Outfit of the week- Ava

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Bow: Lovisa (similar linked here)

Overalls: Ebay

Long Sleeve Top: K-mart

Shoes: Cotton On (similar linked here)

Turning a corner at 8 months..

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!

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Mummy & Me

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!

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Top Left (Made by Jeniffer) | Top Righ (Evy’s Tree)

Bottom Left (Ryleigh Rue Clothing) | Bottom Right (Be Inspired Boutique)

Pumpkin Patch

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!

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Flutter all in one | Headband | Shoesboy-3

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Headband | Tights | Bodysuit | Shoes | Skirtboy-2

Polo | Shorts | Shoesoutfit-3

Bow | Pants | Shoes | Coatboy-1

Top | Shoes | Jeans

Ava May- 7 weeks on..

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!!):

  • Had a shower lasting longer than 15min
  • Eaten toast (at breakfast) while it was still hot..scratch that..eaten any meal while it’s still hot
  • Drank a full cup of coffee at breakfast while it’s still hot
  • Drank ANY beverage at breakfast and finished it while it was still hot
  • Gone on a date with my husband.. unless church music practice counts?? HA.. (we are ticking this off the list tonight..)
  • Left the house in less than 5min
  • Only done one load of washing a week… Who knew something so small could create SO MUCH LAUNDRY
  • Picked something to wear in less than 2 min- now it goes through the if-spit-up-was-to-fall-on-this-item-would-it-stain test..

 

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..

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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..img_1846img_1847img_1848img_1849

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Baby Boy You’ve been on my mind..

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!)

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one – otis baby blunny

two – baby boy denim knit shirt

three – baby boys fleetwood vest

four – baby boys linen harem pant

five – rock star cap

six – kooky socks