Avery is 1

Man, this last  year of our life has been incredible. God has blessed us with such a sweet little girl- Avery Marie. Avery, you are our world. Your smile can light up a room. This last year, you have taught your Daddy and I so much about life.  You bring your older sister joy and companionship. We love to watch you and your sister play so sweet together.

You are a  year old. This last year you have learned so many new things.

At 7 weeks you started to pick up your head and smile intentionally. At 9 weeks old we saw your smile the size of Texas and dimples to boot. At your 2 month appointment you were growing great! You weighed 11 lbs 6 oz and in the 60th percentile for all your measurements. You were battling an eye problem, but it corrected itself at about 8 months old. At 5 months old you were army crawling across the floor and eating everything in sight. You ate so much “real” food that you stole from big sis, before we even started baby food. You always somehow managed to swallow stuff before I could pull it out. You loved to eat cereal and even tried to feed yourself. At 5 months old, you weighed 12 lbs 7 oz and were 24 in. tall. You were up to 13 lbs 4 oz at about 5 1/2 months at a weight check. You started eating baby food at 5 1/2 months old and are crawling like a champ now. You have been on the go ever since. At your 6 month check up you weighed 14 lbs 1 oz (8th percentile) and is 25 3/4 (20th percentile). At 8 months you started to crawl with your belly off the ground all the time and are getting pretty fast at it. You were pulling yourself up on furniture and getting into everything!  You eat EVERYTHING! You are not picky at all and loves to eat table food. You are developing quite the personality and are a happy baby almost 100 percent of the time. You are now sleeping pretty much through the night (past 6 am) without nursing. At 9 months old you are now saying “DaDa” (kind of) and giving high fives and kisses. You are so close to standing on your own and walking. You walk behind  toys and move between furniture. You have such a great personality and I love to watch you and Savannah interact. You really love eachother! You are pretty much eating table food 100% of the time (other than the occasional jar of baby food for supplement). You weighed in at 16 lbs 9 oz at your 9 month appointment. You take a step or two by yourself if you are not thinking about it. You also got your first two teeth this month. It took forever for them to finally come in. You turned 10 months old on the 27th of November . You say Dada with intent now and are possibly saying Mama but it is more like Ba Ma. You imitate and laugh at everything. You are so vocal. If I cough, you will cough over and over again laughing and giggling. You don’t eat baby food anymore and love to eat everything. You are so adventurous and love to follow your older sister around. You light up whatever room you are in. Naps, though, are a different story. You love to be held while napping and refuse to sleep in your crib for naps. You also got your first stitches this month. You pulled a stocking holder down on top of your head and needed a stitch in your forehead to hold it together! You are 11 months now. You are taking 2 or 3 steps at a time and cruise between objects with ease. You love to play with your older sister and chew on all her princesses. Your eyes lit up watching the Christmas tree and, while you loved the wrapping paper, you did love your gifts more. Your bottom 2 teeth have finally made their appearance and you are proud of them. You love to figure things out and make lots of noise in any way possible. You LOVE books. Any time Mommy or Daddy sit on the floor you come crawling over with a book in hand. You have said DaDa for a long time, but have not said MaMa yet. You laugh any time we try to get you to say it, and then proceed to say DaDa. You hate to nap in your crib, so you get lots of cuddle time with MaMa in the afternoons. You eat anything in sight! You are so loving- you give hugs and kisses on demand, and love to snuggle with Mommy or Daddy. You also wave hello, bye-bye, give high fives, play pat-a-cake, clap “yay”, and sign milk. You never cease to amaze us with all the new things you have learned on a daily basis. This last month you have gotten good at walking around and even standing up from a sitting position. You have 3 teeth on the top coming in. Today, at 12 months, you weigh 18lbs 7 oz and are 29 1/4in. tall. You are still so little for your age, but staying on a consistent, and healthy path.

I can’t believe you are 1 today! You are such a joy to Mommy and Daddy and we love you very much!

Avery's First Picture

Big Sister meeting Avery for the first time

Bringing baby Avery home!

Daddy's Girls

Bright Eyes

Cheese

Look at my dimples!

Watch what I am going to do...

Avery crawling around in the leaves

They love each other!

Cheese! I am 10 months old!

My first Christmas Gift

My first ornament!

Avery proud of her stitches!

Christmas pictures

 

Merry Christmas

Gramdpa and His Girls with Farm Book

Avery's favorite Christmas gift- a pedal tractor

 

Avery walking by herself!

Look at my teeth!

I am 1!

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