Avery turned one year old last Tuesday, October 25th.  Chris and I cannot believe we are parents of a one year old... are we old enough for that!?! haha. Seriously, though, this last year with Avery has been the most rewarding year of our lives. We are so grateful that God has allowed us to be Avery's parents and we cherish every moment with her.

It's hard to even remember her being this tiny..... 

She looks like such a big girl in this picture... bitter-sweet.

On Avery's first birthday, we went to Chris' clinic to eat lunch with him. They have this awesome outdoor area on the roof of the clinic where we hung out for an hour or so. We didn't really celebrate too much on her actual birthday but had a great party planned for her on Saturday the 29th.

Birthday lunch with Daddy!!!

Things Avery is doing at 1 year old!!!
-eating table foods 3- 4 times a day
-drinking whole milk (3-4times a day)- NO MORE FORMULA!!!
-cruising and crawling everywhere. The girl is constantly on the move.
-she has 4 teeth (top and bottom centrals) with both top laterals about to break through
-is losing her first nail on her right index finger. (We have no idea what she smashed her finger with, but the nail is almost off)
-Still in size 3 diapers
-Wears 12 month and 6-12 month clothing.
-can sign "more" and "All done"
-Waves hi and bye
-says mama and dada, duck, bye bye (sometimes) and Bob (as in Bob the Tomato from Veggie Tales!)
- Loves to play outside and to show us things that she collects

- Met characters for the first time and did surprisingly well- as long as Mommy was holding her! :)
Bob and Larry from the Veggie Tales at our local christian book store
-Doesn't watch much T.V (because Mommy and Daddy won't let her...) but when she does it's usually a Veggie Tales DVD- which she loves! She also watched some of the Lion King with Daddy the other day and was fascinated by all of the vibrant colors.
-is getting brave and will let go of something for a few seconds and stand all by herself... again, it's only for a few seconds before she plops down on her bottom.
-Loves to dance to music 
-Is very ticklish
-Likes to play peek-a-boo or hide and seek around the ottoman in our living room
-Fell into a nightstand while trying to pull up on it... she was a little bruised by her left eye for a day or two...

-can finally hold her bottle on her own!

and prefers to do so while lying on her back and Mommy/Daddy hold her toys over her so she can still look/play with them while eating....
but occassionally she will do this!
STATS at 12 months:

Weight: 17.8 lbs (5-10%)
Length: 28 inches (10-25%)
Head Circ.: 17 1/8 (10-25%)

Avery is still very small and petite and her weight even dropped a curve... The Doctor said it is nothing to worry about but we do need to feed her fatty foods. She is just very active and doesn't have much desire to eat. As long as she continues to grow there is nothing to worry about.

Her 12 month well check-up was quite different than the previous well check-ups. Avery has a much better understanding of what was going on and she started crying.... or screaming, rather.... as soon as we walked into the exam room. I could barely take off her clothes to have her weighed she was so hysterical. We finally calmed her down and then it was time for the shots. FOUR of them... poor thing screamed and screamed. It gets worse. After the shots they sent us to the lab so they could draw blood to check for anemia and lead levels. Apparently this is something new for 1 year olds, but all of my friends said their pediatricians didn't do this for their child.... hmmm???? Anyway, there I am trying to hold Avery still and comfort her while to lab techs are trying to stick the inside of her elbow to draw blood. YEAH RIGHT! She was hysterical and after trying to draw blood from both arms they concluded that she was too stiff and upset and that we should go back in a month to try again.... I felt horrible for my sweet baby girl. I'm sure she felt tortured and will refuse to even go into the building next time we are there! She was asleep in the car before we even got home. Poor thing.

Happy first birthday sweet girl- we love you more than words can express and are so very proud of you! We have all come a long way in this past year and look forward to many many many more years to come!


Kimberly and Jordan said...

I love Avery's bow! I can't believe she's one as well. Our anemia was optional and I didn't want to do it. Can't wait to see yall'!

The Sanders said...

Bummer about the rough doctor's visit! Janna had the same blood work stuff done too, so you're not alone. My pediatrician said we could do it anytime between 12 and 18 months (I think). I just went ahead and did it while we were there for the 12 month b/c I didn't want to make another appt. Anyway, it's no fun either way. Sorry you have to go back and try again!

Can't believe she's already one...and so cute!