Olivia spent the afternoon at her grandparents' house and had a blast playing outside. She even got the chance to play with some of her cousins. Each time she plays with her cousins, they just seem to grow closer and closer. Olivia and Aidan (almost 4) have decided that they like to give each other kisses.
And me? My day went much better, although I am extremely sore from my workout. I am so out of shape, it is depressing. Hopefully, I can pull myself out of bed tomorrow!
Enjoy these wonderful pictures that Aunt Kim took this afternoon. More to come, but I think I'll save those for another day.
Do you ever have one of those really awful days? I was up until about 5 am last night due to restless legs. I take medication for it, but my prescription ran out and I should have called it in earlier because they had to get physician approval for it which took 48 hours. I never realized how well the medication worked until I had to go a night without it. Luckily, it was dark and stormy this morning and Olivia decided to sleep in. But, that's not the end of my bad day.
Olivia found her tube of toothpaste in her drawer and I let her play with it. It's just a harmless, small tube of toothpaste. I went to feed her a bottle and let her hold the toothpaste while she ate. She turned around at just the wrong moment and the corner of the tube jammed into my eye. Boy, it hurt so bad, I was afraid to look in the mirror. When I did, I found that my eyeball was cut and bleeding! So, long story short. . .I went into the doctor because the last thing I want is an infected eye. Luckily, it didn't cut my cornea and I was prescribed some antibiotic drops. Still hurts quite a bit though. Ryan met me at the doctor's office to take Olivia back home. I arrived home about an hour later and found then snuggled up in the chair sleeping. I think that's what I will do as well.
Earlier this week, a friend of Ryan's stopped to meet us for dinner on his way through town. It was a joy to see Austin and his wife, Kristin, and daughter, Aubrey. Ryan and Austin have been close friends for many, many years and were roommates in college. Austin is to Ryan like Stacie is to me. In fact, Austin was the best man in our wedding and Stacie was the matron of honor. Anyway, we had a great time visiting and enjoyed meeting their daughter, Aubrey, for the first time. We're really lucky that both Stacie and Austin have daughters close to Olivia's age. Hopefully, we'll be able to get together again soon. . .at least before Olivia and Aubrey start kindergarten.
Aubrey and Ryan
This is Olivia being sweet to Aubrey.
I'm not sure what Olivia is doing here. . .maybe trying to read Aubrey's thoughts?
We had a blast visiting with Stacie and Madison today. Thanks for a great afternoon!! For those of you who don't know. . .Stacie and I have been best friends since 8th grade. We also went through infertility together and shared our fears about never being mothers. Every time our daughters get together, it reminds us of how blessed we truly are. How amazing if they were to become great friends as well.
I still love playing with daddy's video game birthday card (from March!)
Olivia met with her physical therapist today. . . .for the last time! Yep, she officially no longer needs physical therapy. Her toe walking has greatly improved, she can run, she can walk forwards, backwards, sideways and in circles. She can also kneel and squat. It's great to say that I'm no longer worried at all about her gross motor skills. We're still working on her fine motor skills as she still doesn't stack blocks or rings. Some of that may be due to a lack of depth perception. She doesn't use enough force to flip switches, push buttons or activate toys, but I think she understands the concept. Speaking of glasses. . .she wore hers for 10+ hours today!! I think she has officially decided that wearing glasses is okay. I'm so proud of her!
We spent all evening last night shopping. . .Ryan, Olivia and me. We had to go to Babies R Us, Target and grocery shopping. She was such an angel. . .not only did she wear her glasses the whole time, but she didn't even complain. She has discovered that stores have things called "toy aisles." She hasn't yet discovered that you can buy things from there and take them home, however. She especially likes to find all of the Elmos and Cookie Monsters and blankets. She loves fuzzy blankets and Babies R Us has whole aisles of them. Because she was so good, we bought her a Cookie Monster just like her Elmo. Elmo is still the favorite, but Cookie Monster is a close second.
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.