Monday, January 31, 2011

More Olivia

I took Olivia to the doctor again today. This time for her cold that she has been nursing for a couple of weeks. It's not terrible--no fever and she is still eating okay, but her nose is running non-stop and this morning the snot was distinctly green. Not only that, but she hasn't slept through the night since last Tuesday...we are up every three hours again. Last night I totally gave up on the Ferberization and just comforted her whenever she woke because I knew she wasn't feeling well. I've got a script for antibiotics to fill on Friday if it hasn't cleared since "the literature" says a runny nose for three weeks in an infant is a sinus infection. But, Olivia's ears were clear and she doesn't have coughing, so we are hoping it is just a virus and goes away on its own. Dr. Roberts said I did the right thing with the night-time wakings. Push water and give ibuprofen for relief. As soon as she feels better, though, it is back to Ferber.

Olivia is on the go all the time now. She hardly sits still long enough for me to get her picture because now she just crawls right over and wants to put the camera in her mouth.



She's not loving the jumper or the walker too much, either, since they contain her. She can stand a few minutes of the walker because she can get to the telephone cord and the plastic bag drawer. Doesn't she look mischievous?



This weekend Stacey came in from Minneapolis to hang out with us. We had such a great time. The low point of the weekend was the trip home from the airport when we picked Stacey up. Never has Olivia been such a bad traveler. That 75 minute ride took two hours because we had to stop and sooth Olivia repeatedly. I know she didn't feel well, and she didn't want to be in the car seat. The rest of the weekend was more fun--lots of play time, beautiful weather (70 degrees on Saturday for our walk to the playground), a trip to Target (for some super cute clothes that Stacey insisted on buying Olivia...just wait until you all see the surf shirt and shorts for the beach!), and lots of girl time (I haven't had so much wine probably in my entire life--Stacey and I polished off a bottle each night!). So fun! Stacey, I wished we lived closer!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Quick updates


  • I am falling behind if Olivia is to continue to be the most photographed girl in the world. Sorry. I'll work on that.

  • We started Kindermusik last night and LOVED it. It is a "Sing and Sign" class, so we are learning sign language and singing, which is great. Olivia bounced and crawled and laughed for the entire 45 minutes of the class. The instructor, Miss Erin, who incidentally reminds me a lot of the Erin I know with her theatrical performances of "The Bear Went over the Mountain" and her carrying singing voice, is fantastic. The class is set up in five minute increments, which is about as long as a baby's attention span. There are eight babies in the class, all of whom are older than Olivia -- 11 months to 16 month, but Olivia could crawl and engage as well as any of them. Of course, some are walking, but that's okay. Next week I will take a picture. This week our homework is to work on the signs we learned: bear, more, please, thank you, hello, eat, ball, what, finished, all done, and book. I'm not expecting Olivia to get these anytime soon. But we have a good time singing with them since Olivia loves songs with hand motion attached.

  • Tuesday night was a great sleeping night for Olivia. She went down at 5:30, woke at 4:30 for a bottle, and then went back to sleep until 6:30. AMAZING!! Last night, she woke at 1:30, then at 3:30 for a bottle, then at 6:30 to get up. Not bad. I think that the Kindermusik so late--4:30-5:15--and no bath (in order to get her to bed by 6 PM) threw us off.

  • I think Olivia is getting another tooth. She took my fingers and bit them several times today. That usually means another tooth is coming. That could have thrown her off last night, too.

  • I felt like I hardly got any time with Olivia today. She is growing up so fast. When I left her at Mom's Morning Out, she cried for the first time when I was leaving her there. I had to work REALLY hard to leave and then not to turn right around and come back in. Kalynn, who was watching Olivia today, texted me later and said she cried until I drove away, about a minute and then was happy the rest of the morning. Hall didn't come today, so Kalynn and Olivia had girl time. Kalynn put Olivia in a stroller and they visited all the other classrooms. Olivia loves other kids, so she laughed and played a lot today. Maybe that is why she took an hour and a half nap this afternoon, which is why I feel like I hardly got any time with her! But, I am glad she is sleeping well now. I can definitely tell that she is a much happier baby!

  • Olivia is taking six ounces of milk consistently now, 4-5 times per day. She is taking about four tablespoons of oatmeal, one serving of veggies/fruit, two ounces of prune juice cut with four ounces of water, and 1/3 serving of puffs/Cheerios per day.
  • Tuesday, January 25, 2011

    Back to yoga


    I cannot wait until Olivia and I get to do yoga together...not just me doing yoga with Olivia crawling all over me...

    Ferberization continues

    We've had some great nights--to bed at 6 PM and up at 6 AM with no intervention from us at all. We've had some good nights--to bed at 6 PM, up at 3:30 for a bottle, and back up for good at 5:30. And we've had some less than perfect nights (the past two in a row)--to bed at 6 PM, up at 12:30 with the 5, 10, 15 minute thing (that only lasted 15-20 minutes total), up at 3:30 or 4 for a bottle, and up for good at 5:30 or 6. We're working on it. I think this may just be an ongoing process forever. It is much better than waking 6-7 times a night for bottles and pacifiers, though!

    Good notes:
    (1) I found a generic diaper that doesn't give Olivia a rash. The Publix brand seems to work for her. We had been buying Pampers or Huggies, which are pricey, and we had tried Target, Walmart, and Babies R Us generics.

    (2) We love CHOM. Yesterday, Olivia and I needed to get out of the house, so off to CHOM we went. Olivia's favorite part is the Art Studio where I put on puppet shows for her.



    (3) Olivia can now crawl well enough to follow me around. I no longer have to move her from the closet to the bathroom when I am getting ready in the morning. She can do it herself!

    Friday, January 21, 2011

    Ferberization: Night 4 and Day 4

    Night four went really well. Olivia went down at 6 o'clock with a little fuss and then woke with a pretty intense cry at 9:30. We don't have a video monitor, and the cry sounded different than her normal protesting cry, so I went to check. She had lodged herself in the corner of the crib, so I went in and moved her. She didn't even wake up. There was no more noise until 4:50 AM. I went in with the bottle and she took 4 ounces. I turned her sleep sheep back on and did the comforting routine and left. She protested for a few minutes and then went back to sleep. There were some intermittent cries every 15-20 minutes, but I didn't go in until 6:30 when I could hear her talking and sitting up. I went in at that point and did the morning routine. I call that a great night!

    Today, Olivia was more rested than I have seen her in weeks. She was happier, too. She took two 45 minute naps, and went down with just a little protest at 6 o'clock. I think we are getting into a routine!

    Here are some pictures from today...it was cold outside so we bundled up for our walk...but we ended up turning around after about 5 minutes because the wind was too much for Olivia.



    These are the overalls Mom bought Olivia for Christmas. They are great for crawling because they don't fall off!





    And I wanted to mention some of the other things Olivia is doing now. When she sees her reflection, she opens her mouth and "kisses" the mirror. She started doing that with me today, and she bit me!! I thought it was a kiss, but now I have red scratches on my nose and cheek from her teeth!

    I am starting to use the word "no" with Olivia. When she crawled over to the dogs' water bowl to play in the water, I moved her away and said "no." She proceeded to do it again three times. I repeated. Finally I distracted her with other toys.

    Thursday, January 20, 2011

    Ferberization: Night 3 and Day 3

    SHE. SLEPT. THROUGH. THE. NIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    From 6 PM to 5 AM, Olivia slept without any comforting from us! Nicholas said she stirred a couple of times, but never cried. I went to sleep at 10 PM with ear plugs, and I woke up a couple of times thinking I heard Olivia. I didn't. Then at 5 AM, I heard Olivia crying (earplugs can't stop moms from hearing their babies). Nicholas was in there shaking a bottle saying, "It's leaking like crazy!!" He had stayed up all night working, waiting for Olivia to wake up. She didn't. I made 6-oz bottle and went in. The bottle Nicholas had was leaking because I had taken the nipple out of it to sterilize it before putting it away (we are switching to only 9-oz bottles and size 3 or 4 nipples since Olivia is drinking more at a time; Nicholas had a 4-oz bottle.) After that commotion, Olivia took 6 ounces, but wouldn't go back to sleep. I think she would have otherwise, but I didn't push it since sleeping 11 hours is SO MOMENTOUS! But, 45 minutes later she was rubbing her eyes. She wouldn't go down for a nap at 6:30 AM when I tried. She went to MMO and slept from 8:15 - 9:05. She was happy and hungry when I picked her up and took another 45 minute nap this afternoon. I put her down at 6 PM with 2 minutes of protest and then nothing but sweet sleep. I am celebrating this event!!!

    But, I am going to push for longer sleep at night or longer naps during the day because I still feel like Olivia is not getting enough sleep. Dr. Petit said she needs between 13 and 15 hours per day. From yesterday morning to this morning, she only got 12. Close!

    I know it may not repeat itself tonight, but I am rested and I can handle it. And, now I know that this does work!! Yay!!

    Wednesday, January 19, 2011

    Ferberization: Night 2 and Day 2


    Last night was hard, even though Olivia went down easy at 6:30. Between 10:30 and 11:30, Olivia made a few noises and I thought she was going to get up and cry. She didn't, but I didn't go to sleep because I was waiting for it. I finally laid down at 11:45, and Olivia got up at midnight. I can't remember the exact times because I was already tired from the night before. I do know, however, that I did a 5-minute, then 10-minute, then three 15 minute intervals. The crying was only intense for the first 5-minute interval, and then intermittent for all the rest. She was making some noises still at 1:15, but not crying. I remember looking at the clock at 1:20 before I fell asleep.

    Olivia woke next at 5 o'clock, cried for a few minutes, took five ounces of milk and went back to sleep. At 7:19, Ringo barked at the kids walking to the school bus stop. Olivia woke up, but didn't cry. I think she would have slept longer except for Ringo. I think I will put he and Puck in our bathroom at the early morning feeding so as not to repeat that performance.

    During the 5 o'clock crying, I decided that tonight Nicholas is going to do the comforting since he is up anyway. I need some sleep.

    Today, Olivia took a 35 minute nap at 10:15 and then a 30 minute nap at 2:30. (We had a play-date with two boys down the street whose mom is also a SAHM. The younger boy is exactly Olivia's age, so I hope we get to be better friends. We said we are going to try to do it biweekly.) Those naps weren't long enough and I had to fight to get her to take the second one at all. I ended up letting her cry for five minutes because I couldn't get her to sleep in any of the usual ways--rocking, singing, or swaying. I almost put her in the car seat and drove around, but I decided that I was not going to start that habit as I am trying to break other.

    Olivia was exhausted by the end of the day. I put her down at six o'clock because she had been rubbing her eyes since she woke up from her second nap, when I couldn't get her to fall back to sleep. I had to talk to her to keep her from falling asleep with her bottle--she took eight ounces! I put her down drowsy but awake, and she cried pretty hard for five minutes and stood up while she was doing it. Nicholas wasn't home yet. I cried, too. I hate hearing her cry and I have heard it WAY too much lately. I comforted her and resolved to come back in ten minutes. I sat down on the couch and read my book (The Glass Castle) for the book club I joined that meets at the end of the month. Olivia's whimpers died out after three minutes. I read for seven more and then finished dinner. Tonight, I am putting in ear plugs and letting Nicholas do the first wake-up. I am bleary-eyed and don't know if I can make it through another hour of crying. Hopefully there won't be a night wake up, and I can just feed her the early morning bottle. We'll see.

    The "reasons" I tried to convince Nicholas with on the first night went something like this. "What if she hurt herself? What if she suffocates? What if she hates me? What if I am scarring her? What if she is really, really hungry? What if she is scared? What if she never stops crying? Surely there is a no-cry method to fix this! I heard about scheduled wakings where you wake the baby up 30 minutes before she usually gets up, then feed her, and then gradually move the time up until she sleeps through the night. It only takes a few months when you start with 2-3 night wakings."

    Last night, Nicholas worked and I laid in bed listening, hoping that the crying would stop, and staring at the clock. I hope last night was the hardest.

    In order not to be totally morose, here is a picture and a video of Olivia "playing" the piano. We discovered this a few weeks ago, and she loves to "bang, bang, bang"! Considering the state of rest Olivia and I were in, we really did have a good day!

    Tuesday, January 18, 2011

    Ferberization: Night 1 and Day 1

    I often use this blog as my diary so that I can look back later and remember what really happened. This is that kind of post.

    As I said in my last post, Olivia went to sleep on her own after four minutes of whimpering on the first night of Ferberization. That was at 7 PM. She woke up at 10:58 whimpering, which led to crying. We let her alone for five minutes. I went in and laid her back down (she was sitting up), gave her her pacifier, gave her her burp cloth (that she likes to sleep with), reassured her and rubbed her back. It took about 45 seconds. She closed her eyes as I was leaving the room, but then opened them and started crying when I got out the door. We left her for ten minutes, during which time the crying got pretty intense. It would crescendo and then fall, but mostly she cried the whole time. I told Nicholas that I didn't know if I could do it and plied him with lots of reasons we shouldn't be doing this. He held strong. I went in again. This time she was standing, and I did a repeat of the first entrance. I walked out and we left her alone for 15 minutes. This time the crying was much less intense and less frequent. She would cry for a few seconds and then be quiet for a minute or more. Near the end of the 15 minutes, we thought she was asleep, but then she started crying again right at 15 minutes. I went in and did a repeat, and she whimpered for a few seconds at a time for the next 15 minutes. I finally went back to sleep at 12:20.

    Olivia woke again at 4 AM, and this time I made a bottle and took it to her after five minutes. Dr. Petit said this was fine since Olivia is used to eating at night. He said after eight hours in bed, she can have a bottle since she will probably be legitimately hungry. I gave her the bottle in her crib--I did not change her diaper or take her out at all. She fell asleep after five ounces. She didn't wake again until 6 AM. She woke up happy and started playing in her crib as she does in the morning. I went in after a couple of minutes. I was relieved that she didn't hate me, but I felt horrible for doing that to her during the night. (I just want to record how I felt so that if I have to do it again with Kraft baby #2, I'll know.)

    Today, Olivia went to Mom's Morning Out and took a 45 minute nap at 9:30. This afternoon she was in a great mood and took a nap for 65 minutes at 2 o'clock. I decided to put her down at 6:30 PM tonight because she was rubbing her eyes at 5:45 and I knew she wouldn't make it to 7 o'clock. I put her in bed drowsy, but awake and she didn't cry at all. Here's hoping tonight goes okay. I'm prepared for the worst.

    Monday, January 17, 2011

    Every mom is different

    Olivia is just fine. I took her to the doctor today, and he (Dr. Petit, the other doctor in the practice, who I also like and was grateful to have today since he is very thorough and scientific) checked Olivia's ears and belly and talked to me about what was going on. He said that 20% of babies have sleep problems like this at this time, and his first did, too. He said that it is often very curious babies with a real attachment to their caregivers who have these problems because they anticipate the separation that is sleep and fight it. (Of course very curious babies with a real attachment to their caregivers could also be awesome sleepers!)

    Anyway, against what I always said (again), we are doing the progressive waiting technique to try to get Olivia to sleep. The Ferberizing has begun. By some miracle, Olivia took three naps today, 1 hour at 8:15, 30 minutes at 12:30, and 30 minutes at 3:30. So, we made her bedtime 7 o'clock, and hope to stick to that. I did the bath, bottle, and book routine like normal. I put her down with a small amount of protest and she wimpered for about 4 minutes. (The first wait time is five minutes, according to Dr. Petit. Then 10, then 15. He said that I could keep the waits at 15 minutes if I felt uncomfortable going past that. I do.) It was not the full-out crying that I expected. She didn't even stand up, which I know because I could tell by her blanket when I checked on her later. I fear the rest of the night, but here we go. Ferberizing, day 1. Dr. Petit assures me this will work within 14 days. Fourteen days. I can do this.

    Sunday, January 16, 2011

    Every baby is different



    Every baby is different! I have to keep remembering that when other people tell me that their babies are sleeping through the night. I have lots of excuses why Olivia is not. And, let me tell you, I have lots of experience in what does NOT work. The past two weeks have been particularly bad. (Excuse #1) Olivia's fifth tooth has cracked through the gums on top and the sixth one is almost there. The third and fourth (the top two) are still coming down, so all four are hurting her. (Excuse #2) Olivia is not eating solids well. Today I was overjoyed to get her to eat four tablespoons of oatmeal in the morning and one pack of sweet potatoes in the afternoon. That was the most solids she has eaten in days. She turned up her nose at the homemade sweet potatoes I gave her. (Excuse #3) I have to admit that I have tried letting Olivia cry it out for 15 minutes, but after that I didn't have the heart. (Things that haven't worked #1) Yes, I also admit that I tried rice cereal in her bottle, (#2) the sleep sheep, which is a plush animal that plays soothing noises that we are still using, and (#3) moving her bedtime earlier. (Note: Nicholas and I have decided that if we can't get things worked out by Thursday, we are going to try four nights of cry-it-out. Ugh! I hate it, but this just isn't working for anyone. I am EXHAUSTED!)

    The past two nights have been the worst. Last night we put her to bed at 6:10, and she was up at 9:30, 10:00, 10:20, 10:40, 11:00, 1:30, 4:00, and then up for good at 5:00. I fed her at 9:30, 1:30, and 5. Today she took a 30 minute nap at 9 AM. I put her down for her second nap at 2 PM. She slept for literally five minutes and then woke up screaming. I am taking her to the doctor tomorrow. I have no idea what is wrong, but she usually isn't so fussy and she usually doesn't wake up screaming like this. And she is UP. She stands up and cries from the front of the crib or crawls to the end of the crib and tries to look out the door. My poor baby. Maybe it is just me, but I feel like this is beyond bad parenting. She had several screaming fits today as well. I know she has gas, but Mylecon isn't helping and I don't know what is causing it. I'm not sure if gas is the only problem or not.

    In other news, Olivia is crawling all over the place now. We bought a carpet remnant and had it bound to have in the living room for her to crawl on.



    And, here are my favorite 8-month pictures of Olivia. Family, just let me know which ones you want and I will have them printed and sent to you.








    Thursday, January 13, 2011

    More pictures...

    I just wanted to show how curly Olivia's hair really is...before it is pushed down by clothes and hands, etc.



    And nothing can stop her now! I put her little outfit on to go outside and turned around to put the dogs' leashes on and this is what I see.



    And we got the eight-month pictures done yesterday and they are already finished. Go to Lindsey Smith Photography, click on "clients", and then use the password Olivia to get into our photos. These aren't as good as the last two sessions, but those were hard acts to follow. And, mostly it is my fault because the bow on her head in the last set of pictures looks terrible and I should have vetoed the hat with the tutu that Lindsey suggested. I'll do better next time! I know Olivia has a cross-bite in these, but I think it will go away after the novelty of her two top teeth go away. I think it is cute anyway.

    Monday, January 10, 2011

    Be kind, stand up, and bow

    To start, I just want to quote Plato. "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." I'm annoyed with mean people.

    Second, Olivia is pulling herself up with ease. This video isn't exactly an example of that because she looks really wobbly, but you get the idea.



    And third, I finished some of the bows for Olivia and made one pacifier clip.

    Saturday, January 8, 2011

    Eight months!!!

    Olivia was eight months yesterday! Her stats are: 19 lbs 7 ounces, 28.5 inches long, sleeping up to six hours at night at a time, sitting up from her belly, pulling up from sitting, crawling 2-3 feet, saying ba-ba, eating some solids on her own--puffed rice and Cheerios, and being my sweetest little baby! I cannot believe it has been eight months, but I am so glad that I have been able to be so much a part of her every day.

    It is so hard to get her picture now that she is a little mobile. Here are my attempts:







    Playing with the OIRA babies

    The OIRA babies got together today at the library for a little play time. Anna is the redhead and is two weeks younger than Olivia. Amanda is her mom. Camelia is the other baby, and she is about a week older than Olivia. Fang (pronounced Faung) is Camelia's mom. They are both research assistants at OIRA where I work. We had a lot of fun watching them steal each other's toys and try to figure one another out.







    And when we got home, I set Olivia on the floor with a couple of toys while I unloaded the dishwasher. I turned around and she had crawled to the dogs' water bowl, pulled it towards her, and dove in. Eeew! This mobility thing is going to get me!

    Thursday, January 6, 2011

    Mom's morning out


    So, today Olivia started a Mom's Morning Out program at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa. I don't think that I have blogged about the impetus of this, which was that Nicholas had work responsibilities so much last semester that I had to miss going in to work several times because he couldn't watch Olivia. We decided it would be best to try some kind of very part-time daycare for socialization for Olivia and for a set time for me to go to work. This is great for me because I won't have to work at night so much. This is great for Olivia so that she meets other people outside of our very small family here. Olivia and I looked at the program several times in December (but I never left her), and every time Olivia seemed happy there. The room she is in has only one other baby, Hall, who is Olivia's age. The woman who takes care of them is named Jessica; she is mid-twenties and working on her master's in early childhood development. Olivia really likes her.

    After all that build-up, I can say that it went great! I was a little nervous, but I just tried not to think about it. After taking Olivia in and taking off her coat and settling her things, I said, "Good bye, Olivia. Mama loves you. I'll see you in a few hours." Then I left. Olivia didn't cry, which was a relief for me. They told me that Olivia was really good, and only fussed when she had to take her nap because she was distracted by Hall. She kept peaking out of her crib at him. So, hooray! Success!

    I am definitely taking her on Thursdays because that is the morning I go into work. (The program is 8:15 - 12:00.) We've paid for Tuesdays, as well, and I am going to work up to twice a week. Maybe I can do it this Tuesday; maybe not. We'll see. It would be nice to have that time to work from home so that I only have to work two nights a week. We'll see!

    And I just want to give Nicholas a shout out because he has made dinner twice since we have been home from vacation. When I am giving Olivia her bath, Nicholas has been coming in and talking to her. Then when I put her down, Nicholas started dinner. Awesome!

    Wednesday, January 5, 2011

    A rainy day

    Rainy days are tough because it's difficult to walk outside. That really doesn't matter except that the dogs get hyper in the house, and Olivia and I miss our fresh air. This morning was rainy. So, I built a little tent in front of the door and the four of us played in it. It was a hit...for a while...nothing lasts long for a 7-month old.


    I took some pictures of Olivia's nursery today because, since Christmas, a few things have been added. Santa brought Olivia a little rocking lamb:




    And I took down the quilt from above Olivia's crib and put up her name. The quilt moved to above the changing table. This picture makes it look way off center. It isn't.



    And these last two are just a couple cute pictures of Olivia doing what she is doing now: practicing crawling and sitting up from her belly, which amazes me(and annoys me when I am trying to change her diaper).


    Monday, January 3, 2011

    Ba ba ba and bows

    At Olivia's six month visit, the pediatrician told us to help Olivia practice crawling, clapping, waving bye-bye, and saying ba-ba-ba. Olivia is crawling farther and farther every day. She hasn't quite clapped with noise yet. She isn't getting the bye-bye wave at all. This week, though, after saying ba-ba-ba thousands of times to her, Olivia is saying it back! Fun!



    Olivia is NOT a good eater! You see that in the video. (You also see that Nicholas and I are simply taken with every little thing that Olivia does!) I am holding her because she wouldn't eat at all in the high chair. That's not usually the case, but I think she got used to eating on my lap on our trip. Yes, we are distracting her with the camera, but that resistance is pretty typical. Everything distracts her. The pictures on the wall, the chandelier, etc. We are trying barley because everything seems to constipate her. Poor little thing!

    Olivia was growing like a weed, but now she is slowing down. She is mostly still in her 6-9 month clothes, except in some 12-month pants because she is pretty tall. I'm trying not to worry about it, though. She seems happy and healthy, so I figure she will eat when she is hungry. Teething, crawling, making talking sounds are all things that the books say will throw her off schedule, including eating and sleeping.

    And, I've decided that I am going to start making Olivia's bows since they are so pricey. I bought a glue gun for $3, cheap ribbon, and hair clips. After watching a video on how to tie a bow, here is my first one. I am pretty impressed with myself. Stay tuned for more. Olivia's eight-month pictures are next week and I am going to make a navy bow to go with a little dress of Abby's.

    Saturday, January 1, 2011

    Happy New Year!!

    What I didn't say in the last post was that Olivia and I missed Nicholas a lot during our time in Indiana without him. I know that he missed us, too. Since we've been back together again, he has been doting on both of us. So, I want to thank Nicholas for being so helpful lately and for loving us so much all the time. Here is the latest project, which took months to gather the goods for, Nicholas and I finished together:




    We finished just in time for New Year's Eve. (I got the idea here, and have been wanting to do it for years.) Olivia didn't make it up that late (thank goodness!), but we had four of our friends in for food, games, and champagne at midnight. We played Carcassonne, Clue, and Scrabble. We had lots of fun! Here is our Scrabble board at the end:



    And not to leave out Olivia, the weather here has been unseasonable warm. Olivia and I walked in the 72 degree afternoon yesterday. I am switching to the jogging stroller since she is bigger now and fits in better. Look how big she is getting!