|I'm ready for bed, Mama.|
Height: 33 1/4 inches
Weight: 23lbs 4oz
Shoe size: 5
Ava continues to be very tall for her age and her feet and hands are very slender. Even though she's slightly more than average weight, she looks thinner because of her height. I was a bit worried because she still eats so little. I'm so thankful that Ava is growing so well on mama's milk! We just went in to her doctor's office for her 18-month well-baby check and she had one vaccination and a flu shot. I'm hoping her healthy streak continues this winter! She did so well last cold and flu season with the breastmilk antibodies protecting her from the nasty bugs.
|Ava's Fall art projects from daycare last week about apples and apple trees.|
We transitioned her to a new daycare last month and she absolutely loves it! The smaller class size is very good for her and it gives her the chance to do lots of activities during the day. She has bonded well with her new teachers and likes to sit on their laps and she asks them to read her a story. Ava plays with her new friend, Amy, who is just a couple months older than her. They have a screened porch and a playground with a fun slide.
Last week Ava's class focused on apples and apple trees. She brought home these cute art projects on Friday afternoon. Then during our family pizza movie night, she started to say Apple. She said A-a-ple, then said Apple very clearly! I realized it was because of all the apples they discussed in class! She loves it!
|Look who's walking Bena|
|Enjoying an evening walk with Mom, enjoying the Fall leaves.|
|Snuggling with Mommy before the walk.|
|Munching on granola bars before the 5k walk.|
Ava talks a lot! Her language is developing well. Sometimes she launches into a big story and I have no idea what she's saying, but some of her words are very clear and she's starting to make simple sentences.
Ava's favorite words:
- No (she loves to say that really loud to show her independence!)
- I did it!
- More (she pronounces it "moi")
- Bena (Nena)
- Corey (her friend) she loves him! When we went home after visiting Corey last weekend, she said "Bye-bye good boy, Corey." So cute!
- Colt (her friend)
- Wee - when she goes down a slide or down the bed to the floor
- Woh - when she's excited
- Row, row - to sing "Row row row your boat"
- Um - something new she says all the time when you ask her a question. Silly!
|Hanging out with her friend Corey!|
Ava is a big helper. She likes to help in the laundry room, except folding clothes is a challenge because she wants to snuggle with all the clothes! In the kitchen, she likes to measure the ingredients with spoons and cups. She's pretty good at transferring ingredients to bowls without spilling too much. Ava likes to stir and even sprinkle chocolate chips on brownies before they go in the oven. I let her play with the beans that are soaking in the water before I turn on the slow cooker because she loves the texture.
My last picture is Ava with her Chicago Bears cheerleader dress that we randomly found last summer at a secondhand store. She's a young Bears fan and when Daddy was watching the game she clapped! It was very fun!