Luckily, I just went ahead and purchased additional storage for $2 a month, and I learned how to re-size my pictures appropriately (thanks to this awesome blog post over at Texas Chicks Blogs & Pics). So hopefully I won't run into this problem again, because lord knows this mama likes to take pics!
Any other bloggers have this happen? I had no idea I was uploading such huge pictures (resolution-wise that is) all this time! Live and learn I guess.
|"You see these numbers? I'm a big|
|"Can I get a round of applause?!"|
|A closer shot, with some teeth visible...there are 9 now!|
2 of those being molars- yikes!
|Her favorite way to sit right now is cross-legged.|
|Playing with the iPod always makers her |
|As well as this guy...or "Daddeeee!" as she calls him.|
|"This chair is for standing, right?"|
|"Later Mom, I've got stuff to do!"|
What a difference a year makes!
Now that we've gone through the sticker pack, you may be wondering what I've got in store for next year. I still wondering that too myself. I've got some ideas brewing, but I feel like something new. Just this past month she was darn near determined to pull the sticker right off her shirt...so stickers are probably out. And And keeping her in one spot and sitting, well, you saw how that went! So since I want to continue posting monthly updates for at least the next year, I'm going to be trying some new things for our photo shoot. Stay tuned next month to see what I decide on, or what Avery decides on for me!
Now onto her stats for the months. Nothing major here. In fact both her height and weight stayed the same from last month, which I consider to be good because with her now walking (everywhere) I bet she's burning a lot more calories than before, but yet her weight seems to be staying stable. Kind of crazy to think that back when she was born she was 8 lbs. 21 inches!
So I only found it fitting to re-take the picture of us on the bed, just like we were a year earlier (only this time we took it much earlier in the day...as opposed to around midnight when it was taken on her "birth-day").
Speaking of changes that have taken place in the past year, let's talk about my body. That sounds lovely. But if you've followed my blog, you know I've posted about this topic before. I was curious what my body would look like while pregnant and especially after I had Avery. How long would it take to go back to normal? Would there even be a normal? Here's some pictures to show the changes.
|"I'm done with photo shoots Mom!"|
In case you want the numbers recap, here you go:
Weight gain during pregnancy: 25 lbs.
1 week after: lost 20 lbs
6 weeks after: lost 5 lbs
6 months after: lost 11 lbs
1 year after: lost 4 lbs
Total loss: 40 lbs
|12 months after birth|
Moving on to some fun stuff...this past month, Avery got to celebrate Easter. It all started with a little bunny fun (as you may remember on this post). And although I was in full-Birthday planning mode, I did manage to do a little Easter decorating around the house, my new favorite thing to do.
|Bunny figure from Hobby Lobby|
|Egg wreath (love!) from JoAnn Fabrics|
|With Grandma Karen and Uncle Austin|
Now our monthly posts would not be complete without one of my New Year's Resolution's to complete one Pinterest-craft a month.To be honest, I've got no trouble completing this resolution because I love crafts! Right now I've probably got about 5-10 crafts that I'd love to do if I had the time. Even worse, every time I go to Hobby Lobby, I seem to find inspiration or materials for some new craft I want to make. Anyone else get bit by the "craft bug?"
Moving on to this month's craft, it's an ode to our dogs, Jackson and Jilly...I'll call the craft:
"Dog Love Frames"
I don't know about you, but we sure love our dogs. I wanted a special way to honor them and show our love for them in a decorative kind of way.
My Pinterest-inspiration: Dog foot print frames.
The Before Pictures: Here's where I wanted to put them, this side wall where my dining room connects to the kitchen (on the right) and my living room (on the left). This is the dog's spot. We keep their food and water here and I wanted a way to personalize their space a little more.
|Before the "dog love frames"|
|Don't mind Avery just working away in the cabinet, finding|
all kinds of fun stuff to get into!
Wrong. Very, very wrong.
Our dog Jilly, freaked out the second her paw touched that paint and she went running around the kitchen, stamping her foot everywhere. I had a bucket of water nearby to dip her painted paw in afterwards, but on her tailspin away from us she tipped that over and the kitchen was left looking...like a doggy crime scene. I was about to give up on this project completely, but I had already bought the frames so I tried to think of something I could do with them that still involved the dogs.
|I chose these black-outlined 8 x 10 matted frames from Wal-Mart|
for about $10 each.
Pictures...of course! So I found my favorite pictures of them, had them printed in black and white, and then I typed up their names in cool fonts onto some cardstock paper. I mounted the dog pictures onto black paper and then glued them onto the name cardstock.
I attempted this craft with someone close by...
But before I knew it, she was up and walking away...which was good because at least she stopped trying to touch and eat my dog pictures, but bad because I had to chase her down!
In the end, I got the dog pictures mounted, and hung on the wall above the dog food and water bowls. Here's the finished product:
|Some "dog frame love" for Jackson|
|And of course for Jilly as well.|
Anyone else have a favorite craft or decor item to show some love to their dogs or other pets? Share below.
I also followed through on my 2nd New Year's Resolution to go on one date night a month. This month's date...dinner and a movie! Our first date 9 1/2 years ago was to the movies, and we used to go all the time. Since Avery's been born, that's pretty much stopped because it just seemed like so long to be gone (as opposed to just going out to dinner). But we were itching to go see and movie and that's what we did this month. We went and saw 21 Jumpstreet, which although not the greatest movie we've ever seen, it did make us laugh and we had a good time going to see a "real movie". Sometimes just going to the movies is so much better than just watching a Netflix at home.
|Date night at the movies.|
Then we picked up Avery and did a little walking before heading home.
Well of course we had to say "Bye" to the dogs.
|Anytime she even sees something that remotely resembles a |
dog, she'll throw out her pointer finger and yell, "Dog!"
Here's some other fun highlights from the past month:
|Other word she loves to say: "Shoes" which comes out,|
"Chews" or "Dad chews" for Dad's shoes.
|She has become very inquisitive this month too. You can |
ask her a question and she'll raise a hand or two, and
|She has really started showing preferences to things|
she likes and doesn't like. One thing she doesn't like:
the word "no". Say the word to her, and this will happen.
|If she happens to snatch one of our phones, you'll see her|
pretend talking on it. She looks like a busy, business
baby in this pic.
|One and done...moving into her big girl room.|
In case you're ever curious how I get her to look so happy in some of the photos I take of her...well, that's because enlist the help of lots of photo assistants (aka family members and pets)! I couldn't do it without them.
|My family (aka photo assistants) at the O-N-E photo shoot|
in the backyard.