|Check out that chin and those hands|
reaching for the camera!
This past week Avery celebrated her 4 month birthday! I love how I call it a "birthday," like there was a cake and gifts or something. But really since she's our first child we do go a bit overboard each month and "celebrate" the best way we (or should I say I) know how: by taking lots and lots of pictures. Anyways, you know the "birthday drill": break out the onesie, adhere the sticker, try to fit that headband on again, and start snapping pictures of the growing girl. The highlight of this month's photo shoot was that we had two guests: Dad and then Grandma Karen. Despite being two of her favorite people, she must of been feeling a bit camera shy as she held in her smiles. No worries though, there are plenty later on in the post! ( :
|Miss Long Legs|
|Her 4 Month Stats|
Now as for her height, she's not even on the chart! She's above the 100th percentile! She must be taking after her Dad on this one. But at the end of the day, I don't really care about the numbers. As long as she's healthy and growing, I'm happy! On top of this, it looks like my vegan diet is doing it's job of not only taking care of me, but also her! Yeah...go vegan!
|Looks like a smile snuck it's way onto the photo shoot!|
Now aside from turning "4", we've been one busy little family this past month, let me share with you some of the highlights!
|The Big Day|
We've also been trying another new accessory this past week, called an amber teething necklace. And although they aren't for chewing, these necklaces are thought to help ease the pain that comes along with teething (read more here). These necklaces contain amber (which is a rock that used to be resin from a tree) and when the amber gets heated up by being next to her skin, it releases trace amounts of healing oils that can help relieve the inflammation and pain that accompany teething. Seem like a choking hazard? You're not alone...many people wonder this. But I take it off of her at night while she sleeps or during the day when she naps. Other than this she's pretty much always got someone watching her who could make sure the necklace is safe on her. Also, most amber necklaces are a golden yellow color, but I liked this darker color one, so that's why it may look a little bit different.
|Styling in her amber teething necklace.|
Also this month, Avery and I went to visit Brandon at his skateboard shop, Dairdevil Boards. It was Avery's first time there and she really seemed to like it. The combination of all the bright skateboards and her Daddy were enough to make this little girl smile and giggle the whole time we were there.
|Somebody likes skateboards!|
|Grandpa Frank and her Dad sure knew|
how to make her smile!
And just some more fun summer styles...
|First pair of sandals!|
Here is the first new toy we got, a Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumper. We call it the "jumperoo" for short. It was about $80 and Avery seems to really like it. My desire to get this was because Avery loves standing up (with support). In fact, she almost gets mad if you try and hold her like a baby. So to save my arms from breaking off, in came the Jumperoo. I debated between this one and other jumpers and exersaucers, but after a trial run at Babies R' Us one day, Avery (and I) decided on this one. Now although the crazy bright colors and music were a bit much for me, they really pulled Avery in and now she is hooked!
|First time in the Jumperoo.|
One downside to the Jumperoo is that there is a mirror near the "piano-like" station and when the light hits it just right, it shines a reflection onto our ceiling...which drives my dog Jilly crazy! She chases it and tries to get it, despite the fact that it's up on the ceiling. We call the light reflection "dementors" (a Harry Potter/The Office "Prison Mike" reference). Here's Jill on "Dementor Watch Duty".
|Thanks for keeping us "safe" Jilly!|
|I can attach various toys to the clips...which she then chews on.|
|Not quite tall enough yet. Good thing for thick scrapbooks!|
|"I love this thing!"|
Another fun toy that we've really been getting a lot of use out of is her Bumbo seat, which you can see I often put in the windowsill behind my sink in the kitchen. She loves the eye contact with me and all the fun sights and sounds that come from having an up close and personal view of all the food prep, dish washing, and smoothie-making that occurs in our kitchen. A must-have for the Bumbo seat: the corresponding tray. Not only does it give her a place to rest her hands, it also it a great place to put some toys and soft books to keep her busy...even though she just throws them off!
|Smiling at me while I make a smoothie.|
A funny thing about the Bumbo seat is that her chunky little legs often get stuck in it, so when we try to pull her out, the seat comes up with her too. I suppose this is a good thing because at least I know she's nice and secure in there, but it's a bit funny when you're trying to get her out and you have to pry the seat off of her! Anyone else have this problem?
|Those legs are stuck!|
Another purchase we made this month was to buy a new car seat for Avery. This wasn't exactly my plan, but when I tried buying new bases (for daycare reasons), for our current car seat, I had no luck. The company had already upgraded the seats and bases and no longer sold the one I needed. So I decided to go ahead and just upgrade Avery to a bigger car seat, since she was about to grow out of her old one (only goes up to about 20lbs or so). So I got her a Graco My Ride 65 Convertible Car Seat, which can fit a baby from 5-40 lbs when rear facing and up to 65 lbs forward facing. That's what I'm talking about...something that will last awhile! As you can tell, she seems to like it. We like to call it her "big girl car seat!" Also, in case you're wondering, the base is built into this car seat...so no extra bases were needed!
|Big girl car seat.|
|Great-grandma Sue holding|
the "chewing girl".
|Great-grandpa's turn to hold her.|
|Time for me to eat my lunch!|
|Ready to go to one last store with|
Grandma Karen...while wearing
her Baby Banz sunglasses of course.
Here's a few last pictures from the month...
|Tummy Time in the backyard.|
So that wraps up month 4 and I'm sure month 5 will be here before we know it. Until then, stay green. ( :