Monday, August 9, 2010


July was a great month for our family. The biggest thing, as most know, was when we got to bring Livi home from the hospital-three weeks to the day after she was born. The NICU is a place of miracles and was where she needed to be during that time, but we were so excited to break the routine of that place and get her home. All the doctors and nurses there were fabulous and we felt blessed it was only a 3 week stay and Livi never showed any signs of problems. She just needed to grow a bit more and get stronger.

Along with Livi we also brought along some of the latest fashions in medical equipment. They had us keep her on oxygen and a heart/lung monitor. Each week after we were home Livi would go in for a weight check and kept getting bigger and bigger and soon enough we got the green light to take her off all that stuff. Freedom! Plus she is way too cute to have to wear those little cheek tabs and oxygen tube.

Looking back on the past 2 months we are nothing but grateful for how it has all turned out. We owe so much to so many, especially those who kept our little girl and our family in their thoughts and prayers. We are happy to report that Livi is doing incredibly well. While still teenie tiny, she is developing right on track-eating and sleeping like a champ. Such a strong and sweet little girl.

Mo is the best big brother. It has taken him a few weeks to get used to Livi and how gentle to be, but he couldn't love her more. His face lights up whenever he gets around her and we hear the sweetest things from him. "Livi you are a pretty girl, you are beautiful" or "Look at baby Sis-she is so cute. She loves you."

No secret she is ADORED by everybody she meets.

Here are a few pictures of her room. A nice fancy chandelier and fresh coat of paint on a dresser that was her Gimi's when she was a little girl.

Bringing Livi home threw a bit of a wrench in our plans for the 4th weekend, but Mo still had a blast at the parade.

Then later that night a fireworks show at Gimi and Pa's house with his cousins. Front row seating!!

Speaking of cousins, they have been having a blast together this summer doing tons of fun activities. Here are some pictures from the Thanksgiving Point farm. Mo would tell everybody in the following days that he rode "Black Beauty" and he was in a race with the other horses.

Another fun time was out at the Splash Pad in Highland. Sunshine+water+cousins= a good time for this group!

Mo also got some of his first exposure to roughing it outdoors. A quick hike up to Big Springs and a campout in the back yard. He loved both and we know for sure it wont be the last time we do those things with him.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Livi Pictures

Michele Reyes did some baby pictures of Mo and we LOVED her work. So we had no doubts about going to her for Olivia's pictures. Here are a few of our most favorites. It is a lot of fun to see how great your kids look in the hands of amazing photographic talent.

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