Sunday, February 25, 2018

Ava Jeanne is one today!

One! How is that even possible when you were just a tiny newborn a moment ago?
A year ago today, your daddy looked at me and said “it’s a GIRL” and I began, quite literally, howling. You have been a surprise and a gift from the moment you were born. 
You’re the happiest baby I have ever met. Easy as pie, as sweet as sugar. Your temperament is calm, relaxed and you’re eternally happy. You act like your daddy and you look like your mama.
You have two teeth and no-ish hair. You can crawl but you much prefer to walk- with a little help. (Sooo close to doing it independently!). You sleep and eat well. You are a carnivore- meatballs, chicken, steak- your two teeth can handle it all. Your favorite things are Jacob, music and Jigglejammers (music and movement class). You love clapping, doing the “caw caw” game and playing with Jacob’s firetruck when he’s not around (shhh! 🙂 In a lot of ways, you are ALL of our baby girl. Your face lights up when daddy comes home. You only have eyes for mama. And you crane your neck FEROCIOUSLY to see what shenanigans Jacob is up to.
Oh, Ava girl. The relationship between you and Jacob is one of the highlights of my life. You adore each other. When you are taking your nap, Jacob constantly says “I hear Ava wakin’ up!” - when you aren’t- because he wants you back. I have brothers too, and I promise: you are in for a dear and lifelong friendship.
You are adored by many, and you are beloved by me.
Happy first birthday, Ava Jeanne. I love you more than words can say.💕

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Ava Jeanne is 11 months old!

Ava Jeanne is 1️⃣1️⃣ months old! She is the most easy going baby I have ever met - chill, smiley and perfectly content. 

Ava has two teeth, but that doesn’t stop her. She loves meat and veggies most of all (#paleoprincess) but has been known to enjoy a good pizza crust. I’ve said it before- but her hair is really starting to come in. 😉 #nohairdontcare 

Ava loooooves music class. She is the youngest in the class by about a year, and she is truly the class darling. Her favorite music selections are “if you’re happy and you know it” and “Cruise, remix” (wait, what? ) For the first eight months of her life, she was up 6-10x per night (😴) but girlfriend has made up for it in spades this month, waking up once a night at the most. She wakes up happy- and singing! (Even when she’s woken up by her older brother knocking on her door, like today). She is the most happy baby- grinning and singing with her angelic voice. I sound like a broken record, but Ava girl is tons of fun.
Happy eleven months to my darling girl. We love you more than words can say.#avajeannespecia


Monday, December 25, 2017

Ava Jeanne is 🔟 months old today!

Ava Jeanne is 10 months old today! She continues to be the sweetest and best natured little girl. She loves solid food, especially green beans, carrots and meat. She is incredibly entertained by her older brother, and smiles nearly all day. She has started sleeping much better, typically waking only once or twice per night. She LOVES swimming- the pool and bath are huge fun. She has two teeth, her hair has started coming in in earnest, and says five words. Ava, you are a joy! #avajeannespecial

Saturday, November 25, 2017

AJS: Nine Months

Happy 9️⃣ months to sweet Ava Jeanne! She continues to be the absolute sweetest and easiest baby. She loves bath time, “singing” and jumping. She loves music, especially the music class she attends with her big brother. She absolutely loves solid foods - her favorites are green beans and carrots although she demolished a meatball this Thanksgiving weekend. She continues to prefer being awake to sleeping (#sendcoffee) but she is literally never cranky. This month, she celebrated her first Halloween and Thanksgiving and started standing alllll the time (with assistance). She says “mama”, “dada” and “Choo Choo” 😂 Happy 9 months, Ava girl! We love you more than words! @ Park Ridge, Illinois

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Three generations!

Three generations. (My 34th consecutive Thanksgiving with my mom, and Ava’s first Thanksgiving ever. Feeling very thankful).

Sunday, November 19, 2017

C'mon April

Overjoyed to be able to share the news- Jacob and Ava are going to be cousins! Cannot wait for Matt and Kelly... and all of us who love their baby so much. C'mon April

Sunday, November 5, 2017

My heart is heavy. Vegas was 35 days ago. 35.

My heart is heavy. Vegas was 35 days ago. 35.
Tonight, my thoughts and prayers ARE with the 26 innocent victims, and tomorrow, my actions will follow as I call my representatives demanding gun control now. When will the madness end?

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

AJS: 8 Months

Happy 8️⃣ months to sweet Ava. She continues to be a true delight- so many people remark upon what a happy and easygoing baby she is. No hair, no teeth, no problem. 😜 
Ava doesn’t feel any rush to crawl- she’s content cuddling and being held. She loves to play with her brother’s trucks (when he’s not looking of course 😉 and she loves her cuddle doll, Chloe. Ava loves bath time, jumping and solid foods (especially green beans and rice teething biscuits). She loves her big brother most of all and is constantly reaching for him. 
We love you more than words can say. Happy 8 months, Ava girl! #avajeannespecial Scott Special

Friday, October 13, 2017

A powerful read, and an important one, and one that I agree with wholeheartedly.

"History has been littered with horrible people who did terrible things with power, because too many good people remained silent. And since my fear is that we are surely entering one of those periods in our story, I wanted to make sure that I was recorded for posterity"
A powerful read, and an important one, and one that I agree with wholeheartedly. (H/T to Nancy for sharing it).

Sunday, October 1, 2017

My grandma Phyllis would have been 100 years old today!

My grandma Phyllis would have been 100 years old today.
She was born before women had the right to vote, and died in 1994 at the age of 77. She modeled strength and tenacity- but also and weakness and human-ness. She had, of course, deeply unconditional love for her son, my biological father, despite his demons.
Phyllis was ahead of her time. She was a strong single mother in a time where that was unacceptable, and her influence is alive 23 years after her death. I am proud to be part of her lineage.
I like to think she would have been amused and adored by my babies. Her legacy and generosity has touched their lives, even though they are too young to realize it. I also like to think she had a heavenly role in sending my "step" dad to our family and influencing the next phase of our lives.
My life intersected with hers for less than ten years - but her memory is alive. May we all be remembered with love, by happy and grateful grandchildren, more than two decades after we are gone.
Happy 100, PDM. You are missed.