Feed on

In some ways I’ve felt like Ava has been three for months, but the night before her birthday I was incredibly sad to no longer have a two-year old.  I love how she’s growing up and our conversations, but I miss baby Ava.


Independence/Motor Skills

  • Ava likes to copy our behaviors, so we’re trying to get her to be a helper.



  • I don’t want to jinx it, but Ava is potty trained.  She’s been wearing underwear with very few accidents.  One day her nanny put her in underwear and Ava went with it!  I had been hesitating because I’m lazy and I didn’t want to deal with the pee, so I’m super grateful to Ava’s nanny.
  • Ava thankfully likes to wear a sunhat.  We went to a shaded area and she said she didn’t have to wear her sun hat because it’s a sun hat and not a shade hat.
  • Ava loves stories.  She especially loves stories that involve herself.  I used to tell her stories where she’s the main character and after I finished, she’d always say “Again!”  Now Ava has started interjecting details and telling her own stories.
  • At night I sing songs about an animal in the bed that rolls over and a mother animal looking for her babies. The type of animal changes every night or  there’s a new activity.  Tonight ducks were eating macaroni while they played.  There’s also often a new animal on the bus that I have to sing about.
  • Ava has been extra interested in our Worf cutout lately.  She likes to draw pictures for him and read to him with her nanny.


Foods and Liquids

  • I think Ava’s favorite food right now is French fries.
  • Ava’s favorite drink is kombucha.  She calls is “bucha.”


  • Sleep is pretty consistent.  Ava usually naps about once every 1-2 weeks.  I prefer for her to not nap unless her skipping naps starts to wear on her and she seems chronically grumpy.

Language Skills

  • Last month Ava was obsessed with the word “macaroni.” I can’t tell you how happy she was when one of her books had a part about Macaroni Penguins.  Ava already loves penguins so  Macaroni Penguins are the best!
  • Ava’s newest word is “muggle.”  She has no experience with Harry Potter so I think it’s just a word that she enjoys the sound of.  The other night she described a muggle as a grey thing with pink eyes and green hair that eats fish and drinks milk.  It moves using slime and at night they all sleep in the pockets of our clothing.  I drew one for her – what do you think?


  • Ava didn’t think it was accurate.  I was rather disappointed.  I thought we had the makings of a fantastic children’s book.





2 Responses to “Ava Is Three-Years Old”

  1. Steve Ruzich says:


    I very much endorse your singing Beatles songs to Ava, though I agree about avoiding “Norwegian Wood”. The Beatles created years and years of excellent songs with interesting lyrics.

    Regarding “I’m So Tired”, I saw the line “I’d give you everything I’ve got for a little piece of mind”, and I thought, that can’t be right.

    “Peace of mind” is to have a peaceful mind, like you feel after meditation.

    “Piece of mind” is like “If that dog craps on my lawn again, I’m going to give the owner a piece of my mind”.

    So Lennon’s phrase sound to me like he wants peace – he has insomnia, he’s agitated, he wants relief. But when I look up the song lyrics, most sources says “piece of mind”.

    Significantly, the Apple Corps web site says “peace of mind.” http://www.thebeatles.com/song/im-so-tired

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Yeah, I think “peace of mind” makes more sense and I just didn’t think about it carefully enough.