TBI

Birthday Botox

July 25, 2013

Last week was my big 29th birthday.  So, I packed up the car drove to the doctor for some much needed Botox…..for Elena!  Though, teetering on the edge of my 30’s has me finding a few more grays and another wrinkle or two!

But really, on my birthday last week, Elena had another round of Botox injected into her inner thighs, hamstrings and triceps.  As usual, it was painful for both Elena and Mom and Dad.  But, she’s had a great week in therapy no doubt attributed to the Botox.  Keep praying that this round of Botox will continue to produce good boosts in progress.

Last weekend, we had a mini-getaway to French Lick for a family reunion.  Elena was such a champ.  We spent some time in the pool, which she absolutely loves.  She stayed up with all of us, enjoying a ragtime band, on the veranda of the hotel until nearly 10pm.  She loved the music!  And best of all, she enjoyed a queen size bed all to herself!  She’s getting much too big to sleep comfortably in a pack n’ play, so we nestled her into the bed and she did great.  It reminds me that my little peanut is no longer a baby!

We’re enjoying our last two weeks of “summer” before Elena begins at the Jackson Center.  As the date approaches, I’m starting to get very apprehensive about it.  I’m not just nervous about doubling the amount of rigorous therapy Elena will be receiving on a weekly basis.  It’s lots of things.  The first few sessions I anticipate will be miserable, as Elena will have to adjust to strangers pushing her through tough physical activities for three hours.  I’m not sure I will be able to even watch.  I’m nervous about pushing her too hard.  I’m anxious about our new weekly schedule, and if we’ll have time for anything else.  This is going to be a big step and huge adjustment for Elena and me.  Your prayers over the next couple weeks will certainly be appreciated.  I know I’ll be praying my way that first week.

I’ll leave you on a higher note with a sneak peek of Elena’s two year pictures.  Our dear friend and reliable photographer, Sam, knocked it out of the park again.  We’ve only seen one picture and it immediately made Chad and me giggle.  It captures exactly our precious Elena…..our happy, easy-going, full of smiles, Elena.

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This is Elena. Our Light. You can see all the goodness and joy that shines from those deep blue eyes. She loves sneezes, yawns, industrial toilet flushes, automatic paper towel dispensers and The Star Spangled Banner. Music is her everything, specifically Moana, Frozen (really all Disney), Queen & Taylor Swift. Nothing makes her squeal quite like swimming, fast boat rides and her two brothers in trouble. In addition to her megawatt smile, Elena reminds us to cherish the smallest of victories, to live in the present, and to daily dwell in a posture of gratitude for every breath and every blessing.  

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I’m Emmalee, an ordinary gal born and raised in the Heartland. Wife to Chad, and Mom to Elena, Calvin & Turner, I spend most my days ridin’ dirty (literally so much trash) in my minivan carting kids to and fro. When I’m not being a Momager, I excel at self-care, cooking gourmet meals my kids won’t eat and deep-diving all the feelings. Most days, my attitude is gratitude, just taking life one step at a time.

Emmalee & Elena

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