Saturday, December 26, 2015

Olivia June - 3 months

Weight and Height: and not sure since we don't go back to the doctor till early January

Nicknames : Livi, Liv, Olive, Livy J, zarbles, zarbee, the littlest, my little, gummybear, nana's sweet peapod, my sweets, olive Jeanette, my little bear, sweet bear, gummy, sweet baby, sweet girl, little J, baby girl 

Eating: still eating breastmilk exclusively via bottle. currently taking 5-6 ounces each feeding.  you usually eat every 3-3.5 hours starting at 7/730a. you also wake up once at night to feed between 2/430a and eat a whole bottle. momma continues to exclusively pumped and has dropped to 5-6 times a day with no changes in supply. still producing over 60 ounces a day.

Clothing:  you are wearing 3-6 month sleepers and onesies. toward the end of the month your little chunky legs need 9 month pants. and i think you will be in 6-9 month stuff very soon.
you spend most of your days in zipper sleepers. at night you  now wear your zipper sleeper and a light weight sleep sack. 
Diapers: you are now in size two diapers...such a big healthy girl
you insist on going to bed by 630 or 7 pm or all hell breaks loose. you usually sleep till anywhere from 2-430a and take a bottle and immediately go back to sleep till 7/730.
this month we bought a dockatot and it has been a life saver. we orginally stated with it placed in your pack n play, but momma put that thing right in the bed with me and daddy and we have all slept so much better. i can soothe you so much easier with you beside of me. you love knowing mommy is close. and mommy loves not having to lean over the side of bed to fight with your pacifier. we are no loger swaddling you. you sleep in a halo sleep sack now that you love to self soothe with your fingers.

Health : you have started showing early signs of teething (lots of drool, sucking on your fingers, and a little more cranky at times). Momma can actually see two little white spots under your gums on the bottom row. While I dont think you will cut a tooth anytime soon, i am afraid we may be in for a long haul with this teething business. Momma gives you Tylenol when they really seem to be bothering you

Baby Gear Must Haves: you love anything that you can hold easily. baby Einstein toys have been our go to. Dr. Browns bottles,  you have started to not love your Swing....and like your Mamaroo more, MAM pacifiers, boppy, your giraffe (Gerry), your singing Cora Bear, Dockatot SwaddleMe blankets, Aiden and Anais swaddle blankets, anything with a mirror, Puj bathtub, gerber cloth diapers ( we use these as burp cloths), fisher price play mat, anything with lights and music, Fischer price bouncy seat, rattles, links that dangle from your seats or mobile. you love grabbing for things

Likes: YOUR HANDS! you are amazed by them. you like holding one hand with the other, sucking on your hands, looking at your hands and grabbing things with your hands, you also love music and love it when momma sings to you.
you also love being on your back and playing with your plat mat.
you love your car seat and anytime we go for a ride in the car you fall asleep instantly.
you love watching the Disney channel in your bouncy are mesmerized
bath time continues to be your favorite
you love the mornings. you are so smiley when you first wake up and in the best mood when you first wake up. it's mommy's favorite time.
wiggling!!!! you are so wiggly and love fidgeting around on your back.

Dislikes: naptime fight it so hard. having your nosed cleaned out with nose freida, you also hate if we aren't holding you in the evenings.

Mommy: when you were 11 weeks old, mommy took you to miss erikka's house (your sitter) for the first time....and momma was a wreck the whole week leading up to it. the first day momma picked you smiled so big at mommy and i melted into the floor. i could tell you were so stimulated by the other "big kids" and that you are gonna love being the only baby there. Momma thanks God everyday for what a godsend Miss Erikka is. You have done so, so weel there and mommy can tell you are developing new social skills because of it. Makes mommy proud.
Mommy went back to work when you were 12 weeks old. Mommy is just working two days a week and it has been so good for mommy. Mommy feels like she is a better mommy on her days off and enjoys you that much more. It has been good for mommy socially and mentally to have two days at work.
Mommy is about 8 pounds away from her pre-preggo weight, and is fine with that. Momma hasnt started working out again, but knows it will come as I have been finding more balance. Momma eats like a 500 pound man due to breast feeding and actually enjoys eating whatever she wants haha. All momma's pre preggo clothes fit....yay!

Daddy: This has been the hardest month on Daddy. He has been a beast at work and works even harder as your daddy. We are working on finding daddy more time to do some of the things he likes (working out, reading, etc). Daddy is still adjusting to our new routine. He loves you so much little girl and is such an amazing daddy and hubby to his gals. He puts us first in everything he does and mommy didnt know she could love him this much.
He still gets up with mommy at night and helps out and even did one night solo because momma was so tired. Daddy has also been sad this month as his momma went to Heaven just a few days before your turned three months old. While we celebrated mamaw's life....everyone told us over and over how much she talked about you....her only granddaughter and how much she loved you.

Pups: the doggies are officially no longer sleeping with us. bailey tends to sleep on the couch and Uggie sleeps in her bed in the floor. they are still adjusting to you. uggie is very, very interested in you and we have to watch her because she can get too close to you. she loves to lick your fingers which momma doesn't love because your hands are in your mouth more. bailey doesn't seem to really notice you that much haha....I think he will as you can interact with him more.

Social/Visitors: your smiles and coos are my favorite. you are interacting so much more with mommy and daddy and we love how awake and interactive you are.
you also love interacting with nana.....and give her the same big smiles you give momma. your uncle Charlie is doing so well with you too. him and aunt britty are your second most frequent visitors next to nana. you don't mind being held by other ppl as long as they are standing up and moving around with you.

Outings:  lots of regular trips to target and Kroger
  happy hour dates with daddy
shopping trips to rookwood, Crestview Hills
frequent brunching at First Watch
Life: month three was full of highs and lows. momma and daddy celebrated their 3rd wedding anniversary and spent the night away from you while you stayed with nana and poppy. momma and daddy needed it. we ate and drank our way through downtown Cincy and momma had her first pump and dump was glorious!
Your sweet mamaw went to heaven this month and momma and daddy were away from you for almost a full week and that was really, really hard on both of us.

you had your first thanksgiving and were such a cutie!
you also had your three month photos taken this month and they turned out amazing!!
Milestones: eating your hands, recognizing faces and voices,  reaching for dangling objects and holding toys in your hands, more head control, smiling, more and more cooing, noticing bright colors, spending the night away from mommy and daddy with nana and poppy, finding your voice, pulling your self forward when sitting

 dear sweet baby girl, every new month is my favorite with you! i love watching you develop and learn new things every single day. mommy loves how you can interact so much more with mommy an daddy. i am pretty sure my heart swells every day with more and more love for you. you are truly teaching me what life is all about. everything before you was incomplete.....and now you have mommy and daddy's lives have so much meaning. "i have loved you for a thousand years" baby girl and i will continue to love your for a thousand more.  thank you for being my daughter and teaching me how to love in a way that i never knew was possible. you are making me a better me and i promise to always try my hardest to be the best mommy i can be to you. we love you so much Olivia June. You are our greatest gift and blessing from above. 

Monday, December 14, 2015

OLIVIA'S 1st thanksgiving

We celebrated thanksgiving at our house this year and kept it small and simple. Just me, kev, mom, daddo, my brother and baby girl. It was perfect. We put on clothes long enough to take some photos and then it was time for elastic pants and lounging the rest of the day.






We had plans to travel to see Kev's parents the next day........but the next day is when Kev's mom had an unexpected episode that led her to being placed on life support and us saying goodbye the following Saturday. Please continue to pray for our family this holiday season. 

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