Thursday, March 31, 2011

Spring Birthday Season

Spring is our serious birthday season in the family. Two weeks ago Grandma Pat kicked it off and this week is Nana and Aunt Meg's birthdays, to be followed by Olivia, other Aunt Meg (me), Ellie, Brendan and Saoirse!
Bring on the birthday celebrations!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Music to This Mama's Ears

I wouldn't classify it as first words, but just this week Olivia's started to get the "mama" sounds. And she mostly says it when she's crying or whining, which is when I would want my mama too, so maybe there is some association with me. We shall see!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


This is what you look like when you are 12 months old and decide to only nap for 10 minutes all day.... Check out those under eye bags...

It was almost like she took crazy pills, but at least she was still happy despite being exhausted!

Early to bed tonight!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Class of 2028

Olivia Elsener (12 months), Kate Griffith (17 months),
Charlie Carney (9 months), J.J. Nichols (12 months), James Hepner (1 week),
Max Ober (2.5 years) and Violet Ober (8 months)

What a difference a year makes!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Poor Olivia woke up with this scratch on her nose. Apparently her mommy needs to do a better job on her nails...

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Go Butler!

Congrats to Butler on making the NCAA Sweet Sixteen!!!

At this time last year, Olivia was cheering for Butler from the womb as they entered the Sweet Sixteen! (She decided to make her entrance just in time for Butler's Final Four appearance - see below picture). This year she's excited to cheer externally.
Go Bulldogs!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Irish Luck

I am so lucky to get to be the mommy of this adorable little leprechaun on her first St. Patrick's Day!

And Happy Birthday to Grandma Pat! We love you!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Up To The Top!

Olivia can crawl all the way up the stairs (and is very proud of herself for doing so!).

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Birthday Wish List

Olivia has "asked" for a baby doll and stroller for her birthday, so we've been testing some of them out recently. She took a liking to this stroller pretty quickly as she literally cruised around the store with it for five minutes.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Celebrating Sam!

We celebrated Uncle Sam's 30th birthday again tonight with all the kiddos.
Here are the beautiful renditions of "Happy Birthday."

Wet Kisses

Friday, March 4, 2011


Somebody figured out how to turn the TV on and off.


Everywhere we go, people comment on how Olivia looks exactly like Sam. I totally agree. They both make silly faces, have the same expressive eyebrows and big smiles that are adorable.

But at the same time, I do think part of Olivia resemble me. I consulted some of my baby pictures for proof...

These are both pictures of me...
Now this is Liv and me...

  • Same hair growth pattern
  • Similar eye shapes
  • Same huge hands
  • Same ears
  • Similar cute button nose
She's definitely half me (but much cuter!).

Thursday, March 3, 2011

11 Months Old

Just a year ago, I vividly remember being super pregnant, counting down the days until my due date and dreaming about what my baby girl looked like. Somehow it's almost spring again and Olivia is on the verge of turning one. I am trying to soak up all her baby-ness before she becomes a full-blown toddler.
In the past month, Olivia has gone from taking a step or two to now fully walking. Each day she is starting to get a bit sturdier and increasing the distance she can go. Literally today she walked across the room to me! Nuts! She is always very proud of herself and knows that it's quite an accomplishment. And when you do hold onto her hand, she almost attempts to run. Although the walking comes lots of bumps and bruises, it's a very exciting milestone.
Olivia still isn't the greatest eater, but we're branching out and trying new things that she can feed herself. Waffles, blueberries, grilled cheese, spaghetti and meatballs, kiwi, green beans, peas, etc. Cheese remains her absolutely favorite (kind of like her mommy).
There is a lot more babble and baby gibberish in the house now as well. Liv's really got the "g" sounds down and is starting to get the "d" sound which has her daddy extremely excited about a potential "dada" in the near future. I find all her noises and sounds to be adorable.
Likes: Crawling up the stairs, cheering for Penny after she goes potty.

Dislikes: Being told "no," getting her nails clipped.

Up Next: 1st Birthday Celebrations! (There is a butterfly birthday bonanza in the works...)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

It's Official...

Olivia can walk!

For the past few weeks, Olivia has consistently been talking 2-3 steps and adding a few more steps here and there. But now I think it's safe to say that she officially can walk. It's still a very unsteady and fumbling walking, but she can generally get from one place to another all on her own. And even when she falls down, she always gets back up to try again. She'll be running in no time!!!

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