Thursday, December 31, 2009

Avery's 1st Christmas

It started out with a blizzard Christmas Eve.  A literal blizzard.  Something like the third time a blizzard warning had ever been issued in Oklahoma.   But Rob and I are nothing if not foolish determined so we decided to go ahead and make the trip to Claremore.  Despite the fact that when we had gone to Target earlier in the day for a few last minute items and it had started sleeting Rob had told me we were "irresponsible at best" for taking Avery out (despite the fact that she was bundled up in her carseat carrier which was covered with a blanket). 

We got to Claremore just fine and had a great evening.   After a seafood dinner (of which Avery got none-next year!) Avery opened her first gifts.  I think she rather enjoyed it.  It was definitely worth the hour drive home in the blizzard for Avery and us to spend Christmas Eve with family. 

Christmas morning came and with it we had the first white Christmas in 7 years.  We had a nice morning at home exchanging presents.  Rob cleared a path on the deck so the back door would open and Arthur could go out.  Then he had to clear the driveway and part of the street so we could get out and go to Tulsa.


We braved the icy roads to head to Mom's in Tulsa.  Our usual brunch turned into lunch by the time we got there, but it was all worth it.  We stuffed ourselves as usual, then it was time for the lucky girl to open some more presents.  Avery of course doesn't get the concept of a gift, but she did like the paper! 


We had a wonderful Christmas.  In fact, we both agreed the best yet. 

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Genius at Work

The first in what I'm sure will be a long line of  "my baby is a genius" posts.  But really, she is.

Avery received this toy for Christmas:

You might have had one as a kid too.  As soon as she opened it we popped all the "friends" up.   She immediately reached over and shut them all.  Genius at work, people!  Not to mention this toy is for NINE months and up.  Nevermind that she hasn't really figured out how to open them yet.  All in due time.

We are seeing that she likes to close things.  She also received a baby laptop for Christmas.  Whenever you try to show her all the buttons and lights she reaches over and closes it as if to say "no more work!"  A rare moment of "working":

I have a video exhibiting the above mentioned skills (it also contains a few waves) but I can't get the video to upload.  If I figure it out I will add it later!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Last Weekend

Last weekend the annual Davis Christmas party was held at my aunt's house.  I wasn't able to go because I was seeing these two get married:

 These were the two crazy groomsmen:

My mom took Avery to the party and my cousin Summer took some great pictures of her:

I also got to meet this brand new little girl.  She belongs to the guy up there.  Not Rob, the other one.   


Congrats to Dale and Jennifer on baby Harper and best wishes to Heath and Jamie.

Monday, December 14, 2009

I Said I Wouldn't Do It

Wait in line to have my baby's picture taken with Santa.  What's the point?  They always cry.   Always.

But yet I found myself in line at Utica Square on Sunday.  We waited our turn to get up to the little workshop that housed both Santa and Mrs. Clause (the photographer).  For $5 they will take a picture and give you a copy or you can use your own camera.  We decided to use our own, and the following three pictures are the only ones we got and you can see exactly how it all went down in the time span of about 45 seconds:

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

7 Months

Here is what Avery is up to:

-We ditched the baby tub last night and put her right in the bathtub. She did great!

-Starting to hold her arms up/out to be picked up.

-Sits in the high chair at restaurants and in the shopping cart.

-Favorite foods so far are pears and apples. She tolerates carrots and continues to gag at sweet potatoes. Not a fan of green beans either. Or yogurt. In my fridge to make next: butternut squash and peas.

-Does great with feeding herself puffs-they are helping to develop her pincer grasp. She gets most of them in her mouth and what she doesn't, Arthur takes care of.

-Starting to work her fingers and hands more. I think she'll be waving soon.

-Army crawls some and rolls everywhere.

-Has two bottom teeth.

-Still loves to watch Arthur and is captivated by him when he's around.

-Figuring out the sippy cup. She immediately knew how to pick it up and put it in her mouth, but she is still learning that she needs to tilt it up.

-Still sleeps great with occasional hiccups here and there.

-We've seen signs of her trying to mimic us, which is so neat to watch.

Still a happy and healthy girl! We can't believe she is already 7 months old. It is bittersweet to be putting away certain things like the bouncy seat, baby tub, infant toys, clothes, pacifiers, etc. Days are numbered for the Boppy (yes, we still use the Boppy), the swing, and the Snap N Go carseat and stroller as she is quickly outgrowing them. It is going way too fast!

From the bloopers reel:

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Where have these been all my life?

Or at least the last few months? Baby shoes that actually stay on!!!!! I can't believe it but I've now seen it with my own eyes. These shoes are awesome! They literally stay on all day. And...they're inexpensive! Target has tons of them.

She only has one pair so far. These:

They are knockoff Robeez which cost over twice as much.

Thank you Ministar!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The First Thanksgiving

Avery's that is.

We had a great day. Avery received lots of love and attention. She sat at the table like a big girl. And she stayed up until 10 pm!