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olive 12 months

oh little olive, you are now 1 year old and sweeter than ever. you had a strawberry themed birthday party and you had such a great time! you didn’t smash into your cake but you politely licked the frosting. here are some adorable things that you have been doing the last month:

  • you started to walk! you aren’t 100% sure of it yet, but you get really excited and give it a try.
  • your brother and sister fight over who you get to walk to next, you love every moment of it
  • you got two new teeth! the top two little chompers
  • you are sleeping through the night (well the last 3 nights…)
  • you really loving the outdoor time with the nice weather
  • you love pushing chairs and your push rider toy all over the house
  • you are a climber, climbing chairs, ladders and whatever you can get your knee up on
  • you love to rock in your mini rocking chair, sometimes stand up and rock too
  • you have started to become more of a picky eater, you love cheese, bread and refuse to eat anything off my spoon or that i try to stick in your mouth
  • at your one year check up, we confirmed you are a little peanut and are the smallest of the van bloom kids
  • you smile and make everyone so happy when they are around you
  • you love to laugh and make fake coughing noises
  • when we hold you, you like to pat our backs with your sweet little hand

we love you so much olive! you are such a happy baby and so incredibly sweet. our lives are better with you in it and although i am sad a year has gone so quickly, i am excited for another year of your wonderful personality to bloom even more. we love you so much!!

olive 10 months

our little olive is 10 months old! here are all the wonderful things she has been doing in the past month:

  • she still only has two teeth! i can’t believe that she doesn’t have more haha
  • she isn’t really sleeping through the night anymore… i think a cold might have kicked her back in the habit of waking
  • she loves to climb the stairs and is getting really good at going down the stairs backwards. she will get to the edge of the stairs (supervised) and we will say, “how do big girls go down the stairs?” and she turns around and goes down on her belly. pretty cute, and i feel like waaay earlier than my two oldest.
  • she waves bye bye, her little hand just goes up and down it’s adorable
  • she loves to clap and loves when we clap along with her
  • she is becoming more vocal but in the form of screaming rather than babbling. she hasn’t been saying mama at all lately… come on little girl!
  • she loves to eat and is learning how to drink out of a sippy cup… why do my kids have the hardest time with this?
  • her favorite food right now is strawberries
  • i have got her to stand by herself for a few short seconds, but i don’t see any signs of her being an early walker like our poppy girl
  • she is an independent player but also loves to just watch bastian and poppy be totally crazy
  • she loves the bath and thinks she is so funny when she splashes in the water

i find myself holding her a little longer at night before bed, and soaking up all those sweet baby snuggles. i know it won’t be long before she is not a baby and would rather me put her down than snuggle. although i love to watch my kids grow up and see their personalities and curiosities come to life, i still can’t help but want them to be babies forever (minus the sleepless nights :)). olive i will soak up these last couple months before you turn one.

olive 9 months

our sweet little olive is 9 months old (on the 19th… i blame christmas and new years for me totally procrastinating). she is so much fun and a little bit of trouble all wrapped into one cute little package. here are the wonderful things olive has been doing:

  • she claps her hands and is pretty proud of herself when she does it
  • she has 2 teeth! these guys popped out last month but i forgot to mention it. there are no other teeth in sight… just two little bottom teeth
  • she makes a scrunchy face smile and those 2 bottom teeth pop out, it’s the cutest
  • she loves the stairs and standing up with anything she can
  • she got an activity walker from santa and she likes to walk behind it
  • she has said “mama” but it’s not consistant
  • she has been sleeping through the night which is great!
  • she loves solid food now and loves to feed herself
  • her favorite food is strawberries and meat, but she pretty much eats everything we give to her
  • she hates to get dressed or have her diaper changed
  • she likes baths with poppy and thinks splashing is so much fun

everyone in the family can’t get enough of olive. bastian and poppy are constantly kissing and hugging her. there is no shortage of love to go around for that little muffin. i can’t believe in less than 3 short months i will have a 1 year old. so. so. sad 😦

olive 8 months

our sweet little olive is 8 months (well this is a bit late… go figure). she is such a cutie and her smile makes us all sooo happy. here are the wonderful things olive has been doing the last month:

  • she likes to climb the stairs now… ugh
  • she smiles with her mouth open when she’s really happy and it just melts everyone that see her
  • she is cruising furniture, although the best at it yet
  • she really is enjoying food and had her first thanksgiving. she loved the mashed potatoes!
  • she is trying to learn how to feed herself, but most of the pieces of food don’t make it to her mouth. it’s adorable
  • she still wakes up once a night but has had nights where she wakes up at 6:30 and goes back to bed
  • she’s such a good baby and is always interested in going places with poppy and bastian
  • she’s not much of a talker and hasn’t really been babbling much

we are so lucky to have this precious little girl in our lives. the kids get so excited when she wakes up and always want to play, kiss and talk to her. she is very loved 🙂

olive 6 months

our sweet little olive is 6 months old and i sweat time keeps going faster and faster. she is such a happy little girl and here are all the wonderful things she does:

  • she is practicing sitting up but not a pro at it yet. when she is focused on something she stays up really well!
  • she is inch worming, or kind of crawling but more like a little inch worm. she gets up on all fours and then lunges her chest forward and she can get to what she wants
  • she makes a blubbering noise with her tongue and it’s so cute
  • she loves bath time and kicks like crazy
  • we gave her food for the first time a few days ago and she seems to like it! sweet potato not her favorite but carrots were a hit
  • she totally goes with the flow for the most part and just really loves watching the older kids play and dance
  • she will get on her hands and knees and then lean over to one side like a senior portrait pose, she can almost get herself to sitting
  • everything goes in the mouth and the drool is out of this world but no teeth yet!
  • she has the least hair out of all my kids haha, but it’s so fuzzy and i am pretty sure it’s going to be very blonde
  • she has a few chunks of hair that are really long (poppy had this too) haha but i can’t bring myself to cutting them… why?!
  • she is sleeping pretty good, wakes up once to nurse and then right back down (although last night it was twice… hmmm)
  • she is starting to get spooked by people, almost like stranger danger

olive is really such a happy baby and you just can’t be mad when you look at her. her smile is starting to get squishy face and her little dimple on her left cheek melts me. i want time to slow down so i can savor every last month of this baby’s first year.

olive 5 months

our littlest girl is 5 months old! i am a bit late to post this but she will forgive me 🙂

  • she is still the sweetest girl still and has the best temperment
  • olive is rolling all over and has started to plank… and now is on her hands and knees rocking back and forth… i am NOT ready for her to be mobile so she needs to slooooow down
  • olive had her first plane ride and did fabulous
  • she wakes up between 1-2 times a night to nurse but overall is a good sleeper
  • she sleeps in her crib now and actually really likes it!
  • she loves her sister and brother and loves to watch them dance and play
  • she loves to sit in her bouncer and play with toys
  • her favorite toys are anything that she can put in her mouth

olive is just a breath of fresh air. she is so happy and always gives you a smile when you look at her. you just can’t be in a bad mood when you are around her. i am so curious to see what kind of toddler she will be 🙂

olive’s birth story

monday, march 19th 2018 at 3:01pm we welcomed our sweet baby GIRL olive marie. let me tell you, she is absolutely perfect and we couldn’t love her any more. ahhh, i just want to kiss and snuggle her all-day-long! here is olive’s birth story.

the night of the 18th, i went to bed super anxious. i had a hard time going to bed, just thinking that labor might come in the middle of the night and wondering if i was mentally and physically ready for it. i was going to be 40 weeks on monday and it all felt like a big ticking clock in my mind. i woke up around 2:30am to brian heading to the bathroom because he unfortunately he fell ill with a stomach bug. it had made it’s way through our house over the week and ended with brian. i remember thinking, well at least i am not in labor, it’s probably my body waiting until everyone is healthy. well haha, i was wrong. as i tried to go back to bed, i felt the contractions coming on. i decided to start timing them and they were consistently about 10 min apart. around 6 am i decided to get up and start packing my toiletries and call the hospital to let them know i was in labor. the nurse on call told me to wait until the contractions were 5 min apart and then come. after poppy’s birth, it was so fast and furious that i was told by my doc to just get to the hospital and don’t dilly-dally around.

i decided to lay back down and just wait for the kids to wake up. around 7:30 both kids got up and we headed downstairs for breakfast. once i was walking around the contractions started to pick up and were around 5-6 mins apart. i told brian to call his mom and have her head our way. we got bastian ready for preschool and packed all the kids clothes to stay with grandma. things weren’t very intense but the contractions were consistent. when my mother-in-law got to our house we got our stuff in the car and made our way to the hospital. once i was in the car, contractions completely stopped! i didn’t understand this and i was starting to feel pretty nervous they were going to send me home.

we got to the hospital around 9am. we went to the labor and delivery floor and actually checked-in. this was all new to me… the the other kids, i was really deep into labor that i was just ushered into a room. i felt embarrassed for some reason. haha the lady at the front desk asked if i was in labor… maybe that’s why haha. anyways, they didn’t even send me to a l&d room, they put me in what they call a “day-room” basically to monitor me and see if they really did need to send me home. i was soooo mad that labor had stopped. they hooked me up to the monitor and checked me. i was at 3cm and really wasn’t having any contractions. my doctor came in and told me to walk around for about an hour to see if things started to pick up. they assured me they wouldn’t send me home 🙂 and that they would get a room ready for me. she said that she could always break my water to get things moving quicker.

i walked and walked and lunged and high-kneed and squatted up and down those damn halls. i was so mad and i knew that i needed to just calm myself down. i read that sometimes labor can stall or stop if the mom doesn’t feel ready or feels uncomfortable (mentally), which is what i believe happened. i think i jumped the gun on getting to the hospital. (side note: i wasn’t using my doula this time around. she retired as a doula, so i thought with number three i would be able to handle it myself. i believe if she was there, she would have advised to stay home a bit longer.) anyways, after an hour of trying to calm down and walk this baby out, i got checked into a labor and delivery room.

i laid down and turned the lights off and just tried to calm down and let the contractions come back. they did come back but they were mild and maybe 8 min apart. around 1pm my doctor came back in the room to check me and let me know some options i had. i was at 4cm and she suggested we break my water. i knew that once that water broke, things would get really intense really fast, but i was so egger to get this show on the road that i said yes. she broke my water around 1:15pm and things got real, real quick. i told brian to start filling up the tub. i knew things were going to be intense. i had to be hooked up to the monitor for 30mins after they broke my water before getting into the tub. once that 30min was up i was so ready for some relief.

i was in the tub for maybe 30-45 mins and the nurse said once i started to feel pushy to get out of the tub. i really didn’t want to jump the gun AGAIN but i did start to feel pushy. i kept saying, well maybe not… and they were like, well let’s just get out of the tub and check. i hate moving positions when in labor. every move brings on a contraction and you can’t really brace yourself for them. i got into the bed around 2:30 and my doctor checked me and i was 7cm. they asked if i wanted to get back into the tub and i knew, oh hell no! there was no way i was moving again OR that i would have any time to get back in that tub. i started to feel really really pushy. the nurses and my doctor told me to try to breathe through those pushes… always waaay easier said than actually done. at 3pm my doctor checked me again and i was at 10cm. i pushed like a mad woman and one minute later little olive marie was born at 3:01pm.

having a baby is literally the hardest thing i have ever done (3 times now!), but there is nothing more satisfying than that final push and holding that baby in your arms for the first time. i got to hold olive for over an hour before the nurses took her to get weighed and measured. i could have stayed there for days staring at her. she is so perfect and the sweetest baby. olive weighed 8lbs 1oz and was 20ins long. she is a total mix of bastian and poppy. olive’s birth was so different than my other two kiddos and i wouldn’t change it for the world. everyone is soo in love with her and she is fitting into our family so well.


week by week: 38-39 weeks

well, i write this when i am no longer pregnant… but i wanted to share the pics because well, they were the last weeks of having our sweet baby on the inside. i am working on writing the baby’s birth story that hopefully will be done today!

week by week: 23-26 weeks

well here i am at the tail end of my 26th week. i can’t believe i am going to be starting my THIRD trimester here in a couple days. how is that possible? i feel like this just started… but then again that last trimester always goes the slowest. i realized in my last post that i didn’t say one thing about this new baby. poor baby 😦 with two kids at home, work and my side business i find it hard to focus on this baby and this pregnancy. don’t get me wrong, i focus a lot on their rooms, logistics of routines, things we need, etc. but the actual baby… hasn’t been dreamed up like my last two (baby if you read this someday, i promise i love you just as much :)). maybe it’s because i don’t know the gender? maybe it’s because i am just so busy? maybe i need to go to prenatal yoga and spend at least an hour a week focusing solely on this little bundle. so here, i will focus this post on THIS pregnancy and THIS baby!

this little one has been moving around a lot lately. i have felt it’s little kicks since about 17 weeks. i can see the kicks now from the outside which i love. those baby kicks are something so special and i sweat this baby knows when to calm my nerves. i will be driving in the car and all of a sudden think “i haven’t felt the baby kick today… have i?” and then i will kind of hold silent and then the baby gives me a little kick, as if to say “mom, i am here, don’t you worry”. i do day dream about snuggling and sleeping with this baby a lot. although i am sure that naps during the day won’t as much i still do long for those newborn snuggles.

i have their coming home outfit all ready (not packed). if it’s a boy, i have the cutest little bonnet from a local maker that i love wee vintage baby, and then of course if it’s a girl, she will be wearing a third peach co bow. we are trying to figure out when to transition poppy into bastian’s room. honestly, i am not in any hurry and i don’t want to feel rushed into trying to push her in there. she is way to immature right now to be in a bed, but maybe as the months go by she will show me differently. basitan was about 2.5 years when i put him in a big kid bed. so maybe poppy will be ready by the time i want to transition the baby into their crib. we will see…

i have my glucose test next week. since i had gestational diabetes with poppy i have a 60% chance of having it again with this baby. i am not really going to beat myself up over it or freak out about it. i was able to manage it just fine with poppy and so i know i can with this one as well. the toughest part will be to be on a schedule with eating when i have both kids. my guess is next time i post about this pregnancy i will know whether i have it or not.

overall this pregnancy has been pretty easy and has gone so fast. i have the normal aches and pains that all pregnant women have. i sleep just fine, workout still and overall feel pretty good!

week by week: 19-22 weeks

well there went nearly a month with no posts! we have had our 20 week ultrasound and we stayed true to our plan and didn’t find out the sex. the ultrasound tech didn’t even write it down in our file because my fear is that my doctor would accidentally blurt it out haha. it’s actually pretty fun not knowing the sex; i feel like there is less pressure to have everything figured out… or maybe that is because it’s my third child and we have been down this road before.

i do get nervous though (despite it being my third go-around) because poppy seems to become more and more crazy every day. lots of tantrums, crying, screaming, and wanting to get into everything that bastian is playing with. i know once this baby comes, things will be pretty chaotic in our house. i guess you get more and more relaxed with each consecutive kid you have, caring less about messes, naps, clean faces, cute clothes, etc.  i am preparing myself for someone to always be crying at our house and probably hearing “mom, mom” 100,000,000 times in a day.

with all the challenges that will come with three kids, i know it will be overshadowed with so many positives. one, i will feel like our family is complete and two, i get to snuggle with a new baby. through all the chaos will be loving memories of siblings growing up together.

lastly, i want to know everyone’s must have new baby gadget. it’s only been 18 months since poppy was born but things i feel keep getting cooler and cooler! like best new diaper bag, sleep sack, stroller, bottle, etc. i have my eye on a dock-a-tot… those things look amazing. let me know what you love!