Monday, September 27, 2010

Just Randomness

Today was just crazy. Noah was feeling crummy, Hope was almost late to school. The bug man came. While he was here he tried to convince me that having rolly pollys in your house is ok... um no. Please get rid of them. Isn't that your job? The handyman came as well. Out of about 7 things we asked him to fix, he fixed one. Ha. We also ate at Chili's in honor and memory of sweet Collin Marsh. Chili's donates their profits to St. Jude's for pediatric cancer research one night a year. Tonight was that night. We made Collin a Chili Pepper with his name on it, and prayed for his Mommy and Daddy.
And, I am learning a life lesson. I learned that there really are evil people in this world that we encounter every day. I really am very naive, I realize, but I just cannot believe that people can be such liars and cheats. Ugh. I am thankful that the ones who have truly done me wrong have been few and far between. I can think of two. Okay, three. And I am not even counting the dudes who stole my purse at Walmart, or the druggie that broke in and stole my change jar. No, it's when the ones that you knew and trusted wrong you that it really hurts. Right now, my heart just hurts. The other part of this lesson is to never accept someones oral agreement. Make them write it down. Because, well, they can lie and cheat.

I love being a Methodist for several reasons, but one of the reasons is I don't want to listen to any "the devil's gonna getcha" or other scare tactics. I don't think scaring people to Jesus is what we as Christians are called to do. So, that being said, I don't give the devil too much thought. But today, evilness has just been on my mind a lot. So, tomorrow, I am turning my thoughts back around to my God, who is a God of Love.

Wow, deep thoughts by Jill. Betcha didn't think you would find that here. :)

Here's what you came for:
Emmy sure can rock some leg warmers! Can't wait to hear what Ora says about this! :)
 And, one more picture from the day Hope and Noah switched places:
Is it just me, or does Hope look just like her Uncle Ross here?! I have never thought that before today! Crazy. And before I forget, when John came home from work that day, Noah hugged him and said, "I'm a pretty princess, Daddy!" Priceless.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Answered Prayers

Emmy Love does not have Cystic Fibrosis. Praise God! And her metabolic tests have come back normal as well. All super, absolutely fantasic news! I can breathe again. I didn't for several days after we heard the words Cystic Fibrosis. I have never in my life heard two scarier words.

So, what is going on with my baby girl? I wish I knew! For now, we are going to try yet another medication (making the total 4!) and hope the new combo settles her tummy enough for her to gain weight steadily. We are going to closely monitor her weight from now on as well. If she is still having problems, we will do some more testing in a few months.


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Knock knock. Who's there?


Monday, September 20, 2010

Emmy Love 2 Months

Emmy Love is 2 Months Old! And, oh, how we adore her.

Here are some highlights at 2 Months:
  • weighs 9 pounds
  • 22 1/2 inches long
  • still very much a sleepy, snugly newborn
  • eats 4-5 ounces every 3-4 hours
  • sleeps well at night, usually only getting up once
  • loves to be held
  • loves to ride in the Moby wrap or Baby Bjorn
  • tolerates the car 1000 times better than her siblings (as babies and currently)
  • Nights in own room = 0 (still in the bassinet in our room.)
  • likes a paci
  • does not like being changed
  • does not like loud noises (like screaming siblings)
  • has tried 6 different formulas. Currently on Nutramigen. Not working.
  • has started to enjoy baths after the initial shock
  • is beginning to become known around here as "The Bug", "E. Love", "Sissy Baby", or "Emmy-Emmy CoCo Pop"
  • has a sixth sense that allows her to know exactly when Mommy sits down to eat. This allows her to scream until someone holds her so she does not miss one minute of any quality time
  • loves a good swaddle, just like brother and sister. Another baby burrito.
  • got 4 vaccinations today, including rota virus. Noah was with me and for some reason, i thought it would be a great idea to get his flu shot while we were there. For future reference, it is never a good idea to have 2 kids getting shots at the same time.
  • still in newborn clothes
  • we recently graduated to size one diapers, but she could totally still wear newborns sized. 
  • is super excited about her Halloween costume...any guesses? Here's a hint... Noah is a monkey...
  • needs to work on her head control a bit.
  • likes fans and mobiles
  • takes zant@c and probiotics daily
  • loves the swing. Yay!
  • smiley smiley
  • has started to coo
  • loves her mommy a lot
  • mommy loves her a lot
At her two month check up today, we found out that she hasn't gained any weight for the last 12 days. This is causing a little bit of concern and she is having several tests run in the next few days. Emmy has not done well on any formula, not even Nutramigen which is supposed to be the fix all, golden ticket formula. I am sure it is nothing and that she will be just fine, but we would appreciate some prayers for The Bug this week. I know they are just trying to rule things out, but some scary words have been thrown around and as much as they say don't panic... well, that just makes me panic.

Now collecting for their therapy jars!

This was all Hope's doing. I find it hilarious. I am sure Noah will be less than thrilled at these pictures later in life! I so remember my childhood friend Lee Ann and I dressing our little brothers up like girls! They turned out okay, right?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

These two...

You guys know I love my babies. All 3 of them. A whole whole lot. That being said, the combination of these two has been very trying lately. They fuss and fight all. the. time. Noah wants everything Hope has, and Hope wants Noah to want everything she has, so she flaunts whatever she has in front of him in a very not nice way. It is ongoing, and it is making me crazy. Separation is the only way we are finding peace at the moment. Noah waits all day for his sister to come home, and as soon as she gets home, the torment begins. I feel like I am getting on to them all the time. Because I am. On Saturdays, John and I have been giving each other a break to just enjoy some time with Emmy, because, frankly, it's hard to with these two screaming at each other 24/7. So, one of us gets up and goes to the gym on Saturday mornings and takes the big ones to the playroom at the gym for a bit. Today was my morning to stay home. Aahhh. So nice. And they have a great time playing as well, it's a really neat set up for them. And when they came home and gave hugs, I told them I missed them, and to quote my mother, "But it was the nicest kind of miss."
I absolutely know that this is all completely normal. That this too shall pass. That they are just normal sibling squabbles. I fought with my brothers for the first 20 years of my life. Maybe more. My mom used to call Vince and I "Aggravate and Agitate." And I really do love my brothers. I just didn't ever realize how annoying our fighting was to my mom for all those years! Sorry mom! I will never fight with them again.
They are both wonderfully amazing children. Truly. And when they are separate, that is easy to see. I took Noah on a Mommy and Noah date to McD's the other day and we had the best time. He obeyed, used manners, and was just so happy. This afternoon, Hope and I ran around town together, and she was perfect. We had a great time together. Then, as soon as we got home, the fighting started right back. The oddest thing is that they want to be together. I just don't get it! So, to sum it up, they both need individual attention right now, but also want everyone to be together.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Happy Thursday

From The Bug.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Noah, give me that paci

Yes, Noah still has a paci. Yes, we had him completely off of it several months ago. Then, he started having night terrors and we gave it back. And really, I am glad we did, because with all that he has been through the last two months, he has needed some comfort. The paci is definitely his comfort item. Hope has always had Ooh Ooh the monkey, but Noah is just not that attached to anything. He has special things in his bed, but can sleep without them too. Now that he seems to be a bit more accepting of his new situation here with baby sister, in a new house, away from most of the people he loves, and with mommy 24/7 vs his time with his beloved Mesha, we are trying to contain paci to the bed. When he woke up this morning, he left it in his bed, just like I asked. After we dropped Hope off at school, he snuck right back up there and got it. I laughed out loud when he did this when I asked him to give it to me!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

7 Weeks

Here is our beautiful daughter at 7 weeks old. So sweet.

Only, it's not our daughter who is currently 7 weeks old! This is big sister Hope on her baptism day. I am just in shock how much she and Emmy look alike!

Now, if you were on Team (she looks like) Noah (I was!) here are a couple of him at 7 weeks...

And, because you asked so nicely, here are pictures of Emmy Love at 7 weeks...
Which team are you on? Are you still confused? Emmy looks a little confused as well...

Let's take one more look:


And, as an added bonus, here is a picture of one super adorable baby sneeze!

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Fashion Statement

Emmy is pretty happy about the new socks Mimi made for her. It's never too early to make a fashion statement!

(Thank you, Palmer, for your inspiration!)

Friday, September 03, 2010

Emmy's Newborn Photoshoot with Kristin Hollensworth

I realized I never linked Emmy's newborn pictures here on the blog! Kristin Hollensworth did an amazing job! Click Here to see pictures of 11 day old Emmy Love.

Noah vs. Sharpie

Thursday, September 02, 2010