#thuglife

This week, I took Ava to the supermarket.  Not a big deal, right? Nope, it was a huge deal.  Why? Because Ava was able to sit in the cart, alone, without the car seat. It was amazing. She was fascinated by the world around her.

There were adorable moments, where people would just come up to us and compliment her on how cute she was…

 But for the majority of my shopping trip, Ava sat with her feet up, leaning on her side.  Like she was a little gangster! Everyone I passed got a kick out of it. It was a total #thuglife moment for Ava.

Have a laugh. Enjoy your day!

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STANDING?!

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Ava has been really mobile during the past month.  At the beginning of July, I worried a little about Ava not being able to sit up on her own–she would always tumble over and need assistance while sitting.  By the end of July, Ava has not only been sitting up on her own, but also crawling, rolling, and pulling herself across the floor.  And, as you can see in the picture, she is standing on her own! Reminder: Ava is only 7 months old, almost 8 months as of the 2nd.

My aunt warned me this would happen.  She said that one day, I would randomly find Ava standing in her crib. Yesterday, I was looking down at my phone, about to send my husband a text message and I happened to look up at Ava (my every 2 minute habit). My heart stopped–there she was STANDING! STANDING!!!!!!! And as if I could doubt how she found herself in that position, she lowered herself and then pulled herself up again!!! Amazing.

This girl literally amazes me every day.

Ava: “I’d like to give a special shout out to my Jumperoo, which I practiced in every day!”

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Baby bullet: Apple sauce!

Recently, Ava had her first taste of food! Real food! I’m happy to report that her introduction to the world of culinary delights began with a cup of freshly made apple sauce. 🍎🍎🍎 #healthybaby

I always wanted to be “that mom” who made fresh baby food instead of buying off the shelf. I’m not knocking bottled baby food–I will most likely need to buy some jars in the future.

On a side note, the feeding of solid foods to Ava has been quite a controversial topic among my family and friends. Old school wisdom advised feeding cereal in bottles as early as two months, so that babies would sleep longer. But current trends advise against that since a child’s digestive system is not developed enough to handle that. My pediatrician recommended that the window of feeding solids is 4-6 months, generally signaled by the following:

🔸She can sit up (with support) and can hold her head and neck up well
🔸Her birth weight has doubled.
🔸She’s interested in what you’re eating and may even try to grab food from your plate.
🔸She can keep food in her mouth rather than letting it dribble out.
🔸She shows signs of being hungry for more than she’s getting by clamoring for more when her bottle is empty or wanting to nurse more often.”
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I followed Ava’s lead. When she started to stare at my food and demand more feedings, I figured it was time.

I used the Baby Bullet to make Ava’s first batch of food.

1). Starting with two Fuji apples…

2).  I peeled, cut in half and cored them. I then placed the halves in a small saucepan with a small amount of water. I put the flame on medium and covered the pot, steaming the apples until they softened.

3). Once soft, I put the sections in the Baby Bullet and puréed them. I added the water I used to steam the apples and a little bottled water in order to make it easier for Ava to consume.

 4) All that was left was to give Ava her first round of food! I put the left overs in individual trays in the freezer.


Check out Ava’s experience:

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8 Week Magic

I love Ava. But she has become REALLY awesome after she reached her eighth week of life. ❤️

On Feb. 2nd, I took Ava to her two month check up. She was a champ and took her shots like a pro. The doctor said that now she should start spacing out her feedings and sleep longer. Truer words were never said!

Literally, starting that evening, Ava started to spread out her feedings! Ava has been sleeping much longer and occasionally sleeps through the night.
She also has been smiling and laughing more! And the best part: she babbles…we have the best nonsensical conversations ever!

Life has been quite exciting for her since she’s turned two months old…

Ava’s grandparents came to visit from NY.

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She got all dressed up in her nautical gear for a midday family lunch date.

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And she matched her outfit with her momma.

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Later that week, she got to go out again for a late lunching with her grandparents (Ava has a busy social calendar).

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Selfie alert! Ava is unamused.

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Ava got dressed up in hearts and flowers for Valentines Day. She spent the day at home with her parents.

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She’s such a ham for the camera!

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Tax Season

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Interaction between Sean and our CPA (tax guy):

Sean: We had a baby last year, in December.
CPA: You had a baby?
Sean: Yep.
CPA: In December?
Sean: Yep.
CPA: Well hot damn! That’s just beautiful! Brings a tear to my eye!

Yay to 2014 child tax credit for a baby born in December!

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Wanna go out?

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Picture this…

You are on a terribly long line at the Post Office. It is so quiet, you could hear a pin drop. Now focus in, at the tail end of the line, there stands a mother with a stroller, gently rocking it back and forth as she awkwardly balances a large box to deliver on her hip. Notice how she nervously looks at her baby every two seconds when random yelps seep out from behind the covered baby carriage…

That mom is you (well, me).

I was that mom. Well, I was trying not to be that mom. You know that mom. The one you give disapproving looks at when her child screams in public. The one you glare at, judging her parenting skills as her youngster carries on like a lunatic in public. The one you shake your head at, swearing that if that were your child, they would never act like that.

Oh how I was desperately trying not to be that mom…

I was so afraid that my cute little darling would convert into a screaming #tyrant at any moment.

It felt like an eternity in that Post Office. But luckily I escaped with only a few minor disturbances.

Later, I told my husband my story and how nervous I was. Needless to say he thought I was crazy.

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