I came upon a frightening revelation the other day. I am completely addicted to my iPhone. I don't feel this is a good thing because what I do, Olivia does. And she has been a little too dependent lately on her technological toys. And it's my fault. So, I vowed that today was a no iPhone, no iPod, no iPad day. And we both only made it until about 3 pm. Then I figured out WHY this tiny device has taken over our lives. It takes the place of about 10 devices!! For example:
It is a phone and a way to connect with people. In this day and age, you have to be immediately accessible 24/7.
The iPhone has replaced the watch and the alarm clock.
It is my calendar and planner.
It replaces a GPS. With Google's new map app, it's just as good as one.
We replaced the baby monitor with a security camera which can be viewed on my iPhone.
It almost replaces my laptop computer as I use it to search the Internet, blog, check Facebook and email.
It replaces the iPod/radio and is where I listen to all my music.
We canceled cable awhile back and now use Netflix, which I can watch on my iPhone. I also downloaded a March Madness app to watch the games on. Go Wichita State!!!
I have a flashlight app instead of a flashlight.
Olivia plays tons of games (most educational) on it.
Olivia loves for me to take videos of her at least daily.
It has replaced my camera. I haven't used a real camera in months! I love the photo editing apps as well.
I don't even use a real Bible anymore as I have a bible app.
I don't use my Kindle anymore as I just read books downloaded to my kindle app.
So, good grief. . .going a day without my iPhone would be like a day without a phone, an alarm clock, calendar, GPS, baby monitor, computer, radio, television, flashlight, camera, bible and books. No wonder I'm addicted. And as convenient as it all is, what direction is this taking our lives? I don't know. Just my thoughts for the day. :-)
Abigail is 4 months old today. She looks pretty chunky, but she's only 13.5 lbs which is actually pretty average. Olivia, however, did not weigh quite 15 lbs when she turned a year old and weighed only 19.8 lbs at 2 years old. Abigail is a great eater and sleeper nowadays. She goes to bed by 8 pm (and we've mistakenly kept her up after that. We'll try not to do that again.) She wakes up at 4 am to eat and again around 7-8 am. It's wonderful! She still isn't interested in rolling over, but she can push up on her arms while on her tummy. We haven't heard a real laugh yet, but we are close. Abigail is still on breast milk and although she loves Alimentum, we weren't going to pay for it unless she absolutely needed it. We've switched her back to regular Enfamil and she seems to be doing okay. She likes to nurse at night, but really likes a bottle during the day. She is close to being able to hold her bottle by herself! And, she is an absolute cutie pie and I love her to pieces!!
Olivia was up last night with a sore throat and now she has a cough to go with it. I had one of my really bad headaches. So we stayed home today, although I think we had fun.
Olivia drew. . .a lot. I loved her Mr. Bean drawing complete with a red tie and mole.
I mastered the art of the Moby wrap.
Well, sort of. Fifteen minutes later she was sagging pretty low. Hmm, more YouTube videos I suppose.
And I let her sit and cut up paper in the hallway. Then, glue the little pieces onto bigger pieces. And I blew up balloons ( but that was yesterday's fun.) And I thought the sicknesses and winter were behind us. Nope and it might snow this week too. Boo!
We spent the day with our entire family. . .both sides. Ryan's sister and family are going to be moving to Georgia and Ryan's brother and family are going to be moving to Arizona. So, we enjoyed spending time all together and got a few pictures to celebrate.
The whole clan
Then, we headed over to my parents' house to celebrate my brother's birthday.
Here is Aunt Shelley and Abigail
Gotta say. . .one of the best St Patrick's Days I've had in years.
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.