Spoon Full of Ava

  • millymill | April 7, 2015

    Ava’s 1st Circus Theme Party

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    Good Morning/Evening all!! I am sorry I have been away for a week or so. Ava turned one on the 23rd and we have been partying it up ever since! Finally the birthday festivities are over and we can snap back to reality and relax!

    Ava had 2.5 parties this year.
    One was on her actual birthday with her baby sitter, my parents, my brother and his girlfriend and myself.

    Her 2nd one was my side of the family, my parents hosted that one. The last one was Circus themed and for kids and my husband’s side of the family.

    I had this idea of a circus theme party and I ran with it. We had a clown come out, I made a ticket booth, and decorated with all the decorations I could find. I know she wont remember this but thank God for technology and photographs. Her dad & I will be able to pull out her album and show her.

    Gifts are still all over the place and I will post all the gifts when I have a minute to photograph everything.

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    Dessert Table

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    Sunshine Ava

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    Julie &Leila

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    Mama, Ava, & Papa

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    “Can I help you?”

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    Happy Birthday!

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    Ava & I

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    Uncle Simon, Ava, & Fiona

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    Circus Theme

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    Ava & Her 1st sitter EVER!!!

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    Family <3

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    Fun Child

     

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  • millymill | March 23, 2015

    Ava is One!

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    March 23, 2014

    March 23, 2015! Ava Giselle Graham turns 1 today! 1! Already!!! [Screaming]

    This year flew by. I am still shocked that she is already one. I can honestly say this has been the BEST year of my life. I have learned to love like never before. I have gained energy and strength I’ve never had and I have become so much more focused on OUR family, Our life, & OUR home. She has taught me so much so fast. I am forever grateful for her.

    Enough about me because it’s her day. I am sure all parents say/think their child is so cute & so smart & so funny. Ava is really a little ball of energy. She has made it so easy to be her parents. She gives us no problems! She loves when I read to her. Her favorite thing to do is listen to music & dance. She loves to look at her clothes and get dressed, every time I open her closet she says “Ahhhhhhh”. Chloe & Rocky(Dog & Cat) are her best friends…or so she thinks. She knows how to say “dada”, “otday”(give me in Russian), “mama”(when she feels like it). Ava waves hi & bye, motions come here, give me, points to what she wants, does “nu nu nu”(no no no, with finger motion). She knows how to walk, crawl, and wipe things down. She makes us Proud! She is so kind and sweet. Every morning seeing her face just starts off your day the best way possible. One on one time with her is the most amazing thing in the world. It’s like a different world. I never knew a child could make such a huge difference in Life. She has complete our life!11079316_10152635060576493_1930617582_nDSC_166511084377_10152635060326493_28232178_n11076035_10152635038816493_669880651_n11081866_10152635038641493_1735715034_n11082683_10152635038576493_483243564_n11084574_10152635038461493_448177063_n

    I look forward to raising this beautiful child of ours for many more years to come! Motivating her, supporting her, and just being the best parents we can be.

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    Cake Smash Photo Cred: Ava’s Mama

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    Chloe & Ava

     

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  • millymill | February 24, 2015

    CIO Method

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    First Days with Our Love

    The “cry it out” approach assumes that falling asleep on your own is a skill like any other and that your baby can master this skill if you give him the opportunity. ( Baby Sleep training )

    When I had Ava I told myself that I wasn’t going to rock her to sleep, or lay with her until she fell asleep, co-sleep, or even have her sleep in our room in a crib or a bassinet. I love my daughter to death but i love my sleep, my marriage and my sanity too. The reason I wasn’t going to rock her is because growing up my mom would rock my brother for HOURS, no Joke 2-3 hours sometimes. Also I have heard or parents staying and holding their child’s hand until they fall asleep and anytime they would try to walk away the kid would wake up. Hearing these stories and knowing all of this gave me the heebie jeebies!

    I have a full time job, a home to care for, a husband to attend to, and a beautiful baby girl to care for. Get this. All that and only 24 hours to do everything. My entire pregnancy I knew I had to have a plan in place just like I do with everything else.

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    Once she was born and I got adjusted(took 3 days) I put a schedule into full force. I was waking her up every 3 hours to feed and there were times she would cry before bed/naps and I knew she was clean, fed, and good to go to sleep. I never let her cry longer than 10 minutes. By the time the crying started I was familiar with her cries which made it really easy. Anytime she would cry over 10 minutes I would go in give her a kiss say to her “Mama loves you, Papa loves you, Everyone loves you now close your eyes and relax.” Sometimes I would just put her back in the crib and leave and others I’d rub her belly for a minute or so and then walk out. After that she would whine for a few minutes(usually not over 5) and fall asleep. This took about a week and since then she has been on a pretty solid schedule. I did this with naps and night time sleep. She has also been sleeping through the night since she was 2 months old.

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    Ava is now 11 months old and sometimes will scream and holler when I walk out of the room. When/if I come back in the room she starts cracking up. Which tells me she is tired but wants me to keep on playing with her. On days like that I walk in play with her for a few minutes, give her a kiss, tell her we love her and walk out. When I walk out she cries for maybe 2 minutes and flops right down and goes to sleep.

    Now, a lot of people view the CIO method as torture, some even say it will break the trust between the child and parent. Those parents think that by leaving them the child will learn to self cope so they worry that their kid won’t need them or trust them. CIO method is just like teaching your child to crawl, walk, eat, or even different words. It is a way of doing something, it is a good thing for you and your baby. He/she will get more rest and so will you. Your kid will know he/she can trust you as they grow, as you catch them from falling, as you kiss their boo boos, as you protect them, and the list goes on and on! CIO will not make your child angry in the long run because they will wake up happy as ever.

    I don’t believe that this method is for everyone but I do believe that it should be an option for everyone. For example a stay at home mom may prefer to rock her baby, a single mom might love co-sleeping, and a working mom may love the CIO method because all these things and options may match our lives differently.

    I want to hear about your babies and your schedule…sleeping methods…feedings…experiences…etc. Weigh in below!

    Happy Working Mama. <3

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  • millymill | February 9, 2015

    DIY Names

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    1394219432292So simple & So easy!

    All you need is a Craft Store such as Michaels or AC Moore.

    Choose letters the size you need and choose acrylic paint in the colors you would like.

    I purchased white letters because it would save me time and i think the colors come out better on white.

    Along with the acrylic I purchased 3D stickers as you can see in the photo above.

    When painting the letters you want to paint a layer at a time. Paint it, let it dry, paint it, let it dry…a total of 3 times!

    Last I suggest buying the Command Hanging Strips, you won’t keep this on the wall forever so no point of permanently damaging your walls.

    Good Luck!

     

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