Archive for January, 2012

I think Olivia really had a growth spurt this week.  I spend every moment of the day with her and yet all of a sudden in the past few days, I feel like she’s grown so much!  I find myself just staring at her in amazement that this tiny little person is gaining so much personality. Seeing her in other people’s arms is when I notice it the most (other than when my back is aching during a feeding as I try to keep her as upright as possible.  She looks longer and just bigger overall…it’s nuts.

She’s also much more alert during the day and makes some REALLY cute faces.  Unfortunately I haven’t been super successful thus far at capturing all of them.

Her eyes are getting more and more blue too!  We’re hopeful that they stay blue, but we’ll know for sure after 6 month when they stop changing.

I’m also noticing less of this

And more of this

Olivia is awake more, but is still working out how to be content while she is.  What I mean is that she is either feeding, pooping her pants or wanting to be bounced around the room.  She spends time just looking around, but that doesn’t seem to last too long before she’s ready for a change in scenery.

And the last big change is that we had to say goodbye to a few newborn outfits that just don’t fit our little peanut anymore.  She is getting so long and much bigger overall and those cute outfits are not cutting it.  So now we’re fully into our 3 month clothes which is odd considering she’s only 4 weeks old today!

I also forgot to share a really great set of pictures from a trip to my Aunt Mono’s house last week.  She watches her grand kids Charlie and Coleson once a week, so we thought we’d go over so Olivia had a chance to meet them!

Grandma with all of her GREAT grand kids!

Charlie is such a ham

4 Generations!

Mom and Monica with their grand kids


To wrap up last week we headed down to the Downey’s for dinner and Dunkle (dog uncle) Shamus was so curious about Olivia.  Here he is, waiting for her to wake up

So, another great week, and I hope I don’t jinx it, but the last two nights, Olivia slept for 5 1/2 hours before waking for a feeding!  Wahoo!  Let’s hope that continues!


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We’re still just chugging along here at the Downey household.  Our little peanut is definitely growing!  I mean, obviously, but I’m certainly noticing it more and more just by holding her and looking at her little face.  And all that growing is hard work…

Olivia is in perfect health with the exception of a small blip we’ve been having.  She’s been spitting up a large amount of milk after every feeding and it got to the point that I knew this wasn’t “normal” baby spit up.  I’ve been working to feed her sitting up (her, not me) and then keeping her upright after she feeds.  Nothing was working and right after she finished, we’d be soaked in a puddle of milk…yum.

Yesterday it broke me and I called the doctor to find out if they had any other ideas.  We went in to see the doctor so they could do a check of her stomach and evaluate her further.  After I explained the latest to the doctor, she decided that it would be best to have them do an ultrasound on her stomach.  What they were looking for was to see if her Pyloric muscle was contracted, which won’t allow much food through.  The Pyloric muscle leads from the stomach into the small intestine.  Some children can be born and everything is just fine, but over time that muscle contracts which restricts food through.  Thus the spitting up.

After a visit to Children’s Hospital to have it checked, it came back negative (thank goodness).  I really didn’t want to think about my baby having surgery at 21 days old.  But this also means we don’t have an answer.  We’re now starting her on a liquid heartburn medication to see if this will help settle things down.  She might have acid reflux, which is also common in babies.  The great news is that yesterday we had minimal spit up and today is the same.  I’ve given her the first dose of the medication and fingers crossed, maybe we just had a rough patch of lots of spit up, and all will be well now.  We need Olivia to keep that food down so that she continues to gain weight and stay a happy and healthy baby.

In other news, last night PJ and I had our first “parent’s night out”.  I bought him Avalanche tickets for his birthday back in December, so we had a nice night out just the two of us.  Grandma Lake held down the fort at home with Miss Olivia and they did great!  We were a bit rushed getting out the door to make the start of the game due to Olivia’s doctors appts, and I was pretty pooped during the game (and the Av’s lost), so we told each other we’d do it again soon, but this time try to have time for dinner and do something focused on each other.  It was still really nice to get out of the house but felt weird not to have Olivia with us.

And to wrap it up, here are a smattering of random shots of Olivia this week.  Enjoy!

Hanging in the swing

Her fingers are now making their way into her mouth

waiting for the results at the hospital. Brrr Mom! Cover me up!

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A+ Student

Olivia had her first doctors visit on Wednesday!  PJ and I were both very excited for this appointment, really just to be sure that our baby girl was growing well and to get a little reassurance that we were being good parents in keeping her healthy.

I of course had a bunch of questions, but my biggest concern was centered around how much Olivia spits up.  All baby’s spit up, but there are times when she practically unloads everything she’s just eaten down the front of both of us.  And it happens often.  We’ve been trying all sorts of things, from feeding her sitting up, to propping up her sleeper at night on one end so that she’s at an angle.  My fear was that she might have acid reflux, but at this point, the doctor wasn’t concerned about that since Olivia doesn’t seem to be overly fussy, or appear to be refusing to feed.  What she’s experiencing is normal for some babies and I’ll just have to deal with doing eleventy million loads of laundry a day until her systems develop fully.  Either that or we’re both going to ditch the clothes and just carry around the wipes.  HA!

So here are her stats!

At Birth:
7  lbs. 13 oz.
20 inches long

2 Weeks:
8 lbs. 2 oz. !!
20 1/2 inches long
80th % for Head Circumference (and this is genetic!  She has her Daddy’s head and Mommy’s feet.  Poor thing)
56th % for Height and Weight

WAHOO!!  Our baby girl is growing!  The doctor was very pleased with Olivia and all her great stats!  I couldn’t be happier to hear this, since as a new parent, you consistently question EVERYTHING and wonder if you’re doing it right.  I have lots to learn as a new mom and I will learn it every day, but at least I know she’s gaining weight and appears happy.  She cracks a smile at me every so often and I nearly melt into a puddle each time.

In other news, I’ve been doing everything I can to get out of the house with Olivia as I try and get more and more comfortable with the whole “new baby” thing.  This week my Mom and I went to Crate and Barrel, Ikea and today we hit up Target.  It’s nice to do this with someone else, just in case things go awry.   We also had another lunch date with PJ yesterday at Chipotle.  We sat outside on the patio to take advantage of the gorgeous weather!  It’s nice to get a vitamin D fix as often as I can.

And to wrap up a good week, my Grandma came over for lunch today so she could see Olivia again.  She loves her so much and it’s pretty cool to think about 4 generations of women in the room at the same time!

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Olivia: 2 Weeks Old

Hey Everyone!

While Olivia is doing this

I thought I’d get an update going!  Gotta take these opportunities while I can.  Miss Olivia is 2 weeks old today!  Hardly “old” in my book though.  Everything is going great and besides some serious spitting up, she appears to be healthy and happy. Her 2 week doctors appt is tomorrow so we’ll know more about her weight gain and all of that then.  I’m looking forward to asking a million questions at the appt. and it will be reassuring knowing she’s doing well.

We’ve officially begun to venture out of the house!  Our first official car outing was to meet PJ for lunch at his office!  I was so nervous with her in the car, but she snoozed the whole way to Golden and through lunch too!

Proud Papa!

Asleep all the way through lunch at Pei Wei...few!

It felt so good to get out of the house and join the real world, even if I was so nervous that she was going to wake up and start screaming at any moment.  We also met up with John, Shelley and Penelope (the girls are 3 weeks apart!) for a walk and lunch over the weekend.  The weather was gorgeous so we had to take advantage.

I don’t have a picture at lunch, but it was pretty funny trying to figure out where to go that could accommodate 4 adults and two full sized strollers.  I popped my head into a few places and when I walked into Max’s Gill and Grille and saw wide open tables, I knew I found a winner.  This way we were out of the way and could park our strollers next to the table without causing a scene.  The girls continued to sleep all the way through lunch so that we parents could enjoy a beer!  Shelley and I laughed about getting drunk off one beer since it had been so long.  It felt great to order my own instead of stealing sips from PJ.  Ahhh, to be a grown up!

Later on that night, our Broncos were playing, so we headed over to the Murphy’s to watch the game.  The great part about this outing is that everyone there is a parent.  This means that no one would scoff if Olivia started screaming, or if I had to change a diaper, or feed her in the middle of the room (all of which happened at least 3 times).  Here are a few random shots from the evening.  I’m bummed I didn’t get more!

John with Penelope!

Beautiful Sally Kate! She's getting so big!

Erin with Olivia

Sally Kate loves babies!

Olivia and Penelope...

Olivia wasn't having it

In other news, we tried out the swing this week!  Jury is still out on whether or not Olivia likes it.  She’s a bit small for it still so hopefully she’ll use it more as she get’s bigger.

We also had another bath!  I didn’t get shots of the very first one, but look how cute she is in her ducky towel!

A clean machine!


We introduced Olivia to her first bottle!  WAHOO!  It went so well and now PJ can hop in on some feedings if Mama is away or just needs a nap before she melts down 😉

She sure loves her Daddy.  Look at the way she stares at him!

And just for fun, here are a few more random pics from the week.

Grandma Lake giving Olivia some worldly advice

We visited Nana and Grandpa's house. Look at my cute bow from Nana!

And the shot that makes me laugh the most right now…

PJ mimicking Olivia at bedtime...haha! I love these two!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

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Olivia’s Birth Story

First off, I have to say that I really had high expectations for myself and this little blog of mine.  I thought for sure I’d be able to find time easily to update often after Olivia was born.  Boy was I wrong.  The days fly by and sometimes it’s noon before I say to myself “have I brushed my teeth?”.  So for all of you out there checking in often to see if I’ve posted, I’m sorry that it hasn’t been often enough, but I assure you that I have every intention of blogging if I could just put my little girl down for a nano second and stop snuggling her to death.

On to the birth story.  Many of you have inquired about this day and want to know the details as it appeared to be a long one (which it was).  This all happened on January 3rd and you might recall I was scheduled for an induction for the very next day.  We were so glad labor was starting on it’s own!

4:00 am:  I started having strong contractions so I started timing them and sure enough, they were 4-5 minutes apart.  I called the Kaiser nurse line and they gave me the go ahead to head to the hospital.  I woke PJ and we both showered, not knowing what the day would bring us (and I certainly wasn’t going into labor without shaving my legs!).

6:00 am:  We made it to the hospital without the “hollywood arrival” that PJ was anticipating (think: me screaming and him speeding down the highway).  We checked in and made our way to the labor and delivery triage area where they hooked me up to all sorts of monitors for me and baby.  At this point I was 4 cm dilated and they decided that we were definitely staying to deliver our baby.  Over the course of the next few hours the contractions got stronger and stronger, but I did my best to breath through each one and PJ was at the ready to hold my hand and massage my back as each contractions came and went.  PJ and I had decided that we would try to go natural without pain meds if I could handle it.  We weren’t against an Epidural, but I wanted to see if I could deliver naturally.  More on that in a moment.

9:30 am:  We were finally moved into the labor and delivery suite where our little peanut would be born.  I was thrilled to be up out of bed and able to walk around since the pain was becoming terribly uncomfortable.  We had the exercise ball out, but sitting during a contraction was out of the question so I promptly kicked the ball to the other side of the room.  Did I mention how huge our room was?

About 30 minutes after we got settled into our room, the contractions were so intense that I could hardly breath during them.  Trying to do that “hee, hee, hoo” breathing was more like me yelling “HEE, HEE, OH MY GOD!”.  It was not going well.  I was staring to panic a bit over the pain and at one point was standing on the side of the bed (I had yet to get in it since the contractions were so dang strong, and all I wanted to do was walk around), bent over, and up on my tippy toes trying my hardest to get through a contraction.  It got so painful that I slammed my hand down on the bed and then smacked myself on my forehead without even knowing what I was doing.  At that moment, two nurses were standing at the end of the bed and I said “why the F*&% do people do this without drugs???  Order the epidural!”.  I still remember one of the nurses saying “because they’re stupid”.  Haha.

10:00 am (ish):  The anesthesiologist came in to give the epidural and I was so happy to see him.  I requested it in the nick of time since there were a handful of us ladies who were all at the same point in labor and all decided to have the drugs.  Within about 10 minutes I was feeling no pain and was in bed ready for some relaxation.

11:00 am:  I started having some really sharp pain over my right hip in the back.  I let it go on for a bit and could again sense when I was having a contraction.  They had the anesthesiologist come back in to look at it.  They decided to pull it out just slightly to distribute the medication to the other side of the spine and that appeared to work.  At this point, about 1/2 way down my stomach to my toes was totally numb.  It was such a weird sensation and the strangest part is that I was laying on my side with my legs stretched out in front of me, but I would have told you that my legs were bent upright if I couldn’t see them.  It was such a strange feeling!

12:00 pm:  The pain was back.  The team came back in and decided that it was best to re-do the epidural entirely.  So this meant I had to sit up with my legs hanging over the side of the bed so I could arch my back for them to insert the needle again.  Easier said than done.  I was so numb at this point that I couldn’t even sit myself up to turn my legs to the side of the bed.  Furthermore, I would have fallen off the bed, flat on my face if it weren’t for the two nurses standing in front of me to hold me up.  I was laughing through all of this because I didn’t feel like I was in my own body.  It was so crazy.  Following this final epidural, I was good to go.  PJ and I tried to sleep for a bit, knowing that the hardest part was ahead of us.  Oh, and at each check from the doctor, I was dilating another centimeter and was right on schedule (1 cm. per hour).

4:00 pm:  The doctor came in for another check and sure enough, it was time to push!  I couldn’t believe it was time!  However, I was still so numb that “pushing” was a very difficult concept.  All I felt like I was doing was holding my breath, and according to the nurse, I was right.  It took a while for me to get the concept down, but finally I was getting it and baby was descending.

Over the course of the next couple hours, we tried a few different pushing positions to help the baby make more progress, but she just wasn’t making that final drop.  It turns out that her head was kinked toward one shoulder which wasn’t allowing her to move easily through the birth canal.

6:00 pm:  Our doctor came in and suggested that we try the vacuum to help Olivia down the birth canal.  He was very optimistic this would work and said that because I had already been pushing for 2 hours, that we should really consider it.  PJ and I really didn’t want to have to have any intervention to baby along the way (other than the epidural of course) if we didn’t have to, so we took a moment to discuss it.  The doctor interjected that he could attach the suction to her head and guide her just about an inch or so and then remove it and let me do the rest.  I agreed that this sounded like a good plan and away we went.  On the next set of contractions, they attached the vacuum to her head.  We then waited for the next set of contractions to really start pushing again so the doctor could guide her out.

This was intense.  You somehow find the strength deep down inside to bring your baby into the world, even if you don’t have another ounce of oxygen or strength left.  And alas baby Olivia Erin joined us at 6:32 pm.

They immediately put her under my gown for some mom/baby skin-to-skin contact.  That was quite a bonding moment right away.  She’s crying in this picture, but that only lasted a few moments.  Once she realized it was me, she calmed down and just laid there.  What an angel.

my first bath!

the official weigh in

inking those flippers!

She has her Momma's feet no doubt


And tomorrow our little nugget will be 2 weeks old!  I’ll be back with an update on how we’ve been doing and what we’ve been up to the past week.


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Olivia: 1 week old

Hello from Baby Land!  Wow, I can’t believe how fast the time has gone and that our baby is one week old!  We’re doing great and learning every day about our new life and what this little peanut brings us.

Many of you have been asking about the birth story, so I’ll be posting about that in the coming days.  In the meantime, here are a few pictures from the day we left the hospital to today!

Gearing up to leave the hospital. Someone is a snoozer!

making the walk to the car

getting Olivia all snapped in!

We're home!

all snug in her seat

my Dad wasted no time grabbing is grand daughter to snuggle her (she loves him)

Beautiful flowers from everyone! Thanks!

We’ve had lot’s of visitors stopping by to meet our little peanut.  Here are just a few:

Auntie Lindsey & Ted (though Lindsey wouldn't give her up for a second)

My Aunt Mono!

John, Shelley and Penelope! They are going to be such good friends!

Ben, Chelsey and Hayden! They are also going to be great friends!

We appreciate everyone who has come by and those of you who will be by soon!  We love the support and it’s nice to see familiar faces when you’re cooped up all day long.  And since I had not been outside the house since we got home from the hospital, we decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather today and go for a walk around the neighborhood and down to Ace Hardware for some random necessities.  (Grandpa Lake: we thought you’d love that her first retail experience was to a hardware store!)

Daddy and Olivia!

All snuggly, and ready for her first ride!

PJ looks good behind the new wheels

The walk was amazing and just what the doctor ordered (literally).  The sunshine felt amazing and so did the fresh air.  The next step is to actually hit a busy place like the grocery store or a mall or something.  I’m going to wait a bit though, simply for fear of everyone’s germs…eww.

So here we are, a week after she was born.  Wow, what a week.  We’re trying to get our sleep schedule figured out, but for now, we’re getting sleep and only up every 2 1/2 hours to feed/change.  That may sound awful to some of you, but I feel much better with that then the first few nights home with hours upon hours awake.  It’s going to be a constant work in progress but we’re doing the best we can so far.  Unfortunately PJ heads back to work tomorrow which is going to be really tough for both of us, but we’ll make due.  I’ve already promised him that Olivia and I would come up and join him for lunch on Friday and then at least once every week thereafter.  It’s going to be hard, but someone has to bring home the bacon!

So, I’ll be back in a few days to fill you all in on the long day of labor.  Have a great rest of your week!

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Olivia Erin Downey

She’s here!  Our little peanut graced us with her presence on January 3rd at 6:30 pm.  She’s perfect in every way and we couldn’t be happier to have her here finally!

She weighs in at 7 lbs. 13 oz. and is 20 inches long.  She’s amazing and doing very well.  PJ and I are also doing well after a very long day.  We decided to have her sleep in the nursery between feedings last night and I think it really got us back on our feet quickly.  We felt good today and we enjoyed the visitors we had today.  INCLUDING….MY DAD!  Not sure if you all remember, but my biggest upset about Olivia being so late is that my Dad had to return to Chicago on the 2nd.  Well low and behold, my Dad wasn’t having any of that and surprised us here at the hospital tonight!  He went to his meetings, and then turned right back around and came to see his first grandchild.  Oh, my heart nearly exploded when I saw him see and hold her for the first time.  Thanks Dad for making the journey and for staying until Saturday to get some time in with your granddaughter!

I know some of you are chomping at the bit for more pics so here’s what we have.  Enjoy and get ready for many MANY more posts about Olivia and our new family.  Did I mention that our hearts are full and we are so in love?  We are 🙂

on our way to the hospital

our labor and delivery suite. AWESOME!

our first moments together

first bath!

our first family picture

Grandma Downey!

Grandma Lake!

Grandpa Downey!

Grandpa Lake!

Uncle Andy!

Aunt Tierney!

Uncle Ted!

Aunt Lindsey!



So there you have it for the first day or so with Olivia!  We’ll be back with more pics soon!  We’re heading home tomorrow around 11 ish and are very excited to welcome Olivia into our home.

Big hugs and thanks for all of you who have Facebooked, emailed, texted, or whathaveyou to keep up with us and send your love.  We send it right back to you!  You are all wonderful!  Baby Olivia can’t wait to meet you!


Court & PJ

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