Friday, January 29, 2016

Miss Averi ~ 6 Months Old

Yesterday this little cutie turned 6 months old!! I can't believe that my baby is 6 months old already! She has been army crawling all around the house since about 5 1/2 months old. I thought I had more time to baby proof. She is getting the cutest little personality. She always wants mommy around. Averi doesn't fight with daddy as much anymore. She loves when daddy kisses and tickles her neck even though she really isn't ticklish ANYWHERE. Her feet, thighs, tummy, sides, back, armpits, and neck aren't ticklish. She takes after mommy with this one. 
Her stats at her 6 month check up were
 Height: 27 1/2 inches she is in the 97% for height
 Weight: 17 lb 3oz she is in the 78% for weight
 Head: Her head is in the 81%
(More photos of our 6 month photo shoot at the bottom)
•Averi still smiles all the time • She is starting to giggle more and more  Averi is crawling all over the house • She loves taking her toys and hitting them on the hardwood floor • Averi likes slapping things with her hands to feel things • She likes spitting up on the ground and playing in it before mommy can clean it up • Her two bottom teeth are coming in • Averi is sitting up all by herself • Her favorite toy is the diaper wipes packaging • She loves FaceTiming with grandpa, grandma, and Derek • Averi loves playing with mommy's water bottle 
5 Months Old
• Averi smiles all the time • She giggles a lot • Everything goes into her mouth • She loves chewing on her feet, toes, hands, fingers • The military jets that fly over our house always wake her up from her naps • Averi got her ears pierced • She loves sitting up like a big girl • We think she is teething but there are still no teeth  
4 Months Old
• Averi was blessed this month • She got her first cold • She is really starting to play with her toes • Averi loves loves loves bath time • She really started laughing and giggling • Averi is starting to reach for everything • She is putting everything in her mouth • We still think she is teething but there are still no teeth  She is still rolling over only on her left side • Averi sleeps through the night most of the time...except when she is gassy • She scoots forward on her belly • 4 months was my favorite month •
3 Months Old
• Averi rolled from her back to her belly on her left side • She found her toes and holds them • She loves tummy time • She loves sitting up like a big girl and looking around • Averi went on her first vacation to grandma and grandpas house • She loves talking all the time • She loves playing during eating time • Her hair is getting longer • Averi is sleeping through the night  We think she is teething but there are still no teeth  Averi had her first Thanksgiving •
2 Months Old
• Averi started smiling this month • She is making all kinds of sounds • Her favorite sound is a "clicking" sound • She loves blowing bubbles • She loves bath time • Averi loves being outside • She has rubbed a bald spot on the back of her head • She won't take the bottle anymore • She is also fighting with daddy and won't let him hold her • Miss Averi has been sleeping through the night for the most part  She loves talking to mom and dad •
1 Month Old
• Averi holds her head up really well • she is following people and objects with her eyes • Averi wakes up 2-3 times a night to eat • she always has her hands up by her face • her belly button got a bacterial infection • she loves being held all the time •

6 Month Photos

The Flints ~ XOXO

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Free the Boobies

I have been seeing a lot of articles, videos and debates about breastfeeding in public lately on social media. Whether you are for it or against it here are my thoughts.

Boob Talk

What's best for your baby?

Formula feeding?

What's best for you baby is to be EATING!! It doesn't matter if you are a breastfeeding mamma or a formula feeding mamma. As long as your baby is eating, do what makes you feel comfortable.

Breastfeeding isn't for everyone. Every woman has their own reasons for breastfeeding or not. Some women produce lots of milk and some women don't produce enough milk. Either way breastfeeding is hard. Why make it harder? 
In my experience it is way harder to use a cover when feeding Averi. I can't see her, I can't tell if she is latched on correctly, she doesn't like things on her head so she is ripping and pulling at the cover instead of eating...the list goes on and on.

There was a time when I wasn't sure if I wanted to breastfeed or not, if I wanted to deal with feeding my child in public. I very quickly got over that and realized that when I nurse in public I am not showing anymore "inappropriate skin" then the woman sitting next to me wearing a low cut shirt. 

During summer months it is socially acceptable to wear short shorts, low cut shirts with cleavage showing, and high-cut, belly- showing shirts. I see more skin on television, Facebook or when I walk out my front door; yet women who have a breast partially exposed, which is completely covered by their baby's head, makes people feel "uncomfortable"?! Are you kidding me?! Get real! Those same people who complain or are "uncomfortable" about a woman breastfeeding sure aren't whining about women showing "too much skin" or being "uncomfortable" about how women dress during the summer months. 

Each momma is different, and you have to do what works best for you and what makes you feel the most comfortable. If that's nursing in private, nursing in public or nursing covered, Great!! Do what works best for you and your little one!

I don't mind nursing in public. It doesn't bother me, and I don't worry about it making other people feel "uncomfortable." If you don't like it, then don't look. Keep going on about your own business. In less than 15 minutes my baby will be done eating, and you won't have to feel "uncomfortable" anymore. People don't like a screaming baby, and people don't like women nursing in public. You get one or the other.

Almost all states protect you if you choose to nurse in public. Here is a link on Breastfeeding State Laws.  Here is also a quick little article that I found helpful in different nursing situations

Here is a great video about one moms response to being asked to breastfeed in a bathroom.
Funny breastfeeding memes!


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Bachelor: My Top 4 Picks

I have always ben a bachelor fan. My favorite bachelor so far has ben Sean Lowe! He is such a stud! His whole season I was rooting for Catherine! I really liked Sean and her together. They are my favorite bachelor couple of all time! I can't wait until they have babies!!
 I love that Ben Higgins is the 2016 bachelor. He is probably my second favorite bachelor of all time. After last nights episode (episode 3) I have finally chosen my top 4 picks for this season.

Becca Tilley
Becca is 26 years old and works as a chiropractor assistant. She is from San Diego, California. I really like Becca and I think she will be in the top 4 with Ben. I like that she has morals and is down to earth. Becca is a little more shy and reserved but I could see her and Ben together in the end. 

Lauren Bushnell 
Lauren is 25 years old and works as a flight attendant. She lives in Las Angeles California. I also really like Lauren and could see her and Ben together. She seems normal and not crazy yet has a fun side to her. She is more out going then Becca. I think she is the "type of girl" that Ben is into.

 Jubilee Sharpe
Jubliee is 24 years old and was in the Army for 4 1/2 years. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Jubilee is probably one of my favorites rights now. I love that she is a strong outspoken woman. I love that she doesn't put up with crap from people yet she isn't in everybody's face. She is a little more reserved and shy. I think Ben really likes her at this point. Even though I really like Jubilee I don't really see her and Ben being the perfect match. I just don't see them together. Maybe she will be the next bachelorette!! 

Olivia Caridi
Olivia is 23 years old and is currently living in Virginia. She works as a news reporter. Olivia received the first impression rose. I really liked her the first episode...she seemed normal. I now can't stand her. She is rude, crazy, loud, has a HUGE mouth, and did I mention CRAZY!! I really hope for Ben's sake that he does not pick her. My love for the bachelor may die a little if she is chosen.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Baby's First Christmas 2015

I'm finally  getting our first Christmas up on the blog! Steve and I have been married for five years! Ever since we have been married we have gone back to to my family for Christmas break. This year we aren't students anymore so we didn't get a Christmas break. Instead of going back to my family we decided to stay in our home and have our first Christmas with just the three of us. 


Averi loved the Christmas tree and all of the shiny lights. But most of all she loved all of the crackly wrapping paper. She would open 3 or so presents and play with the paper and then be completely worn out. Opening presents is a lot of excitement and work for a five month old. She took lots of naps and even cuddled with daddy.


We sent out our first family Christmas card! I really loved making it and choosing all of the pictures of our little family. 

The Flint's ~ XOXO

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