Friday, May 20, 2011

Thoughts & Updates on Emma

Emma turned 5 months old a little over a week ago on the 12th. She weighs 14 lbs 10 oz now and is growing up so fast. Her little personality is shining through and I can't help but fall in love with her more each day. I absolutely love to see my two kids playing together. Talmage makes Emma laugh pretty much all day long. They are bonding more and more as they interact each day. I'm amazed at how much I am blessed to have such wonderful, beautiful children. Emma is such a mommy's girl, which I love.

She has brought with her many challenges for me, as a mother, to overcome. Talmage was definately and completely different as a baby. I thought he was hard...until I had Emma and I'm sure this pattern will continue with each baby. Tears have been shed and prayers offered, as seek advice and have concerns with my ability to mother Emma. She is a beautiful, sweet and loving little girl but it has been a struggle for me to help her sleep and get through her reflux and various (very mild) illnesses. I am starting to discover that I cannot be a mother on my own. I need the help of my husband, friends, family, and most importantly, my loving Heavenly Father. I have been greatly humbled by my calling as a mother. It is a divine role and responsibility that I sometimes lose sight of. I tend to get caught up in what other mothers say and compare my baby to others. It's hard. It's so hard but I'm learning. My baby is unique and the only one who truly knows what will work for her is Heavenly Father. I have to trust and have faith that He will guide me, as her mother, to do what's best for her, to create a routine, a sleeping habit, that will work.

Last night, Emma threw up, intensely, 9 times. It was scary. She is fine now and has a virus or stomach flu basically. I took her to the doctor and was able to receive a new prescription for her reflux and some good advice on how to handle the reflux. The doctor suggested that I pump my milk and add about 2 Tbls of rice cereal to every bottle I give her throughout the entire day. This should help her keep it down better and feel content. She also informed me that lots of babies don't sleep through the night until they've reached 6-7 months. That was comforting.

Today was a good day.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sesame Street Live

On Saturday, April 30, we took Talmage and his cousin, Katie, to see Sesame Street Live. My dad had given us 4 tickets and since Emma was free, we decided to bring his cousin along, whose only 6 months older. They had a blast! It was really cool and our seats were in a suite! We had free popcorn, room service, and the kids could roam around our little suite if they were tired of sitting. Here are some pictures of our fun day.

Rice Cereal

We've only given her cereal twice now but here are pictures of her first time.

Thursday, May 5, 2011