Saturday, December 24, 2011

Olivia and cousins at Christmas time

As Abby was getting ready for church this evening, Olivia had a fit because Abby was wearing a sparkly dress and Olivia just had on pajamas. (Church was past Olivia's bedtime, thus she and I were staying home.) So, Aunt Stephanie to the rescue! Here is Olivia in her sparkly "dress," which is Steph's shirt. Olivia wore it to feed the reindeer and refused to take it off before bed. She is sleeping in it now!

Setting out food for the reindeer--oats!

And from the other night when Olivia and Abby played "Don't Break The Ice" and then sang and danced:

Monday, December 19, 2011

Leonidas Alexander Kraft

I realize that I haven't posted just about Baby in quite a while. Nicholas and I decided on a name a few weeks ago. Nicholas's middle name is Alexander, as is his dad's middle name, and his grandpa's first name. So, Alexander being the middle name was a given. We had a much harder time deciding on the first name. We were really close to Theodore, but I am not super fond of the nickname Theo. Nicholas and I both love the name Leo, which is what we will call our baby boy, but we wanted a full first name. We considered Leonard and Leonardo, but those just didn't seem right. Then Nicholas thought of Leonidas, and since it's origins are Greek like the names Nicholas and Alexander, it seemed to fit. I have the stocking monogrammed, so it is official!

I continue to think that Leo is going to be my easy, sweet baby. He has taken all these crazy contractions that my body has thrown at him with ease. I was at the hospital after hours with contractions on December 2, and the nurse commented on what a happy baby I had even though I was having contractions every couple of minutes. I haven't been back to the hospital with contractions since then, but I have had a lot of them, and continue to take the Nifedipine prescribed to stop them. Today I've been having them all day. This morning, Mom watched Olivia for an hour and a half while I laid down to try and get them to stop.

I am 33 weeks pregnant now. At my appointment last week, I was up 21 lbs from pre-pregnancy. I was measuring a few days ahead. I'm still not dilated or thinned at all, which is great. They did an ultrasound to check to make sure I wasn't thinned since I've been having so many contractions. My next appointment is Friday with the doctor here in Indiana.

I'm getting really excited to meet this little guy who I feel I am getting to know. I don't know if Olivia is aware that she will be getting a little brother soon or not. Sometimes I think so--she agrees when I say, "There's a baby in Mama's belly." Sometimes I think not because when I ask what is in Mama's belly, she only sometimes answers with "Baby!" She loves her dolls, though, so I am hoping she will just want to be a little Mommy with Leo and love him instead of wanting to send him back.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas playing with cousins

Playing pirates with Abby before bathtime:

Riding the carousel at Bass Pro waiting to wait in line for Santa. (It was too long a wait. We ended up bailing and going home because I was exhausted from standing and carrying Olivia around.)

Making a snowman at my grandma's church event on Saturday with Craig and Abby. Olivia decorated cookies, made a "candy cane" from beads and pipe cleaners, decorated an ornament, and made a snowman decoration.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Olivia and Abby in the tub

Cousin Abby and Olivia had a great time taking a bath together a couple of nights ago. Olivia was so funny letting Abby put water on her hair even though she screams when I do it! Now, it's "Abby, Abby, Abby" all day!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Olivia's new room!

We are getting a kids' table and chairs for the "kitchen" area for Olivia for Christmas, and we are thinking about a desk/vanity for under the mirror. That end table will move to the office/guest room once we get the sleeper sofa in. Anyway, I love the way it all turned out! Thanks to Mom for painting!

We have been playing in there for weeks, but today was the first day Olivia took her nap and went to sleep for the night in there. She fussed for a few minutes at naptime, but then took a great two-hour nap. Tonight, she also fussed for a few minutes, but fell asleep without any help from us. And, she has been sleeping through the night--from 7 PM to 5:30 AM consistently about five days a week lately! I'm so excited! Yay, Olivia!

Pictures of the baby's room to come! It is close to done.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Olivia, Abby's clothes, and the new book

Here's a shout out to my sister Stephanie for saving and giving me all of her daughter Abby's clothes. Another cute outfit that was head-to-toe Abby: (Well, the whole thing. At first, Olivia didn't want her clothes on and was just wearing boots. Then I got the onsie one and thought she looked like a jockey, so I took a picture. Then, I finally got the dress on. That black book is Olivia's drawing book.)

And another big thanks to Stephanie, Abby, and Craig for getting Olivia the recordable Christmas book! She loves it more each day. Today she wanted it in the bedtime routine. Yesterday she took it into the bathroom while I got ready and "read" to herself.)