Sunday, June 27, 2010

Wedding Bells

Miss Olivia had many firsts this weekend. She flew the friendly skies to Pittsburgh for my brother-in-law's sister's wedding. Liv was absolutely perfect the entire flight-- she's quite the traveler.

It was also Olivia's first wedding. She was lucky enough to be held by the beautiful bride and even had her name on a table card- "Miss Olivia Elsener." All of Olivia's Giles cousins were part of the wedding and totally precious in their formal wear. It was a stunning event and we were thrilled to be included. I can't quite believe that one day my sweet baby girl will get married herself, but just the thought of it makes me get a little teary eyed.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Olivia has a hat to go with almost all her outfits. And while I love them, I don't think my little Olivia feels the same way. Until she can actually pull them off her head, this is a battle I get to win for now.

Monday, June 21, 2010

First Weekend at the Cottage!

The Elsener family has a cottage up in Michigan on Little Long Lake and this past weekend Olivia got her first lake experience. She swam, she tanned, she played, she boated. Such a wonderful weekend and Olivia cannot wait to spend many days of her summers up there in the years to come!

Happy Father's Day

Sam got to celebrate his first father's day thanks to our little Olivia. Such a handsome daddy with his adorable baby (who strongly assembles him!).

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010

Happy Anniversary!

Two years ago today, I married the love of my life and my best friend. It was one of the most perfect days of my life and filled with everlasting memories.

And now, my loving husband has given me the most precious gift in the world. Life can't get much better.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

New York Besties

We were lucky enough to have our besties Caitlin and Dave visit this weekend from New York city to meet Olivia for the first time. The weekend was delightful, from the Cubs game to BBQs to dinners out on the town. Liv is already incredibly loved by the Pearsons and we cannot wait to visit them in New York this fall!

Ten Weeks Old!

Olivia celebrated turning ten weeks old by attending her first crosstown classic...Cubs vs. White Sox. Instead of a hot dog and beers, she opted for milk. Her Cubbies didn't win, but she still enjoyed every minute of the game. We thought she would snooze through the game in the baby carrier, but she clearly wanted to see the game and be held.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Standing Tall

Lately Olivia loves using her long legs to stand (with a little assistance). I predict she will be an early walker...

Monday, June 7, 2010

Hello God...It's Me, Olivia...

Yesterday our baby girl became the newest member of the Catholic Church. For her baptism, Olivia was surrounded by all the people who love her...grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

The day was special for many reasons. Olivia wore the same beautiful baptism gown that her cousin Eleanor wore to her baptism (and Ellie happens to be my god daughter). Aren't the ribbons that hang from the back just precious?

We had Liv's name and birthdate embroidered onto the lining of the dress. Hopefully there will be more little girls in the future who wear this dress!

Olivia's godparents are already showering her with love. My brother Michael, fondly known as Uncle Bobo, is her godfather.

Sam's sister Alyce is her godmother who came all the way from DC (32 weeks pregnant)!

Father Ed Salmon, the same priest who married us and said my dad's funeral, lead the ceremony. He holds a special place in our hearts, so I loved that he was able to baptize Olivia Maeve.

Liv was perfect during the ceremony and didn't even cry when the water was poured over her head.

We had the same cake made from Bittersweet that we had at our wedding...yummy...cake with creme brulee filling and fresh raspberries with vanilla buttercream.

Overall, it was a perfect day for our newly formed family.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Shots and Stats

Brave Olivia got her shots today at her two month appointment. It was a little traumatic for both of us when the shots happened, but we've both recovered (but it was the saddest cry I've heard from Liv yet). Look at her little boo-boo on her thigh.

But as you can see, Liv is a champ and still in good spirits. Her new stats are:
11 pounds, 24 inches!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Two Months Old!!

Our sweet baby girl is already two months old. The time has flown by, probably because every day is filled with joy and happiness. Liv's official check-up is on Friday. I will keep you posted with her new stats!!

At two months, Olivia smiles, coos, grunts, grabs onto things, and checks out the world around her constantly. I keep trying to get her to laugh, but apparently I haven't done anything funny enough yet.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Super Baby!

Olivia is working on her upper body strength and pulling herself up. She's doing quite a good job in my opinion!

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