Thursday, July 29, 2010

Transition days and a visit from Grandma

On Monday I went to the first "Transition Day" at Olivia's daycare. It was a great experience. We stayed for an hour, and I fed her there to show the teachers how she fights me and won't take her milk. Of course, at this feeding, she was as sweet as pie and took nearly four ounces! She smiled at all three of the teachers and was in a good mood.

On Tuesday, I left Olivia for an hour! It was definitely harder on me than on her. Although, she will have to get used to the noise from the other kids. The teacher said Olivia was a little startled by their noises, so Sara (the lead teacher) picked Olivia up and rocked her. I'm glad that there are enough teachers (three for six children, plus more when students are observing) to be able to hold Olivia when she needs it.

On Wednesday, Grandma went with us to drop off Olivia's stuff (diapers, changes of clothes, pacifiers, etc.), to see the daycare, and to take pictures. Two are below; the first is of part of Olivia's classroom and the second is in front of the reception desk (it is a BIG place for only having 120 kids ages 8 weeks to 5 years--there is a big indoor play room, each classroom has an outdoor area for play including swimming in warm months, observation rooms attached to each classroom, etc.). I look happy because there were kids "graduating" (at five years old) there with their parents, taking pictures and reminiscing and looking at Olivia fondly saying that it seemed like only yesterday that their little ones were beginning. Everyone seemed thrilled with the program and hesitant to leave. That's a good sign, I think. Oh, and Olivia will be the youngest in her class (and thus for the whole school!), so that makes her even more special in the classroom. And, the teachers were impressed with her head control, so I beamed. (Like it really has anything to do with me...except that we do our tummy time religiously!)

Pictures of the time Grandma was here (pictures of her to come; Nicholas had the camera, so Mom has to send them to me).

A preview of the bow Olivia will be sporting in the next set of professional photos. I found it on

Olivia looking mad about having to eat that nasty Nutramigin:

Olivia looking inquisitive doing pseudo-tummy time. Look at that head control!

A bath while I was home so that Grandma didn't have to give her one while Nicholas went on our first date since Olivia was born!

More play time!

We love play time!

It was WONDERFUL to go out on a date with Nicholas, and I didn't feel nervous leaving Olivia with Mom. Thanks, Mom!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Life does not happen uniformly

My time with Olivia has just flown by, and like coming home from the hospital with her, I am just astonished that the world has continued to turn and people have continued with their daily routines since mine has been turned upside down. Never would I have guessed how excited I would get to see someone smile, how proud I would be to have someone roll over, or how fun I would find cooing from and to my little baby. I know I post nothing for days and then have three posts in a row, but life does not happen uniformly. What can I say?

Our air conditioner went out on Wednesday, and Olivia and I scorched as we waited for the repairman. I didn't have the camera, so this is from my phone.

The air finally caught up yesterday and we were freezing! Here is a picture of Olivia in her sweatshirt:

On the home front, I find myself becoming more and more like the natives of Alabama. Yesterday I walked barefoot down our driveway to put the trash out while holding Olivia. From the bounty of the farmer's market on Thursday, I made peach baby food. Recipe: peaches. Since I was unable to ever make enough milk for Olivia (and she has a milk allergy even if I had been able to), I had all the milk storage paraphernalia. So I decided to put it to good use. Here is a picture of the pureed peaches. You can see Olivia in the background talking to Rinki. I had been sitting next to her peeling the peaches. Next week, if they are available, green beans!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Family dinner and a failed nap attempt

All the books say that having a family dinner is good for kids. So, Nicholas and I are trying to be good parents and institute a family dinner time at the table. (We often used to take our plates and eat on the couch, or eat separately if he was late home.) Olivia and I went to the farmers market today and bought squash, cucumbers, peaches, tomatoes, corn, and a watermelon. Tonight for dinner we had rosemary pork chops, Mom's homemade applesauce, and steamed squash and carrots. Here are pictures:

And, today, Olivia did not take any afternoon nap. Here is the attempt to put her down. She is looking up at her butterfly mobile.

Getting close to the end of maternity leave

I am counting down the days with dread. So much for being positive!! Here are some pictures of my girl in ...

a rapper outfit (her first hoodie!)

a sweet little sleep and play

my view from the door looking in on Olivia napping

Sunday, July 18, 2010

A bed time routine

Despite this funny video, Olivia is getting on a pretty good bed time routine. I am putting her down between 8:30 and 9:30, and she sleeps for about five hours, wakes for a bottle, goes back to sleep and wakes three hours later. Sometimes she goes back to sleep for another three hours, and sometimes she is up (around 5:30). Not too bad for 10 weeks, and this has been the pattern for about three weeks.

You'll notice that Olivia is in a bassinet filled with toys. We actually have a pack 'n play in our bedroom that she sleeps in (in the bassinet part), the crib in the nursery that she naps in, and a travel pack 'n play with a bassinet in it that we wheel around the house so that she can be wherever we are while we are working. That is the one in the photo. I am washing bottles, and she is about ten minutes away from going to sleep. (We have that small pack 'n play because the one in the bedroom is too big to fit through our doors!)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Sara and Lisa's Room

So, Olivia's new classroom has a blog! I've put a link to it on the blog list to the right. I've decided to be positive about this transition. One, I am really lucky to have been able to take off 12 weeks to spend all my time with Olivia. I know that a lot of people don't have that opportunity, and I am really grateful for this time. Two, I know that Sara and Lisa, Olivia's new teachers are going to love her and know a lot more about child development than I do. So, they will be doing all the right things with her while she is there. Three, I am only going back 75% time, so that means that I am still going to have more time with Olivia than most working moms. I am very grateful to have a boss and a job that will allow this.

Just for entertainment sake, here is another picture of Olivia in yet another outfit. She looks so big!! She's taking a nap in her crib, which we are going to have to get her used to since she is rapidly getting near the 15 lb limit of the bassinet. I think we have no more than a month before she reaches that 15 lb mark.

And Olivia and I took the dogs to the vet today. It was outrageously expensive just for their yearly shots--like $500!!!! I am finding a new vet. Seriously. Here they are sunning themselves in the backyard.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Rolling over...a milestone!

For weeks now, Olivia has been working on rolling over. She takes her legs up into the air and throws them down. She just can't get over her shoulder. Today, she did it!! I didn't get the action on camera, but I got her later trying again: (She didn't quite make it again.)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Just the sweetest

Of course, I think it... Olivia is just the sweetest baby there ever was! Look at her! Even when doing something she doesn't like, she couldn't be cuter:

This is Olivia in the sea of our king bed looking at the ceiling fan. She just looks so funny on it that I had to take a picture.

I got an email today from the daycare about "transition days." These are days for us to bring in Olivia so she can get used to the area while we are there. Ugh!! I'm not looking forward to it. I think these "transition days" will be more for me than for her! The dates are 07/26 9:30-11, 07/27 9:30-11:45 & 2-3, and 07/28 8-12. We'll probably do the first day and get it over with. I am NOT looking forward to leaving her. I need to get a better attitude! My plan for leaving her once a week to go to a yoga class has not panned out, and I don't even feel like doing it. I know I should, but since my time is passing so quickly, I don't want to give any of it up!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Giving purpose to so much

This is going to be a sappy post; I can feel it. And maybe this sounds silly, but Olivia has brought a lot of purpose to Nicholas and my life. When we got married seven years ago, neither of us were sure we wanted to have kids. I thought I could take them or leave them. Nicholas was more towards the "leave them" camp.

Once we moved to Alabama after graduate school and settled into our home, I really started to feel the desire to start a family. We both comment now about what a wonderful decision it was to bring Olivia into this world, and how the pregnancy and now her presence has brought us closer together. And Olivia is just a joy to us both. Her sweet little face always elicits a smile from Nicholas and me, no matter how tired we are, no matter how many dirty diapers we have changed.

As we prepared for her arrival, I thought about how she brought purpose to a room that was a hodgepodge before she came. Her nursery was once a guest room, an exercise room, and then a make-shift office. Now it is one of the most used rooms in the house.

Something was always missing in the decor in our bedroom, and Olivia has solved that one, too. Here is a picture of her pictures:

I know those seem like little things: giving purpose to a room and a wall, but really, I know that Nicholas works with more purpose now, too. He is working to provide for his baby. My days seem much more fulfilling now, too, that I am not just analyzing data: I am helping my baby grow and learn. I am excited to know her and love her.

Olivia also gives me purpose not to take my relationship with Nicholas for granted, either. I know that she needs parents who love each other so that she can see a healthy relationship. She is a beautiful baby, and I hope we can be the parents she deserves.

Friday, July 9, 2010

So many outfits, so little time!

Working out in the sleep and play...getting her tummy time on:

Waving goodbye to Daddy on the way out the door for a walk...she looks so small in the jogging stroller. I just starting using it Wednesday night, and last night we had a disaster. She can't fall asleep in it apparently. Thankfully, last night the dogs didn't want to go, so it was just Olivia and me. I carried her the last third of the walk and she fell asleep in my arms. Back to the other stroller until she gets a little bigger!

The spectacle of us all walking together:

On the way to lunch with friends:

After a blow out diaper that required a bath:

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

2 months have flown by

We had Olivia's 2 month doctor's appointment today. Here's the run down:
- She weighs 12 lbs, 9 ounces (a gain of exactly 4 lbs in two months!)
- She is 23.25 inches long (a growth of exactly 3 inches!)
- She got three vaccinations today.
- She still has blood in her stool; we are going back in a month for a check to see if that is resolved with the Nutramigin. If not, they will run some tests.
- Dr. Roberts heard a heart murmur, so we will see if she grows out of it by her 4-month appointment. If not, she'll run some tests.

Here is Olivia sporting her pink camo band aids and laughing:

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


We took Olivia swimming for the first time yesterday, and I think it was a success! Olivia didn't LOVE it, but she tolerated it crying or anything...and some happy faces, too.

Monday, July 5, 2010

More pictures!

A new outfit!

The dogs after a walk!

Where I do yoga and Olivia plays on her playmat:

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Anniversary, honey

Seven years married, nine years together. I love you, honey. And I love our little family.

Friday, July 2, 2010

8 weeks!! Amazing!

I cannot believe that Olivia is 8 weeks old today! The time has FLOWN by! Here is what we have been up to:

Trying to catch that smile on film:

Going to Babies R' Us to return the gDiapers because they gave her a rash. Instead we bought 700 regular diapers.

Taking pictures of Olivia in her cute clothes! She is in her 3-month clothes and has been for a couple of weeks.

Eating, rocking, singing, and looking at the tree on the wall that Grandma Dorothy painted:

Napping--Olivia is on a pretty good schedule of 2-3 naps per day and bedtime at about 9:30.

And exploring: