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Big Girl Bed

It is offical Ava is rocking her Big Girl Bed.

Her crib transitioned to a full on toddler bed despite my worries that I would never again get a peaceful night sleep!  I was wrong… Ava LOVES her new bed and sleeps beautifully.  She even has started climbing in it to read during the day!  YAY!  Now if only my worries of saying bye bye to the pacifier were equally misplaced… That will be another story!

The neat picture with Ava's complete entourage: Elmo, Snuffie, Big Bird and Cat!

The reality shot: What the bed really looks like all day!

Here is another fan that is not easily moved!!!

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What to Pack?

The endless question….what clothes, shoes? Will I need a coat? And of course as soon as I dat my destination I would have regrets… I should have packed ****!!!! It was hard enough before Ava now it is impossible. No matter how much I pack where ever we go will just not be the same as home. So, now I spend days considering what I absolutely need…after all there is only so much room in a suitcase.

This past trip to MI I included 2 of her favorite books, 2 toys, her blanket and favorite stuffed animal. Thank goodness my mom saved enough of my old toys and such that Ava has plenty already waiting for her!

After surveying my pile there was one more item we could not leave home without…Ava’s must have crib accessory these days…the Twilight Turtle by Cloud B. He sits in her crib every night and as she falls asleep she pushes his buttons changing the colors of the constellations flashing throughout her room. It is charming!

also comes as a ladybug!

also comes as a ladybug!

In fact, this is the second product from Cloud B that we have enjoyed. As an infant Ava slept peacefully to the soothing sounds of her Sleep Sheep. It was one of the only ways to sooth her to sleep. We even bought the travel version so that it made it back to Michigan several times. She loved every sound it made; waves, rain and whales “singing”.

Cloud B gets my thumbs up!!!

SS-SSOTG-collect

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Since Ava’s one year birthday has now come and gone I decided it was time to finally mark her beautiful wood growth chart. Not wanting to write directly on the chart, I found some Martha Stewart stickers where I could record her age, date and height. How exciting!

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Ava’s growth chart was perfect for the décor of her room and I loved that it was wood. I also considered that I needed something that could move if and when we changed rooms or houses.

If you are not planning on moving I also love the idea of using wall decals or stickers to create a wall art growth chart! Romp and several Etsy shops have some wonderful choices…

you can even buy bird decals for your tree

you can even buy bird decals for your tree

growth chart flower

 animals

Here is my other favorite option:

Making your own growth chart: I loved this idea! It re-creates the charm of etching the family’s changing heights in a wood door way molding. There is something nostalgic about that process the downside however, is that it cannot move with a family! This family stained a special piece of wood and used nail heads to mark one inch increments, then hung it on a hook to etch. Your design could be traditional to modern and hang anywhere in the house. The best part it that it could also travel with you so your memories are never lost!  (the link to this tutorial is currently broken I will keep checking!)

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Roommates

Ava no longer goes to bed quickly and silently. She does not cry or fuss either but has begun talk herself to sleep. It is so sweet and cute. (I just wish I could get it on tape!) Typically these conversations last about 20 min. both before she falls asleep and when she wakes up. The funny thing is that these conversations began upon the arrival of Ava’s new roommate, Nora.

I first saw Nora this Christmas and fell in love. You see elephants are absolutely my favorite animal and Nora is adorable. Unfortunately Nora was not in my Christmas budget or any budget for that matter… so I had to bid her Farwell. It was 2 months later when I stumbled into Pottery Barn Kids only to see one lone elephant rocker left, Nora. She was a floor model but in great condition and on sale for half off! Sounds great but half off was still not in the budget. Unable to leave her I asked how much they would sell the floor model for…answer… half of the sale price!!??? SOLD!!! And off to Ava’s nursery she went.

They have been instant friends and those conversations well, I am pretty sure it is Nora she is talking to… and how cute is that!

I love the spotted fabric of her ears and it even crinkles!

I love the spotted fabric of her ears and it even crinkles!

The first time Ava sat on Nora she laid her head on Nora's and snuggled!

The first time Ava sat on Nora she laid her head on Nora's and snuggled!

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Did I Say Yellow?

When I first found out that I was pregnant disbelief was my first emotion. I was convinced that the several weeks of illness and exhaustion was a result of some unknown intestinal issue. In fact, I took the pregnancy test only to rule out one more medical explanation for the symptoms I was experiencing. When those little lines looked back at me the disbelief quickly was replaced by lightning fast emotions. We had been trying for over a year and at last impending parenthood was a reality!

Like all mothers to be I was often asked, “So, are you hoping for a boy or a girl?” And as most mothers do I answered, “All we want is a healthy baby?” That being said I was sure… no POSITIVE that I was having a boy. That was not a preference just a feeling. Still the five months of waiting to find out was endless. During that time I purchased nothing for fear of jinxing the pregnancy. I waited impatiently thinking of what many nesting mothers think of … the nursery. The room that will hold this amazing little person you cannot yet see but already love more than you thought possible.

I had decided on butter yellow walls, nothing girly even if my motherly intuition was wrong. No flowers and pink, above all NO PINK I said. So much for that motherly intuition… as we sat watching the screen of our ultrasound and I heard the word…GIRL my yellow butter walls disappeared and were overpowered by all things girly. Suddenly a new appreciation maybe even obsession with all things PINK emerged!

You know how they say people look like their dogs. You could say the same for a nursery; it is such a representation of you. The creation of this place that your child will safely and comfortably sleep, play, dream and imagine. Even as an infant she would smile at her walls and artwork. I hope as she grows she will take on this room I created for her and make it her own. One day I hope to walk through the door and into a world that is a representation of not just me but of all things Ava…

It is all in the details…

Her name is held from the ribbon used in our wedding ceremony

Her name is held from the ribbon used in our wedding ceremony

The toile pictures she smiled and talked to as an infant

The toile pictures she smiled and talked to as an infant

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