Friday, March 30, 2012

Leo's first library day

(Seriously, I hate iPhoto sometimes. I cannot get this picture rotated.)

I am definitely not getting the same number of pictures of Leo as I did of Olivia, but here is one commemorating his first story time at the library. It was fun. It was my second really public nursing, which is a little awkward, but I don't think I flashed anyone. Olivia had a good time, too!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The last day at Aunt Stephy's house

We had such a good stay with Stephanie, Brandon, Craig, and Abby. Olivia learned to love cows, chickens, horses, and rabbits in a short five weeks. We enjoyed the farm, the outdoors, and the company. The last day was emotional for me. Here are some of the fun things we did.

Stephanie found a pond slider turtle and put it in Grandpa's truck bed for the kids to look at and play with.

Abby and Craig got rabbits: Salt and Pepper. The way Olivia says Pepper is adorable. And Aunt Stephanie let Olivia believe that Pepper was Olivia's. She loved it!

Checking on the cows who just got let out to pasture for the first time this spring. They were so happy to have that clover! You'll see in the foreground that a lot of us were outside watching. Uncle Wilson, Aunt Beki, Christopher, Madeline, Bill, and Jackson came out for dinner, too. It was wonderful to see everyone!

Giving Grandpa some sugar.

Olivia and Aunt Stephy! Olivia asks about her every day now.

Playing with Abby and the turtle.

Laying in the grass and dandelions. Beautiful!

Riding in the Kubota with Brandon, Grandpa, and Jackson.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Old friends, new friends!

My old friend Amanda stopped in to see us with her husband Luis and son Lucas. Olivia and Lucas are about two weeks apart, and they did a pretty good job of "playing" together. There was running, hide-and-seek, playing with trains and kitchens, and of course a snack. Plus a little hugging. So cute! My camera isn't fast enough to catch all the action, but here are a few pictures. It was so fun to see Amanda and meet Lucas!

Nothing is better than the box

With the arrival of some new patio furniture came lots of fun for Grandma, Abby, and Olivia. They made a barn for their horses. Olivia had so much fun! And Leo was happy to be outside in this fantastic weather!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Things I've been meaning to write down

No new pictures from today, although there are a couple on Mom's camera of Leo in his new (from Aunt Beki) little tent. He napped in it on Mom's deck while I clipped Ringo's hair. This 86 degree heat was too much for him with all that hair!

About Leo:

I took Leo to the doctor a couple of weeks ago for a rash, which turned out to be an indeterminate thing newborns sometimes get. Could be a heat rash. Could be a virus. Who knows? But the point was that he weighed 11 lbs 1 ounce, and that was 22 days after his 2 week check up. So, he had gained 20 ounces in 22 days. (Up from 9 lbs 13 ounces at his 2 week check up.) Pretty good for being all breast fed since day 7! And the breastfeeding is going pretty well. I've surpassed my first goal of six weeks. Prior to six weeks I had been pumping behind every feeding because Leo never emptied me, but that was adding to the problem because I was producing more since I was pumping. Feeding Leo and pumping was taking up to an hour each time and he was eating every two to three hours. That was rough trying to entertain Olivia. Now, I pump only when he is really lazy and twice during the night. I have several GALLONS of breast milk in the freezer. This shocks me because of my low supply with Olivia. I mostly just allow him 15 minutes on each side and I try to make him wait three hours between feedings. Yesterday and today we had several two hour intervals, but I think that is a fluke. I love it when it is three hours between feedings and he only takes 25 minutes to nurse. I feel like my whole day opens up!

Night time feedings are stretching out, and on a good night, he might nurse at 8:30 PM, 12:30 AM, 4:30 AM and 7:30 AM. On a bad night, I am so tired that I bring him to bed with me and I let him nurse while I am laying down, we both fall asleep, and he wakes to nurse every hour and a half because he wasn't finished before he fell asleep. I am attempting to use the strategies of "12 Hours Sleep by 12 Weeks of Age". I'll keep you posted on how that goes. I don't have to do much until he is 8 weeks old, so it hasn't been hard. I am supposed to not let him nurse more frequently than every three hours, and I am working on that.

Leo continues to be my "easy" baby. He plays with his mobile, sits looking at me or others for long periods of time (tens of minutes), doesn't cry when he wets, and smiles after nursing. He gets fussy when he is hungry or tired, but so do I! He goes through about 12 diapers a day now. He is in some 3 month clothes and some 6 month clothes. I'll be very interested to see how much he weighs at his 2 month appointment because he looks like he is getting so much bigger to me. Oh! And I think his hair is going to be curly! It curls after baths and the longer part on top holds the curls until I pet his head during nursing.

Really devout blog readers will remember that I read to Olivia for hours and hours when she was a baby while she played on her playmat. I have lamented not being able to do so with Leo because there is no way that Olivia would tolerate it. I have figured out a way to read to him, though. I do it while nursing on times that I am not entertaining Olivia. We have read Charlotte's Web, I Have Lived a Thousand Years, Heidi, and we are about half way through Matilda.

About Olivia:

The explosion of vocabulary has occurred and her sentence structure continues to improve. The other day when I asked if she wanted more chicken, she said, "Mommy, I do not need more chicken." Seriously. Ask Stephanie. Other quotes from her lately:

  • Actually, I go outside. (After she had told me she would stay inside.)
  • That's perfect. (She says this a lot about whatever she is doing.)
  • I do homework, too! (When Craig has to do his homework.)
  • Of course! (She often says this instead of "yes". As in, do you want more milk?)

    Her physicality has also taken amazing strides since spending so much time with Craig and Abby. She goes up and down stairs by herself with ease. She climbs into her booster seat at the table by herself. She runs, dances, jumps, and tries to "ride bike" by balancing on the seat while someone pushes her.
  • Monday, March 19, 2012

    Saturday, Sunday, Monday

    Walking from Steph's to Grandma's house. I had Leo in the car seat instead of the Bjorn because he always falls asleep in the Bjorn.

    While I was walking with Leo to make him happy, this was my view of the kids and Steph at the creek.

    Olivia throwing sticks to the dogs in the creek.

    Walking from Grandma's house to Mom and Dad's with cousins. So cute! Abby wanted to wear her bikini, and Steph decided it was a fight not worth fighting, so Abby wore it.

    Sitting in front of the special chicks that Grandma bought for Craig, Abby, Olivia, and Leo.

    Standing in front of the little chicks. Too bad I didn't get pictures a few weeks ago of them before they started getting their feathers. When they were really cute!

    Walking to the hen house where Grandma keeps the baby chicks.

    Olivia closing the gate to the chickens. She's so proud of herself!


    Olivia having a tea party on Mom and Dad's deck on Sunday before lunch. Mom and Abby were with her for a while, but she continued when everyone else came in.


    Having a picnic on Steph's deck. Olivia was swatting a bee.

    Craig took a picture of me with Leo.

    Sunday, March 18, 2012

    Pictures, but not as many as I wanted...

    I have loads of pictures from yesterday, but I give up trying to post them. Here are the first five that did upload.

    This is the walk down Steph's driveway.

    Olivia rocking on Abby's rocking horse in her room.

    Leo hanging out with us.

    Olivia giving Leo a kiss. She loves him. Today on the way up the stairs when I was holding both of them, she said, "Leo so cute!"

    And hanging out with Abby/Olivia's doll, Hannabee, who has to do everything Leo does, including tummy time, eating, burping, diaper changing, etc.

    Friday, March 16, 2012

    Back on the internet

    Steph's internet was out for a while and we have been busy, so here are some pictures from the past week or so...

    Olivia feeding her baby:

    Leo ruling from his throne in the Boppy:

    My farm girl going to check cows:

    Leo in his six-month clothes! Can you believe it?!

    Tuesday, March 6, 2012


    Snow yesterday, up to 67 degrees today. Bizarre. I didn't get pics of the kids riding bikes to Grandma Clara's to see the baby chicks, but here is one of Olivia taking her temperature today.

    And one of Leo grabbing at his mobile.

    Monday, March 5, 2012

    Just another manic Monday

    Today was a little rough for everyone. We had three inches of snow, so Abby didn't have preschool and Craig's school was delayed. Leo had a bad day--just fussy all day. I'm tired and haven't had a shower since Saturday. Eeew.

    Here is Olivia in Abby's Wonder Woman costume and Abby pretending to be a heifer.

    Here is Olivia looking out her bedroom window at the snow.

    Here is Craig holding Leo (asleep) before school.

    This is Olivia saying, "I text my daddy." So funny. She has been saying lots of cute things lately!