25 May 2009

A May tradition

Chris has mentioned how glad he is that I like sports. Otherwise, he said he probably wouldn't have married me. I'm especially glad that we share a love of motorsports, particularly open-wheel racing. So it's no surprise that we've been to a lot of races together. The Indy 500, of course, is our favorite race. Each year, Chris hopes someone offers him some unused tickets or searches all over eBay for a good deal. And then he's disappointed when he can't go to the race, even though he still loves listening to it on the radio. So this year Chris finally decided to put his name on the list for season tickets to the race. We were excited that we got our first choice in the Southwest Vista, coming out of the first turn. We didn't realize how great our seats are until we got there. Not only are we one row from the top, we can see the cars coming off the front stretch, going through turns one and two and entering the backstretch. We even can see a bit of turn three, the short chute and turn four. We couldn't ask for a better view! I think our grandchildren will be using these tickets because we won't be giving these up for anything. I was kind of disappointed with yesterday's race. With such a tightly competitive field, I had hoped for a more exciting race. But we still had a great time because I'm glad to be at any Indy 500! Current members of the military displayed this flag during the pre-race festivities. The flyover featured two B-25 bombers from World War II. Helio, Briscoe and Dario on the pace lap. Danica on the pace lap. After his crash, Matos ended up right in front of our stands.

15 May 2009

Thoughts on the first 12 weeks

I was blessed to have 12 fun-filled weeks with my precious Avery. Unfortunately, my maternity leave officially ends today, and I'll return to work on Monday. I guess it had to happen eventually! I'm so glad I had this time to get to know Avery. Sometimes we struggled. I had difficulties establishing a schedule and completing tasks on my daily to-do list, things that I never had a problem with in my life before Avery. Avery rebelled against taking naps, and she didn't like it when she wasn't being held all day, every day. (She already likes to be the center of attention!) But I was able to share so many happy moments with my little girl. This time will always hold a special place in my heart. Chris was such a supportive husband. Before Avery was born, he insisted that I take the full 12-week maternity leave because he knew how important that time would be for both me and Avery. (And I'm so grateful that he spent the first two weeks with us!) I know there were days when he was frustrated with me and wondered what we did all day since I obviously hadn't accomplished anything by the time he got home in the evening. But he understood that any day spent with Avery was a productive day! I'm sure the first few weeks back at work will be tough. It will help to know that family will be watching Avery for the foreseeable future. I imagine it would be harder for me to send her to a day care facility with people I don't know! When I get frustrated or stressed or wonder if I made the right decision to return to work, I'll just think of the smiles and coos Avery has waiting for me at home. And I'll remember that I'm working to provide a better life for her. We'd appreciate your prayers for these items over the next few weeks:
  • Pray that Avery will adjust quickly and easily to other people watching her during the day. Pray that she will stick to a schedule each day.
  • Lately Avery has been pretty grumpy in the evenings! So pray that she will be in a pleasant mood during the evenings to make our time as a family more enjoyable and less stressful.
  • Pray that Teresa will have a cooperative, loving attitude at work.
  • Pray that Teresa's supply can keep up with Avery's feeding demand.
  • Pray that Chris will have the right words to comfort and encourage Teresa.

11 May 2009

My first Mother's Day

Yesterday was such a special day since it was my first Mother's Day as a mother. Chris and Avery surprised me with a beautiful heart-shaped amethyst pendant, which is Avery's birthstone. I recently was thinking that I wanted a piece of jewelry with Avery's birthstone, and I guess Chris was thinking the same thing! We spent part of the day with my parents and sister and part of the day with Chris' parents. Avery was cranky on and off all day. But whenever she was in a good mood, we all were trying to get her to laugh again. Unfortunately, we didn't succeed. But we got to see plenty of smiles and hear a lot of goos and coos! Here is the day in pictures:

09 May 2009

She laughed!

Avery finally laughed today! Daddy was dancing around like a mad man to celebrate a spectacular achievement on Wii. And Avery thought he was pretty funny, so she laughed a little. Daddy started dancing harder, and Avery laughed harder. What a wonderful day-before-Mother's-Day present for me! Don't worry...we'll try our best to get her to laugh on video!

05 May 2009

Two-month appointment

Avery had her two-month appointment this morning. She's one healthy girl! Weight - 9 lbs., 7.5 oz., which is the 10th percentile (7 lbs., 10 oz. at birth) Length - 21 3/4 inches, which is the 10th percentile (19 inches at birth) She got three shots today as well as an oral vaccine. She did a great job with everything. And I'm completely surprised that I didn't cry at all! Chris was very brave, too. He had the task of holding down Avery. Here are Avery's war wounds: Since she's doing so great, our next appointment isn't until July!

01 May 2009

Dedicated to God

Last Saturday night, we dedicated Avery's life to God at our church's baby dedication ceremony. We also dedicated ourselves as parents to raising her in a Christian home with God as the center of our family. We were blessed to have several family members witness our commitment. As a gift, Avery received her first Bible, a tiny New Testament, as well as a special letter from our children's pastor that she will open on her 13th birthday. We are so glad to attend a church that puts such an emphasis on children's programming. Although as her parents we are her first teachers and best spiritual role models, we know that she will learn a lot about God at church as well. We're looking forward to Avery being a part of Bibleopolis, our church's new children's ministry. We can't wait to see all of the things Avery will learn about God. It will be so exciting to experience God in a new way, through her eyes!