Friday, December 28, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Reid and I were blessed with one of the greatest gifts this year!

I am constantly in awe of the "wonders of His love" when I look at Olivia. I kept repeating those words in my head over this past week. What a gift she is and, oh, how wondrous is He. Messiah, the King, Prince of Peace, and our Emmanuel. Those attributes have taken on new meaning this year and how thankful I am to know WHO He is.

I hope your Christmas was filled with joy, and most of all, I pray you would know the wonders of His love.

"You have multiplied, O Lord my God, 
your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;
none can compare with you!
I will proclaim and tell of them,
yet they are more than can be told." Psalm 40:5 ESV

Monday, December 17, 2012

Winter Hat

Olivia is getting a new winter hat in her stocking for Christmas, but mommy couldn't wait to try it on her! I think this silly girl approves!

Friday, December 7, 2012

One year ago...

One year ago today we heard the life changing words, "I see four."

One year later, I'm so thankful for this special gift. We love you, Livi girl!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Seven Months

Seven months old. I think I have such a hard time believing it because she's still so little. This month has been so much fun - she's smiling more, laughing a deep belly laugh, has started recognizing us and showing preference to us and certain toys. She is such a delight!

The sixth month (two months adjusted) was the hardest by far. We had some breastfeeding issues. Basically, Olivia figured out taking a bottle was much less work than breastfeeding and most feedings she refused to eat and cried until I finally gave in and let her have a bottle. At her six month appointment the pediatrician basically told me my tiny baby had become a master manipulator and was much smarter than I gave her credit for. ;) We spent two weeks battling it out exclusively breastfeeding to get back into our groove and it worked. There were days that were really hard and discouraging, but I am so glad that I stuck it out. She's eating 5-10 minutes each side about every two hours. Most days she gets a breast milk bottle in the evenings and then breastfeeds before I put her to bed.

The seventh month just breezed by. She really only gets fussy when she is hungry or tired. She can fight sleep like its her job. When she fights sleep she generally screams and cries. Last weekend about did me in so we've been working the past few days to get into more of a daytime routine. It has helped tremendously! She sleeps great in her crib at night, but daytime naps in her crib are a rarity. Like I said in the last post, she naps on me and I don't think either of us is ready for that to change. She's only little for so long and I want to take advantage of moments like this while I can.

She is still a very happy and easy going baby. Definitely prefers to be held, but we set up a new playmat for her that she absolutely loves. She's much happier playing on the floor with her toys than being strapped in the Nap Nanny or a bouncy seat. She's been sitting up in the Bumbo or with the help of her Boppy. She rolls from front to back and back to front. She has even started tucking her legs up under her to try and scoot forward. She loves being outside - on a blanket in the yard or going on walks. She is teething and is chewing/sucking on her hands/fingers constantly. When she's really sleepy or hungry she sucks her thumb. It is so, so sweet!

Most people think Olivia looks just like a "Bain" and that she bears a strong resemblance to her Pawpaw (my dad). Its fun because I see so much of my dad, sister, and myself in different expressions that she makes. I guess those "Bain" genes run strong! I do see a lot of Reid in her eyes. Like, the pictures below when she's wearing her bow. Honestly, we could have the "who does she look like" debate for hours, but at the end of the day she looks like Olivia. And, I think she's the absolute perfect mix of both of us.

One HUGE praise is that we got a great report from her eye doctor at her first vision screening. Right now her eyes are totally normal for her adjusted gestational age and she doesn't have any need for glasses. We were also "released" by the eye doctor who has monitored the health of her retinas. She was diagnosed with ROP at 33 weeks gestation. She had injections into each eyeball with the hope that the drug would help the abnormal blood vessels begin to mature normally. They have seen much better success with this drug than doing laser treatment. She was monitored by the doctor who did the injections every two weeks while still in the NICU. Since coming home we've seen him every 3-4 weeks. Each time he checks each eye to see how the blood vessels are growing. At our last visit he told us that both eyes have fully vascularized retinas! Everything went as well as we could have hoped and we are so thankful!!!

Her pediatrician is also pleased with the progress she's making. Two weeks ago she weighed 11 pounds 1.8 ounces. She's been gaining a little over 20 grams a day, which is more than he expected of her. Because feedings are going so well, he decided to wait until she's nine months old (five months adjusted) before introducing solids. She had her first Synagis shot and didn't like it one bit. As sad as those shot days are, I'm so glad that she's able to get antibodies that will strengthen her immunity against RSV.

We have spent another wonderful month together and I am more in love with you than I ever thought possible. You are my little sunshine, my love bug, my silly girl. I love the way you've started smiling at me when I come in to get you out of bed each morning. And, I love that sometimes when I'm in my own little world doing something around the house you make a coo-ing noise to get my attention and flash your big, gummy smile. It makes me melt. You have my whole heart, sweet baby. I love you more than anything... I love you fiercely.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Catching Up

Well, Olivia will be eight months old next week and I still have yet to do a seven month post. Sigh. Until I can get it together to write a full update I'll include a few recent pics.

She is as sweet as ever and this week I feel like we are finally starting to get a handle on her daytime schedule. She's always been a great nighttime sleeper (11-12 hours lately) but won't nap in her crib. Will only sleep on me, actually. And I love it. :) It's so special to get to cuddle with her for those few hours during the day. At some point, we'll have to make some adjustments. For now, I'm enjoying our sweet naptime.

And napping with mommy!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Happy Thanksgiving from our little family of three!!!

Friday, November 16, 2012

On a roll

Olivia rolled over from back to tummy on Wednesday! I set her down on her play mat in the living room while I was in the kitchen, and could hardly believe my eyes when I walked back in to check on her. She was happily playing on her tummy! We have found her on her tummy a couple of times when we've gone in to get her out of bed in the mornings. But, we'd never seen it in person and, honestly, I thought those few times were just a fluke.

Here are a few pictures of what I found when I walked back in the living room... She is a very proud girl!

And a little video of her in action later that day...

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Practice Makes Perfect

Look who is learning to sit like a big girl...

We starting working on sitting up with the Boppy (and an extra blanket propped behind her back). I think she's doing great for being 3 1/2 months adjusted! We are so proud of you, Olivia!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Her Blankie

Right before Olivia came home from the hospital Reid and I bought her a little pink blankie. We sort of agreed that we would prefer that none of our kids be super attached to any certain item because it can cause a lot of angst when that special something gets lost. And it always seems that the "extras" you might buy as replacements are never quite as good as the original. We have a few things that I think she really does like to snuggle with - the pink blankie square, a soft white blanket, a Jellycat pig, and an elephant lovey - but she's never shown any real attachment. She's never even been super attached to her paci (which she's used since before she was 30 weeks gestation). Then, yesterday she was fussy, fighting sleep, and I'd run out of options. I thought about what I wanted when I was little and had trouble falling asleep... My blanket by my face! So, I grabbed the little blankie and tucked it by her face and she immediately grasped it, calmed down, and fell asleep. I thought maybe it was a fluke, but she did it again today. Sweet girl!