We finally had a day of decent weather. Okay, so normally 40 degrees isn't decent but after highs in the 20s it was a welcome change. Sunday we went to church, got our groceries, and then Brian and Eli spent a few minutes riding the tractor. Eli was so excited that he grinned from ear to ear and giggled the whole time. I've said it before... we're an outside family. We are so looking forward to spring so that we can escape the confines of our house and strech our legs a little.
|"Did someone say 'tractor'? Get me outta these church clothes!"|
|"I wanna drive."|
Ava is doing her best to climb all over everything and be on the move constantly. Diaper changes are difficult and bathtime is nearly impossible. How to you bathe a 9 month old who refuses to sit down but can't quite stand up yet. This week I've been trying to sit her down over and over during baths. She squirms and tries to pull up on the side of the tub. But when she stands her top half is out of the tub hanging over the floor so you couldn't rinse her hair without pouring water all in the floor. She gets very angry when I sit her back down. This week bathtime has resulted in many tears.
Our two big accomplishments this week are that Ava has learned to clap/play patty-cake and wave. She thinks these are great fun and grins from ear-to-ear when she does either of these and you respond appropriately. Ava has been getting up earlier this week so she frequently sits in the bumbo seat in the bathroom while I get dressed. This is our time to play some of these games while I put on my makeup, brush my teeth, etc. She also reaches for anything she can get her hands on during this time as well. I usually keep her hand occupied holding a comb or a brush or something, at least until she throws it down. Then we play the pick-up game. Ava throws it down, I pick it up, repeat, repeat, repeat, ... Eventually, I finish getting ready and we go get her and Eli dressed.
|"Mommy says I have to sit down now. I'm not gonig to be still for long! I'll be standing up in 3... 2... 1... "|
|"No more sitting for me... I'm going to stand up!"|
|"This is my bathtime pose. Just try washing me while I stand like this!"|