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Our Gerber Baby

About a month or so ago, we entered Olivia in a Gerber baby contest to win $50,000 and a national ad campaign or runner up prizes (that are not too shabby) of a $10,000 college scholarship.  But, in order to get her to the next round we need your votes!
You can vote everyday until September 24th at the link below.  Pretty please vote for our girl!  If you don’t have Facebook, I’m not sure if the link will get you there, but I guess a better question is “Why don’t you have Facebook?”  Weird.  😉

Thanks in advance for helping our girl and her pretty face to the next round!  We’ll keep you posted!



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Wow, I haven’t posted in a month.  A lot has been going on so let’s see if I can get you caught up!

In July we went to the lake for the annual Summer vacation!  This year was a bit different because we weren’t there with Andy, Tierney and Hayden (a first!).  Because our schedules didn’t work out, we invited the Swenson’s to join us for a few days.  We all had a blast to say the least.  Here are a few of my favorite pics!

Olivia loved the water!

snuggles with daddy

swinging at the park

Grandma and O having a bottle

Olivia trying some watermelon

Olivia and Giuliana hangin in their chairs

Downey’s and Swenson’s

Admiring her new boat!

photoshoot in the crissy!

Dad and I sailing the Olivia!

It’s hard to pick just a few to share!  We took over 500 pics while we were there and needless to say we had a great time.  Can’t wait for Christmas when we head back!

Next up, Olivia turned 7 months but I failed and didn’t get a picture until a week before she turned 8 months…OOPS!

Mid August we went out to Orange County for the annual reunion with PJ’s USD buddies and their wives/kids.  Really I’m starting to think that it’s a reunion for the wives more than the guys.  We all get along so well and have so much fun together.  Here’s a few pics…

Olivia’s first time at the beach. She ended up with a mouth full of sand…ugh.

her first wheels

Olivia had so much fun playing with Cali!

The dudes

The ladies!


Then Olivia turned 8 months!!


It’s been a great Summer but I for one am ready for FALL!  It’s been so warm here and it will be nice when it cools down (we’re getting a taste of it today).

Next up:  Andy and Tierney’s wedding at the end of the month!  We’re excited to see them get married and visit Telluride!  Hope you all are well!  I promise to try harder to update the blog more often.
















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Well, we did it. We survived our very first plane ride and lived to tell about it! The little peanut was a dream on the way out. I’m not going to lie though, it wasn’t easy, but it was totally doable. I won’t go into the long and boring about it, but she passed out after housing her bottle and slept for all 2 1/2 hours of our flight. She woke up right as we landed

We couldn’t get off the plane fast enough to meet Grandma in the airport!


That monster bag is the car seat. It was all I could do to hang on to Olivia and keep everything from falling all over the place. Thank god PJ will be with us on our next flight excursion (to Auntie Holly and Uncle Taylor’s Wedding!!!!!!).

Once we got to the lake, we just hung out. It was wonderful to have so much time with my parents and for them to get a real taste of what life is like with Olivia these days. She was a bit fussy at times and gave us hell multiple nights in a row trying to get her to sleep but all in all, she did great and had so much fun with Grandma and Grandpa. Here are a bunch of pictures from our trip! Enjoy!


we went down to the water as soon as we got there! Olivia wasn't sure what to think


Grandma with her sweetie



lots of smiles for Grandpa!

Olivia's super cool bouncy seat!

We took naps


and went for airplane rides



and napped in the big green chair



played with the cool blanket from the Sparks


and bounced her and bounced her and bounced her until we had...

And finally, we had a couple of very special moments on this trip. The first one came through a random conversation that I was having with my mom about when my grandparents (dad’s parents) passed away. Unfortunately the dates of their passing don’t stick out for me because we didn’t have a close relationship with them growing up. My Grandfather passed away in 2004 and it struck my mom that she thought he passed away on January 3rd. The same day of the year that Olivia was born. And after a further look at some documents, she was right. It was a very bittersweet moment for me. This date now holds so much more for me and I’ll now always wonder a little if Grandpa Lake had a little something to do with Olivia’s late arrival.

The other special moment was when my dad told me he was going to name his new sailboat the “Olivia”! In fact, I think he’s thinking he’ll name it the O”liv”ia. So cute.

The future O"liv"ia!

I’m flattered beyond words. Naming a boat is a big deal and so is your first grandchild so I suppose it’s a perfect fit! She’s gonna be sailing circles around him sooner than he knows 😉

And the last very special moment had to do with my rocking chair. My grandparents passed this rocking chair down to me after my grandpa refinished and restrung it. It was given to my Grandma Lake from her father (I’m now questioning if this is correct) and then passed on to me. It was in Denver when my parents lived here but when they moved, it eventually made it’s way back up there. I always knew that my first child would receive this chair and now she’s finally here and is big enough to sit in it on her own.


excuse the drooly shirt



It was an amazing trip and I cannot wait for our trip back up there at the end of July. She’ll be almost 8 months at that point and there will be a whole bunch of new things to try out. Mainly…the water!!

Thanks to all of you who gave encouraging words of support and advice for the air travel. It’s good to know I can do it on my own.

Next up: Back to work! EEEEEKKK! I cannot believe that my maternity leave is nearly its end. I head back on Wednesday. It’s going to be tough, but I’m doing good (ask me that on Wed. morning). Going back is something that has to be done (damn you Mega Millions) so I have to have a good attitude. I’m looking forward to having some adult time and challenging my brain again, but I will miss my little peanut so dang much every day.

I’ll keep you posted…

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The little Miss and I are headed to Michigan tomorrow to visit my parents and we’re REALLY excited to say the least!  I do have to say that I’m nervous and anxious about the big travel day mostly because PJ isn’t going with us.  This means I’ll be schleping all our stuff around by myself.  Once I get on the plane, I’ll feel better even though she could melt down.  I’m hopeful my little traveler will give me a whole lot of this

and none of this

While I’m at the lake, PJ won’t be twiddling his thumbs waiting for our return.  He’s headed to Lost Wages Las Vegas for a bachelor party.  It’s actually part of the reason I’m headed out of town.  It was a great opportunity to go see my folks and have a little extra help with Olivia while he’s gone.

Wish us luck!

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On a Roll

Miss Olivia is 9 weeks old today!  She’s doing very well and has had quite a week!  As of last Monday, she has slept through the night without interruption!  This is amazing for all of us and I’m glad it has continued for so long!

Yesterday Miss O had her 2 month check up which came with shots.  I was trying to prepare her all day that she was going to get some “ouchies” but this is all she had for me

You're crazy mom

I'll be fine!

When are we leaving? I'm busy with my doggy friend

So we loaded up and took off to the park to meet Penelope and Shelley for a walk in the beautiful weather!

After a loop of the park, we headed to the Drs office for the dreaded appointment.

Turns out, Miss Olivia had a big event in store for us.  The Dr. put her on her tummy to check her back and of course she pulled her head up to get a look around.  The Dr. was impressed by her strength and said she would roll over much sooner than they anticipated (I think she said 3 months is average).  So, so positioned O’s arms so her hands were under her shoulders, and low and behold, a few minutes later, she rolled herself over!!!  I’m so glad that PJ and I were both there to witness it and I’m totally bummed I didn’t have my camera out to capture it.  Who knew our girl was such a prodigy.  HA!

So after we cheered and celebrated with her, the dreaded shots were sent in.  She had to get 3 shots and one oral but she did great.  It was not without some serious screaming, but as soon as I picked her up, she stopped.  What a trooper.

We’re still struggling with the spit up issues, but I think it’s getting a little better.  I’ve been removing dairy from my diet, so she suggested I continue for another week and see if it continues to improve.  If not, then we’ll just wait it out and she’ll eventually outgrow it.  Her weight gain is ok, but not great.  No alarms sounding yet, but I’m hopeful that each day she can keep a bit more food down so we can get her plumped up.

Here are her stats from the appointment:

Height:  23 inches
Weight:  10 lbs. 3.9 oz.
Head Circ:  15.35 inches

Here are a few other pictures from the past week for those of you who “can’t get enough”.  Have a great week!

starting to get too long for her sleeper cushion

loves being naked!

thanks for the close up dad!

Jeffrey the Giraffe and my rings keep me company on the changing table

loving the activity mat!

Have a great rest of your week!

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A big week!

Miss Olivia is officially 7 weeks old and if someone could tell me where the time goes that would be great, thanks.

I have a few great things to report!  The first one is that Olivia slept overnight in her crib for the first time last Friday!  She did great and woke up once in the night to feed.  And then Saturday she didn’t go down until almost midnight, but slept all the way through the night!  That’s her in the background, just waking up.


I was so excited about this!  After, of course,  I got over my panic that she might have stopped breathing in the night.  What 7 week old sleeps through the night!!?  We’re elated and it’s been smooth sailing ever since!  She’s only had one other night when she slept all the way through, but otherwise, she heading to bed around 9:30 and get’s up around 2:30 to feed and then sleeps until about 7am.  I’m thrilled to say the least!

The other big news is that we’ve been working on tummy time.  Trying to keep up with all the developmental things you’re supposed to be doing with your new baby can be overwhelming.  Tummy time is one things I’ve really neglected.  I think it’s because the first time I put her down on her stomach, I thought she was going to suffocate.  And that pretty much put it to the bottom of the list.

But, we tried it again this week and it was great!  Miss O was all smiles and was really working to move her legs.  For a moment, I found myself waiting for her to start crawling and then remembered that she was just 7 weeks old.  She’s amazing, but not that amazing!

She has "party in the back" hair!

And to wrap up the post, I must share the cutest smiles yet this week.  How can you not love this face!?

Happy Friday!  Have a great weekend!


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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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