Monday, June 29, 2009
Weight = 16lbs 8oz = 95%
Height = 26 Inches = 95-97%
Head = 17 1/4 = 97%
Random - Olivia and Avery weighed the exact same at their 4 Month Check Ups, to the oz...interesting huh? But Avery is 3/4 of an Inch taller, when she started the race over an inch shorter, she is a growing girl.
We talked a lot about her sleeping issues...not much to be done there until at least 6 months old, so we will keep you all posted. She must have known we were going to talk about her because Sunday Night was one of her better nights, but last night she struggled a bit, so who knows, its hard to prepare because we never know what kinda night we are going to get, hence I go to bed at 9pm every single night, not great for my marriage, but hey, you do what you gotta do.
Oh and the shots...our little brave soldier didn't even shed a tear, she almost giggled...but we split them up so she will get a few more in about 3 weeks.
A few areas of concern were brought up that left me a little nervous, but I am trying to keep a level head and heart about it until we know more. Her heart murmur is still present so if at 6 months we are still hearing it, she will visit Dr. Allen, a Pediatric Cardiologist at MCV to get everything checked out. Apparently "Flow" Murmurs are usually gone by 6 months so they want to rule that out before putting her through a battery of tests, me on the other hand would have rushed her down there yesterday after our appointment to just give me peace of mind, but that isn't how the medical community works. And her head...while its in line with the rest of her body, it has grown a TON in the last two months, visually on the growth chart it was a huge spike and took my breath away, so after thinking about it overnight our Pediatrician called us back this morning and wants to see her again in 3 weeks to remeasure.
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 12:56 PM
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Olivia now responds to "How old are you?" with "Two"...and she insists on "Two Gooks", which translated means "Two Books". In just a few short week our little girl will be two years old...and she can't wait.
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 1:31 PM
Friday, June 26, 2009
On a happier note...
We are looking forward to a great weekend with Grammie and PawPaw Turner, they arrived last night and are spending the day with the girls while Brad and I work our little buns off. My Mom (aka YaYa) flew back to Northfield late last night, she couldn't even say goodbye to Olivia, she was afraid she would cry, so she snuck out while Olivia was napping, so cute huh?
I have to comment on the delicious Crab Cakes that Brad and I had last night from Costco, they are the Phillips Frozen ones, they are FABULOUS. I highly recommend them, Brad had a sandwich and I just ate them plain, both were equally delicious.
Tomorrow Morning we are meeting my work friend Becca at Lewis Ginter so she can photograph Olivia for her 2 year Pictures, I am so excited, we have been planning this for weeks and have had to cancel the last two, so fingers crossed everything works out tomorrow morning.
Tomorrow night Brad and I are going on a date...we are so excited. Dinner at The Hard Shell and then we are going to see The Proposal, which by the way looks hilarious. And I can't wait to see the new Katherine Heigl (sp?) movie that is coming out July 24th. Who am I kidding, the fact that I am going to ONE movie before Avery turns 1 is impressive, I shouldn't push my luck.
People are starting to RSVP to Olivia's Birthday Party - I am so excited for her...she has no idea what is going on, but I hope and pray she has the best day as we celebrate her two years of life.
We are starting on some house projects this weekend...I may have blogged about them before, but the list as of now is:
1) Paint Olivia's Closet Door Punch Color
2) Crown Molding in Avery's Room
3) Crown Molding in Olivia's Room
4) Crown Molding in Master Bedroom
5) Paint the Girls Bathroom
6) Chair Rail in the Formal Living Room
7) Switch out Light/Wall Plates on the Second Floor - this is happening soon, the news ones have just arrived, we are moving from the standard white, to a Satin Nickel, I will take pictures to share with you the progress.
8) Change out Door Knobs to Satin Nickel Egg Shaped Knobs...
That's all for now...have a great weekend.
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 11:52 AM
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I have the sniffs, Olivia has the sniffs, even Riley has the sniffs. Seriously, enough with all the sniffs, its summer, time to be healthy, not deal with the sniffs.
I found out today that I will likely be going to Manila on July 24th for a week, from Friday to Friday. I hate that I am leaving the girls, and I hate that I am giving up a weekend with them, I cherish that time since I work all week. It will take us 24+ hours to get there, but we get to fly Business Class so that helps a little bit. I will likely take some sleeping pills so I can snooze on the plane. And I scheduled my appointment at the Health Center for all the shots I need...YUCK. And I have heard the food is HORRIBLE.
And I happen to love the chemistry between Jada Pinkett Smith and Michael Vartan on HawthoRNe.
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 9:07 PM
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I have to say, I really do enjoy the Kirkland Weight Loss Shakes...I have been hungry, so I can't say they are filling me up, but they are delicious. I only have Chocolate right now, apparently our Costco didn't have Vanilla, so I am going to try GNC or the West End Costco for a Vanilla variety to mix it up now and then, and hopefully the options at GNC allow me to mix in some fruit, that would be yummy. For snacks I have been enjoying raw carrots, (Molly told me that only horses like carrots...I tend to agree, but when you are trying to lose this second person you are carrying around on your waist, hips and behind, you are willing to try almost anything), FiberOne Bars, String Cheese and Fresh Peaches from UKROPS...which are to die for, BTW.
Tomorrow I am heading into the office for the day, so I will drink my Breakfast shake on the way, bring my Lunch Shake with me and likely bring a few snacks so I am not tempted to snack with the quick, easy options on campus.
While I am a BIG fan of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, I don't think I will be able to bring myself to watch More To Love...but for summer shows I am a HUGE fan of Mental and HawthoRNe. If Jada and Michael Vartan(sp?) don't make out, I am going to be furious.
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 8:29 PM
And on a serious note, please send your prayers out to my high school friend Kaisa. Her boyfriend Nick was diagnosed with cancer just a few short weeks ago, he fought with great strength and determination, made great progress and passed away from a heart attack due to a blood clot just yesterday. They were living abroad in Singapore, she will be bringing his body home at the end of the week. Her outlook on life is awe inspiring, her optimism takes my breath away, I wish her nothing but peace at a time like this.
As I type Avery is talking to her Exersaucer toys and begging them to talk back to her. Olivia is hanging out with her YaYa. I took the girls to the Doctor this morning to have Olivia's ears rechecked as she has been running a fever on and off for the last few days, good news is, her ears are clear, bad news is, she is likely just dealing with another cold. I swear, Olivia's health is enough to drink me to drink, I worry about her...she shouldn't have to deal with so much at such a young age, but in the grand scheme of things, I am grateful all she is dealing with is minor ailments...keep your prayers coming for Baby Stellen, he was back in the PICU over the weekend, and will likely be making another trip to Boston for another procedure on his little heart.
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 1:10 PM
Sunday, June 21, 2009
(Olivia telling us "Pretty Hair, Pretty Hair - LaLa's Pretty Hair")
Brad then opened his Father's Day presents...a few shirts, 2 ties, a cycling t-shirt, and some yummy cologne. And about 5 cards, I just couldn't stop with one from each of us...I have a problem, I am obsessed with cards.
Sunday morning Olivia and I took Brad to The Black Sheep for Breakfast, Avery hung out at home with my Mom (God Bless YaYa). Then we rushed home, got everyone ready for a few hours at the Pocahontas Pool, as you can tell, we all had a blast.
(I even allowed a few pictures of myself...from the waist up of course)
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 4:37 PM
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Yesterday at the Doctors Office she rolled from her tummy to her Back and last night she was SOOOOO close to rolling from her back to her tummy, she tries SOOOO hard to get herself over, but her arm gets stuck every time.
And she also started grabbing for toys yesterday...
What a big girl she is...now if she would only start to sleep....last night she went down at 8pm, was up at 11:30pm and again at 4am and then for the day around 7:20am. SERIOUSLY.
And I mentioned to Dr. Shook that as soon as Olivia finished her meds her snots came back, but that they are clear, she is wondering if Olivia might be allergic to Riley, I really hope not, but just to be safe we are giving her some allergy meds on a daily basis.
Brad is out of town again for work...he takes over the Northern Virginia territory on July 1st, so I am guessing the travel situation is only going to intensify, so I better just get used to it.
There is a chance I might be traveling to Manila for work in July, I would leave on a Friday and get home the following Friday. I can't say I am looking forward to it, but its a must, my new role requires me to visit a few times a year, as I am now own one of our sales driven call centers there.
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 8:59 PM
And....Molly found out that the little bean in her stomach is a sweet little girl. Margaret Campbell Harris is expected on or around November 3rd. I am thrilled that my girls will have two close friends just across the street, poor Zack is going to be surrounded by all girls...
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 8:57 PM
Saturday, June 13, 2009
(Olivia getting her medal at the Ribbon Graduation Ceremony, we had to recreate the moment because my camera was on the wrong setting the first go-round)
(Picture of Dadda and Olivia having Dinner together on Wednesday Night after Brad arrived home from a few days on the road)
And on to the next find...which might even top the kitchen, but I will let you decide. The Jumbo Kettrike from Kettler. Zack (aka Zackie) has a Kettler Trike and Olivia loves it, Zack however, hates it, unless of course Olivia wants to ride on it, and then he falls madly in love with it so that she has to get off, so we figured it was about time she had one of her own. So I have spent MONTHS researching which one would be right for her, seriously folks, check out their website, its a bit much, the "Compare" chart sent me to the wine fridge for a full bottle one night, I just couldn't determine which features were must haves vs. nice to haves, so I started to search on Craigs List for them a few months back and never really found any local...I take that back, I found one but it was still listed for close to $200, which is close to their "new" price, but after I found the kitchen on Thursday I decided to give it another try and TA-DA, we found a perfect trike, and guess what...it has a second seat connector, it will be perfect for Avery this Fall, we can strap her in and Olivia can take her for a ride through the neighborhood.
And the third find...a cheapo Fisher Price Big Wheel. While Olivia likely won't fall madly in love with this, however, she will likely make me eat my words, they usually like the $4 toy, rather than the nice ones, we got this so that when she has friends over, yes, I am already planning for when she has friends over, I love to think about her inviting her friends over to play, they will have something to ride on, I don't want anyone to feel left out.
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 9:03 PM
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I just can't stop planning, I am a crazy planner, who sends out invites to a children's birthday party 2 months in advance, oh yeah, that would be me. I can't wait. I already have it all planned out, nothing fancy, but I hope she has a blast.
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 2:37 PM
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 2:35 PM
1) Get Camera lessons from my work friends who are amazingly talented.
2) Utilize my Mommy Friends who are great behind the camera for tips and tricks
3) Read Blogs and do research online for pointers
And maybe, just maybe I will sign up for a class, I don't know if I have time for that, but I would love to give it a try.
Now maybe I will stop spending my dollars and cents on decorations for the house and clothing for the girls, that is my current hobby, but it sucks the life out of my wallet.
This weekend we are taking the girls to Maymont and my work friend Rebecca is going to photograph Olivia for her 2nd Birthday and give me pointers along the way. I cannot wait.
Speaking of photographs, I get to pick up Avery's 3 Month Photos tomorrow, I am pumped.
Brad is out of town again this week, but he will be back tomorrow night late. A quick update on what I like to call Leigh's CraigsList Business...you all know the car has sold (check), and last night I sold our cafe style dining room table (check), now if we could only see the modern metal slat sleigh bed.
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 2:27 PM
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
As I type I am watching Pearl Harbor and I have goose bumps, it was the closest I could get to remembering D-Day, even though its not all that close.
Olivia enjoyed the Little Gym this morning with Dadda and then the two of them ran errands together, I just smile thinking about them spending some time together just the two of them, adorable! Next week is her Little Gym Graduation. We are going to take a break from the Little Gym, while Olivia loves it, we are going to give it a rest for the summer and might join for the Fall Semester, but that is still TBD.
Rob Ragsdale and his wife Gretchen are coming down this afternoon to spend the night with us. We are looking forward to it, we haven't seen them since their wedding in August. And then tomorrow we are hoping to get together with the Tillar Family for dinner, Olivia and Anna have only seen each other twice in the last 6 months, sad isn't it?
It's Official - we sold the TL. A nice young, local couple bought it and picked it up yesterday. I was sad to see it go...
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 1:55 PM
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Tonight we are going to Amy's for Cereal and Margarita Night, can't wait. Amy will spoil Avery with cuddle time while Olivia plays with Isabelle and Lily (Lauren's Little Ones), and I will kick back with some Capt'n Crunch and a delicious Margarita. Sounds like heaven right? Brad will be home late late tonight, so you know what that means? He is on RILEY DUTY all night long. You bet your bottom dollar that I am NOT getting up with that dog tonight.
Have you all seen the movie Waitress? With Keri Russell? Strange movie, but I can relate to tuning the whole world out the moment you hold your sweet baby for the first time.
And Bride Wars - great movie, I cried my eyes out, makes you realize just how important friendship is.
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 9:57 AM