“At first an ordeal and then an accomplishment, the daily run becomes a staple, like bread, or wine, a fine marriage, or air. It is also a free pass to friendship.”
~ Benjamin Cheever, Strides

Monday, December 26, 2011

Days of Firsts

A couple of days ago, Avery had her first flight on a plane (while outside the womb).  She actually did pretty well.  Our flight was delayed about 45 minutes.  She fell asleep a little bit before the flight, and slept for the first 2 hours of the flight.  
I don't know what Mommy was so worried about...I'm easy!
She woke up with about an hour left....ate...hung out with mommy....and didn't fuss until they took too long opening the cabin door and she wanted OUT of the dang carrier.  I picked her up and let Mark be a pack horse until we got to baggage claim so that I could carry her.  This made her happy.

She thoroughly enjoyed having Grandparents to give her added attention that night.  The next day we went to her first Christmas Eve service...So I dressed her up.  She did really well during the service, except for the projectile spit-up all over Mommy, Avery and the floor.  Luckily, I packed 4 spit-up cloths.  Always prepared!
This was taken with Mommy's new iPhone.
Her first Christmas morning started at 5:30am...Avery doesn't believe in switching to central time, or sleeping in.  What she DOES believe in is joyful screaming...which she started doing for the first time on Christmas day - what fun!
Mommy is inventing stories - I'm a perfect angel.
A reindeer hat.  really?
Her other new trick this week?  Rolling over from her back to her tummy!  She gets quite annoyed when her arm gets stuck under her body though.
Does this reindeer make my butt look big?
Sleep is all mommy wanted for Christmas.
I'm the perfect present.
She even decided to ride a Longhorn for Christmas...a present from Grandma and Pops.
Bull-riding is next!
A great first Christmas! We still have the dreaded long car ride to my In-laws for that visit before heading home via plane.

How were your holidays?  Did you travel?

My favorite thing about coming home is we have the same favorite holiday dishes every year...what's your favorite holiday food?


  1. She is so cute! I am glad things went well with the flight - at least better than you anticipate! Steve is a great cook and makes the same things every year - polenta & sauce Christmas Eve and prime rib Christmas Day. YUM!

  2. Your child would have a giant stuffed longhorn! Good luck with that car ride, I hurt everywhere after 4+ hours in the car today. My butt actually went kind of numb at some point. See you when you get back!

  3. Avery is so cute! I'm glad the flight went relatively well for you all and that you had a good Christmas.

    My favorite part of Christmas is visiting family (this year my mom) and all of us being off work and at home for extended periods of time. My family is traditionally also very big on board games. We didn't do any of that this year (except for me playing Sorry with the kids--baby steps, right?).

    Merry Christmas!

  4. Awesome post! She is so adorable! And you guys both look so pretty all dressed up for Christmas Eve.

    Merry first Christmas, Avery! I'm glad you guys had safe and happy travels. The carrier picture is so cute!!

  5. I'm so glad the flight went smoothly! Our was relatively easy, too... just got home this afternoon, and it is good to be back! I'm ready to catch up on sleep, too. Traveling gets L out of whack, her naps get shorter and as she's over-tired, she starts waking earlier and earlier. Fun, fun. ;)


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