Emma's Little Brother or Sister




10 weeks

Emma's Big Announcement







I'm 10wks and 1day pregnant - Emma's little brother/sister is set to arrive February 23rd!! I had my first ultrasound today (I'll scan & post that picture later)!! We've known since about the middle of June and family and a few friends have known (told them that day - HA! Couldn't keep a secret!), but I wanted to wait until I had a chance to see my doctor before posting anything! I'm actually a week further along than we thought. It's been a hard couple of months, too - I wasn't nearly this sick with Emma in the first trimester. Two more weeks, though and hopefully that will all be over with as my first trimester ends!!

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Trying to blow a big bubble!









LOL! I thought this picture was hysterical! She kept trying to blow bubbles, but was holding the wand too far away from her face. I finally got her to hold it closer & then she had it down!

Like father - like daughter...

Just look at the two of them!


And before I get any grief from anyone - no, we do not let our daughter ride in the front seat of the mustang w/out a seat belt instead of the back in a car seat.


She usually drives!!!!!!!!!

I made cupcakes...

I've just been so extremely tired and busy lately and being so busy makes me even that much more tired...and you get it. It's a vicious, never-ending cycle...add to that the tiny amount of stress that I do allow into my life (b/c I'm not superwoman after all. I cannot ward it ALL off...) and well, you get the point - even more tired!

So, what's been going on? Well a lot actually, but I'm just gonna start with an update about this past weekend.
Friday I was off & had a full day planned. Emma was invited to Bring a Friend Day at Little Gym Friday morning by Gus down the street. So we were up and at 'em early Friday morning & Emma had a blast! She has such great balance already she tackled the balance beam so quickly and was jumping off like the little daredevil she really is! She also showed off her massive strength on the uneven bars and learned quickly from an skilled little girl how to flip up her legs and put her feet next to her hands on the bar (I haven't a clue when it comes to gymnast lingo so bear with...)! Afterwards we went to Kid-to-Kid to look around a while and well yes make purchases! Couldn't resist! By that time it was nearly lunch and Dennon was in town for work so we had planned to spend some time together before he had to head home. So Emma and I met him back at the house (perfect b/c she could eat and go down for her nap). We spent the next three hours catching up face to face - it's hard to believe how long it is between visits b/c we do a pretty good job of keeping up online or on the phone - but it had been over a year since we had seen one another! About the time he had to leave to catch his flight I had to leave for a hair appointment - so I took Emma to play with her friends at the baby-sitter's house a while. By the time we got home Michael was home from work.
Saturday we spent the morning running errands and then went out for lunch. Emma had a b'day party to go to after that and got to squeeze in a quick nap before we headed to my sister's house. Her husband is turning 50 in August and her youngest son will be 21 in August - since her son is here for only two weeks (Coast Guard) she decided to have everyone over to celebrate their b'days together! We had a great time visiting - all the kids ran wild in my sister's house and we had good company and good food (my sister is a great cook) all evening!

Last night we all gathered on our neighbor's front lawn for the kids to play - I made cupcake (yes, I did - now pick your jaw up off the floor) and took them down for all the kiddos. The weather was actually very nice and we had an early dinner so we were able to be outside and enjoy it for a while! I hope it stays decent for at least another day or so!

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Emma Driving the Birthday Girl

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Ups & Downs

We did do a lot of fun things this weekend & all had a lot of fun, but my baby girl has been sick, too. I think she has a virus & of course there is nothing they can do for that. Saturday morning she woke up with a low grade fever very early in the morning. I gave her some Tylenol and we both went back to sleep - later that day we had a b'day party to go to so I was waiting to see if her fever came back before deciding to go. Thankfully it never did and I thought that was the end of it so Michael, Emma & I loaded up and picked up my mother and headed to my niece's house for the b'day party. The kids had a lot of fun & played till they were about to drop!!

My dad is off at work, so Michael and I asked Mother to just come spend the night with us and go to church with us the next morning. Emma loves to spend the night with her Teta so she was excited that Teta was coming to spend the night with her! It was good for me & Michael, too b/c we snuck out for a while that night to see Transformers 2! The next morning Emma felt a little warm and in fact had a very low grade fever again - so I gave her some more Tylenol and very quickly it dropped back to normal. So we went on to church then had brunch - then I followed Mother & Michael around the nursery in heels while they talked plants! I am so glad they have that in common b/c I do not have a green thumb at all like the two of them! They are always passing plants & cuttings between one another and talking about their gardens! So, after we spent a little money at the nursery Emma was ready to lay day for a nap. So mother & I relaxed on the couch and watched Kite Runner (also a very good movie - it was good movie weekend - Friday night we watched Taken, too. Great movie!) while Michael played on the computer and then potted his new plants. Emma's fever, while still low grade, was back up slightly after her nap & again it went away with some Tylenol.

The rest of the day she was fine. We played at home for a while, then took mother home and had friends over for dinner that night. It wasn't until around 9:00 when company was about to leave that I noticed she was acting puny again. Instead of playing with Gus like she had been most of the evening she just wanted to lay on the couch - now even though it was bedtime, usually when Gus is there to heck with sleeping - she wants to play. Sure enough - her fever was back again. This time it actually broke 100 degrees, though. Tylenol brought it right back down immediately, though. She didn't have any more fever through the night - though she did wake up a couple of times and ended up in our bed and still didn't have fever this morning so I took her on to the baby-sitter. Once I got there I found out our baby sitter is actually in the hospital, though. She had a bladder infection that apparently spread to her kidneys and caused them to shut down!! Her daughter was there today to keep the kids and told me that her prognosis has improved since they first took her - they were afraid she would have to go on dialysis, but now think that antibiotics are going to take care of it. Hopefully that will be the answer. I asked that they call me if Emma even had a slight fever today and I will make a doctor's appointment. Even though if it's a virus like I think it is there is nothing they'll be able to do for her - better safe than sorry. If she has any fever today that will be three days and that is too long.

In my daughter's eyes

In My Daughter's Eyes


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We had a great 4th of July - I am just now getting around to putting up any pictures, though. I've just been so exhausted lately. Being off last week was great! I was afraid this week was really going to drag, but it's actually moving rather fast. We have another b'day party Saturday (and the following Saturday come to think of it), but otherwise I am hoping for a calm weekend. Emma had so much fun Saturday at the block party for July 4th !!Jamie & Steven & the kids spent the night with us - so Emma had two fun days playing with her cousins and the adults had a good time visiting - a good time until 2:00am to be exact!!

Independence Day

I hope everyone is having a good 4th of July so far! We've been running around a bit today already! This morning we went to my parents' house to pick up some fireworks we had there and visit a while...then it was back to the house to clean up and get food ready for this evening and Michael had to make a run back to the grocery store. We're having our annual July 4th cul-de-sac party this evening. Our neighbor is great about organizing this every year - and Halloween parties as well! Steven & Jamie are coming tonight, too so the kids will have a great time hanging out together. We've got the slip-n-slide and pool ready - watermelon (one for the kids and one for the adults that has a little punch to it!). Our street is so much fun - everyone is always out together doing stuff!

So...Happy 4th of July to all!!

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What it's like to be a SAHM...or my week off!

WARNING - Ramblings about my week ahead:

I took PTO this week - Friday would have been my regular Friday off, but since the office was going to be closed for Independence Day my Friday off got moved to Thursday - so I would have only been in the office three days this week anyway. So, I decided to use some PTO for those three days as well! Michael is only going to be off Friday so it's just me and Emma hanging out.

I'm catching up on my laundry, which was way overdue...and a couple other errands I need to get off the list. Monday I had a dentist appointment - just my 6 month checkup. Doctor was very impressed with how my pearly whites were looking, but scolded me a little b/c I haven't been wearing my mouth guard at night. Talk of orthodontics or a crown in the future was enough to persuade me (I grind my teeth at night). I also made Emma's first appointment when I made my next 6 month appointment. She'll be three then - a lot of kids have gone before that age, but every time I've asked my dentist before she's told me it wasn't necessary yet. I'm anxious to see how she'll do - I think mostly they'll just look at her teeth and count them - don't think they'll actually do any cleaning or polishing at her age.

Yesterday I had to take the car to the dealership so I was afoot all day - so Emma and I rode up to The Woodlands with the neighbor and her son to play in the fountain - kinda like a splash pad for the kids - and then out to lunch. We got the kids nice & tired before heading home which meant Emma was primed for a nap as soon as we walked in. Michael was actually home by that time b/c he was sick. He's been fighting severe congestion/cough and all that yucky stuff for a while and yesterday he was just feeling so awful he decided to take the afternoon off. He slept all afternoon and got some more meds so hopefully they are helping him. He felt good enough to go back to work today, so we'll see how he is this afternoon.

Today I've gotta get the truck inspected. My dad is coming over for lunch (mother went up to visit my Grannie for a couple days) and I think I'll take the truck while he is here so Emma doesn't have to sit in a waiting room with me. Emma loves playing with her Geddo so they'll have fun while I'm gone. Tomorrow we (neighbors & I) are taking the kids to toddler time at the library then I have to be back for the Home Depot installers - we bought a storm door and they are finally putting it up tomorrow. Yay! Friday Michael will be off for the 4th so I'm not sure what we're gonna do then - but Saturday is our annual 4th of July Street Party. My neighbor is great about planning get togethers for our street - we're all about the same age and all our kids are about the same age, too  so our kids are all big buds.

I'm enjoying my time off for sure, but I don't think I would ever want to be a SAHM full time - part time wouldn't be too bad I don't think, though!! Be nice to have permenant four day weekends, huh!?!? Wonder what real SAHM's do all week??

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