Tuesday, January 25, 2011

It's the 25th, you know what that means!

Birthday post time!
9 months?!?! Can it be? Yup, and 9 months brings a lot of changes for Averie. Here are her marks this month:

Weight: 18 pounds 10 ounces 46th percentile
Height: 28 inches 66th percentile
Head Circumference: 86th percentile (She has the "Payne" big head)

This month has been full of changes. Averie is getting so close to crawling. She scoots backwards and turns in full circles. She has even started getting up on her knees and rocking back and forth. When she is sitting up she will lean forward and get her knees under her. So close, I can't believe it!
With the new independence, comes new things that I am not so fond of.

1. No more snuggling. Averie wants nothing to do with it. In fact, she often wants "down" now.
2. Tantrums. She is so strong now. She kicks and arches her back and screams. Oh boy it is something else when you are used to having a really mellow baby. I am getting through it, but sometimes I get really frustrated with her. I just keep telling myself that she is too young to understand what she is doing and that it is just a phase.
3. Along the line of the tantrums, she gets super mad if you take something away from her that has caught her interest. So be careful if you give her something, you might not get it back! Like this comb for example.

Ok, enough with the negative, she is such a wonderful part of our lives and here are some fun things she is doing!

She is getting to be quite the talker. She makes sounds of pretty much every letter. She still says mom and da da. It is not just me that thinks she is talking. The other day she started getting fussy and said "MMMMOOOMMMM!" My friend that was with me said, "Did she just say Mom?". Yup that's my girl!

Here is a picture of her holding her fingers like I explained in last month's post. Finally got it on camera!
She has started this new thing where she scrunches her nose and blows in and out. It is adorable, but since she has a runny nose, there is snot everywhere. Lovely...

A face only a mother could love? Ha ha. She does the scrunchy nose thing when she smiles too.
She still only has two teeth. They are pretty much all the way up though.
She is terrified of public restrooms. I am pretty sure it started because I was changing her at a restaurant that had one of those automatic toilets. When I moved it flushed super loud. It was one of those super powerful flushers. Averie was hysterical. She was screaming and sobbing. It was so sad. People probably thought I was beating her in the bathroom. Ever since that experience she has started crying when I go into the bathrooms to change her. Poor girl.
Averie has started eating other things besides baby food. She pretty much is the best eater ever. She will eat ANYTHING you put in her mouth. She loves these new baby biscuits we got her. They are a mess though.
Averie, like most babies, loves being naked. I discovered this doing a little photo shoot. I wanted some pictures of her just wearing her leg warmers. The only time she really has been naked is in the tub so I didn't realize that she would think it was the greatest thing ever! I couldn't get very good pictures, as you can tell. She was all over the place. She is such a sweetheart and we just love her so much. I love being a mom and the past nine months have been so much better than the 9 months that I was pregnant! (Well technically 10 months, but who's counting). Thank you little girl for coming to our family! We love you!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

19 Days Down...

from 2011 so far and WOW it has been crazy! So let us talk about the things we have planned between now and May!

First things first, BABIES! Fortunately, I am not having one this year but several of my friends/family are. I am so lucky, I am doing THREE baby showers between now and April. If you need a baby shower, I am your girl! I will be super good at it by the end of this spring. I am so excited for all these little boys to get her for Averie to play with. Yes all three are having boys. It does make planning the showers super easy.

The second thing that I already mentioned in a previous post is my brother's wedding. They are getting married March 14th and you know we will have to plan something fun for Holly.

The third thing and closely most important, is HOUSE HUNTING. I thought it was going to be so much fun. Ya notso much. I am slightly more stressed about it than I thought. Mostly because we haven't decided if we are going to build or buy an existing home. Ryan and Holly are going to be moving into our place after they get married so we have just a couple of months to get moved. I can't wait to have a decision made so I can just relax with this piece of my life.

Remember back a couple of years ago when I was freaking out about my job? Well it all turned out ok and they transferred me to another facility and gave me a different job. Well I just found out that they will be doing the same thing again this year! I am not sure if I will be transferring or what but it is kind of crazy not knowing what is going to happen. I am having a better attitude this time around because everything turned out fine last time and I know, even if it is different, I will be fine again.

Hopefully in the next couple of months we will be going through the temple. Something I am not so stressed about. In fact, it is one of the major things going on that brings me some peace. Phew, I need some peace.

The last major thing we will have coming is Averie's Birthday! Can you believe I'm planning it already? Ha ha. I have lots or cute ideas. Can't wait!

So many exciting things coming up. I can't wait to see how it all turns out.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Meet the Newest Payne

I am so very late posting this, but I have been a super busy crazy person lately. I would like to introduce you all to my new Sister in Law, Holly! Ryan FINALLY proposed to his sweet girl friend. I helped Ryan pick out Holly's ring and I have had the hardest time keeping it a secret. I am so glad that he asked her to marry him and that she said YES! Let the wedding plans begin!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Good Bye 2010!

2010 is over! Can you believe it? It was definitely one of my favorite years so far. I hope that 2011 will be as good to us! We celebrated New Year's with a couple of my friends, Alyssa and Reece, and their husbands, Jeff and Dean.
We had so much fun that night. We munched on goodies all night and played games. It was so fun to have them come over and we definitely need to do it more often!

It wouldn't be a family photo without Brian pulling a face in the first one.The second one wasn't that great of me, but at least Brian doesn't look like a creepo.Just the girls. Love these two!
Brian and Sergeant. He was such a good boy staying up so late with the grown ups.Averie on the other hand, was fast asleep and a complete angel all night.
I am not a big one for New Year's Resolutions, but this year there are a couple a life changing things that I would really like to accomplish.

I would really like our family to go through the temple and be sealed. We have been working very hard at it for the last few months and I am hoping that we will be able to be sealed some time this spring. We are hoping that we will be able to get into a new home this year. We are not sure if we are going to build one or just buy an existing house, but this is definitely the year we want to move. It has been such a stressful decision. Mostly because we cannot sell our town home. We have decided that we are going to keep the town home and rent it out. Now we just need to find a home that will suit us better. I can't wait! Well a new year is an exciting time. I can't wait to see what it has in store for us! Good Bye 2010!