Family update (with pics)

It’s been a while since I’ve written about my kids (hasn’t it?), so I thought I’d take this opportunity to do a little update on the whole fam.

Ava is 2 3/4 years old now. She’s sweet and funny, creative, fiercely independent, and potty-learned (and has been for about 3 months) except wears a diaper to bed. She’s into 4T clothes (she’s always been ahead in that regard), though some 3T still fit. She values family a great deal and pretends just about anything you can think of is a family – from measuring spoons and measuring cups to hangers. There is always a mommy, a daddy, a big sister and a baby. Sometimes she wants an Aunt Carrie too. She has a great imagination and often talks for her dolls or spoons or whatever she’s playing with. She’s also very artistic and can draw people with faces, hair and feet. She can also write her first name, but it still needs some work. She loves to finger paint and paint her hands. Her favorite movies these days are “Annie” – she can sing most of the songs and does quite often, “A Bug’s Life,” and “Finding Nemo.” She watched “Lilo and Stitch” for the first time the other day with daddy and crawled into his lap crying during the part where they were going to take Lilo away. I swear, that girl has such a strong sense of empathy. She loves chocolate (she’s her mother’s daughter), but eats quite well for a toddler. She’ll eat anything we eat provided it’s not too spicy. She’s experienced way more foods as a 2-year-old than I did even into my 20s! She is very strong-willed (again, her mother’s daughter) and definitely likes to test her boundaries. Her favorite thing to say when we tell her she can’t do something is, “But maybe next time I can.” Now that the weather is warming up, she’s been spending a fair amount of time outside playing. Today she rode a Big Wheel for the first time. (It was Aunt Carrie’s Christmas gift that was assembled today.) The weather was great for a ride in the park. She did quite well for her first time, though steering was a bit tricky. When she went off the sidewalk onto the grass she exclaimed, “Crash!” This happened quite a few times. Good thing Aunt Carrie was there to help her out so I could snap some pics (with wiggly Julian in the Moby).
Ava’s first ride on her big wheel

Speaking of wiggly Julian, he’ll be 4 months old tomorrow (March 23). My, how time flies! He’s around 17-18 lbs. now and wears mostly 9 month clothes, though he has some 12 month clothes that fit him too. He’s a long, chubby baby. Julian is so much fun these days. He smiles a lot and laughs hysterically when Jody or I fly him over our heads or when Ava squishes on his tummy. It’s hard for me to tell her to be gentle and stop squishing her brother when he so clearly enjoys it. He holds objects and likes to suck on them or his fists. He drools non-stop and is always wearing a bib. He also sucks his thumb from time to time. He loves to grab Ava’s hair by the fist-full. He “talks” a lot and makes some crazy noises. He hasn’t rolled over again since that first time when I was able to snap some pics, but he seems quite strong and has great head control. We had been trying to get him to take a bottle of expressed milk a while back, but laid off that for a while since Jody was out of town for the past few weeks. However, we might start on that again soon, as it would come in very handy for him to take a bottle since I’m working hard at getting back into photography. I took the kids out into the yard today to try to get some good pics of them together, but Ava wasn’t into it (the sun was in her eyes). Julian, however, hammed it up for me and this is one of my favorites.
Julian - 4 months

Jody is doing well. He attended a work (Google) conference last week in San Francisco and had a good time (who wouldn’t?), but he’s happy he doesn’t have to travel again anytime soon, and so am I. He also recently got a nice bonus from work and we were able to pay down some debt. Not the most fun thing to do with a bonus, but it feels good to know we’re decreasing what we owe. Jody finally got some use out of a sling we had custom-made for him (a woman from my AP group makes them). He tried it when Julian was little, but couldn’t get it to work just right. Anyway, the other day Ava wanted to swing in the backyard, Julian wanted to be held and I was busy making dinner. So I said, “Why don’t you try out that sling again?” It worked! Real men wear babies. I need to put that on a t-shirt! (I snapped some pics out of our bedroom window.)
Jody and the kids

I just got over a bout with a stomach bug that seriously kicked my butt for about 12 hours. My stomach was so crampy and hurt so bad, I didn’t know how I was going to get through it. Thankfully, Jody was able to stay home and take care of the kids while I recuperated and tried to catch up on some sleep. It sucks that mom’s “day off” usually happens only when I’m sick, but I can’t complain too much. Jody helps out around the house and is a good daddy. And I seriously don’t know what I would’ve done if he hadn’t been able to take the day off. I was in a world of hurt. I am doing much better now though.

I have another photoshoot scheduled for this weekend. It’s a family of four with two girls – ages 3 1/2 and 7-ish months. It will be outside at their home and should be a lot of fun. I have several ideas for things that I’d like to try and I’m really looking forward to it. Also, I’m happy to say that my newborn session from a few weeks ago yielded my biggest order yet! I was pretty stoked. I feel like I’m making progress both with my photography skills and with my sales. I’m starting to offer custom slide shows set to music and interlaced with meaningful quotes and sayings to my clients too and I’m hoping that people will enjoy them.

We’re hoping to work on fixing up some things on our house in the very near future so that we can start thinking about selling it and finding a house that suits our family a bit better.

So that’s about all that’s going on in our world. Thanks for reading. :)

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7 thoughts on “Family update (with pics)

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  2. What a sweet update about your family (and great pix too!). I didn’t realize they still made Big-Wheels?! How fun.
    Kudos to your hubby for being such an awesome Daddy with staying home when you were sick and baby-wearing.
    The kids grow up too quickly, I know…I read your updates and store away bits of info to help me when I’m a mama of two soon!
    XOXO

  3. I love how you refer to back when the baby was “little” as though he were all grown up now. :) I do that, too.

    It’s funny about your daughter and the families–I did that too. Salt and pepper shakers, chopsticks, etc. She likes the orderliness or predictability of family life?

    I love that pic of your husband and the sling!

  4. Thanks for the update and the great pictures. Sorry to hear about your flu, but knowing that Jody is there to help and take over gives me comfort. Keep up the good photography work-it’s paying off!
    Kisses and hugs.

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