Monday, November 23, 2009

What a week!

Sorry I have been MIA for a while. Olivia was horribly sick from the Sunday before last to this past Friday. She had a high fever of more than 104F for 5 days. It was very scary. Her fever was so high that her eyes were red from it. We took her to the pediatrician twice and also to an infectious disease specialist.

Blood was taken and cultures were swabbed from Olivia’s nose and throat. She tested negative for strep or the flu. The conclusion was a virus, which has to work itself out of her system. We were told some viruses could last up to 2 weeks.

Luckily, her fever came down to 101F on Friday and returned to normal over the weekend. She still has a cough but other than that, she was back to her normal self.

Meanwhile, I’m trying not to get sick though I now have an itchy throat and am coughing.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Olivia is 3!

Olivia turned 3 two days ago. We had a party for her on Sunday at the same place as last year. This year, I noticed that all the kids were able to follow the coach’s instructions going from one activity to another.

First it was warming up – shaking legs, trying to smell their toes, being funny….

Then it was off to kangaroo jump on a long trampoline like equipment, roll into a pit, then up and down the slide.

Olivia loves jumping and she was the only kid who got pretty good height on the trampoline. Next is another type of trampoline where the trampoline material is a little softer. Again she enjoyed herself very much. The pictures say it all.

The last activity was the rock wall. Surprisingly, she was a little scared on this one. We have a little rock wall on the swing set and she climbs up without help but I guess this wall is bigger and steeper.

Olivia’s birthday treat from the coach is flying through the air. Initially she won’t let go of the coach’s hand but then she was fine. She went a little higher but she doesn’t want to swing for long, I think she was still a little frightened.

Off to the party room for pizza, juice and cake.

I can see the difference between last year and this year. Last year, all Olivia wanted to do was jump and run around, ignoring anything the coach said. This year, she followed everything that the coach said and was responsive as well. I also know she enjoyed herself very much.

Her actual birthday fell on a Monday and hubby went into her classroom to celebrate with her and her classmates. He brought cupcakes, took a book to read to the class and spent about ½ hour there.

My baby is growing up!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween 2009

Halloween is here again. What will Olivia dressed up as this year? Will I be a cheapo and dress her up in the Chinese costume that my parents brought last year?

Let’s see – on her first Halloween, she was a butterfly. Last year, she was a China doll (the Chinese outfit with pants). This year, I have the Cheongsam outfit. Should I dress her in the Cheongsam outfit or a different one? She’s still young enough that she has no opinion of what she wanted to be.

So, can you guess what Olivia dressed up as? Ready…..scroll down for the answer.













The costume was my niece’s. I told Olivia that she’ll be dressing up as Elmo a month ago and she has been talking about it ever since.

Grumpy Elmo.

Asking to eat the chocolate before we're done trick or treating.

It was an usually warm day and the costume is very warm. After about 1/2 hour of trick or treating, she was done. Everybody said she was the cutest Elmo.