on a happier note, Ava is a hoot. Her expressions are priceless. she laughs. she smiles. she sighs. she loves. she snuggles. she sleeps. she rolls. she cries. she lets her puppy dog give her kisses and gazes at him from here swing. she is the best thing that's happened to us and we are so blessed.
looking forward: this Friday she will be 5 months old. 5 MONTHS. wow how time truly flies.
this little red bump by her lip :( it's a little blood blister that's been there for about a month now. we're thinking it maybe got pinched by her bottle once, but we're not sure. it broke open yesterday and bled for 3 straight hours. we tried to hold pressure on it, and she finally fell asleep allowing me to hold her purple blanket on it to stop the bleeding. it's a sad scene, she has a white onesie that is covered in blood, along with her blanket. it's better now, still there but at least it stopped bleeding.
her buddy Hayden always takes care of her at work. We won't be seeing as much of him for the next month-2 months because I recently got a new temporary job that will last the next couple months. Once that's over with then hopefully we'll go back and get to see him everyday again.
I think the proof is in the pudding that we hung out with Carolyn and Julia last night...see below...(note: the crown, not the tears)
she's getting stronger and stronger as days go by. she loves propping herself up on her elbows now. she's on her way to quickly being able to crawl.
Sunday afternoon we had some good cousin time. here are some pictures from the fun-filled day:
Here are her stats @ 4 months:
WEIGHT: 15 lb 10 oz = 90%
HEIGHT: 25-3/4" = 90%
HEAD CIRC: 42 cm = 75%
we are proud parents. she meets all the developmental skills expeted at 4 months! those include:
GROSS MOTOR: rolls, sits with support, lifts head & shoulders
FINE MOTOR: holds rattle, reaches
LANGUAGE: babbles, coos
SOCIAL: laughs, smiles
the social skills I think are probably her forte. no surprise there. she's also getting better about coo-ing and babbling. sometimes we hear her in the car just babbling to herself. the rattle holding she's working on. she certainly has a good grip (as her cousin Jules found out last night when she about lost a patch of hair due to Ava's accidental grasp of whatever was near, ie: her golden locks). And the gross motor, well she is perfecting her roll. Now she's taken it to a whole new level and decided she's too good to sleep on her back since she has the option of sleeping on her belly. we must've rolled her from belly to back 3 or 4 times last night in attempts to not wake her but still keep her sleeping on her back. To no avail, she woke up to eat. So first things first we fed her. We put her back to bed on her back and we both woke up this morning at 7am to find that she was sleeping soundly in her pack n play...ON HER BELLY. her head was turned to the side, she was breathing fine, and the dr said as long as there are no blankets/animals (stuffed or live I imagine)/pillows in with her and if she is more content and comfortable then don't spend all night flipping her back over. so, to each their own. I know back sleep is best sleep. but I also know that stubborness is a pretty strong trait that runs in our family and no doubt she's carrying that one on (I'm sure my parents are THRILLED of that by the way).
Things we'll be working on at our house to impress the doc for 6 months is:
pulling up to sit; sits with minimal support
raking grasp; regards raisins
single syllables; turns to voice (which she already does that); imitates sounds
feeds self; works for toy
:( wow. feeding herself? saying single syllables? that's only 2 months away!! someone please tell me how to make time stop.
spending sweet time with her dear old D-A-D
sporting her first pair of blue jeans!!
and what better way to finish off the day than with some family time at home. we watched some Jeopardy, some Wheel of Fortune, and some USA Soccer.
A girl after her daddy's own heart.
Location: 54th Street
Information: WE'RE PREGNANT!
People (in order from left to right): Dennis & Lori Lane (aka: Papa & Nana); Nathan Lane (aka uncle Nathan); daddy & mommy; Jim & Caryl Schultz (aka: Papa Jim & Grandma); cousin Carolyn (aka: C); Katie and Julia (aka: aunt Katie & Jules); BJ, Sue and the boys [via telephone] (aka: uncle Beej, aunt Sue, cousins Sam & Joel)
Reactions: smiles, tears, laughs, surprised, not-surprised, overwhelming joy, and the question: is this an april fools joke?!
for the Schultz family: grandbaby #5
for the Lane family: grandbaby #1
for Sam & Jami: the best decision we've made as a married couple and the best blessing God could've ever given us
Oh happy day our 4 month old little one!
We ALL love you!