It's Happening...

Slowly but surely, Ava is gaining more and more freedom with every day that falls off the calendar!  She is one motivated little girl and she spends 90% of her waking hours, crawling/dragging/slinking her little self across the room, trying to get whatever is the object of her desire!

I mean seriously, how did we get here so fast??  Wasn't I just bringing her home from the hospital last week?  And weren't we just talking about how little she looked in her big crib??  Didn't she just smile for the first time and weren't we just working on nursing??
And now...
Now, she's on the cusp of crawling??  How did that happen??

She is getting so good at getting right up on her hands and knees...

First she rocks back and forth, then she straightens her legs out and crosses them, in the most perfect push-up form you have ever seen!

And then with every ounce of determination in her, she sets her little eyes on the prize.
Yes, we lure her with the TV remotes.
And it works every time!

She gets back on those knees, moves a little closer with every stride....

And then reaches her arms as far they'll stretch, grabbing that remote with those tiny little fingers...

And then she looks at me like,
"What??  Did you doubt me??  If you're going to dangle a remote in front of me, don't think I won't go after it.  I'm getting ready to rule this house Mom, you better get used to it!!"

Sigh.  My baby is growing up.

Right. Before. My. Eyes.

And while it's exciting and I'm drinking these days in...It makes my heart hurt just a little bit too.
I know she's ready for this new step, for some greater independence, but I'm not sure I am.

I kind of liked knowing that she needed me, even it was exhausting.

First it's crawling, then it's walking, then it's running.  With each new phase she'll need less of me and more of her.  It's normal, it's natural, and it's good.  But I can't help but feel that it's a little bit sad too.

Someone please tell me now, how in the world am I going to survive adolescence??  
Good thing we've got some time to figure it out :) 


Faith said...

How sweet! She is getting big and even cuter, if that's possible =)

petrii said...

What an adorable precious thing Miss Ava Page is!!! Every single time I come here and see that face I am uplifted. Thank you for sharing her with us.

And girl, the pics of ya'll are so sweet. Are those professionally taken? Kudos to the photographer. Can't wait to see more.

Have a Blessed and Beautiful day,

Toni :O) said... cute. They do grow fast, my son will be 11 next month (how can THAT possibly BE??) and my daughter is 6...time just evaporates I tell you. That's all you can do, drink it in and savor each moment cause before I know it, my son will be headed off to college..yikes! Beautiful blog header picture of you all...Ava is just a doll!

Amanda Hoyt said...

Adorable!!! Love the new blog header picture!!! She is just too cute for words!
She will grow up faster than you know. I'm sorry to tell you. I can't believe my Cait is already in kindergarten and I remember her walking at 7.5 months like it was yesterday!

Erin said...

Look at her !! How sweet and she is growing like a weed! Love the new pictures on your blog :)

Rebecca Jo said...

I love that first picture, its like she's saying "Ready to watch me go?"

And wow... your blog header picture... a-maz-ing!!! beautiful family picture!

Kaycee said...

I so feel this way too!!! My baby is 19 months old already and will talk to us in complete sentences ("I wanna sit there" "I want some yummies") already!! I can't believe how fast they get so big!

Ava is adorable! Love the push-ups! :)

Heather said...

My sweet Avery Kate is six months old today and my heart has hurt all day long. But like you said at the same time, I am so proud and happy and thankful. Ah, the emotions of a mother!!
Ava is DARLING and I love your new header pic!!! What a beautiful family!

Ron and Peggy said...

Oh, my gosh! Look at her!

Anonymous said...

You have a great blog! She is adorable!