Wow! How time flies! Last time I posted Olivia was just ten days old. Since then, a lot has happened…
On the weekend of August 25th we went to Victoria for her cousin Everett’s first birthday! There she was introduced to her uncle Hayden and aunty Amanda, and of course their son Everett – the birthday boy! She also got to meet her great grandparents Nana and Grandad! It was a great party and Everett was so big and walking… crazy to think that Olivia will be in his shoes next summer.
Two weeks later, on September 7th we had Olivia’s sip and see baby shower. That weekend was absolutely amazing! My parents managed to surprise me with a visit from my sister! I didn’t think she was going to be able to come to the shower as she lives in Idaho. But, they made a quick trip to Bellingham the Friday morning to pick her up from the airport and bring her to Chilliwack. I was so surprised and incredibly happy! The shower/open house was a great success as most all of our friends and family were there. Unfortunately, a couple days prior to the shower Olivia started to get baby acne… which of course peaked on the day of the shower… so her poor face and scalp was covered in little red bumps. Now the acne is pretty much gone, but it caused her scalp to get dry and flaky… oh the joys of parenthood – there’s always something new to learn about.
On Tuesday the 17th Olivia and I had our last midwife appointment L We saw Cheryl, the one who delivered her… she hadn’t seen her since the day she was born. I am sad to be leaving the midwives and transferring to our family doctor as they are a wonderful group of women and thoroughly enjoyed their care. At this final visit, they re-measured and weighed her: 22 inches and 9.5 pounds! I also discovered that what we thought was diaper rash, was actually a yeast infection… not so much fun, but we are working on getting that all cleared up!
Then, yesterday, Olivia managed to get pink eye! We were on a lovely walk with Mateja along the river when after about an hour of walking I noticed her left eye secreting yellowy goo that was starting to crust over. I felt horrible for her and wanted to get her to see someone as soon as possible. So we walked to Garrison Crossing and spoke with the pharmacist there who told us that she had pink eye and that we needed to see a doctor to get a prescription for her. Unfortunately there aren’t too many walk-in clinics and they have horrible hours. So, I called Josh and Becky for their help as I don’t have a car. Josh came and got Olivia and I, and took us to a clinic (the one nearby didn’t open until 5pm and it was 330pm at the time)… but the doctor wasn’t there and we were number 27 or so in line to see the doc. We waited for a bit, but since the doctor still had not showed up, we went back to the one that opened at 5pm and we waited outside the office until they were open. Finally, we were able to see a doc and get her a prescription! So that was our first visit to a clinic and Olivia’s first prescription. At least the antibiotic eye drops are working like a charm and have already started to improve the look of her eye. And as you can see, she is such a happy girl!
She is also a very hungry little girl and will attempt to latch on to whatever she can latch on to. The other day when Jeremy was holding her, she started to root a bit looking for some milk. Next thing Jere knew she had found his collar bone and started sucking. Needless to say, she gave her daddy a nice hicky!
Since I have been on mat leave, I have joined the Chilliwack Active Moms group (which just launched about 2 weeks ago) and have met many other moms and babies. So Olivia and I went on a walk this morning with the group and might have even made it into the newspaper as there was a reporter there doing a story on the group and took some pictures. I also hope to get a gym membership soon and start working off the pregnancy pounds so that I can get back into my old jeans… but I need to get a proper bra first! I never thought boobs could get so big! Holy milk lady! And, since I have so much milk, Olivia can’t even drain out one boob during a feeding, I plan to donate it to the local breast milk bank.
Here is some auditory entertainment for you as well… we just had to record the various sounds that Olivia produces!
Olivia’s first night home…
Olivia hiccupping, so friggin’ cute!
Olivia is going to be a talker!