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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Avery's Baptism

On Sunday, December 5th, Avery Patricia was baptised at St Edwards Catholic Church where Alex and I were married. We were touched by how many of our family and friends (we had the largest group at the church, took up 5 pews!!) drove from near and far to attend the ceremony and to help us celebrate.
The ceremony was lovely and fairly quick, as Avery was baptised with 8 other children. We were last to go to the font, and she was such a patient and sweet girl (not surprisingly) while she was passed around. Mom and Dad were a little less patient, taking pictures and uploading them to Facebook during the ceremony, haha! She looked absolutely delicious in her gown that we bought in San Juan a few days before (had to make sure she fit into it!) and she was silent when the water was being poured on her head, she even smiled at the priest the third and final pour! The aromatic oil they poured on her head made her hair stick up, and invited everyone to give her noggin a sniff.
The group went back to Ken and Solange's house for snacks and drinks, and to shower Avery with kisses and generous gifts. All in all it was a very memorable day, and Alex and I could not be more grateful for the people in our lives that love Avery as much as we do. She is fortunate to be raised amongst so much love and support.
Thank you ALL!!! As always, enjoy the pictures :)
Getting dressed (at the very last minute to keep the dress white!)

This was a 2 person job

Our Holy Cupcake, haha

Passed out under her name

Grammy Candy and Godfather Corey

Grammy Solange

Godmother Jessalyn and Godfather Corey

Getting (warm) water poured on her head


Made her hair stick up like a mohawk!

Godparents Corey and Jessalyn, Alex, Avery and I and the priest

Outfit change at home

Jess and Avery

Lauren, Avery and Corey

Tuckered out, what a day!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Avery is 5 months!

Avery is growing and developing new skills every day.  It is getting hard to remember what it was like before she first joined our family 5 months ago. She is wearing size 3 diapers, 6 month clothing and must weigh at least 18 pounds! She is out-growing clothes and toys faster than we can replace them, but I enjoy shopping with her so it is more a pleasure than a problem.
She has been eating rice cereal at dinner time for a few weeks now, and we recently started replacing a late morning meal with the stuff as well. Avery seems to be teething (everything goes into her mouth, drooling uncontrollably) but nothing has broken through yet (thank goodness! I hope those pearly whites wait a few more months until we wean from nursing!)
She is rolling over from her tummy to her back easily now, and can roll the other way when she is motivated. She can sit up on her own with a little support and reaches for toys in front of her. She sits in the "big girl" side of her bath tub (not reclined) and plays with bath toys. She really enjoys checking things out and LOVES other kids and dogs.
Avery continues to be an absolute joy in our lives and we are especially excited for sharing this holiday season with our little girl.
Enjoy the pictures!
(for a kick, look back to my post on August 2 when she was 1 month old!)
Denim diapers!

The infamous sign...

Happy, drooly girl

Sitting up on her own (kind of)

Then my sign becomes lunch

Super cute outfit from Tio Chuca and Tia Fly

Avery shares her toys with Roo

Tuckered out after the shoot
(check out the bite marks in my sign! It's like a shark got to it, haha!
Imagine when there are teeth in that mouth, yikes!)