Polka Dot First Birthday Party

I have mixed emotions on this one – the planning and creative fun behind the party is over, which does make me a bit sad.  But the main thing that makes me sad is that all throughout the party she was this happy little girl, toddling all over the place – she’s no longer a little baby, shes independent, sociable and so grown up already!

We celebrated twice — once on her actual birthday at home – her gift from Aaron and I was a chair that she can climb in and play on – she loves to be on furniture and even more loves being able to get on it herself, the chair was too cute and she loves it!  She had a cupcake too and made a mess of it of course!

Today we had her big party – I believe we had ~30 people total there, it was a great time though – we had BBQ chicken sandwiches and everyone brought sides for the party.  TONS of food – and I ate enough for 3 people!  She got tons of toys, and had a lot of fun.  I went a little crazy on the decorations, but honestly – it looked fantastic, and I don’t regret even one second of the decoration making!!  I do regret the late night cram last night – between that and flight delays for Colin none of us got much sleep at all – Colin and Aaron managed about 45 minutes each…

Sarah (photographer) came to the party today to take pictures — in retrospect I’m SO glad I had her come — I was able to relax and enjoy things without having to worry about snapping pictures constantly.  It’ll be nice to actually be IN the pictures for a change too!  It is weird to come home from such a big event without a bunch of pictures though.  Can’t wait till she gets them all done!!

That said, I did take some pictures from her actual birthday and of the decorations – I’ll post those now, but better get off of here after that!  Nana took averie for the night – and I want to try to find our house so I can actually just relax the rest of the time we’re at home — which includes catching up on my friends page… it’s been a while!

Opening Presents in her new chair!

Another view – the buckets all have crayons in them for coloring on the paper on the tables

Gift, Display, Cake, Favor and Drink Tables

Display table


Lots and Lots and LOTS of circles!!!!!!!!!  Thanks to Las for all her help cutting them out and helping me keep my sanity!

One Year Old

My baby girl is going to officially be one year old tomorrow.  Where did the time go?!?!

Things are crazy right now trying to get ready for her party, Las is here visiting as well, and it’s month end at work, so I’m SWAMPED!  I’ll catch back up on the friends list later, too much to do here!

We took her 1 year pictures on Sunday — got the sneak peeks back last night and I LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!





Kids WILL Make You Sick!

Why is it that in ALL the worlds of advice people give you when you’re pregnant…  of all the things your mom’s and friend’s give you for advice…  NOBODY mentions how having a kid results in having lots of extra sicknesses in the house?!

Averie goes to a babysitter – it’s just her and one other girl (that is about a year younger than Averie at 2 years old).  It’s not like she goes to a daycare and picks up germs from all over the place… I just don’t get it!   She’s only been sick a few times, for the most part it’s just been the sniffles and a really light case of bronchitis.  She didn’t even catch a cold until she was 5 months old, despite the fact that she was born during a time when EVERYONE around us had colds…

But now…  now that it’s cold season again, Aaron and I have been sick as dogs.  Normally we aren’t sick at all…  So far Averie’s escaped it, I think her immune system is just stronger than ours, likely because she eats her fruits and veggies while her dad and I eat reeces pieces…  not entirely sure, but what I do know is that I’m sick of being sick.

Thankfully I’m about done with it, on Monday I went in and got a shot of steriods, did a nebulizer treatment, had bloodwork done, and walked out with 4 prescriptions – more steroids, antibiotics, codeine cough syrup and an inhaler.  My voice is back and I’m down to just trying to “cough up” what’s left from the chest infection…

But last night Aaron started to feel icky, at first he thought it was his tooth…  but today he called me shortly after noon to find out when I’d be done with work because he was done and just not feeling well at all.  So he’s now thrown up tonight and is decidedly taking tomorrow off of work.

Which isn’t a big deal – he’s entitled to days off, but our sitter normally can’t take Averie until 730 AM and I need to be in the office by 645…  Thankfully we were able to call her tonight and she’ll make an exception – PHEW!  But… now that means I have to get myself up by 5 AM and out the door by 6.  I have a hard enough time getting up and out the door by 630!  Plus I have to drive myself, and I’m still protesting having to drive a van….  GRR!

Okay, vent over – I’ll live… but seriously, I don’t know how much more of this house of sickness I can take!

Averie’s Scrapbook

I’m *supposed* to be scrapbooking right now.

SO – in lieu of scrapbooking, I thought I’d write a scrapbook journal entry!

I do have the first 3 months of averie’s scrapbook done, but I haven’t managed to get pictures of the pages I’ve finished since she came home.  I wanted to post some to my journal (and a scrapbooking journal) and see if I could get some ideas and inspiration from other scrapbookers…  so please – feel free to share your work with me – especially baby scrapbooking pages, I’m dying for ideas here!!!


Page from when I was pregnant
Ultrasound pictures and story from finding out we were having a girl as well as the story of choosing her name

Pictures of her nursery

The baby shower (the circles were part of a game we played)

Baby shower pictures

Everyone at the shower signed one of these cards (there were two)

Averie’s Birth Story written by both Aaron and I (I’ll paste it below for those interested!)
First bath (not sure I like this page yet)

Pictures from the hospital – kind of hard to see, but there’s doilies behind the tags.

Her birth announcement page

And for those interested, here’s her birth story that Aaron and I wrote up:

 We had a scheduled appointment with my OB for May 4th – which was our actual due date. At the appointment, the Dr said he figured she’d likely go into labor either that night or the next day. Not too long after that Mom started having slight contractions. We went home and within a couple of hours the contractions were starting to hurt and were coming more regularly – Mom and Dad walked to the gas station to get some Ice Cream to help move things along (the walk was to move things along, the icecream was to make Mom happy!) Not long after we got home, they were under 5 minutes apart and stayed that way for 2 hours and we packed up to go back to the hospital. We didn’t figure they’d keep us, as Mom could still talk through the contractions. Mom text messaged Nana, who of course headed in as well. In the end, Mom was sent home around 10:30 PM with an Ambien to help her sleep and instructions to come back when the contractions were stronger to the point that she couldn’t talk through them.

We headed home and Mom relaxed on the couch after Dad made a quick can of lasagna. At this point Mom was still in pain, and it was increasing, but we didn’t want to go back in too soon. Mom took the Ambien and tried to sleep. Dad got ready for “bed” – he took a shower and got dressed in normal clothes – even put his shoes on – so that as soon as Mom said “lets go” he was ready! Mom didn’t get much sleep overnight, ended up with maybe an hour – the rest of the night was spent feeling miserable. By 7ish in the morning Mom decided we would have to pack up and go soon or she was going to have a breakdown from pure exhaustion! We ended up back at the hospital hooked up to the monitors again. Since we had gone once earlier for a false alarm for a total of 3 trips now to the hospital, we knew the drill. Unfortunately, when they checked, Mom was still measuring the same as the previous day. At 10:30 AM the nurse let us know that they were going to admit us anyway – she apparently told the Dr on call that if they didn’t admit us that Mom would likely have to crawl out the door to leave judging by how much pain Mom was seemingly in. Dad quick got a hold of Nana (who wasn’t impressed that we didn’t call her BEFORE heading to the hospital) and let his side of the family know as well.

They sent us to room 1165 and got all of the IV’s hooked up. At 12:30 PM Dr Driscoll came into the room and talked to us for a bit and then broke Mom’s water. Shortly after that the anesthesiologist came to put the epidural in. Mom felt a million times better! Grandma and Pauky showed up and Kelly stopped by, but for the most part Mom didn’t notice much from the visitors and was just crashed on the bed, not feeling any of the contractions. The first nurse (Deb) guessed Mom’s delivery time after 10 PM. Everyone else picked times close to the nurses.  Dad opted to go against the grain and try to make mom feel better by choosing 6:45 PM (of course if you ask Dad he will say it was because he knew).

Around 4:30 PM our new nurse Nicole wanted to check me again, so everyone dispersed to go get food for dinner. She checked and Mom was already at 8 cm.  Mom hadn’t been feeling the contractions, but they’d obviously been working! Everyone was still at dinner and Mom started to feel more and more pressure over the next 30 minutes or so. Dad came in and got the news. Nicole the new nurse then guessed our delivery time around 7:20 PM. By 5:00 people still weren’t back, but Mom was really feeling pressure – Nicole checked again and Mom was 9.5 cm. She said that whenever Mom was ready to start pushing we  could. Mom held off until 5:20ish, but by then she felt like she needed to start pushing. Some people were back from dinner and were sitting outside the door, the nurse popped out and told Dad (who was still eating) that we were going to start pushing – he was a little nervous about getting ill since he had only just finished eating! He came in and at around 5:30 the pushing started.

Mom was doing alright with the pushing, but she kept thinking her eye was going to pop out from pushing so hard. Dad kept getting cool washcloths and doing silly things that amused mom – he was so nervous he even ran top speed into the wall! Eventually the pushing started to really hurt and the nurse was paging everyone she could trying to get the Dr in the room. She actually told Mom to to stop pushing because the Dr wasn’t there yet and we were close. Dad didn’t approve of what the nurse said but since he kept slipping and falling on the floor he couldn’t express his disapproval very well. Mom didn’t listen very well either and was still pushing , just not pushing as hard!  After a few minutes there was a mad rush of nurses into the room and Dr Driscoll was there, ready to deliver Miss Averie. At 7:07 she was born. She barely made a peep, her cries were very soft and few and far between, Mom wasn’t sure what to think and was just listening hoping that everything was okay, Dad said “She’s beautiful” so Mom at least knew then that Averie was certainly a girl! After what felt like an eternity but was really less than a few minutes, they placed our baby girl on Mom’s stomach. Dad clipped the umbilical cord, and Averie was wiped down and put on Mom’s chest while Dr Driscoll finished up what she needed to do!

The rest of the hospital stay for mom was a blur of visitors, nursing Averie and trying to eat and sleep as well.  Dad recalls staying up the first night with Averie so Mom could sleep a little. Dad also would parade our baby girl down the halls so all the nurses could see how beautiful she was, he even got upset when he took you to the nursery and they wouldn’t let him stay!  Averie had a full head of hair and really captivated a lot of people because she was just so alert and nothing seemed to bother her.  She definitely was a gorgeous little girl, and was so well behaved right away, taking to nursing and not raising a fuss when all sorts of different people wanted to hold her!

It’s been a while…

It’s been a very, very long time since i’ve posted an update…  Averie was just starting solid foods when I last posted in October, and now that’ it’s April, she’s nearly 11 months and eats the same food as we eat!

She’s currently mastering walking, and she has a couple of words in her vocabulary – “uh oh” whenever she drops something and “hi” — she takes anything that resembles a cell phone, puts it up to her ear and says ‘hi’.  We’re in sooo much trouble later!

Rather than ramble like crazy I thought I’d just let the story go in pictures, so  here’s the picture filled insanity:

pumpkin – Pumpkinfest!
Photobucket  – Halloween Costume
Photobucket  – Playing in the fall Leaves
Photobucket – Playing with her Cousins
Photobucket  – Halloween Candy & Haircut!
Photobucket  – Playing with Carter
Photobucket – Pumpkin Pie
Photobucket  – First Thanksgiving
Photobucket  – Santa with Carter
Photobucket  – Back of our Holiday Cards
Photobucket  – Front of our Holiday Cards
Photobucket  – Spaghetti!
Photobucket  – Christmas Eve with Daddy
Photobucket  – Christmas Morning
Photobucket  – 8 Month Pics
Photobucket – Cuddle time

Photobucket – 9 Month Pics

Photobucket – Waving to wish everyone a Happy Valentines Day
Photobucket  – Giving Mommy Kisses

Photobucket – St Pattys Day Baby
Photobucket  – First time swinging
Photobucket – Easter Pictures
Photobucket – Easter Pictures
Photobucket – Easter Bunny with Carter

It’s definitely been a crazy last few months, but they’ve been great!

Hope everyone is doing well, I’m going to *try* to make a bit more of a comeback around here, but no promises — someone likes to get grumpy whenever Mom or Dad is on the computer and she can’t see the screen and press the buttons 🙂

Mmmmm… Baby Food!

Alice.com (the fantastic place where I go to buy most of my staple grocery items for the house cheap) is having a giveaway for baby food, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to a) share the link, and b) share our experiences!

Averie’s been doing the stage 1 foods for just about a month now, and we’ve mastered things pretty quickly.  She made a good mess, and we had a bit of learning curve…  mainly we learned to

1) Use a plastic bib
2) Give her a spoon of her own to play with so she doesn’t grab the one we’re using and
3) Have wipes handy, but wait until she’s done eating so we can get fantastic photos out of the whole deal!

3 Month Update

Oh my goodness, I haven’t updated in AGES! Not much is new with me, but I’ll at least make sure the scoop on Miss Averie is in here! So much for keeping up with blogging!

Newborn – 1 Month – 2 Month Professional Shots


Daddy  started trying to give me bottles of pumped milk on 5/26, which I promptly rejected. Daddy got me to take 2 bottles finally overnight on 5/27 – so mommy finally got a bit of sleep! I let Emily give me a bottle on 5/28 (which is this picture) and then I let mommy give me one on 5/29. YAY! We started out with the Avent ones, I drooled most of it out the side of her mouth, but I tried! Eventually we figured out that I loved the glass bottle that Heather had bought, and mommy got more similar to it and Heather was nice enough to get a couple more of them when she was in Chicago. They’re great!

Picking out my favorite shoes with mommy

Lost my umbilical cord on May 15th!

Sarah also came to take my newborn pictures for us when I was 2 weeks old.


I had my first experience in a photography studio at JC Penneys – I loved the bright lights. Mom however screwed with my hair, it was cute and curly when it was wet – little did she know it was going to look so horrible when it dried if she didn’t comb it! I was quite the big girl though – holding my head up and posing really nicely! I didn’t even cry, I’m such a little ham!

First smile mommy managed to catch on camera. Dorky smile at that 🙂 At 6 weeks I REALLY started chatting, and I haven’t stopped since. At 7 weeks I started giving giant open mouthed grins when I was a happy camper. Definitely heart warming!

I got to see the parade and the fireworks in Monticello — none of it frightened me – and I even watched a lot of the parade! I only cried at the fireworks when they were over – though it’s still out for debate if I cried because of how loud the last boom was since it was a giant fireball or if I cried because they were over – but that wasn’t the point 🙂

I got beads at the parade!

Watching fireworks with mommy

Aaron’s side of the family had a greet the baby party – here’s great grandma barb.

3 other girls mom graduated high school with had baby girls within weeks of me!

Las came to visit me from Ireland/Houston

I graduated from the sink to my “big girl” bath-tub on 6/23!


Round 2 of the studio photography experience brought us to Sears. Mom brushed my hair this time… Sears called shortly after taking her pictures to ask if they could get a release from me to post an 8×10 collage of her in the studio. She’s famous already, haha…


Length Chart Weight Chart
I had my two month checkup and all was well. I’m growing and getting smarter and stronger everyday! (click to make my length and height charts bigger!)

Sometimes the only way I’m happy is if I’m outside enjoying the sunlight. I’ll scream and fuss until the second we walk out the door and then I’m fine!

I’ve found my thumb and I’m not afraid to use it! Mom’s not sure what to think of it yet…

I’m also much better at grabbing on to things and am working on figuring out how to get them in my mouth. Someone still has to hand me my links, but once I have ’em sometimes it’s hard to talk me into letting go!!

Daddy has me addicted to TV already. Mommy prefers it when I watch Baby Einstein with Moxie instead of the History Channel with Daddy.

Nana calls me “The Bug” which is a much better nickname than the one Mommy calls me (“Missy Moo”).  She’s promised me she’ll stop calling me that soon, but it hasn’t happened yet!

3 Weeks

Today (okay, well yesterday since it’s after midnight) Averie’s 3 weeks old. We went to the breastfeeding group at the hospital. She weighed in at 8lbs 12.5oz – meaning she’s gaining over an ounce a day.

Other than that, we’re going to start trying to give her bottles of pumped milk shortly, I wish that meant I’d get to sleep through the night. But it’s still a step in the right direction towards making sure we’re sorted when I go back to work.

Other than that — here’s a quick little video I took earlier today.  Yes, she makes piggy noises 😛

2 Weeks Old

Tuesday marked little miss Averie’s turning 2 weeks old — that’s half a month already! It seems like we only just brought her home.She weighed in at a good 8lbs, 5oz – she had gotten down to 6lbs 14oz at one point, so that was good progress! (Her original starting weight was 7lbs, 9oz). All her measurements were right in the middle of the curve, so she’s in rockstar shape.She’s still wearing newborn clothes – some of them are starting to get a bit small, some of them are still huge. Funny how that works out! She really likes to lay on my chest after she’s done eating and fall asleep. After laying there for a while she seems to decide that she’d prefer to lay on the other side of her face and she’ll spend a few seconds figuring out how to lift her head up and turn to face the other direction. It’s still an uncoordinated bobbing motion, but she gets there – and I’m sure over the coming weeks it’ll improve even more!

A girl from work stopped out and took some pictures of Averie last Sunday to work on her portfolio. I’ve seen a couple of them and they’re super cute. As soon as she gets the rest of them to me, I’ll be sure to post a few!

She’s decided that she only likes it when her daddy puts her in the crib — whenever I do it, she starts to scream and fuss. Last week she loved being put in her crib when she was wide awake, now this week I have to make sure she’s extremely passed out before she’ll let me put her in there, and then it’s for a shorter period of time since she’s usually managed to nap for a good 20 minutes before I put her into the crib in the first place. Daddy, however, can pick her up at almost any time and put her in the crib and she’s just fine!

Today we played with our sling – after a couple of tries I managed to get her situated into it just right and we walked around the house for a bit to make sure she was okay with it, then we walked to the mailbox at the end of the street and back home. After she survived that I decided she’d probably make it to main street and back, so I wrote out a check for our internet bill and we hiked down there — she snored the whole way there and back!

When Aaron left he put her down for me so she napped for the first while that he was gone. I managed to get a few things done around the house in the earlier hours. Then off and on between her feedings tonight I’ve put her back into the sling and carried her around while I worked on other tasks — Throughout the day I’ve managed to catch up all of our laundry, wash and put away the dishes in the dishwasher, picked up the kitchen and living room, spot cleaned the bathroom, and vacuumed the floors. Hurrah! That just leaves the trash and the cat litter for Aaron to do tonight (it’s garbage night). I’m proud of myself, but I’m getting exhausted, so I’m thinking that after this next feeding of hers that I’ll let her crash out on my chest and I’ll take a nap too…

Right, that’s about it for updates for the moment. I’ll leave ya with a couple of pictures!

1 Week Old

Okay, so she was a week old a couple of days ago, but that wasn’t the point.

I was going to try to post more often on here. Silly me – should have thought about how a baby requires loads of time! We’re slowly working out a routine though. Unfortunately I dont know how long the routine will last — Aaron was called back to work at Amana on a 3:30 to midnight shift — which is good and bad. Good ’cause it’s a job and income. Bad ’cause the plan was for us to not use daycare, and we still don’t want to use daycare if we don’t have to. Plus since we both work second shift, we have some slim pickings for daycare options… So for now he’s going to go back to work starting on Monday the 18th, and he’ll keep hunting for a different job with daytime hours that’d allow us to keep her home with one of us all the time – even if it’s part time job for him it’s better than having to dish out daycare money and leave her with someone else all the time. If all else fails, I may end up taking a longer leave from work than planned while he keeps hunting for a job elsewhere.

Otherwise Aaron’s doing an awesome job with Averie — he takes the late night shift so I can get some sleep. Last night I was in bed from 11-7, though I was up for an hour at 1 AM and again at 4:30 AM to feed her. Still – 6 hours of sleep while breastfeeding a newborn is nothing to complain about! Plus Aaron makes sure I have lunch and dinner, and changes diapers and brings her to me for feedings and wakes her up when she’s falling asleep and we need her up and gives her baths and takes care of the umbilical cord (cause I can’t – it’s just icky looking, but it’s about to fall off!). He’s a rockstar, and I love him muchly for all he’s doing especially right now!

Had my first mothers day on Sunday too – I got a cute card from Aaron and I silver locket from Averie that had her picture and birth date on the inside. Aww 🙂

Averie’s doing well – she’s finally fitting into her newborn clothes and looking super cute in them. I think Sarah is coming up this weekend to take pictures of her, which’ll be nice. I’m tempted to try to dress her up today and take pictures just for fun 😛

She’s determined to sleep on her side all the time – we’ll lay her on her back and she’ll kick and grunt until she’s managed to get herself propped up on her side with one arm under her head. Oddly enough it’s the exact same way as I sleep. Needless to say, I’m not too worried about it at this moment.

She doesn’t fuss about much of anything – only if she’s gone more than 3 hours without eating and she thinks she’s starving or if we’re changing her and she’s displeased that the changing pad is cold on her bare skin. Other than that she doesn’t make a whole lot of noise.

I keep debating when we should start looking into giving her bottles of pumped milk. I’ve heard mixed reviews of anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 weeks. I know you don’t have to use a bottle at all if you don’t want to…  but when I go back to work around 6 weeks, I don’t want to find out she refuses to take a bottle and try to argue our way through it while I’m gone all evening.

Other than that, not a lot to report! Things have been pretty quiet, we’ve had a handful of visitors here and there, and we’ve done a decent job of keeping the house picked up. (Well, this morning it’s a mess ’cause Aaron was a rockstar and did all of our laundry and then brought it all up to the living room for me to sort through and put away – I’m stalling, can ya tell?!)