Ava- 15 months!

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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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I wish I had wings..

A few months ago my niece Mia was told to make a wish when she blew the candle out on her 6th birthday cake. After making this wish she quickly asked us if we wanted to know the wish she made- without missing a beat she told us she wished to grow wings..

..and that my friends is the problem with 90% of the cartoons our kids watch..haha

Poor Mia..we felt bad breaking it to her that humans can’t grow wings..but there are ways around it..kinda..cue the fairy wings and princess wands!

Some of the below items would be super cute for a Fairy or Princess party- they are on the cheaper side as well so definitely affordable if you needed to buy a few.

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One- Fairy Wings // Two- Princess Wand // Three- Wing Singlet // Four- Wing Shoe Clips // Five- Princess Skirt //Six- Crown //Seven- Ballet Shoes //Eight- Flare Onesie

Beautiful Head Pieces

Personally, I don’t look very good in headbands or beanie’s (I think it’s the large Assyrian/Maltese forehead)- but most babies look absolutely adorable- I have probably pinned hundreds of photos of different pieces.

I have started buying a few different head bands and crocheting one or two here and there for baby Ava- I’ll share the crocheted ones in a few days.

Below are a few of my favourite’s I have found (or own!):

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one- baby turban // two- floral crown // three- fairy bow headband // four- ballet headband // five- queenie crown

We actually used a baby headband for our announcement that it was a baby girl!

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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

 

Sporty Baby

Bonds still have a major sale on at the moment so you’ll be able to pick up the leggings for 40% off. As for the Nike shoes- I know they’re a bit of overkill for little kids (and all white!) but we used a cute little pair for our pregnancy announcement so I couldn’t not include them!Sporty Baby

one – baby girls denim dress

two – pearl hair bow

three – nike air max 90 mesh

four – baby bonds stretchies splash floral leggings

Pregnancy announcement below!

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Ballerina Baby

I am loving all the baby girl items I am seeing in stores- below are a few of my favourites that I came across last week!

On a side note it’s incredible that they can charge so much for something so small but this being our first little baby I have definitely turned a little bit of a blind eye to the prices!Ballerina

one – baby girls lurex knit dress

two – baby girls fur vest

three – baby girl’s lyla baby shoe

four – secret garden crown headband

five – baby party tights

(BONDS have a 40% off everything sale at the moment!)