The last several weeks have been beyond hectic for us. We are currently staying with my sister and brother-in-law (so thankful that they have graciously shared their home with us) and are desperately trying to get our house finished so we can move in and let Dawn and Matt get their lives back to normal as well. It has been a roller coaster ride to say the least. I’ve been spending much of my time on the road everyday driving back and forth from our house being built to my sister’s which is an hour and a half drive. Scott has been driving back and forth as well since all of his customers are in the city.
Avery has been a trooper through this and Scott and I try to make her life seem as normal as possible amongst all the changes. Last week, my youngest sister watched her most of the week since she is out from college and this week, I drove her to school which is quite lengthy so she could get back to her normal routine and I could work, go to doctor appointments in Houston, meet with builder, etc. This isn’t how I imagined spending my holidays but it is the hand we are being dealt due to delays in construction and I’m so thankful for the support of my family and our health that I shouldn’t complain. We just didn’t expect it to be this way but such is life and I’m hopeful we’ll have our home very, very soon (before Christmas), especially since the baby is coming sooner than later.
I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and everything is finally wrapping up so both Scott and I are getting more excited now. It’s converting more and more everyday into a real home rather than a construction site.
As for Avery, I haven’t updated in a long time about what she’s doing nowadays. She is very sharp and amazes us everyday. One of the things I get the biggest kick out of is her love of puzzles. She has always been very good at them and puzzles are one of the few things that really grasp her attention. She has mastered many of the 3-4 year old puzzles that we have gotten her. She loves them all!
She is also pretending which has just started recently where she will eat her pretend ice cream and share with me. She will catch her pretend bird and give it to me and tell me the bird says “Chirp, Chirp” and is yellow. Her imagination has really blossomed which I just love. St. Nick came a few days ago and brought her a few fun things and she now uses the boxes and pretends that she has presents in them. Everything is so magical to children at this age.
Some of the things she loves to do:
-asks on a daily basis to go to the park and we take her often (swinging is her favorite)
-loves to read books before bedtime and memorizes the words so she “reads” (by memory only) parts of the books with me;
-loves to watch Dora and Diego (and I mean loves, loves, loves Dora)
-loves to sing our favorite songs every day “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”, “ABC’s”, “You are My Sunshine” and “Rock-A-Bye Baby”. Those are daily songs she has to sing but she also loves for me to throw in “Avery Had A Little Lamb” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider”
-still wants to be rocked every night which I still find funny because when she was a little baby she hated being rocked so I guess we are making up for it now
-she loves playing match on my Ipad
Funny things she says:
“I love it!”
“Awww, it’s soooo cute!”
Today she said “Of Course!”
“Okee Dokee Smokey!”
“Sorry!” (if she steps on your toes, etc)
“Thank you!” and “Please” are becoming consistent now without prompting
As for Olivia, my doctor says so far everything looks great. She is about 4 lbs now at 31.5 weeks. Avery was born at 8 lb 2 oz. Last weekend, we did the 4D ultrasound which was fun! We got to see Olivia’s face for the first time which was so amazing. I was holding my breath the whole time hoping we would see a healthy baby developing. Though the ultrasound wasn’t as clear as Avery’s was, we did get some pretty good glimpses of her. We will post the video soon. On another note, Olivia is a very, very active baby. Avery was active but Olivia is super active and kicks really hard.
This is my little rider as we have been spending a lot of time in the car recently:
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