29 October 2009

Capping off the outfit

Besides the Nike thing, Chris also has a hat thing. He loves to wear hats, often making sure they match his outfits. But it's the type of hat that's important, too. He mostly wears hats that support his favorite sports teams. (And I have to admit here that I like to wear hats, too. I'm just not as obsessive about it as Chris!) So when Chris recently found two cheap child-sized hats, he had to buy them for Avery. She probably won't fit into this hat until next football season. But a Colts hat she will outgrow in a few years is a lot less expensive than a Colts jersey-onesie she'll wear for only a few months! Even though this is a cute hat, Daddy will be sure to buy an official cream and crimson hat in the near future! Let's hope Avery likes to wear hats. So far so good!

No more Fred Mertz pants

After nearly eight months of using cloth diapers almost exclusively, we've decided to move to disposable diapers. The cloth diapers have been wonderful, and the experience was much better than I even expected, thanks to Toasty Baby and its weekly diaper service. (It's funny to think that about a year ago, I had to convince Chris to try cloth diapers. But now he's a firm believer, too!) But recently we've experienced a few problems. One of the main reasons we won't use cloth anymore is the smell of the soiled diapers in the nursery. We've tried several methods to remove or reduce the odor but haven't found one that works well all of the time. The odor is getting too much to bear, and it's probably not good for Avery's lungs either. A cosmetic side effect of the bulky cloth diapers is that Avery's clothes don't fit very well. Many of her pants are too tight around her rear end yet are too long for her legs. It's just not a good fashion statement! Aunt Karen says Avery has Fred Mertz pants. Just take a look at the evidence:

The size and bulk of the cloth diapers also make it difficult to pack and transport them in our diaper bag. While I'm feeling a little guilty about making this change, I know it's the right thing for us right now. We prevented eight months of disposable diapers from going to the landfills, so there's our contribution to a greener environment! I wouldn't hesitate using cloth diapers in the future, especially with a weekly service. If you're considering cloth diapers and live in the Indy area, I can't rave enough about Toasty Baby. They have excellent products, prices and customer service. I'm so glad we found them!

26 October 2009

I ♥ Faces - Halloween Dress-Up

This week's photo challenge at I ♥ Faces is Halloween Dress-Up. Here's my (first ever!) entry: little miss Avery in her first Halloween costume. I was debating whether to buy a Halloween costume, since at 8 months old, Avery won't remember this year's festivities at all. But then I figured that the grandmas wouldn't be too happy seeing Avery in only a Halloween onesie! So when I found this adorable lady bug costume, I knew it was the right costume for her. You'll see more pictures this weekend. Consider this your sneak peek! Check out the other entries at I ♥ Faces.

24 October 2009

Eight months old

Our little baby is eight months old! And, as is our tradition now, here are some outtake pictures. After we took Avery's milestone picture, she and Daddy had a little upside down fun.

Carrots: It's what's for dinner

We decided it was time for Avery to try "real" baby food last week. Our first attempt was carrots. At first, she wasn't too sure about this new stuff. But then she caught on and loved them.

Since then, we've also tried squash and peas. She loves all of them!

21 October 2009

Fun with family

We recently had a great visit with my aunt and uncle from Boise. Unfortunately, I didn't get a lot of pictures with them! I'll steal a few from my parents to share with you later. Lately Avery has loved stacking these cups. But more fun than stacking them is knocking them down. Here, Aunt Ann tries to explain to Avery that she shouldn't knock them down so quickly. She should enjoy their beauty and splendor. Grandma Hromada always can make Avery smile. She was sitting in front of Grandma and flung herself back into her lap. Such fun! And Aunt Karen got to feed cereal to Avery for the first time. Look at how excited she is to eat that cereal! Open wide! Such a cute face, even when it's covered with cereal.

04 October 2009

Applauding a good doctor's appointment

Yesterday Avery had her six-month doctor's appointment (even though she's well past her six-month birthday!). Here are her stats: Weight - 15 pounds, 10.5 ounces (25th percentile) Length - 24.5 inches (5th percentile) She really shot up the weight chart since our last appointment! Last time, the doctor was concerned about Avery's head size. Even though she still has a pretty small head, the doctor isn't quite as concerned since it definitely is growing. She got her last round of shots until she turns 1 year old. I'm very grateful that the shots don't seem to bother her, but I'm glad we will skip the trauma of the whole process at her nine-month appointment. The doctor said we can start feeding jarred baby food now. So I bought a few different flavors at the grocery. Keep watching the blog over the next few weeks to see what are sure to be some interesting photos and videos of her trying some new foods! The doctor also told us to add childproofing to our to-do list because soon Avery will be crawling and pulling herself up on furniture. As exciting as that will be, I'm just not ready for my little girl to be mobile! Also yesterday, she met a new milestone. She started clapping! But she isn't making any noise yet. It's still very cute to watch her:
This is going to be an exciting week! My aunt and uncle from Boise are coming to visit for a week. We'll be excited to see them, since it's been about three or four years since we last visited them in Boise. But I know the real reason they'll be here is to meet their one and only great-niece!