10 months

Our sweet girl is 10 months old today! Welcome to the double digits, Avery!! :) 

As you can see from the pictures above; Avery is literally all over the place and sitting still is NOT an option for this little girl!! I struggled to get a decent 10 month picture of her and the paper obviously didn't stand a chance this month!!

Avery at 10 months old:
-walking with support
-pulling up on everything
-is learning how to clap her hands
-waves "hi" and "bye"
-can sign "more"- it's very similar to clapping her hands
-is a water baby for sure! Whether it's the ocean, pool or bath tub, if you put her in water she is a happy baby!

-has had two accident reports filled out for her at the gym's child care.... in the last month! The first was because she lost her balance and fell into a book shelf. The second (Tuesday Aug 23), was because an older girl hit her in the head with a toy. NOT COOL! 

If you look closely you can see a red line on her head from where she was hit.

-she is all smiles!

-is getting used to independent play time in her pack 'n' play- though she still cries when we first put her in it.
-never sits in her swing anymore...we should probably pack it up
-loves her new convertible car walker!

-separation anxiety is beginning to set in...
-she is still a very content and laid back baby
-mommy and daddy are having to learn how to discipline when it comes to teaching Avery safety around the house because she is into everything!
-learned how to open cabinets and drawers yesterday! Oh Dear.....

Avery is truly a blessing in our lives and we continue to thank God daily for allowing us to be her parents. It's so hard to believe that she will be one year old in just two short months!! Happy 10 months baby girl! We love you!!!!!


SanDestin Triathalon

Chris participated in his first triathalon on Saturday, August 20, 2011. It was such a great day full of lots of energy and excitement. Chris has been training for about 3 months for this race and we cannot believe that it has already come and gone. I think we are both still on a high from the experience. We woke up at 4 am on Saturday morning and were out of our house by 4:50am and on our way over the bridge to SanDestin. Seeing all 800 participants and all of their gear crowded in one area as the sun was rising was really quite a sight. The race began at 6:15am with a half mile swim, followed by a 20 mile bike ride and lastly, a 4 mile run. Chris and five of our friends participated in the triathalon and had all done a practice run the weekend before. Chris had finished his practice run in 2 hours and 15 minutes and therefore set himself a goal of completeing the triathalon in 2 hours or less and I am so proud to announce that he accomplished his goal!!!! Chris swam half a mile, biked 20 miles and ran 4 miles in 1 hour 57 minutes!   I couldn't be more proud of him. As a spectator of the race, I was completely enthralled by the energy and adrenaline surrounding the race. I can't wait for his next race! 

Thank you to Cheryl, Mom, Amanda, Justin, Adriane, Micah and Mrs. Karen for coming to support and cheer Chris on for his first triathalon. We know it was an EARLY morning, but your support means so much to both of us. It was a great morning and we hope you all had as much fun as we did!

Getting set up for his first tri! It's about 5:30am at this point.
Chris' youngest fans! Avery and Micah did SO well for waking up before 5am!

Chris' biggest fans!!!!! 

Chris, Jack and Lachlyne getting ready for their swim

and they're off!

running up the beach to the transition point

Transitioning from the swim to the 20 mile bike-- still feeling good!

Mrs. Karen, Cheryl, Mom, Amanda, Avery, Justin, Adriane and Micah waiting for Chris to come back from his 20 mile bike ride

PT significant others!!
Gwen, Regina, me and Brian cheering on our PT group!

Entertaining themselves...
coming back in from his 20 mile bike ride- he did this in exactly one hour!

Starting the last part of his race! The 4 mile run!!!
off he goes!

We woke Avery up at 4:30am and she stayed awake until the very end. She fell asleep about TWO minutes before Chris finished his race! She was a trooper!

The first of the PT group to finish the race! Here he comes!!!

He was in the second heat, so he really finished in 1 hour 57 minutes!!!

I am SO proud!!!!

Chris and his fan club!

Love this picture of Chris and his mom!
Our family after Chris' first triathalon!!!


as always... you can click on each picture to enlarge it!



Avery is now 9 months old! How crazy is that?!!? I didn't have the same feelings of sadness and shock as I did when she hit the eight month mark, but am definitely well aware that we will have a one year old before we know it. Avery is so much fun at 9 months. She interacts with us (and Bailey) so much more than she used to and has such a wonderful personality-- she could be the definition of the words content and laid back. Seriously. We are so in love with our little girl and continue to thank God for allowing us to be her parents. 
she even tries to eat Bailey.... that's a "no no" in our house!!

Avery's 9 month stats (July 25th):
weight: 16lbs 4oz (25%) 
height: 26.5 in (25%)
Head Circ.: 17in (25%)

She weighs the EXACT same as she did on June 27th- not an ounce more! I'm guessing it is just because she got really active in the last month... I was thrilled to see that her head was now in the 25th percentile after being in the 10th percentile for so long! So, even though she didn't gain any weight I know that she is healthy and growing. 

Things Avery is doing at 9 months:
- scooting all around the house! We call it the army crawl.
- "walking" with help all around the house!
- can get into a sitting position from her belly
- is learning to crawl on her hands and knees
- she and Mommy have begun the weaning process and now only nurses 2 times (morning and night) and takes 2 bottles of frozen breastmilk during the day
- is loving table foods and can feed herself
- is able to grab and hold her food with her thumb and index finger
- has 2 bottom teeth
- wears size 3 diapers
- wears 9 month clothes from Carters and 6-12 month clothes from most other shops! She has always been right on par with clothing sizes for her age.
- waves hi and bye (though not every time)
- clapped her hands for the first time on July 31st
- thinks Bailey's toys are more fun than her own... GROSS!!
- she is learning to enjoy playing in her pack n play throughout the day
- would rather be standing/walking than sitting or lying down
- is ALWAYS on the go- seriously, we never stop!
- went to story time at the library for the first time
- played at the children's park 

going down the slide with her friend, Kate!
so much fun!!! They are going to be great friends!

- finds the washer and dryer to be really fasinating and entertaining.


Happy 9 months little monkey!! Mommy and Daddy love you very much!