Thursday, September 27, 2012

8 Weeks Adjusted and 10 Weeks Home

Well, I say it all the time... Life is flying by, and I can't believe Olivia is two months adjusted and almost six months old! As fast as it seems to be going, I truly feel like I soak up each and every moment of every day. She is an amazing little girl and I'm so thankful to get to stay home with her. I feel like all that we've lost made me that much more aware of how special our time with Olivia is. I tell Reid all the time, she's only, for example, "48 weeks old once..." ;) So, we take advantage of rocking her a little longer than we need to and snuggling her while she sleeps even though the books say its a no-no. I don't want to have any regrets.

We have been having so much fun with our sweet girl. She is starting to interact with us more and more. Recently, she started responding to being tickled. Melt. My. Heart. She's making a few vowel sounds and I think full-on cooing is just around the corner. She will crane her neck to find me or Reid in the room when she hears us talking. She is still scooting all over her crib, rolling from tummy to back, holding her head up really well, and trying desperately to roll from back to tummy. There are a lot of times when I turn on the monitor to check on her in her crib and can't help but wonder if maybe she already did roll from back to tummy based on the crazy position she's in. In any case, we haven't witnessed it if she has done it.

Olivia had a check up two weeks ago and weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces. We had another little check-up today and she weighs 8 pounds, 15.6 ounces (we count that as 9 pounds!). It is crazy to think she weighs what I did at birth! She wears newborn diapers and mostly newborn size clothes. A few 0-3 month outfits fit her.

Olivia is still a great eater. She takes two bottles of Neosure (a high calorie formula) a day. Breastfeeding is going really well. We started using a shield in the NICU, but two weeks ago (at 6 weeks adjusted) she completely weaned herself off of it. It has made a world of difference for both of us. When I first started breastfeeding I hated it. It didn't feel natural, it was awkward hiding behind a screen in the NICU, and a nurse or lactation consultant were always peeking in to make sure it was going ok. It took us a few weeks at home before it really became comfortable. And, now, I'm SO glad I stuck with it - really, I can't imagine it any other way!

At 6 weeks adjusted we got the OK from the doctor to let Olivia sleep through the night. We put her to bed between 8:00-9:00 pm and she falls asleep pretty easily on her own. She sleeps between 9-11 hours a night! Such a dream! :) She loves her crib at bedtime but not so much for naps. We'll start working on that in the next few weeks.

Here's a little peek at what life has looked like the last couple of weeks!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Fall Weekend Fun!

We have had a great weekend as a little family of three! We've been trying to take advantage of fun outings while the weather is nice and before the onset of RSV season. On Saturday we ventured out to the Dallas Arboretum. We picked up lunch on the way and had a picnic in the shade before walking around to look at some of the Chihuly exhibit. It was such a fun afternoon!

One of my friends, Emily, opened an Etsy shop and sells these cute little onesies and lots of other fun things. I thought my little piggie looked awfully cute supporting the Hogs. 


This morning we went to church and then stopped by the cemetery to visit the girls. Olivia wore her little three flower headband for the first time today (I had ordered it hoping to use it for newborn pictures, but it didn't arrive in time). I love finding little ways we can remember her sisters. Afterwards, we headed to brunch and ran into some friends. We got the chance to eat with them, enjoyed catching up, and had fun introducing Olivia! We've had a lazy afternoon and evening at home snuggling a sleeping baby, going on a family walk, and grilling burgers. Can't believe she'll be 8 weeks (adjusted) tomorrow!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Newborn Photos

I had been on the hunt for a newborn photographer for a while. I had an idea of the kind of pictures I wanted but, I wasn't having any luck. We were in a bit of a scheduling predicament because Olivia was coming home on oxygen and we weren't sure how long she would need to stay on it. One day, the week Olivia came off the oxygen, I was browsing Facebook and saw the most perfect pictures of a friend's little girl. I knew that the photographer, Kendall Stoy, was the one who would capture Olivia as a newborn.

I just have to say, Kendall made the morning we spent together so comfortable and relaxed. I will forever treasure the pictures, but its the memory of those captured moments that are the most special to me. She really went above and beyond to help us honor Catherine, Madelyn and Mary Grace in the photos, as well. In the slideshow there are two different pictures of Olivia wearing little flower headbands. Each one holds three flowers to symbolize her three older sisters. Kendall was the one who had them made for us to use. It was just one of many thoughtful details that touched this Mama's heart. The date of the session also happened to fall on the weekend my dad was visiting, so we took advantage and had a few pictures made with him. Its so neat to have pictures of the three generations of "Bains."

I wanted to share this preview video that Kendall made for us. I've watched it over, and over, and over. Reid and I absolutely love it. It stirs in my heart a spirit of thankfulness and joy. We've experienced such great loss, deep heartache that won't completely mend on this side of Heaven. But, Olivia will forever be the sweetest example of God's redemptive grace and His steadfast love for us.

*For some reason you can't view the video on your iPhone or iPad. I'll try to fix that.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Four Month Photos

I forgot to upload these pictures with her actual four month post. They are too funny to leave off entirely, so today we are rewinding a bit. As if you can't tell, this wasn't her best time of day. ;)

(I really think her middle finger makes this picture)

Friday, September 7, 2012

Photo Shoot Fail

In the morning, after I dress Olivia, we have a little photo shoot. Most days she tolerates me pretty well. Today was not one of those days. :)

That pitiful "Can't you see I'm over this" cry just makes me laugh. A few minutes later she was snuggled in her blanket and sound asleep on my chest. Oh, what a rough life she leads.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Happy FIVE Months

Our little love bug is five months old today! FIVE MONTHS! We at having so much fun with her these days. She's smiling more in response to us and even laughed for the first time last week - sweetest sound ever. She is changing so much from week to week. It blows my mind how alert she has become. She looks around and takes everything in. She has mastered rolling from tummy to back, and I'm pretty sure that she'll roll from back to tummy pretty soon. She's been rolling onto her side at night in her crib - so cute but it makes me a nervous wreck! We are trying to be more consistent about bedtime routine. We had a checkup last week and her doctor was really pleased with how well she's doing without oxygen. She weighed 8 pounds, one ounce. Growing like a little weed!

We took several pictures this morning and she couldn't have been cuter! Showing off for the camera at a young age!