Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Family Update

Well we don't have much to update yall on, but there are a few things for those who are interested! :)

1. Olivia started her dance/twirl class last Saturday. For being the first day in a new environment with no people (and no mom visible) she did really good. Of course, I hid most of the time but could see her through the mirrors on the wall. :) She's excited about it, and if she continues to like it, we'll keep going. I hope she likes it, not only because I was big into baton for years, but because it's a good outlet to increase self esteem, etc.

2. Jackson is getting SO chubby! He's almost six months and I have to schedule pictures soon (and for Olivia's 3 year). He is starting to babble, mostly "nanana" and some "yayaya". He's also teething but being GREAT about it. He doesn't get fussy too often and just sucks on things and drools a lot. I can handle that- I feel bad when he does cry, I can only imagine how much it hurts!

3. Matt is super close to finishing the siding on the house. He only has a few lines to do. Then we'll deal with the sagging back porch issue. We are undecided what to do, and nothing will officially be done until 2009 sometime, (probably next summer) because the home improvement fund is at $0 for this year! :)

4. I am starting my Christmas cards soon. I know it's early- but it takes me awhile to get my ideas finalized and then to actually make them is another process! If you are interested in homemade Xmas cards (or card sets, photo frames, books, etc) for yourself or for a gift, email me at: slinkies_r_us@hotmail.com! I've been selling these for a few years now and it helps my Xmas fund for the kids' gifts. :)

5. Are you excited for Halloween? Olivia is going to be a white kitty this year, and Jackson is going to wear a Halloween outfit. I can't justify spending $20 on a costume he won't even wear. We're taking the kids to Boo at the Zoo, a Halloween dance/carnival party for the baton studio and Olivia gets to go Trick or Treating. Jackson will stay home with me and hand out candy.

OK- I think that's it. :) I will have some more pictures to post in another day or two- so stay tuned!!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Olivia's 3rd Birthday Party

With Olivia turning 3, I asked her a few months ago what kind of party she wanted. Honestly, I was expecting princess or Miss Kitty (Hello Kitty) party, but she totally surprised me. Her new favorite book (and my favorite to read to her now) is Walter the Farting Dog Goes on a Cruise- and because it's her favorite that's how she came up with her party idea. So for her birthday Olivia wanted a "boat party"- so I found a great deal for a birthday/cruise package on the Vista Fleet in Duluth. We got pizza, cake, decorations, prizes, etc for dirt cheap- so I booked it and people came. :) We had a wonderful time with her friends, our friends, family, etc. but NOBODY had as good of a time as Olivia!! I made the kids sailor hats with their names on it, so that was cute.
Olivia and Uncle Travis (Thanks for making it, Travis!!)
Daddy and Jackson (Jackson did SO great on the boat!!)
Gavin and Olivia (Gavin & his parents and baby sister Nori are our neighbors. Gavin and Olivia love playing together!


Mommy & Olivia (LOVING my new haircut!!)


All of the kids (L-R) Gavin, Avery, Olivia, and Kennedy

PHEW!!! Another year and party has come and gone! It was a GREAT party, and thank you to everyone who came, everyone who brought Olivia a gift (your presence is always more than enough!), etc. We love and treasure all of our friends and family and we enjoy watching all of the other kids grow up with Olivia- it's so much fun. :)

Monday, September 8, 2008

Barbies!

OK, so Olivia is really loving Barbies right now. I can relate, I had a ton when I was little. I had three cars, a house, tons of accessories, the whole bit- so I am totally splurging on her Barbie cravings because I know how much fun they were. Some of my best memories of childhood are the times I played Barbie.

So for her birthday, my friend Lisa, (who I adore and just love to pieces) gave Olivia her FIRST Ken doll. Not just any Ken doll, the wedding day one. She had gotten the wedding Barbie the week before so of course- Barbie can't get married alone! So Olivia was SO stinking excited about it. She now refers to him as her boyfriend, and Barbie can't play with him. :) LOL. (Here she is when Ken- you'll notice Barbie is laying face down on the floor...)



And when she got her Ken doll, she decided to haul all of her dolls out. I came across this scene in the living room:


Because I'm curious of how her brain works, I ask, "Olivia, what are your Barbies doing?" So Olivia looks at me, deadpan, and says, "being ants mama!". Too funny!!!

Three Years Old

Wow, my baby girl is three years old already! For those of you who don't know, Olivia's 3rd birthday was Saturday 9/6. I really reflected on what a crazy three years it's been. Depending on the day- the time has either flown by too quick, or I think "it's only 3 years?!". :) LOL! I was so excited to have a baby when I found out I was pregnant. I planned meticulously, I bought baby things every pay day, I had everything totally ready 4 months before she came- I was READY. I had a wonderful pregnancy, super easy, everything exactly by the book. I went into the labor the evening of Labor Day in 2005 (nice huh?) at around 9 p.m. My water broke at 11:30 p.m at home. And the funny thing there- I was laying on the couch, and I wouldn't let Matt fall asleep because I thought FOR SURE I'd get there too late for an epidural. So we're exhausted, trying to stay up. Well I thought I had to pee, so as soon as I hoisted myself off the couch- SPLASH. Matt thought I peed on the floor. THEN, as I waddle and drip to the bathroom, I ask Matt to get me a pad or something. He brings me a LIGHT DAYS pad. Seriously- can you believe that? LOL. :) I was at the hospital by midnight- had my epidural by 3 a.m. I fell asleep because I was as numb and comfortable as I would be had I not be in labor. I woke up at 8:30, complaining that I again had to pee. Matt and my mom (my two coaches) left for coffee and food. The nurse came in, and when she lifted my gown she says, "Oh my god- don't push, don't do anything"- so I freak out thinking WTF?!?! So they start wheeling carts and all the do-da's of a delivery room, and here comes my mom. She's like, "I'm not ready yet!" and I laughed because as we all know, it's not really up to anyone! So finally, Matt gets there and at 8:45 a.m. I start pushing. Olivia was born at 8:58, yes, 13 minutes of pushing. Actually- it was like 5 pushes, if that. Because she was so fast, I literally tore from front to back- so that was really awful. I became a demo project for nurses, because every staff change had a new batch of nurses who wanted to see my tear and stitches because it's not common that someone tears like that I guess. But I'd take that over hours of pushing any day! :)

More importantly- the thing I remember most about Olivia's birth and the first year is how disconnected I was. Nobody really talks about post partum depression because it makes you feel like a bad mom and quite honestly- you wonder what people will think. I had it bad, and I didn't realize it until Olivia was almost one, unfortunately. I really don't remember her first 6 months- it's pretty much a blur for me. I remember being home with her during the first 3 months, crying when I was alone with her because I felt awful that I didn't feel happy and overjoyed about my baby girl, the one I wanted so badly. I remember taking her for walks (which is why I love fall so much- we saw the fall colors everyday- and now I think of her when the weather is cooler and I see fall colors). Things got worse when Olivia began having a preference of Matt over me, and then I always thought that was confirmation I was a bad mom. Fortunately, when she turned one, I gained more confidence as a parent and now I feel really good, like I know what I'm doing and can handle it alone. Now that I have Jackson, I'm sad that I missed out on so much with Olivia, but on the other hand- I still feel the same way with him. Thankfully, I have been on medicine that has really helped me calm down and just enjoy it all with him. I know he's my last baby and I want to treasure it all this time around.

Here's a retrospect of some of my favorite memories of these first three years:

This is the day before I gave birth. If you squint and look REALLY hard, you can see the hospital in the background!


Olivia is two days old here- I looked and felt exhausted.


Olivia's first Christmas, three months old


First solids (other than cereal)- six months old. These were either peas or green beans. She hated them then, and still won't eat them. :)


Her first mini vacation, she was 9 months old and she has the remains of her first lick of ice cream on her lips. :)
This is always referred to as "the Spaghetti Incident"- forever engrained in my head!

And here she is: 3 years old. (More pics of the party to come later)