Thursday, June 28, 2012
Instead, we played a lot of "animal rescue center," where we "fix" the animals in Olivia's room. Sometimes we feed them, sometimes we bandage them with toilet paper, sometimes we put blankets on them and read them stories... Sometimes that looks so fun that Olivia wants to be tucked in, too, with Leo in her bed...
Leo continues to amaze me with his tolerance for tummy time. Here he is playing in his crib one day this week. He is really moving those legs!
Olivia is also really good at puzzles now. She knows her shapes and can put them in the correct spot really quickly. She likes to work the big bird floor puzzle that Aunt Beki gave her for Christmas, too, but that takes more concentration and time. Have I written that she can sing the ABC song? She can! It's so cool! But, it's not the one with the same melody as Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (although she can almost sing that song since she thinks that Leo likes it, and he does), it is the Alpha Pig one from Super Why. I started singing that one to her about a month ago and she requests it a lot.
We've also been playing ballerina a lot. We borrowed the book "The Little Ballet Star" from the library and we have been acting it out for two weeks. Olivia has several pages memorized, and although we have returned the book, she likes to say and act out "I do my plies. I point my toes just exactly right. I twirl and spin. Everyone claps!" My part in this scenario is to play Aunt Gina. Olivia is Tilly. She wants me to say, "Come up on stage, Tilly, darling!" There is a part in the book where Tilly gets make-up on in the make-up room and says, "I look like a pink apple." That is Olivia's favorite line! Her princess tent is the make-up room, her closet is the dressing room, and we set up curtains and a stage in the living room this week. I forgot to get a picture.
In Leo news, tooth number two came in on Monday night! He has been super fussy in the evenings and hasn't been sleeping well. After posting about this on Facebook, I got lots of suggestions, so here he is with one: a frozen breast milk pop. He likes them and they seem to ease the discomfort. Hooray!
In other Olivia news, she asked me for Dora panties at the store the other day. Then she wanted Minnie panties, too. The next morning, she asked to wear them. (My theory behind this is she will train herself when she is ready, so I ask her if she wants to use the potty several times every day, but she usually doesn't take me up on it.) Then she went successfully on the potty! Hooray! Then she wanted her diaper back on and hasn't asked for the panties since. Whatever.
Also, we've had all good behavior at school since last week. I think Olivia was just feeling left out because I was spending so much time with Leo since he had been so fussy with teething. Awareness is a good thing and I feel like I am doing a better job balancing them.
Friday, June 22, 2012
It's so hot, too, that I am supplementing Leo with some water and some prune juice (for other, obvious, reasons). Olivia likes to try to feed it to him...
And today we made it to the playground with our friends Jennifer, Mary Grace, and JP. JP is six weeks younger than Leo and Mary Grace is eight weeks younger than Olivia.
We also got to the pool this afternoon. Leo is too cute!! He outgrew his swim top. I need to get him another one, but for now, he is super cute sporting skin!
And...drum roll, please...here is the first picture of all four of us together! I think we will have professional ones taken in October. I don't think you want this one on our Christmas cards!
And here is a picture of Olivia's hair after a bath. It is SO curly!
In other news, Olivia got in trouble at school for the first time yesterday. She refused to clean up when her teacher asked her, and put herself in time-out three times. She has been acting out at home, too, and just seemed sad. By bed time last night, both Nicholas and my nerves were frayed. I decided I wasn't giving her enough positive attention and letting her watch too much TV. We've cut back to no more than 40 minutes of screen time per day and we had lots of play time today. I see a difference already.
And here is one of Olivia dancing to her ballerina music in her ballerina costume that I bought on clearance at Target.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
In other news, Leo's first tooth broke the gums today! Cool! He's been SO fussy the past couple of days at night that I figured it was coming. Tooth number two is visible, but not through the gums yet.
Monday, June 18, 2012
For all of them, see www.jmcateer.smugmug.com, click on Olivia + Leo, and use the password "kraft". Family, I will send an email with a link to the pictures on Shutterfly as soon as I get the CD.
Here are the Pennas playing in the room full of flying balls and video games.
This is Olivia playing dress up and pretending to take a nap with some dolls in the dolls' bed.
Here Nicholas and Olivia are driving a tug boat.
My camera is bad, but this is John running through his castle that he just built of blocks.
And here are Juliet and Christopher driving produce to market.
On Saturday night everyone came over to our place for dinner and playing with wheeled toys. On Sunday, we let the dads sleep in, and Juliet and I took the kids to the playground in our neighborhood. We ended up letting the kids get in the baby pool, and they got totally soaked, which is surely a sign that they had an awesome time.
I had an awesome time, too, and Olivia is still talking about the Gummy Bears that Miss Juliet brought her! Thanks, Juliet!
I dropped both kids off at MMO on Thursday and went home and got some unpacking done. Nicholas got back from Germany at about 6 o'clock that evening and were we glad to see him! He had a good time, too, but was pretty exhausted from the trip.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
On Monday, the kids and I met Grandpa Bill at the Louisville zoo. It threatened rain and did rain a little bit, but that kept things cooler and the crowds down, so it was actually a good thing. Olivia did great playing with Bill while I nursed Leo in the car. She and he fed ducks and looked around until we went into the zoo. She let Bill hold her up to see animals and talked quite a bit. We saw giraffes and grizzly bears, seals and elephants, among lots of others. We had hot dogs for lunch and Olivia loved the french fries. She actually ate the leftovers on the way back to Steph's house. Here are a few pictures.
That afternoon/evening we hung out at the farm. Mom helped me again because I was exhausted from going so much on so little sleep. The kids played more--Abby, Craig, and Olivia really play well together--and I got a little visiting time in with Stephanie.
On Tuesday, the kids and I met Mutti at the Louisville Science Center. There was a great KidsZone that Olivia really loved. She liked playing in the water, riding on the "bus", shopping for groceries, and building things with Mutti. Olivia seemed to like the music buttons she could push, too. While I nursed Leo in the "quiet room" they had set aside for such things, Mutti and Olivia played. Then we went out into the regular part of the museum to the sensory area. Olivia played music by covering up lights on the floor, she ran through a forest of pool noodles hanging from the ceiling, rolled a ball on little roller coaster, pushed a tissue through clear air vents, and built a castle from over sized blocks. After that we had lunch at Subway. Here are a couple of pictures.
On Friday, Nicholas flew from Louisville back to Alabama. Then, on Saturday, he flew to Germany for a conference for work. He was gone until the following Thursday. In the mean time...
After getting the kids settled in at Steph's, I left on Friday at 4 AM to fly to Cleveland for my friend's wedding. I had lots of expressed milk there for Leo, and Mom and Steph to take care of both kids in tandem. Looks like they had a great time!
Craig holding Leo on Sunday morning. He is such a great kid, and he is such a great big brother and cousin. He loves Abby and can hardly wait for Bratcher Baby #3 this fall!
Craig, Olivia, Abby, and Grandpop on my parents' deck just chillin'.
Olivia said, "This life jacket looks good on me." It does. Even though she had her swimmies with her, she must have wanted to be like the big kids.
After Abby's last baseball game. Olivia kept saying, "1, 2, 3, 6 hit!" and "That was awesome!" and "That's a cool trophy, Abby."
I cannot thank Stephanie and Mom (and Brandon and Craig and Abby) enough for taking care of my babies while I went to be in my friends wedding. I was gone almost 60 hours, and I was a total wreck by the time I got back because I missed them so badly. It was great to go and see my friends, help with the wedding, meet her family, and have my own bed, but I really got no rest because (1) weddings are so much work, and (2) my pump was my best friend. So, I actually came back more tired than when I left. But, I am so glad I had the opportunity to go and the family to take care of Olivia and Leo.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Olivia: 30 lbs, 36.25 inches tall, which is 75th and 95th percentile, respectively -- if what they say is true, her height potential is 6 feet, 1/2 inch! Whoa!
Leo: 16 lbs 10 ounces, 26.25 inches long, which is 75th and 90th percentile, respectively -- that's over a pound more than Olivia at the same time, but only .25 inches longer. My big boy! He is healthy as can be, it seems. Now if I could just get him to sleep through the night! Here is a picture of him with his band-aids from his shots. Olivia did not like her shot, but liked Leo getting shots even less, I think!
In other news, Leo and Olivia started school today for the summer. It was Leo's first school day ever, so here is a photo. He did great when I left because he is not old enough to know really that Mommy is leaving. He didn't nap much (20 minutes) or eat much (3 ounces), but I guess that will come. He took a super long nap this afternoon. Today was the only morning I really get to myself because I start back to work the next time they go. I was not a wreck like I was the first time I dropped off Olivia at Mom's Morning Out. Look how far I've come!
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Olivia: What's that?
Me: That's sausage.
Olivia: For me?
Me: Yes, for you.
Olivia: Fantastico! (Obviously, Olivia is loving Dora the Explorer lately.)
Our evening routine has gotten so that I give Leo his bath and feed him while Nicholas gives Olivia her bath and reads to her. I probably haven't given Olivia bath for several weeks. This routine is so ingrained now that Olivia tells me to go check on Leo or fold clothes if I try to partake in the routine. She is loving Daddy so much these days. I'm not looking forward to the day, which I see quickly approaching, when she is purely Daddy's girl! But, I love that their bond has increased so much. Nicholas often reads to Olivia for upwards of 30 minutes every night. Olivia loves all the books we've been getting at the library every week. We try to get five to ten new ones--usually Dora, Diego, Max and Ruby, etc. She requests them and I try to find them.
Olivia has quite the imagination lately, too. I hear her playing with Daddy while she is in the bath tub. She called him "Doctor Daddy" tonight and she was "Doctor Olivia." Here's what I heard:
Olivia: What hurts, Doctor Daddy?
Nicholas: My ear hurts, Doctor Olivia.
Olivia: I can fix that for you. (moment) Woof! (When Olivia's pediatrician looks in Olivia's ears, she pretends that there is a cat or a dog in there.)
Olivia: All better now?
Nicholas: Yes, all better.
And here is Olivia reading to Leo in her crib the other morning. Can you spot the picture Olivia took?
This is Olivia at one of her friends' 2nd birthday party on Saturday. Olivia LOVED the cupcake icing! Several of the moms commented on Olivia's "amazing" vocabulary. One was floored that Olivia was counting (up to 15) as she ran around. I'm totally proud!
And Leo is continuing his solid foods. He went from one teaspoon of oatmeal last Saturday to one tablespoon plus some prunes this Sunday. I am still just doing one feeding a day. I'll work my way up. He's doing great! We are still struggling with the sleep, however. He just wants to nurse all night. And I have created a monster...actually two...because I bring him to bed and fall asleep when he nurses. Bad, bad, bad. But a hard habit to break.
And Nicholas had his annual beginning of the REU party here on Saturday. Here are Olivia and Leo pre-party. Notice that Olivia had some calls to make on her fake pink cell phone in the second picture:
Friday, June 1, 2012
This one is for Grandpa Bill:
"Look, I'm sitting up!!"
"Look at that cute baby!!" (At CHOM in the baby pond.)
Olivia loves reading. I mean loves it. She "reads", and we read to her. The other day she chose staying home and reading over going to the playground. And she loves Dora books. We act them out at the pool and at home and on the go. Here she is at CHOM reading, in her mermaid crown, and dancing in "Mermaid Kingdom"--notice the paper fish on the floor. (My crafting skills are limited!)
And here is one of Leo sleeping on the floor after nursing. He is in a milk coma, I guess. He slept for 40 minutes like this. I was shocked!