Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Ava Turns 5!

5 years ago I went for a routine pre-natal check-up. I had been on bed rest since Valentine’s day and seeing the doctor every other day. With each doctor’s appointment up until March 17th the doctor kept assuring us Ava was coming any day now. I reached 37 weeks finally and Dr. Robinson examined me. I was 4 centimeters and we were given a couple of options. Option 1) We could wait and Option 2) We could have the baby that day. We were super anxious to meet our little one and it gave us the opportunity to give Mimi (Noah’s mom) a heads up so she could drive down from Virginia in time for Ava’s arrival so we chose to go with Option 2.

I remember that day so clearly. We were told to head over to the hospital and get admitted. I knew the moment I was there I wouldn’t be allowed to eat so Noah and I picked up Chic-fil-a before heading to labor and delivery. It was around 2:30 or so when we got settled in the room. I wasn’t feeling any contractions even though the computer was saying I was. The doctor came in to break my water and shortly after I was given the epidural.

Labor was not bad at all thank goodness. The epidural worked so well I had to be told when to push. Ava arrived at 10:30 p.m. and she was just beautiful. I remember how white her skin was and her hair was so light. I was sure she would have jet black hair like me. She looked like a little porcelain doll. I don’t even remember her crying. Her eyes were wide open just taking in her new world.

Our lives have never been the same. Ava is one of a kind. She has such a fun personality. She’s definitely a daddy’s girl but super girly like her momma. Her smile and laugh are infectious and I know she’ll be giving Noah a run for her money once boys start to notice her.

This year she’s been attending pre-k. Her teacher tells me she’s a great learner. Recently they had a talent show at her school and she came home every day practicing her two songs. She was so excited for the performance and was a shining star. Her favorite day of the week is Fridays because its “dress down day”. She loves to pick out her outfit, which always includes a tutu.

We signed her up for ballet/tap and she's loving every minute. Her first recital is this May. She went to her first sleep over this year too, such a big girl. Ava was super brave and decided on her own she wanted to pierce her ears.

She loves to ride her bike and is starting to watch non-cartoon girly shows. She is still pretty picky about eating but recently tried pepperoni and ham. Ava loves to perform. Her and Lily are always singing and dancing. My favorite is when she shows me yoga moves that she’s learned at school.

Ava is five going on twenty with the way she talks. She can be super serious and her facial expressions are just the best.

We are celebrating her birthday this year with a tea party theme. She’s been so excited to dress up and pretend apple juice is tea.

I can’t believe another year has zoomed by. I just want to freeze time and soak up this very special time in her life. We are so blessed to have her in our lives.

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