Gratitude

Two Months

July 3, 2014

Before I share the latest with our little Cal, I wanted to say thank you.  Thank you for all your sweet messages, prayers and encouragement after my last post.  The purpose of this blog is to be a sort of journal for me, but also to share with all of you an honest portrayal of our family’s journey.  It isn’t all roses and happiness.  It’s real life.  It’s our life.  If I only blogged about the good things, the positive things, I would be lying.  So I appreciate you reading the good and the bad!  And for not panicking thinking I’m sinking into a deep, dark depression!  I promise I’m ok!  Life is just tough sometimes, we grieve, then it’s business as usual.  Even when I’m sad, my little sweet pea Elena always keeps me smiling!

Phew!  Now that I got that out of the way, I can share how my other little sweet pea, Cal is growing!  It’s hard to believe he’s been in our family for two months.  I can barely remember life without him.  He’s started to chill out a bit, which is good news for everyone.  We’re finally getting into a good groove with a *mostly* consistent napping routine and only waking me up once at night, which has greatly improved my brain function!  Sleep deprivation is the devil, seriously.

As I mentioned in my last post, Calvin is really starting to smile.  Though, he is really hesitant to give up his “scowl”.  Even his doctor commented on it at his two month appointment yesterday!  He is loving his “gym”.  He will smile at himself in the mirror and bat at the rings.  It keeps him pretty entertained.  Every now and then, he and Elena will talk to each other.  He will start cooing, Elena will chime in and they’ll go back and forth for a bit.  She still laughs any time he sneezes or burps or passes gas.  She loves when we have Cal give her kisses.  Sometimes he’s screaming, but she never seems to mind.

As for me, I’m learning to juggle the two of them.  The stressful moments are becoming less frequent but that’s not to say it isn’t any busier!  These two will keep me on the go for next, oh, forever!  Chad has been great about getting me out of the house and holding down the fort on his own.  This has been really nice and I’m so thankful I can leave him with both without thinking twice.  He’s a pro dad! 🙂

Our little Cal is a growing boy.  He weighed in at nearly 13lbs yesterday and has grown over two inches in two months.  I can hardly wait for chunky baby thighs!  He’s doing great and we’re loving watching him grow.

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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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