Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Pictures of Avery!

A photographer came in while we were still at the hospital and took pictures of Avery.  She then posts them online and you have the option of buying or not. We bought the digital files so that we could print and copy them as we liked.  So, here they are.  Some of them have her paci because she was a little upset at times, but overall, I thought they turned out well!
These were taken on Monday morning, so she was two days old.

 Avery Brooker Kinnaird 
February 22, 2014
9:30 am
7 lbs, 15 oz
21 inches

House Projects!

I thought I'd put up some pictures of a few projects we've worked on since I stopped posting blogs.  With the land and a new house, we have tons more on our to-do list, but here's a few that we've been able to cross off the list.  

Our downstairs half bathroom. 

Our mudroom (my favorite)!  We used our Home Depot gift cards that we got for Christmas to do this project and Matt did a great job!  As you can see, we get a lot of use out of the mudroom.  It's a little messy right now, but wanted to put up a picture (without having to straighten up first)

Matt has been working on a fence in the back yard.  This is about the only flat part we have for the kids to play on and Landen spends a lot of time out here.  We are trying to create a barrier to keep him in the yard and not rolling down the hill.  It's a work in progress (It's hard to get anything done around here with two kids), but soon enough, we'll have a fence. 

I made these right before Christmas.  They are ruler growth charts for each of the kids.  I love them and think they go nicely in the house. One for Landen and one for Avery!

Maternity Leave Craft Corner--my mom (GiGi) and I (mostly mom) made these for Avery's room while she was here.  We just took different material and framed them in embroidery hoops.  Mom painted the bird, the turquoise circle design, and the white snowflake design on burlap.  Cute, huh?!?

She also made this adorable burlap name banner for Avery.

My mom and grandmother made the curtains as well. I picked out the material, mailed it to them, and she brought it when she came up.  Thanks!

The embroidery hoops are up!

There will be a crib where the bed is, but we put the bed in the room for now for when GiGi is visiting and of course, Avery is still in our room at this point, but wanted to post a picture of the nursery decor.

That's all for now!  I'll post more kid pictures soon! We are all busy, but happy, healthy, and doing well!

Monday, March 3, 2014


Wow!  We haven't posted a blog in ages!!  It always seems so hard to get things done around here with a toddler and our busy day-to-day schedules.  I can't even imagine how it will be now that we have another baby in the house.  Maybe I can at least keep up with the blog for the time I am on maternity leave and then we'll go from there.  So, the biggest news to post about, is of course, our new addition to the family!!

On Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 9:30am, our baby girl was born!  Avery Brooker Kinnaird weighed in at 7 pounds, 15 ounces and was 21 inches long.  Although, this isn't necessarily considered a small baby, she seems so very little and petite to us.  This is, of course, because Landen was 9 pounds, 3 ounces, started eating when he first came out and hasn't stopped since!  Avery on the other hand, is a little more relaxed (or lazy) with her eating habits and we have been learning to adjust and learning that we cannot compare the two.  Brooker is my grandmother's maiden name.  We used Taylor (Matt's grandmother's maiden name) for Landen's middle name and wanted to use a family name again.

We did have another C-section.  Avery was breach for about the last two months of pregnancy and never did turn so that we could attempt a VBAC.  Not sure if that would have been better or not.  But, she has made her debut, and that is all that matters.  Each day, I am getting around better and needing less pain medicine.  We are thankful for all the help we have.  MoMo and Bop (John and Barbara) are luckily right down the mountain and help out on a regular basis!  And my mom (GiGi) came into town on Friday before we went to the hospital and still has the rest of this week with us before she has to go back to Georgia.  I realize people make this adjustment on their own all the time and I'm sure we could have done it, but it is soooo helpful having the extra hands around!  We really appreciate the extra help!  That's what family is for, right?!?!

 Landen is very excited to have her around and has been a very sweet big brother.  Obviously, he gets jealous at some points during the day and wants to make sure he still has our full attention, but overall, I think he is adjusting well and will be helpful to all of us.

Now for the pictures of our growing family:

Saturday morning before C-section.  Arrived at the hospital at 7am.

In the recovery room. GiGi holding our sweet new baby!

Hot off the press!

Avery and GiGi

Avery and GiGi

Daddy checking out his girl

Landen meeting his sister for the first time

LT looking at her feet

Avery with Uncle Trip

Giving Avery a kiss

MoMo holding Avery


Harding and Avery

Avery and Mommy

Our family of four!  Love this picture!!!

Laying on Mommy's chest

Snuggling with Daddy

Avery's welcoming committee

L sharing his baby cars (This is not something he is usually willing to do, I guess this is a good sign)

Landen and Avery

Holding Daddy finger

Sibling bonding

My favorite picture!

Saturday was a beautiful day!  It seems like its been a while since we've had a warm, sunny day to let Landen play outside a lot. Even Avery and I got out and walked around for a little while.  

Landen riding the tractor with Daddy while he worked on the driveway

Waiting and watching Daddy drive the tractor up the road

Playing with his trucks and tractors in the sand box.

Quality time outside (with all the animals)

Landen lying on the stairs after bath....not sure what he's doing here.

Sleepy Avery

Daddy-daughter pep talk

Check back soon for more pictures. Also, there was a photographer at the hospital who came in and took pictures, posted them online, and we will be ordering pictures from her website soon.  In the meantime, if you would like to check them out, the website is www.bellababyphotography.com and the access code for our photos is jmeri0224Kinnaird.