Monday, March 12, 2012


Only...oh, almost a month ago at this point, Olivia turned three.

February 2012
Oh yes.  She is definitely saying, "cheese!!!!!!" and hording 5 princesses.

Only, oh, almost a year and a month ago at this point, Olivia turned two.  It is so annoying when you have a new baby and people say the standard, "enjoy it, it goes so fast!" But really.  It does.  It goes really fast.

February 2011
How is she three?  This pic of my two year old feels like days ago.

My little girl turned into a big girl.  It wasn't over night but it was close.  One day she was putting a few words together, and then the next week she was having full conversations about her day.  Funny conversations that make partial sense but also have some serious exaggerations.

March 2011
Side pony tail and improperly buckled car seat.  Lets go to target!!!!
(I do seriously fix the buckle...gotta catch the cute as it happens though!)

I have a scar under my nose. You know those two lines under your nose? It kind of looks like I have a third one. I was sitting on the floor with Olivia a few weeks ago and she noticed my scar.

Olivia: Hey! You need a tissue? I get one for ya...

Me: No...that's a scar!

Olivia: Scarf?

Me: Scar. I had a really bad boo boo when I was little and it left a mark on my face. A scar.

Olivia: You got a scarf when you little?

Me: I did!
Olivia: How you do that?

Me: I hit my face on the corner of a table at Grandma Lori's house when I was a little girl.

Olivia: (scratches her head) Oh. That doesn't sound good.

April 2011
She didn't care who brought the basket treats for Easter last year.
This year, I told her about the bunny who fills her basket.
She looked at me like, bitch, are you crazy?
Much like every other three year old in the universe, she is in an independent phase.   "I will just get some M&Ms ALL BY MYSELF REAL QUICK."  Or, she will help with whatever we are doing.  Everything takes double the time with her help but it's cute so how can you care, ya know?

May 2011
What is it with bubbles?

Olivia is an iPhone junkie.  She can unlock, find the app she wants, and start it up.  Our Netflix app has been a lifesaver with everything going on because Olivia can watch pretty much any movie she wants.  Sometimes she watches Family Guy which is OK because it's a cartoon.  Right?

June 2011
Washing the dishes.
  So far we have avoided any swear words.  The worst that she says is, "what da heck?!" which I will not ever correct because the cuteness, obviously.  She says a lot of things that aren't funny to anyone but us and aren't really funny anyway.  They're just cute because they're things she hears us say.  "I'm just gonna do this real quick."  Or, "I just wanna watch this show for ooooone two seconds." 

July 2011
There is pretty much a 100% chance we will raise a gaggle of weirdos.

One of my very favorite things is her bedtime routine.  She loves to read stories, but first she has to get all of her 500 bed toys organized and be tucked in properly.  We've read a Tangled story so much that if we stop mid-sentence, she will finish.  After the story, Mark and I kiss her and hug her at the same time.  "Kiss togever!  Big hug togever!"  We tell her we love her and to have a good rest.  When she wakes up in the morning, she says, "I had a good rest."

August 2011
So far, she is the only baby to occupy Ainsley's crib.

Potty training is going....OK.  We had to force the issue after I went to tour preschools and they were all casually like, "yeah, your giant 3 year old has to be potty trained you inadequate piece of parenting disappointment."  So she's mostly potty trained.  She pees well on the potty but has decided that pooping on the potty is the goddamned devil and holds it for days until she drops the deuce of a hung-over 40 year old man.  But we have until September to get it on lockdown and also whatever.  Maybe she will wear diapers in college for pooping.  At this point I'm ok with that.

September 2011
LOVES her sister.
Most nights consist of a dance party/shark attack on mommy and daddy's bed.  She loves to listen to music (mookzik) and dance on the bed.  Lately she has been forcing the dogs to come up with her so that she can call them sharks and push Mark off the bed-boat to his certain sharky death. 

October 2011
Trick or treat, give me candy now please.
 We went to her 3 year well visit and were scolded like school children about Olivia's eating habits.  Does she get fruits and veggies?  No?  Get on it, idiots.  This kid will gag from the tips of her toes when presented with a vegetable or non-apple/banana/watermelon fruit.  Unless it is chips or candy she feels like we can pretty much shove it up our asses. 

November 2011
Olivia, Mark, Ainsley, Ainsley's Tubing, New Knepper Bump, and Jen.

I think that Olivia will be a great big sister.  She is very concerned about Ainsley - is she tired? Did she poop?  She stinks!  She needs a baff!  Is she crying? When one of us leaves to go to the hospital she always wants to come.  We don't bring her much because all 4 of us make for a very crowded room.  

And she loves new sister, too.  She pats my belly and asks if she is asleep and says, "I wuv her."  She also says she has a baby in her belly.  If she does have a baby in her belly, it's a carb-candy baby.

December 2011
Cute Christmas Pic.
Baxter is always creepin.

She has a love/hate relationship with her dogs, Baxter and Milo.  Sometimes she screams at them for looking at her toys.  Sometimes, she scolds me for screaming at the dogs.  "Dey jus sniffin mah blankie, MOM."  Yes, she calls me mom, with a long drawn out O sound.  Moooooom.  She is indifferent about Baxter but she generally loves poor Milo.  Loves, hugs, chases, tortures Milo.  She calls him buddy.

Critical to the survival of every day are her "wittle goals." A bunch of Strawberry Shortcake dolls and some Little People make up the little girls hoard stash. All the Shortcake dolls she calls her strawberries. The Little People have names - Lisa and Eena. Not sure where she came up with those!

January 2012
Not a fan of sitting still!

Twice, when I've made her mad, she called me Mother Gothel.  Or, Musser Gossel.  Mother Gothel is the mean old bitch who stole Rapunzel from her parents and forced her to live in a tower so that her hair could provide everlasting youth.  Sounds about right, don't you think?

February 2012
Disney Princesses (Rapunzel/Tangled)
Her dog Milo (Her dog Baxter...not so much.)
Jumping on the Bed
Singing and Dancing
Playing Outside
Listening to Mookzik

Pooping on the Potty (HATES!)

Olivia right now is such a sweet little person.  She is a bit sensitive but independent.  Mostly outgoing but occasionally shy.  She is so so so funny, and smart.  She calls our bluff on almost everything.  I really don't think that we would have survived the past year without Olivia keeping us laughing all the time.  

Worth every jealous moment, every injection, every frustrating month of waiting, every awkward doctor and vag cam appointment.  Totally worth it. 


One Year Ago:  Two
Three Years Ago:  Olivia Audrey Knepper


SherilinR said...

what a sweet, pretty girl! 3 year olds have a way of keeping life light and fun.

Mandy said...

This reminds me so much of my almost-3-year-old girl! Aren't they great?

If it makes you feel any better, mine was daytime pee trained last July, but insisted on holding her poop and crapping in her underpants until almost Christmas. We talked to her about it until we were blue in the face. I'm sure the daycare was ready to kill us. Finally, one day, she just started pooping in the potty and hasn't looked back since. It will happen.

alison said...

I don't know how they're THREE! She is so stinking cute. You're going to have a trio of heartbreakers on your hands in about 14 years, momma. ;)

Carrie said...

Olivia is adorable! She makes great faces.

The part about scar vs. scarf made me crack up because my 2 1/2 year old calls Scar from The Lion King "Scarf". I try to explain that "Scarf" isn't really as scary for a villain and it's not like he's actually wearing a scarf and he does have a scar but... she's 2 and never wrong so... Scarf it is!

Candice said...

Great post! Happy birthday Olivia!

Anne said...

Do NOT worry about potty/poopy training. I was certain my 3 year old (now 3 1/2) would never, ever get it. She was going to be the college girl in a diaper. Then one day she got it. And a month later (of disgusting underwear changes) she got the pooping in the potty. It will come. Oh, and so will the eating. We had the world's pickiest eater, but around 3 and 2 months she figured out bribery a lot better. Eat your ham and 4 bites of broccoli and get 4 M&Ms!! Eat that delicious baked pasta with spinach cleverly hidden in it and have 5 chocolate chips! Now she actually eats it all without (much) complaint. You are doing an amazing job, it will all come together!

HereWeGoAJen said...

Happy birthday, Olivia!

And Elizabeth sends some non-potty pooping solidarity. She will only do it if she is allowed to stay up late afterwards. And that only works when she has to go at bedtime. Not like RIGHT NOW, where I just had to get her a diaper.

Cindy said...

Love that last sentence. We are trying for #2 and it's one of those reminders I need!

Rebecca said...

Yea she's 3 and not fully potty trained? I didn't even start with my first until she was 3 years old and before she was completely potty trained she was 3 1/2.

My son? Bwahahahahah, you're going to know what a complete failure of a potty training parent I am in just a sec. . . .Yeah, he'll be five...5 years old in just a few short weeks. He still pees his pants (rarely but still does) and he usually poops his pants (rarely puts it in the potty but ya know) The good news? Kindergarten has to accept him because......well that's just why we love public schools!

areyoukiddingme said...

Happy Birthday, cutie pie!

rebecca said...

Oh my goodness, she is seriously the cutest little girl!!! And she sounds so funny just like her Momma! Freaking LOVE your incredible sense of humor!

E said...

" Worth every jealous moment, every injection, every frustrating month of waiting, every awkward doctor and vag cam appointment. Totally worth it."

Thank you for this. A lot. It's good to know.

Wendy said...

Love this post! Happy Birthday, Olivia!

Jennifer said...

What a beautiful post about your daughter - she seems like a totally awesome kid! I just wanted to sympathize with you on the potty training thing - my son peed on the potty pretty consistently right off the bat... but he did the exact same thing and refused to poop on the potty & held it for DAYS. He was about 4 1/2 when he got over that. What finally worked was, we lined up a bunch of kickass new toys on top of the medicine cabinet and told him that every time he pooped on the potty he could choose one.

Courtney said...

Happy birthday, a bit late, to Olivia! I did think of her on Valentines' Day!

I just love this post! Thank you for sharing such fun memories and photos from the last year!

Wiz said...

My son turned three on Feb 18 so I can relate to so much of this! And I totally get the picky eater, except his fruits of choice are peaches and pears (not fresh of course) and bananas and I guess applesauce counts. I have to try and get sneaky!

Lorrie said...

Oh, I'm with you on the veggie-hatred, girlfriend. I feel like the biggest failure in the world when ALL (yes, ALL) of my friends proudly show off their complacent little darlings happily shoveling brussels sprouts and eggplant down their throats. My little one
(2 1/2) looks at me like I'm insane whenever I try yet again to offer him veggies, or even -gasp!- fruit that's not a banana or, occasionally, an apple. I'm hoping he'll wake up one day and miraculously believe broccoli is the coolest thing ever.

Happy (late) birthday, Olivia. You are darling.

Kendra said...

Loved this post -- and of course I did, because HELLO, look at that kid. Adorable in every way (and that's saying a lot for a three year, three. No one prepared me for three. All that lore about two and it's totally three ya gotta watch out for.)

erin said...

hi. nice to meet you, fellow vent-mommy. my son rowan was also 2 lbs 3 oz at birth. here's my blog your kids are totally cute!

JenM said...

Happy birthday Miss O! Awesome post about an awesome little girl. Yesterday she was attending Maggie and Ben's pretend picnic in the foyer, just so you know. This age is hilarious!

Andrea said...

i am cracking up at the mother gothel part - because when G is made at me she says "oh mother!"
but it's more like OH! Moth-er! with her arms crossed and the stink eye.

these three year olds, hilarious and adorable and I am so glad they are friends :)