Baby Adelaide

Recently I became Aunty to a beautiful little girl over in Perth! My best friend of 25 years had her first little bundle of joy. When we were over there a few weeks ago I was able to spend a few hours taking photos of this beautiful baby girl.. all the heart eyes you guys..It took a lot of hard work to not post all 200 photos!!

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Ava- 15 months!

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Ava- 9 months old

I decided to dust off the old camera to take some shots of Ava! We can’t believe she is 9 months old!

Motherhood has and continues to be an amazing experience..

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Baby Ava- 18 weeks on!

Well friends, Ava is 18 weeks old.. I feel like I deserve a high-five for keeping a baby alive for 18 weeks! While it hasn’t necessarily been difficult it is a HUGE life change. The older she gets the HUGE-ER (is that even a word) the change gets!!

She’s still sleeping through the night (thankfully), but her naps during the day are becoming significantly shorter. She has steam rolled with discovering things:

  • her hair (she reaches behind her head and rubs and grabs her hair..haha)
  • her fingers (they are constantly in her mouth..we think she’s starting to teethe)
  • her voice (she screams excitedly all the time! She is also laughing so much)

Ava experienced her first Christmas this year- she slept through the opening of presents on Christmas Eve and the entire Christmas Service at church.. #nailedit

We did manage to get some photos before the service though..

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She made out with a few toys and some books and was highly stimulated for 3 days by the overbearing love from her cousin. We can’t wait till next year when she can actually feel some of the same excitement we do!

I took some photos of her the week before Christmas just incase we didn’t get any on the actual day..

img_2858img_2857img_2856-1We visited the huge Christmas tree in the Queen Victoria Building.. definitely a must if you have little ones!! (Picture below of Ava with her Oma)

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We braved downtown Sydney for the Christmas Tree.. along with half of Sydney..so Greg ended up taking her in the carrier at the end.. it was so cute!!

img_2914Overall everything has been going great with Ava! She had her 4 month shots today and screamed the house down. It was so so sad to watch. It’s a public holiday here in Sydney so Greg was able to hold her for her shots.. I still cried like a baby (even though I stepped out of the room).

She had her first try of rice cereal yesterday!!! She seemed to enjoy it.. I didn’t exactly know what to do so I made up the recommended amount on the box.. 2.5TBSP of rice cereal to 90ml of water.. yeah.. way to much.. I need to research a recipe that makes half of that.. We gave her half of the rice cereal followed by a 90ml bottle. She slept fine so I think we got a thumbs up on that! (on a side note.. she kept trying to help me put the spoon in her mouth..so I ended up grabbing another spoon for her to play with while I kept using the one I had to feed her)

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Well, this weekend she’s going to be taking the 5th flight of her short 4 month life- we can’t wait for her to meet some of our extended “family” members!!

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P.S. I have a great Lamb Recipe coming to you tomorrow.. followed by a great Raw Banoffee Pie recipe on Thursday!! Trust me..these are two good ones!!!

Baby Ava- 8 weeks on!

Here we are- Ava is 2 months old! We are already seeing so much of a difference with the way she looks and the things she is discovering!

Things she has discovered over the past 4 weeks:

  • Her hands and fingers! Her fingers end up in her mouth a lot!
  • Her non-audible laugh! Ava looks like she’s laughing but there’s no sound yet!
  • Her voice! I am sure she screamed in frustration today..uh oh..

Things she is outgrowing:

  • Her clothes! She’s gone up 2 sizes since birth!
  • Her sleeping bags! She’ll outgrow the last one I have in about 500grams!
  • Her bassinet! She is almost too long for bassinet, so the transition to the cot will be soon!
  • Her capsule pram. We’ve switched over to the normal pram seat, from the capsule (tear)..

Things we’re thankful for:

  • Her sleeping and eating patterns! Ava has been sleeping through the night since a few weeks after coming home from hospital!
  • The fact that she’s getting bigger! I have so many cute dresses for her as she gets bigger!!
  • Her beautiful blue eyes that haven’t changed colour yet! We’re hoping they stay blue!

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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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