Tuesday, May 10, 2011

hippity hop

The clock is a tickin'. Our new little one should be arriving in just about 6 weeks. Hard to believe that after all these weeks of preparation our lives are about to take on a whole new direction. We are all very excited, but nervous at the same time. We have been a family of 3 for over four years. It will be interesting to see how we all adjust to having someone else join our family. My hope is that Olivia continues to possess the same level excitement she has now, after the baby is born. For now we are enjoying the final weeks of alone time with Miss O.

Recently we celebrated Easter. Olivia continues to be very involved in all holidays and this one was no exception. We kicked off the weekend with an inaugural visit to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. Each year my Aunt buys us a zoo pass and it is by far the most used gift we receive each year. We went towards the end of the day so it was a short visit but we were excited to check out the new entrance and see some of our favorite animals.

The other thing Olivia could not wait to do was visit her favorite horse, Gail. She LOVES Gail and could not wait to go for a ride. I am afraid that she may be getting a little big to ride on her back, but for now she can't wait to see her each time we go. We are really looking forward to many fun trips to the zoo this summer!

The next morning we woke up early to give Olivia her Easter basket before getting ready for church. For the longest time she has wanted a Buzz Lightyear toy. Not sure why exactly but she is pretty into all of the Toy Story movies. Some of her boy friends have Buzz toys and she has always wished for one of her own. She received some other fun things and of course a little bit of Easter candy.
After we were all dressed in our Sunday best we headed off to church. Olivia got a cute little dress from Todd's Mom the night before and that was what she chose to wear. It was perfect for Easter. After service we went to my Mom's for some breakfast and the first egg hunt of the day.

She enjoyed searching for the eggs and breaking into the treasures inside. Between the money and candy she made out like a bandit! It was shaping up to be a pretty successful Easter for Olivia thus far!That afternoon we attended our annual dinner at the Forte's. Our close family friends invite us to have Easter dinner with them each year and it is always so nice. They treat Olivia just like one of their own grand kids, which makes her feel pretty special. She gets her own Easter basket and gets to participate in the family Easter egg hunt. By the end of day she had accumulated a ton of loot!

It was a lovely Easter! It is hard to believe that next year at this time we will be celebrating the holiday as a family of four with an "almost" one year old!

Now to completely switch gears...I realized that I never blogged about Olivia attending her sibling class a few months ago. I signed her up to take a class at the hospital, designed to prepare her to become a "Big Sister". She learned about different products that are safe for the baby, as well as how to properly hold her little sister. She even got to practice putting a diaper on her bear.

They watched a video that was meant to prepare them for what is about to come. I am not sure anything can fully prepare Olivia for how much her life is about to change, but I think the video was a good start. Next we took a tour of the hospital and the kids got to see where we will be staying when the baby is born. We walked by the nursery and they got to see a brand new baby close up. I think that was the highlight. Olivia really seemed to enjoy it all. The kids got a bunch of goodies to take with them that day. The sibling class was a good idea which I think helped to get Olivia even more excited about her little sister arriving!

So I am still planning on sharing some photos of the nursery, but they will have to wait until next time. I have a few finishing touches I need to make to the room first. I am currently dealing with a very nasty head cold which has totally kicked my butt the past few days. It just so happens that this head cold decided to make an appearance the same weekend as my birthday and Mother's Day. Needless to say I have not been 100% and it has been a rough couple of days. I hope to have a clear head and a better attitude by my next post.


Wormie said...

Sounds like it was a very nice Easter! Livie was adorable, as usual!

I think it's so great they they have a big sister class. How fun that must have been!!!

Hope you're feeling better soon!

Anonymous said...

I just loved Olivia's Easter dress, she looked adorable. Time is winding down fast for the new Menor to arrive..can't wait..Olivia seems ready, I hope everyone else is!! Feel better soon...
Love Aunt Sue Sue

P.S. so loved seeing Olivia on Gail once again..so happy you all enjoy that zoo pass!!!

Anonymous said...

As I have said before, Olivia makes each holiday so much more special with all of her enthusiasm. Soon we can double the excitement.

Katie said...

Oh my gosh!!! 6 weeks?!?!?! Can't wait to meet this new little one!