Saturday, July 24, 2010

Emma's New Tricks and June Pics!!

Emma is at such a fun age right now where she's learning to do new things everyday and her cute little personality is really starting to come out.  Here are some videos from the past week or so of her!!

Also, I finally got together and uploaded my photo's from June. We had a busy month which included a week long visit from newly retired Grandpa, a visit from Mimi, and a trip to New York City to visit with Pop-Pop and Uncle Chris. Link to many many photos is below.

Click here for pictures from June 2010

Emma Crawling!!

Emma having fun in her jumperoo!!

Emma playing copy-cat with Daddy....this is the cutest thing!!!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Videos from the Summer Thus Far...

Ok, I haven't posted any videos in awhile so here are a bunch!!  The kids are getting so big!!  I hope you all enjoy them :)

Jack and Emma - June 2, 2010 - Jack is 2yrs & 2 months, and Emma is 5 months old

Here's Jack and Daddy rough-housing in the kitchen - June 7, 2010

Here's Daddy tickling Emma's neck and making her cute - June 19, 2010

Here's Jack on our ride in the car to New York City!

Jack and Daddy at the 4th of July parade in Skippack. Jack loved the parade and clapping along to the music!

Emma eating her bananas...yum! - July 5, 2010 - 6 months old

Thursday, June 17, 2010

May 2010

Well, our big project for the month of May was getting the pool open!!  What a fiasco!!  Neither Chris nor I realized it was such a science experiment to do so.  You have to get the water balanced just right which took us forever!!  We finally got it right on Memorial Day weekend.  The pool looks amazing now and we have used it quite a bit and are looking forward to lots of swimming the rest of the summer!  In May Emma also tried out rice cereal for the first time!  She wasn't too sure at first but ate like a champ once she got the hang of it.  We also had a visit from Pop Pop which was so much fun!  Below is a link to pics from May.  Enjoy!

Click here for pictures from May 2010!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Baby Emma Slideshow

I tried out a new website today to make a little slideshow.  Didn't take long at all and turned out pretty well.  Here it is!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Happy 5 Month Birthday Emma!!

Dear Emma,

Today you are 5 months old!!  I can't believe how fast the time has gone by.  It seems like just yesterday you were still in Mommy's belly and Mommy couldn't wait for you to be born.  You have grown so much in the past 5 months. 

At 5 months old, you are a very happy girl most of the time with lots and lots of gummy grins and if Mommy tickles you or Daddy makes funny faces you have the cutest little laugh.  You also tried out your Jumperoo a few weeks ago and love to play in that.  Your big brother Jack loves to bounce you up and down in it but we have to remind him not to do it too hard! 

You are still breastfeeding at 5 months and we recently started giving you a little bit of formula each day too.  At first you didn't like the formula but now you are perfectly happy to take either the bottle or milk from Mommy. 

You are pretty much sleeping through the night.  By 8pm you are tired and ready for bed.  Mommy wakes you around 1am to eat then you usually wake Mommy around 6 or 6:30am to eat then go back to bed until 8:30 or 9am. 

We also gave you some rice cereal and prunes for the first time over the past month!  You weren't too sure you liked them at first but quickly would finish the whole bowl!!  However, the rice cereal ended up causing you some unpleasant constipation issues so we've decided to wait another month or so before trying the rice cereal again ;)

You also love to roll all over the place now.  If Mommy puts you on the floor to play, within minutes you're on the other side of the room!  You also like to put everything in your mouth but your favorite is still your thumb which you've been sucking since you were only 2 weeks old!! 

Mommy loves you so so much my sweet baby girl!! Please don't grow up so fast ;)

Love you forever and ever,

Having fun in your Jumperoo!!

So much fun you fell asleep!!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

April 2010

Well, we had a very busy month in April. We had Jack's 2nd birthday party which was a big weekend for us. Grandpa, Mimi and Uncle Chris (and his new girlfriend, Jessica) all came to celebrate with us. We had a big party and Jack had so much fun with everyone!! We also celebrated Easter. We went to Nana's for a nice dinner, had an Easter egg hunt at the neighbor's house and dyed Easter eggs. One of the best parts of the month of Easter was Uncle Herb and Charlotte's visit. They were here for 3 weeks from Australia. We had a lot of fun spending time with them. Here are links to a lot of photos from April. I will post again soon with photos from May. Hope everyone is well!!

April 2010 Photos

Uncle Herb & Charlotte's Visit

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Jack's 2nd Birthday!!!!

Well, my little baby boy turned 2 this week! How bittersweet!! It doesn't seem all that long ago when he was born and now here he is a big 2 year old boy already!! Jack had a great 2nd birthday. Mommy, Daddy, Oma, and Emma all took him to his favorite place, the Strasburg Railroad! We had perfect weather that day...lots of blue skies, sunshine and warm temperatures! We made the long drive to Lancaster and when we arrived we decided to walk around for a bit and look at some of the shops. Jack got some special treats of course! Then we went on the train ride. It was packed but Jack loved the ride and passing by the other trains. He especially liked when we would go over a road at the "crossing" as he says. He likes the gate that comes down and the blinking lights and bell! After our ride, we walked around some more and looked at some of the parked trains...we even caught a glimpse of Thomas in his shed and had to explain to Jack that he was sleeping! After all this, everyone was starving and Oma treated us to dinner at the Olive Garden. Then we had to make the long drive home and Jack fell fast asleep after his busy day! It was a great 2nd birthday and the celebration is going to continue into next weekend when we have his big party!!

Click here for pictures of Jack's Birthday!!

Monday, March 22, 2010

February & March

I haven't posted in awhile but have still been taking lots of pictures! We've had a busy past few months. I finally went back to work on March 1st but enjoyed my 2 months of maternity leave! We had a bunch of snowstorms this winter but this past weekend we had a taste of spring and loved it! I got a new Nikon SLR camera last weekend that takes amazing was so worth every penny! I love it.

We are also getting ready for Jack's 2nd birthday in a few weeks! On his real birthday we are going to take him back to the Strasburg railroad...we can't wait!! His party will be on April 10th and we're looking forward to having everyone there to help us celebrate.

Emma is doing great and getting bigger everyday. She has started cooing and smiling a lot!! She had her 2 month checkup a few weeks ago and was 11 lbs, 2oz and just over 22 inches long!!

Below is a link to a lot of new pictures. Hope everyone enjoys and we're looking forward to seeing everyone soon!!

Click here for pics from February & March!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Videos of Emma!

Here are a number of videos of little Emma. She is doing great and will already be 4 weeks old on Tuesday! The time has gone by way too fast!

Emma when she was first born...just minutes old!

Jack LOVES his baby sister!

Emma hanging out in her crib

Emma loves getting her hairwashed like she's at the salon! Too funny!

Emma just found her voice and started cooing...what a great sound!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Emma Sally has arrived!!!

Emma Sally, January 5, 12:52pm, 7lbs, 6oz, 20 inches long!

We are soooo happy to announce that our sweet baby Emma Sally has finally arrived!! I had an induction scheduled for Monday January 4th at 9pm. The doctor decided the previous week that if I didn't go into labor on my own before Monday evening, that we would induce since my blood pressures were going up and down. He said it was best to just get the baby out rather than risk me getting pre-eclampsia again. When I first went in my BP was high but I knew it was just nerves. The doc started talking about possibly putting me on magnesium sulfate if it didn't go down and then I started really getting nervous. She said she'd run some labs and see how they were. Thankfully they came back ok and my BP ended up returning to normal. They started the induction and by the middle of the night I was starting to feel some contractions. In the a.m. they let me get up and shower and then I got back in bed to start the pitocin to get the contractions to be stronger and more regular. Got my epidural around 7:30am or so when I was about 3cm. It was awesome...the contractions were starting to get pretty painful and with the epidural I didn't feel anything. By late morning I was starting to feel pressure in my bottom with every contraction and from my first labor, I remember that was the sign it was time to push. The nurse checked me and I was only 5. For the next 20 minutes I kept feeling the pressure and she said let me just check you again and I was 10 and ready to go. I couldn't believe I went from 5 to 10cm in 20 minutes!!! I then had to wait for another 20 minutes or so because the doc was in the OR doing a c-section...I was going nuts...I didn't really have to push but was just anxious to deliver! Finally the nurse said the doc would be in in a few minutes so I could start pushing. I only pushed for 13 minutes and into the world came our sweet Emma!! The doc got in the room about 2 minutes before she was born! Recovery went well and we came home this past Thursday. I feel great since being home and overall feel like I have much more energy and am glad to not be pregnant anymore!

Since being home we have just been spending a lot of time being together as a family of four! Jack loves his baby sister! When he first saw her, she was in her swing and he ran right over to her and wanted to hold her. He loves giving her lots of hugs and kisses and always wants to hold her. He likes touching her and pointing out her nose, eyes, hair, etc. We have to sometimes remind him to be very gentle though!!

Below is a link to a lot of pictures we've taken over the past week. I have a few videos and promise I will post them soon. Hope you all enjoy and we can't wait for everyone to meet our sweet little girl!!

Click here for photos of our baby Emma!