Wednesday, July 8, 2009

This palm tree paradise is missing C&H

I'm still on hiatus, but wanted to share all the cuteness of our girls...esp with my Mom, who might be in need of a granddaughter fix. =0)

Things are really rough right now. We are trying some new AT techniques and I'm hoping within several weeks, we will see a big difference with Eme. My girl is extremely insecure and I think I held her for 7 hours yesterday while catching up on 6 loads of laundry, mopping my floors and cleaning the pool lanai while Daddy took the boys golfing. My arms really hurt today and I'm not sure how long I can keep going at the same pace. I'm tired. Dog tired.
A few new facts: Eme is doing the army crawl and is up on all fours and beginning to get the hang of the crawl. She can also pull herself up to a standing position.
She is still a picky eater somewhat. She hates strawberries, but loves blueberries.
She says, "more (while signing) every.single.minutes" or at least is seems like that.
She just wants more, more of anything and everything. She is filling out and getting some meat on her bones.
She won't go to sleep till around 11 and is up at 8:30. Her naps are usually only 20 minutes after I spend an hour trying to get her down. She wakes up full of anxiety and stressed. She will nap in the ergo if I keep going though, it's just I need the time without her strapped to me.
Sometimes in life, you meet someone that just *gets* you all the way around. To have met Colleen on the journey to our daughters was just the first connection that we made, now it's just icing on the cake with the *added* bonus of getting our girls together. Our tastes are very similar & you can tell in our girls clothing. My house was full of lots of noise with 5 kids running around, a dog that won't stay out of the pool and ipods blaring from every angle. There was lots and lots of laughter & lots and lots of tears. Thank you Col for bringing Hannah down for a fun weekend, for being exactly the friend I needed. It's all so surreal that Eme~Grace was here with us this time, we both must have said that a zillion times and just uploading the pics made me say it again. Dreams do come true.
I love ya dearly and can't wait to see you in Sept.


Sandra said...

Love the pictures of the beautiful mommies with their precious girls.

Anonymous said...

T: What a lovely time you guys had! Those girls with the matching outfits were TOO CUTE for words. They will spend many more happy times together, I'm sure. So glad you got to go out to dinner - can't believe the hubs watched ALL the kiddies! Yay for him! Great pix. We will miss you while you are on hiatus. This is a tough period for sure...

Shery from CA

M :-) said...

The pictures are wonderful. The girls are adorable. Like you, I am having a hard time right now with Molly. I spent much of the long holiday weekend in tears. It's hard, and I'm tired! What a blessing that you and Colleen have each other.

Take care!

laurie said...

Love all the pics. The little girls in their matchy outfits are just too adorable.

Sorry things are so tough for you. Those of us looking from the outside in can really see E blossoming. Hopefully when you're back from your bloggy break things will be better.

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Love the photos..
Looks like this was something you BOTH really needed..
I love the photos of the girls. they are sooooo CUTE..
Hope things get better..
I am sure it will in time..
But when you do get rested.. please let us know some great tips..
We all will need help..
Have a great week.
Thanks for the updated photos..

meme said...

Loved the pictures.
Sorry for the rough time.
You are in my prayers so things get better real soon.
From your Kentucky Friend - Linda

Colleen said...

Yep... thanks for making me cry...again! "sigh"..... it is so surreal isn't it? I cannot believe the Eme was in your home...HER home - and we got to be there with her. I mean just how cool is that? Aside from the tears, all I can say is GAWD THAT WAS FUN!!! I love you to pieces. You get me, and I love that. It doesn't happen often... (I'm a tough chick to get). One day we will live closer, I just know it.
Always here, and if I can manage it again...I will be down in a heartbeat if you call.

See you in September for some more FUN!

Michelle said...

Thanks for checking in...I have missed seeing Eme. I wish I could come down and do some laundry or cleaning for you.

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Too cute....Love all the matching outfits!! Sorry things are still kind of rough....I can only imagine what your arms feel is not easy to hold a child for that many hours.....especially when it is day after day with no rest for the weary!!

Glad you were able to have some fun and spend the weekend with sweet to see your two girls together!!

Take Care of yourself,


Daniella said...

the friend that gets you are the best. I have many friends but one that really really gets me all around. Besides my husband, she is my rock - always there and she lives in CT btw - we used to be 2 miles from each other. So glad you had a great visit. the girls look so cute together. I'm sorry the exhaustion and everything else is kicking your butt. Still hoping to be boating your way before the summer ends - just need the boat ;) working on it.

thegreybullet said...

So happy to see you and Colleen and your girls together....finally! They looked so adorable in all their matching outfits!! Glad that you were able to have a dinner out. You will be in my thoughts and prayers and hoping the new techniques will help!

Christie said...

The pics are awesome - totally understand about the break, btw. You just have to step back sometimes and figure stuff out.

Come back when you can!

Randi said...

I am sorry that you are having a rough time. I know that for us 3 months at home was a real turning point. We have been home 4 months now and my Em still wants to be held almost all the time- when she is not running somewhere:) And usually when I am holding her she is saying more, more, more. I totally know where you are coming from.

Buckeyes & Eggrolls said...

Playing catch up here.. those pictures are totally adorable!!!

Sending your prayers and good vibes for some much needed rest for your and for some less anxious days for your sweet Eme!

Georgea's Mommy said...

The photos are beautiful! I continue to have you on my heart with regard to Eme's bonding and settling in. So glad you had this time with your special friend. These times are life-giving aren't they?


Special K said...

All the matching outfits... just so damn cute! Those girls are both so adorable. I bet they'll be great friends like their mom's.

I'm glad you got to spend some time with Col. Together you are certainly "two peas in a pod". And I'm sure she helped to lighten your load for a few days.

Take care. You know I love you and I miss you like crazy. But I understand what you're going through right now... even though I haven't lived it yet. Just remember I'm always here if you need me. xoxoxo

Samantha said...

So glad you two have each other! Nothing like good friends! Awesome photos!

Liene said...

The matching outfits are really cute!!! The green polka dot tank is familiar. I saw it at Tarjay and had to buy it myself.

Glad you have such a great friend like that.

Hope things start to change for Eme and for you. I can only imagine how exhausted you must be.

Catherine said...

Isn't it amazing how friendships can be formed?? I am SO thankful that you have Col and that you have formed such an amazing bond. I totally get that and how that person can be so important to you and your family. Fun pics of the girls together! Realizing the last pics were of Eme's referral and now she's here is surreal!

Praying for you friend and for you sweet little Eme as you work on healing her heart. Oh how I know you would just like to take her hurt away. Praying for added strength for you as you go through your day to day tasks.

Love ya.

Anonymous said...

So glad you all got you hang out and have some girl time. The girls look so cute together. Debi

Luna said...

What a couple of cuties!! Love the matching outfits! Bloglines never tells me you updated anymore...What's up with that?!

I hope things get easier with Eme soon. Thinking of you.

Kristy said...

All of these rough times will soon be a distant memory I promise.

The pictures in this post are just precious. Thank you for coming back and sharing a little bit of Eme with us.

Love and blessings, Kristy

Tawni said...

Beautiful - all 4 of you.

Honestly, what would we do without our girls??? Seriously. :)

PIPO said...

The pictures with the matching ensems: smashing.

The friendship you share with Colleen: priceless

As for the rest, a hug and high five from the trenches. It seems things find a groove and then a new issue pops up for a while. It is one very difficult road at times but the girls we get to travel with...they're the very best.

PS Interesting that Miss C here also detests strawberries but has a love of the blueberry too. The only thing she hates more than a strawberry is tomato-based sauces. We won't be going Italian very often ;0)