Oh Ayla! Our social little girl with the contagious smile is growing up. This month she went from taking only a step or two at a time, to walking all over the place. She is still a bit wobbly, but she is bound and determined to walk- even if it means picking herself back up every so often.
Everything she finds goes straight to her mouth. Unfortunately she really, really loves shoes. Too often I find her sucking on the sole of some dirty shoe and it makes me want to scream. She also loves to take things out of the containers they belong in (clothes out of drawers, tupperware out of cabinets, wipes out of the box, and most especially- shoes out of the shoe bins). She's shaping up to be just as much of a messer as her brother.
She loves her "dada", and seems to say his name when he comes home. She is usually really happy and full of smiles, but the past week or so she has been unusually fussy. I'm hoping it's just a new tooth, because I strongly prefer the giggly version of Ayla Rose. Oh how I love the sound of her giggle fits. Love her to pieces.
|Ayla took in all the sights, sounds, and smells of Sin City from the seat of her stroller. Here we are getting on the Las Vegas Monorail.|
|Las Vegas was coooold, so the beanie was pretty much a permanent fixture on top of her head. And look at those teeth! She has two tiny ones on the bottom, and two (almost 3) big ones up top.|
|We wanted to take a picture with the Flamingos. Look at all those Flamingos!|
|Trent and I ran our first 5k just before Christmas in the frozen tundra of Las Vegas. Ayla and TJ dressed for the occasion in their warm up suits.|
|Overall Ayla is great at keeping her headbands on, but occasionally they end up around her neck, or in her mouth, like so.|
|Ayla was a really good girl this year, so naturally Santa brought her some presents.|
|She looked at them, smiled at them, then moved them straight to her mouth.|
|Now she is ready for the Florida sunshine.|
|We bundled her up to observe the Christmas afternoon sledding extravaganza.|
Ayla and TJ had an absolute blast with cousins, Adie, Chase, and Parker. It was such a treat to see Great Grandma and Grandpa Heiner, and great aunts, uncles, and cousins. Where are the pictures of these people with my kids? Where was my camera? I am so mad.
|Our flight home was a red eye. A red eye with a lap child is a literal red eye. It took all of us a few days and lots of rest to recover from that mistake.|
|Stace and Kim let us borrow their half off card at Moes. We have been eating burritos almost every meal since.|
|My dad gave me a ton of text books to sell. I wrapped them up in every last cereal box we own and Ayla accompanied me to the post office to mail them out. This was only half of them!|
|With all the awesome weather we have been having, we can't help but spend our days at the park.|
|She had a giggle fit on the tire swing. I think she likes to do big girl things.|
|Happy New Year!|