With a six-week old baby at home, we decided it would probably not be a good idea to throw our large annual St. Patty's Day party. However, we had to do something to celebrate one of my favorite holidays of the year! So we invited a few friends over to grill out and drink some green beer.
Ava also dressed up for the occasion :).
I managed to get a few photos of our friends and their kiddos who joined us.
Derek and Abby
Sarah and Tom
Tessa and Grant
Cyndi and Diana with Ava
Louie didn't want Ava to be the only one on Josh's lap :).
My sister Hannah and her boyfriend Cameron even joined us.
Some of our closest friends, Lane and Lolly, welcomed their adorable son Henry into the world on March 15. The girls, minus Erin who was in Chicago, went to visit them in the hospital and meet the little guy. He is so precious!
I love this picture of all of us.
Henry and Ava were very close in size when they were born (he was just an ounce smaller and 3/4 of an inch longer). And if he is anything like his parents, Henry is going to be very tall. This is a good thing because Ava is going to need a tall boy to date one day :).
I absolutely love having friends with babies. Lolly and I as well as Sarah, who had Abby in December, have sent hundreds of baby-related text messages and e-mails to each other over the past few months. They keep me sane, and I can't wait to see our kids grow up together!
As much as I wish we were able to live in Austin, unfortunately that is not the case. Nevertheless, I will try to take Ava down to visit my family as much as possible. And when we win the lottery, we can buy a lake house there :).
Ava made her first trip down to Austin just after her one month birthday. The trip was especially fun because Ava got to meet lots of family members for the first time, including her Aunt Charlotte and Uncle Jesse.
Both of them teared up when they met Ava. It was so cute!
My Mom also had a bunch of my aunts, uncles, and cousins over for dinner so they could meet Ava. I only managed to take one picture that night, of Ava and my Aunt Laura. She loved holding her and even came back later in the week for another visit :).
My favorite moment of the week was when we took Ava to meet her great grandmother, my Mimi. It was so special, and I will always treasure these pictures.
Look how proud Mimi looks :).
Me, Ava, Mimi, and Charlotte.
Four generations! As Mimi put it when Ava was born, "her baby girl's baby girl had a baby girl" :).
Ava also got to spend a lot of time at Grampsie and Nana's house.
I love this picture of Ava snuggling with her Aunt Bee.
In addition to hanging out with her aunts, Ava got to meet my Uncle David and his wife Bambi as well as Sarabeth's boyfriend, Stephen. He looks like a natural :).
During our trip, Ava also got to meet Lauren, her brother Brian, and her Mom.
Lauren and I also took Ava over to our friend Jennie's house for a playdate with her adorable son Levi. Ava had another playdate in Austin with my friend Madeline, who grew up down the street from me, and her sweet daughter Lucy. Ava was quite the social butterfly :).
We are going to make another trip down to Austin in a couple weeks to take advantage of the extra time I have to travel during my maternity leave. We will also be making a stop in San Antonio to meet some of Josh's family. I can't wait!
I can't believe how fast Ava's first month went by! She is such an angel, and despite the sleep deprivation, I have enjoyed every moment with her. She is super alert and is generally such a happy baby. I love her sweet little smile :).
We are going to take pictures each month so we can see how Ava grows and changes throughout the year. Here are my favorites from the first month:
One Month Stats:
10 pounds, 15 ounces
21 3/4 inches long
95th percentile height and weight!
The Nap Nanny - This was one of the best things we registered for! She loves sleeping in it, and we even used it in her bassinet for the first couple weeks. I highly recommend it!!
Being walked "in laps" around the house
The sound of running water - This may not be very environmentally friendly, but turning on the kitchen sink often made her stop crying...so turn on the sink I did :).
Having her hair washed
Riding in the car
Staring at Mr. Elephant during tummy time
Having her diaper changed
Lifting her head and turning it head from side to side during tummy time
The "social smile" - I swear Ava smiled at me around 2 1/2 weeks, but she definitely did at 3 1/2 weeks. Here is the video to prove it:
Ava snorts whenever she gets really worked up. It is hilarious!
My name is Catherine, but most of my friends call me Cat. I was born and raised in Austin, went to TCU, and ended up in Dallas for law school (where Josh and I met). I decided that being an attorney was not my cup of tea and pursued a career in legal marketing instead. I am now a mother of two attempting to balance family with a full-time job, which is always an adventure. I love: my sweet babies, handsome husband, very large family, and fabulous friends; trying new restaurants; wine; TCU football; holidays; cooking; pajamas; La Croix; reading; coffee; podcasts; Central Market; carbs; the beach; mani/pedis; Anthropologie; binge-worthy TV shows; trivia; French 75s; Pinterest; cheese boards; The Ticket; dancing; Sprinkles cupcakes; The Texas Rangers; fresh flowers; thunderstorms; naps; Tex-Mex; the Texas Hill Country; porch-sitting; ranch dressing; throwing parties; and my job. I hate: working-mom guilt; snakes; heights; waking up early; ignorant people; stomach bugs; paper cuts; green fruit; bad hair days; snoring; the sound of people eating (Misophonia); Miracle Whip; scary movies; bad drivers; pulpy OJ; trimming baby fingernails; and working out. I think that sums it up.