Saturday, August 11, 2012

Olivia Pictures continued. . .









Friday, August 10, 2012

Olivia Paige

Here are the continued pictures of Olivia and her journey to 5 years old.  I can’t wait to see what the next 5, 10, 20, 50+ years hold for my precious miracle.



Daddy/daughter moment


First bath


So clean!




Going home at 105 days old!


First Christmas



Also, I thought I’d add that I spent the night at the hospital in the room that I gave birth to Olivia in.  It was rather difficult to be in that room again.  Room 222. 

A Night In The Hospital

So, I was admitted to the hospital last night for uterine irritability and dehydration.  I had cramps all day and after talking with the nurse on call at my doctor’s office, she wanted me to get checked out.  When I went in, I found out I was having uterine irritability, or weak, constant contraction-like symptoms.  I was also badly dehydrated with a fever.  They could barely get an IV in because I was so dehydrated. It’s so frustrating because I make a constant effort to drink fluids.  However, I was probably only drinking 50-60 oz of water and they want me drinking 80-90 oz per day.  Diabetes plus an incredibly hot summer plus pregnancy is not a good combination for me.  So, they put me on iv fluids and observed me overnight.  My cervix is still closed and measuring 3.7 cm, which is good.  I’d be curious to hear from those who have had theirs checked? They checked for any infections and the tests came back fine.  I was released around 6 am and I’ve been resting and drinking water ALL day.  Baby is doing great and you can expect to find me with water in my hand at all times for the rest of the pregnancy.  And if you see me, please ask me how much water I’ve drank that day! 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Almost Five!

I can’t believe Olivia is going to be turning 5 in less than 3 weeks!  In celebration of her amazing life, I am going to try to post a few of my favorite pictures of her from each month since her birth. I’ll try my best to post some every day.  She has brought more joy to my life these past five years than she will ever know!


Olivia By Dad 1




Olivia soon told us that she would be OK.






First time I held my daughter.


First time daddy held his daughter.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


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Poor sweet Tobes.  I took him in today for his routine annual shots and found out he’ll need surgery.  I guess he has retained his baby teeth even though his adult teeth are in.  That has caused overcrowding which has caused his teeth to bite into his palate (and can possibly break through to his nasal passage.) No wonder he has such an overbite and bad breath.  Poor guy.  I can’t even keep track of all the weird things that are wrong with him.  (He’s the one who almost had to have his tail amputated due to discospondylitis.) So, he’ll possibly go in for surgery next week to have 4 teeth pulled and a few other teeth sanded down, etc.  Tobey will drive you crazy and win your heart at the same time.  He’s a cat that thinks he is a dog. . .he greets you at the door, begs for food and follows you everywhere you go.  And he still lets Olivia pick him up even though he’s half her size.  LOL!  I’ll let you know how his surgery goes!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

20 Weeks

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Current size of baby: banana

How far along? 20 weeks

Total weight gain: 13.5 lbs

Inches Gained: 5 inches

Maternity clothes? Yes.

Sleep: Okay

How I'm feeling Pretty good. I’m starting to feel out of breath sometimes with the usual pregnancy aches and pains. However, even the “usual” is concerning to me until I get farther along.

Best moment this week: Getting the house a bit more organized. I’ve realized that we have too much stuff, so a lot has been thrown away or gone into storage (until we can have a garage sale.) We are transforming our unfinished “kitty /storage room” into an office so that the office can become the baby room. Ryan has been busy wiring the room and putting in the lighting. They are starting the drywall this week.

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Food cravings: Water. . .pretty good craving I’d say.

Food aversions: None

Gender: Unknown

Labor Signs: NO

Belly Button in or out? Out

What I miss: Being able to get things done when the motivation strikes. I really have to make sure that I’d don’t do too much physically.

What I am looking forward to: Finding out the sex of the baby on August 16th.

Milestones: At 20 weeks, I can now go to labor and delivery instead of the ER if a problem occurs. Hopefully, the resident OB knows more than the ER doctor would. Let’s hope I don’t have to make a trip anytime soon though.