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March 28, 2005



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March 25, 2005

Wishin' and Hopin'

We need some Spring. Like now.



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March 18, 2005

We Went to the Mall Today


I'm a sucker and paid three bucks for these photos in the little booth. Juliana loved it (obviously).

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March 14, 2005

Hey You Guys! March Photos!

A new photo gallery for March is up! I feel a little bad because I've taken so many more photos of Ava lately. Juliana is going through this phase (and has been for quite a while) where she WILL NOT smile for the camera. All she want to do is make weird faces like this:


It's partly my fault because I've always told her that she has beautiful big blue eyes- so of course now her favorite thing to do for the cameara is to make the "Big Eyes" face. Either that, or she likes to act like a monkey.

Ava, on the other hand, LOVES to smile for the camera. She also loves to look at the photos of herself I just took on the camera's LCD screen. The funniest photos of her in this batch though are the ones of her looking at herself in the warped vanity mirror where she appears to be channeling a little bit of that guy Sloth from "The Goonies".


Posted by Tracey Gessner at 11:39 AM

March 9, 2005

Back to Life, Back to Re-al-i-ty

Well, I guess it's time to pull my head out of the clouds after our amazing weekend and get back to business. Yesterday I kind of floated around in a daze, but now things are starting to get back on track. Here are the two major things that are happening in the world of Juli and Ava this week:

1) Ava can now point to her feet, belly, or hair when asked. She also has learned to say the word "shoe". If you tell her it's time to put her shoes on, she will walk to the front door where they are, sit down, and try to put them on her feet. She's also understanding a lot of other small requests too. If you tell her to go get her Teletubby doll or Boohbah she will go do just that. It's only a matter of time before I have her doing dishes and cleaning the litter box.

2) Juliana is THIS CLOSE to being able to read! We have been studying every afternoon at this website called Starfall.com (Thanks, Michelle!), and it's really starting to come together for her. She can recognize a number of words now and is starting to get pretty good at sounding things out. She is constantly asking how to spell things and then writing them out on paper. Also, in the middle of conversations she will randomly tell you how particular words are spelled. For example, "Mommy, can I have some LUNCH? That's L-U-N-C-H. LUNCH." Basically, the world is her own personal spelling bee where she is the lone contestant.

Well, that's all for now. I have a bunch of new photos I will hopefully post here tomorrow along with the rest our Las Vegas pictures on the traceysspace blog.

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March 3, 2005

Operation Binky Removal a Moderate Success

I am weak. Well, sort of. Basically, Project Pacifier proved to successful at nighttime but not at naptime. I can only assume that it's harder for Ava to get to sleep without it during the day since it is brighter during the day and she is not completely exhausted like she is at 7:30pm. Still, I'm willing to take what I can get. I wanted to let her cry it out a bit longer at naptime but Jason turned out to be Daddy of the Weak Wills and caved. (Of course, I did not protest but more accurately breathed a sigh of relief that for once I did not have to be the Pushover Parent.) Now that we are on a 50/50 bink schedule though, I'm not quite sure what to do while we are in Las Vegas this weekend. Hopefully she will continue to get to sleep at night without it but we may make some special arranegements JUST THIS ONCE.

As I said before, I am weak.

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