Friday, July 15, 2016

Liam Turns the Big 5 (months)!

I'm writing this up a little early because you know, moving.


My brain needs to keep moving forward and tackling things on the to-do list, and this post was one I could type up in a flash and cross off the ever-growing list!!

I don't know why 5 months seems so much older to me than 4 months. It's just another 30 days!

I think it's because I know we are so close to some major milestones and I also know how fast the back end of the first year goes...before I know it, Liam will be a tiny toddler chasing Ava around! What a crazy thought!!

Liam has changed leaps and bounds this month. He's got a really strong core now and wants to sit up when I try to recline him in my lap. He can roll to his belly and has been sleeping on his tummy! He likes to swing his arms around and is getting pretty grabby! He's become a big chatterbox and he just loves to giggle and smile! There is so much drool everywhere and he usually has to wear a bib while upright to help soak it all up! He's become used to the constant noise and action Ava adds to the day, so when she is napping, he tends to not be as happy to play because the house is too quiet, haha! Or at least that's what I've concluded. Big sister is great entertainment for him! He loves to snuggle up on your shoulder and suck on his fingers. He's got 2 bottom teeth threatening to bust through soon! Ava was cutting teeth for our last move, so it would be fitting if Liam was cutting his as well!

Ava knows her numbers!! She is incredibly stubborn so she won't ever name them when I ask her to, but she has spontaneously done it and knows quite a few! Makes me so excited!! I wish she would do it more often! So all you anti-screen time people out there, or those worried that screen time is bad, it has now helped my daughter learn her letters, numbers, colors, shapes, animals and their sounds, songs and fingerplays, and so much more! You just need to pick the right apps and shows - they're not all bad!

I wonder how big girl is going to handle this move. It's going to be an adventure for sure! We can't wait to get to our new house! First-time homeowners here; that should be an adventure as well!

You know how much I love to share on here. I think it's a rewarding part of the human experience to be able to share stories with people and feel connected and close even though we are so far away. But there is this little (ok BIG) thing called OPSEC. Maybe you've heard of it, and maybe you haven't. But it is going to restrict me from sharing a bit so I might go a little vague on you for awhile.

Can you tell I just quickly uploaded these from my phone?! Sorry the Dr. Seuss one turned out so hard to read! I thought it was clever. Actually, they all turned out kinda bad. Here; let me type it out so you can read it better:

"I am Sam, Sam I am
Do you like OPSEC and ham?
I do not get it, Sam I am, I do not get OPSEC
and ham. We must use it here and there. We must use
it everywhere.
You can share it in a car. But you cannot in a bar.
You cannot share it in a text. You cannot share it
at the Nex.
You can say it at your house. But should not tell a random
spouse. You can say it in the shower. But do not go sharing
at happy hour. Don't make the ombudsman sweat.
Don't post it to the internet.
You cannot share it in a tweet. That would not be very sweet.
Beware of facebook and myspace too. It's tempting to let your feelings
through. You cannot tell it to a friend. Not even at the very end.
It is a privilege to know a date. Don't tell anyone
or the date might be late!
Oh, I get it, Sam I am. Now I get OPSEC and ham!
I will not tell anyone.
I will keep hushed until they are done! I will not tell him
or her. I will not tell my dog with fur. I will not tell my
child's teacher. I will not tell a creature.

Thank you, thank you, Sam I am.
Thank you for clearing up OPSEC and ham!"

NEX =Navy Exchange...the equivalent to a mini department store on base. PX and BX are other names for it in the other branches.

I had to look this one up as this is written with the Navy in mind:
Ombudsman = "Every Command has an Ombudsman who is a spouse of a sailor at the Command. The Ombudsman serves as the liaison between the command and the families. The Ombudsman is the point of contact for the families. He or she can assist families with navigating through Navy life through resources and information" - sounds like the FRG leader to me!

So if you ask me questions about my husband, I may not be able to answer them very completely or maybe not at all. It's nothing personal, it's just for safety. The world out there is a very scary place, and it seems it's only getting worse. The media is NO help...but don't get me started on that!!

I can't believe my next post will be about Liam starting solid foods!!!!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Ava Turns Two

My Ava girl isn't a baby anymore.

But I know I will still call her my baby!

It's hard for me to believe that she is two! I still feel like it was just yesterday that she was swaddled in my arms, looking up at me with her big brown eyes.

I feel incredibly lucky to have my goofy, passionate, emotional toddler.

We struggled with years of infertility before I got the positive pregnancy test with her.

My unique, heart-shaped uterus grew her.

During labor, her heart rate kept plummeting, so they broke my water to speed up delivery. There was meconium in the waters and her cord prolapsed, sending us immediately to the OR for an emergency c-section. My epidural broke so I was not able to have a spinal and was put under general anesthetic for her delivery.

I didn't get to hear her first cries. I didn't get to hold her or nurse her until she was 2 hours old because I was waking up in recovery.

Despite all the odds, Ava arrived into this world at 2:28 pm, weighing 7 pounds, 14 ounces and 20 inches long.

She was perfect.

She did not have any harm from her delivery. 

She's our little miracle!

And now our girl is turning 2 years old. She's such a big girl now, and very much wants to be treated like one!

Lately she has seemed older than 2 years old to me. I'm thinking that is due to the arrival of her little brother! And how tall she is and all of her hair. She just looks older!

She asks to walk instead of being carried when we are out and about.

She likes to take care of her brother and her baby dolls.

She loves to dig in the fridge and pantry for something to eat.

The other day she sat down with her magnetic letters, which I think she's only played with one other time. She picks them up one at a time and starts to say what letter they are! I was floored!! I had no idea she knew ANY of her letters, let alone like half the alphabet!

Almost every day she's adding a new word to her spoken vocabulary.

Literally THE ONLY TIME she will cuddle is before her nap and at bedtime. I hold her and rock her and I'd sit there forever with her if I could! She's very in to the "mommy" phase right now...I am assuming a lot of that has to do with the fact that there's a baby in the house now!

Some of her new favorite things to do are coloring with crayons, sitting in Liam's jumperoo and organizing her play food on the trays, emptying my feminine product drawer in the bathroom (and dispersing it all over the house), hiding in the curtains in Liam's room, demanding for us to clap so she can sing and dance, watching music videos on YouTube (One Direction and Taylor Swift and "Let It Go"), hiding when it's time to get a diaper change or go to sleep, and any form of undivided attention from mommy and daddy!

We discovered yesterday that she might be a little pyro! She loved the little pop firecrackers and the bigger stuff that daddy lit off in the backyard! She laughed and laughed and laughed at everything! She could not stop! She had the best time getting some much needed uninterrupted playtime with us last night. We put Liam to bed so she could have us to herself and she got to stay up late and do all sorts of fun things in the backyard! She loved water balloons (mommy and daddy did too!) and even helped us pick them up afterward. "I help me!" she'd say! We used her slide to make a waterslide in her pool and we did bubbles and she ran and danced and swinging time and ate snacks. We had to convince her to come inside and get cleaned up because we could see how tired she was getting! We didn't want her to be too cranky for her birthday today!

We are keeping it low-key at the house for her birthday. Just us! We were going to go back to the beach for her birthday, but its so darn hot here and we thought the holiday weekend might be pretty busy. I baked her a cake and we've got her some presents to unwrap and balloons (bah-woons!) and her favorite dinner is on the menu - mac & cheese! We will have some sort of get together once we are in KS to celebrate with family and friends.

This girl has changed our lives more than we ever realized it could. We love her more and more every day. She's incredibly determined, curious, silly, noisy, frustrating, loving, and perceptive! I can't wait to see what else we learn about her in her upcoming years!

My Ava girl isn't a baby anymore.

But I know I will still call her my baby!
Yes, that is donut wrapping paper!
That's our girl, haha!!
She likes broccoli too.
Cake time!! My decorating skills could use some work...
Facetime! She only ate the sprinkles!