fun things about Avery

I admit- I've been TERRIBLE about blogging lately. I am so amazed that my friends can keep up with their blogs so well because I'm finding it very difficult!

Avery amazes me every day. She is quite possibly the smartest toddler I know. She remembers everything and knows just what I need and when I need it. If only I could get her to listen and obey the very first time.....

Seriously, she is my biggest helper when it comes to her little sister. If Kinsley spits up, Avery is looking for a burp cloth before I can even process what happened. She is such a loving and caring big sister and I look forward to the day I can sit back and watch our girls interact together. Her nurturing personality is also reflected in the HOURS she spends feeding her baby dolls and changing their diapers.

She can sing her ABC's and is consistent with the letters she does know! I'm pretty sure it goes a little something like this: "abcfgjkopqrstvwxyz now abc's next time sing ME!" She also loves "the wheels on the bus go round and round" and every time we get in the car she begs me to turn it on.
We also sing "Jesus loves the little Children" each night before bed and I love that she makes me add "pink" in the song. so our version goes a little like "red and yellow, black and white and pink! they are precious in his sight....." It will be one of my favorite memories, I'm sure.

The girl is a climber! I find her in Kinsley's crib all of the time... thankfully only once have I found her in there while Kinsley was actually in there. The other day she was playing in her room and I thought she was a little too quiet ( never a good sign) so I went to check on her and found her sitting on her changing table with every bottle of butt paste and the hand sanitizer in her lap.

Oh yeah- and last week we found her naked in her bed covered in baby powder and hand sanitizer... this was almost an hour after we had put her down for the night. Apparently she is into trying to change her own diapers.

We were almost potty trained back in the fall and then found ourselves back in diapers after being sick. Well, this week she is showing a little more interest in the potty again. Still not as much as I would prefer, but at least it's something.

She loves to "work out" with daddy. She will do (her version) lunges, push ups, planks, and downward dog . She loves to run and be outside so I will be glad when this cold and rainy weather goes away.

Avery loves to get her hair cut and sits so nicely for whoever is cutting her hair.

Finally lets me put her hair up.... and actually has enough hair for pig tails!!!
She gives the best hugs and kisses and melts my heart when she says "I love you"

She is my pride and joy. I wish time would slow down (except for the times she is a defiant and testing two year old.... those times can fly right on by! hahaha)

K: 8 months

I'm finding it so hard to believe that our baby girl is 8 months old... we'll be planning her first birthday party before we know it! She is still my little baby and I'm clearly trying to keep her that way. I am not sure quite how to describe it, but it's a different feeling than I had with Avery. Not that either one is good or bad, it's just different. I guess since I have a two year old, my 8 month old just seems so much younger. I've had a tendency to always think Avery is ready for the next step or I have too high of expectations for her because I am learning and growing with her.... but I seem to do things slower with Kinsley and I don't have the same expectations for her as I did for Avery when she was 8  months old. It's a weird feeling and I'm sure I'm not conveying myself properly....

Anywho- Kinsley is 8 months old! She is the happiest baby and rarely cries. With the lack of crying comes the most adorable toothless grin. I could just eat her up! :)

- Speaking of toothless grins.... she got her first tooth on Feb 19th, just two days before her 8 month birthday and her second tooth came on the 23rd- two days after she turned 8 months. Needless to say, this has been a miserable week. She has been running a fever since Wednesday and therefore receives pain/fever reducer medication every 6-8 hours which she is not a fan of. Having 2 teeth come in at once  means she sleeps more, eats less and cries a lot and is full of drainage. I miss my happy little baby...... and feel so bad that I can't do much to help her.

- K loves to play with her big sister and my favorite thing to do is to watch Avery make Kinsley laugh. It truly warms my heart.

- Hasn't slept in a sleep sack in a few weeks!

- Always sleeps with two (or three) pacifiers in her crib and her pink giraffe from Aunt Amanda.

- Loves to sit in the bath tub like a big girl and gets so excited when we turn the water on to start bath time.... her little legs just kick kick kick in excitement

- reaches for EVERYTHING

- has tried cheerios, puffs and mum mums, but still hasn't quite mastered the task of feeding them to herself much.

- pulls on mine or Avery's hair constantly and gives the sweetest wet and slobbery kisses.

- wants to crawl so badly, but every time she tries to get on her hands and knees from a sitting position she face plants.

- spent her first night away from mommy when she was 7.5 months old and then her 2nd night away from mommy 2 nights after she turned 8 months old.... obviously it was much harder on me than her!

- was baptized on February 17th by Rev. Greg McKinnon... just a few days before her 8 month birthday.

- is squeezing into 6 month clothing. Most of her 9 month wardrobe consists of spring time apparell and I'm too cheap to by 9 month winter clothes that she will only be able to wear for another couple of weeks... even though she deperately needs to be in 9 month clothing.

- wears size 3 diapers

Mommy and Daddy love you so very much, Kinsley Rae. You are the happiest little girl and you bring so much joy into our lives. God has truly blessed us with two very special little girls and my heart is so full of love for them that words cannot express just how much they mean to me.

I will try to post pictures soon, but apparently I have run out of storage space on the blog and need to figure out how to fix that.....