Sorry I am just now getting around to posting. It's been an interesting week. The weather has been too hot to do much outside and Olivia just stares out the door longingly. My husband threw his back out for the second time this month. It never fully recovered from the last time and I'm not sure exactly of the cause. Olivia is used to rough housing with dad and it breaks her heart when she can't do that with him. (It breaks dad's heart too.) So, Olivia hasn't been able to do any of her favorite things this week. Poor girl just can't catch a break. I haven't been feeling 100% and I believe allergies are causing all of my grief. And, I haven't taken many pictures lately. . .that's just from laziness, however. I'm ready for the weekend, but with Ryan's back I'm not sure how much we'll be able to do.
At what age is it that we stop dancing around for no particular reason. . .just out of sheer happiness? Olivia has the cutest little happy dance that she does. She has started a new game where she goes around and touches things and wants you to tell her what they are. She has learned a lot of new words in the past two days like door frame, paper, wall, dresser, etc. She is developing such an inquisitive mind. She has also started a new game where she does something that she's not supposed to do and when I tell her no, she just laughs. Yeah, I'm going to have to step up the discipline side of my parenting. She has started giving me those looks as if to say, "Well, what are you going to do about it?" The most important part of discipline (besides clear expecations) is consistency and there are things that I don't mind if she does at home, but I don't want her to do at other people's houses. Or, I don't want her throwing certain sippy cups on the floor, but I don't mind if she drops the no-spill ones. This sort of confuses her, so I really need to get my plan together. I really don't like her throwing food on the floor, but on the other hand, I'm just glad that she's eating. You can't expect a toddler to not be messy. These gray areas are kind of tough.
I liked her a lot. I just know we're going to be best friends.
When Madison was napping, I jumped in her jumperoo. I don't think she'll mind.
Mommy made me sit still to take pictures.
Today, Olivia and I had a playdate with Madison. She is the daughter of my friend, Stacie. We had a great time. I enjoyed seeing Olivia with someone younger than her. . .she was so gentle and sweet with her. I just know that they're going to be friends as they get older. It was nice visiting with Stacie and also Stacie's sister, Erica, who has always been so near and dear to me. The whole afternoon did my heart good. There's something about spending time with someone who you've been through so much with and who knows you so well. . . . it just leaves a smile on your face. Thanks, Stacie, for a wonderful afternoon.
Lately, it seems that Olivia is enjoying her new molars. She has been able to chew up her food a lot better and has been eating great. . .until today. I'm not sure why. . .maybe her teeth are hurting her again or she's getting additional teeth. Everytime I try to feed her, she screams and cries (with real tears.) Hmm. . .that's about the only thing going on with us today. It's too hot, in my opinion, to do much outside. Maybe she'll take a bottle since she won't eat anything.
***After I posted this, I realized that I forgot to give Olivia her Prilosec (which I never forget to do.) Surely, she's not this uncomfortable after missing just one dose?? Anyway, I quickly gave it to her and hopefully we'll be back on track.
Mom and dad said we're heading back to church today.
(Don't you love my daddy's cheesy grin?)
They told me that I get to dress up and look pretty.
And there will be music and singing. . .
and a lot of nice people.
Church. . .here I come!
After months of absence, we headed back to church today. It was a lot different for Olivia since the last time she went. She was still a baby. . .not walking or crawling and content to bounce on your knee the whole time. This time, she was a bit upset to learn that she couldn't roam the halls the whole time. I think she did fairly well, however, considering 1) it was during her nap time 2) she's been cranky because of her teeth and her banged up chin 3) she was confined and couldn't walk around. I thought we'd spend half of the time walking the hallways. . .but, we made it through the whole thing! I was pretty proud of her. So many people from our church have been praying for her nonstop since the day she was born. We appreciate that so much!
I unexpectedly gave birth at 23 weeks to micro-preemie twins on August 27, 2007. Olivia Paige weighed just 1 lb 1.5 oz and was 11.5 inches long. Logan William weighed just 1 lb 1.75 oz and was 11.5 inches long. Our sweet Logan passed away after 1 month and 1 day. After 105 days, we were able to bring Olivia home. She is our miracle, our survivor, our joy. . .
On November 20, 2012 we welcomed little sister, Abigail, into our lives. She was born at 35 weeks, but only spent 8 days in the hospital before coming home. We feel very blessed. To contact Ryan and Jodi you may email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
You were the perfect little boy Of whom we always dreamed. Did you know we had your name picked out? All along or so it seemed.
You even had your daddy’s hands So miniature in size. In life we never got to hold you Or even see your opened eyes.
We had so many plans for you. Did you know you are a twin? I wanted you to grow up together. What a pair you would have been!
I wanted to take you to the park And push you on the swing. I wanted to teach you how to walk, And read and write and sing.
I wanted to show you a fire truck And let you ride upon a horse. I wanted to take you to the zoo To see the giraffes, of course.
I wanted you to watch cartoons And play video games with dad. And you and I would take a nap Oh, the times we would have had.
But, your mommy’s plans were not to be. “I have other plans,” God said. “You won't be playing in life’s playground You’ll be playing in heaven instead.”
And although I ache with sadness And in my arms I long to hold. I’ll see you again in heaven When my story on earth’s been told.
A thousand tiny fireflies Parading through the night Illuminate the starless skies With incandescent light They are miracles, here on earth So bold, so strong, so wise And bring to life a sense of worth For those who lack great size.
Some of this life’s smaller treasures Are the ones which matter more Than the larger joys and pleasures That we have grown to adore Volume is not as essential As the gift that lies inside Smaller souls with much potential Who shall never be denied.
A thousand tiny fireflies Parading through the night Illuminate the starless skies With incandescent light These children, while born premature Are testaments of worth Their spirits bold, their futures sure To ever bless the earth.