Ava you have quite the personality my dear. You absolutely LOVE people! You are always smiling and waving at everyone you see. If someone doesn't give you that attention you immediately start doing your fake cough (it cracks me up!) until they acknowledge you! You LOVE to hear yourself talk and of course your first words were "Da da". I wasn't hurt for very long because shortly after you started saying "ma ma" and you say that WAY more now than da da! ;)
You are such a good girl when we go out to eat now! Although we definitely have to start strapping you into the high chair because you will turn completely around to see what is going on at the table behind you! Thats probably where we got your other nickname "nosy rosy" from. In the evening you are at your wildest. You love to climb all over us and love to attack my face ;) You started giving me kisses and they absolutely melt my heart! I LOVE how your cheeks take over your face when you give us that HUGE grin of yours! We just want to eat you up we love you so!
Clothing: Our big girl is 21 lbs and is wearing size 4 diapers and 12 month clothing (Some even 12-18mth clothing)!
Feeding: We are down to breastfeeding 2 times a day (in the morning, night and occasionally once in the afternoon) otherwise she gets a bottle of formula. I didn't think I would be doing it for so long but now its a breeze. Its those first few months that were draining. As for formula we're using Earths Best and it works well for her. Miss Ava LOVES to feed herself and let me tell you she definitely ends up wearing more than she is eating. I still make some of her meals with the Baby Cook but we are also using Plums Organics that come in the squeezable pouches. They are awesome! I love the different types of food they put in them and they don't make as much of a mess as the traditional containers. They are super convenient and highly recommend. As far as meats we've introduced turkey, chicken and salmon and she gobbles them up!`
Sleeping: Ava started sleeping through the night around 5.5 months. She goes to bed around 6:30 or 7:00 and wakes up around 7:00am. When we were back east she slept so badly. We had her in a crib but she was back to waking up twice a night! Man I did not miss that! Thankfully now that we are home she transitioned right back into her routine. So THANKFUL for that!
Milestones: Ava has her two bottom teeth but the top two are making their way in as we speak. Teething was in HIGH gear on our flight back from the east coast which was not fun but we made it! (Update traveling with baby post to come soon!). She is cursing everywhere and transitions herself from the couch to table to chair etc etc. She also walks all the way around our coffee table while holding on it. I think this child will be walking in no time! That being said we have entered the land of bumps and bruises! I have been using a product from Whole Foods called Arnicare (my sister in law recommended) and it seems to help with all the little bumps she accumulates along the way! Definitely check it out if you're in that stage as well!
*In a previous post I mentioned we really liked the maple teething biscuits from Whole Foods. I wanted to let you know we had a choking scare with those so PLEASE be careful if you ended up purchasing them. It scared me enough that we won't be giving those to Ava again or at least until she has more teeth.