Thursday, December 9, 2010

Life with Olivia at 5 months

Olivia is now 5 months old. Time continues to pass quickly. Yet, somehow, it feels like she has been in our family for much longer. It's becoming easier for me to fathom leaving the house with both kids by myself. We are still in the stage where we have to pack up the diaper bag with all the necessities. It's even more work now that the weather is cold. Big coats, hats, and mittens are required. But before I know it, the hats will come off and I will be back to just tucking a couple of diapers and a little baggie of wipes into my purse. I will be yelling at the kids to stop fighting in the back seat. So, for now, we enjoy our little peanut girl as a 5 month old.

She has gotten so much stronger. We have added an exersaucer and a Baby Jumperoo to the living room. Nothing like huge pieces of baby paraphernalia to give your home that extra something! Do you remember that post I wrote when we first moved here, about The Pottery Barn colliding with Toys R Us? What a joke! It's just crazytown here. And really, no amount of wicker baskets can save us! I do my best to keep things tidy, but to be honest, I don't even care anymore. I just want my kids to be happy and not crying. So, bounce away little girl! It's nice that she has things to entertain herself. And I have my Real Simple magazine to escape to... an organized world that seems very far away at the moment.

Over the last month, not much has changed with Liv. She continues to smile a lot and her giggles are more frequent. Gavin loves to make her laugh. It's nice that he loves her so much. When she cries, he says, "It's ok, Yidia. You're alright." It's so funny that he pronounces her name, "Yidia." I love to pick out funky outfits for her and give her a little style. Adam likes to tell her about how he intends to make her a tomboy. She is really cute with Adam, kind of flirty. When he smiles at her, she smiles but looks away really quickly, burying her face in my shoulder.

She now weighs 16 pounds and is getting all chunky. I like it when babies have a little bulk to them. She seems a lot less breakable now. I can carry her around on my hip, which makes things a little easier. Her sleeping patterns continue to be ridiculous and I don't see much point in discussing them. It is what it is. I know that she will give me 8 hours of sleep someday... when, I really don't know.

We are really looking forward to our trip home later this month. Can't wait to introduce her to family and friends. Until then, here are a couple of pictures.
Dressed up for a Thanksgiving party with friends

This rice cereal is still gross, even if you did add applesauce to it!


Hillary said...

She is so ridiculous cute, and Jen, I cannot get over how AWESOME you look. You are a real inspiration to me to get my body back after I have this baby!!

laura said...

Just love the updates on little Olivia!

She is such a cutie!

And I agree with Hillary, looking great these days, Jen!

Eileen said...

just love your post today--well, they're always great! those pics of little cutie pie are so to last one is my favorite of todays. cannot wait to get my hands on her and all of you in a couple weeks!!

Emily said...

I'm so proud of you for reaching the point of not caring that your house is not magazine perfect! Great pictures, she's such a doll!

and yeah, you're super hot!

Dielle said...

She's so dang cute! I can't wait to snuggle her!

Michele said...

Love the Baby Clutter. We gave up on entertaining in our house... and if we did... it all went downstairs. Also love your "I don't care" attitude. When the kids are out of the house, you will have all the time in the world to make it Crate n' Barrel PERFECT. :-) Can't get over how happy Olivia seems. Fun times!! Just remember these precious moments when she starts back-talking ya at the age of 7.

Jenny said...

Thanks for all the compliments! It was way easier to lose weight with Olivia. You see, with 2 kids, you get very little time to sit down. "Get me crackers" "I want more milk" It's an amazing workout, motherhood!