My mind is turning to mush. The same day that I caused a fire in the microwave (it still smells in our house, by the way) I accidentally shut Autumn in a room. We looked all over for her last night. Then, Ryan heard meowing from below our bathroom. We found her in the old guinea pig room with the door shut. I nteresting thing was. . . .I NEVER went in that room yesterday or opened the door, so how did she get in there? We figured out that she must have snuck in the storage room when I went in to get something, climbed through the trusses in the ceiling, over the bathroom and into the guinea pig room where she was shut in for over 6 hours. Either that or my cat knows how to open doors, but I guess if she did she would have let herself out. Poor kitty. . .I felt so bad and I'm usually very observant about where Autumn is. The first thing that she did was run to her litter box. . .she held it that entire time. . .and she really had to go! Needless to say, she has been very spoiled since and slept in my arms all night last night. After all that, Autumn needs lots of cuddles and I need a vacation!
Olivia has started LOVING pots and pans and pretend cooking. Don't tell Olivia but she is getting a pretty cool kitchen from Grandma and Grandpa Sailing. Olivia is pretend playing, stringing words together, activating toys, manipulating objects. . .there isn't much that I'm worried about anymore. Well, except her weight. She still hasn't made it to 21 lbs and I stress over that all of the time. Olivia has become my little secretary. She reminds me when I leave things (like a bottle at Izzy's or her Minnie Mouse cup at grandma and grandpa's.) She reminds me when Autumn is on the table or when I don't do something that I'm supposed to do. Hmm. . .maybe I'll be able to get rid of my planners altogether. . .I'll just tell Olivia about appointments and such. Next time, maybe she'll remind me to add water to the microwaveable mac and cheese.
I was making macaroni and cheese for Olivia this afternoon. Sometimes this is the only thing that she will eat that actually has calories. I put it in the microwave and went into the other room. When I came back out about a minute later, smoke was billowing out of the microwave. My best guess is that I forgot to put water in it and that's why it caught on fire. How many times have I made this? I figured I could do it in my sleep by now and then. . .I forget to add water? Actually, I'm hoping it was that and not something wrong with our microwave. So, I've spent all afternoon de-stinking the house by cleaning, lighting candles, opening windows, etc. Oh, it still smells awful. I smell awful. Luckily, Olivia had plans to go to grandma's house, so she didn't have to smell it.
My friend, Kerry, was off work today for Veteran's Day and the three of us had a fun afternoon together. We went out to lunch and then Olivia and I helped Kerry pick out a hamster. It was so fun and Olivia thought he was pretty cool. Kerry and I had hamsters when we were younger (I had Ralphie and Spencer and she had Scooter and Honey.) So, it was a lot of fun. We brought him back to my house and soon after. . .we went downstairs with Olivia. When we came back up, Autumn was sitting on the counter staring at him. Poor guy was probably scared to death. Autumn is really weird with other people in the house. She runs and hides from everyone except Ryan and me. With us, she is literally attached at the hip.
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My dear friend, Amanda, finished Olivia's letters and I received them in the mail today. Aren't they amazing? I absolutely love them. . .they are so special to me. And, on the L. . . .she wrote Logan William so that Olivia will always remember her twin brother. We have not hung them yet, but I wanted to show them to you. I told Amanda that she should start selling them on etsy. Letters like these sell for $15-$16 per letter and for those of us who have no artistic talent (like me who couldn't possibly make them) there is no other way to get them. Well, unless you have an amazing friend make them for you. Thanks again, Amanda, from the bottom of my heart.
This is Olivia's new favorite song. When I stop singing it, she says "More suh-shine." She loves that it has the words happy and I love you in it. Ryan and I used to sing this song to her every day when she was in the NICU. It held such a deep meaning for us because our skies were the darkest shade of gray and she was the only light we could see. We sang it with such desperation because we didn't know if our sunshine would be taken away. We needed her and she will never know how much we love her. It's as if the song was written just for us. And, I'm thrilled that Olivia loves it.
Ella. . .the perfect mix of girly girl and tomboy!
Once we headed outside, Olivia would have spent all day in their backyard.
She especially liked playing with the sand.
Hmm. . .we may have to get her a sandbox.
I'm feeling a bit better today. Ryan got home from work last night at 11:30 pm (and that is after going in at 8 am-ish.) Please keep him in your prayers as he's been pretty stressed lately and Olivia and I miss him.
Can't post pictures for some reason, can't get into Outlook, Ryan has been at work almost 14 hours and no word on when he's coming home. I'm tired, my foot hurts (long story) and I'm grouchy. The day started off so good. I'll post about it tomorrow when I can post pics and I'm in a better mood. I'm going to take a shower and go to bed.
I'm thrilled, however, to learn about Stellan. Check out his blog for wonderful news!
Today, Olivia got her big surprise. . .a new swingset!! Joel, Laura, Julia and Rebekah graciously gave it to us before they put their house on the market. Yes, they are moving. . . .to southern California. That will, however, be a post for another time because I don't feel like being depressed. Olivia LOVES it and we are so happy to have it. Thanks again!
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.