|11 months old|
|4 months old.|
|Quite a change from this big girl.|
Here's the stats for this month. Nothing crazy, height stayed the same, weight went up one pound.
Want to know where all that height is? These long legs like her Dad.
So now those 11 month pictures looked so happy and nice right? Well, as I've said in all my monthly photo shoots, there's always a "highlight of the shoot" and this month's was a meltdown. Oh yeah. We've officially reached the age of meltdowns. That girl knows how to stiffen her body, let out a good scream and let you know that whatever it is you are doing or trying to do to her is not going to happen.
Then things got a little better, until she realized that the sticker on her onesie COULD come off, so she proceeded to try and take it off. In all the 11 months, she's yet to do this. Too funny.
|"Let me just take this thing off."|
So to come save the day, Grandma (aka my photo assistant) brought out Sock Monkey and the two played peek-a-boo as I snapped away.
|A must-have from this month's photo shoot.|
|Curious about those teeth of hers? Well there's 7 of them!|
And it sure seems like some more are on their way.
|The photo shoot ended with smiles all around.|
As you'll see from the pics this month, she's been talking lots. Mainly "d-words" like: dog, dad, duck, do, etc. Mama and other sounds like g's and b's get in there from time to time, as well as happy screams, cranky yells, and lots of giggles. Here's some of her many expressions from a fun afternoon we had at her great-grandparent's house one day.
|With her great-grandparents.|
Other random developments of the month:
|Her hair has been growing a lot!|
|She always has the sweetest look on her face after waking|
up from a nap....I would too probably!
|Curtains are one of her new favorite|
|And those eyes of hers can't quite get any more blue, can they?|
with a party and a holiday this past month. First up was my sister-in-law, Meghann's, Baby Shower.
|Avery and I with the mama-to-be.|
|It's going to be a girl!|
|Avery hung out with her cousin Olivia.|
|And she provided some rockin' party music.|
Later on in the month was a holiday I've never decorated before, but of course I did this year...it was St. Patrick's Day! What can I say, I'm weak at Hobby Lobby...weak I tell you! That place rocks. I didn't go too overboard, just a few little things.
|Decorations from Hobby Lobby.|
|St. Pat's decoration from Kohl's, my|
second favorite holiday decor store.
|"Top of the mornin' to you!"|
|One of the million times we attempted to put it on.|
|Followed by the million times she took it off.|
|All better now that it's off. Sorry Avery, I'll try to stop|
over-accessorizing you...well, maybe! ( :
|My "printable frame" with St. Patrick's Day subway art.|
Here are a few of the subway art/printables I've collected so far. They are all 8 x 10, and I've printed them onto card stock paper.
|Some of my printable collection.|
St. Patrick's Day
Halloween (seen in picture below)
Easter (you'll see it in next month's post)
|I just keep them in this folder and as the holidays change,|
I just change out the printable...simple enough right?
|This is such a fun, easy, and cheap way to decorate it...|
maybe someday I'll make my own subway art? ( :
Speaking of Pinterest crafts, here's mine for this month, EAT letters for a wall in my kitchen. Clearly I must have some type of fascination with words on the wall, since 2 of the 3 "Pinterest crafts of the month" I've done revolve around words on the wall, with "love" in January and now "eat" in March, but it's my style and I'm sticking to it! Anyone else like words on the wall?
Okay well there were many inspiring things in that photo, but I really loved the word EAT on the wall, and I remember seeing those letters at Hobby Lobby.
This next picture from Pinterest gave some more inspiration....
Then after a trip to Hobby Lobby, I picked up my supplies and here's how I made it:
|Picked up the letters from Hobby Lobby for $15 total, they|
were half-off at the time, sweet!
|But since I didn't really want them to stay gold, I knew |
it was time to paint.
|I went "green" with my paint selection |
and tried out this cool
Soy Paint. It worked great!
|To paint the letters, I put some newspaper down on a table,|
rose the letters up with some jar lid rings, and got to
work using a paint brush I borrowed from my crafty mom
(note the green paint on the brush, not from me).
|I did about 3 coats total on the letters to get them nice and black.|
|Getting my "craft on" as I like to say.|
|I put it on the wall that divides my kitchen/dining room |
with our living room.
|See a little someone living up to the word on the wall?|
|"Yeah, we like to EAT in this green house!"|
What's a monthly recap without my other resolution? Date Night. We kept it low-key this month and just went out to eat at one of our favorite local restaurants, La Fuente's. Although it was simple date, it was nice to have a little break and eat dinner without having to clean up Avery's messy high chair, or rush through our meal because she seems like she's "D-O-N-E!"
|Best start to the meal...chips and salsa!|
|My gluten-free, vegan dinner at La Fuente's.|
Our Little Walker: One of the most exciting things in the past month has been watching Avery learn to walk. She went from standing on her own last month, to starting to walk this month. As of her 11 month birthday, she was able to take 5-6 steps on her own but then she'd usually fall to the ground. She walks around most furniture, coffee tables, and couches by holding on with one hand, and when SHE feels ready or excited enough she'll let go and take some steps.
|"Here I come guys."|
|On her way.|
|Still a little wobbly, but getting stronger.|
|Now on to cause some destruction!|
One funny thing about all this moving/walking/crawling is that when she's on any type of tile or hardwood floor, she does not like to crawl on her knees. Instead she takes on this "crab walk" form and trots right along. Kind of her compromise between crawling and walking, until she's gotten better at walking. Sometimes from this she'll move to her knees and then to standing, but the second she hits the carpet, she's up and trying to walk. It's pretty funny.
Here's a few fun shots to close out the post with...
|Breakfast with Daddy, one of her favorite things.|
|Food's gone? Time to make some music.|
|See you guys next month for the much anticipated|
1st Birthday Party!