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 Shower Gifts

My best friend threw Ava and I the most beautiful Baby Shower a few months ago- we laughed and cried and enjoyed a wonderful afternoon with family and friends! I received so many amazing gifts!! We were truly spoiled..

It’s hard to know what to get a new mum-to-be so I’ve detailed a summary of some of the main (and super useful) gifts we received and have used since we came home from hospital!

There’s a few things that I’ll quickly mention:

  • Bonds Two Zipper Wondersuits- SUPER HELPFUL! There are other brands that have the two-way zipper onesies, but the bonds onesies have little pockets on the wrists and feet which you fold over once you have the onesie on the baby, which act as socks and mittens! It’s an all-in-one outfit!
  • ErgoPouch- There are other brands which I’m sure work great. We were gifted with the Ergo brand which has worked amazing!
  • Bottles- Check the teets on the bottles! We had a problem where Ava was throwing up her bottles, my mum had an ah-ha moment which led us to check the teets- only 1 was a slow flow! Since then I have bought more slow flow teets and she hasn’t spit up a bottle since!
  • Bassinet- If you are going to get one, purchase one that has a removal top bed section. This has been great for bringing Ava downstairs if I don’t want to wake her!
  • New Pajamas for the mum-to-be- It was wonderful to have a new set of pjs to change into after giving birth!

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One- Double zip onesies (Bonds Wondersuit pictured) // Two- Baby Mittens // Three- Singlets (Bonds Chesty Singlets pictured) //Four- ErgoBaby Sleeping Bag // Five- Swaddles (Sheridan baby wras pictured) //Six- Bibs // Seven- Breast Milk Freezer Bags //Eight- Huggies Newborn Starter Pack // Nine- Portacot //Ten- Range of bottles //Eleven- Manual Breast Pump // Twelve- Bassinet //Thirteen- Baby Bouncer // Fourteen- New Pjs for Mum- Top, Bottoms and Slippers // Fifteen- Baby Blanket

Not pictured but a GREAT gift: Nappies, nappies and more nappies!! I am blown away with how many nappies we have gone through!

If you have any questions on specific brands or other items we were gifted please let me know!!