Sweet Avery Faith,
Your middle name is Faith because I didn’t know I was pregnant with you until I was half way done! I felt you kicking in my tummy and that’s how I knew I was pregnant! Nonna and Poppa were visiting and they went with us to the doctor when we found out I was 20 weeks and 5 days. That will always be a part of your unique story in our family. Always remember that sometimes we don’t see what God is working behind the scenes. My labor with you was interesting because you came out posterior, facing up instead of down! You were 9 lbs 1 oz and beautiful as can be.
You rolled over for the first time when Mimi and Doowah were here just after your 5 month birthday. You love to have your head up when you’re getting your diaper changed so you have really strong abs. Everyone laughed so much at how you would plank yourself and refuse to lay your head down when on your back. You spit up all the time until you were about 8 months and you always had to wear a bib. We did laundry almost every day! You LOVED to be swaddled for sleeping as a baby, and we didn’t wean you off of your swaddle until you started rolling over. You got your first teeth on the bottom at 6 months and your top ones came through after your 9 month check up.
Everyone was so impressed with how fast (speed) you crawled! You love to chase your sister around the house and you laugh and laugh when she plays with you. After Ella’s nap I bring you in to her bed and you guys play and giggle and I can hear it wherever I am in the house. I love that when I’m in the kitchen cooking you will tug on my leg and climb up to stand next to me. You’re my little kitchen buddy when Ella is sleeping. Your daddy and I laugh every time we open the dishwasher because no matter where you are in the house you are like a moth to a flame and come crawling around the corner to try to get into things you aren’t supposed to be into!
You LOVE to roll over when you’re getting your diaper changed and you also are quick with your hands so we have to be careful! You started playing peekaboo at about 10 months, and started signing “all done” and “more” at about 11 ½ months. You waved goodbye for the first time also around then, and learned to clap when Baby Claire Stevens came over and taught you how.
The biggest challenge we have had with you is your nighttime sleep. The only baby we had to compare to was Ella though, and she was extremely early and consistent in sleeping through the night. You have been so especially sensitive to being over-tired! If you don’t get enough sleep in the daytime you like to wake up at night and cry really loud. Luckily your sister is a hard sleeper and usually doesn’t even stir when we get you out of the room. You would get on these habits or routines of waking up in the middle of the night and I’d have to nurse you to get you to go back to bed. You did it from about 6-8 months, then again from 9-10 months, then again from 10 ½ to 11 ½ months! And we tried everything! There is a limit to how much we can let you cry because you are in Ella’s room. But we finally figured something out that might have made a difference. We padded your pack and play more and it seems to be helping. You have been doing great ever since then. So happy birthday, you got a comfortable bed to sleep on, poor thing! What if that was it all along! I don’t know, but I’m glad for all our sakes that its working so far. To your daddys credit, he did mention that to me months ago and your hard-headed mommy didn’t listen. But now I think he was right! I do best when I just listen to him and do what he says. You probably will too, little princess.
One of the things we’ve enjoyed most about you is your eating! You will eat anything we give you and you don’t really refuse anything except sometimes baby food because you want what’s on our plates! You love avocado, eggs, and banana especially.
You started walking just a week or two before your one year birthday, and you are certain you are talking, though you don’t have any words yet. Often you repeat things with the same general sounds and the same number of syllables, like “bubble” and “daddy.”
I love how you cuddle. You’ll lay your head down on my chest or on my shoulder just to take a little rest and I love the shape of your mouth, its like a little rosebud. One of my absolute favorite things that you do is squeal and do this crazy head shake when I’m on the floor chasing you. You have so much excitement and joy you can’t contain it.
You are such a blessing to our family. I can’t wait to see what your first word will be, what you will look like when you are two years old, and where life takes you. You are loved more than you could ever know. I can’t imagine life without you. You light up my world, little A-Bear.