Apparently my laptop gets jealous when I have babies. The week Mattie was born my hard drive crashed and I had to wait a couple weeks for it to be replaced. And now my computer has decided that it can't recognize my phone and won't import photos. I've gotten so behind because importing photos is a sloooooooow and painful process. But here I am! October is obviously a blur now, but these photos remind me there was lots of baby snuggling. And we managed to have some Halloween fun as well!
We were supposed to leave the hospital first thing Tuesday morning (the 11th) but there was a particular nurse that had to do a newborn assessment (I can't even remember which one it was!) before we could be discharged and she was stuck in the NICU. We got all ready to go then waited and waited and waited. We were anxious to be back home, but it was also a little nice- I took another nap, watched a movie, and ordered one last hospital lunch. Finally the nurse was free, Livvy passed the assessment and we were outta there! We got home in time for the girls to hold their baby sister for a few minutes before leaving for their first day of ballet. Bryan took them to class and texted me "this is totally a mom's world." Haha, it was good for him to play Mr. Mom for an afternoon.
First bath- she of course was not a fan.
I thought it was so funny that Livvy had her feet all curled up like this
First outing - On Saturday morning Bryan took the girls to a friend's Halloween party so my mom and I took 6 day old Olivia to Nordstrom to buy some boots for me.
Uncle Ty and his newest niece; he and my dad came up for the weekend.
On Sunday morning (Olivia's one week birthday) my mom, dad, and Ty left. I've always said I would refuse to leave the hospital with a new baby unless my mom was there to take care of us. She singlehandedly kept us all going- she fed us, got Jilly to school, entertained us, and dealt with many, many meltdowns. And she didn't stop helping then; she took Mattie home with her for the next week.
one week old Olivia
Jillian hadn't been feeling well for a few days and finally on that Sunday afternoon I decided she probably had strep. Bryan took her to the CVS minute clinic and sure enough I was right. It wasn't terrible because she recovered quickly on an antibiotic, babies can't get strep so I wasn't worried about Olivia, and Mattie was down in Richmond. Jilly stayed home for a couple days and we took Livvy on her first trip to the library and Target. It was so nice to have a quiet few days with just Jillian and Olivia to ease my way into life with a baby, but we were so happy to get Mattie back on Friday!
The weather and the leaves were fantastic so we got out for walks as much as possible
I remember taking this picture and thinking that she wouldn't have skinny chicken legs for long and boy was I right! She chunked up quickly.
On Saturday we took our first outing as a family of five to Valley View Farms to get pumpkins and for the girls to play in the hay maze.
Bryan made a Halloween dessert- dirt with worms
Elaina is THE sweetest girl ever. Every single Sunday after Primary she would come give me a hug and say thank you. She's now a beehive and she made this blanket for Olivia for her first YW project.
Livvy's two week checkup- I can't remember exactly how much she weighed but she was back up to birth weight plus at least an extra pound.
Mattie loves ballet, and it started at the perfect time, right when she needed something exciting and new of her own.
Olivia was 2.5 weeks old and I was so sick of just sitting around all day constantly taking care of a baby; I wanted to feel like a real person and do something pre-baby Rachel would have done. So I picked up Jilly after school and we went to Weber Farms to look at the pumpkins and get donuts and cider. It was kind of a disaster- traffic was bad and it took forever to get there so I had to feed starving, crying Livvy in the car before we went in, then Mattie threw a big fit about something (can't remember what.) We had to stop at the grocery store on the way home for milk and I very unlovingly threatened everyone to be on their best behavior (which they were!) I remember feeling exhausted when we finally got home and I still had to make dinner and put everyone to bed, but it was a small success and a step in the right direction.
birds of a feather- Jilly at top, Livvy on left and Mattie on the right
I took Olivia to Sacrament Meeting on her three week birthday; she wore the same dress her sisters wore on their first days of church. That afternoon was SO beautiful. We sat in the backyard and carved our pumpkins, then the girls brought out crafts and we read and napped. It was Olivia's first (and only so far) time laying out in the fresh air.
We had a Trunk-or-Treat at church. I got the girls all dressed up in their witch costumes then Bryan took them and Livvy and I came later. Our ward throws an amazing Halloween party.
With their sweet friend Elsie
That night Bryan picked up some sushi for us to have after the big girls were in bed. It was so delicious.
On Halloween I took the girls to see Jilly in her Halloween parade then we stayed for the class party for a little while until Olivia was done. I felt bad that we hadn't had any sort of Halloween dinner so I threw some stuff together at the last minute- mummy dogs, apple mouths, and tombstone cornbread. Bryan did the tombstones and they cracked me up. Bryan took the big girls trick-or-treating while Livvy and I passed out candy and that was October- phew!