Saturday, October 25, 2008

Goat Lickin' Good!

I'm not sure that Ava actually realized that the goat was trying to lick her, but her face sure has a goofy look on it. Right after this pic was taken, we witnessed why we should never let Ava touch farm animals....let's just say it is too gross to describe and Aaron and I left the barn in search of hand sanitizer. This pic was taken on our obligatory fall trip to Edward's Apple Orchard. We had a lot of fun and can't wait until Ava can actually taste a fresh apple cider donut herself!

Since I have last written we have officially given up on sleep training....I don't know who it was meant for, but definitely not for us (or at least not right now)! I mean....if something makes this little cutie into a monster, you'd stop whatever you were doing too.


Ava has officially found her hands and they have provided hours of chewing entertainment. She doesn't mind gagging herself from time to time, although it drives me nuts. I guess you have to pick your battles....

I still don't get the whole age thing, but as of Tuesday, Ava turned 12 weeks old (in my world, that is 3 months old, but in baby age time, she isn't 3 months old until Nov. 5.....who knows?). We are looking forward to the endless photo opportunities that Halloween will provide. I also realized that I was originally going to go back to work on Monday... I am soooooo glad that I decided to wait until Jan. I just couldn't imagine trying to function in the real world yet. I don't know how some moms do it!

Friday, October 17, 2008

She's got Daddy's eyes

If any of you have tried to take a picture of Aaron, you know exactly what I mean when I say that Ava has got Daddy's eyes. For those of you who don't know, it is virtually impossible to take a picture of Aaron with his eyes completely open. All of Aaron's pictures inevitably end up with half open eyes, making him always look sleepy (I would post an example pic, but I don't think he would appreciate it).

So here are just a couple pictures we took the other night while trying to take an 11 week picture of Ava. Her eyes are mostly open in one of them...that seems like a victory in itself. Although the rest of them may appear like she is just smiling so big that she closes her eyes....you would be mistaken in thinking that. A split second before each shot, her eyes were completely wide open. Well, at least she has got the smiling thing down.

Today, we are in the middle of "sleep training". I am not sure if it is training her or me. This is definitely not fun. She was doing really good with sleeping long stretches at night and taking naps, but we seem to have gone backwards. I 'll let you know how it goes. Wish us luck! (I would take a picture to show you all how Ava is dealing with this...but it does seem a bit cruel and a bright flash while she is screaming bloody murder might not help her calm down).

Monday, October 13, 2008

Sombody should be sleeping

Ok, so not just somebody, but two somebodies should be sleeping right now! However, I don't believe that is Ava's plan right now. This seems to be her favorite time to be awake...anywhere between 4 and 6 am. So here we are, me at the computer and Ava in her swing. I do see signs of fading though.

This is not pic of us right now.... I would not be smiling so big. Aaron took this a few days ago. It not only show how big Ava is getting, it shows how tired Lizzie is getting. I am going with the "fake til you make it" motto right now. She was doing really good with sleeping (5-6 hour stretches at night) but has seemed to have slipped backwards.

Speaking of slipping, I think she is slipping back into crankiness....I mean sleepiness...I must go and fight the good fight.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Newest project




Ava has been sleeping a little longer during the day so I have been able to find some time to get some 'creative' stuff done. This is a Warhol inspired piece a co-worker wanted Lisa and I to do for her last spring (see how timely we are on getting this done). She gave us pics of her dog and full artistic reign. So here is the result. I really struggled with the colors and still don't know how they are going to print out. We'll see, I guess.

p.s. Thanks to all of you who have been leaving comments...it is really encouraging and fun to read them!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

I found the coolest thing....Scrapblog.com




So I found this website where you can basically drag and drop pics into premade tempates and layouts to make cute scrapbook pages.  I think it is pretty cool.  You can even save them as jpegs and print them out yourself....I have much more to discover, but it is pretty awesome so far.  Hope you enjoy the pics of Ava's first month!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

my first movie

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here it is! my first movie....hope you enjoy watching her as much as i do!