Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Home and settling in



Resting after her long dr appt




Ava's squeaky shoe collection


Ava and I have been home a few days now. It's hard to remember what day of the week it is. Everything is unpacked but still lots to put away. Ava is doing really well but still has her days and nights mixed up (15-hour time difference and all) so she gets up a number of times throughout the night. Hopefully, we can get back to our nice sleep schedule in China of 10-11 hours a night. :)

Ava's first doctor's appt was yesterday. Poor Ava had to get 5 shots and blood drawn from both her arm and foot. She had bandages all over her. She weighed in at about 15 lbs, 12 oz. which puts her at about 10% for height and 1% for weight. She seems to be super healthy, just small. She is running a bit of a fever today from the shots so she was pretty mellow today.
She has a tooth or two that should be breaking through very soon so her doctor said she can try the little Gerber melt in your mouth snacks- she loves them. We went for a walk around the block today in her new stroller. She liked it well enough so we'll go walking again tomorrow. Her car seat isn't her favorite but she is okay as long as the car is moving.
I have found Ava's development over the past two weeks to be amazing. When I first met Ava, she couldn't sit up on her own, wouldn't stand on your lap for more than a second or two and had very poor eye-hand coordination. Today, she sits up great, stands (while being held) for long periods of time and is able to pick up very small objects with very little difficulty. She continues to be a happy, smiling baby. She has started to give me kisses and hugs and she holds her arms up for me to pick her up when I walk by. Ava is such an angel and I love her so much.

12 comments:

Heather said...

So glad to see you made it home safe and sound. Ava looks right at home - it's wonderful to see her blossoming so much. I can't wait to meet her!

LDBM2003 said...

She is a doll. Does she always sleep with her ankles crossed? Too cute.

She is tiny but the picture of health. My DD is and has always been tiny. You are doing the right thing by looking for other signs of health. I long ago learned to look at her eyes, hair and skin to gage health and not worry (too much) about her size.

ENJOY !

Stacy said...

Welcome home!

Poor little thing ~ I can see the bandages. I hope she is feeling better today.

Colleen said...

Welcome home!! I honestly can tell yu that she is one of the most beautiful babies I have ever seen!! That face, I would smooch it all day long.

Jennifer R said...

Hey ! It is great that you guys are now back home! Your blog just made my day today. She is really such a cutie pie. I can't wait to meet her. Post more on your blog when you can !

Julie said...

Welcome home!

Lisa~~ said...

Welcome home! Ava is doing so well and is just so adorable!! Keep up all the good parenting.

Jennifer "Jenny" said...

Welcome home! Ava is so pretty. Glad you guy's are ajusting :)

Lee-Anne said...

Glad you're both settling in well. She is such a gorgeous little girl!

Laura and Dan said...

Ava is such a doll! I'm glad her doctor's visit is behind her and you and she can just focus on each other. :) Can't wait to meet her!

Catherine said...

What a great update. Ava is absolutely beautiful!!!

Happy to hear you're home safe and beginning the adjustment to mommy and daughter. Wahoo!

Dannye said...

Welcome home, so glad to hear Ava is adjusting so well and that her doctor's visit went so well....and she is a doll!!