Tuesday, December 15, 2009

What a Wonderful Life!

Ha! Maybe if I sneak off in one of the Christmas packages! Don't want to sound ungrateful, especially since we waited so long for our little girl, but the 21st will be 5 months since we've been a forever family, and no breaks.

We were doing good and feeling like we were getting on some kind of schedule or at least a groove of spending lots of time with Emma and enjoying her, taking care of ourselves, and filling orders with our business. Then with a combination of visitors, me getting sick, then Dennis having some kind of stomach problems and losing 25 pounds, and going out of town for Thanksgiving, we haven't been able to get back on track. I don't think we've ever felt so much stress. And none of it is Emma's fault. Want to make that clear. We have just been with her from day one almost five months ago, and have not been able to recharge. We both feel like we don't have anymore to give. Both of us feel like our health is worse than ever. I've been so depressed and having cries.

And now we are all sick with sore throat and runny noses...

We took Emma to our local gym to the day care there to start trying her out there again. She did much better this time. It wasn't as crowded and we didn't have people pushing us telling us what to do. We did it our way, by getting her used to the area, playing with toys, I snuck out, then Dennis...she did great. The way they did it was to pick her up (which she hates) and take her away from us. I don't think people give us enough credit for knowing her. Granted kids surprise you all of the time, I have no doubts at all. But you have to go with your gut, you know. And we know that most of the time it's harder for us than it is for her. But we also don't want her to think that she is being left...well, like...since she had been left before, know what I mean? We do want to take that huge life changing experience of hers into consideration.

So we may take a friend up on an offer. It is a worker at Gymboree that knows we don't have family near by and understood totally that we need a break.

We also decided to cancel our gym membership. We were spending way too much money and not being able to go for the past few months. And we both have to go with our gut. Even though the nursery workers at the gym are very sweet, we just didn't have a good feeling about it. With Dennis getting some rewards money for his job, we bought the starter for the Wii and now have added the Wii Fit. If I can at least do just one yoga, I'd be thrilled. And Dennis will just use his gym setup in the garage, which really is a nice setup for being in the garage. It's the best thing for us and for her...to make us all happy.

Well, we did take her to get her picture made for Christmas! She did wonderful. I'm telling you...she really is a WONDERFUL baby. She does not cry a lot...only if someone grabs her too quickly, is away from us, or hurts herself (which most of the time she doesn't even cry when she hits her head!). So she did great for these pictures. Only hard problem which I'm sure is nothing out of the ordinary for little ones, is getting them to smile when you want them too!

Another thing we did do this past week was went to the open house of one of the churches Mother's Day Out and Pre-School. It's one of two that we had been most interested in. WOW! Very impressed by it and instead of doing Mother's Day Out, we're going to sign her up for Pre-School this next school year...she'll be 2 and they start that young. She loved her teachers that she'll have and even made a little project! She'll only go twice a week since I'm home and then that will still give her her Gymboree days. We're so excited for her and for us, hoping this will be a huge boost to her development and gives us some time to actually do things! The ratio of teachers and kids is very small, so it's first come first serve to sign up...so keep your fingers and toes crossed for us that we get her in!

We opened up our first gifts this year that Santa ;) delivered early. We each got a pair of PJs! Emma wasn't too impressed, but like I said, they surprise you! Thought the little booger wasn't noticing where the presents were coming from (under the tree) and then all of a sudden she starts grabbing more to open!

Before presents, we went to the park to see the lights and do some rides, and hoping to see Santa, but it got rained out. She wasn't too crazy about the lights right now...

A few weeks ago, Emma had her first trim. Again she surprised us with how well she did. Of course, Kelly, our hair stylist is great with kids and the iPod kept her focus away from the scissors. Not one whine...she did great!

Thought I had blogged this before, but...not. Here's the recipe for the Jambalaya I made for us for Halloween. Will keep doing this for Halloween. It was so much fun to have something yummy to eat besides all of that candy!
And some scrapping from the past few months...November calendar. I really felt like crying a lot and was so tired...and so did this with the common phrase, "A Baby Changes Everything." Journaled some thoughts...
Did this for December's calendar. Did a little mini calendar on the layout...with some journaling of my thoughts...

Can't wait to get more and more photos of all of us...but want to hang up pictures with a little bit of our style, so I used some cool scrapbooking paper by Sassafras and these cool frames from Target. Everyone from Emma's welcome party signed her big photo on the wall too.
I have never scrapped anything related to Halloween...so this little mini book was fun and just made me smile at seeing Emma having the time of her life!

$1 frame from Target I added some things too. Did one for MIL and for us.
Also made this tree from one of last year's projects from 30 days of Handmade Christmas at Scrap in Style. It was one of Wilna's projects. She taught us how to do the collage of photos on Photoshop. Very cool. MIL and FIL got one too!

More gifts for MIL and FIL, but also the rest of the family will get one of these...
The ornament is by Darice...got at Michael's...measured the inside and printed the photos to size, then cut in a circle, leaving two tabs on either side to attach to the inside wall. Used heavy duty fabric glue called Beacon, I think...just as good as hot glue, but no burns! Filled each side with some fake snow and confetti...
Christmas is almost here...can't wait!
Been so rainy though...can't plug in our lights outside...
Made more Christmas decorations for us. I used a wire wreath and wrapped this awesome tinsel I found at Hobby Lobby. I love the color of it. Glittered the styrofoam balls and tied a bow...made one for each door and four windows to shine flood lights on...
Made two of these for inside. Got the idea from here...well can't find the blog now. If I find it and can post, I will. She has great instructions for this... Found it!
So now little Emma is crying again. She is not sleeping too well with the runny nose...

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