Ava is almost 16 months now and i’m still sticking with the theme “each month is better than the last”. Don’t get me wrong each stage DEFINITELY has its own challenges but to see my little love grow so quickly and become her own little person is the absolute best! I mean can I just tell you how excited I am for Halloween and Christmas this year?! 😉 I often catch myself just watching her with a big smile on my face. She is chatting up a storm and can say so many different things now. Her favorite words of course being “no” and “down” lol. Ava has officially found her independence and i’d be lying if I said it didn’t sting a little when she doesn’t want to be held as often.
Ava is a little social firecracker! She loves playing with other kids and is not shy by any means. A couple weeks ago she transitioned down to one nap a day and can I just say that is GLORIOUS! 😉 She was never one to fall asleep just anywhere so having to plan your day around two naps was a bit more work. Now she will take about a two hour nap each day and lets just say mamas needs those 2 hours! This stage also takes exhaustion to the next level. There’s no sitting down and resting. I used to roll my eyes at the super models/actresses who said they stayed in shape by “running around after their kids”. Now I can kind of believe it! As far as eating there are no complaints here. I’m so thankful Ava is not a picky eater! Her favorites foods are blueberries, strawberries and anything we are eating 😉 She is still sleeping from about 7:30 to 7:30 and lets just say the hubby and I definitely need those few hours of quiet “us time” before we go to bed.
Her new favorite face to make 😉
The kissing bandit
Dressing her is WAY more fun now! The older the get the cuter the clothes become.
Ava’s new BFF even if she is running away from her most of the time 😉
Seriously these two are just toooo much! xo
A lot of you asked about us piercing Ava’s ears. We did it at around 14 months and If we had to do it over again I would wait until she is much older. She didn’t cry much with the actual piercing but at 14 months she kept pulling on her ears to see what was on them. It was quite a bit of work for the first two weeks keeping her from tugging on them but now she doesn’t even notice them. I called my dermatologist office (as another mom recommended to get them pierced there ) but my office didn’t do ear piercings. So we just went to Claire’s at Fashion Island and it was totally fine. The girls there were great!
There are ALOT of changes in your life when you have a little one. The exhaustion and selflessness can take a toll but I promise it’s all worth it. I’ve always loved my baby, she has and always will be my number one priority but it did take awhile to adjust to being a “mom”. Not sure if anyone else felt that way but I’m just being honest. Don’t feel bad if your a new mom and feel like you haven’t quite settled into your new role yet, it will happen. I just said to myself the other day I really LOVE being a mom. I’m sure you’ve heard it before but it’s true… having a child is a lot of work but once you do you couldn’t imagine your life any other way.
I plan on posting an updated Baby Product Musts post tomorrow!