Date: February 11,
Time: 3:24 a.m.
Where: Lehigh Valley Hospital
Weight: 6 lbs, 15-1/4 oz
Eyes: Dark Grey
Hair: Way more than Daddy
Star Sign: Aquarius
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About the Name:
Like "Julie" with an
"O." It also rhymes with Goalie, Holy,
cousin Nicolie, or as we like to call her "Rolly-Polly
Jolie Stromboli." It's not Jo-LEE, and it's certainly
not pronounced "Jolly!"
I've come to
learn that Jolie in French means "beautiful," which is, of course, quite
Where did we find the name? Bev found it in a
catalog for quilts, of all places. They were
selling three styles: An Emma quilt, an Olivia quilt and
a Jolie quilt.
Strangely, at the time we got the catalog, our friends
Kirsten and Carter had two girls named Emma and Olivia
with a third on the way. We would have been a
little suspicious that they were closet quilters if the
third kid was named "Jolie"! (Actually,
it was close, though, they named her "Julia.")
| The Pregnancy
Bev had an uneventful pregnancy
until the last
month, during which we made four different frantic trips
hospital. Two of those trips
resulted in spending six
days in the hospital
overnight under observation. Bev was diagnosed with
In an effort to get us to full term, Bev was put on
strict bed rest for the last five weeks to prevent the
problem from getting worse.
The doctors had previously decided that they would
induce at exactly 39
weeks starting Sunday night, 2/10, at 9 p.m. That
process began, but Bev started having more problems soon
after. At 1:30 a.m. the baby's heart-rate jumped
from the 140's to the 170's and stayed there for 45
minutes indicating that the baby might be in some sort
of distress. Our doctor was called in from home
and decided to do an emergency C-Section.
getting to the nursery, I was happy to note that all of
the other babies looked the same, except for Jolie who
is clearly cuter than all of the rest of them.
|After the Delivery
Just to make her last month
even more difficult, Bev developed an
upper respiratory virus a
week before all of this, and had a nasty cough.
As you could guess, between the virus making her cough,
an impressive incision in her stomach from the
C-section, the nauseousness caused by the anesthesia
wearing off, no more than an hour of sleep before the
labor began, the surgery in general, and her body
adjusting to no longer carrying a baby - Bev was
Further complicating matters, just before we were to
leave the hospital, they removed the staples in Bev's
stomach. A few minutes later, Bev coughed,
and the incision opened. We had to stay another
night in the hospital, and home care had come to the house to check on it daily and re-insert new
packing for more than a week!
7/07/06 - We went to Camel Beach water park for the 2nd
year in a row, but this is the first time Jolie went down
one of the water slides. It was also the 2nd, 3rd,
4th, 5th, etc. time as she asked to do it over and over and
7/05/06 - Jolie caught her first lightning bug all on
her own. She was very excited.
9/24/05 - Jolie got dressed on her own for the first
time, and she did it without prompting.
9/17/05 - Day #1 of Dance Class (Ballet and Tap).
8/06/05 - Jolie bowled for the first time. (Mommy
helped her push the ball down the lanes.)
4/23/05 - Jolie started swim lessons at "Aquabilities."
2/12/05 - Jolie got her ears pierced at the Berkshire
1/24/05 - Jolie's first time at the dentist. She
told me that she was really good and said "I didn't move a
whistle." (I think she meant "muscle.")
1/22/05 - In the middle of watching The Incredibles at
the Discount Cinema Theater, while sitting on my lap, Jolie
gave me a big hug and said "Daddy, you're my best friend,
1/06/05 - Jolie's first day sleeping in a bed instead of
12/01/04 - Jolie is finally out of diapers. We
have her in "pull-ups" to sleep, but she can be trusted to
be in just underwear while she's awake, and generally is dry
when she wakes up too. We're just about totally there.
11/13/04 - Jolie's first time on a plane. We flew
out of Allentown to Orlando for her first "real" vacation.
The next 4 days we spent at Disney: MGM, Magic Kingdom,
Animal Kingdom and Epcot on seperate days.
7/10/04 - Jolie pooped on the potty for the first time.
Still a long, long way to go before she's fully potty
trained, since she pees about every 15 minutes or so it
7/04/04 - Jolie said, out of the blue while sitting on a
bench waiting for my Mom, "Daddy, you're my favorite guy."
5/30/04 - Jolie went to her first movie today: Shrek II
at the Fairgrounds Square Mall ... Jolie is slowly beginning
to get potty trained. She asks to go about 1 out of
every 4 times.
2/16/04 - Jolie is now in the "Me do it!" stage.
Everything we do now takes at least three times as long
because she has to do it herself. She's becoming very
independent, or at least she's trying very hard to be.
2/01/04 - Jolie said "I love you, Mommy" for the first
1/26/04 - First signs of the "pretend
stage." After I brought Jolie home from the doctor
(she had her first bad sore throat), I heard her talking to
her plastic shapes that go with the Barney truck.
"Come on, Triangle. Come on, Square, it's time to go
to the doctor. Make you feel better."
10/13/03 - Jolie can count to 10 already, although she
needs her toes or someone else's toes to do it. She's
been singing the ABC's song for months now (although many of
the letters run together.) I'm telling you, she's a
9/12/03 - Jolie got her first major boo-boo. She
tripped on her shoe-lace in the playground at daycare and
fell on her face. She has a GIGANTIC brushburn on her
cheek, all the way from her eye to her chin.
6/23/03 - Jolie started at a NEW daycare - "A Bridge to
Learning" in Allentown. Her previos daycare closed.
After a few days there, the teachers told us that Jolie is
the sweatest little girl that they have ever had, and that
they wished all of the kids could be like her.
6/18/03 - Over the last 2+ weeks Jolie's vocabulary has
exploded. She doesn't say anything very well yet, but
we've lost track of the number of different words she can
say. It's probably around 40-50 or so. She's a
genius! And when she isn't saying anything
discernable, she's babbling constantly. God help us
when she can really talk to us, I'm not sure she's going to
5/30/03 - Jolie had a check-up yesterday. She's
average weight, and 95 percentile in height. She
starting to say lots of words now. She doesn't say
anything very well, but they are definitely words:
Bye, Spot, Juice, Cheese, and Darts are a few. Darts
is her latest word. She likes when I hold her while I
throw darts at the dartboard. I let her hold them and
then she hands them to me one at a time, and each time she
says "Darts" which actually sounds more like "Dat-tss".
2/25/03 - Jolie began taking her first steps uncoaxed.
This was the first time she walked without our standing her
up and prompting her to move towards us. We were just
sitting there watching TV, and up she stood and walked right
across the room. Very exciting. And then she did
it again a few more times. Here we go!
2/22/03 - We began weening Jolie off of formula and onto
1/28/03 - Jolie took her first steps! They were
little itty-bitty baby steps, and obviosly she still really
prefers crawling, but...here we go!
1/25/03 - Jolie had a doctor appointment today.
She has broken the 20 pound barrier! When she turns 1
in two weeks we can turn her car seat around facing forward.
1/08/03 - Jolie crawled over and touched the right nose
when asked "Where's Mommy's nose?", "Where's Daddy's nose?"
and even "Where's Spot's nose?" She's a baby genius!
12/30/02 - Jolie is clearly becoming aware of things enough
to understand them. She'll point to lights when you
ask her "Where are the lights?", and she seems to know ball,
nose and a few other things, and loves the attention she
gets when she raises her hands over her head when you say
"How big's Jolie?!" She's becoming very good at
walking when you hold her hands, so it looks like it's just
a matter of time before she tries it on her own. LOTS
of babbling going on, too. The first word must also be
just around the corner.
12/25/02 - We weathered the snow storm, but probably made
it back home through the snow thanks to the car being weighed
down by so many presents for Jolie. She didn't really
know what was going on at only 10-1/2 months old, but she
loves pressing buttons that make noise, and she didn't have
a shortage of those on Christmas morning. I am now
hearing the alphabet song in my sleep. If this girl
doesn't know her A-B-C's, there's something wrong.
10/30/02 - Jolie got her first fever, a temperature that
reached a peak of 103.5 and lasted for five days. She
went to the doctor twice, and even got a chest X-ray at the
hospital (which she DID NOT like AT ALL). All is well,
though...just a nasty virus.
10/27/02 - Bev made Jolie a home-made
DOG costume which she wore to a Halloween parade
9/20/02 - Jolie started holding her bottle herself today.
- Just 2 days after her first couple crawl steps she is
completely crawl mobile. She is now in a major house
exploration going from one place to another.
Unfortunately she also found out that being mobile can
sometimes be painful. She got her first boo-boo when
she slipped during a crawl and clunked her chin on the
entertainment center resulting in a nice little
shiner. (This was under Mommy's watchful eye, I'd
like to add - NOT daddy's!) This morning she also
moved on from "mom mom mom mom..." to "da
da da da da da da." Bev even called me at work
and got her saying it on my work answering machine.
- Jolie took her first few crawl steps today. It was
only a few each time before falling over but she seems
thrilled that she can kind of move around on her own!
- Jolie is doing a lot of baby babbling now. This
morning we awoke to hear her in her crib going "mom
mom mom mom mom mom mom." It was more making
noise than a word to her, but it was still very cute.
- Jolie has started trying to both crawl AND grab hold of
things to pull herself to a standing position. She
isn't able to do either yet, but she is clearly
trying. It's only a matter of time now!
- Jolie had her 6 month check-up today. The Dr. said
that she is a very "advanced sitter."
Jolie clearly gets this from her Dad. I am also a
very "advanced sitter," rarely falling over when
I sit ... She
has grown an inch since last time, and now weighs 16
pounds-4 ounces. She is 90 percentile in height,
70th in weight.
- Jolie seems to have caught a cold from me. Her
mood hasn't seemed to have changed at all, she just has a
runny baby nose.
- We added baby cerceal to Jolie's diet for the first
time. She's doing quite well with it although only
about half of it actually goes in her mouth - the rest
makes an unbelievable mess!
- Jolie rolled over for the first time on her own!
Of course, it was 5AM and she couldn't figure out how to
get back on her back and the screaming ensued.
- Jolie weighed in a 14 pounds 9 ounces (75th percentile),
and 25-3/4" in length which is the 95th
percentile. She's a long one!
- Jolie's first tooth begins coming in (and so does a lot
- Jolie laughed for the first time. She had been
very smilely to that point, but didn't seem to know how to
make a laughing sound to go with her big smiles.
- Jolie weighed in at 11 pounds, and measured 23-1/4"
in length. She only has 2 more pounds to catch up to
smile is caught
on film for the first time!
Although there were a few prior tiny quick smiles here and
there, Jolie really started smiling more frequently this
3/21/02 - Jolie weighed in a 9 pounds, 5 ounces.
3/04/02 - Jolie's belly button cord nubby-thingie
- Jolie definitively reaches for something for the first
time, grabbing/examining the pretty puffy frame around her