Monday, December 21, 2009

Ho, ho, ho!

Santa stopped by Emma's school last week and Grandpa was sweet enough to accompany her and take photos. I can't say that Santa was a huge hit, but she didn't cry!

You have to eat your snacks fast or the boys will get it!

notice that she's eating the candy cane with the wrapper on

a little shy

as happy as she got :)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

First Haircut!!

We took Emma to get her very first (professional) haircut last night! Her hair was just scraggly and had no shape so they trimmed it up and it looks SOO much better! She actually really liked sitting in the airplane and having people tell her she looked pretty ;)

Getting ready

Not so sure


We bribed her with fruity cheerios (aka fruit loop rip-offs) to keep still

she looks so grown up

I don't like it!

Oh wait, yes I do! I look just like Mommy!!

I am adorable!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

I've got nothin'

I went to look through my photos tonight so I could post something and I haven't even taken pictures of the girl :( Ever since school started it's been a non-stop germ fest here. I know that it's "normal" when a kid starts daycare, especially one that didn't have much of an immune system to start with, but OMG!! Can we please get a break around here?? Emma and I have both had 2 sinus infections and I thought we were over that and on the mend and then Friday night she came home and started puking her guts out. Awesome. Mama is so over it!
So I found one photo that I don't think I've shared... it was from our first sledding adventure. Emma didn't like it but she looks cute ;)

Snow bunny!! I love how she looks like a little skier!!

And if you're bored and want a great read, my friend Trish wrote a pretty awesome post about the Dugger's latest delivery. Read it here

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Yeah, she's a girl

So in addition to being a shoe girl, Emma also LOVES purses. Anything that has a handle becomes a purse and she generally has multiple purses on her arm.

A shoe box, book and a fur-lined purse

Just a couple purses

5 of her favorites!

and her new favorite purse... it's a dog in a purse!!
(please don't mind her crazy hair)

Monday, November 23, 2009

These boots are made for walkin'...

Emma is OBSESSED with shoes. They are the first thing she mentions when she wakes up in the morning and the last thing at night. She talks about them all day long and one of her favorite games to play is to take all the shoes out of the closet and bring them to their owner. If Jamie sleeps in she'll bring him his shoes and place them on his head so he wakes up and puts them on. There is hardly a waking moment when she isn't wearing her shoes.
In fact today shoes were the subject of her very first spontaneous (not repeating us) 2 word phrase... "Emma's shoes!" (pronounced "Emme" because that is how she says her name).

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Blogging for Preemies

Do you know a baby that was born too soon, too small, unable to suck, unable to breathe on his own? Premature birth is a health crisis that jeopardizes the lives and health of nearly half-million babies each year. It is the #1 killer of newborns and can lead to lifelong disabilities. Worse: the number has increased 31 percent since 1981. It can happen without warning and for no known reason. Until we have more answers, anyone’s baby, could be born too soon.

Medical advances give even the tiniest babies a chance of survival, yet for many babies premature birth is still a life or death condition. It’s the #1 cause of death during the first month of life. And babies who survive face serious health challenges and risk lifelong disabilities.

The rate of premature birth has never been higher. In half the cases, we simply don’t understand what went wrong. We need to fight for answers. And, ultimately, preventions.

Today I blog for Emma and the millions of other premature babies, however instead of focusing on the unhappy side of our story (which you can find here, here and here), I am choosing to focus on the positive outcome of Emma’s birth.

Before Emma was born I didn’t know anyone who was or had a preemie and unfortunately since then I’ve had multiple friends in similar situations. Each time it happened my heart would break a little more because I knew the pain and fear that they were feeling. And yet each time it happened it also made it clear to me why we were “chosen” to take this journey.

Much like premature birth has become the March of Dimes’ fight, my fight has become support for parents of preemies. Unfortunately (or fortunately I guess), when Emma was in the NICU I didn’t know anyone who had been there before. I didn’t have someone to turn to who could tell me that my fears and guilt were normal. I didn’t have someone to talk to who really knew what I was going through and I didn’t realize it at the time, but no one should have to embark on this journey alone. I had an amazing support group of family and friends, but none of them had been in the same place as me and as wonderful as they were, it’s just not the same. My new goal is to make sure that no one has to feel alone, that there is someone to hold their hand or offer them advice and a tissue or just sit and listen to them cry.

Thursday evening marks the first meeting of the Rose NICU Support Group that I have spent months convincing the hospital that is needed. I have found other women with similar stories who also want to offer support to new preemie moms, I researched the *best* way to make this successful and I’m hoping (and trying my hardest to ensure) that the meeting is a success and that this group gets off the ground. I’m also hoping that the group at Rose is just the beginning and that soon my cause will be city (state? country?) wide.

I truly believe that Emma led us on this path so that I could discover this need that I am here to meet. It’s my hope that no one has to go through the trauma of having a premature baby, but until there is a way to guarantee that, I’m here to hold their hand along the way.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance?

Emma does too :)

The hip hop version

and the river dance

Monday, November 9, 2009

missing summer

I came across these photos today and they made me miss our days at the pool. I loved this little spot on Emma's thighs, I still love it, it was just extra cute with a tan :)

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Emma's Halloween party at school (she got up at 4am that morning and only took an hour nap, tired girl)

They had orange treats

Both were died with food coloring, don't even get me started on how messy that was

knock, knock

no one is home :(

let's go faster daddy!


trick or treat!!


oh wow, chocolate is yummy!!

yay!! Happy Halloween!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

We survived

Our first week is under our belt and we survived :) I won't lie and say it was easy because it wasn't. It's definitely hard being away from my baby all day, but she's getting adjusted to being at school and aside from drop-off, she loves it :) Work is work. It's not my dream job, but it pays. I will say that it is nice to use my brain in a different manner and not just talk about mommy stuff all day. We definitely both miss the old days of hanging out with our friends.
I know my posts have been lacking pictures lately, so here you go...

this is what Emma and William miss most... loving on each other (and yes, they do just do this randomly throughout their time together)

naughty girl in the sugar bowl

first pigtails!!

Henry, William and Emma

Emma taking her tractor driving very seriously

Riding the train (Jamie got stuck in the car)

Emma and her boys again... William, Emma and Henry

Friday, October 16, 2009

Soaking it up

Today is my "official" last day as a stay at home mom. On Monday I return to the working world and Emma will spend her first day at daycare. I have so many mixed emotions about this.
I am excited about working again and the possibilities that I will be presented. And as shallow as it sounds, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited about the money... MONEY!!! It will be nice to have a little more cushion if something were to happen :)
I am excited about Emma getting to play with 9 kids who are her age and can teach her things that I can't. I know she's going to love it!
I'll say that the excited part is definitely the minority though.
I am really sad. Sad that I won't get to spend all day with my darling girl. Sad that I won't be the one to comfort her if she's scared or hurt. Sad that she's not really going to know what happened.
I'm also scared. Scared that I won't cut it in the working world... it's been so long since I've used my brain in that capacity. I'm scared of the germs that daycare holds... everyone in Emma's class has a snotty nose and it freaks me out. Scared that the other kids won't like Emma and they will pick on her. Scared that because she doesn't really speak that the teacher won't know what she needs. Scared that she'll miss me and have issues with the separation and turn into a mean, angry child instead of my dear sweet Emma :(

Sad that I won't be able to see this in the middle of the day...

Monday, October 12, 2009

ready for winter!

Today Emma received a package from our friend Drea. Getting the mail is one of Emma's favorite activities and she was even more excited today when she was able to open up the mailbox AND open a package.
Emma's very first scarf!! Emma is so lucky to have crafty friends that make her beautiful things because I sure don't ;)
She was so excited about her gift that it was really hard to get a photo. Mostly she wanted to just run around and laugh because she was so happy.
Thank you Drea!!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

snow day!

We've had our first snow of the season, the first one that is sticking anyway (it snowed Thursday too)! The Rockies' game is cancelled so Jamie gets to stay home with us all day :)
Because of the icky weather we decided to do a little family baking, Emma loved helping and she also loved sticking her finger in the bowl. Every time I turned my back she would stick her little finger in the batter with a smirk on her face. She loved eating the dough, but the cookie wasn't a huge hit (though to be fair the batter came before lunch and the cookie after).


this is my favorite part

I like making a mess!