The Peeks and Boos of Averey at Nine Months Old

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Nine months old. I’ll let that sink in a bit.

Yeah.

Hard to believe, isn’t it? This girl is in flirting distance of her ONE YEAR Birthday. What?!

She is on the brink of cruising, crawling, and yes, walking. Gulp!

It is astounding how quickly this is all happening. I think God’s sense humor is a little twisted. He is playing a cruel joke on all the Grandmas’ out there.

Oh, hey! You down there? Yes, you. The one old enough to be a Grandmother? You know…because your child has grown up enough to be a MOTHER of her own. Well, guess what? As fast as your kid grew up, her kid is going to grow up even faster! Isn’t that fun?!?! Weeeeee! Try to keep up Granny! HA HA HA!

So, yeah, funny guy. He gives us this little glimpse of heaven in the form of an infant, then speeds it all up in a flurry of baby rolls and gummy grins.

She is worth every second though. Each moment I spend with her, I can’t wait for the next. Then I have to go back and cherish the ones I had. I just don’t want to miss them or rush past them. Such is the life of being a Grandma.

And cute baby is still very small (only about 16lbs). She wears six month clothes (and newborn shoes). But still so much bigger than the 5lbs she started with.

We have taken her photo every month. We plan the outfits and the settings. We pick a date and marvel over the time zooming by.

It is fun and quite precious.

This month, I want to share the peeks and boos of baby Averey at nine months old.

Peeks.

She loves to clap.

And with great joy. Happy clapping with lots of smiles.

Averey waves (although not always on command).

She squeals in a freakishly high girly voice and she hums.

Says, “DaDa, MaMa, Lala and Haha.”

She moves to the beat when a good song comes on.

She loves selfies on her Mama’s iPhone.

She is more mobile than ever going from tummy to back, back to front, from sitting to belly, and belly to sitting. This girl is starting to figure it all out. Pulling up does happen once and again, too.

Averey loves to eat bananas.

She clicks her tongue and squints her eyes.

She laughs when you say, “Ouch!” Hmmmm…this one scares me a bit.

She loves silly songs and seeing herself in the mirror.

Boos.

She does NOT love shoes.

She does NOT love apricots.

She does NOT love hats.

She, especially, does NOT love naps.

She doesn’t want to miss a thing. Not even to sleep. Her eyes are going every second.

But of course, out of all her peeks and all her boos, there is one thing that always makes me smile the biggest.

Averey’s adoration of her Auntie Bri.

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I’d say nine months have bonded them for life.

Looking forward to the next nine.

Happy Wednesday!

Signs of an Art Deco Child

When children find a full roll of butcher block paper…

When they wake up about two hours before you do…

When the art cabinet is in the kitchen…

When you find pieces of tape, paper, and markers…

When you find works of art displayed on their bedroom door…

Well then…

You just might have an art deco child…or two.

And maybe, it’s not the definition for “art deco” in your home. But it is certainly the definition and style of ours.

The girls erected this sign for their door.
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Impressive isn’t it? See the girls decided their bedroom door needed a sign. The first sign said Bri’s Room. And since Molly and Bridget share a room? Well….Molly was not so happy about that.

So, she made her own sign which, of course, included her sister. Because she is sweet correct like that.

Now you might see a sign for the bedroom door, or you might see a work of art, or maybe you see a few stories or two.

Whatever you might see….

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You have to give them an A for vocabulary and points for the extra notations. Those embellishes just make it so much more…

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I’m sure there will be more signs before the butcher block paper meets its end.

Until then, we will continue to look in wonder at a child’s art deco display.

Silly girls.

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and Dude Mom.

Oh, Halloween with Your Scary Movies and Pesky Treaters

I just had to share some cuteness from the holiday. Technically pre-holiday since some I took on Averey’s two month photo shoot.

Halloween night Jason went trick or treating with the girls (and Fred the Cat) while I worked til dark. And after work, I tackled some photo edits. The all-women’s photography group I started with five other women over a year ago called, Chics Who Click, sponsored the photography for The North Texas Buddy Walk. I got back into town on a Friday night from Milwaukee and shot the event the next morning. *That* is a whole ‘nother blog post, but one of the reasons I was on the computer and not handing out candy (a very good reason!).

Finally, I get to sit in the living room for the first time about 8pm. I flipped on the TV for some non-thinking time and somehow get sucked in to watching Mama – in the dark – all by myself. My daughter so kindly texted me her advice to NOT watch it alone. *cry!*

Too late.

So now, I get to sleep with the flashlight next to my bed. Thanks Mama!

And now for that cuteness I promised you….

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I warned you about her cuteness. I could barely stand to put her down to take her photos. I’d rather hold her and talk to her, but someone has to photograph this baby. Might as well be Grammy.

On the same day as her two-month old photo shoot, we stopped at a little pumpkin patch off the side of the road. I thought…wouldn’t it be cute to get her photo with lots of pumpkins?

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Oh sure……

It is absolutely darling and Bridget is such a good little Auntie and holds her just perfectly.

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After a few clicks, the show was over and baby wanted nothing to do with any pumpkins. Or Halloween. Or Pirate ladies that worked there wanting some baby snuggles. Or buying pumpkins. Or being held over a pumpkin. Or letting both Aunties hold her while I got a picture in the pumpkins of all of them. Nope none of that.

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And when the talent is not happy, ain’t nobody happy.

Not to worry. I picked her right up and held her close. A little rock and little sway and this grand girl was just fine.

And no more pumpkin patches…..for a year anyway.

Hope you all had a wonderful Halloween. We are heading to Oklahoma tomorrow to see my Mom and take a four generational photo. Any guesses on who will be the star of the shoot?

All I can say is…… more baby time for Grammy!

Tales From the Crib

While we are waiting for baby, I thought I would share with you the current nursery room occupants. They are quite the helpers keeping all the places comfy cozy for Baby Averey’s arrival.

It is doubtful they are completely innocent as I am pretty sure I heard the Baby Einstein fish aquarium playing one quiet afternoon. The bubbles and piano notes are hard to miss.

Of course, when I enter the room, not a peep from these players.

They have not only taken up residency in the nursery, but in the pack and play as well.

I hate to tell them their cushy days are numbered, so I guess until then, we will let them live like the babies they want to be.

And I am sure Baby Averey won’t mind sharing when she gets here.

Isn’t it fun?

***No stuffed animals were harmed or put in time out for the making of this post. The dolls and toys may have been placed purposely by two excited young aunties, ages 7 & 9. I believe they were “practicing”.