Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Seasons Greetings From Olivia

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Happy Halloween!












Some pics of me and Livvy at Sunset Cliffs:



We've been doing some landscaping and we have a big mound of dirt in the back yard. Our dogs have been playing "King of the Mountain." Lexi still kicks Fritz's butt even though she's getting old and he's bigger than her:

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Not Dead

Wow! I haven't posted for a long time!!! I have had way to much craziness lately. (New baby, husband laid off, post-baby surgery etc) but I'm back in action. I have some zoo pics and stuff I want to post but it's too late tonight. For now, here are some pictures of the baby to tide you over. I know that's what most of you want to see anyway... I have had a great outcry from my UT peeps demanding that I bring the baby for a visit but the problem is that staying home to take care of her (which I love!) has rendered me poverty stricken. I can't afford to travel so you will have to come to me. I have the beach anyway.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Life With Baby

This is how my baby usually feels:

This is how she felt after her vaccinations:

But she was back to normal by the following morning:

Olivia had her 2 month check-up last week and she did very well, even when they gave her shots. She is in the 98th percetile for height and the 59th for weight, which means she's tall and skinny... and beautiful.

Everything is going really well here and I LOVE being a mom. It's funny because, when I was expecting, almost every other mother I talked to told me that I would feel overwhelmed and frustrated a lot during my babies first few months of life, but I don't feel that way at all. I think having a baby is totally fun and I love every minute. I don't attribute this to my positive outlook or unflappable patience, but to my sweet baby who spoils me because she is always so happy and easy going. What a cutie!

Monday, September 01, 2008

Nap Time

The baby is sleeping! This is a rare occurence. My baby usually takes only 2- 30 minute naps per day but then wakes up only once during the night. I know I'm very lucky that she sleeps all night but it does make getting things done during the day more difficult. At this moment, she has been asleep for 2 hours and she's still going strong. Hallelujah!! I've cleaned my house and thought I would take a minute to blog.

I'm going to update my book review blog. I don't have cable at my house so I have been reading while nursing (about 8 hours a day). I'm going to try to start posting reviews of all the books I'm reading for anyone who's interested. The link to that site is on the side bar of this blog.

I don't have anything interesting to say because I talk to a 1 month old all day and I'm still too sore from giving birth to go out and do anything interesting... Maybe next week...

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Welcome to the Planet

I had a baby last week! Olivia Louise was born at 7:15pm on July 18th. I really don't know what else to say except that she is the most beautiful and wonderful creature on Earth. I'll let the pictures do the talking. I also uploaded a 3 minute video of her moving around, making baby sounds and getting the hiccups.

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Gabe, Olivia and I right before we left the hospital:





The baby loves her daddy:




She's so tiny!:


Olivia and her cousins:

Beautiful baby, 5 days old:

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Word From the Whale

I know I haven't posted on my blog for almost two months. I've had these past two months off with no work or school and I've pretty much slept the entire time. I go to the beach and sleep. I go to the pool and sleep. I sleep through Oprah on my couch. I sleep through dinner in my bed. Obviously, I'm tired. With all the sun I've been getting and my now watermelon sized belly, I resemble a large, brown whale. Since my last post though, I had my baby shower. It was super fun and everyone that pitched in to help with it did a great job. My sister made this diaper cake:


It's a cake that you don't eat. The tiers are made out of diapers (something I will desperately need in about one week) and it's decorated with other baby necessities and ribbons. Cute, huh?

In my time off, I've also managed to waddle my way to Sea World a couple of times to spend some time with the other whales. It feels good to be among my own kind. One of my friends got to have an "Interactive Experience" with the Arctic animals as a birthday present from her husband and I got some fun pictures of that:

In other news, the birth of my child is supposedly rapidly approaching and I'm getting excited and very nervous for that. It should be sometime within the next week or two so as soon as she gets here, I'll post some pictures of her; as long as that doesn't violate the deal I made with People Magazine for them to give me $5 million for the first shots of her.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

G-Day

Daaaaaaaa Da Da Da Daaaaa Daaaaa, Daaaaaaaaaa Da Da Da Daaaa Daaaaa. That's the graduation music because I graduated yesterday! Yea!!!!!!!!!! I am now have a degree in Literature and Writing studies and am officially an expert. Go ahead, ask me anything....

The ceremony was at the Del Mar race track and we were seated in the sun on a beautiful, 80 degree San Diego morning. I know that's not very hot but, coupled with the black polyester cap and gown and I was ROASTING. Luckily, I'm sporting this huge belly now so the attendants brought me water. I'm sure I was more comfortable than every one else was. My face got sun burned a little but it was still so fun to be there and experience the whole thing. I don't think graduations are fun or interesting at all so I didn't ask anyone to come except my mom, dad and Gabe.

My stomach is huge now and there's no missing the fact that I'm pregnant, even in those tent/gowns. When I walked across the stage to receive my diploma, all of the faculty members that I shook hands with commented on it. One guy said, "Congratulations, for two!" Another woman said, "Looks like you made it just in time!" And the president of the college said, "Careful, sweetheart." Overall, it was a great day and it was fun to share it with my little baby, even though she's not made her debut yet.

Here are some pictures of me, my mom, my dad and Gabe after the ceremony and at lunch afterwards. The smokin' hot one is my husband, the handsome silver fox is my dad and the beautiful enchantress is my mom. I'm the one that looks like a harbor buoy:










Monday, May 05, 2008

Too Funny!

Yesterday morning, my back hurt so bad that all I wanted to do was lay around on the couch and do nothing. I skipped church and turned on the T.V. Gabe and I aren't big T.V. people and we don't have cable or anything. The only thing I could find to watch on our two channels was Sesame Street. I'm so glad I did! I know it's for kids but I'm sure the writers know moms have to watch it too because the humor is great for adults. I saw a skit of Andrea Bocelli (opera singer) singing a goodnight song to Elmo to the tune of "Time to Say Goodbye" and it was so cute. I've posted the link for it below so you can see for yourself. I also posted the normal version of Bocelli and Sarah Brightman. Watch that one first so you know how it's suppose to sound. You'll appreciate the Elmo duet that much more.

Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLHq7rgHOLk


Elmo and Andrea Bocelli: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgUnYzXU-Fo

I can't figure out how to add actual You Tube videos onto my blog so I just posted the links. Can someone please explain to me how to put the video on there?

Friday, April 25, 2008

The Wrath of Jen Jen

I thought I'd better post because I don't want Jen to get mad at me. I know I'm a big blogging slacker, and I know it's no excuse but, I'm tired ALL THE TIME. Seriously. I can barely keep my eyes open on the drive home from school. The good news is I graduate in 3 weeks (yea!!!)and that will ease up my schedule so I can blog with reckless abandon for a couple weeks until the baby's born. (yea!!!)

The other reason I'm behind on blogging is that nothing interesting ever happens to me anymore now that I never leave the house except to go to class. I do have some weird dreams though so maybe I should start blogging about those. Also, my hormones or something has caused my temper to be short so I'm irritated comparatively often. I guess I could lodge complaints here about the injustuces done to me in traffic and at the grocery store, but I don't want to bring you down. Then everyone would be all grumpy when I return to my normal, sunny dispostion after this kid comes out.

The last blogging option is for me to start posting pictures of all the baby stuff I've been accumulating but I have a feeling the rest of the world might not find tiny hats as entertaining as I do. So... I'll wrack my brain and try to come up with something contributory to post on. I welcome any suggestions. I'll post again this week, even if it has to be another one about the doggies.

Monday, March 17, 2008

In Loving Memory




I have had a CRAZY couple of weeks, so this is going to be a long post. Before I tell you all about it, I would like everyone to observe a moment of silence for my beloved Jeep, who I totalled last week making a left hand turn in Pacific Beach traffic. She is my favorite car ever and she will be sorely missed.

I am fine and the baby is fine but it really was a pretty bad accident. I was trying to turn left to pick up pizza but traffic was really backed up. They broke to let me through and a woman waved me on but it was a big mistake for me to go. A guy coming up the right hand turn lane at about 45 nailed me and that was the end of the best car in the world. I had Fritz (baby dog) with me and it scared him so bad he threw up. I felt really bad. I was letting him hang his head out the front passenger window at the time and I could've killed him. I could've killed me or really hurt the baby. I was really lucky though; no one was seriously injured. I sprained my ankle but that's it. It actually turned out pretty cool because I had to go to the hospital to have the baby checked out. They kept me over night for observation and Gabe and I got to spend all night on labor and delivery, listening to her heart beat and her moving around. We met all the doctors and nurses and saw what the rooms were like. It was like a test run for the real thing and since every one's okay, I kind of liked it. I went out last week and got a new car. I traded down for a Chrysler Pacifica which I refer to as the mommy wagon but Gabe says it rocks. Truth be told, it's actually nicer than the Jeep. It has third row seating that folds up and a DVD player and all that fun stuff but it just doesn't have the cool factor that the Jeep did. It's really pretty, though. Here it is:




I spent all weekend after the accident in bed because I was really sore but, come Monday the 3rd, I had to dust off my dancin' shoes. It was our one year anniversary and Gabe had a big night planned for us. We had so much fun! We went to Indigo Grill for dinner, which is where we ate on our first date. Actually it's where he ate, I was too nervous to eat. It was nice to sit there and relax and actually taste the food. After dinner he took me to the sold out
concert. They are a favorite of both of ours and they were so good! They played their regular set on the main stage but half way through the concert, a second stage lowered out of the ceiling and they ran out the catwalk and did a 45 minute acoustic set on that stage. Then they wen back to the main stage and played for another hour. They played for almost 3 hours and they were amazing! It was so fun!


After the concert, Gabe said we had one more thing to do and though I acted excited, I was so tired that I secretly prayed it was a hotel room. My prayers were answered when we pulled up to the Heritage Park Inn; the bed and breakfast where we stayed on our wedding night. We snuggled in for the night, had breakfast with the other guests in the morning and went home. I had such a fun date with him. He really went all out and I had no idea ahead of time what he had planned. He's so sweet. Here are some pictures of the inn:

Our pretty bed:

Hand painted ceiling:




Finally, I saw this sign for the writing lab on campus and maybe it's just the Lit person in me but I thought it was HI-larious.