I have not had time to blog lately. Life has been a whirlwind of activity. All good I might add!
Getting used to being a family of three, schedule changes, doctor appointments, photo shoots, registering for baby, visitors, phone calls, two baby showers. It is amazing to us....the generosity of all our loved ones and friends has been overwhelming.
We have had two baby showers in the past week. The first one was last Friday given to us by a group of friends. I have to say...it almost seemed unreal. I don't recall how many times I sat at baby showers and dreamed of the day that I would be the "mother". I also don't recall how many times I sat at baby showers and wished that it would go by as quickly as possible. Thinking who would be the next one to have a baby....knowing it wouldn't be me. So, with that being said, it was just so overwhelming. I tried to savor each moment. And then this past week, we had another shower at the school where we work. Again, the generosity was almost too much. We have quite a bit of gear, clothing and other essentials, that I have to add items to the registry for our family baby shower.
Not only have we had two beautiful showers, but students past and present have been sending gifts. Each day Bill comes home with at least two gift bags. While the visitors have slowed down, we have gifts from them as well. It is amazing. And I was expecting to go out and buy most of what we needed! We actually don't know what to do with all of it. Our garage is filling up with strollers, walkers, the basement is filling up with toys, and the clothes.....
Another highlight of our week was a photo session with a co-worker. She did an absolutely beautiful job as you can see from the picture in the header above! Also...she did not charge us. Not only did she give us a gift at our shower, she took beautiful pictures. Today, Bill brought home a DVD with pictures set to music. I sat on the computer and watched it at least 20 times....sobbing through each viewing. Believe it or not, two other people who are photographers have offered their services....for free. We are planning a 3 month picture, and then a 6 month.
On Wednesday we had our first post-placement visit. This one was not required by the state, but by our agency. We had to take Olivia to the office, and spent about half and hour with the social worker. It went very well, and we will be seeing her in our home again in April. On our way home, we stopped at one of our favorite Indian restaurants. I was a little nervous taking Olivia with us, but as usual, she did great. She slept, ate, and then entertained us with her cuteness.
Yesterday, Bill took the day off and we took Olivia to the pediatrician. It was our first time taking her, and I was so excited to see how much she had grown. When she was born she weighed 6 pounds 11 ounces, and was 18 inches long. She is now 9 pounds 8.5 ounces, and 21 inches long! I could tell she had grown quite a bit, as some of her clothes were getting a little snug. It went very well, and she was the happiest little baby. She was smiling during the weight and length measurements....What a sweet little girl.
This weekend we are gearing-up for some friends to visit, and then Olivia will get to meet her other great-grandmother. Hopefully, we will be able to squeeze in a nap, too!