Tuesday, March 24, 2009

9 1/2 months

Olivia has passed the 9 1/2 month mark. And with that milestone came another ear infection. This one is a double. She had a fever for about 5 days before we were able to find out what the problem was. She has been on antibiotics for a week now and is feeling MUCH better. You can really tell because she is in a good mood all the time again. Her 9 month check up went well. No shots this time, thank goodness. She weighed in at 22.8 pounds (94th percentile) and was 28.5 inches (74th percentile). She is still scooting around like crazy and is a clapper. The pictures below are from the first day of her fever. I got a call from the day care saying her temperature was 102.9! But when I got her home it had gone down and we had her Dr. appointment the next day anyway, so they just said to wait and bring her in then. She acted like she felt fine.
We've taken O to a couple of Spring Training games and she has really enjoyed being out in the sun and watching all the people, but she is so fair skinned that I worry about her getting burned. Lots of sunblock goes on the girl and we try to keep her in the shade as much as possible.
John made sure to get the following picture because O is wearing her Cubs shirt and he said that this is how she feels about the Cubs. Sorry Erin, it reminds me of you in your Cowboys stuff.
This weekend I got some pictures of her in the bath. Her hair is getting really thick and longer. For a while there I thought we were going to have a baldy. This is her sweet mohawk.
As far as John and I go, we're doing fine. Same old thing with our jobs. I'm hoping there won't be another round of layoffs come July, but it's a possibility. The Coyotes are still looking for investors so we don't know what will happen there either. It's pretty up in the air. I have picked up a work from home job to help supplement my income. It's pretty nice because I can work the hours I am available, and how much I make is really dependent on how much I want to put into it. It's taking some time and effort to really get started but it's worth it if it means that at some point I'll be able to quit working and stay home with O.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


A couple of weeks ago John and I took O to Oklahoma so that she could meet the Dickey side of the family and all of her cousins. This decision was a good and bad one. It was good because she had so much fun and loved everyone - especially her uncles. It was bad because she is getting to the age where she is a ton of work and taking her on an airplane was not the best experience. Going out wasn't too bad because the plane was empty so when she got fussy we could walk around, but on the way home the plane was full except for maybe a couple of seats. The seat between John and I stayed open because no one wants to sit next to a baby, and I am so glad that it did. We needed that extra seat because O was not a happy camper. She didn't scream too much but she was extremely fussy. John and I decided that we were going to hold off on any more plane rides until she's older. It's just too much work.

We flew in on a Friday morning and went to John's mom's place and relaxed. Eventually everyone made their way over and we had a nice dinner. Everyone loved Olivia and kept commenting on her beautiful blue eyes (I am so glad they have stayed that color!). Here are some pictures of her with her cousins and Uncle Adam:

Uncle Adam and Billy (who is almost exactly a year older than O)
Courtney is going to be 4 in September. Look how big O is next to her!
Olivia loved her Uncle Adam and especially his hat. She loves hats and glasses. She takes my sunglasses off my face every day.

On Saturday we went to our nieces' and nephew's pig show. I had never been and it was quite an experience. Those animals are huge! O was indifferent to them but I think when she gets a bit older she will love to run around after them. It was a very cold day so we bundled her up, and of course she wanted Daddy's hat to wear too.
With Uncle David at the pig show.

We also went to see one of John's good friends, Micah, who was a groomsman in our wedding, and his wife Pebble, who just had twin girls in December, Avery and Pebble. They also have a son who is almost 6. They were adorable and so small! Well, at about 2 1/2 months they were both over 11 pounds, but light as a feather compared to our chunkster. Here is Olivia with Avery. O is not the gentlest child so we were careful with her around them. I love the look on Avery's face.
Olivia got to spend a lot of quality time with her Granny which I know they both appreciated. We left Sunday afternoon after a wonderful long weekend.
Erin and Ryan were recently in town for Spring Training and went out to Mesa to see the Cubs play. While there they picked up a little something for O, much to John's chagrin. We surprised him with her in it and he wasn't happy. She looked so cute though!
We have her 9 month check-up this Friday, although she was at the Dr.'s office last week and the week before. She weighed in at 23 pounds 6 ounces last week. I'm not sure on length but I think around 30 inches. She's getting so big! Turns out she had the flu, though we really thought it was only a cold. She was in a surprisingly good mood for having the flu. She just couldn't shake a cough she had had for about 2 weeks, but I think we are finally getting over it. She slept through the night for the first time in 2 1/2 weeks last night and it was awesome!