4.12.2009

Tiffany's Pictures from DC

Our friend, Tiffany Cross, agreed to take some pictures of us while we were in DC during the Cherry Blossom Festival and I am so thrilled with the results! Here's a couple of my favorites:



You should visit her photography blog, Tiffany Cross Photography, to see the rest! Thanks again, Tiff!

4.11.2009

Holy Monkey, That's a LOT of Clothes!!!


So I finally sorted through, folded, and binned up Olivia's clothes from preemie through 9 months. It felt so nice to stack these bins up ready to go in the attic. Last weekend Dave and my FIL, Paul, got so much done around the house. They transplanted two trees, finished installing the child locks downstairs and put all the infant gear into the attic (swing, papasan, exersaucer, etc.).
It is so strange to be putting away these things from Olivia infanthood which seemed to last the blink of an eye. I do have to say though, it's nice to have the space back!

1.29.2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, OLIVIA!!!

Olivia is now one year old. She enjoyed a wonderful cowgirl-themed party full of family and friends the weekend before. We had a nice family dinner the day of her actual birthday. It has been such a fun and exciting time. Here are a few of my favorite pictures from her party:

This photo montage was made by my super creative photographic Dad:
Here's Dave & his little Cowgirl:
I decorated these overalls myself. Partly out of necessity since they don't make birthday outifts in size 6/9 months and partly because I wanted her to have some handmade from me on her special day. I thought they turned out really adorable!
Singing Happy Birthday! It was such a happy day and I think this picture conveys the love in the room at that moment.
Chocolate-covered Birthday Girl!!!

We had her one year well-child checkup today so I'll post soon with all that info!

1.07.2009

Happy New Year!

Olivia has begun the year by becoming an independent walker! She took her first real steps on Christmas Eve while we visited her grandparents in Wisconsin and on New Year's Eve she became much more confident and is now walking all over the place - turning, taking curves and everything!

This is such an exciting time because it seems like Olivia is learning new things so quickly! She now says "uh-oh," "mama," and "puh" (which means puppy). She now signs "eat," "more," and "finished." It is truly awesome to watch her think and figure things out.

Our holiday break was wonderful. We saw so many friends and relatives in town and out. Olivia was overwhelmed by love, attention, and gifts. Our next big thing is her birthday & the accompanying party. Fun, fun, fun!

12.13.2008

10 1/2 months old & sick again

Olivia just got over a terrible stomach bug a month ago that lasted 13 days, caused her to lose weight, and sent us to the ER twice for dehydration. Thankfully, she's regained the weight (plus quite a bit - yay!) and has been growing and learning like crazy. Unfortunately though, she's sick again and this time it's RSV. Since she's normally a healthy child, this RSV will probably be no worse than a bad cold. So far she's had fever, constant clear runny nose, and some deep hoarse coughs. Last night she developed a loud barking cough and I was convinced she had croup. She's still coughing but it doesn't sound so croupy today.

RSV can be contagious for 7-21 days so that means I'm starting my holiday break a whole week early (goodbye, personal days) and Olivia won't be back to daycare until 2009. As for our Christmas visit with all the cousins up North, I guess we'll just play that by ear.

I hate to end on a negative, so to cheer you all up, here is a beautiful picture of our Christmas angel. (Thanks to my Dad, the photographer.) Hopefully, I'll be able to post an update soon, but in case I don't, Merry Christmas to all of you!