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The official video

I finally got good video of Olivia rolling over (though not the first time) and wanted to share it with you!  Some of you have seen it, but for the rest of you, enjoy our little peanut.  Now we just have to get her rolling from back to tummy.  She’s close!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7lH3_3U2yc

 

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A good start

The end of my first official week back is nearing completion and I have to say, I’m pretty proud of myself for handling it so well.  There were tears the first day, and intermittent tears throughout the week, but all in all, I’ve been strong and it feels good to be back (though if I won the lottery, I’d be gone).  Putting my mind back to work feels good and it’s nice to get projects completed and contribute my opinion.

This was also the first week with our nanny, and while it’s terrifying to leave your child with a stranger, I think Rachel and Olivia did great!  It will be a constant work of progress as Rachel learns Olivia’s ways and also the ways in which we’ve been raising her thus far.  It’s an adjustment for everyone, but ultimately (and I think I said this before) I think it will be so good for Olivia to be with Rachel in our home for 2 days a week and then with Mimi and Ed for 2 days in their home.  I hope she’ll be more socialized and stronger for it.

 

Over the past weekend we celebrated Olivia’s first Easter with the Downey’s and wouldn’t you know it, my camera died.  I did manage to have PJ take this one before we left the house and it’s by far my favorite thus far.  I only wish PJ was in it with us.

And in other news, we entered Olivia in a casting call for Gap Kids and Baby Gap!  My mom saw it posted on Facebook so we thought we’d go ahead and enter her!  I’ll be back to tell you how you can vote for her starting in May!

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Olivia: 3 months

It’s time once again for the monthly Olivia update!  I’m pretty happy with this months pic, since we actually got her smiling for the camera (I swear she has camera fright).  But before we get to the pictures, a quick update on a few things:

Spit Up:  Still happening but much less than before.  I cannot wait until she’s sitting up on her own which is supposed to help.

Back to work:  I survived the first (short) week!  There were tears the first day and poor Mimi got to see it first hand.  I was all choked up while trying to tell her what was in the diaper bag.  I was a sight I’m sure.  While it was painful to let my baby go, there was so much distraction getting back into the swing of things at work, that it really helped me survive.  The second day, I had no tears which was awesome!  Our nanny will have her Monday and Tuesday next week which will be new since she’s never watched her before, but it will help that I work so close (in case I need to bolt home) and that she’s being watched in our house which is familiar.  Either way, I feel really good about the first week and I have to say it was really nice to be back at work using the adult side of my brain.

Stats: Miss O weighs in at 11.4 lbs and is 24 1/2 inches long.

Week 1

Month 1

Month 2

Month 3 - Happy Girl!

 

And to wrap it up, here are some fun pics from the week!

Morning of the first day back to work

Evening of the first day back to work...pooped!

getting ready for a walk with Nana!

reaching for things and now holding them (briefly)!

her new sandals!

Enjoy your weekend!!

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Back to work

Wow, I cannot believe my baby girl is going to be 3 months tomorrow!  She’s developing so much and learning new things every single day.  I love watching her grow and turn into such a funny little person!  And, as she turns 3 months, it also signals that I’m headed back to work.  Oye vey.  So here’s the plan.  I’ve been advised by many of my working mom friends not to return to work on a Monday.  They suggest going back on a Wednesday or Thursday so you can get your feet wet and not feel totally overwhelmed by a full week.  So, I’m taking their advice and I’m back to work this Wednesday. 

The great news is that I’m only going to be working 4 days a week with Friday’s off.  This is 4, regular 8 hour days, not 4 10’s.  I’m glad we decided on this and that my company was willing to be flexible.  So that being said, we had to find someone to watch Olivia for 4 days. 

Lucky for us, PJ’s folks are nearby and are willing and excited to help out!  They will be watching her 2 days a week and we also hired a nanny (Rachel) to watch her the other 2 days.  I’m really excited about this plan since it gives Olivia experience with several different people throughout the week.  It also get’s her out of our house for 2 of those days at Mimi and Ed’s which I think will be really great for her.  My fingers are crossed that our little plan works well.  I’m breathing easier knowing we have family helping for 2 days and I HOPE HOPE HOPE that Rachel turns out to be a wonderful fit and will stay with us for the long haul.  We’ve already talked to her about coming with us to my brother’s wedding in September, so fingers crossed that I won’t have to seek out another nanny anytime soon.

And how am I feeling about going back you ask?  Well, I’m trying to be as positive as I can about it, but I know it’s going to be tough.

The Positive:

  • I’ll start using my brain again.  I really need to be challenged again and think about things other than changing diapers, feeding and sleeping (though I’ll probably always think about the sleeping). 
  • I’m also looking forward to dictating my day according to what I need to do, exactly when I need to do it (i.e. no more waiting until 2pm to eat lunch). 
  • And I’m also looking forward to more adult interaction.  It can be very isolating being at home for days on end, even when we do get out for errands. 
  • Getting paid!!  WAHOO!  Mama will be contributing again!  I’ve HATED not being paid for 3 months, so I’ll be happy to see that money hit our bank account.

The not so positive:

  • I’m going to miss my little peanut more than words can describe.  Everyone says it gets easier and I know it will, but it’s gonna hurt for a while…no getting around that one.  After spending so much time with her EVERY day, I just can’t imagine not seeing her for a full work day. 
  • Working all day and taking care of the little string bean is going to make for a really long day but I know I can do it…it’s just going to take a little adjustment.  PJ is a great help and thank god we have each other.  I don’t know how single mom’s do it. 
  • When the heck am I going to get to the gym?  PJ goes in the morning so I really thought I would go after work, but I know myself and I’ll want to zip right home to see Olivia.  I’m hoping that if I get to work by 8, I might be able to sneak out around 4:30 and head to the gym for a quick workout.  Otherwise, I guess I can workout during the day, but that’s not really my favorite thing to do.  It’s these logistics that keep me up at night.

There’s always a new twist and turn with this parenting thing.  It certainly keeps us on our toes and so far I think PJ and I have done a great job balancing our new lives.

I’ll be back tomorrow with the monthly picture update!  Olivia also has a quick weight check with the doctors office tomorrow so hopefully we get better news about her growth rate.  The barfing has gotten much better I think so I’m encouraged by what we should hear tomorrow.

Wish us all luck on Wednesday!

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