Thursday, December 16, 2010

So Different from a Year Ago

We tried to take the skeleton puzzle down (he's taped up with masking tape, but be careful not to tape where names of bones are or that will come off).  I guess skeleton is a permanent fixture in our house now.  And apparently Emma felt he needed something else...I think she felt like she was helping ;)
So the night time is slowly going.  For three nights in a row, she woke up about 2 a.m. crying for me to hold and rock her...yes, she is working it...but also don't know how much she is maybe having bad dreams...right now she is scared of the Kiss commercial and Lady Gaga!!!  So she repeats No commercials; No Lady Gaga over and over and we reassure her they are gone!  So for now, I'm back to staying in her room all night.  She's getting better at falling asleep in the bed either partially or fully ;)

We had twice as many pillow orders last November and even though it was quite stressful with a brand new baby that was already a little over a year old, we did it.  So we are left scratching are heads as to why this year is harder to get anything done...she's 2!   But again...that first six months home was pure it's exhaustion ;)

We're trying to do our business, lack of sleep and grumpy, transitions and thankfully having a friend and Aunt Lisa in her life has helped so much.  It really does take a village to raise a child...and hoping she can have more friends that will feel like family for her that will be there to support her...

More to come of Emma's pre-ballet recital...  Shopping and riding the train at "the mall."  Emma got a new pair of shoes and a dress!  Playing some of her new games she's getting for Christmas and making a play-dough snowman.
Thomas the train is still her favorite, but he still influences has to be some sort of blue in it!  So I think that's why she likes Ariel because she's got that blueish green color...She's trying to do her curtsy...she looks so adorable in this dress and shoes!!!
Things around the house this time of year...
It's so easy for kids this age to get overwhelmed, so around here we do have her open gifts throughout the Christmas season so she can enjoy each one...
One thing that I'm happy that is different from last year, is Emma and I have not gotten as sick.  

Another change...up next up Scrapping the Music are the Foo Fighters It's Times Like These...Momma had to swap out the coffee press for an automatic!

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Thursday, December 09, 2010

Moving Through the Transition

We were supposed to be getting some good pictures from a photographer during our trip to Florida, but that fell through with us left holding a worthless CD and out $200.  Lesson learned, ask how arrangements to pay the photographer are being made ahead of time...we (the families) were mislead in thinking all initial fees were paid, and we would just have to pay for photos we liked.   Otherwise, we would have never agreed to the photo shoot.   Our lifestyle is very different from when I worked (outside of the home), and we don't have the disposable income, and able to make up for losses like this.  So it's been a very upsetting week.

Since we had no good photos to share with family...I set up our own photo's a few...

All of our families will be getting a disk of the high resolution pictures...there's lots more! 

It's been almost a month since we've been home from the trip we made and we're making small steps transitioning into her sleeping in her big girl bed.  We're able now to lay down on the air mattress next to her bed until she falls asleep and then leave as opposed to sleeping there the whole night.  Some crying when she woke up, then all went well for a few nights, then last night she woke up crying at 2 a.m.  I knew none of us would get sleep unless I went back in her room.  

So the routine at night is about 8, we start the bedtime.  She wanders all over her room, plays with the iPhone, you name it, and then she will fall asleep usually with her legs and feet off her bed and the rest of her body on the bed.  It used to take her 3 hours at first to fall asleep...then 2, now we're down to about an hour and a half maybe less.  We make sure she's really asleep for awhile before we put her completely on the bed or else you'll have to start all over again.  It was nice to at least have an hour out of your day to have time for yourself with her taking naps...then no more naps.  No sooner had we said, well, at least she goes down at 8 p.m. and then we have a couple of hours to get stuff done...then that's gone as well.  I knew kids were tough, but what people didn't tell you is that you need a support system of friends and family to let you have time to take care of the house, yourself, etc.  

This was a couple of nights ago...really upset about the $200 out the window and wondering why were we so we were being silly together.  She loves the "I Like to Move It" from Madagascar.  
So I said, make faces like the "animals"  She was giggling so much!
Trying to work through this transition of no naps and going out and about as much as possible...  She usually will fall asleep in the car and sleep anywhere from a half hour to an hour.  It's frustrating when you're trying to shop and run errands...but we usually stop somewhere in a parking lot and sit and let her sleep...

Some of the trips we made last week were to two children's museums and to ride the train in the mall...I was so proud of her riding by herself the second AND third time!  The first time, I tried to ride with her, but had a hard time getting my ass in there!!! 
Smaller children's museum, but she really liked it...
And here's another self photo of Emma ;)  I had no idea this was even on my phone until she was going through my pictures... :0

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Friday, December 03, 2010

Suds in the Bucket...

Even if you don't like country music, I think your toes will just start tapping and then the rest of you will follow! I could listen to this song all night and day maybe???

But for now, the song for Scrapping the Music's next challenge inspired me in so many ways especially with having a little girl growing up in front of me...but decided to do my first layout of my Mom's passing. I remember when she died February of 2005, I had no idea what healing even meant. People would say just take a pill and move on. Those three years after she died took a toll on me. But after making very drastic changes in my life, I have to say, doing this layout, I didn't even shed a tear. I only felt sad and then at peace and then...was able to move on without taking a pill...

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