The month of December started off with the BEST doctor's appointment EV-er. "Why?" you ask. Well, that's because it was my first wellness appointment that required no immunizations. If I'd known that was even a possibility, I would demand that same treatment every time!
So, I've grown some more. On December 3, I weighed 30 lbs 7 oz (92nd %ile), I was 34 inches long (89th %ile) and my huge melon was 20 inches around putting me in the 98th %ile for head circumference.
Pops began to worry that I might grow up to be like his friend, Darianne
Moms swears this was completely my idea...while that may be true, I'm a bit distressed that she decided to capture the moment on film
Saturday December 4 was a big day. We got up early and went to the mall so I could get some new shoes (I'm a growing boy, after all!) I checked out lots of displays, as you can see from these photos.
After the mall and my nap, we went over to the Snowdenschroeders' house for the Civil War game. Quack! I'm happy to report the Ducks won. That night after I was tucked into bed Moms bought her plane ticket to Arizona for the BCS Championship Game. I'm still shocked she decided to go without me!
Who says travel with a toddler is tough?
Snacks = Success!
Kaanapali Beach, Maui
Pool Day One: not quite sure what to make of this
The second week of December we headed to Maui. This year, our friend Mr. Eric came with us. And, since one baby just isn't enough, Miss Kirsten and Jack came too! They joined us the second day and the 6 of us had a great time, although Moms noticed that things were definitely a bit more hectic with walking, talking toddlers as opposed to last year's trip when neither of us were even crawling yet!
Enjoy these pictures and videos of our trip.
Last year's bed shot
One year later
- SKET -
Last year, Jack was not psyched to match with me...
This year, I was underwhelmed.
Once I got the hang of the pool scene, I loved it!
I don't understand why my parents didn't want me drinking the water, though...it's tasty!
Catching some water from the Pirate Ship
Pops had fun, too
(as you may have noticed, the Pirate Ship slide was my favorite & I practiced my "more" and "please" signs without any prompting!)
Stone Cold Chillin'
Me and Jack both had iPads. It was cool.
After making sure Jack knew who was boss, I let him sit next to me for dinner.
The adults kept getting excited about seeing whales off shore
I did not see what the big deal was, though
Our last dinner together, and Jack & I were totally over it
Is it time for the pool yet?
Pops and Mr. Eric lend a helping hand while Moms entertains Jack & I and Miss Kirsten packed up for their early departure
My last trip to the pool.
Showing Moms the moon in the distance on our last walk around the property
We were home-sweet-home on a Friday night. Granny and Gramps picked us up at the airport and had a Christmas Tree waiting for us when we got home. Not only did they get our tree up, but they came over the next day to keep me occupied while Moms decorated the tree. The opalescent beaded garland was my favorite for sure...
The next day was EVEN BETTER, because Granny and Gramps came over and took me to their house so I could play on my early Christmas gift, a rocking horse. It was cool, but not as cool as their VACUUM!!!!!!!!!!!
I really, really love vacuums.
Later that night we headed to a party to see the lighted ships of Portland, and I became reacquainted with Miss Ava
Things were going swimmingly until she stuck her finger in my mouth...what was I supposed to do? I bit her.
Me in front of our Christmas Tree. I worked really hard on it.
I love to cuddle with Emmitt. I put my head on him and say, "Nigh-nigh." Moms thinks it's super cuters.
On December 23, Moms insisted that we go check out Zoo Lights. Pops wasn't too sure this was worth the trip, until we got there. I loved it SO much, he soon realized how worth it the trip actually was!
The lights were super neat, there was a choo-choo, AND I got to see the monkeys and the elephants.
I can't wait until next year!
I'll meet you guys at the car! It's time for....
The next day was Christmas Eve, and I stayed home with my parents. While Moms was at the gym, Pops and I hung out at the house. Unfortunately we had a little problem while she was away--he turned his back for just a second and I fell off the kitchen counter. I'm still not sure who was more freaked out by the experience, me or him. But he texted Moms and told her we needed to head to the ER to get my big melon checked out. I was rattled for sure, but by the time we got there I felt much better and was actually totally annoyed by the poking and prodding.
Later that afternoon, I was far more upset by a visit to Santa, but the day ended well with the annual family Christmas Eve at Amalfi's.
My first hospital gown. It's as drafty as they say it is.
In fairness to me, I had no idea what was coming
WHO THE HELL IS THIS GUY?!?!?!
WHO THE HELL IS THIS CHICK?!?!?
Nothing makes Pops laugh harder than when I put food on my forehead
Yeah, Ava, you may be cute, but I am NOT sharing this vacuum with you.
Cousin Danielle helps me open my presents from Aliyah
I LOVE PRESENTS!!!
It got late.
Christmas Morning...and the rest of the day!
I got TWO choo-choo tracks! Heaven.
Hopefully I'll be more like my Pops than my Moms out on the golf courses
I got a fire truck
I got a snuggly Elmo from Uncle Ray & Aunt Susan, and a louder talking one from Granny and Gramps. I heart Elmo.
I also got a dump truck. It's pretty much the coolest thing ever!
Auntie Feather and Uncle Bobbob came over later in the day to spoil me rotten
I also got a cool book from the Snowschroes
I LOVE MY DUCKS!!!!!
Christmas night my Great Uncle Mark and cousins Jordan, Kevin & Katy Jo joined us for dinner. It was super fun to have them, and I'm hoping it becomes an annual tradition (except the part where Pops over-cooks the meat...)
I was put to bed shortly after dinner, but I understand that a lot of Kinect was played while I slept. A LOT of KINECT.
The next day, Moms was all business and she started taking down all of our Christmas decorations. It was kind of depressing. Lucky for her, Granny and Gramps came over to help. They really can't get enough of me!
I helped, too, by playing more with the garland and keeping Maxwell company at the window
Looking for a damsel to tie to the train tracks. Anyone?
Breakfast for Dinner--Granny gives me a lesson in egg beating