Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Olivia cut her first teeth this weekend! Well, actually, I don't know that it happened this weekend, but Saturday was when I felt them for the first time. They are her two front bottom teeth. It only took her 10 1/2 months. =) We took her to the Diamondbacks game on Saturday and while she was sitting on my lap she grabbed my finger and stuck it in her mouth like she always does, and there they were! You can barely see them so I don't have any pictures, but as soon as they come in a bit more I'll make sure to try to get some good shots.

Not much else going on so this will be short and sweet. O starts at her new day care on Monday. My friend Andi is going to watch her for half a day on Friday. Andi is due with her first child on May 30 so this will be good practice for her. Hopefully O won't change her mind on wanting to have a baby, though she really has no choice at this point. Thanks Andi!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Belated Las Vegas

I realized this week that I had not put a post up about our trip to Vegas for my friend Jenn's 30th birthday at the end of February. I also realized that I told Jenn I would send her the pictures I took and I have yet to do that as well. Sorry Jenn! In lieu of rewriting the whole post over again check out the post that I put on our Traveling Friends blog.

This weekend we are taking O to a D-Backs game. She went to one when she was about 6 or 8 weeks old and was very good, but this time will be fun because she'll pay attention to all the people and noise and lights.

My sister just got in to town today to sit with O today and tomorrow. My mom was here Monday through this morning to help out. She'll be back next Monday to do the same thing next week. Then we start at the new day care on May 4. We'll see how that goes.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


I hope everyone had a very nice Easter. We had a quiet one, though we did manage to get up and out of the house for 8:00 a.m. mass in about 20 minutes after O woke up at 7. We didn't want to be at church during her nap time at 10 so we pushed it to get to the 8:00, but we made it. She did awesome! We sat in the cry room but probably didn't need to. She didn't cry, though she did babble a bit. We did have to leave early though because an hour and 5 minutes into it, when we still hadn't had Communion yet, she was getting antsy. So John walked outside with her while I went and got Communion. She looked absolutely adorable in her beautiful pink dress and ruffled socks and ballet slipper shoes. You can really get an idea of all the hair she now has in these pictures. Her skirt was so poofy that we had a hard time getting her into her car seat. I had to take some pictures of once we had her in. Luckily her dress didn't wrinkle because of all the tulle!The Easter Bunny did bring her an Easter basket. She got some cool little Koosh balls, some squishy sports balls, a bunny, a flower, a hat and a pen with some feathers on it. She doesn't really get to play with the pen much though because we don't want her to eat the feathers, but it's so funny to watch her face when the feathers tickle her nose. She also got one of those collapsible bunny toys. The ones where you push the bottom up and the elastic relaxes and the bunny collapses then stands up again when you release the bottom (does that make any sense?).
I had to take the next picture because when I walked in to check on her before I went to bed last night she was asleep like this. She is on top of her blanket and monkey, which is not out of the ordinary, but I loved that she was out with her foot through the slats of the crib. I don't know how this is comfortable.
We took O to the Coyotes final home game last Saturday and she did awesome. She had a lot of fun looking around at all the people and waving to the two boys in the seats behind us. Tomorrow is her last day at her current day care facility. I am so sad about it. She loves her teacher there, and while all the teachers have been placed at other locations, her favorite is not going to the one she will be attending (though there will be one of the other teachers there). She doesn't know that she won't see this woman again. She won't understand what is happening when she goes to a new day care and doesn't know anyone there and I feel terrible about it. And she'll have to do this twice! Our new facilities infant room is not scheduled to open until the end of May so we are going to put her at a temporary place for a few weeks starting May 4. My mom and sister are going to come out the two weeks in between and help out for a few days each watching her so John and I don't have to take any time off work. It just totally sucks!
I still very much want to stay at home with O so I have started looking into work from home opportunities that I can do on a part-time basis so that John and I can get some supplemental income to help make additional payments on some debts in order to get them paid off sooner. This will allow me to stay at home permanently. One day! I did start my own work from home business marketing for an international wellness company. I do two things. I introduce people to the company and their products and help them set up their accounts (no selling involved!) and I help other people set up their own home-based business. It's great because the products are really impressive - all-natural everyday necessity products that you buy anyway but that are healthier for your family and home - and it allows me to set my own hours and only work as much as I want to or have time for. It's really up to me how much I want to make. It's not a bad gig.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Hurricane Livi

I don't believe that my blog title requires much explanation. Now that Olivia is extremely mobile (still scooting) she is everywhere. Examples are below. The first four are of our guest bedroom/office where I work on Fridays. I keep her in there with me and this is only part of what she does. She even dumps over the trashcan and pulls everything out. She ripped the back paper cover off the dictionary after she was done "reading" it. The bottom two are of our living room. We now have all of her toys in a laundry basket that also gets dumped over and sorted. She has decided that she loves to pick up every toy and toss it into the air over and over again. They land everywhere.
Olivia is now 10 months old, and while she doesn't have any teeth yet, we think she is very close to cutting that first one. I hope it happens soon. She gets little blisters on her toes from all the scooting she does so we're having to watch that but it really doesn't seem to bother her. She is a little roly poly when we lay her on the bed and she loves her stuffed animals. She'll carry them around as she scoots all over the house.
Saturday is the last home game for the Phoenix Coyotes this season so we will be taking her to the game. Some of our friends gave us a cute little Coyotes outfit that we are going to try to put on her. It's a 6-9 month outfit but looks like it may fit her. It looks like a little cheerleader outfit. She loves going out and looking around at all the lights and activity. I'm also going to take her to John's office on Friday. It has been a long time since his coworkers have seen her so that should be fun. She has gotten bigger and has gotten a ton more hair since the last time we were there.
My birthday was very nice. Thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes. I appreciated them. I took the day after off from work and went and had a massage and facial. I don't know why I hadn't done it before. After that I went and got John and we went to a Spring Training game. It was a nice relaxing day. My parents and sister came into town and we went to an awesome dinner at Fleming's on Saturday. It was so good. Especially the creme brulee. I could eat that every day. My parents also got me our area rug for the living room which we badly needed. I also ordered a zebra print rug for our bedroom. It's going to look so great against the dark red of the comforter. I can't wait for it to come in!
For those of you that hadn't heard, the day care that Olivia is currently enrolled in is closing effective April 17. It is State subsidized for State employees, which is why we get such rockin' rates, but with Arizona being so deep in the red they are cutting all sorts of stuff. The day care is one of those things. The company, La Petite, will be honoring our current rates (substantially lower than regular La Petites) until September 1, which is great. The only problem is that the school out near us does not currently have an infant room but is in the process of starting one. They had originally thought that it would be open in time for our April 20 deadline, but it will now not be done until the end of May. And that's an estimate. It could be sooner than that, but it could also be longer. It is so frustrating because now we have to put O into another day care for 6 weeks or whatever it is going to be and then move her again. We just can't afford to leave her at another day care permanently because they are all so much more expensive. And of course I don't find this out until yesterday (about the infant room not opening yet) so I'm all stressed out about it. But I do know that our original second choice day care does have openings so we can get her in there and not have to worry about missing any work. I just wish there was some way I could stay home with her.