Thursday, February 25, 2010

Olivia 4-month Check-up AKA shots... no fun...

Yesterday we took Olivia to the doctor for her four month check-up and four month shots. The check-up went great. The shots... not so great...

Here she is before her shots..She was so sweet. She kept trying to watch the tv.

(Shame shame on her Poppy for letting her know that television even exists!) Ha!

What's going on at 4 months?
Weight: 13 lbs. 1 oz.
Length: 22 in.
Head: 16 in.
The doctor said everything looks wonderful! Yay! And he no longer hears her heart murmur! Praise the Lord!!! =)
I know murmurs aren't that big of a deal, but I'm soo glad both of her are gone!
My dad is bound and determined that it's time to start feeding Olivia baby food, but the doctor said not for a few more weeks. We can start feeding her rice cereal in a bowl twice a day instead of in her bottle. Then in about 3 to 4 weeks we can start introducing vegetables.

Getting her shots was absolutely horrible!! This time was MUCH worse than the last.

Thank God my aunt went back there with me! I could not have done it by myself! We had Olivia dressed in the cutest outfit before her shots. She was wearing her little blue jeans, but afterwards she was SCREAMING so we put a little sleeper on her. Bless her heart...
However, last night she did wonderful!!! She went to sleep in the car ride from my parent's house to our house, so when we got home I put her in bed and she slept ALL NIGHT! From around 7:00 pm to 6:30 am. She woke up this morning just smiling. She's sooo sweet!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Olivia at *4* months

Olivia you are FOUR months old!!!!
What are you up to these days....

You weigh approximately 14 pounds
(I'll find out your exact weight tomorrow at your doctor's appt.)
You wear a size 1 diaper and 0-3 month & some 3-6 month clothes

You are really chatty. You cou and squill.
You wake up in the mornings just smiling.
You are on formula now. I breastfed you for 12 weeks. It was wonderful, but I had to stop nursing when I came back to work.
You like your formula. It's Similac Advanced.
We also mix cereal with your bottle twice a day.
You usually eat about 6 to 8 oz. at a time.
Your poppy is bound and determined that we're going to start feeding you food. He thinks you need it. =)

You sleep ALL night.
You usually go to bed around 7:30 pm and sleep until 5:30 or 6 in the morning!!
You are very serious. You do smile, but most of the time you just have a serious look on your face. We think you just take it all in.
You love bathtime. Mimi says you don't, but every time I give you a bath you laugh and smile and talk. It's sooo adorable.
You love your stroller. On the weekends I try to take you out to different places. The other day we went to the mall and you had the best time. You rode in your stroller and you were the life of the party. I enjoy our "little outings" together.

Overall, you are a VERY good baby!! Time is just flying by. I can't believe you are already four months old. It seems like just yesterday when we found out that I was pregnant. I'm so glad that you have come into our life. You make our world complete!


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Girl Time...

This picture doesn't even show the full effect, but this morning while I was getting ready for work and straightening my hair, Olivia was in awe. Ben came in the bathroom and was trying to talk to her and get her attention but her eyes were focused on me and my straightener. How funny! I kept telling her that one day I'll be straightening her hair... Ben says when she has hair. Ha!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

My love, My Valentine

We didn't do anything special this year for Valentine's day. Usually, me or Ben will plan something special and we'll go have a nice dinner or I'll cook a nice dinner at the house, but this year.. we didn't do anything. We went to Majestic in Mayfield Saturday night for dinner. Ha. I guess this is what happens after you have a baby. (I'm just kidding). But honestly, this year I didn't want to go anywhere special. I just wanted to spend time with the two loves of my life... Ben and Olivia, so that's just what we did.
Saturday afternoon some of the ladies from our church took Sis. Nancy (our door greeter) out to Dumplins in Murray for her birthday. They have the best cake! She was so surprised. We had such a good time eating and talking, just having girl time. Afterwards, I had to stop by the Plaid Rabbit. It's like an addiction. Ever since Olivia was born I don't want to shop for myself anymore, but I'm addicted to the Plaid Rabbit, Katie J's and Ribbon Chix. It's really bad. But, they were having a great sale so I bought her the cutest Biscotti outfit. After I got home and spent some time with her and Ben and then we took her to her Mimi & Poppy's house and then we went and had dinner at Majestic. Ben says this week he's going to take me somewhere "nice" for our belated Valentine's day dinner. ha. I think we're going to go to this new Argentinian restaurant Martin Fierro Grill it looks very yummy.

Sunday we went to church. Olivia had on the cutest outfit. I had ordered her shirt from and I ordered her leggings from I made her tutu. She was the star of the show. ha. Sunday night we had a Valentine's day spaghetti supper. We have three couples in our church who have been married 50+ years. We honored them and placed them at the head table and then they each gave their testimony of how they had made it that long together. I think everyone had a really good time. This is what Olivia did Sunday night. She's getting so big. ha. What did you do for Valentine's Day?

*Our sweet baby girl.. Little Ms. O*

*Olivia's Dedication*

*How Sweet*

*My blue eyed girl*
*Isn't this the cutest outfit?*

*After bathtime*


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Catching Up ~ Delivery Day

Let's see, where do I even begin? On October 23, 2009 around 4:15 pm Olivia Lain Harp was born. I had a wonderful pregnancy. I felt great, ate great, everything was, well great. I worked full time until the last month of my pregnancy and then I worked half days and then the last week before Olivia was born I went on maternity leave. I was on leave for 4 days before Olivia was born. I knew that I was getting close to having her, I was in my 38th week and that Wednesday I started "hurting" and then Ben's grandfather passed away. That was a really hard night for our entire family. The next day Ben's brother and sister came in from Lexington to be with the family. Ben's grandfather lived about three hours away from us so we decided that I should call my OB and see if they could "check" me so Ben would know if he should go to the funeral or stay here with me.
That Friday, the 23rd I called my OB. She was out of town and the nurse practitioner was off. However, my OB's office is wonderful and they called Erin, the NP and she came in (on her day off) to check my cervix. Ben came and met me at their office and when they took me back, I hadn't dilated but I had SEVERAL other changes since my last visit. My blood pressure which usually runs around 98/60 was 148/90, my feet/legs were EXTREMELY swollen and I had protein in my urine which I never had before. Erin was very concerned and said, "we're sending you over to labor and delivery... you will probably have a baby today." I immediately started crying. I was so overwhelmed. I was excited that I might get to see my daughter for the first time, but I was also petrified because I knew things were not going so well for me. Ben and Erin both tried to console me. Erin gave Ben her cell phone number and wanted us to keep her posted. We went to LDR and they checked us in and put me in a room. Ben started making the phone calls. My parents arrived shortly thereafter.

They hooked me up to the blood pressure monitor and started doing serial BP checks. They checked my urine again and it was still positive for protein. They drew lots of blood and hooked me up to an IV. I was a little worried. Every time the BP cuff tightened I prayed. This went on for a few hours and then Dr. Tolar (who was not on-call and who is a man.. I know that sounds weird, but I've always had a woman doctor. I was again, a little freaked out), came in with my lab results. We still do not know how he ended up with my results except it had to be a God thing. He was not very happy with the way my labs looked. He said that I had developed severe preeclampsia. My liver enzymes were not normal and my blood platelet count was low. He was very concerned. He said he could try to induce me, but he didn't think that it would work or be quick enough. At that time we all spoke up and said "c-section." Dr. Tolar was a little surprised, I think he thought he was going to have to talk all of us into a section, but I was at the point that I knew I wasn't going to have a normal delivery and I wanted to do what was best for Olivia.
As soon as we said c-section here came nurses, anesthesiologists, lab techs, etc. They placed another IV in my other arm and started a Magnesium drip (which was absolutely horrible and I would not recommend it to anyone)! Then they proceeded to tell me that I may wake up with a tube in my throat because they may have to intibate me and I would not get an epidural because they were too afraid that I wouldn't clot because my platelet count was so low. Oh, and Ben couldn't go back with us because it was an emergent c-section. This made us sad because Ben's a respiratory therapist. He's been in several c-sections, emergent and regular. However, since we're married he could not go back there with me.

As I was wheeled back to surgery, I was absolutely petrified. I wasn't sure what to think or feel. When I got back to surgery I was stripped down and laid out before God and everybody. (that was terrifying in itself). ha. Thank God for my nurse anesthesis, Philip. He was fabulous. I was near tears and he got right down by my face and rubbed my hair and said, "in just a few minutes it's all going to be okay." I honestly believe if it wasn't for him I think I would have stroked out. I was in a near panic. Shortly thereafter, Olivia was born. I had to be intubated and I was placed on Mag for a couple of days and I lost quite a bit of blood, but overall, I delivered a healthy and beautiful 7lb. 17 inches baby Girl, Olivia.

The next few days were kind of a blur. I had to stay in labor and delivery for an extra day because of the Mag. My nurse had to bathe me and Ben blow dryed my hair becuase I was so "out of it" from the Mag, but they finally moved me to the floor and took me off the Mag. After I got off the Mag I rounded the corner. We still had to stay in the hospital an extra day because Olivia had jaundice and my blood platelet count was still low, but I finally began to feel like myself. Even though my delivery was one of the scariest and worst experiences in my entire life, we now have the most beautiful baby girl and she is absolutely wonderful!!! I'll post more pics to catch everyone up.