.

Our ultrasound and appointment with Dr. Scott went very well. Turns out that my placenta is against my stomach, which is the reason I am not feeling a ton of movement yet. Hopefully that gradually moves as the baby grows so I can feel more. The heartbeat was 150 this time. Up until this point Greg and I were totally convinced we were having a boy. But after that ultrasound, we sat at Lazlos for lunch and both started questioning our choice! We had the gender in an envelope that I immediately gave to a co-worker so she could fill our reveal box that we had worked on the night before. We were so anxious to find out!

The day of the party we prepped the house, Avery and I went to a friend's baby shower, Greg's parents drove in from Oklahoma and we were ready to get the show on the road. It was so much fun to see everyone so excited. Such a happy moment that I'm glad we were able to share with our family.  The rain stopped just as our guests were arriving. Although the party was nothing fancy, it was a lot of fun and very special.

Avery is beyond excited to be getting a sister. She ran around with those pink balloons all night long. Greg and I are super thrilled! Back when Avery was a baby, I remember us one night envisioning our family with two little girls :) Greg is worried about what life will be like in 10 years with teenagers but I told him just to enjoy the ride for now. Ha. I've already made my first trip to Old Navy to look at the little girls clothing. Bring on the pink! I am happy beyond words!

I told Avery which to circle, love her little penmanship!

Helping to decorate the box :)



Oh and her little ultrasound photo is identical to Avery's 20-week ultrasound photo! We have a feeling little and big sis are going to be twinsies!

Avery on the top, Baby 2 on the bottom

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Funny Avery Moments

The independent 3's have hit our house. Which means Greg and I are now rethinking the way we discipline, negotiate, praise, etc. It times it can be super frustrating but other times lots of fun. Avery continues to make us laugh with her imagination. Here are a few funny things that have happened lately in the Haus house...

  • Since we are so 'independent' these days, Avery insists on doing most everything herself. And for the most part we try and let her with supervision. Now she wants to prep and use the restroom all by herself: get the potty seat on the toilet, attempt to shimmy her way up on the toilet, wipe, flush and wash her hands all on her own. I've really been emphasizing to pat when she wipes, watch her fingers when she puts the lid down, etc. Lately when she has to go poopy she doesn't want anyone in the bathroom with her. She will say, "Mom, please give me some private seat." You mean 'privacy'? I say. "No! Private seat!" Ha, Greg and I chuckle about this one.
  • What is it with little girls wanting such long hair? Those darn Disney princesses! Between Rapunzel and Elsa from Frozen, Avery has been asking us to give her long hair. She finds anything she can to use as pretend long hair. Lately it has been Greg and my ties to our robes. Greg will connect it to her pony tail and once in she will run around the room like a new woman, singing and dancing. She has also been calling Greg "Eugene" because that is Rapunzel's love interest in the movie. 
  • I took Avery to the children's museum with a friend a few weeks ago. I'll admit, I've avoided that place like the plague simply due to germs and utter chaos. To my surprise, Avery liked it but wasn't 100% thrilled. I honestly think it was a little overwhelming for her. On her own, she found an arts and crafts room behind some closed doors. We ended up spending a good portion of our time doing some quieter activities :)
  • Our friends, The Wagner's, came over for dinner one evening last week. Their son, Henry, is about the same age as Avery. Those two had so much fun running around and playing. They literally got out every single toy they could find. While finishing dinner I see Avery pulling Henry back behind the cabinets - being a little sneaky. I go over to hear their convo. "Henry, you want to get married? Do you want to marry me? You can be the prince!" Oh dear! Then before I know it, Avery kissed him the lips!!! "We married now!" 
  • Greg is so much better at getting Avery to bed than I am. We've had our schedule down now pretty good. I give bath, brush teeth, jammies, hair, books. Then Greg comes up and sits in the rocking chair while she falls asleep. For awhile there, it was a battle getting her to bed. She'd lay down then need to go potty, get a drink, put socks on. I could hear Greg's patience dwindling. Then one night, it was an effortless putdown. Same thing happened the next night. I asked Greg what he was doing different. He told me he found a good iTunes radio station that puts her right to bed. When asked what it was he showed me the "Native American Flutes" channel! HA. So far, that channel has still been working.
  • We are very into drawing/coloring/painting these days. Greg was drawing a face the other day and Avery was directing him which part of the face comes next. After 'eyes' Avery asked Greg to put 'brownies' on the face. Greg asked what brownies were and she pointed to her eyebrows. So now she likes to wiggle her brownies. 
  • Some funny sayings that Avery has been conjuring up: 
    • Really? You been kidding me?
    • What the heck?
    • See, mom? I change my attitude to happy!
    • That a little weird!
    • The question 'why' comes up pretty much after every single thing we talk about.
Learning to use scissors!

Matching game from Uncle Jeff, Aunt Megan & Jacob!

Cinderella reading on the stairs.

Avery made this all by herself for me! Can't forget those brownies ;)

Had to take Baby Elmo on a walk. Avery would stop and point out things to Elmo and check-up on him. Little mama!


Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter and Beyond!

I hope everyone had a fabulous Easter! He is risen! My favorite part of Easter weekend was probably watching Avery set up all of the stuffed bunnies around the dining room table and pretending we were having a party with them. Her little imagination simply rocks. She did a great job with the Easter egg hunt again and loved finding candy and money in the eggs.

Sara's mom made Avery some little Easter finger puppets! So fun!

My sweet little bunny! Avery came home from daycare with these cute bunny ears.

Another fun project from daycare. We've had lots of fun practicing our counting and matching colors.

Easter Egg Hunt. Go, Avery, go!



Our Easter butterfly!

Out of about 20 shots, this was the best one. Yikes.


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Here are a few more photos of what we've been up to:

Avery's 3-year appointment. She LOVED this gown and called it her dress. Doctor was incredibly pleased with her speech. Next to-do: schedule Avery's first dentist appt!

Silly faces with Henry :)

First bike ride of the year around Chalco!

I feel as though I need to explain this photo: earlier in the evening I attended my weekly yoga class. We focused a lot on stretching our feet and boy did it feel good. I was inspired by this so I came home with the idea of giving one another foot massages. Avery was digging this idea. She asked Greg to come upstairs and I assisted her in getting a hot towel for his eyes, lavendar oil and lotion for his feet and she even picked some tribal music out on the iTunes radio - all done while wearing my high heels!! We couldn't stop laughing. Fun night for sure!

Because eating with chopsticks is so much more fun!

Swimming lessons have started again! 

Saturday morning donuts and pjs! We love Donut Haven!

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In case anyone is wondering, I'm 17 weeks! Cannot believe how fast the time is flying. In 2 weeks, we find out what we are having! I am literally loosing sleep over this. I cannot wait!!!! For the most part I am feeling good - a little more back pain and lots of headaches this time around. I also am having a hard time getting a good night sleep. I have been able to feel the baby moving and it's the best feeling in the world. Very inconsistent still but I can't wait for both Greg and Avery to feel him/her kicking around! So far I have had strange cravings all across the board. One night I will be wanting lemonade like crazy, the next night chicken fried steak! Silly mommy!