Ava ~ 10 months

Ava's personality is blossoming more and more everyday! She LOVES to hear her voice! She is such a good baby! I think she is going to be our independent child.

* weighs 18 1/2 lbs
* 4 teeth on the top and 3 teeth on the bottom
* says mama and dada all the time, has said hi, bye bye, boo and many other things in her own language:)
* stands all the time by herself even holding things
* eats solids
* feeds herself (didn't know it was possible but eats slower than Parker)
* loves cheese, bread, spaghetti
* likes carrots, green beans, sweet potatoes, potatoes, rice
* constantly puts food in her hair, especially when she's done eating (it's means get me out of this high chair!)
* has taken up to 4 steps several times :)
* makes kiss and clicking sounds
* gives high fives and waves
* loves bouncing and dancing to music or any sounds, climbing on top of things, looking through and eating books, playing peek-a-boo, and playing with her big brother
* thinks anything Parker does is hilarious and she should try it
* is trying to master how to save Parker from his time-out spot

Ava ~ 11 months

Miss Indepedent~ Our baby girl is a walker and she is getting around everywhere now!! She walks fast with her little bottom sticking out! Ava is such a dare-devil (like her mom and accident prone (like her dad), which isn't exactly the best combination. She has had her share of busted lips. She has really taken to solid foods and her favorites are spaghetti, cheese and casseroles. She still loves her organic baby food mix of spinach, peas and pears. Ava loves to dance! Her signature move is bouncing up and down while holding her hands behind her ears. Ava is definitely Parker's little sidekick...she does everything he does! Ava's first family vacation was to Cincinnatti and the Newport Aquarium. She really liked standing up against the glass with her brother and looking at the sharks and other sea creatures, as well as and jumping and diving with Parker in the big heavenly bed at the Westin. Bedtime is SO EASY with Ava. She likes to drink milk and listen to "part" (short attention span) of a story and then lay in her bed and rub on her blanket. She starts squirming to get in her bed if you try to cuddle with her for too long.

Parker Jay ~ 3 years old ~ 20 Questions Tradition

Each year starting at 3 years old we will ask the following questions. We look forward to seeing how his answers will change.

1. What is your favorite color? green
2. What is your favorite toy? Fire truck
3. What is your favorite fruit? vegetables
4. What is your favorite sport? soccer
5. What do you like to make? Painted pictures
6. What is your TV show? Chuggington
7. What is your favorite food? Vegetables (lying)
8. What is your favorite game? Fishing game
9. Where is your favorite place to go? Soccer team
10. What is your favorite animal? Tigers and lions
11. What is your favorite song? (started making up his own words to a song)
12. What is your favorite book? Wherever You Are I Love You
13. Who is your best friend? Mommy and Daddy
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Jump over things
15. What is your drink? juice
16. What is your favorite holiday? Halloween
17. What do you want to be when you grow up? Big
18. Who do you like to help? Mommy and Daddy
19. Why are you proud of yourself? he farted and said Bishop farted (never answered this question)
20. What makes you happy? Mommy and Daddy

The things Parker says.............

Parker - "Daddy, only mommy's can put kids in timeout"

Parker - "You're my best friend ever"
Mommy - "Aww, you're my best friend ever"
Parker - "mommy (he looks up at me)Happy Father's Day"

He pronounces his c's as t's.
Parker - "Baby sissy is tute"

Parker is trying to get Bishop to come up stairs. Parker - "tome on Bishy, tome on Bishy, Bishy, I NEED to tell you something"

Parker - "God should get a slide and come down here"

I came out in my robe. Parker - "Oh mommy, you look like a princess"

We tried to explain to Parker about making a wish in the fountain at the mall. He made his wish, threw in his penny and then we tried to walk away. Parker stopped and said "no, STOP, I want to wait for the lion to come out."

Mitch - "Parker you do not say the F word, that's not a nice word.......
Parker - "Daddy, you can say F word, you just can't say F***

A couple days later Parker woke up from nap and told Mr. Reggie (babysitter's husband) "We don't say F***"

Parker "mommy, you have scratchies on your legs, it’s really scratchy for hands!" (guess it's time to shave)

Mommy- "Do you want to watch Octonauts Great Algae Escape?"
Parker - "Yes, algae means you have a booboo. You wipe it off and then you put a band-aid on it."

Mamma dropped his chalk on the floor and it broke. Parker - "Oh, Mamma, look at that mess"

Doctor told Parker to touch the floor as part of his physical to check motor skills. Parker - "Well, actually the floor is dirty"

In the checkout lane at Target loud enough for the cashier to hear - Parker - "Mommy she has boobs like you"

Making every excuse not to go to bed....
Parker - "you forgot to change my diaper"
"I pooped"
"my belly hurts"
"my penis and butt hurt......and mommy and Ava have ginas"

Ava ~ 9 months old

Ava Nichole has 2 teeth on the bottom and 2 teeth on the top. Where does the time go.....how can our baby girl already stand by herself without holding onto anything? She has strong little legs because she can squat to pick something up and stand back up again. Sometimes she just hangs out in her squat position looking like a little buddha. She will be doing yoga and pilates with mommy soon. Ava loves to dance when she hears music or a cell phone ringing. Just the other day we videotaped her dancing with Parker. She stood in her big chair, put her hands behind her head and was dancing up and down!! She has quite the personality just like her big brother. She LOVES to have us chase her while she crawls around the house. Ava gets so excited if you chase her that she stops and burries her face into the floor and squeals!! We love to see the relationship that has grown between Ava and Parker. They are so cute together. She gets right in there with him and likes to play with trucks and balls. She also likes her baby dolls and especially pushing them around the house:) Ava has expensive taste in veggies and fruit...her fav's are organic spinach and pears mixed together!