Olivia's first turkey drawing using an outline of her hand. Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Olivia got her first haircut today! Aunt Connie did a wonderful job and Olivia was very calm and did not even seem to realize what was happening. The top of her hair was long in the middle and it would flop to one side in an odd way. She also had one lone curl on the side. Now her hair is more even, and looks great! It still has length and curl on top.
So, Olivia had her first haircut at 6 months and 18 days old. That is written in her baby book. Yes, we did save her hair!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Our family! Cats and people! Everyone loved!!!!
Olivia counted 2 million kisses today!!!!
That is what being adopted means!
It means you get kissed 2 million times!!!!
(as opposed to the normal 1 million times a day!)
And every newly adopted daughter needs
to take some time to do her studying at her desk!
We are so happy as we bask in the reality that Olivia is our Forever-Daughter!
It has been so very many years in trying to get to this point, that it is all the more amazing of a feeling. Tonight I held her just a bit longer before putting her in her crib for the night as I simply savored the reality that we officially and legally have a daughter. Olivia has been our daughter in our hearts since late February, and we certainly have been BEING her parents. Now it is just official and legal, and it feels awesome! And some would say miracles don't happen! Miracles DO indeed happen! Praise God!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Olivia calmly took her first mouthfuls of cereal today.... and occasionally said this stuff feels odd in my mouth :-)
This was Olivia's first try at eating solid food. Grandma B and Daddy took photos and movies while Mommy tried her best to feed Olivia. We have been getting advice from the Speech Therapist and also information from a DVD from TalkTools. Olivia did not spit the food back out, but let it be in her mouth and tried very calmly to figure out just what to do with it.
It will take a while before Olivia is truly up to speed on eating. But this first try went better than we had expected.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Olivia had her 6 month well baby pediatrician visit today. She is indeed a well baby! Praise God! She is still a healthy baby with Down syndrome! She got one shot. We will see how she does with that. Right now, she finally settled down for a nap.
The official weigh in results:
Weight: 15 lbs 8 oz
Length: 24 1/2 inches
Head Circumference: 16 1/4 inches
This means she is:
40 % for Weight
11 % for length
17 % for head circumference
We are going to retest her thyroid numbers to be on the safe side. She has been sleeping 15 hours total a day. That is good. But then again it could be cause for alarm. So, it is better to be safe than sorry.
Olivia did very well at the doctor. No crying through the exam, nor any crying with the shot. She just focused her eyes on Mommy, and somehow we made it through without a tear. Praise God! Mommy and Daddy get so nervous at these appointments. We do our best not to let Olivia see our anxiousness. I think we do pretty well. We were more relaxed at this appointment than at the last. We just love her so very much!
Thursday it will be Olivia's 6 month birthday! 6 months ago our life changed! It changed in unexpected and marvelous ways! No one could have prepared us for the Ups and Downs of being Olivia's parents! We have been so blessed and feel God's grace has made this all possible. Without the grace of God, things would never be going as well as they are, and we would have never made it through the tough times. There will surely be more tough times as we parent Olivia, and God will be there at those times, too. God is good and merciful and almighty!