Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Teething and New Baby update

Olivia is cutting four molars and her two top eye teeth right now. Last night we were up for an hour and a half with her screaming. After ibuprofen, baby orajel, water, rocking, singing, and music, nothing helped. Olivia seems a little better tonight, though.

I had my 12 week appointment for Baby on Tuesday. The heartbeat was easy to find and strong at 159 BPM. The baby is just peeking above my pelvis now, so he/she is still pretty low. I feel "thick," like everything is being pushed up. I'm not in any maternity clothes yet, but it won't be long. I've gained almost two pounds, which is almost double what I had gained with Olivia by this time. They say that is normal to gain more early with your second. We'll see!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A day in the sun

Olivia is feeling totally better. After a whole day yesterday of cleaning and disinfecting the house, today we shopped--for books, play clothes and short-sleeved pajamas from Old Navy since I have been horrible about pre-treating play clothes and they are all stained, and speakers for iPod so Olivia can listen to Ocean Waves all night long--, went to the pool, played with bubbles on the lawn and got an ice cream from the ice cream truck. Because her tutu swimsuit is also stained and stretched out from use, I folded and bought this new one on clearance! Love it!




Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Still sick, but better

Olivia slept better last night. She woke one set of times from 3:30 to 4:15 until I gave her milk, which we were totally off, but I figure with being sick and not eating, she deserved it. Today her rash was worse and the diarrhea still was there. The rash was so bad that she screamed when I tried to put clothes on her, so we went to the vet's with Olivia in just her diaper. After her bath tonight, we settled on one of my shirts for her to run around the house in before bed. Look how huge it looks on her!! She still has that "I don't feel well" look to her, I think.



An unrelated photo from the other day is below of Olivia testing the new steps Daddy built her. They aren't done, but he wanted to see where to put rails and what other safety features they needed. Olivia decided the top step was for bears.



As for me and Baby, we're hanging in. I haven't vomited in a while now, so I hope that is over. I feel like I am getting fat already, but the scale says I am at my pre-pregnancy weight. I had lost a couple of pounds, but I think those are back. I am trying to do yoga at least three days a week, and it is easier to do it without Olivia. Nicholas did yoga with me two days ago, but I am not sure he is hooked. I was the "yogi", as we didn't do a video, I just spoke and chose the sequences. I think as a first experience, he needed a real yogi!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

More to come

Olivia has had a fever (102-103) since Saturday morning. Monday, when we called the doctor to make sure it couldn't be related to the bump on her head from Friday, he said come in to make sure. It wasn't. It's tonsillitis. The fever broke this morning and we had two good hours. Then, she broke out in a rash and started having diarrhea. Oh, my. We've had three bad nights of getting up every 1.5 hours. I'm tired. She's tired. Nicholas is tired. More to come.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Olivia will be a big sister in February!!! Kraft Baby #2 is on the way!

We are SO excited to finally announce that we are expecting! I'll be 11 weeks along on Saturday.

Here is the ultrasound where they dated the pregnancy to 7 weeks 5 days and gave us the due date of February 4, 2012. I cried when we heard our little peanut's heartbeat, just like I did when we first heard Olivia's.



And here is the bassinet I bought today at a consignment sale so that we can keep Baby in our room for at least the first three to four months. That way, Olivia can stay in her crib until two, and then we can make a decision about whether to move her to a toddler bed or buy another crib. Also, then we will have the guest room for visitors for a little longer until it becomes Olivia's room and Baby gets the nursery.



I'll post later about how this pregnancy is the same and different from the first.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

More Olivia

One year of Olivia on our wall:



And, in case you didn't believe me, here is Olivia going to get a bib:



And, unfortunately, Olivia loves cats. This is the closest she is going to get to owning one for a long time, though. It's a little child's headrest pillow she adored at Target. She loves saying "KeeKee" (Kitty) and "Mmmm" (Meow).



Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Doing yoga

I've fallen pretty seriously out of my yoga practice...and my yoga studio was just bought out by someone I don't know. As if I have time to go, anyway, but...

So, I am trying to incorporate yoga into Olivia's and my day as often as I can. Today, wasn't exactly successful because Olivia only got one short nap due to the excitement of Mom's Morning Out, but here are some cute photos:

Seated breathing



Upward facing dog



Corpse pose





She also did child's pose and downward facing dog, but I didn't get pictures.

Having tea and dancing

I couldn't get a good picture, but Olivia loves having tea with Charlie Bear, Dolly, and her little lamb. She is very good at sharing with them.



And, Olivia loves dancing, too. Especially to the Beach Boys.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Mommy confessions

Olivia still uses a bottle. Multiple times a day. I had her off bottles during the day in May. But then, while Nicholas was away and she got really sick, she wouldn't drink. I got worried and brought back the bottle. Now, I can't get it away from her.

We are first trying to get rid of the one night bottle. We are almost there. Three nights ago, after doing the Ferber method of reducing milk by one ounce until she doesn't wake up, she didn't wake up, and took a cup in the morning. Two nights ago, she woke once and took about two ounces of water from a bottle, and took a cup in the morning. Last night, she slept until four and took one ounce of milk before I could get her to go back to sleep. I do think it is working. It is just taking time.

So, now to get rid of the other bottles. I tried just taking it away before the morning nap, but that was disastrous. She would not take that morning nap. Now I am trying to "Ferber" the naps by giving a cup of milk about 30 minutes before nap time and then, if she insists, finish with a couple of ounces of milk in a bottle. We'll see how that goes.

My goal is to be done with ALL bottles by her 15-month appointment. Wish us luck! That's less than a month away.

To finish on a positive note, here is a picture of Olivia in the car after taking her hands from her face. She was playing Peek-a-boo with me.



Which leads me to another mommy confession. We have turned the car seat to face forward. Olivia and I couldn't stand it another minute, so we turned it on our vacation to Clemson. She is SO much happier in the car. And I am justifying it because I figure Olivia is as big as a slightly below average two-year-old. (The law says kids must be rear-facing until 20 lbs and one year. The APA recommendation is that they stay rear-facing until age two.) The average two year old is 34 inches tall and 27 lbs. Olivia is 33 inches tall and 25 lbs.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Other stuff Olivia is doing/saying/signing

I don't think that I have made a list yet of the signs Olivia makes. Here it is:

  • More
  • Eat
  • Thank you/You're welcome
  • Finished
  • Bed time
  • Hi/Bye
  • Music
  • Clean up
  • Milk


    Her vocabulary, recognizable to everyone is:

  • Mama
  • Dada/Daddy
  • Bubble


    Her vocabulary, recognizable to Nicholas and me is:

  • Bad dog
  • Bird
  • Kitty Kitty
  • Ball
  • Dog bowl
  • And there is probably more, but I don't have a running list going.


    Amazing (to us) stuff she is doing:

  • The other day, while standing in the kitchen getting Olivia's lunch ready, I asked her to go to her room and get a bib. It took a couple of minutes, but without ANY help or guidance from me, she walked through the dining room, through the living room, through the dog gate on her room, got a bib, and came back. Amazing!
  • She plays hide and seek on her own, without prompting from us. She goes behind a corner or a curtain and then runs out screaming. Then, of course, I chime in with, "Where's Olivia?" These videos are taken after the most fun was had, so they don't show the super enthusiasm Olivia has for hiding.






  • She picks up her clothes off the floor and puts them in the laundry basket before her bath. Every night, and she is SO proud of herself.
  • She washes her hands, with help to lift her up, by turning on the faucet, putting her hands in the water, and rubbing them together when I put the soap on.
  • Imitating, imitating, imitating. If I "holler yahoo" like one of her books says to do, she does, too. If I dust the furniture with a rag, she wants a rag and "helps" me do it. The other day when she had a reaction to getting sunscreen in her eye and we had to put eyedrops in her eye, she was okay with us doing so because Nicholas did it to his eye first. Then she got up and wanted to put eye drops in my eye and then Nicholas's.
  • Another big day!

    After our morning walk and breakfast, we watered the ferns and other potted plants on the front and back porch. Then we picked zucchini and flowers from the garden. (The garden is looking rough because the Japanese beetles got the bush beans and the pole beans, and Ringo has been eating the tomatoes. So, no pictures.)



    And then we picked the blueberries and blackberries from the back bed.



    Later we met our friends for lunch and a CHOM date. Olivia was very excited to go in.



    Anna is picking apples in the picture, and Olivia is getting stones out of the river. I gave her her pacifier because she kept putting stuff in her mouth.



    Here, Anna and Olivia are grilling iceberg lettuce.



    When we got home, it was time for a nap. Olivia wanted to take it in her new hideout--Puck's crate. Needless to say, that didn't happen.