We've never been big on Easter as a family from the religious aspect but last year it took on a whole new meaning as it was the first and only holiday Olivia spent in the hospital. Last year she was less than a week Post-Norwood and it marked the first time in our hospital stay that I left the campus to do brunch. Even though the restaurant that we chose was about 2 miles away from the hospital and I knew that the staff at the PSHU had cell phones and emergency #'s up the wazooo I was still antsy to get back to her bedside. How fortunate are we as a family that even with all the procedures and appointments, we have not spent more than one holiday in the hospital thus far. So now, when I think of Easter I think of our time in the PSHU and the families that donated the beanie babies that every little one got last year during their stay. In Olivia's case a pink bunny that stays in her crib as a little protector.
This past weekend was even more monumental besides the holiday. Saturday marked one complete year since Olivia came home from the Norwood. We have been so caught up in the day to day life with a busy (read: wild) one year old that the day actually got past us. I thought it was today remembering that last year she turned a month old at home; but forgetting that we came home one day shy of four weeks old - if that makes sense. So...one year at home has come and gone and she marked it in true Olivia fashion with skipping her afternoon nap, staying up until 11PM and then waking up four times in the middle of the night. We're all pretty convinced that she knows that Mom and Dad alternate nights of taking care of her and while she's been giving me a solid 6 hour stretch for a while, she will routinely wake up on Brian's nights. Sometimes it's just for a pacifier, the occasional middle of the night bottle and he swears that she wants a hug - that she will be sitting up in her crib waiting for him to give her a little squeeze and then go back to sleep. Either way - Olivia's Daddy is at her beckon call and worse, she knows it!
This week I'll get a bunch of pics up from her first birthday, I know I've been late getting those posted and we also have her first year pic with Fievel in keeping with the tradition.