Ava’s 2-yr check-up and other updates

I took Ava to the doctor for her two-year check-up yesterday. Other than having to wait a long time, it all went well. She’s healthy as can be and impressed Dr. S with her vocabulary, sentences and organization. She’s up to 34 1/2 inches tall (75th percentile) and 32 1/2 lbs. (95th percentile). I really thought she might drop on the weight charts a bit now that she’s getting taller and isn’t nearly as chunky as she was as a babe, but nope.

She got another DTaP shot yesterday which she won’t need again until she’s 4 years old, and didn’t even bat an eye. She’s such a trooper. So she’s now current on both her DTaP and Polio vaxes even though we didn’t start them until she was 12 months (and then went back for regular nurse visits to get her shots). I’m pretty happy with how that all worked out and I imagine we’ll do the same thing for baby boy.

We talked a bit about the MMR shot and whether or not the dr’s office can get it divided into three separate shots – the Measles, the Mumps, and the Rubella all separated – (which is how I prefer they be administered to her), to which Dr. S replied “no” and she doesn’t even know if they exist like that. Well, I’m pretty sure they do because other people’s doctors have said they could special order them that way. Anyway, for now we will just hold off until I can find more information.

The fourth of July was fun. We had our friends over for dinner and drinks. Well, they brought the booze. I mixed up pina coladas for them and Jody, and had a virgin one myself. We tried to catch the fireworks by walking a couple blocks from our house, but didn’t get out there ’til they were ending. Bummer. :( We did watch the neighbors set some off in the street though and that was semi-entertaining until Ava decided it was “too noisy” and wanted to go in.

It was nice having Jody off for four days in a row, with no big plans. I could get used to that.

Today Ava and I did our long walk to the park, where we hung out for a while – having lunch and playing. We saw a big crane (bird) in the lake there and Ava found one of it’s feathers which she used as a broom to sweep the rocks. We also looked at dog and human footprints hardened in the mud by the water. That was kind of cool actually. You’d think with all of that excitement, she’d go down easily for a nap today. But nooooooooo. She decided she wasn’t napping. This happens every now and then and just about kills me every time (especially on days like today where Jody doesn’t get home til after 11 p.m. because he is playing D&D after work). I finally switched from trying-to-get-her-to-nap-mode to trying-to-keep-her-awake-mode. So we made oatmeal/chocolate chip cookies, had dinner, played with her toys, called Grandma to wish her a “happy birthday” and sing to her, watched a little TV (Big Brother All-Stars), had a bath and read books. She’s out cold now and I will be joining her shortly. ;)

Tomorrow the little girlie and I are going to a friend’s baby welcoming party, hence making the cookies today to take with us. It will be nice to hang out with them and for Ava to play with her friends.

Jody suggested going on a hike this weekend so we may do that or go to a music festival in town, as well as FINALLY take Ava’s two-year pictures. I can’t wait to take them and hope that she cooperates. :) I’ll post my favorites I’m sure.

Hope you all have a nice weekend. :)


First a little note to say thank you for all the wonderful comments on my photography and suggestions on what to do about pricing. You all are soooo sweet and thoughtful! :)

And now, getting back to business *ahem*:
Our little boy “bug” is half-baked! I was officially at 20 weeks on Thursday! :) My oh my – how quickly this pregnancy is going!

Here I am at 20 weeks. Click here to see earlier belly pics if you want to compare. I don’t think I look a whole lot bigger compared to last month, but I feel a bit bigger.

I’m continuing to feel great. I haven’t had any food aversions, I’m going for walks a few times a week and I just feel good and energized. The only minor things I have to complain about (and I’m not even complaining) are that I’ve had a little heartburn here and there, and a little acid reflux last night, but that was my own fault after eating too much sugary foods. (Doh!) I have read that raw almonds help w/ the heartburn so I’ve been giving that a try. And it doesn’t hurt that they have all kinds of other health benefits. Another thing I may try if I need to is fresh papaya or papaya extract. It’s interesting to me that there are natural ways to treat heartburn out there, but with my last pregnancy, I went to the doctor, complained about it and she said to take Zantac and that was that. I didn’t do any research on it, I just took the drugs. This time around, I’d like to avoid the drugs if I can find natural solutions that work just as well. Why not, eh? :)

Baby boy is a kicky lil guy, just like his big sis was.

We’ve been talking a lot about names and think we have settled on a first name, but are still working on his middle name. Of course, they will remain a secret until he is born. ;)

I apologize for not writing much lately, but Jody has a 4-day weekend and I’ve been spending some time working on revamping my photography biz stuff. Plus I also had plans to take Ava’s two-year pics this weekend, but it looks like it’s going to have to wait until next weekend now. We did buy her a cute little leotard and tutu today though that she will wear for the pics and we scouted out some cool locations to use for the shoot, so I’m excited to do it. :) Plus I want to get the pics taken so I can order a bunch and send out Ava’s thank you notes. I got them all written earlier in the week, but want to wait on sending them until I have pictures to include.

Tomorrow we are having friends over for dinner. Their son Creed (who is 7 months older than Ava) and Ava have a blast playing together and I’m sure they will enjoy Ava’s sand and water table that she got for her b’day. I’m looking forward to seeing their new lil guy Trajan too, who’s a month old now, and just hanging out and chit-chatting. Should be a good time. :) I think we’re going to go to fireworks tomorrow night too, but we still haven’t figured out where we will watch them from. I wish they were closer to our house so we could just walk and not have to deal with all the crazy traffic.

Hope everyone (my American readers, that is) is enjoying the long weekend or at least the 4th off tomorrow! :) And I hope the rest of you enjoy your day as well. :)