Avi Grace loves to play on her Whoozit play mat (in picture collage). Emily and Brian Lesley gave this play mat to Austin before he was born. He loved to play on it too! I think by the time Avi Grace gets finished with it, it will be on its last leg! We sure have enjoyed it, though!
Some of the pictures to the right aren't the best, but they still show how cute she is! We started giving her rattles this week, and she loves them, but she goes nuts trying to put them in her mouth! She gets frustrated when she can't get them in her mouth because they are too big! It is quite funny, actually!
I couldn't post a slideshow of Avi Grace without also posting one of my sweet Austin. I've been missing him so much lately. I wish he was here to be a big brother to Avi Grace and experience all of the things that siblings do together. He taught us so much, especially to cherish our precious Avi Grace. She has been such a blessing to us, and we are thankful that God gave us the faithfulness to have another child. We love Avi Grace and Austin more than we can describe!
So, this picture is of Avi Grace from this morning! This is not at all how she started out in her bed last night! When I put her down about 7 p.m., I put her long ways at the top of her bed. Drew peeked in on her around 6:50 this morning, and she had scooted way down in her bed, almost to the opposite end, and she was lying on her side sucking her thumb! Then, when we went in to wake her up about 7:30, she had turned sideways! She is becoming quite the scooter in her bed!
Going in to see Avi Grace each morning is one of my favorite things in the world! She is so sweet in the mornings. When I hear her talking or moving around and I think she is awake, I go in and turn the light on. She hates it! She squints and moves around until she gets used to the light! Then when she finally finds me and focuses, she gives me the biggest smile in the world. It is just the best feeling in the world. I love her so much!
Well, Avi Grace is now officially 3 months old! It is wild to think that we have been enjoying our sweet little girl for 3 months! She has been such a blessing to our family.
Avi Grace got to see Santa for the first time this past Saturday. We went to the MSU men's basketball game that afternoon, and then we went to Barnes and Noble to see Santa. She did very well. I got a pretty good picture of them together. Thankfully she is still too young to understand Santa Claus...I think he is planning to skip our house this year! I'm sure her grandparents will more than make up for the lack of Santa Claus gifts!
I am thankful to now be back home with Avi Grace for almost a month. Exams ended yesterday, and all of the students have gone home for the holidays. I look forward to spending lots of time playing with Avi Grace while I am at home! January will come too quickly!
Avi Grace was dedicated at our church on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. She looked so beautiful in her white dress! She did very well. All of the babies were very well behaved. Nobody had a breakdown or even cried during the dedication! We had lots of family there, which made the occasion even more special to us.
This is my second full week back at work. It has gone OK so far. My mom has been primarily keeping her, and they have done well together. It is so hard for me to be away from Avi Grace during the day. I constantly think about what she is doing and wish I was at home with her! Thankfully I get almost a month off for Christmas to be at home with her...looking forward to it.