Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thanksgiving, etc.

We had a pretty low key Thanksgiving this year since it was just Nicholas, Olivia, and I at home. I had lots of contractions that day and had to take the blood pressure medicine. It didn't really seem to help, and I had to take it again six hours later after having six hours of five-minute-apart contractions. Annoying. But we had a turkey breast, stuffing, and homemade cranberry sauce, so we were kind of festive.

I have gotten quite a bit done in the past week, though, because Mom and Dad came down late Friday. They helped put up the Christmas tree on Saturday and get out other decorations. Dad even put lights on the two spiral evergreens in front of our entry, so we are more festive than we have ever been! Dad flew back Sunday afternoon, and Mom stayed to help us. She watched Olivia Sunday afternoon while Nicholas and I went sleeper sofa shopping and then out to dinner for his birthday, which was Monday. Mom also watched Olivia while I finished making curtains for Olivia's room, which is now ready for Olivia to move into. I think we will do that tomorrow. Mom gave me time to rest, painted a bird house for Leo's room, painted a mirror for Olivia's room, and scrubbed all my floors. Thanks, Mom!! Plus, she played with Olivia a lot!! I wasn't very good at documenting the trip, but here is a photo of Mom and Olivia decorating the tree, which is definitely sparse this year as we only put on non-breakable ornaments and Olivia did (and is still doing) most of the decorating.

While Mom scrubbed floors, Olivia and I made a tent out of the dining room chairs. Olivia got a kick out of it!

And, while Mom was here, she explained football to Olivia. Now, Olivia asks to watch football every night after her bath while we are putting on her pajamas.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Last week was a little rough for Baby and me. I started having rather frequent contractions Thursday morning, and by Thursday afternoon, they were five minutes apart. By the evening, I was in the hospital with them two and a half minutes apart. Luckily, no other labor symptoms were present, so they sent me home. By Friday morning, I was still having them five minutes apart, so per instructions, I went back to the doctor and was hooked up to the monitors again. The doctor prescribed me some drugs to stop the contractions, but said to only take them when I had more than four in an hour. I've taken it three times since then as the contractions have spaced out significantly to about 20-30 minutes apart. I am tired from them, and I am having a lot of pelvic pressure, but other than that, they are just annoying. (I say this lightly, but poor Nicholas has been drying some tears every now and then when I get fed up with everything. He has also been helping around the house a lot more than normal and coming home as soon as he can after work so that he is home for dinner and bathtime every night, which is so wonderful.)

So that I could go to the doctor on Friday morning, I called Olivia's MMO and asked if she could come even though it wasn't her day. They said that was fine, and Olivia had a great time making an "Indian" headband and necklace. They were super impressed with her fine motor skills because she could thread the pasta and the beads herself.

Another milestone for Olivia is that she has graduated to a booster seat at the table. She loves sitting at the table with us instead of eating on her tray!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Puppy party!

Olivia and I went to our friend's second birthday party on Saturday, and it was super cute! Emily (the mom) did a fantastic job of decorating and creating activities for the kids. She had each child bring a pretend puppy, and then had boxes covered in white contact paper with fleece blankets in them to be decorated as the puppy's bed. You can see in the pictures below that the kids had a great time coloring and putting stickers on the beds. After they had finished, they had a puppy parade. The kids wore puppy ear headbands. Later they ate "Puppy Chow" and bone-shaped cookies. It was super cute. When they played outside near the end, Olivia was drawn to the little motorcycle, which I thought was funny since she had on her little boots.

Happy Birthday, Abby!! You've got a great Mommy! (Thanks for the photos, Emily!)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Birthday! And other stuff.

I had another birthday on Wednesday, and I felt lots of love from my friends and family! It was kind of a tiring day, so Nicholas and I didn't get to go on our planned date, but he brought home Chinese take-out and I read a book and went to bed early. It was a good ending to the day. Thanks everyone for the cards and gifts and emails and texts! (Nicholas actually hit a deer on the way home from work/getting take out, but was nonchalant enough about it not to worry me. After the over $1K estimate today, I realize it wasn't exactly nothing.)

Since we are WAY behind on the belly photos for Baby, I took one on my birthday so that he knows I was thinking of him.

Olivia and I did finger paints in the garage because she has been talking about painting ever since she did it at school. Turns out, finger paints are much harder to find than you would think. Walmart and Target don't carry them here. I went to a "Learning Experiences" store and they only sold black and white. They were old and hard, too, but I didn't know that until we got home and started. I added some food coloring to the white and Olivia had a good time. It was fun to watch how intent she was.

I bought some new finger paints at Toys R Us today, and hope those work a little better next time.

And here are some funny videos of Olivia:

Winking -

And being amazed with the Christmas bells that Bill bought me last year. I love them and am so happy to be listening to Christmas music again!

Monday, November 7, 2011

18 month well visit

Can you believe my girl is 18 months old today? Whoa! Time flies! She's in 18-month (if they are big)/24-month/2T clothes depending on the fit, and she is wearing a size 6.5/7 shoe depending on the fit. Here are the stats:

  • 26 lbs (75th percentile)
  • 34.5 inches (98th percentile)
  • head circumference I've already forgotten, but it's 75th percentile

    Here are the milestones we checked off:

  • Knows her body parts -- head, hands, eyes, nose, mouth, cheeks, feet, belly, bottom, legs, knees, and back.
  • Drinks from a cup and uses a fork.
  • Uses 15 words. (She has at least 50.)
  • Follows simple directions.

    And here are the answers to my questions:

  • Dr. Roberts recommends getting rid of the pacifier by age 2. We talked about timing since baby brother is coming along, and she said to go ahead and work on getting the pacifier down to comfort times--bedtime, naptime, and when she is hurt. Then take it away. Try "breaking" them by cutting them or "forgetting" them when we go on a trip and not have them when we come home.
  • Olivia has started hitting Ringo. I know this is because he is back from his training camp and I am always correcting him by saying "No" and then using his pinch prong collar. But, hitting is unacceptable, so I asked Dr. Roberts about discipline at this age. We're going with a "No, Olivia, we do not hit" and removing her from the situation. Dr. Roberts said we can start trying 30-second to 1-minute time outs.
  • Potty training. Yes, I know it is early, but Olivia tells me when she poops and pees. Dr. Roberts said to get a potty and set Olivia on it before bath, bedtime, and first thing in the morning. If she resists, don't fight. Try again later.
  • Toddler bed. Dr. Roberts said that she had two patients that day who on their first attempt to get out of their crib, broke their arms. So, whenever Olivia shows signs of escaping (putting leg up to try to get out, pulling herself over the bar, etc.) it's time for a toddler bed. Thankfully, she is not there yet.

    I am posting the next picture to show how Olivia has a MIND OF HER OWN! I wanted her to wear black dress shoes with this outfit, but she refused--cried and fussed. I figured it wasn't a battle worth fighting, so I let her wear the pink tennis shoes she wanted. I wanted to get a picture of the band-aid on her thigh from her tetanus shot, but she peeled it off as I was taking the picture.

  • Yard sale finds

    So, Nicholas and I were/are planning on getting Olivia a play kitchen for Christmas. But, on Saturday my neighbors had a yard sale and sold this little kitchen for $10. I could not pass that up, so I bought it thinking (1) for $10 if she uses it until Christmas only it would be worth it and/or (2) maybe we could have one in her room and one by the real kitchen so that she can "cook" while Mama is cooking.

    I also bought this shopping cart for $4. Olivia loves putting her baby in there and strolling her around. So cute!

    Between the two of these things, we are really fostering some independent play! I am SO excited about that!

    Friday, November 4, 2011

    Raspberries and sandwiches

    I was just complaining to Stephanie today how I have to pack intricate lunches for Olivia at school. Then, I made Nicholas's lunch (peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and fruit), and Olivia stole a piece of bread and started eating it. I asked if she wanted peanut butter on it. She said yes and refused the jelly. I folded it over and voila! My girl ate her first sandwich!

    Also, Olivia discovered on her own the fun of eating raspberries!

    In other news, Olivia discovered pockets today and filled her's at the playground with rocks and acorns.

    Thursday, November 3, 2011

    "Draw, draw"

    That is what Olivia says most afternoons. She wants to go outside and draw on the driveway with chalk. Of course, I do most of the drawing. Her latest favorite is for me to draw fish. We also do lots of shapes (circles, squares, and triangles), butterflies, flowers, and lines because those are about the extent of my drawing abilities.