Category Archives: olivia grace


these days, i am happily spending all my spare time on my sweet little girl.  which is wonderful, because she is wonderful.  on the other hand, things like our blog and long-overdue thank you notes have fallen by the wayside.  oops.

anyways, i think the best way to catch up on the blog is to just share a slew of photographs.  don’t you agree?

first off, we’ll start with instagram, one of my favorite things right now.  here’s a little collage of some of my favorite photos posted on there in the past few months — centering on a certain subject whose name starts with an “o.”

and now, just a smattering of photos — some taken with the ever-convenient iphone, others with my incredible canon s.l.r.  so many ways to capture this beautiful life.

oh, and by the way — the pictures below are more or less in chronological order, so you can see the progression of that little girl’s crazy growth!

this goes way back, but just had to share it. our friends ruth and maggy (from burundi, central africa) visiting just days before olivia made her appearance.

and another one from way back when… our pastors’ daughter brianna blessed little “baby baldridge” with prayerful henna several weeks before the big day.

and now, on to olivia. this was in the first weeks… can you believe how teeny tiny that girl was?! just wait till you see the pictures below…

tiny sleeper.

her biggest cousin addy, meeting liv for the first time when we arrived in santa barbara. love these two.

and right behind addy, waiting to hold little olivia, was lucy goose, cousin #3. sweet girls.

great grandma getting to meet olivia in san luis obispo, california. it was liv’s first s.l.o. farmer’s market.

livy loves playing with nana and auntie kells.

caught up with a close college friend, heather, while in san diego in august. we made friends with little collins, who is just a month and a half older than liv.

since we are doing cloth diapers for olivia, we are in the loop with the local cloth diaper shop. and as a result, we got a free professional photo shoot when she was two months old. love this little beauty.

great weekend with dear friends… and in fact, we have another weekend with these very friends coming up in just a few days! we are blessed. p.s. miss you sooo much, jenny…

two months old, loving her activity gym.

hangin’ with daddy in the big bed.

daddy won an award! the texas instruments innovations in “stem” teaching award (stands for science, technology, engineering, and math). we are so proud of him.

my girly girl.

bundled up in her jammies on our first cold day of fall!

daddy doing some work while enjoying the outdoors. we took a weekend trip with a handful of close friends from our bible study, up in beaver’s bend state park in oklahoma. the fresh air and fellowship was just what we needed.

enjoying the beautiful scenery and my sweet girl in her moby wrap. love that thing.

the men enjoying a good bonfire.

and the girls all cozy inside.

broken bow lake at beaver’s bend state park.

waking up to breakfast with “uncle” adam.

oh, daddy. such a silly guy.

had the chance to visit san diego just a few weeks ago, to celebrate my sweet sister kelley and my little nephew beckett, who is due to arrive in january!

this girl is loving her fist! yumm.

the whitmore girls — missed you, kristen!

cousin liam holding not-so-little olivia. don’t mind my hand in the bottom left corner. love that sweet boy.

our little pumpkin — already four months old!

this little sweetheart is twenty weeks old! my how those weeks have flown by!

our favorite part of every day is greeting this face in the morning. we are beyond blessed.

we hope you enjoyed that fast and furious summary of the past 4+ months!  i hope to follow up this post with another, featuring a few short videos of olivia, in the near future.  until then…

we love you all lots!

– court

life in cali

we are nearing the end of our third week in california, with one week left.  santa barbara, san diego, and cayucos have been good to us.  hopefully i’ll find a moment to write a little more about our trip.

our little girl is growing fast, and we are more in love every day.  truth be told, she has been quite the challenge, as we’ve discovered the difficulties of colic.  fortunately, we have lots of loving hands who are happy to rock, sway, and bounce her.  of course, we’re hoping she’ll grow out of it and feel better soon.  at the same time, she is developing a sweet social smile, has been cooing up a storm, and is sleeping long stretches at night (eight hours last night!).  it is so exciting to see her become a little girl with personality — she is the highlight of every day.


our little girl is snoring as she sleeps soundly on my chest, all cuddled up in her moby wrap… and wonder overtakes me. i find myself in constant awe that this little life came to be. only a year ago, we were working at the baptist medical center in ghana, and olivia didn’t yet exist, except for in the mind of our amazing God. his creation inspires awe that is indescribable.

the past twenty-one days have been full of blessings. from the presence of family members (including moms that clean our house while we rest and care for olivia) to the outpouring of love from friends, and many other blessings large and small, we are grateful.

i am especially grateful for that beautiful day when olivia was born. as you can probably tell in the video we posted (see post below), it was a great day for me. although the labor pains i endured for six hours (until my epidural) were the most intense thing i had ever experienced, i look back on that day with such fondness and thanksgiving, for the many ways that God blessed us and the sheer joy that we experienced as our first child entered the world.

here are just a few of the things that didn’t have to happen, but did:

  1. my mom and both sisters were in town, ready and waiting for that moment.
  2. one of those sisters, erin, had a very short window to be in dallas due to her busy job as a midwife in san diego — and olivia being born on that day meant having the most amazing masseuse/coach to get me through those contractions and help decide when to head to the hospital!
  3. my doctor happened to be the one on call that day — which helped me to relax and made the delivery extra special.
  4. the nurses were all really sweet, especially my designated labor & delivery nurse, jenny.
  5. with a doctor who knew me and a sweet l&d nurse (plus an uncomplicated labor), they allowed me to have all four of my support team (aaron, mom, and sisters) stay in the room with me when olivia was born — instead of the usual limit of two!
  6. my epidural eased my pain beautifully, but didn’t delay the progress of my labor (which was my one fear about the epidural)!
  7. though she was scheduled to fly the next day, aaron’s mom was able to hop on a plane to arrive just a couple hours after olivia was born!

there are even more little blessings i could mention, but i think you get the idea. i know that not every labor & delivery goes quite as smoothly, so i am incredibly grateful for all the ways we were undeservedly blessed that day. and most of all, i am thankful for a healthy little girl.

kells packing my bag with last minute items before we head to the hospital.

smiling as i rinse dishes between contractions.

my last few hours as a pregnant momma.
39 weeks + 4 days.

my lovely sister erin.

and lovely sister kelley.

a little comic relief — mom and kells happily documenting the day while erin massages me through a contraction.

mom and sisters — can’t imagine that day without them.

my husband of five years — about to become the most incredible daddy to our little girl.

at the hospital, all settled in.

the new baldridge family of three, just moments after we met our little olivia grace.

the first of many daddy-daughter snuggles.

olivia meets nana.

granny (elaine) arrives from phoenix.

enjoying our first days with liv.

home at last.

the three weeks since that day have passed quickly, and i am doing my best to soak them up, one at a time.

here are a few little facts about our sweet girl:

  • her name reminds us of the olive branch brought to noah on the ark by a dove — the promise of new life. she is our little olivia grace, the promise of God’s precious grace towards us.
  • just like when she was in my belly, she gets the hiccups on a daily basis — usually multiple times in one day.
  • she is a crazy good little feeder — a natural.  despite dropping 9% from her birth weight by six days of age, she regained it like a champ, and weighed eight pounds (four ounces above birth weight) at 2.5 weeks old.
  • she is incredibly alert, turns her attention to different voices, and has impressive head control.
  • she sometimes gives us a run for our money — waking up every 1-2 hours to feed at night — and other times lets mommy and daddy sleep, feeding every 3+ hours.  [i should mention that daddy is a happy, willing helper — and i am so grateful.]
  • she has blue eyes and strawberry blonde hair — are you surprised?

chilin’ with daddy.

little fingers.

her onesie reads: “(egg)plant a kiss on me”.

sweet flowers from nana and papa.

she loves her nana already.

first bath, happy the whole time — girl loves to be clean!

cuddling with auntie kells — who also happens to be the mommy of olivia’s newest cousin, due to arrive in january 2013!

happy in granddaddy’s arms.

granny and granddaddy with the newest little baldridge girl!

her first fourth — fireworks and all!

our sweet girl.


thanks for celebrating with us… we are overjoyed.

we’re off to california next week, for a month of family time — woohoo!  hope to be back again soon with another update.  love you guys!