Saturday, April 30, 2011

The final week of being 0

As we race toward Olivia's first birthday, I thought I would mention some things that are going on now. She is finished with formula, and is totally on whole milk. We are beginning to take away bottles from her routine. She is beginning to give up her pacifier more and more.

Olivia is walking on furniture, motoring around in her walker, and pushing things around, but doesn't have much interest in us holding her hands and encouraging her to walk. She usually wiggles out of that pose and crawls to where she wants to go.

Olivia is making lots of sounds and noises, but the only word she seems to be saying lately is "Dada" or "Daddy". Even "Mama" is rare these days. However, she points to what she want a lot.

Her favorite foods these days are strawberries, peanut butter, ham, and water. Not all at once, of course.

Last week Olivia had tonsillitis and a fever of over 104 three days in a row, including the day of the storm when we had no power and no way to give her a bath. I ended up taking her to our neighbor's for a bath since they had a water heater with a tank. Our tankless one doesn't work without electricity even though it is a gas water heater. That fever worried me because I was giving her Tylenol every four hours and Motrin every six (doctor's orders), but she was hardly drinking or eating. I was afraid of hurting her kidneys. But, she is back to her happy self today.

Some pictures, too:

Olivia loves her wagon. Not just riding it, but also pushing it around the house!

Total destruction

We were very lucky to be missed by the tornadoes that ripped through the South on Wednesday. The more we hear and see about the destruction and fatalities, the more saddened we are. Everyone seems to want to help, though, and that is all anyone is talking about around here. I hope that the donations and volunteerism continue until the needs are met.

I really feel for all the parents out there whose college students won't come home, for all the mamas trying to feed their babies with no homes to live in, and for everyone displaced or who lost loved ones.

Nicholas and I are trying to what we can. Nicholas went down and volunteered on Thursday and dropped off clothes and towels. I baked bread and monster cookies for a family whose extended family (20+ people) moved in with them after losing everything in the storm. Yesterday, Nicholas and I heard on the news about items needed, so we headed to Walmart with Olivia and loaded the van with supplies. The mayor is asking people to stay out while search and rescue finishes, so we are waiting to hear from the volunteer place about what to do next.

Monday, April 25, 2011

The first Easter

For Easter, Olivia and I went out to our friend Donna's lake house with her family.

Nicholas couldn't get one good picture of us before we left. This was the best of eight.

They had baby chicks and rabbits to play with, but Olivia wasn't too excited about them.

I didn't get too many pictures because I was mostly holding Olivia. But the food was good, the company was great, and the scenery was fantastic. After dinner, Sylvia, Olivia and I walked down to the lake. Timo, Sylvia's son, was fishing and let Olivia "pet" one of the fish he caught. She was more excited about that than the chicks or the rabbits. Go figure.

Here are some pictures taken by the host, Wesley Spruill. He's a pretty great photographer, I think!

This is Thomas, Sylvia's husband.

This is Dustin, Wesley and Donna's son.

And, again, this is Sylvia with Olivia.

The inaugural wagon ride

Nicholas did not agree when I said we had to wait to let Olivia have the wagon from Grandpa and Tamara until her birthday. He won the debate, the conclusion being that gifts from my family will be opened on the day, and gifts from his family will be opened upon arrival. So, Saturday afternoon, Olivia and Nicholas put together the wagon and went for the first ride.

This wagon is awesome! Not only does it give Olivia a sweet spot to sit, it gives her shade, a place to put toys and play, and it has cup holders!

Olivia's new limousine!

"Aww, Daddy! Do we have to go home?!"

Easter egg hunt (Saturday)

Saturday we went to an Easter Egg Hunt at Annette Shelby Park in Tuscaloosa with our friends Leslie and Brandon Dixon, and their sons Will and Archer. Will is four and a half and Archer is 18 months. We had so much fun! Here are some highlights!

Will trying to hold Olivia's hand for the picture. She wasn't having it, even though he called her "Baby Olivia" and gave her lots of treats from his Easter basket.

Will and Archer shared eggs with Olivia because, although the egg hunt was supposed to start at 11 and we got there at 10:30, it started at 10:20 and there weren't a ton of eggs left. Olivia was pretty excited about the eggs.

Daddy held Olivia as she tried to get into her Smarties. Truth be told, she has had more sugar this past weekend than in all the rest of her life combined.

I knew these fountains were at this park. I knew they were going to be on. Somehow, I thought we would not get in. Archer was first. Will went next, and then he talked us into going.

I wanted to set Olivia down and back up so that I wouldn't get wet.

That wasn't happening.

We ended up getting pretty soaked. I was the only adult to get soaked, but that was okay. Olivia had a great time. Even better than these pictures suggest. She LOVES Will and his antics.

Said antics, which got everyone wet. But, boys will be boys!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Smash cake!!

Since I don't think anyone who reads the blog is going to be able to make it to the birthday party, I am excited to get to post these early! We are going to have a story board of these at Olivia's birthday party, and we ordered a bigger version of her "smash cake" for the party. Can you believe my sweet girl is almost one?!!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The first Easter egg hunt

Was today in our neighborhood. Two hundred and fifty eggs on the tennis courts for the little ones, and by the time we made it up there...only about a minute since we took the walking path instead of through the trees...there were none left. Thankfully, Olivia didn't care since she didn't know that is what we were there for. One of her friends gave her an empty egg and she was thrilled. See pictures:

Looking back at the tennis courts with our one egg:

Olivia realizing she is sliding down the hill:

And loving it! We stayed for a while and talked with other people in the neighborhood. There were at least 60 kids there plus lots of parents. The association had bubbles for everyone, which Olivia loves. We also played on the slide, which Olivia loves!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Easter pictures & 11 month stats

I forgot to mention Olivia's 11-month stats. She actually lost weight between 10 and 11 months because she had been sick for almost three weeks. At 10 months, she weighed 22 lbs 4 ounces. At 11 months, she weighed 21 lbs 15 ounces. Her appetite is back, though, so I am sure she will gain by the time a year rolls around. I don't think that she will make it to triple her birth weight, though, which would be 25 lbs 11 ounces.

And these pictures are for Mom. We LOVE the Easter dress you bought Olivia. She wore it to a party, for these pictures, and she will wear it on Easter to our friends' house. Our neighbor, Jeana, took these pictures on UA's campus on Thursday.

What we've been up to

Tuesday was a super productive day. I painted the bookcase trim and put all the books back up. I got a load of dirt and put it on the new beds Grandpa made last week. I planted perennials in the beds. (I took Grandpa's suggestion to make them perennial beds.) I moved the lilirope to where the drainage is bad at the end of my garden. I got a load of mulch, but didn't touch it until tonight. Tonight, I repotted the ferns on the front porch, put down black fabric in one of the two back beds, and mulched it. I'll do a longer post on the back beds later. Here is a picture of the bookcases (Thanks Grandpa and Tamara for the wagon! I know Olivia is going to love it!):

Olivia is no longer taking naps at school on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Yesterday, I couldn't get her to take a morning nap at home. But, then she took a 2 hour afternoon nap, so she did make up for it. Here she is laying her head on her new favorite stuffed animal, which is one of Charlie's from growing up...

And Olivia is getting even more mobile with the walker thing I bought at a consignment sale for $5. This video is long. The best part is about the first ten seconds:

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The ice cream truck and Fiona

Olivia and I walk with my friend Sylvia many mornings. She has an old English Mastiff named Fiona who is extremely gentle. Here is a little video of Fiona and Olivia.

We were waiting in the front yard for the ice cream truck. I was stoked to get to buy something from them since I never had the chance growing up in the country. Here are some pictures:

Monday, April 11, 2011

The first dip of 2011

Olivia and I went to the pool today for our first dip of the season. The baby pool was warm, so we stayed there. Daddy took our picture on the way:

Olivia wasn't thrilled at first:

But got pretty excited when I splashed the water with my feet:

Then we headed for the adjacent playground to do some serious sliding (at least 20 runs):

Earlier today Olivia fell asleep on the way home from running errands, and I got the elusive picture of my sleeping baby...since she is almost not a baby anymore, but a toddler and usually sleeps in her crib with the lights out, which is not good for picture-taking:

And a cute one of Olivia eating her frozen blueberries for breakfast. This all started when she wanted some of mine that I had put on my Cheerios. She loves them!