Yesterday Emma and I took off to Nashville to spend time with 2 of our favorite girls! Emma played super hard and had a blast climbing of both sets of stairs. Lucky for me the girls chased her up and down the stairs the majority of the time so mommy didn’t have to exert too much energy. As usual, Aunt Marsha had wonderful food and I gained 5 lbs from her yummy desserts. Thanks for having us and playing so much with Emma. She had a great time!
My 3 girls! Aren’t they so pretty?
I think Melica taught Monya to make this hat and Emma loved wearing it! Love the colors!
What a diva!
Monya and Emma hard at work.
Emma playing on the stairs…her favorite thing to do!
Melica and Emma dancing! Actually I think Emma is laughing at Melica’s dancing skills!
Emma up to something. She has crazy amounts of energy these days! She just runs around in circles and laughs. What a doll!
Monya and Emma! I’ve got such a beautiful little princess!
Love this picture!
Once again, we had soooo much fun in Nashville! Thanks again for everything and we’ll see you on Christmas!
As Christmas day approaches I realized that I haven’t shown off our decorations. So I snapped these a few minutes ago and we have our tree turned on but with the flash you can’t tell. So here are some of our decorations at our house. Enjoy!
Looking at our tree from the computer area.
Looking at the tree from the other side of the living room. It looks kind of tilted in this pic. Look at all of the presents! I have more shopping to do today.
Our stockings hung by the chimney with care…and you can see lots of our Christmas cards! I love getting cards in the mail. We’ve got more cards that are sitting on our end tables and on the fridge. Oh and Braxton has a stocking too but Lily’s is hiding it. I really want different stockings and the ones I want are at Pottery Barn on sale but I keep forgetting to buy them! Hopefully they aren’t out of stock.
Our fridge! I love having pics of Emma and our friend’s babies too. It makes me smile everytime I’m in the kitchen!
We have a few more things around the house but didn’t take pics of but you get the point. Now I’m off to finish my shopping!
Addie and Alex celebrated their 1st birthday with us tonight at Rosie’s. I hadn’t seen them in person in about 3 months and they have grown so much! Alex was so quiet and Miss Addie was trying to shove everything in her mouth!
Emma, Me, Jennifer, and Addie
Handsome little Alex! He’s my blue-eyed lil man that likes to flirt. Don’t you just want to pinch those chubby little cheeks? Emma loves to talk about Alex.
Jennifer and her princess Addie. Addie is a total mommy’s girl and when I tried to hold her after dinner she wanted nothing to do with me! She really liked flirting with George. Watch out Dale, you’ve got a cutie!
Daddy and Emma. Emma was getting squirmy at this point and was ready to run the restaurant. Don’t you just her face?
And addie with cake all over! As soon as she got cake she started diggin in with her hands and loved licking the icing off of the candle. She was cracking me up! When I looked across the table at Alex he had nothing on him and Addie was going to town.
Thank you so much Jennifer and Dale for bringing the kiddos to dinner. We had so much fun celebrating their birthday! Hope you enjoyed your big day sweeties!
A couple of weeks ago at the hospital tree lighting I met a sweet sweet couple that has a little boy in the NICU. Baby boy Reed was born at 23wks and weighed 1 lb 6 oz just like our little Emma. During Reed’s 1st month of life he had 2 surgeries and has been having problems with his kidneys and liver. Reed had been improving over the past couple of days but then this morning his mommy updated saying he had started swelling again and his bloodwork wasn’t looking good. I feel so sad for this family b/c it reminds me so much of our family except little Reed is having a harder time. This is their 1st child too and I just feel so helpless. Please be thinking of baby Reed and his family at this time and pray that he will get through this.
Yesterday we took Emma to the ENT due to all of the sinus issues she’s had over the past 3-4 months. As you all know she has been on 4 different antibiotics including steriods and 3 weeks of Omnicef which didn’t help at all. Then last week we started Nasonex which is a nasal steriod. So we were hoping for some answers and to get miss Emma healthy. Unfortunately, we didn’t learn anything that we didn’t already know except now we are going to start another medicine. We are going to continue with the Nasonex for 4 more weeks and we are going to start something for acid reflux which she took when she was younger. Then in 4 weeks we will do another cat scan or a face x-ray and see if there has been progress. If the medicine works then that is awesome, and if not she will probably have to have surgery. The surgery would consist of draining her sinuses, removal of the adenoids and possibly her tonsils. So for now we wait 4 more weeks.
Also, when we went to the pedi a few days ago due to Emma’s nasty cough she said to start doing her albuterol 2x a day until yesterday. Well the ENT said we could stop that and drop her Pulmnicort down to once a day unless she started having coughing problems again. So yesterday she only had 1 dose of both and this morning she wakes up with her nasty cough again. I think I will give her 1 more day and see how she does but wow, when can the girl get a break!
That’s it for now. Emma has been super cute and sweet recently and making mommy and daddy smile alot. Her vocabulary is quite amazing and she can read several books probably b/c she has them memorized. She can also sing her ABC’s! I’ve been trying to get that on video but when she notices the camera she stops singing. I hope to post pics later today or tomorrow.
Here is Emma checking Frosty out. She didn’t care about anything else but seeing Frosty. Her jacket had scrunched up so that’s why it looks funny.
While George and I waiting in the LONG line for Santa, Emma and Barbra took off to say hi to Frosty again.
Last night we took Emma and Barbra to Santa’s village in downtown Huntsville at the Alabama Constitution. There were so many people there but we still had a good time. Emma was fascinated by Frosty but once again, wanted nothing to do with Santa Claus. If you have a chance to go I highly recommend taking the kids.
Daddy and Emma in the gift shop before we left. Emma loved the Rudolph nose!
Look it is 2 Frosty’s!
We got to put icing on a gingerbread cookie!
Santa wouldn’t let mommy sit on his knee! j/k. Emma wouldn’t smile for anything last night.
Asking Emma what she wants for Christmas and then bribing her with a candy cane. She wouldn’t even take the candy cane from Santa! Mommy had to get it.
Barbra, mommy, and Emma
After Santa’s village we went back to mommy Tracy’s house to visit. They wanted to give Emma her Christmas presents early so here is part of it. Isn’t she is cute???
Barbra tickling Emma!
Oh and they also got Emma a pink shopping cart with lots of play food to go with her kitchen! I’ll share pics later of that. Thank you Barbra for going with us!!
Yay, I finally got another picture with our favorite nurse Mrs. Sandy! Earlier this week Emma wouldn’t have her pic made but with mommy in it she was ok. It was so good to see lots of our nurses and it is always so emotional for me to go visit. Just seeing all of the new moms and grandparents visiting their babies brings back so many memories. One man was wheeling his daughter in to see her new triplets! He was so proud.
When we got there they told us to come on in the doors and George and I always feel weird about taking Emma back through the NICU doors. I remember the first time we took her back I was so afraid they were going to take her back from me and keep her. Seriously, it was hard. Anyways, it was awesome to visit and can’t wait to go back with some receiving blankets for the little ones. We love you nurses and Mrs. Sandy! One last thing, earlier this week when we were there Emma kept saying “I love you Sandy” when it was time to go. She said it 4 or 5 times and then would say “bye Sandy!” It melted Mrs. Sandy’s heart. I like to believe Emma knows her from the 3 months she took care of her.
Here are two pictures from Friday night when we were making the goodies for the NICU nurses. We made M&M cookies, chocolate/vanilla dipped pretzels, and chocolate dipped peanut butter balls. Emma had so much fun helping. Really she just ate the chocolate!
Here she is posing and saying “cheese” before bedtime. She loves to help mommy cook and always wants to stand in the chair or sit on the counter. She will drag the chair over to the counter.
Here are some of the pretzels we made with pink sugar crystals.