Monday, January 14, 2013

2 Months

Our sweet baby Olivia is 2 months today! Time sure has gone by quickly and we are loving every second of it. Here are a few things to remember about the last month.

- We spent a week at my parents house while Bob was recovering from surgery, Olivia always had someone to hold her and play with her.
- Had her 1st Christmas at Grandma and Grandpa Hales house. Santa brought her some books, toys, clothes, and a doll.
- Took her first airplane ride and flew to Washington to see Grandma & Grandpa Barber, we spent a week there.
- Met all of her cousins who live in Washington including the newest baby in the family Keith Crosby.
(We need to take a trip to San Diego so we can meet one more cousin.)
- Started going to the babysitter while I work for a few hours each morning
- Goes to bed around 10, wakes up to eat around 4, and then I feed her at 7 before I go to work. Then she will take a bottle around 10 and then I feed her again when I get home at noon.
- Still wears size 1 diapers
- Her eyelashes have grown a ton in the last couple weeks
- Doesn't love tummy time, but will tolerate it for a few minutes at a time
- Wears mostly 3 month clothes
- Has a nice bald spot on the back of her head
- After eating Olivia loves to coo and smile. She will play and be happy for about 30 minutes before she gets fussy and wants to be swaddled.
- If tired, she will fall asleep minutes after being swaddled.
- She has started spitting up... usually 5-10 minutes after each feeding.
- Loves to be held facing outward so she can see what is going on.
- Also gets mesmerized by the TV, she will stare at it for a while and it calms her sometimes when she is upset.
- Loves to lay on her stomach propped up on my boppy. She holds her head up so well.
- Last night she slept completely through the night, 10-6 = one happy mama!

2 Month Stats:
Head:      15.25 inches 70%
Length:   23.25 inches 86%
Weight:   10 lb. 13 oz. 42%

And some thoughts from the mom:

Flying with a newborn was nerve wrecking for me. I was super nervous. On the way there she had a poopy diaper mid-flight so I had to change her diaper on Bob's lap. And then I had to nurse her after that. But other than that, it wasn't too bad. On the way home she slept the whole way, but there was an 8 month old baby behind us who wouldn't stop coughing and I freaked out. I kept the blanket over her face the whole time. Each time he coughed I would scoot up a little in my chair.

For a little while I would get worried that she was growing up too fast, but then I realized that I was enjoying her even more everyday as she is getting bigger and bigger. She is so fun right now and I love hearing her little voice as she coos, talks, and laughs. She is full of smiles!

Going back to work freaked me out. I wasn't ready to go back, but it had to happen. The first morning I took her to the babysitter and she was all smiles. It was a lot easier to drop her off knowing she was happy. We had a really good schedule the first week and that was a huge blessing. Both Bob and I appreciated the sleep we got as we both went back to work.  I love part time, I am home in time for lunch and still have the whole afternoon with her.

We started eating our freezer meals and it has been so nice. Everyday I look in the freezer for something to eat, pull it out and let it defrost for the next day. I have a bunch of fruits and vegetables from Bountiful Basket and combined we have a great meal. We have enjoyed all of the ones we have eaten so far, but our favorite is the chicken - sun dried tomato pasta bake.

One night as we were getting ready for bed, Olivia was really fussy. I was walking around trying to get her to fall asleep and put her down in her crib. She had been crying a lot so I didn't expect her to stop when I put her down. I went into another room to do something and then she stopped crying. I went in and she had fallen asleep. BUT I wasn't ready for her to sleep in her nursery so I picked her up and brought her back into our room. haha.

Saturday, January 12, 2013


It has almost been another month since I posted last. I have lots to update, and will hopefully do so soon! I have been meaning to post this for a while, and finally got pictures to post on my blog. (I didn't do anything... it's just letting me post now.)

When I first found out I was pregnant I made a boy and a girl quilt. And after I found out Olivia was a girl, I decided to use the colors from the quilt for my nursery. I went with red, pink, aqua, and green.  It isn't finished, and some things are just placed on the wall for now. I need to find some frames and then hang Olivia's newborn pictures and then we should be close to finished.

Here is what the room looks like when you walk in the door.

I attempted painting mason jars, they didn't turn out like I had hoped, but they will do. I found the Olivia book at our school book fair, and loved the colors. Can't wait to read it to her someday.
Quilt that started it all, and a few things on the wall for now. I used my cricut and vinyl lettering for the words on the canvas and then painted over it with red paint, and then peeled the letters off. 
Found this banner on etsy, it is the same material as the quilt. Everywhere I read said no bumpers because of SIDS and I thought the crib looked a little plain. The banner was a simple solution for now.  My crib skirt is having a little stress because of the crib. It won't hang properly because of the metal pieces on both sides. I am still trying to figure out how to make it look better. 

Here is my rocking chair. You may remember my post about finding it at the DI (for $40) along with my sleeping Grandpa. I made the pillow cover from the same material as my crib skirt, and then I made a second quilt out of the same color scheme as the other quilt. I actually love this one more than the other one. 

Baskets filled with blankets, headband holder and an O for Olivia. This side of the room still needs a lot of work. My Grandma gave us the dresser and I found the blue knobs online. I am glad we decided not to get a changing station, because I have never changed Olivia on that pad.