Olivia is always looking for ways to make us laugh. Whether it be the never-ending game of peek-a-boo...where she runs and hides only to pop out from around the corner, or her silly antics in the bath...which involve dumping water on her head and laughing. She also loves to wrestle on our bed...throwing herself down in what she likes to call "body slams". One of her newest games is to tickle us when we least expect it. There are times when her silliness makes us laugh when we shouldn't...like at dinner, or when she is being told not to do something. To show you what i mean I want to share some pictures of Olivia and her silly self. This silliness occurs on a daily basis, which makes this "mom thing" so much fun!
Let's start with bath time. She loves it! After throwing a million toys in the tub she entertains herself by dumping water on her head and splashing like crazy. When asked to blow bubbles she puts her face in the water and comes up with a big smile, although she hasn't actually mastered the task of blowing bubbles. And it is always fun to play around with her hair while it is wet....
Because Olivia loves the water we are going to start swimming lessons at the YMCA next month. Todd's brother has a pool and she loved floating around in it last year. We want to get her a little more comfortable with it so she can move on to more exciting things in the pool this year. OK, now onto the dinner situations that crack us up. As Olivia has gotten older her dinner habits have become, oh... should I say...less than perfect. There are nights when she eats everything on her plate and there are nights when hardly any food touches her mouth at all. I have learned not to stress out about this. If she is hungry she will eat. Trying to force her to eat is a complete and total waste of time and only makes dinner time unpleasant for all of us. On the rare occasion that she decides she absolutely loves something we are feeding her we get this reaction. This is Olivia LOVING mashed potatoes. She loved them so much she could not contain her excitement and a good portion ended up on her face!
Ahhhh...the joys of feeding a toddler! You just can't help but laugh! And finally I must show you how excited Olivia gets when we play peek-a-boo tag. Popping out from around the corner with the hope of catching me is one of her biggest thrills and produces some of the best smiles and laughs that come from her cute little face. The picture at the top of this post was caught the other night as I waited around the corner. She came around and I snapped...catching one of those amazing smiles. A very high pitch squeal came out with it, as she was very excited that I was waiting for her to "get me".
This game goes on and on, until I am just too tired to continue. It is hard to stop since the joy she gets from doing this kind of stuff is so amazing. This week Olivia and I were own our own while Todd attended a seminar in Indy for work. Needless to say he was not happy about leaving since he would be away from her longer than ever before. But he sure was happy to see her smiling face when he got back. She asked for him many times while he was gone, walking around the house saying, "Daddy, Daddy?" But while Todd was gone Olivia and I spent special mommy-daughter time together. I just cannot tell you how happy this child makes me!
I am so grateful that Olivia is such a happy child. Todd and I really lucked out! Baby #2 has a lot to live up to! And no...baby #2 is not happening any time in the immediate future. Although Olivia is so wonderful she definitely keeps us busy and it will be awhile before we are ready to handle another bundle of joy. In the meantime I will occupy my time with peek-a-boo tag and body slams on the bed. Works for me!