Saturday, March 9, 2013

My Olivia

Man, I love this girl! She is at that stage where she can't tell me that she loves me enough. And she tries to find the right words, so she says things like:

My heart beats like thunder for you.

I love you with my whole life.

I love you the most much and Abigail loves you the least much. (She was trying to convince me to put Abigail in her crib and play with her instead.)

She is still struggling a bit with having a baby sibling, so I try to make her feel extra special. She looks forward to the weekend because she gets to sleep with me. We are planning a trip to the circus soon along with a vacation just the three of us. I hope both of my girls always know how loved they are.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Friday, March 8, 2013

Olivia has struggled with eating all of her life. Lately it has gotten worse and she has started gagging after eating. It's frustrating as a mom who has always known of this difficulty and yet doctors shrug it off. So we wait until her weight gain starts to be distressing and then decide to do something. Anyway, she goes in for an upper GI X-ray on Tuesday. What I believe is that she has esophageal stricture, or a narrowing of the esophagus. This can actually be caused by scar tissue due to things like a ventilator and NG tube. This would explain why she can't swallow certain things like meat and carrots. An hour later, I always discover she is still chewing on things like that. It would also explain why she tells me that she has a froggy stuck in her throat after eating and her difficulty gaining weight. Add to that some oral aversions and the fact that she never put things in her mouth as a baby and no wonder she doesn't eat. I'm slowly learning to never underestimate a mother's intuition. And it doesn't hurt that we are switching to a new doctor who listens a little better. Please keep Olivia in your prayers so that we can help her eat better, grow and continue thriving!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Today was just a fun day. . .nothing really specific, just fun. We started the morning with a puppet show for Abigail. Those two are really interacting now. It is so cute.

Abigail is really taking an interest in toys too. She loves to bat at them. I always have her firefly on the side of her crib and the first thing she does when she wakes up is play with it. At 4:30 am when she woke up, it wasn't there and she got really mad. So funny! It's back now though.

We are finally getting on somewhat of a schedule too and that has been wonderful. Abigail has no problems sleeping 6-8 hrs per night. Of course, if I went to bed sooner that would help. She's a good eater AND a good sleeper! That never happens. She does not take good naps though, just like Olivia.

She is just as cute as can be and on the verge of laughing any day. I'm so blessed with my girls.

And we had sausage and tortellini soup for dinner. I still need to do a blog post on emeals. I can't rave enough about them! After over a month of meals, there have only been 2-3 that we haven't liked.

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At least one child likes it. LOL!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Kitty Kelsey

Last night Olivia was having a hard time going to sleep so I let her kitty Kelsey stay in the bedroom with her. When I woke up about 1:30, I opened her bedroom door to let Kelsey out and they were snuggled up in bed together. I left the door ajar so she could leave when she needed to and that cat stayed with Olivia all night long. This made Olivia so happy this morning. However, Olivia just came to me crying asking how long Kelsey would be here. How old is she? When was she going to die? Don't know what brought this all up. She loves her kitty, though, and Kelsey loves her just the same.

Thank You

Thank you to the very special blog reader who sent me my giraffe overalls. I'm wearing them today.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sunday, March 3, 2013

I always say that Abigail has eating days (where all she does is eat) and sleeping days (where all she does is sleep.) Today was definitely a sleeping day. How I got blessed with such amazing girls, I'll never know. While Abigail slept, I was able to spend a lot of time with Olivia playing with bath toys, Play Doh and coloring (of which she literally took an interest in yesterday.) Ryan worked all day yesterday, so he got a day to recover. And, I made delicious crock pot lasagna that even Olivia enjoyed. Pretty good day.