Aviana 23 months

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In just over a month Matt and I will be the parents of a 2 year old and a newborn! Life is bound to be craziness for awhile but I’m so excited and can’t wait for Baby L to arrive! Here is a little about our Aviana at 23 months.

Aviana: 23 months
Height: 34 inches
Weight: 28 pounds
#Teeth: All but her 2 year old molars!

Favorite Foods: all fruits (she could eat fruit all day!), honey (likes it on her yogurt), cereal, favorite veggie is carrots

Favorite Toys:
Playing with dolls is still her favorite thing to do. She LOVES babies, she’ll say “baby cry” and then pick up her baby and hug the doll or she will give the doll a bottle. She still loves to cover her babies with blankets and pat their backs while saying, “night night.” On Mondays and Wednesdays she is the first one to arrive at daycare so sometimes they will ask her if she wants to see the babies in the nursery. I guess this is where she picked up her ‘Mommy skills’. She gets very excited about all things baby related, I think she’ll be a wonderful big sister :)!

Favorite Books: The Elmo Seek and Find book. Aviana and Matt read this every night before bed. It amazes me how she can name everything in the book now and knows where all the objects are. This book has become bedtime routine followed by the farm animal book (one of those touch books) which she flips through and kisses each animal and says ‘night night’. I especially love when she says goodnight to the cow and the sheep. She says, night night moo, night night baaaa.

Speaking of nighttime routine, Matt has taken this over in the last month so that Aviana is used to him putting her to bed since very soon I will be busy nursing a newborn every two hours! They sing the same songs every night and it always has to be in the same order, old macdonald, twinkle twinkle little star, and baaa baaa black sheep. Sometimes I spy on them rocking and singing on the video monitor because it makes my heart happy!

New Vocab: Aviana can count to 3 and knows her colors! She says 2-3 word sentences and you can tell she understands almost everything anyone says to her.

That’s our 23 month old in a nutshell. Now to get back to her 2nd birthday party planning before she awakes from her nap!

Laura 🙂

Christy’s Z Sister Bachlorette Day and Laura’s Maternity Pictures

Our little family rose early Saturday morning and headed north to my parent’s house. Matt dropped me off at the spa for Christy’s Sister Spa Bachlorette party! Christy had her typical bachelorette party in NYC last weekend with but since I’m super pregnant (36 weeks!) and Bekah is under 21 we decided to have a separate more laid back Spa bachelorette party for her, Z sister style! So Saturday morning, my Mom, Christy, Kate, Bekah and I were pampered with massages and pedicures, followed by yummy lunch and some shopping. With the aches and pains that the last few weeks of pregnancy bring, I was very thankful for my prenatal massage. It was a wonderful girl’s day, Z sister bonding day, celebrating our Christy! That night the celebrations continued, with a delicious PB cake (I’ll have our baker Kate post the recipe!) to celebrate my Dad’s birthday (he requests PB chocolate cake every year!)

Sunday was picture day for our family! Did you all know that Bekah is an amazing photographer? She did Christy’s engagement pictures and I just loved them so we asked her to do my maternity pictures as well as some family shots. Here are just a few of my favorites!

Laura 🙂

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Swaddles, lullabies, and sleepless nights! Here we go again!

Aviana, excited to be a big sister!

Aviana, excited to be a big sister!

Baby Lehman #2 at 11 weeks

Baby Lehman #2 at 11 weeks

Swaddles, lullabies, and sleepless nights! Here we go again!

That’s right, Matt and I are expecting Baby #2 and we’re over the moon! Matt just about fell over when he opened the positive pregnancy test (I wrapped it up and gave to him as a present, in an eyeglass case, he thought he was getting new sunglasses,hehe). Baby #2 was a little less planned but we couldn’t be happier or more excited to make our family a family of four! Baby #2 is expected to join our family sometime around July 3rd, perhaps a little firecracker?!

Boy or girl?!?! How anyone waits until their baby’s birthday to find out is beyond me, we will find out on Valentine’s Day!

xoxo,
Laura

Aviana 18 months

Aviana 17 and 18 months

18 months old! Where does the time go? Weren’t we just sipping lemonade and celebrating her first birthday?!

Aviana: 18 months
Height: 33 inches (50th percentile)
Weight: 25.1 pounds (50th percentile)
#Teeth: still 12!
Favorite Foods: egg and cheese omelets, kiwi, strawberries, smoothies
Favorite Toys: Disney princesses and castle, sitting at her little table, doing puzzles (which she finally mastered), pushing her babies in their stroller and feeding them ‘babas” (bottles), Making Momma and Dadda coffee in her little kitchen and serving us

New Vocab: Will attempt to say almost all words, vocab probably at 50+ words, even says her name, calls herself ‘Yana’

Life with Aviana

There is nothing like coming home from work and seeing your daughter waiting at the glass door. Tuesdays is my late day to work, I work until 7. When Matt hears my car he tell Aviana, “Momma’s Home’. She runs to the door and is always there, her face lighting up, as does mine, as we see each other when I come down the walkway. I open the door to a big “Momma!” and give her lots of hugs and kisses. How I love this little girl!

Eighteen month olds aren’t all smiles and giggles though, I do start to see the start of the “Terrible Twos” which I’ve read usually start at one and a half. If she doesn’t get her way, she’ll sometimes throw herself to the floor and throw a little tantrum. Matt and I, after reading up on it, have decided to ignore these episodes and that tactic seems to work well. She cries for a minute or so and then she’s up and playing again, forgetting what she was mad/upset about. I’ve read that toddlers just have a hard time sometimes keeping their emotions in check, at a stage where they want to be independent yet hate that they can’t/aren’t allowed to be. I try to give Aviana choices whenever I can and that seems to help too, lets her feel she has some control over situations. For instance, “Aviana, which toy would you like to play with before we change your diaper.” Then I let her pick a toy from a basket on her bookcase. I try to keep her well fed and well rested and strongly hope these episodes do not become more frequent!

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She loves hats and shoes! Uh oh it’s starting early! No complaint yet here, looks like I’ll have a shopping buddy in my future! She puts on her hat and proudly exclaims “HAT!”. My favorite is when she puts on Matt’s knit hats and continues playing with the big knit hat on her head. She loves to put on my shoes, or Matt’s shoes and attempt to walk in them. If I’m sitting down with no shoes on she’ll sometimes run up to me with a shoes, exclaim “SHOE” and try to put a shoe on my foot.

Matt’s parents are coming this weekend so Matt and I can have a much-needed night out to celebrate my birthday (which is Feb 12). We are going to dinner and a play and I can’t wait!

xo,
Laura

Z Sister Family Christmas

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Like most families a Z sister family Christmas is full of traditions!

Christmas Eve Traditions:
1. Kate and Bekah helping with Dad’s last-minute shopping for Mom
2. Getting dressed up for the Candlelight service and taking family pictures
3. Candlelight Service
4. Lots and Lots of appetizers (in lieu of dinner)
5. Opening our gifts to each other
6. Lots of laughing, hugs, and happiness 🙂
7. Watching one of our favorite Christmas movies together as a family

Christmas Day
1. Waking up and seeing that Santa came
2. Opening gifts from Santa, Momma and Papa Z
3. Eating a delicious breakfast
4. Being lazy all day, watching Christmas movies
5. Eating the most delicious Christmas dinner ever, courtesy of Momma and Papa Z

My Top 10 Favorite Things about this Christmas
1. Snow on Christmas Eve
2. After having to leave the Candlelight service early (Aviana’s bedtime!), waiting outside for Matt to get the car, holding Aviana, it was so quiet. It was snowing and I could see the candelight from the upstairs sanctuary, then suddenly I could hear the Christmas hymns. ~I had a moment~
3. Seeing Christy and her Fiance, Rick so happily engaged on their one and only engaged Christmas
4. Seeing Matt and Rick in their matching hats, future brothers! 🙂
5. Seeing my Mom’s face light up when she got her Kindle fire from ALL of us
6. Giving Aviana her first present Christmas morning, and she sat on the present like a chair with her cheerios!
7. Watching Aviana after she realized how fun opening presents is!
8. Again Aviana, after she got her first baby doll, feeding the doll a bottle, amazingly precious
9. Having my whole family together for a yummy Christmas Dinner
10. Having our own little family Christmas in front of our first REAL tree at our own house later that night, Matt and I opening our gifts/stockings to each other.

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas too, with your own families and traditions! It truely is a time to count our blessings! 🙂

xoxo,
Laura

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The Santa Express

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There are tons of fun family Christmas events and activities in our area.  Unfortunately though, most of them are not for one year olds.  I thought The Santa Express though would be perfect for Aviana, so I booked our family 3 tickets!   “She’d get to ride a ‘choo choo’, see Santa, sings songs, she’ll love it,”  I thought, well I was WRONG.  One of the many things I have learned in my 17 months of motherhood, you just can’t predict the actions of a child.  I should have known my dear curious child would not want to sit still on a train.  I should have known that it is torture for a 17 month old to sit when there is so much to explore!  My thoughts are that The Santa Express would probably be fun for older children, but by the end of it Matt and I were exhausted from trying to entertain our squimy little one!  Oh and also, Aviana is VERY afraid of Santa.  I could not even get her within a foot of him, looks like no Christmas pictures with Santa this year, sigh.  I love my husband, he calmly reminded me to not stress, to enjoy these moments, this is what memories are made of, not all memories are perfect.    How thankful I am for my little family, even the not so perfect memories,  but even so there will be no more Santa Express for me!!

xoxo,

Laura

P.S.  Above is the best picture I could get of her, she was moving so much!