Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Extreme Hair Day

Today was "Extreme Hair Day" at Madison's school for Red Ribbon Week. They are doing "extreme" things all week to help kids say no to drugs. Last night after Madison got her pjs on, I started braiding her hair. I started shortly before 6:30 p.m. and finished right about 8:00 p.m. She did really well sitting still through it all, but she kept busy by coloring, watching tv, and eating her bedtime snack.
This is today after she got home from school. She said that they took a fieldtrip today to the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at the University of Northern Iowa to watch a play/performance of some sort. I bet the people there wondered about the kids from Denver.
A close-up shot - last night I had to keep asking her if any of them hurt at all. She said they didn't, but she said it felt funny to sleep on it!

ONE Month Old!

Olivia was a month old yesterday. Can you believe it?? I can't! She is doing really well and sleeping for longer stretches at night now. I think this is partly due to the fact that she is awake more during the day and I am also letting her sleep on her tummy. I KNOW that they say they should sleep on their back, but she doesn't stay asleep that way at all! Plus, I know that I slept on my tummy as a baby and I let the other two girls sleep on their tummies during naps. And pretty soon when she can roll, she will sleep whatever way she wants. Mommy needs her sleep too and now she wakes only once per night!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Playing Dress Up??

So with the weather getting colder, I dug out the winter coats, hats, and mittens for the girls yesterday. After picking Madison up from school, she said she wanted to keep her hat and mittens out to play dress up. Madison and Laci playing dress up in their winter hats, mittens, and bathrobes. Silly girls!

Bath Time

Here is Olivia sleeping on the couch on Laci's pillow. Her outfit is from Grandma Cheryll and says "Mommy's Little Pumpkin".
Getting ready for her bath, Daddy was talking to her and she really listens to him and is bright-eyed.
She loves bath time. The other two girls always seemed to cry when they were this little, but Olivia just is quiet and looks around while getting a bath.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A Few Favorites

So I haven't posted in a week and I thought I needed to share some newer pictures. Here are a few of my favorites from the last couples of weeks: Daddy with his girls. I bought a picture frame for Terry for one of his first Father's Days and the picture in it is of him and Madison. It is time to update it, so I took this picture. I think I will hold off and take a picture of him with the girls once Olivia is a little bigger though!
All three of the girls slept like this as babies. I love when they are out and this relaxed!
Here Olivia is sleeping on Terry's dad's stomach/chest. Tom has started asking Laci where her baby brother is and calls her Oliver. I am sure Olivia will always be Oliver to her Grandpa Tom now!
Bright eyes! I love this picture - and the shirt she is wearing is from my aunt Penni - it says "Baby Girl" on it. That is what I always call Olivia, so it is perfect for her.
Just today - after getting Madison from school, Olivia was in her carseat and I took this picture. Her cheeks are getting chubby - so a real sign that she is growing fast already!

Monday, October 13, 2008

My First Day

So today was Terry's first day back at work, so my first day at home alone with the girls. Madison didn't have school, so all three girls were home. At least I didn't have to get the girls up and ready for school, so it wasn't a hectic morning.

Olivia did pretty well through the night. She went to bed somewhere around 11 p.m. and slept until 4:15 a.m. She got her pants changed, drank a bottle, and went right back to sleep. She slept until almost 7 a.m. Laci got up at about the same time. I let her watch tv in the living room and I went and laid in bed for awhile longer because Olivia went back to sleep again. Madison woke at around 8:00 a.m., so I decided to get up and face the day then also!

Madison and Laci went outside for while and played in the leaves and fought with each other also. The day went well though and besides Laci and Madison's occasion squabbles, I was impressed that they were so patient about things. It is busy having three kids, but going well so far. Hopefully tomorrow morning will go smoothly - I have to get both Madison and Laci to school - should be interesting!

Well, I am off to bed - should have gotten there sooner, but hoping to get a nap in tomorrow!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Belly Button Worries

So we were worried for nothing. The doctor thinks Olivia's belly button/umbilical cord area is fine. She thinks it will fall off in a day or two also. It is just bloody and kind of gross right now. I am kind of hoping that it falls off today, so I can give Olivia a bath and scrub the area good!

We also asked the doctor about Olivia's left eye. It seems mattery all the time. She told us to wipe it with a warm washcloth and that if it is still mattery next week that she could prescribe some drops for Olivia's eye. That could be fun!

She also got her weight checked yesterday while we were at the doctor's office. She is at 6 lbs. 14 oz. and so that means she has regained her birth weight plus a little more.

Olivia also did better sleeping last night. We went to bed at 10 p.m. and she woke up at 10:30 p.m., but was back to sleep by 11 p.m. Then she slept until 3:30-3:45 a.m. Terry changed her pants and I fed her. She went right back to sleep. Then she woke up again at 6:15 a.m. She stayed awake until the girls left at 7:50 a.m. for school and is sleeping again now. Hopefully Terry and I can eat breakfast and I can shower before she wakes up again!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

So Peaceful...

Olivia sleeping on a blanket on the living room floor a couple of evenings ago. She had one arm covering her eyes like the lamp that was on in the room was too bright!

I am waiting now for the doctor's office to call me back because I think her belly button/umbilical cord may be infected. Poor baby - I am worried about it, but it may be fine and an easy fix too! Will have to see what the doc says.

Here's Olivia today in her crib. Wished she slept so peacefully in it at night. We have tried waking her up during the day and Laci is loud enough to keep anyone up, but Olivia sleeps through it all.

Laci today playing between our chair and ottoman in the living room. Terry had helped her get her blankets all spread out, so she had her own mini fort.
And Mommy has a new do! I went Monday to get it cut and like it a lot. It is hard to tell from the picture, but it is much shorter in back than the front and is layered on the side and back quite a bit! A change and something fun for awhile.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

We have a Night Owl

So the last several nights have been interesting. Olivia was up until after 2:00 a.m. on Saturday night/Sunday morning. Terry stayed up with her (I am taking advantage and having him help while he is still off work). Then Sunday night/Monday morning, she was up until after 1:30 a.m. It was my turn to take care of her.

Last night, Terry and I went to bed shortly after 10 p.m. Around 12:30 a.m., I had to tell Terry to get up with Olivia since it was his night. He said she was up off and on until 2:30 a.m. She did sleep until 6:45 a.m. and I woke up with her then. Then at 7:00 a.m., I got Madison and Laci up to get them ready for school. Olivia went back to sleep and is still sleeping now. Terry is also still sleeping now.

Little bug better get her days and nights figured out soon!!

Friday, October 3, 2008

1st Doctor's Visit

After having both Madison and Laci, they went to the doctor at 2 weeks for their first doctor's appointment. At the hospital after having Olivia, they said she should be seen by her doctor in her first week of life. Things always change in such a short period of time when it comes to babies. So today we took Olivia to see her doctor. She currently weighs 6 lbs. 8 oz. (down a little over 4 oz. since birth). Things are good otherwise. We are taking her back next Friday again just to get her weight checked by the nurse. Olivia after her first bath at home. She didn't seem to mind too much, but was also glad to be done. It doesn't take too long to bathe her right now since she doesn't get too dirty from one day to the next. Plus, it is nice to only have to bathe her every other day. Mom gets tired of giving baths every night because Madison and Laci usually need them.
Big Sister Laci holding Olivia - she likes to hold her a lot.
Madison, Laci, and Olivia - my three "beauties".
Big Sister Madison holding Olivia - she really likes to hold her for longer periods of time now. I think maybe because she is at school all day, she really likes to give Olivia some attention when she gets home!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Last Night Was Awesome!!

So I don't want to jinx anything, but Olivia was asleep last night by 10 p.m. She slept until 4:45 a.m. and so I got up changed her pants and fed her. Terry put her back in her crib and she was quiet, but then a little while later she fussed and needed to be changed again. Then it was about 5:30 a.m. and I put her back in her crib and she slept until 10 a.m. YEAH!!! What a good baby! Hope this is the trend! She must know that Mommy needs her sleep too!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The First Couple Nights

So Monday night was the first night home. Olivia woke up from a snooze around 9:30 p.m. I thought that would be good so that she would be awake for awhile, eat, and get her pants changed and back to sleep by 11 p.m or so. Well, turns out that she decided to be awake and fussy until almost 1 a.m. YIKES!!

Well, last night was much better. She did stay up until midnight or a little after, but then she slept until a little after 5 a.m. At that point, she got her pants changed and ate a little and then went back to sleep. She is still sleeping right now at 9 a.m. I am sure she will get up shortly! Mommy feels much better rested after a night like that!