Sweet Olivia–

You are a rolling girl!  You roll over and over to get where you want to go.  You are always trying to get up on your knees.  You seems frustrated by your inability to go anywhere, though.  Soon enough, sweetheart, soon enough. 🙂

You are cooing and cooing.  You are my social girl — always needing someone to talk to!  At the rate that you’re trying to talk — you’ll be telling me what Christian is trying to say.  Wouldn’t that be something!

Your smile still lights up the face of everyone you meet.  Thank you for being such a happy girl!  I can’t wait ’til your teeth come in — that should make you even happier again.  🙂

I love you and hope you’ll always be this sweet to be around!

All my love, Mommy

My Dear Sweet Olivia–

What a smiley little girl you are!  Your sweet smile is so irresistible that I just can’t help but smile back at you.  That smile of yours is often the highlight of my day! 🙂

You have figured out how to roll over this week.  You are growing up so fast!  Before I know it, you’ll be chasing your brother around the house.  🙂

Christian intrigues you.  You watch everything he does — waiting, I think, until you can do it, too!  I am excited for you to learn all of that, too, but then I think that the two of you will keep me busier than I ever thought possible.  🙂  That’s OK, though, perhaps then I will finally lose the rest of the “baby weight.”

I love you, sweet little bean!  I pray that is something that you will always know.

All my love, Mommy

Dear Olivia–

You are a true blessing from God! 🙂

 Today you were in for your 2-month old check-up.  You are growing well — almost 13 pounds already and 23 inches long!  You had to get 5 shots today.  Oh, how I hate to have to hold your hands while the nurse stabs you with the needle, but hopefully these will keep you from getting any further illnesses.  You screamed, but have been sleeping ever since you calmed down.

We had quite the scare with you a few weeks ago.  Your doctor put you on Zantac (heartburn medicine) to help your reflux not bother you as much.  The pharmacist for the prescription wrong, so you received 20 times the amount that you were supposed to get.  Thankfully it was only 5 doses and I had the feeling that something was wrong.  I called the pharmacy and doctor and got the dosage straightened out.  We had to get your heart and liver tested for possible damage.  Praise the Lord that everything was fine!  Lesson to be learned — ALWAYS check with your doctor as to what medication you should be receiving with what dose!

I want to leave you with a Bible verse today: Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in his ways. -Psalm 128:1  Olivia, I pray that you will always follow in the path the the Lord lays out for you.  He knows what is best for us, even if we don’t always agree with it.  Trust him!

All my love, Mommy

My Dear Olivia–

You are one month old today.  Wow!  How time flies!  You are getting SO big — you even gained a whole pound in the last week!  🙂  You’re a big eater!  We spend a lot of time together.  You have some of the same gas/stomach problems that Christian had, so you need to be leaned up on my chest for a half hour every time you finish eating.  (And you eat every 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 hours!)  Christian is a little resentful of all of the time that I have to spend holding you, but is he warming up to you.  I know that he watches you, especially when he thinks that no one else is watching, and I know that you watch him when he gets close enough for you to see.  You are quite the miracle, my little one.  🙂  I love you so much.

You are waking now and sound like you need my help.

All my love,  Mommy

Dearest Olivia–

It’s hard to believe that you are two weeks old already!  I can’t hold you enough and look into those beautiful blue eyes.  🙂  It is wonderful to finally be able to get to know you after carrying you inside of me for so long.  What an honor that was!  And what a miracle you are!  Daddy and I are so blessed to have you here in our lives.  In a couple of days, you will be baptized – what a HUGE day in your life — you will become a child of God!!!  Uncle K and Uncle R are going to be your godfathers.  (You should be a very protected  little girl with two godfathers!  🙂 )  You make me so proud already!  I love you, Olivia!  🙂  (Please don’t grow up too fast!)

All my love,  Mommy

My Dear Baby Girl–

I can’t wait to meet you in a couple of days!  You have been a part of my life for every moment in the last nine months.  I can feel you squirming inside of me right now.  What a miracle you are!

Daddy and I have decided to name you Olivia Allana.  Olivia because we both think that the name is beautiful, and Allana after Grandpa V.  We hope that you will like your name as much as we do.

You have an older brother, Christian.  Right now he likes to “sing” to you and bounce around on your “home.”  I’m guessing that you will know his voice when you are born.  🙂

Well, my little “bean,” I can feel you have the hiccups now.  That feels so strange to me!  I can’t wait to meet you and see what your personality (and schedule) is like.  Daddy and I are very excited.  🙂

All my love,  Mommy

My Dear Christian,

It’s amazing to be thinking back a year to when you were born.  One year ago, today, at 9:30 in the morning, my labor pains started.  They were pretty far apart until after I took a shower at noon, then they were right about 4-8 minutes apart.  Daddy called after he was done with school to tell me that he was going to stay and help take down the stage from “Entertainment Night,” but instead he came home when he found out that things were moving along.  Just before we were about to leave for the hospital, the painters (painting our condo) broke the water main in the backyard — flooding ours and many of the neighbors’ yards, too.  Contractions were now consistently 4-5 minutes apart, so we needed to get started to the hospital.  (About a 45-60 minute drive!)  The doctors admitted me to the hospital right away — the contractions were now coming in pairs — “coupling”.  There were some complications with the labor — you never dropped, your heart rate would either speed way up or slow down too much with each contraction, so after a long night of starting and stopping my labor three or four times, everyone thought it would be best to take you through c-section after 20+ hours of labor.  In the end, it was good to have made that decision — your head was stuck in the birth canal and further pushing could have given you a lifelong disability.  You were a healthy boy though.  I was so happy to hear your arrival cry — so happy to finally meet you after carrying you around for so long.  It was love at first sight!  You are a blessed gift from God and tomorrow we get to celebrate how God placed you into our lives!  What a wonderful and adventurous year it has been!  I look forward to all of our years that lay ahead and pray that God will bless that time as well!  🙂

I love you, my sweet son!  Rest at peace with God tonight.  Happy birthday!  🙂

All my love,  Mommy