The other thing I read was that at 2 years old, she was very particular about bedtime and the songs we sing. That has not changed! She only likes about 4 songs these days - Amazing Grace, Linger, Hush Little Baby and "Twinkle". Although she likes it even better when I make up songs about her. She also insists on sleeping with no covers and her shirt pulled up with her back exposed. And she asks for "tickly" scratches on her back. Fortunately, she sleeps like a rock. I read that Brady when he was about 3, always closed his bedroom door before coming down to see us in the morning. Avery still does that. So funny how kids are the same but different.
Avery's party today was at Little Gym with 13 of her best girl friends. She was in heaven being the center of attention and getting her energy out. And Mommy was happy because it was one of the easiest parties we've ever done. Plus she loved opening all of her presents (of course!)
Avery had a hip check up yesterday and got a good report. She has been telling me that she wants to be a "kid doctor" when she grows up, but after that appointment, she now wants to be a "kid & baby bone doctor"(as well as "a mommy, teacher, artist, and cheerleader"). I am confident she can be them all!
Avie is whip smart. She is reading beyond my expectations - more than just basic sight words - and loves it. Her brother is one of the best teachers. He will quiz her on words and also math! She was doing addition the other day and I discovered it was because Brady taught her how.
Her favorite things to do are play "family" with Brady, play with dolls, and dress up as princesses. She & I are going to American Girl store tomorrow for her to pick out her birthday present from mommy & daddy. That is also what we did for her 4 year old birthday and she remembered and requested again. Brady is obsessed with animals, constantly trying to decide what animal he wants for a pet, doing HOURS of research on the computer. He plays pet store and zoo at home with all of his stuffed animals. He currently wants to be a pet store owner when he grows up.
Avery played soccer this fall for the first time and is a hustler. She hip checks girls right out of her way. She goes for the ball and takes it to the goal. She has scored several goals. She also loves swimming and is taking swimming lessons once a week as she really really wants to do swim team next summer. Almost two months ago she started riding her bike all on her own! Straight from her balance bike, never any training wheels.
Even though she is spunky, has a mind of her own and a strong will, Avery does not like to be in trouble and does not like to be yelled at, so she is generally very well behaved. She does go through moods where she will say "No!" to Mommy but accepts her punishment without much fanfare most of the time.
She is soooo loving. She gives awesome tight hugs, still loves to be held ("uppy-uppy"), and will use a "little girl" voice to get what she wants. She tells me often that she loves me "to the moon, all the stars, around all the planets and back again". I can't even put into words how much I love her. I'm dreading the day when I put her down for the last time and not pick her up again. I know it will happen, as it did with Brady, without me even realizing it and it breaks my heart. So I do indulge her more than I probably should. She is my baby!
Avery - I look forward to the day that you read this and see how very very loved you are. You are a light in our lives. You bring joy to us everyday. I cannot get enough of you. I love seeing the little lady you are becoming, but also want to freeze time to keep you where you are now. I thank God everyday that he chose you for our family. xoxo - Mommy
Now, there is no way I can describe everything we have done in the last 12+ months since I blogged, but I'm going to hit some highlights for posterity sake:
Brady's Ridiculously Awesome Summer - started with this first overnight camp to Camp Seagull with Tuck and McNair, also including a trip to Turks & Caicos to visit Gma & Gpa (snorkeling and iguanas!), his first solo flight to Maine for time with Grandma & Grandpa (moose sighting!), his first trip to New York with Birdie & Bogey (Statute of Liberty, Ellis Island, M&M store, 35,000+ steps in one day!), more camps in Charlotte, and 2 straight weeks at the beach. Whew!
Daddy's 39th Birthday - a surprise trip to Boston for the New England v. Panthers game with Nicki and Dave. The "Patriots train" direct from Boston to the game broke down so there was an expensive emergency Uber but we made it! And the Panthers won! (Sorry, Ben...) Food so good at Row 34 we ate there twice in the weekend.
Chinese Lanterns at Daniel Stowe - this was an unexpectedly cool experience this fall, the kids loved seeing the "zoo" made of lanterns
SC State Fair - Birdie, Bucky & I discovered both kids are daredevils with zero fear. Brady rode everything he could - spinning, flipping, upside down. Avery would have ridden them all too if she had been tall enough. Piper is a little more reluctant (i.e. safe).
Halloween - this year we had a Harry Potter (Brady recently finished the first book and is halfway through the second) and Moana who changed into Elena of Avalor mid-way through trick or treating (similar to last year when she changed from Ariel to Tooth Fairy at the last minute...) We love Halloween in our neighborhood trick-or-treating with the Hollands and Speckmans this year.
We watched the Harry Potter movie for the first time this weekend and Avery was so into it, it was cute! Brady said he was glad he had read the book because the book had more detail and helped him understand the movie - he is so much like his momma!
Brady also got into the Talent Development program at school - to the surprise of no one - in the 99 percentile. I was a proud momma. Brady's started spelling words now that he is in 2nd grade and I was doubtful he would be able to spell the words given (words like "infrequent", "afterthought" and "exterior") and he has rocked them. Though he did ask me what "preface" and "foreword" meant and I tried to give him two different definitions but quickly realized we needed a dictionary - turns out they mean the same thing! I just hope that both of my kids continue to love learning!
Thanks for reading if you are still with me. Off to bed now as my kids will be up at 5am due to the Daylight Savings Time change! (We will be lucky if Brady sleeps til 5am - he gets up at 5:30am regularly - early bird just like his Grandma, NOT his momma)