Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Saints, Beans, Ice Cream, and a Little Rugrat named, Emma


Trying to have a little more balance.  So doing some reading, some creating, some exercising, along with   coming up with more things for the business.

Here's some scrapping I've been able to sneak in to get my fix...did this for the Scrapping the Music


I get Emma involved too...since she is in love with Yo Gabba Gabba and the stickers, I cut up some cardstock and let her put some on each one.   Did these in stages as she can't do one thing for too long ;) So yesterday showed her how to stamp the little hearts on it while keeping her away from the ink pad that she soooo wants...

Then, pulled out the foam hearts, peeled just a little off the back for her to peel the rest of the way, and just turned the card to the back and let her place it wherever she wanted...with a little help if it went off the card...then last night after she went to bed, I added the ribbon.  Need to add her name.  Now she has some cute Valentine's that'll work for both the girls and the boys to hand out at Gymboree...
More fun scrapping...
Even scrapped some of the pictures from the other families we were with of their daughters...love having these to add to look at later...


This little girl, Grace, is especially important to add to our scrapbooks.  When I found the business that will make orphanage calls and gives you so many questions you can ask.  One of my questions was what other friends does she have near her.  Keep in mind that there are rooms with cribs lined up row after row...lots and lots of babies.  But this little girl was one they specifically named...



Christmas mini-album using lots of Hambly, Cosmo, and October Afternoon...
My layout I did a few weeks ago called, Hey Let's Dance, was picked by the Design Team of Scrapping the Music as the winner.  And I won a workshop by Marit called Let it Loose.  So excited and have already loved the first day.  She is an excellent teacher.
GEAUX SAINTS!!!!!!
I am not a football fan at all, but how exciting for the Saints and the city to go to the Superbowl.  You can't help but be excited!!!
One product we're adding to our business are infant hats in white, blue, and pink.  Planning on some other designs to embroidery on the hats, but couldn't resist doing something for the Saints.  We'll have these up for sale as soon as we can!
Trying to do something cute with Emma's hair, but doesn't last long...sigh...she pulls them out...

Hey, Emma, make a funny face!  Yo Gabba Gabba always has a time when the kids make funny faces...and she always tries to do them too.  So she knows when you ask her to make a funny face.  I guess while she is eating spaghetti and meatballs isn't the best time!  
Shared a little ice cream cone with Dada...although Dada didn't get much of it...

Pulled out some of our Japanese toys for her to play with...she loves this...
And loves playing with her beans, scooping them, and feeling them run through her fingers...

...and the stickers are REALLY everywhere!!!  
Couldn't believe when I opened the dryer and saw this little guy hanging in there...
shhhhh...

...I'm reading a book....at my favorite place, Barnes and Nobles...
Emma has gotten even more happier and giddy.  She loves for us to go find her or to get her and she screams and squeals and runs to one of us.  And now when we get her in the morning or up from a nap, and we say, "is Emma Awake," oh man she squeals and gets all excited!

She'll be 19 mos on the 8th of Feb.  So she is definitely getting to be more and more of a handful.  She's doing more whining and grunting but does point to things over and over again for you to tell her what they are...so she's trying to learn to communicate.  

Mealtimes can sometimes be very challenging with lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of whining.  So we do what we've read and try to just ignore and not react to the whining and the standing up, and remain as calm as we can be telling her to sit down, and praise her for sitting in her chair.  And most of all...ignore her while she eats...let her do her thing...makes for a big difference of a good lunch or a lunch gone really really wrong...

Will have her evaluated by Early Steps next week for her talking skills.   I think she is fine, but families do it.  Since it is a free service, it's worth doing.  Everything I've read says that even if they understand and can point things out and do things when you tell them, then that counts as a word they can say.  But Early Steps is a State program and very cookie cutter.  So they only ask certain questions, like how many words does she say and can she repeat three-word sentences.  If after the evaluations are over and they do feel she needs some help to get her going, that's fine.   Not worried about it. 

Going to bed routine has officially changed, thank God!  With no more being sick, we can finally stick to the plan of taking a bath, playing a little more, reading books, and then reading Goodnight Moon and telling everything in the house (well, not everything) goodnight, still do the bottle at night, and lots of kisses and hugs, and bye bye, sleep tight, sweet dreams, love you...and we leave.  If she cries more than 20 minutes, we USED to go in to reassure her we're still here...but sure enough, she'd pull our hands down and lay on her belly and look up and want us to pat her back until she falls asleep.  So we stick to our routine, and tell her goodnight and leave, as she stands back up and cries...  We knew we'd have to stop that routine, but really difficult considering her situation.  But we feel that she knows we are not going anywhere and she is not either, so it was time to move to that step.

Going for her 18 mos. doctor visit tomorrow, so have lots of questions for the doc...

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2 comments:

  1. Love all the layouts (the one for my class is really, really beautiful!) and the long story you tell. I don't know you that well but peeking into your life this way sure helps in getting to know you and your family! I love the little frog sticker sticking out of the washing machine, and what a cute spaghetti face! And I'm sure dada didn't mind getting less icecream...

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  2. y'all must be so excited abt superbowl!

    and that girl!!! I LOVE her happy face!!! (but um, P...do you worry about her little nose and those beans??? ok. auntie Linda will! and how ironic, my word veri is "noseld" huh?!)

    gonna check out that award thingy now! : .)

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