Sunday, January 27, 2013

7 Month Olivia!

Our little girl is getting so big!!

7 Months Old Today!!!
Being a sitter means she gets to enjoy baths in the "big girl" tub.  Sister bath time is sooo much fun for them both!

Cosmo loves Olivia.  The minute you put her on the floor Cosmo comes over and rubs against her.  Olivia loves to pet him and only occasionally gets a mouthful of fur!

Green pea goatee! Solid foods are going great, and she loves to eat.  So far she has tried avocado, squash, sweet potato, peas, pear, banana, mango, applesauce and oatmeal.

She took her first train ride at the park.  She saw something in this distance which was much more interesting than smiling for the camera!

Look who has two shiny new chompers!
She's still a bit uncertain about this tooth thing and spent a good week running her tongue back and forth across them.  I think she has finally adjusted to having them in her mouth.

Hahaha!  I love to laugh!
Madeline knows how to get these huge belly laughs out of her.  Olivia thinks she is the funniest big sister ever!

Aren't I just adorable?

Sunday, January 6, 2013

6 Month Stats

Olivia had her 6 month check up on Friday.  She's dropped in her percentages quite a bit but the doctor isn't super concerned.  We'll go back for her 2nd flu shot in a month and they will do another weight check then to see where she is.

For 6 months:
Height: 26in (56%)
Weight: 15lbs 8oz (36%)
FOC: 17in

Just for comparison, here are Madeline's 6 month stats:
weight: 12 lb 15 oz
height: 26 in
FOC: 16.25
I think this was the month that Madeline fell off of the weight charts, and she's turned into a super healthy 3 year old, so I'll try not to get too worried about Olivia!

She did alright with all of her shots on Friday, but yesterday she was a bit under the weather and had a low grade fever.  It's never fun to have a sick little one, but I did enjoy all the extra cuddles yesterday.  She was perfectly content to just be held while resting her head on my shoulder. 

She also has her first tooth popping through.  We can now see and feel the sharp little edges and she is gumming everything like crazy.  I tried to get a picture, but she didn't really think that was a good idea!  I'll try again when it actually looks like a tooth :)

Friday, January 4, 2013

Winter fun in snowy MT

Here are some pictures to document our fun in MT.  Madeline had a blast playing in the snow and Olivia was quite content to stay warm inside.

Grandma Fun Time:

Grandma had a few fun activities planned for Madeline to pass the time indoors.  They made an awesome gingerbread house together.

All smiles with the finished product.  Only a "few" marshmallows were consumed during the creation of the house!
Olivia got her fair share of Grandma fun time, too!
Madeline loved her "cutting book" she received for Christmas.  She and Grandma did a number of the crafts together.  Madeline is a mean machine with scissors!

Madeline's Farm Chores:

Madeline was Grandpa's extra hand around the farm.  She loved feeding the llamas each day.  I think this was partly due to the fact that she got to bundle up in her completely pink snow getup!
She also got put to work hauling in the firewood, but she didn't complain!

Snow Fun:

This was really the first time that Madeline was able to enjoy the snow.  The last time we were in MT in the winter she was only 18 months and just tolerated being outside.  This time she had a blast and couldn't get enough of the snow.

All bundled up and ready to go!

This is Olivia's bundled look!  She didn't spend much time outdoors as it was just too cold for her!  Next time!!
This is her "Hollywood" look
Mommy and Madeline
This is the life!

"Are you coming?"
Enjoying a mega MT popsicle
"Faster, Daddy, faster!"
"Faster, Grandpa, faster!"
All smiles
The wintery road back to the cabin
Olivia got to experience her first snow.  Brian loves this picture and the following sequence.  He gives them the following captions..."I saw a Yeti and it was this big"
"Yeah, I'm serious I really did"
"Haha, you fell for that.  I was just kidding!!"

It's Playtime:

There was plenty of time to enjoy playing with family and new toys.  
Making music with Grandpa
Super happy girl!
I love my new winkel toy!
Snuggle time with daddy
Computer time with Grandma
Olivia tries out the hauling capacity of the new dump truck
Bryant takes his turn checking out the new truck
Playing with the new Christmas toys
Olivia spends some time with her favorite Sophi at the cabin
Staying warm inside the cabin
Olivia made sure to schedule plenty of naps into her packed schedule!

Grandpa's Branding Party:

Grandpa made this rocking horse for me when I was just a wee little one, branded with the rocking H symbol.  He surprised us on Madeline's 2nd Christmas, when he refurbished the horse and added the flying M brand.  It is now tradition that each new grandchild will receive their special brand on Grandpa's rocking horse.  We held a branding party to inaugurate Olivia and Bryant into the rocking horse club.
Designing the brands...we each got one vote
Grandpa branding Olivia's O bar C
I think she approves
Bryant showing off his diamond B brand

Ice Fishing:

Madeline was initiated into the sport of ice fishing.  Brian found a pink pole at a quick gas station stop and this pole turned out to be the "trout slayer" as he called it. 
A picturesque setting for the ice house
All smiles and not cold yet!
Waiting to catch the big one!
Nice and toasty inside Grandpa's ice shack
I'd call that a pretty successful day of ice fishing.  The fish on the bottom was the first one Madeline

Beautiful Winter Scenery:

A big part of me really misses winter in MT.  I get nostalgic seeing all the snow and the winter scenery is breathtaking.  The snow glistening in the sun, the way the snowflakes darken the sky, the silence of it all.  Luckily I was able to get my fill of some beautiful scenery during our visit.  Here are some of my favorite shots...

Grandpa knew just where to look to find these mountain sheep.  It was fun, as they were close enough to the road for Madeline to get a good look.