O N E – Decorating for Fall
Well, I said that I was going to wait until September 1st to decorate, but I decided to go ahead and knock it out the night before last. It’s not quite finished, but you may have seen my little sneak peek on Instagram Wednesday night. I will share the rest with you later this season. I have to wait until mums and real pumpkins are available before I can totally finish!
T W O – Olivia’s Two and a Half Year Check-up
Olivia had her 2.5 year well visit on Tuesday and it went really well. She is now 36.5 inches (up 1.5 inches in the last 6 months), which is 75th percentile for height, and she is 32 lbs. (only up 2 lbs. in the last 6 months), which is 80th percentile for weight. At her last check-up she was in the 77th percentile for height and 85th for weight, so she is gradually getting smaller for her age. Still not small by any means, but she seems to have reached her plateau.
Jacob was always in the 90th and 95th percentiles early on, and he’s now in the 15th – 20th, so I assume that Olivia will gradually do the same. Apparently we make giant babies that end up being tiny little peanuts when they get older.
Anyway, the doc checked her out, said she looks good, and sent us on our way. She didn’t even need any vaccines this time. Hooray for no shots!
P.S. There are no boo-boos under those Band-Aids… she’s still wearing them for fashion… Nelly strikes again!
T H R E E – A Crib in Our Bedroom Again
No, I’m not preggo if that’s what you’re thinking. Baby fever? Always. Pregnant or trying to get pregnant? No.
Olivia has started waking somewhat frequently during the night these last few weeks, and we can’t figure out why. She’s always been an amazing sleeper… I mean, really, really awesome… we put her down wide awake around 7:30, she falls right to sleep on her own, and then she sleeps through the night without a peep until we come in and get her, usually around 7 AM on weekdays and 8-8:30 AM on weekends. If she wakes during the night crying, we know something is seriously wrong like ear infections or croup or something to that extent. I can only count a handful of times that she’s awakened during the night during the last two years… until now.
These last couple of months have been rough. She will wake up screaming her head off and then when we go in there, she can’t tell us why she’s crying. I’m assuming it’s some kind of night terror or bad dreams, but there’s no way to really know. We soothe her, give her a baby to hug, and tuck her back in, but if we try to leave her she goes berserk. Inevitably, whoever goes in there will be stuck until she falls back asleep, which some nights was taking 2-3 hours. Just terrible.
A couple of weeks ago, after a particularly bad week, B got up with her, and I just told him to go pull out the Pack N Play and set it up in our room. Now every time she cries, one of us will go in there, grab her, grab her baby, and grab her blanket, and carry her back to our room to sleep in the Pack N Play. It’s been working like a charm, but I’m worried that we may be getting ourselves into a really bad habit that may be hard to break one day. At this point, I’m choosing sleep over worrying about future habit-breaking, but if anyone has any advice, I’m all ears!
F O U R – Olivia’s First Dance Class
My friend and co-worker just put her daughter (who is just a few months older than Olivia) in a dance class, and they had a “bring a friend” class yesterday. They asked us if we wanted to join them and I knew that this was a no-brainer. When I asked Olivia if she wanted to go, her eyes just lit up and she said, “Yeeeeaaaahhhh!”
We borrowed the cutest leotard from them since Olivia didn’t have one of her own, and we set out for dance class. When the teacher opened the door, Olivia ran straight in without looking back... no separation anxiety or anything! I was sad because we couldn't watch. They have the room closed off, I'm assuming because kids always act different when they can see their parents. They were in there for an entire hour and we could hear the music bumping outside the door. When it was over, Olivia came running out of the room with a huge smile on her face and she said, "I DANCE!! I DANCE A LOT!!!!" It was so cute. They got smiley face stamps on their arms and lollipops for the road and she talked about it nonstop all the way home. I guess we'll be putting her in dance in the near future. Which also means I need to practice my topknots, because, clearly, I need help.
F I V E – The Gym
Still loving it! I have about 30 minutes for my actual workout since I go on my lunch break and I have to have time to change and freshen up before going back to work. I always walk on the treadmill and I’ve been walking about 3.5 miles per hour (which is pretty much me walking as fast as I can walk without running) on an incline. I started on an incline of 3 the first day, and I’ve been gradually increasing it so I’m now up to a 5. Doing the 3.5 MPH on an incline of 5 for 30 minutes gets me to almost 2 miles and it burns over 200 calories. Not too shabby for a lunchbreak workout.
I plan on gradually increasing the incline and eventually I’ll probably increase the speed and start running. I used to run cross country (when I was much younger) so I may try to get back into it!
Well friends, happy college football kickoff weekend (to those of you who care)… I know I do!! GO DAWGS!
*Linking up with A Liz Adventures and Carolina Charm for Five on Friday, A Little Bit of Everything for Friday Favorites, September Farm and The Farmer's Wife for Oh Hey, Friday, Meet @ the Barre for Friday Favorites, Cup of Tea for High Five for Friday, and Our Pretty Little Girls for Rewind Friday!