Bow: Lovisa (similar linked here)
Long Sleeve Top: K-mart
Shoes: Cotton On (similar linked here)
I know, I know, I’ve been pretty slack with updating the blog.. I tend to just do a photo dump.. which is what I’m doing today.. but I promise I’ll try harder!
It feels like we have turned a corner with Ava. She seems to have developed into a toddler the last week or so- everyone has noticed it. She’s not longer baby, but more so young girl. When she looks at you- she actually looks at you and studies your face. She’ll yell like she’s trying to tell you something. She rarely wakes up at all during the night for dummy/pacifier (thank the Lord).. She’s moving around the house in her walker just fine, and is content to just play by herself for large stretches of time.
The other night I looked at Greg and commented at how I could understand why people miss the baby stage- it’s so fleeting..
So today, I give you a photo dump from Easter up until last week! My not so little baby is growing up.. I hope we’re ‘growing’ her well!
One of the sweetest things I have been able to do is dress to match Ava! I don’t know why I find it so adorable, but I do! There are a few companies that I’ve found that make clothes for a mum and her baby to match!!
I’m waiting till Ava can walk before I start purchasing specific items, for now, I’ll just continue to match colours and styles!
Below are some of the companies I have on short list for when Ava begins walking!
At first I couldn’t believe Pumpkin Patch was going out of business.. they have been in Australia for a number of years. My mum dressed me in Pumpkin Patch and I’ve dressed my daughter Ava in their clothes.. but alas.. They (along with Charlie & Me) have a closing down sale of 40-60% off. While I’m really sad that they will no longer be around I can’t help but capitalize on their closing down sale! Below are some of my favourite picks! I’ll be going in store this week to pick up a few bargains!
We are 7 weeks into this parenting experience! I don’t think you can even call it ‘parenting’ at this age? More like, 7 weeks into the new job role of bottle feeder, burper and high-pitched laughs.
Ava is growing and developing well- we had her 6 week shots last week which were terrible, but she was fine after the initial jab (my poor baby).. yes, I was a blubbering mess.. She’s consistently sleeping through the night, waking only once to feed- we’re on a pretty good routine at the moment. The only problem with this routine is that she eats when we eat.. will I ever have a hot meal again?! I made a list a few days ago of all the things I haven’t done since the birth of Ava (the list is pretty comical!!):
Raising Ava has been nothing but joy..despite all the challenges new mums face! Some days I find myself worried that I am failing – am i under stimulating her, am I not talking to her enough, is she too hot or too cold, am I going to make her sick (I’ve been battling the flu for a week), does she need more Vitamin D (she is PALE folks), what milestones should she be hitting at this age.. if she hitting them?! So many what ifs and questions.. they don’t give you a manual when you have a baby.. I wouldn’t mind a how-to on ‘raising a functioning, caring and loving child’- the tagline could be: ways to not stunt their growth or crush their dreams.. It would cover everything from birth to say 14ish (after 14 your on you own…ha.. I can’t help you there..even I turned feral around this age)
I found this quote the other day which perfectly reflects the need I have for God to be involved daily in this new season of my life..
I can imagine that as Ava gets older the ‘load’ of motherhood will sometimes get heavy and complicated – but I truly believe I need just as much of God today that I will in 10 years time.
Below are some photos of my angel baby.. By no means am I a professional photographer however I have a pretty good Nikon camera which I’ve tried to work out myself..
It’s no secret that I (along with most of my female family) were hoping for a baby boy! Alas we were blessed with another little girl making her appearance in August!
I couldn’t help but pick out a cute outfit for this imaginary baby boy! (I somewhat ignored some of the prices however a few items are on sale at the moment!)