Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Five Months

Capturing this month's photo was much harder than the first four because I'm now having to photograph a moving target. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we can now roll over! She first rolled over the Monday before Thanksgiving, she did it again once that Tuesday and once that Wednesday and then we didn't see it again until Sunday. But on Sunday, she was on a roll and began flipping to her belly anytime we put her down on her back! Yay!

I know I'm biased but I think my baby is so beautiful! And, she has become so very strong over the past five months. She loves to hold her head up and take in everything that is going on around her. I feel so very grateful for her.

We're still nursing. Olivia kinda, sorta tolerates taking a bottle. I'm hoping to introduce a sippy cup over the next month - maybe that will work better.

A mommy blogger I follow recently described nursing her six-month-old as trying to wrangle a rainbow fish. Olivia is just like this! She gets distracted by the littlest things, gets really excited to see anything that is going on and flails her arms almost the whole time, but, she's still hungry and gets irritated if the food isn't there right when she wants it. 

Her hair is quickly filling in and getting longer - it's awesome! What's not awesome? The fact that her finger nails grow at the same rate. I feel like I'm constantly filing them down after getting mauled while she's eating.

Olivia sleeps most nights from 8-4 and then until 6:30 or 7. And now, it's really interesting to see if she'll be on her back or her tummy when I go into her room each morning.

Olivia's main man is definitely her daddy. She lights up when he walks into the room, she giggles the most when he tickles her and she loves that he lets her play in the tub for lots of extra minutes.

We're just now embarking on the journey of foods beyond rice cereal. We tried peas and they were a definite no-go. Applesauce has just been introduced and it is going over much better. It must have been made from some slightly tart apples because the pucker she's given me a few times is hilarious! Wish us luck as we introduce more foods. (My fingers are crossed that she'll like more veggies than her daddy does because I need someone to eat stir fry with me.)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thanksgiving in pictures

Here are the pictures off of my camera (there are many more on my mom's) of our Thanksgiving holiday.  My family celebrates the holiday three different times because we have lots of family and a lot to be thankful for!

Love the Thanksgiving onesie from Grammie!

Sitting with Daddy in Grand Nana's living room.

Hanging out with Nana.


This was Olivia's first time to meet her Great-Aunt Marty. There was a lot of baby cuddling that occurred during this holiday. :)

I've made it my recent mission to get more photos of the three of us.

Olivia with Goddaddy James.

My Holly.

Olivia sharing her drool with Holly.

Olivia and Colin really started to bond over the weekend.

Kyle and O showing off their matching mohawks.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Future Girl Scout!

Olivia wants to be a Girl Scout like her Gold Award earner, Aunt B!

This onesie was in Olivia's Easter basket last April and, now, it fits!

Thursday, November 24, 2011


I am thankful for:

 toothless smiles

babbling coos/shrieks

naptime cuddles


good-night kisses

lunchtime phone calls 

living less than two hours from my family.

a wonderful church and small group 

cold dog noses

strawberry lemonade


"How I Met Your Mother"/"Big Bang Theory" dates

Skype chats with B

Diet Dr. Pepper

long phone chats with my parents 

best friends who understand me and love me anyway

I am grateful beyond comprehension for all of God's blessings in my life!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tutu Cute!

Olivia has finally grown into the tutus that people had lovingly made for her before she was born. So, we had a mini photo session where she vogued for the camera and then quit on me. :)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Route 66 Marathon

Russ did his first marathon this last Sunday. (Technically, it was his second, but the first one was the running portion of the Ironman distance triathlon he did several years ago.)

It was cold!

Clearly, Olivia didn't mind and took a nap. She was in the front carrier, so we were sharing body heat.

He finished! And, for someone who hates running, he made good time!

Russ' parents came up to support him, too. I'm so grateful they were there, otherwise, Olivia and I would have been pretty lonely. 

Friday, November 18, 2011


This girl is growing ALL the time!

She's so tall.

This super cute mouse tunic she's wearing is supposed to be a dress.

It is a 6-12 month dress from Gymboree and I really thought it would be longer on her...

Thank goodness for leggings!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pirate Love

I believe that Olivia loves Pirate.

What do you think?

Happy (late) Birthday, Mom!

(My Mom's birthday was last week but I forgot to put up this blog post until now. Sorry, 

Happy birthday, Mom!!!!

Yep, that's me and my mom many years ago.
Love you so very much! Thank you for everything!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Olivia tried rice cereal for the first time a little while ago. She wasn't sure how to feel about it...

Getting ready...

What's this stuff, Dad?


*thanks Aunt B for videotaping!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Happy 25 to Me!

Today is my 25th birthday.

Friday night, my mom and sister came to Tulsa to watch Olivia so Russ and I could go see Reba McEntire. I'm so grateful that they could come and help us out. 

Reba was awesome! My family and I got to see her perform on Broadway in "Annie Get Your Gun" in 2001. We even waited at the stage door to get her autograph (I was definitely the nerdy kid that exclaimed, "we're from Oklahoma, too!"). I secretly hoped she would sing a song from that show at the concert but no such luck. No matter, the concert was fantastic! 

The Band Perry opened for Reba - all of their songs are so creative. I actually went on iTunes today and bought their entire CD.

My mom took all of us out to lunch Saturday; it was wonderful! Olivia did fantastic - she coo'ed her way through the meal, even though we did turn down the waiter's offer of bringing her a rack of ribs. 

I love my family and I feel incredibly loved on my birthday!

Beating Aunt B

Olivia likes to kick.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Four Month Check-up

I took Olivia in for her four month check-up this last week and she received glowing reviews from her doctor.

She's 26.25 inches long, which is the 97th percentile, wow! And, she's 14 lbs, 11 oz, which is the 58th percentile. My baby is long and lean!

Olivia's doctor was so impressed that we're still nursing and she was amazed with Olivia's neck and back strength.

After all of the glowing compliments, we still had to get vaccinations, bummer. Olivia did so well! She cried only for a little while and then she ate and took a killer nap. :)