Friday, February 18, 2011

The Bad, and the Ugly.....there's no good here!

Emma got a glimpse of the bags under her eyes this morning. She was up twice in the night. Seems she can't bear to look at herself. I feel her pain.

Of course Macie is sick again. Look at her, it's so pathetic. I feel bad for her!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

This N That

I am SO over winter, and germs, and sick kids. Macie is sick AGAIN which means Emma is soon to follow. Emma feels the need to chew on everything that's been near Macie so I guarantee right when Macie is better, Emma will get sick. Poor Macie has a little fever, and a BIG cough. So big that she poops herself when she coughs. I lubed up her feet with Vicks, put some socks on, got the mister going in her room and it all seemed to help her sleep.
The super sucky thing about all the sickness flying around here.....Macie is missing a ton of therapy. Whenever she is sick I always call her therapists and give them a "heads up" that she is sick, and they generally decide to reschedule. I certainly understand, and I wish I could reschedule too!!! I'm the first to admit that a break from therapy is good sometimes, but this is getting crazy. I know she's not regressing at all, but I still feel like she's "missing out". She only has 7 months left with Early Intervention, and that makes me nervous!
Emma is so close to walking, but I think I was saying that about Macie when she was a year old. I can't for the life of me get a video of it either. I bust out the camera, and she freezes. Their love of the camera comes from my side! Emma thinks dropping things from her high chair onto the kitchen floor is great fun. I am trying to teach her to say "uh oh" when she does it. Phil and I swear she says "ah shit". Makes sense!!! I don't care if my kids talk like truck drivers, we just want them to talk.
I desperately need to get Emma her 1 year pictures, but just can't seem to find time. I know I will regret it if I don't get them. I just finally ordered the last ones that Kim did (she took them months ago)....I am a terrible Mommy.
A week from today my Mom is having some pretty major surgery. If you read this blog could you please say a prayer for her. We appreciate it!

She definitely has mastered "The Look".

This is how Emma looks in almost every picture I take of her. She will see the little orange light before the flash comes and she closes her eyes. Little bugger.In jail on Valentine's Day.......

Never a dull moment with "The Face". She found lots of enjoyment in playing in the bathroom sink.

Emma LOVES her new baby, and pack and play from Uncle Joe, Auntie Sam, and Joey!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Emma's First Birthday Party

We had Emma's first birthday party this past Saturday at Connie's Pizza in Naperville. It really turned out great. Thank you so much to all those that were able to make it to her party, and for your very generous gifts. She got lots of toys, great books, and a ton of very cute outfits!!! She is all set for Spring and Summer!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Emma- 1 Year stats

Height 30 3/4"- 90th percentile

Weight 22 lbs. - 75th percentile

Head 18 1/2" - 90th percentile

She had the pneumonia vaccine today, and she is NOT happy about it!!!

We are doing delayed vaccinations with Emma as well, and the nurse practitioner was "high pressure" today about us not doing all the vaccines. She claims she "must" have all of them by 15 months. I'm sorry, but last time I checked I was Emma's Mommy, not her! So frustrating, and now I am grumpy. That's a post for another day.

Emma's ear infection is all cleared up too. She's healthy, and cute!

Thursday, February 10, 2011


Took some pictures of Emma today, and wanted to share. I look at her and can't believe she is a year old. She still seems so small to me!!! Look at those toes.....totally edible.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Face

She's just so cute, I had to post a picture!!!!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


I don't want to take away from your sister turning a year old today, but something is "different" with you these past few days. I can't put my finger on it, and I don't want to over analyze the situation, but it's wonderful. Not that you weren't wonderful before......but you are so much more calm, focused and interactive.
We went to your cousin Joey's 2nd birthday party on Saturday and you were so good. You played with the other kids, minimal climbing.
Sunday we went to Grandma and Papa's house for Papa's b-day and Superbowl and you were amazing again. You played a ton with Katie and Ryan, and again....minimal climbing.
You have come up to me several times and given me hugs and kisses without me even having to ask.
You went pee pee on the potty again today when you got up. You were so proud of yourself and you got a kick out of Mommy's "potty dance"!!!
When I went in your room this morning you looked at me in a way I haven't seen in quite some time. I can't really describe it, but it made my heart smile!
You have gone almost the whole day without handing me the remote and asking for "Gabba Gabba", and have been playing all day. You only whined once, and that's because I tried to slip you some soy milk in your sippy.
It's probably a combo of you growing, learning, and maturing as well as your tummy feeling better since being off dairy and eggs for two weeks now!

Emma Diane is ONE!!!

Dear Emma-

Happy Birthday little one. You are a year old today, and I just can't quite wrap my brain around it yet. One year ago today I was getting ready to go to a routine Dr. appointment to hear your little heart beat, and check things out. I had been having contractions for a few days, and just knew you were trying to make your debut. I found out at that appointment that we were going to meet you in 4 days if you didn't decide to come on your own. You must have sensed my excitement to meet you because you only waited a few hours to really make your presence known. I called Daddy, and told him he should head home since I was pretty sure we would be heading to the hospital shortly.
Even though we had been through this before, it was different, and exciting. We couldn't wait to meet you, and count all your fingers and toes. At 11:06pm it was time for Mommy to start pushing, and at 11:15pm you were born. You were beautiful, and perfect, and LOUD!!!!
You definitely wanted everyone to know you were here, and that hasn't changed a bit!!! I was able to hold you immediately, and it was love at first sight!
This year just seemed to go so fast. Before we knew it you were rolling over, crawling, babbling, standing, and now trying to walk. It's so fun to watch you grow, but it just seems to happen so fast and I wish I could bottle it.
You have been such a joy in our lives this past year. We can't wait to see what the next year brings!!!

Love you "Little's"


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Thank you

We still work on sign language with Macie all the time. I am always trying to teach her to say "please", and "thank you". Today when Phil got home from work Macie was trying very hard to get us to turn on Yo Gabba Gabba. Phil told her if she sat on her butt on the couch he would turn it on. She grabbed her blankie and got up on the couch so Phil got the remote. I did the sign for "thank you", and holy did Macie, and then she followed it up with a verbal "thank you".
We were so proud!!!!
This was right after she did the sign, she was still working on it.

A lot of randomness

I was going to go on a blogging frenzy today, but then I snapped back to reality. I already take a whole day to do a blog so how I thought I could do a whole bunch today is beyond me.
So....this post is going to be a lot of random things from the past week or so.
The most exciting news first- Macie will be starting school pretty much the day after her third birthday. I was worried she would have to wait almost a whole year since she misses the cut off. Because she is receiving services through Early Intervention, she is qualified to start the day after she turns three. Macie's developmental therapist also told me that the preschool Macie will be going to is amazing. I also found out we are in district 204 which is awesome. I thought for some reason we were in 203. 203 is good too, but the preschool in 204 is WAY better.
Since meeting with the nutritionist for Macie, she has been dairy free for a week and a half. I think she is more focused, more talkative, her frustration level has gone WAY down, she's had solid poops, and her meltdowns are just "normal" two year old fits. I can't help but think that she has an intolerance to dairy and it makes her feel crummy. I know when I don't feel good I am in a horrible mood. So her tummy hurting coupled with not being able to tell us what's bothering her makes it very difficult around here!
When the snow started on Tuesday Macie seemed very curious about it. She has not been a fan of going outside to play in the cold and snow. I believe a majority of the problem is having all the clothes on to go outside. Yesterday we decided to give it a shot, and get her outside. We bundled her up quickly and headed outside. At first she was not happy about having all the gear on, but I got her outside, put her on her sled, and she had a blast. She rode around on the sled for a bit, but then was curious about all the snow and wanted to walk around in it. I was so annoyed....I got the camera out to take pictures, and the batteries died. She looked so cute!

Emma has her first ear infection. She had a little cold all of last week. No fever, just a lot of boogs, coughing, and sneezing. She was a little fussy, and not eating much of her bottles for a few days. She is never fussy unless she's hungry or wet so I thought something was up. She was also waking up every night at 10:30 and fussing. I decided to call the Dr. before the big storm hit because I was sure she would get worse when we were not able to leave the house. Good thing we took her in since she does have an ear infection. It's not bad, but they did prescribe antibiotics. I'm rather certain we will be contacting the show Intervention because Emma LOVES her meds. When I take it out of the fridge she gets giddy, and I can not get it to her mouth fast enough. Yuck! After a few days of crack... I mean antibiotics......she is almost back to her old self. I also realize that I really took her disposition for granted. She is such a good baby, and so laid back.

We are almost finished painting. It's very hard to paint with two little ones running around. We have to keep doing it in small spurts. The living room is done, and now we just have the stairway and hallway upstairs to do. I love the color, but now that it's almost done I am wondering if it's too dark. I'll just have to get more lighting for the living room maybe to brighten it up a bit. Now to decide what, and where to hang stuff on the walls. Phil got a wall mount for our TV so that will be first to go up. Have a feeling our girls will be learning some colorful words when we put that up!

Naps have been rather interesting around here lately for both Macie and Emma. I'm not gonna lie, I need them to nap. I need them to nap for my own sanity, to get things done around here, and if they nap that equals a less crabby kid at the end of the day. I think they are both in "transition". Macie could go without a nap, and I think she would be ok. She gets a bit cranky by 6pm if she doesn't have one, but it's not always unbearable. I still have her nap pretty much everyday because I think with all the therapy she needs to "rest" her body and her mind. Most days she will play in her room for an hour before finally passing out. Emma was on the two nap schedule- one at 9am, and one at 1pm. Now she isn't tired until 10am, and when I do put her down for the AM nap, she only sleeps about 45 min. to an hour. Her PM naps are around 1:30ish, but it takes her FOREVER to fall asleep. Yesterday she had one nap around 12:30, she slept until about 2:30, but was pretty cranky and tired around 6:00. So the transition for both of them is confusing me a bit, and I am thinking about dreadlocks since showering is getting challenging as well. I would love to put both of them in their rooms to play and then go shower, but I can't. Macie has pretty much destroyed her room. She has chewed most of her books, and is slowly snacking on her blinds. She moves furniture and toys to make step stools so she can climb on her dresser. I can't really enjoy a shower when I am afraid she's going to fall and break her neck, or choke on a page from Goodnight Moon! I did get a shower in today since Phil was home in the morning. Macie just fell asleep finally, and guess who's up from her AM nap? Again....I am not gonna lie, an "are you freaking serious?" came out of my mouth when I heard Emma turn on her crib toy to signal she's up! I don't remember when Macie transitioned to just one nap a day, but I do know it wasn't this early! I swear Emma just looked straight into the camera and said "I know you know I'm up, and you better come get me." Ok, maybe she just said it with her eyes.