Thursday, December 20
Tomorrow is my last day of work...at least professional work.
For some reason I am full of emotion and I have a feeling that I will cry as I leave the day care with her, similar to the way I cried when I first walked in. I guess that I'm somewhat nervous about my new role of stay at home mom. I know that I really want to take this route, but I also know that it will take a lot work to be the kind of mom and home maker that I want to be.
I guess only time will tell...
Monday, December 10
Tuesday, November 13
Speaking of my two month old, Olivia has made me so proud this week...
Yesterday, she took a bottle for the very first time (she even took it from me)! I was really nervous about trying one out for some reason and lots of people told (or warned) me that she might reject a bottle from me because she wants the "real thing". But, she did just fine and took a nice nap on her Daddy's chest afterward. We'll see how she does again today.
Last night she was a little bit fussy when I put her to bed so I was worried that she was going to wake up a lot during the night and I was particularly tired last night. Well, it was the complete opposite. I laid her in her bassinet at 10pm and the little angel didn't wake up until 4am to eat. AWESOME! Six whole hours of non-stop zzzz's for me! It gets better...after I fed her and changed her diaper she went back to sleep until 8am.
Today, for some strange reason (maybe the good night's rest) I decided to go to the grocery store with Olivia. No, I haven't been to the grocery store by myself with her since she was born. I've been to lots of other stores, but most of them have dressing rooms where I can feed her and I'm not having to shop for perishable goods. Anyway, she didn't make a peep the whole time I was there. It was a great trip all around. The store wasn't crowded, the shelves were fully stocked and Olivia snoozed the whole time.
Thursday, November 8
Sunday, October 28
Olivia is growing so quickly! I'm not sure how much she weighs but I know she is growing at a pretty rapid pace. She is already outgrowing some clothes, which I did not expect to happen so soon and is wearing a size 1 diaper instead of the newborn size. Time has really flown by and I can't believe that she is already 6 weeks old. It has been a whirlwind of a journey so far.
She is a really good baby and for me to complain would be plain selfishness. For the first 3 or 4 weeks I didn't have the courage to get out of the house much. I basically stayed inside the house and only went out when Koby could come with us. Now, Olivia and I paint the town every day!! No, not really, but we do get out pretty much everyday. I've learned that dressing rooms make excellent places to nurse her and that she is quite fond of her stroller, so long as it is in motion!
Koby is head over heels in love with his little girl. When he comes home from work the first thing he does is rush right over to her to hold her close. She loves to look at him and rest on his chest. I'm really blessed that he is so helpful and patient and there's nothing more precious than seeing the two of them together!
I'm doing great. Recovery from labor was not as bad as I thought it would be. Except for the extra weight I'm still toting around (and the lack of sleep) I pretty much feel like my normal self. I will be able to stay at home with Olivia until December 3rd. I wish I could stay with her for a lot longer...she's growing, but she's still so little. For the month of December I am going to work 1/2 days and then I'll go back full time after the Christmas holidays.
She is just beginning to give us some "real" smiles and I happened to coax one out of her after she woke up from a nap. Her mouth is stained purple from the medicine she is taking right now... Thanks for all the phone calls, e-mails and prayers we've received over the last several weeks! We really appreciate everything! I will try much harder to update more often. I'll set a realistic goal...at least one post a week, WITH pictures!
What I'm ExCiTeD about...
THANKSGIVING!!! We will be going to Abilene to see our parents and to see Irene, Philip and the kids. It has been since late July since I've seen them and that is incredibly too long! We are also having a "meet baby Olivia" shower at ACU. I can't wait!!
Wednesday, September 19
Wednesday, September 12
Tuesday, September 11
Saturday, September 8
Last night I was finishing packing my bag for the hospital and the checklist I was using suggested packing some CD's or music that might help me relax or stay calm during labor. We keep all our music on the computer so I opened up Media Player to create a playlist. Anyway, I guess since my mind was focused on giving birth and all that good stuff quite a few song titles struck me as funny. Here are just few...
- "Push"- Matchbox 20
- "Take it to the Limit"- The Eagles
- "Vasoline"- Stone Temple Pilots
- "I Will Survive"- Cake
- "What's Your Mama's Name?"- Tanya Tucker
- "Hold My Hand"- Hootie and the Blowfish
- "Papa Don't Preach"- Madonna
- "Help!"- the Beatles
- "Don't Do Me Like That"- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
- "Counting the Days"- Collective Soul
- "Harder to Breathe"- Maroon 5
- "Lay Your Hands on Me"- Bon Jovi
- "Something in the Way"- Nirvana
- "Man! I Feel Like a Woman"- Shania Twain
Wednesday, September 5
(So I made a slide show to insert here and it is not working for whatever reason and I've lost my patience so I will try again later...)
I guess we had a pretty good weekend. I've been trying to rest up and take it easy. A&M didn't have Labor Day off, but I ended up not going in anyway. I had a really rough night on Sunday night so I slept in on Monday and then figured I might as well stay home for the rest of the day. Koby came home at lunch and we ate and went to the movies. We saw the Bourne Ultimatum with Matt Damon and some other people...pretty much I just remember Matt Damon! Haha, just kidding! Anyway, it was a pretty good movie, intense, but good.
Tuesday, August 28
Monday, August 20
I've got to say that I think I've had my fill of pregnancy. I really miss the second trimester. If you are reading this and just found out you are pregnant, trust me, the second trimester is HEAVENLY! I really shouldn't complain though. It's been fairly easy. It's just that lately it has been really hot outside and I'm starting to swell...big time. The only shoes I can wear are flip flops so I have a brown pair and a black pair that I wear with my work clothes! It's quite a sight!
Thursday, August 16
Thursday, August 9
In an attempt to catch up on the almost two weeks that I've been MIA I made another slide show of just a few pictures.
I think I mentioned that Koby's co-workers gave us a baby shower a couple of weeks ago. It was really nice and pretty relaxing as far as showers go. We sat around, ate burgers and cake and just had a good time.
For our anniversary Koby had Angela bake a cake and he also gave me a gift certificate to the Boardwalk Spa. The cake was really good and the gift certificate was heavenly. Caren and I went together and got manicures and hour-long massages. I was so incredibly relaxed for the rest of the day. If you are pregnant (or even if you are not) I highly recommend getting a message!
We've had a lot of company lately...my mom stayed with us for about a week after she got back from Delaware...my dad and Jason and Caren came in Friday night and Glenda (Koby's mom) and Stephanie (Koby's sister) came in on Sunday. They all came for the baby shower at the church on Sunday night. It was a lot of fun and baby Olivia got quite a few gifts. It was a huge blessing!
Last night we went to a breastfeeding class taught by St. Joseph's hospital. Even though I've been around breastfeeding on and off for the last 8 years of my life (thanks Irene!!) it was still really helpful to hear all about it. I'm not as intimidated as I was before and I'm looking forward to a pleasant experience. We go to our childbirth class ALL DAY on Saturday. We'll be there from 8:45am-5:30pm. There goes my only day to sleep in, but hopefully it will be worth the time. After this weekend we don't have any plans except to stay home, rest and prepare for Olivia's arrival. The nursery is not even close to being ready so I've got some work to do. I also need to get the baby book started and make sure I have all the things for the hospital bag. Yikes!! I can't believe I'm already close to that point.
Enjoy the slide show!
What I'm ExCiTeD about...
Every day that goes by means that I'm one day closer to meeting Olivia, AND one day closer to cooler weather!!
Sunday, July 29
Today we celebrated 7 years of marriage!! The years have literally flown by and we have had such wonderful blessings come our way, especially within the past year. This might be a little bit cheesy but I decided to list 7 things that I love about Koby.
1. I love how Koby can fix just about anything. It doesn't matter if its his Jeep, the toilet, outdoor sensor lights or my curling iron. He doesn't shy away from anything and will always devote at least a couple of hours before even entertaining the thought that outside help might be needed!
2. He is just as much as an animal lover as I am. Plus, he's taught me to appreciate bugs and insects and I think it's super cute that he'll spend 10 minutes trying to "catch and rescue" a spider instead of killing it!
3. He'll watch "What Not to Wear" on TLC with me!
4. He is respectful towards my parents and family. This is something that I didn't realize was so important until I actually saw it happening. Anybody that is married and has in-laws knows that every family operates differently and just because you marry into that family doesn't mean you will agree with or easily adjust to their ways.
To put is simply, he loves my family, my family loves him and that makes me very happy.
5. He is a VERY hard worker and a VERY dependable person.
6. He doesn't hesitate to do things like laundry, dishes, cooking or cleaning. And the best part is that he really does a good job!
7. Last, but definitely not least...he is tall, dark and handsome! How could I resist?!
Thursday, July 26
A couple of Sunday's ago the church had a "Farewell to the Campbell's" reception after evening services. It was a great success and lots of people and kids came to the parlor for snacks and one "last" time to bid Irene, Philip and the kids farewell. Rosemary enjoyed playing with a cute little girl named Shelby while James did a great job being the photographer and John felt that it was his responsibility to "monitor" the cookie tray! Irene said that he was wired for hours that night...there's no telling how many cookies he ate!
It was really nice that the people he works with (mainly guys)
were willing to join forces and throw us a baby shower! We had a great time and got some wonderful gifts. And the really nice part is that Koby volunteered to write the thank-you notes! How did I get so lucky?!
What I'm ExCiTeD about...
This is a little cheesy but I'm excited that I will be going to a wedding on Saturday and that means...WEDDING CAKE!! Yes, that makes me very excited and we are going to go to a Babies R' Us store. I've been online a million times but I want to visit one in person! :)