Amy Schilling Photography Blog

June 25, 2010

cleaning off my cards

I was going through my cards tonight in preparation for a wedding tomorrow and came across some photos I'd taken last week. I walked in the living room to find Deran laying on the sofa working on a Rubik's Cube, Avery snuggled between him and the cushion, happily playing with the drawstring on his shorts.


She looked really cute and it was a sweet moment. Then she got up and was her usual silly self.


June 15, 2010

it all started with that one

Deran arrived home earlier in the week than expected so Avery & I had to do some Father's Day decorating today! I picked up several packs of photo cubes months ago when a local bookstore was going out of business. At the time I wasn't sure when/how they would be used. I opened three packs today and put photos of Avery & Deran over the last ten months across the mantle.


That first picture, that day - he became a daddy. I don't even know the nurse who took it, but I'm so glad she caught that moment. You can't disguise the genuine happiness. Eye crinkle wrinkles don't lie! I can't deny that I have many posed pictures of the two of them, but it's those moments - those eye crinkles - that will never leave our girl in doubt of her daddy's love.

June 13, 2010

thanks uncle d

For taking pictures because I didn't even have my camera! We spent the weekend hanging out with Deran's Dad and family. We had a lot of fun, but boy am I exhausted! I went to bed early for the first time in a long time last night because my eyelids wouldn't stay open. Seriously.


We arrived at Grandpa and DD's house and enjoyed some yummy BBQ, then played in this awesome baby splash pad/pool. That's me in the jeans, and can someone please tell me why at only 28 the veins in my hands and feet are looking so pronounced?!


After the watery fun, Avery got to swing for a bit and then played in a jungle jumper. A quick change into some dry clothes and we were off to set sail in Grandpa's new boat!


Don't let that smile fool you, that was before we really got going. She didn't hate it, but she certainly didn't love it. I think if she didn't have to wear the life jacket she would've enjoyed the ride more. And she was better after D & I switched places, sometimes Daddy just makes things better. I think Deran & I decided that while we both enjoyed the ride, we'll wait awhile before we take Avery again.


Since Grandpa is going to have to miss her actual birthday, she got an early present! We love it and we've already taken several trips around the house, it'll be perfect to check the mail and go for a drive around the block. Thanks so much Grandpa & DD!!

We ended the night with dinner with these guys and Aunt BB. An overall excellent weekend, but I'm sure glad to rest at home today. :)

June 10, 2010


I took Avery to see the "Mobile Dairy Classroom" presented as part of the summer reading program at our local library this morning.

Our view was...excellent.


So we didn't exactly get up close and personal with the cow, but we did learn some interesting facts about dairy cows and the milk process. For example, on a dairy farm a cow only needs to have four teats. So if a cow has five, a common occurrence, then the extra one is usually removed. Um, ouch! Also, our three local bottling companies are Oak Farms, HEB, and Borden's.


I found myself totally sympathizing with the cow and wanting them to hurry up and hook up the machine as she was really engorged! I think Avery was indifferent to the teat issues.


June 9, 2010

that's going to be a lot of muffins


I had some rotten bananas so I decided to make banana muffins. They probably would've been better had I remembered the oil...and had the recipe I've used before in front of me. Avery gave most of her muffin to Oscar this morning and he seemed to enjoy it.


June 8, 2010



Avery & I read a lot, various books, every single day. Sometimes she participates and sometimes she listens...and sometimes I just read aloud while she plays with other toys.

At some point during the day I pick out a stack of similar books and we get to learnin'. Yesterday was colors. On a whim last week I picked up a box of large crayons at Walgreens while waiting on a prescription. Is she too young for crayons? Yes. And no.


I like to get the crayons and a few sheets of paper and go to work. I draw shapes in each color, create matching games, and draw objects that are RED! or BLUE! or GREEN! It's fun for me and I think she enjoys it too. She grabs the crayons and I exclaim, "You got the purple crayon!" and we go on like that. She's recently started banging objects together so it's fun when she's holding two, she gets a little frenzied. I hold her hand and guide her to make a mark on the paper and I spend a fair amount of time guiding the same hand away from her mouth.


She obliges me for a while, and then moves on to more interesting endeavors. Like playing at her activity table.


And cruising along the couch.


But she's listening and learning, I just know it!

June 7, 2010

an appropriate warning

This evening as we were playing in the living room Avery made her way to my iPhone and when I put down the toy I was playing with (that's right, I play too!), I noticed it was in her mouth. I took it away from her, looked at the screen and smiled.


She is most definitely an accessory not made to work with the iPhone. She's managed to ruin my speaker and a cover. And it's 100% my fault for letting her play with it to begin with, but she's cute and sometimes (or always) cute wins.

June 3, 2010

ten months

Say what?! TEN MONTHS. In roughly eight weeks my teeny tiny baby will be a year old, I can't believe that time is passing so quickly.

At ten months Avery loves Mommy & Daddy, playing tug-of-war with Harper, petting (not so gently) Oscar, shredded cheese, cruising, breastfeeding, crawling, cords, being FREE - as in, do NOT hold her when she wants to do something! geez!, shredded cheese, and oh! SHREDDED CHEESE.

I don't think it's the actual taste of the cheese because I'm pretty sure by the amount we're cleaning up that she's not actually eating any of it. I think she just likes the texture and that she can pick up tiny pieces. Yesterday she had two strands hanging out of her mouth like a cheesy dracula and oh my gosh did I wish I had a camera nearby!! She is still incredibly sweet to us and will sometimes just lay her head on my shoulder and it just makes my heart swoon each time. She's seriously so precious.

She's started trying to play with Harper and a blue plastic connector ring. It came off of the bouncer and Harper claimed it and chewed one end, so now if Avery sees it laying on the floor she grabs it and waits for Harper to try and get it. When Harper tugs on it, Avery just laughs and giggles which is apparently the signal for Harper to then lick her face 463 times. That does not garner any giggles so I just gently push Harper away and the fun starts all over again. Not to be left out, Oscar gets plenty of attention too. He's really been such a good sport as she's learning to pet. "Be gentle" and "Be sweet, so soft like this..." are heavily repeated.

Avery really likes cords, which is a problem if they're plugged in. I've been vacuuming everyday since I caught Avery in the hallway eating pug hair in much the same manner as she does her shredded cheese. Gross, I know. And lest you think my house is in shambles please remember we have two pugs that shed. CONSTANTLY. And okay, I did need to start vacuuming more often anyway. So back to the story, Avery doesn't like the vacuum but she does like me to hold her and vacuum. I let her hold the cord, she's real real helpful. When we're all done and it's time to move on to real toys, things turn tragic. I have to pry the cord from her tight tiny grip and then console her because Avery and that vacuum cord?! They were best friends! And that's how we start our day. It gets better though, it always does.

She dislikes having things taken away from her (um, did you read the previous paragraph?!), baths in the big tub, meat flavored baby food, and being left behind (like when I walk out of the room, I better take her with me or I will most definitely hear about it!). I think she dislikes the big bath tub because she can't see over the side and she's a fan of being able to see everything around her. Meaty baby food? Yuck, totally don't blame her.

At ten months Avery crawls all over the place but I think she still prefers to cruise. She'll crawl somewhere then stand up and cruise around. She's scaled cabinets, walls, open doors, ottomans, boxes, legs...I think she can pretty much get herself up on any surface. Makes me nervous! With all of this mobility have come a few bruises, mostly on the knees, and I know more bumps and bruises are on the way as she starts to walk. Makes me sad to see them though, I know she's tough but still!

She still likes to read books. And sure, sometimes she turns the page before I'm done but ah well! She also loves to knock things over. I stack various blocks and books and things so she can crawl over and push them down with her pointer finger. She can say mama, dada, bye, bye-bye, and lots of other jabbering. Bye and bye-bye are almost always used correctly. She's used mama a couple of times directed at me, but sometimes not. Same with dada. She's been able to mimic more and can growl like a bear. The first time she did it was adorable and it's just gotten cuter over time. She's fierce. She does not, however, like roaring like a lion. In fact, I made her cry just yesterday when I roared while changing her diaper. It wasn't a random roar, I had given her a lion finger puppet to play with while I changed her. I guess she just doesn't like lions.

She waves and can give an eskimo kiss and pretty much is the best baby ever. Right now I love the way she waves both hands when she wants me to pick her up, how she puts her whole mouth over the opening of my water bottle when taking a drink, her six-toothed grin, the way she moves her head back and forth when she gets a little crazy, her adorable laugh, and when I just asked Deran what else Avery does that we love right now he said, "Everything." And yeah, I think that pretty much sums it up. We really do just love everything about our girl.


Happy 10 month birthday baby, we love you lots!
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