Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!




We had a great Easter Sunday! It is so hard to believe it was Olivia's second Easter - Madelyn, Mary Grace and Olivia were born on Good Friday. Last year, on Easter Sunday, Madelyn went to be with Jesus. What a comfort it is that on the day of her death we are able to rejoice with HOPE in the GIFT of ETERNAL LIFE made possible by JESUS CHRIST. God sent his Son, Jesus, to bear the sins of humanity and die upon a cross. In taking our sins upon himself, he conquered death as we know it. For those who believe

I love the words from one of the songs we sang at church on Sunday. Over this past year it has become one of our very favorite songs.


"Christ is Risen"
Let no one caught in sin remain*
Inside the lie of inward shame
We fix our eyes upon the cross
And run to him who showed great love
And bled for us
Freely you bled, for us

Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave!

Christ is risen from the dead
We are one with him again
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave!

Beneath the weight of all our sin
You bow to none but heavens will
No scheme of hell, no scoffer's crown
No burden great can hold you down
In strength you reign
Forever let your church proclaim

Christ is risen from the dead
We are one with him again
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave

Oh death! Where is your sting?
Oh hell! Where is your victory?
Oh Church! Come stand in the light!
The glory of God has defeated the night!

Oh death! Where is your sting?
Oh hell! Where is your victory?
Oh Church! Come stand in the light!
Our God is not dead, he's alive! he's alive!

Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave
Christ is risen from the dead
We are one with him again
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave

Rise up from the grave...



Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Heaven Day

A year ago today we were told that Catherine had gone to heaven. For Cate, because she passed away the day before she was born, I always think of today as her "heaven day."

This morning I got a text from my friend, Lauren, with this picture.




Her little girl, Harper, sent balloons to her friends. Lauren told me that Harper said Cate would love the princess balloon. I think she's right!

I just want to say "thank you" to all of our sweet friends who have called, sent texts and emails, and have thought of ways to honor our family over the next few weeks. It means so much to us!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Olivia and her bumper

A few weeks ago we lowered Olivia's crib and put her bumpers back in. I don't think she was very happy about the change. Usually when she's mad and crying I find her struggling to push them down so she can see out. I was almost to the point where I thought it really wasn't worth it to have them in there when I found her all snuggled up to the side of her crib. At first I thought it was just a fluke but she's started working her way into that same position every night since. I love that she likes to snuggle up. Sweet girl is such a little love!



Sunday, March 17, 2013

Family Date Night!

Reid got home from a business trip late Friday afternoon. We decided to head out for a family date night at Taco Joint. Olivia had her first bites of chicken and cheese quesadilla and loved it (not surprising). And this girl is all about the people watching... I have no idea where she gets it. ;)


















Love her sweet little face!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Our Week In Pictures









































































Last Sunday we started transitioning to crib naps. Up until now she's slept on me for every single nap. While I wouldn't change that sweet time we've had for anything, I knew it was best for her to learn to sleep on her own during the day. We had several "cry it out" days, but she's really done so well. And, the past two days she's gone down without a peep. I'm so proud of you, Olivia!!!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Months 10 & 11


Olivia is 11 months old! Oh, what fun she is these days. A lot has happened these past few months and since I skipped the 10 month post I'll just dive right in and try to re-cap all of it.

- Stats. Olivia weighs 13 pounds 1 ounce and is 26 inches long. She is wearing size 3-6 or 6 months clothes. She wears a lot of one piece outfits or dresses. Her waist is so small that most pants fall right off. However, Zutano pants fit her perfectly. Love that brand! She is also wearing size 2 diapers.

- Diapers. Oh, the diapers. This past month we had a little issue with Pampers. Olivia had been wearing them since 23 weeks gestation in the NICU and they were fine. Then, in February she developed a horrible rash that presented itself when we started a new box of diapers. It wasn't like normal diaper rash and it was all along her lower abdomen. Nothing made it better. After a trip to the doctor and many questions to Google I found out that she wasn't the only baby who had a reaction like this. Reid and I agreed it was most definitely an issue with the diapers. I immediately went to Whole Foods and bought Earth's Best chlorine-free diapers and within 36 hours of the switch the rash looked SO much better. Two weeks later it is completely healed. And, I can't tell you how happy I've been with the Earth's Best brand!

- Teeth. Little Miss O is a teething machine. She has her bottom middle teeth and is getting her top lateral incisors (the two on either side of her top middle teeth). The top middle teeth are going to come through any day now. Fingers crossed.

- Sleep. See diapers and teething. Bless her heart. For the past month (maybe longer) we've totally regressed in the sleep department - like, she's probably only slept through the night five times. I'm terrible at the whole cry it out thing. And, on top of that, knowing her reason for waking was likely because her teeth hurt or her rash bothered her when she wet her diaper made it completely out of the question. The past couple of nights we've been slowly getting back on track. She goes to bed around 7:30pm, wakes at 5am to eat, and goes back to sleep until 8:30am. She usually takes one morning catnap and we've been transitioning to afternoon naps in her crib over the past couple of days, as well.

- Food. We introduced pureed baby food in January and she hated it. Gagged, spit it out, and cried until I would nurse her. After a not so great month in the weight gain department her doctor suggested that we move on to table food. Boy, am I glad we did because she loves it! So far her favorite foods are turkey, chicken, broccoli, sweet potato, avocado, apricots, strawberries, blueberries, bananas, oatmeal and all flavors of Yobaby yogurt. So far she's eating two meals a day - lunch and dinner - and this weekend we are going to introduce egg whites at breakfast. She gained well at our last doctor visit so all of her hard work has payed off! On top of the two meals a day she is nursing 5-6 times a day for about 15-20 minutes.

- Development. Back in December we started getting therapy evaluations. Her pediatrician didn't see the need, but for our peace of mind we wanted to get a foot in the door at the private therapy center we would use if a need were to arise. After several months of hounding him for a referral, he finally humored our request. Olivia has been evaluated for occupational, physical and speech therapy. She tested either right on track or a little ahead for her adjusted age. Each therapist gave us milestones to watch for and so far she is hitting all of them earlier than expected. She isn't sitting on her own quite yet, but she is going to be crawling any day now. I think she could sit on her own it she slowed down enough to really try. As soon as she's on the ground she wants to move onto her stomach so she can push up and rock on all fours. She is one determined child and it has been so fun watching her figure out how to do new things. We continue to be so in awe of her!





















Olivia,
I can't believe we are one month away from your first birthday. You are such an expressive, sweet, and happy girl - an absolute delight! People often say that the days are long, but I haven't found that to be true. Our days fly by and most nights I find myself wanting to go wake you up and rock you just to get the chance to be with you again. I sit and watch you play, moving around as busy as can be, and I look at you with such wonder. It is hard to believe that whether or not you would be here today was ever a question. My sweet girl, I want you to know that God has something very special planned for your life. You are marvelous, Olivia Bain, and I'm so very glad you are mine. I love you as deep as the ocean and as high as the sky!
Love,
Mommy