Sunday, November 17, 2013

Learning Every Day

Avi at month 1, month 2 and month 3
What a difference time has made. I've been so busy with work and family that this little blog has not been updated. Avi is doing really well. She's had grumpy days and happy days. But overall she's progressed leaps and bounds from when she first arrived home. We haven't seen a single thing we can attribute to an adoption related issue. Everything is just typical toddler stuff. Sometimes it's tough being two.

This last week was a language explosion. She's repeating all kinds of words. Ann says I can't teach her Yeee Haaw! I thought she should have some knowledge of our Indiana roots. Apparently not. But she's picked up on so many things it's hard to list them all. Most of the time she seems to know what we're saying and does as we ask. (more or less). Other times she's still a bit lost. But overall she is a wonderfully happy little girl and she keeps us entertained.

Of all the words she learned, "NO!" is her favorite.   Our favorite is "GO BRONCOS!".  We're enjoying bath time more and sleep has no longer been a problem. She's in her own room and doing fine there. Bedtime has been so much easier as of late. Avi falls asleep within 10 to 15 minutes and only wakes occasionally. Compared to the first few months, it's a different world.

Hugs and kisses are plentiful now. In fact, "Love you" accompanied by a big hug is a wonderfully common experience now. She doesn't know a stranger. Everyone she meets gets a big "Hi". We're very lucky to have such a wonderful little person in our lives.

Here's a recap of things we've done since the last update. 

Avi was a bumblebee for Halloween. 

She learned how to swing.

Sophie is still her best bud.

We cheered on mom at the New York Marathon.

Pumpkin excavation was a blast!

We can walk Farley.

And Sophie

We totally fixed our first flat tire.

But it took a step stool to use the bike pump.

Received a wonderful piggy bank from Uncle Paul and Aunt Pam!

From our family photos at Chatfield lake.

Once again, the truth behind the internet myth we perpetuate.

She has an eternally happy spirit.

And still loves noodles.

Preparing for camping at Denver Botanic Gardens.

I use my cuteness to my advantage for sure.

Are you going to eat that?

Cooking Bronco's Chili. (staged by the way)
Ok, so maybe I enjoy hugs a bit more than she does sometimes.

Hanging out with her best friend.
Avi is a wonderful little girl who is growing every day. We're so happy to be a family together.