One Year with Ava

I’m 5 days late writing this, however, this has been in my drafts for the past couple weeks. Then, a stomach bug hit our house [which I’m still recovering from],

I can’t believe a year ago, at 8:03 am, I met Ava for the first time. I was nervous an excited at the same time. I was able to hold our daughter for about 30 minutes, and then she was taken from me. I talk more about that here. It was definitely a scary and emotional time, and some of those feelings are still with me today. But here we are, a year later, with a sassy and adorable little ONE YEAR OLD.

This will be the last month of updates, I’ll update periodically at her 15 and 18 month milestones. I’m also pretty psyched that I don’t have to take these monthly photos anymore because let me tell you, they were not easy the last couple months! If you can get a toddler to sit still for 0.5 seconds to get a non-blurry photo, you deserve a medal. I didn’t even try for 12 months because I knew that was not going to happen. If I’ve learned anything in the last year, it’s that the art of distraction is your friend as a parent.

I laid in bed the night before her birthday sobbing, full out ugly crying, wondering where the last year went, how she’s grown, and excited for the future all at once. We had plans to celebrate her birthday on the 25th with all our family, however the bug got the best of us, so I’m excited to have her party this weekend.

A few milestones from the past month:

  1. MAMAMA: She’s obsessed with me and I love it. For the longest time, she was team dada, but she made the switch where I’m the one she crawls to and wants to hold her.
  2. Meltdowns: Literally the tantrums have started.
  3. Introducing whole milk: I was hesitant to do this, as I didn’t know how she would react, but she LOVES it. She’s had it the past two nights and has slept like a baby. Legit, so great.
  4. Sippy Cups: we’ve been working on switching most feedings to sippy cups. She still has her morning and evening bottles, but for the most part, her day feedings are all with these sippy cups.
  5. Pointing: she loves to point at everything, it’s so cute. She is also fascinated with putting her pointer finger on your eyes and touching your eyelashes.

Those were a few of our favorite high moments [minus the tantrum], however the worst moment was this virus she had last week. She had a running nose on Monday and Tuesday, but we didn’t think much of it because 1. it was clear, and 2. she had no other symptoms. They called us from daycare Wednesday saying she had a fever of 100 degrees, so I went to pick her up. She was warm, but she seemed to be in typical spirits, so I gave her some medicine and knew I we would be staying home Thursday. Sean and I split the day where he was with her Thursday morning and I was with her Thursday afternoon. That’s when she took a turn for the worst. Her fever hadn’t gone down with medicine, and we took her temperature and it was 102. We took her to the urgent care and it has spiked to 104.5. I was terrified and she was miserable. They gave her a suppository of tylenol, as I wanted to make sure she got her medicine. All Friday, all she wanted to do was cuddle and sleep. She hadn’t done that since she was a tiny little thing.

I included her milestones below, you can check out Month 1-2, Month 3, Month 4, Month 5, Month 6, Month 7, Month 8, Month 9Month 10-11 here.

Month 10 was a fail.

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