Archive for the Avery Category


Five Benefits of Early Risers

I’m lucky my kids are good sleepers, but Clay has always been an early riser. He’s slept past 7:00 a.m. maybe five times in his entire life. Unfortunately, once Avery turned two she followed in his early-rising footsteps. They are usually up by 6:30 a.m. and for some reason it seems to be earlier on […]

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My Good Napper

Clay is two days away from starting kindergarten, and he’s down for a nap right now. I have no idea how I got so lucky. Like I’ve written before, no child is perfect, but Clay is pretty darn close when it comes to napping. Don’t get me wrong, he had some times when he was […]

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The perfect child (does not exist)

I have often said (and written) that Avery was the perfect child until she turned two. She never cried, slept 12 hours without a peep and smiled nonstop. Clay never tried to fool us into thinking he was perfect, but he was pretty darn good. More recently I’ve joked that if I could combine my […]

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Assistant swim coach

I wrote a post at this time last year wondering if Clay would ever learn to swim, then a few weeks later, he did. Avery started lessons yesterday, and the instructor told us she’ll be swimming in no time. To be fair, she is a lot more confident in the water (and less cautious in general) […]

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A summer bob hair cut for a princess

Poor Avery inherited my hair. It’s blonde and fine, which means it tangles easily and looks stringy more often than not. I’ve been wanting to cut it into a bob, and for months, she resisted. “Princesses have long hair, Mommy,” she would tell me. Something changed when we met a sweet three-year-old named Abby at the […]

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Avery turns three, still my baby girl

We called her “baby girl” for years, but now it’s usually “Avery Gracie” or “princess.” She’s not a baby, as she so often reminds us, but she’s still my baby girl. Last night she came into our room at nearly the exact same time she was born. She doesn’t usually come in our room at night, so it’s almost like […]

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Siblings: best friends forever

Whichever one of my kids wakes up first, immediately asks about the other one, anxious for him/her to wake up, too. They do almost everything together. Maybe that’s why Avery knows she is two, but says she’s four. She can ride a scooter as well as Clay. She climbs walls (and mountains!) with no fear. Most of […]

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The Princess Bride

This week, Avery got a pile of hand-me-down princess dresses from our friend’s daughter. The wedding gowns are her favorite. We had music on last night, so she wanted to dance with her husband. When I asked who her husband was, she said, “That guy in the green shirt. My dad, Chase.” And then they danced…

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First Thin Mint

Clay took forever to go down for his nap today, so Avery woke up before him. We went to the freezer and got out the Thin Mints. She looked over me with one cookie in each hand and asked, “are you sure about this?” Yes, baby girl, I am sure. Enjoy your first Girl Scout […]

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Why l love the Disney Princesses

I live with a two-year-old, who, more often than not, is wearing a princess dress over her clothes. She only has two of them (Snow White and Sleeping Beauty) and they are both falling apart at the seams from constant wear. She has a princess stepstool, princess dolls, princess books and most of the Disney princess movies. […]

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