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Just a little update

I write great blog posts in my head, but I seem to have a hard time getting them recorded on here. There are just a few things I want to remember about life lately.

- Olivia weighs 9 pounds 10 ounces and is 21.5 inches long. She had all of her six month shots a few weeks ago and was a bit out of sorts for a couple of days. Lots of snuggles, a few Tylenol doses, and she was back to normal.

-At her six month appointment her doctor was very pleased with how she's doing developmentally. She's kicking, rolling over, scooting, tracking objects and people, eating well, sucking on her hands, holding and batting toys, and holding her head up. His goal is for preemies to be caught up weight wise by two years. He said at the rate she is going she will be caught up by 15 months. She is growing and thriving! Thank you, Lord!

- Her doctor gave us the OK to stop giving her the neosure formula so she is breastfeeding or getting breastmilk in a bottle (dad likes to feed her a bottle before bed). I'm seeing her feisty side come out here and there through this transition as she's figured out drinking from a bottle is much less work. Sigh.

- She is smiling more than ever. On Sunday while we were driving home from church she let out the biggest little laugh. She was looking at herself in the mirror and got quite a big kick out of something.

- She's definitely not a sleepy newborn anymore. She's been pretty fussy in the evenings for the past week or so. Her new favorite pastime is fighting sleep during the day. She's forming preferences and lets us know it! All that said, she's still a sweet, happy, laid back, easy baby the majority of the time.

- She is wearing size one diapers and most 0-3 month clothes fit her. Her little feet are still too small for size 1 infant shoes - she might take after her Pawpaw and Auntie El in the small foot department. ;)

- She loves to go on walks and is very interested in the world around her. She's very serious when she's trying to take everything in.

- She is especially happy in the mornings. She loves naked playtime on her quilt. On the weekends I bring her into our bed and let her kick around (with clothes on) while Reid and I play with her.

- She is getting into a better routine. I'm trying to be more consistent but this past week was kinda thrown off (for good reason) with lots of visitors. More on that in another post.

Olivia,
I love that your little personality is starting to show itself more everyday! Even during those fussy days I find myself thankful for the crying. You are nothing short of a miracle, sweet girl. You have my whole heart and I love you fiercely.
Love,
Mommy








































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  1. Glad to hear she's doing so well! She has the biggest eyes and longest eyelashes!!

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  2. She is beautiful and I love your every pic of her!

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