S: Olivia Barbara Hill
1: Once upon a time, there was a beautiful baby who was welcomed into the world by two loving parents and their family and friends...
2: Easter 2010
3: We decided to wait until Easter to tell our families. To tell Laura and her family we sent a package to Ruby from the Easter Bunny. We skyped as Laura opened to find some candy, a pink bunny and card telling Ruby that a special stork was going to bring her a special gift- a cousin! Then we called Jim and Steve. | Finally, my parents came over for an Easter lunch. We had them follow a trail of Easter Eggs to the nursery. In the nursery was a big sign announcing when Baby Hill would be arriving- October 9, 2010! We also sent announcements to our friends. | We found out about Baby Hill in the middle of February. We had not been trying but we were very excited.
4: In November of 2009 we got Miller, a lovable yellow lab. We quickly went from a couple to a family. We were so excited to add a baby to our growing family.
6: Baby Hill | We decided to not find out if we were having a boy or girl!
7: My pregnancy was fairly uneventful. At first Baby Hill was gaining weight a little slowly so we had to go for some extra ultrasounds. Luckily, by the middle of summer I was getting big and Baby Hill was back on track. We didn't go on any big trips. Nick and I were both busy taking summer classes so we would be able to graduate just after Baby Hill was born. I didn't get morning sickness but I did have trouble sleeping and got pregnancy induced carpal tunnel syndrome. I had a really hard time typing and couldn't write. Really, it wasn't nearly as bad as some of the side affects that my pregnant friends were having. As for cravings, I wanted sweets. Chocolate, ice creams, cake, and brownies!
8: During the summer we celebrated Miller and Ruby's first birthdays. At Ruby's party, Laura and Bob announced that she going to be a big sister! Laura and I were both excited to be able to share the joys of pregnancy together.
10: I loved my Circus themed family shower! It was so nice to celebrate with everyone.
12: Thank you all for the amazing day!
13: Sorority Shower! | Erika and Lindsey threw me a shower in Michigan. So many of my friends made the trip. It was very special!
14: Nick & Amy's wedding! 10/9/10 Due Date!
16: Olivia Barbara Hill
17: On Friday, October 15th we went to the hospital to have labor induced. We waited all day and finally they decided that she just wasn't going to come on her own. I had a c-section and at 3:25 am Olivia Barbara Hill was born. At 10 pounds 10 ounces and 22 inches long, she was big and beautiful. Nick saw her right away but I had to wake up from surgery before meeting her. At first, she had some trouble keeping her pulse ox up so she was on oxygen for a little bit. She couldn't leave the nursery on the oxygen so we spent lots of time in there the first day.
19: She was in and out of the nursery but by Sunday she was able to spend the day with us in my room.
23: We were able to bring Olivia home from the hospital on Tuesday, October, 19th!
24: Miller was a little confused but he adjusted to having Olivia here pretty quickly.
27: BATH TIME
31: Olivia cooperated when we took her for her one week photographs.
32: Everyone was excited to meet "Baby Hill."
36: We used a white stamp and Olivia's foot to make these cute announcements!
38: Our Little Tigger
39: Andrew Grossnickle's 1st birthday was Olivia's debut with the Lagerman family. Everyone wanted to hold her.
40: I was home from work for 8 weeks. Nick and I were both finishing school. It was hectic at the Hill House but it was also really nice to be able spend so much time as a family.
44: By November, Miller was getting used to having Olivia around.
47: Olivia was quite talkative. She earned her nickname, Petrie, by squawking like a pterodactyl.
49: On Thanksgiving, we went to the Breen's and to Kurt & Marcia's.
50: The first weekend in December Olivia and I went to visit the Scholke's. Laura and I packed up the girls and took them to Wausau's Holiday Parade.
52: Ruby played so nice with cousin Olivia!
54: Merry Christmas Grandma! Love your little Princesses!
57: By December Olivia was smiling more and more and bath time was getting to be less and less of a chore.
59: In December, Nick graduated from Waukesha Tech and I graduated from UW-Whitewater! Olivia really loved the tassels.
64: Even though we missed Laura and her family, Christmas as a family of four was extra special.
66: The Scholke family couldn't visit us for Christmas because Laura was 37 weeks pregnant so we went to Wausau to celebrate New Year's Eve with them.
67: We were all in bed before midnight but it we were happy to ring in 2011!
69: Nick and I had figured out that Olivia laughed and laughed when you rubbed her belly. This night we had a great time playing with her.
71: The photographer was impressed at how Olivia smiled for the camera.
73: Ivy Elizabeth Scholke was born on January 26th. Mom and I went up to Wausau to meet her right away. At only, 6 lbs, 6 oz she was so tiny. Olivia stayed home with daddy for the weekend.
74: The Packers went to the Superbowl- and WON!
75: We had a great time watching the games with Olivia. | Miller's tail made a cute mustache and it made Olivia crack up.
76: B! | B | Y
78: Thursday, February 17, 2011 started out fairly uneventful. I dropped Olivia off at daycare in the morning and Nick picked her up at about 5:00. We got home about the same time. Olivia was having a hard time breathing and seemed lifeless. We immediately took her to urgent care. At urgent care they said she was very sick and sent us by ambulance to the hospital. Although they talked about flying her to Madison's Children Hospital, it was too foggy out for the helicopter. At about 9:00 pm she had a seizure and we were escorted out of the room. A little bit later they brought us back and we knew we had to say goodbye to our little girl- they just couldn't bring her back. Later we found out that she had pneumonia and was born with a congenital heart defect. Planning her funeral was very difficult but it was very touching to see how many lives our little girl touched in such a short time.
80: There are a few things about Olivia that I want you all to know and remember. -She had my dimple and while we will never know for certain, I think she was going to have Nick's blue eyes. -Olivia was a happy, easy going baby. She smiled early and often. She thought Nick was hilarious and in the morning she greeted me with a smile. -Her ears were funny looking in a cute sort of way. The right one often got stuck forward in a way that made her look like an elf. -She hated that she couldn't sit up on her own yet. I am sure she had better abs then other 4 month old because she was always doing crunches. -When she did cry it was so cute. Her bottom lip rolled down into a pout that could have melted even the coldest heart. -And even though she didn't cry much she was a noisy little girl. She loved to hear herself squawk and talk. She squealed to get your attention and could engage you in a conversation so well that you would forget that she wasn't really talking back. While there are so many other things I could share, I need you to know why Nick and I will always be grateful to her. 13 months ago Nick and I were not in a good place. We had lost focus on our futures and were having a difficult time reconnecting after his deployment. We were lost and were heading in the wrong direction. All that changed when we found out about Olivia. We bonded over ultrasounds, nursery paint and everything baby. When Olivia arrived I was amazed by how well Nick cared for us. Olivia helped us find ourselves and correct our path. She caused us to fall in love again. It is because of her that we are strong enough to face this together. It is ironic but it is because of her that we will one day be okay. Finally, I want to share what Olivia has taught me. She taught me to slow down and cherish each moment; to not only love deeply but to show it; to hold each other another minute. At work on Thursday I was so tired because Olivia had kept me up all night. She wasn't fussy or crying- she just wanted to be held. I rocked her and she fell asleep quickly but woke up every time I tried to put her down. Now, I am so very happy that she made me spend that time with her. Please when you think of Olivia do so with joy and happiness. Remember the smiles she brought to the world and in that she will live on. | I had to let everyone know how I felt.
81: Olivia is buried at Sunnyside Cemetery in Menomonee Falls, WI. It is a beautiful place, right by my Grandpa Lagerman.