Avery had her gymnastics showcase this past weekend. It was most certainly one of the cutest things I have ever seen. Tiny bodies in tiny gym leotards running around=adorable. They did all their routines in an olympic style performance. She did great and was SO proud of herself :)
One of my new favorite pics of her because there is pure joy in her face:)
Nini and Papa, my parents, came to watch. Avery was so excited! They drove here and back in one day (6.5 hours total) just to watch a 30 min. performance. That's grandparent love right there.
"I have never known such warmth, such joy, love, heartache, wonderment or satisfaction. I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much before I was a Mom." -Suzana Haertzen
Me and my sweet Avery on my first mother's day 2009
Mother's Day 2010
Mother's Day 2011 with Avery (and Adalyn, 7 months prego:))
Mother's Day 2012 with my TWO precious miracles!
Happy Mother's Day to all the Mama's out there! Bless you for doing the hardest job on earth, but by far, the most rewarding. To all you who have lost a mother, may the comfort of your Heavenly father be real to you today. To those with empty arms who long for babies, may the God of all peace and comfort fill you till you overflow. And Happy Mother's Day to my own Mama who gave me life, taught me what love is and what it looks like in a mother.
Adalyn checked out well at her 9 month appt.! So thankful for my healthy girl. She weighed 16.9 lb and measured 27.25in. She is in the 45% for weight and 60% for length. Pretty average for the most part...despite those super duper chubby cheeks that are total yumminess:)
This is the look she gave me after she got her toe stuck for her iron check and two vaccinations. Poor baby. She wasn't thrilled! Didn't hardly cry, but stared the nurses down just like this. They were cracking up! I can already see the attitude, oh my!
I can't believe you are three months away from being one! These last nine months have been so sweet with you. So many of my smiles begin with you. You are a such a sweet girl! You've been changing a lot this last month and trying to grow up despite how hard I try to keep you little.:) You say "Ma Ma" and "Da Da" all the time and you are practicing the "B" sound as well. You have two little bottom teeth in your gummy grin. You still aren't real sure you like food but you'll eat a sweet potatoe if I give you half of one and let you eat on your own terms. You started signing "milk",it's pretty adorable! You haven't figured out how to crawl the right way yet, still just get across a room rolling and scooting. I'm kinda dreading the day you crawl and turn into an even bigger girl! You still love Praise Baby worship DVD's, reading books, watching sister play, chewing on every thing you can find, and being sang to. You a big cuddler and it's still your favorite thing to find a lap to be in. I "wear" you a lot because you love it and because big sister is busy so we keep up with her that way. You have slept 14 hr straight several times but your usual is to go to bed at 7-7:30, nurse around 11pm and get up for the day between 8-9am. I love you so much little girl! My heart hurts just thinking about how much I love you. The last nine months are treasured memories tucked away in my heart!
My babies at the same age in the same outfit. They are both so cute I can hardly stand it! Seems like just yesterday when Avery was this little. I put this outfit on Adalyn and it brought back so many memories. Can you tell who is who??
Addy is in the pink flower and Avery in the orange:)
Yesterday we had to say goodbye to our family pet. What a hard day that was for me and Luke! We had a dog, Chief, before we got married and got Chloe shortly after we got married almost 9 years ago. So she had been with us almost from the start. We are big dog lovers and believe your pets are part of the family too. Having Chief, who passed away 2yr. ago, and Chloe taught us so much about responsibility, they let us use them as practice on how to be parents, drained our finances:), and most of all, taught us a lot about unconditional love. Coming home to a house without a dog to greet us is sad thing! We will miss you Chloe! Especially your sweet cuddles, and Boxer wiggle! When the time is right, we'll get another dog I'm sure but none will replace our first pets. Closing a chapter in life is hard to do sometimes. Sweet memories!! We'll always love you sweet Cho Cho!
"Dogs' lives are too short. Their only fault, really" -- Agnes Sligh Turnbull