Wednesday, December 31, 2008
She still needs help with sitting up, and I try not to be concerned because motor wise I feel she is going to be at a slower pace than Reed was. At her 6 month, 2 week old checkup, she was only 12 lbs., 5 oz. (since that has been several weeks ago I feel she had put on some more weight, well, until maybe the virus hit!) So she is just a little girl and feels more like a 5 month old to me. I know when she's ready she'll begin to sit by herself, take an interest to be up on all fours and attempt to move. But most of the time she is a happy girl, and continues to love for everyone to talk to her and interact with her. She loves watching Reed, and laughs and giggles at him, as he does with her. She is just mellow and seems to sit back and soak it all in, babbling some, but I feel is often more quiet than Reed was. And what's funny is I felt worried about Reed's speech development at times!
Trying on new boots from Nana.
Reed posing with Grandpa and Grandma (my dad and stepmom).
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
But as we thought we were overcoming the hump of illness, Casey started vomiting last night. He slept some and acted as if he was better this morning (with his now turning to the diarrhea), but again this afternoon he began to go downhill finally telling me he needed to see a doctor. So my stepdad took him to a walkin clinic, and he practically passed out in the waiting room! So they immediately took him to the back and gave him some IV fluids for his dehydration. He is home now and sleeping soundly.
I am the only one with no symptoms at this point. I suppose the Lord knew I needed to remain strong to take care of everyone! And I am so thankful we have been with my family, because I definitely couldn't have handled all this without my mom's help! So if everyone is doing better tommorrow, we may finally head home. But for now it's a wait and see thing. I am mainly just exhausted, so off to bed I will go soon to get a long night's sleep! Thank you to all our friends and family who have been praying for us and checking on us. We appreciate it and are thankful for you all! This is one nasty virus and has definitely been a Christmas we will never forget!
Friday, December 26, 2008
We do have some good news....we did found out a house we looked at before we left town we are going to be able to rent! Yeah! It is a little smaller than what we have now, but knowing we are only renting and that it's temporary, and very close to the campus makes it very relieving to us. It is nice and new, so that makes me feel great to have something clean and fresh with young children. And the backyard is fabulous! It is so roomy for the kids to run around and fenced in, which I'm so excited about! So that was the real selling point for me!
Hope everyone else had a wonderful Christmas, and no sickness, which is definitely no fun! Praying ours ends soon! We did have some friends have a sweet baby boy yesterday, so that too was great news to hear their wonderful Christmas gift arriving on Christmas day! We love you and are so excited for you Chris and Katie! Congratulations!
Friday, December 19, 2008
A little Christmas news that is a great "present" to us......our house has officially sold! The sign is down!! Our buyers finally did sell theirs and inspections are done, so we are now moving forward to close sometime in mid-January! We are excited that it has finally happened and have madly been searching for a place to live. We are leaning to rent as of now, although the market is prime for buying, but we just feel overwhelmed with our time crunch and not really finding "the house" so we don't want to just settle either. So the past several days have looked at quite a few rentals, and will hopefully make a decision soon. We obviously want to know where we'll be going when we come home from traveling as we'll have to basically start packing up! So we are thankful that God has finally moved and sold our house so we can be closer to the campus!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The next is my sewing.......I finally got a machine for my birthday in October, and have been practicing with little odds and ends before finally tackling my first project--a dress for Emery-Claire! So below are the pictures....I did use a pattern which really helped make it alot easier. But overall (even though I know there are imperfections on the dress too) I feel like it wasn't all that bad! So I look forward to trying some other projects in the near future for her again!
I even did covered buttons! Easier than I thought, and seem to finish it off nicely. I may have it monogrammed with a green "W" in the middle, but haven't done that yet.
Me and my girl! If you are wondering, I also had my hair chopped off! It's not the greatest picture of it here since it's mostly an adorable picture of her, but it's a bob slightly stacked in the back and angles down longer in the front! Very different than my usual long hairstyle, but fun to have something different! And drying and fixing seem to be a little easier because there isn't so much hair! So I've loved it so far.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Or Gobble, gobble would be more appropriate to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! Reed for some reason wants to say "boggle, boggle." We had a wonderful lunch with our friends, the Terrells and the Duncans. I took the camera with the intention to take pictures of all the kids at the kid table, but amoungst all the craziness never managed to get there. Oh well! After seeing the cute little hats the kids had made over there I thought we'd make a couple for ours to capture a "thanksgiving" picture! This was the best I could get at the end of a long day with little and no naps. We realize we have soooo much to be thankful for, even amongst often hard life circumstances! Today was a sweet reminder of the precious blessings God has provided and given us in our lives! Hope you all had a wonderful and blessed day as well!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
- She loves to grab at (mine mostly) faces and laugh, giggle, "talk" (lots of vowels, maybe a couple consonants thrown in there!)
- She is so observant and alert, taking in all that is going on around her; especially when it comes to watching big brother
- She is responding to her name, smiling and looking when she hears it
- Smiles and laughs at Reed, it is so sweet to continue to watch them engage with one another; I know he is so excited for her to interact back with him
- Feeding about 4 times a day/every 4 hours......which on the flip side we also started the cereal; I know I have posted before that she has always been such a slow paced eater, but I think lately she is sooooo much hungerier! And unfortunately since the cereal is only in week 2 I can't just add all these other foods to her meals yet, so I'm afraid the hunger/milk demand is not up to par with the supply....so all that to say we've had to occasionally supplement after a feeding here and there with formula----the girl just finally decided she was hungry!!
- still a fabulous sleeper (typically 11-12 hours a night)! and usually a 2 -3 hour morning nap, 2 hour afternoon nap, and sometimes needs an hour or so in the late afternoon, and still ready for bed by 7/7:30!
- she has almost mastered rolling back to belly.....I think I need to put her on the floor more to completely help her master this skill; she has been rolling from her back to her side and almost making it to her belly, but just not quite all the way yet!
- when she is sitting in her bumbo on the table with a toy and then drops it, so cute how she looks and bends down like she is really trying to reach it! makes her look so big!
We love you sweet Emery-Claire and you are such a joy to us each and every day! Our family wouldn't be complete without you!!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Nana's Chicken Pastina Soup
1/2 c water
2 (14 oz.) cans chicken broth (I use low sodium)
2 1/4 c prechopped celery, onion, and carrot mix
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp salt
1 lb. chicken breast tenders (I usually boil them) cut up or pulled, whatever you like
1/4 c uncooked pastina (tiny shaped pasta; Kroger sells the brand Acini di Pepe)
3 Tbsp pesto (I have been making it from a receipe from my Betty Crocker cookbook, but you probably could buy some too)
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 c preshredded fresh Parmesan cheese
1) Bring water and broth to boil; stir in celery mix, pepper, salt, and chicken, bring to boil. Add pasta, cook 4 min. Stir in pesto and juice,
and simmer 1 minute. Sprinkle your serving with the cheese....oh it's so good!!
So sweet sitting in Daddy's chair! We made Reed's shirt yesterday, thanks to my friend Rebekah's adorable idea! And he can't get enough of his turkey! She used white shirts and they looked so much better to show off the paint colors, but Walmart was out of his size so I got red...fall and festive I guess.
Friday, November 7, 2008
So here are a few pictures of the kids from the week:
Reed loving the warm weather outside and the leaves! We have several HUGE trees in our yard and leaves everywhere!