Saturday, May 29, 2010

Happy Birthday Poppa

My Mom and Dad came into town to help us while I have been recovering from sinus surgery. Besides the obvious benefits, we got to celebrate my Dad's birthday with him today! So, once again:

Happy Birthday Dad!

Happy Birthday Poppa!

Follow Up

Well, it has been a trying few days. After Emma had the seizure Wednesday, her temperature spiked over 102 and she started trembling again, so we went back to the ER to make sure she didn't have another seizure. They gave us a different regimen to use with the Tylenol and Motrin, and that has kept her fever in check. As of 4am, she has not taken any medicine, and her temperature has been normal. She has been her happy, loving self, so hopefully she has kicked the virus for good.

As for me, I feel like I have a head cold that will not go away. I will likely feel that way until Wednesday when they take the splints out of my nose, and even afterward I am not supposed to blow my nose for a month. One side of the nose seems to have healed quickly, but the other side is still pretty nasty, and hopefully it will heal up in the next few days. Thank God I haven't had to sneeze yet, I am not sure how much damage one of those would do!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Emma was in the ER for 4 hours today. She had a fever that spiked at 103.7 and resulted in a seizure that lasted 25 minutes. We go back in the morning for a re-evaluation.

May the Lord guide us through this and keep her safe!

Friday, May 21, 2010


In our last installment, you saw Harry, Ron, and Hermione* sitting comfortable in their perch in Gryffindor. However, danger was lurking nearby...

An intruder from Slytherin had made his way to Gryffindor tower, unbeknown to our young heroes.

One he realized his scheme had been discovered, he started to coil, preparing himself for battle. Quickly, I said "Accio Shovel" and prepared my weapon!

After a short battle, the plot was foiled, and Hogwarts was safe once again.

*The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any resemblance to the names, character, or history of any person or book is coincidental and unintentional. Please don't sue me Ms. Rowling, or I will have to Accio Shovel again.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Emma's Swimming Pool

We got Emma a small wading pool to play in this summer. We gave it a dry run in the house before putting her in it outside, just to see how she would react. She had tons of fun!

Baby Birds

The nest above our front door has produced chicks! At first we thought there were 3, then 4, and now we think there are 6 of them up there!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

10 Months Old

Well here is a little update on what is going on with our Princess Emma. She is cutting a total of 10 teeth. She told her Dad "High Five" today as she proceeded to give him a high five. She is pulling her self up all over the place and crawling all over the house. Reggie is starting to become more active with her, but runs away as fast as possible once she gets to running in her walker. My poor baseboards will need painted before its all over. She is splashing in the bath so I am sure her swim lessons in June will be a hit with our Little Mermaid.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

1st Dentist Appointment

Emma is now cutting her 7th and 8th teeth. She has knots on top and bottom. Monday I was checking her teeth and gums when I noticed a red spot that looked inflamed. We decided to take her into the dentist on Tuesday, May 11th to get her looked at to make sure all was well. The dentist's office was wonderful. They loved her and even gave her a new teething toy. The dentist said that everything was perfect! What I saw was natural and would take care of itself.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

My Mothers Day Celebration

Ray was supposed to work today but managed to get the first half of the day off. So he woke up early with Emma and prepared breakfast for me and served it to me in bed!

My girl was all smiles and wanting to sit next to me as I enjoyed the feast that she helped her Daddy make for me on this very special day. I'll take all the bad bedhead in the world to be greeted by such happiness every day.

We started off in the bed but moved to the living room floor so that we could eat pick nick style and I could feed Emma some yogurt for breakfast.

Me and Ray trying to get a shot of us together. It is not often where we find the time or chance to get a picture of all three of us any more.

Emma dressed and ready to run some errands with Mommy and Daddy. We went and bought me some plants and other things that I wanted for the yard. Swung by Jason's Deli to pick up lunch and eat at home.

When we arrived home the flowers were waiting for me. The ones on the left are from Ray and the ones on the right are Larkspur (Emma's birth flower) and they are from Emma.

This is a handmade block with Emma's hand prints, name, and year on it for my garden. She also made me my mothers day card by herself. What 9 1/2 month old do you know who is this talented! Well she did have her helper with her. Ray is the greatest DAD!

Emma getting ready to take me out to dinner at Excel in North Gate with her Daddy.

We enjoyed a lovely dinner together as a family. Everyone loved Emma and commented on how precious and adorable she looked.

I want to give a big thanks to my wonderful husband and darling daughter. They made my weekend the best celebration I could ever ask for. Being a mother is the most important and rewarding role I have ever been blessed to have in my life.

Happy Mother's Day Brandie

Emma and I want to wish Mommy a Happy Mother's Day! Emma has been here for almost 10 months, but you have been a mother for much longer than that. You have been taking care of Emma since you found out you were pregnant, and even before then by preparing yourself to try to have a child. Now that she is in our lives, you would quickly sacrifice anything of yourself in order to make sure Emma is healthy, safe, and happy. Thank you for being the mother Emma needs and the wife I need. We both love you!

To our Moms

Happy Mother's Day to our Moms, and to all of the other mothers out there. As kids we never understood the sacrifices and love that were given to us, but being parents we can now appreciate it even more!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Saturday Mother's Day Lunch

A smile for me for Mother's Day, I need nothing more than the happiness of my child!

Emma and Reggie sharing some playtime after lunch. She has a blast with him when he stays around long enough for her to get her hands on him.

This picture is showing off her teeth! Emma is now working on her 7th and 8th tooth at the same time, one on top and one on bottom on the same side. She is taking it like a champ and is so happy!

Ray taking a shot of Emma in the car. She just does not take any bad pictures!

At this point in the pictures, we are having fun and one of Nana's friends spots us and stops to say hi and hold Emma for a minute.

All smiles as we head to the park area for some pictures by the train. Our area has these all over the place. I hope to take some time to get some pictures of Emma at all of the different locations.

Emma posing with me at our table. As you can see, I am trying to keep my hot chocolate at a safe distance. This place has the best hot chocolate that I have ever had at a restaurant.

My two most favorite people in the entire world! No better way to celebrate my special day than with my husband and daughter.

Ray and Emma at Madden's for Mommy's Mothers Day lunch. She loved it and was given a bunch of attention from the couple next to us.

Sleeping Like Daddy

Ray used to sleep like this when he was a baby. We have lowered Emma's mattress in the crib since she is so tall and was able to see over it a little when she sat up. With her pulling herself up and trying to walk now, we lowered it last weekend. It makes it a bit harder for me to place her in bed, but Ray is tall so it is easy for him. When I went to put her in, she rolled to her side and then went to her belly and stayed there. Ray then placed her in a better position and our baby girl blessed us by sleeping through the night : )

Emma's Mess

Now that Emma is no longer hiding the fact that she is crawling, she is grabbing anything she can. She pulled out the basket in the picture from under the table and dumped all of the toys out. She even crawled over to the blankets and pulled those out to let me know she was ready for bed! I am having a ton of fun watching her explore her home in new ways.

Emma's Yellow Ball

May 2nd - Emma and Ray playing with her textured yellow ball. She is getting the hang of tossing things now.

As always, she loves to pose for a few pictures for her Daddy. With over 3,000 pictures and counting, Emma knows what the camera is for.

Now all we need is for her to get used to the video camera. She tends to stop whatever it is she is doing when her Daddy turns the video camera on.

You can see how much fun she is getting out of this one ball, even Reggie got into the fun with trying to chase it when she would toss it.

Loves the Star

She loves this teething toy that her Nana got her. She was sweet and even tried to share it with Reggie.

Emma crawling on April 30th to get to a new toy to try out.