Monday, December 15, 2008

Practice Makes Perfect

We did a practice shoot for Ladybug's "official" Christmas pictures. Here's the preview.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

A couple of weeks after Darren and I moved to the Houston area it snowed, on Christmas Eve actually. (We actually missed it, we were in Weimar for the holidays). However, this was the first time in a long time it snowed enough to make a snowmen. And snowmen were even made on the beach (see pictures of Galveston or Bayou Vista). The last time I can remember a snowfall this heavy was in the mid-80s, specifically at my birthday party. I am probably still one of the few people in my hometown that had a Snow Birthday party complete with a Snow Family.

Well, it snowed here again. This time we were here. It officially is Emma's first snowfall, though I don't know whether to count it or not, she slept through it all!

But here is proof, it can snow in Dickinson, Texas.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Emma's First Stand (not Political)

Officially, her booty is against the couch. But it still counts, right?

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Turkey Day (aka Go Cowboys!!!)

Oh, how I love thee.What a face? At least, I'm cute in the picture.
Aunt KK and Uncle DonaldLet's Go Cowboys!!!!Yes, Uncle Jim Bob is one of my favorites!Is it game time yet?
Please note: PaPa, NaNa, and Mom were there as well. But, you see who got pictures.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

I'm in the Army Now... training maybe...

I'm officially mobile. Let me introduce, The Army Crawl.

Please excuse Mommy's Bad Video Picture but maybe the photos will help you visualize better.

Monday, November 10, 2008

No More Leaning Tower of Ladybug

And I am just a little proud.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Rumble in the Jungle

After visiting the NICU everyday for nearly six and a half weeks, we returned to the NICU for the first time in over eight months.

Emma was officially invited to the Clear Lake Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Reunion.

We got to visit with a few of the nurses that shared care of Emma including Alice, one of Emma's favorites.

We also got to visit momentarily with Dr. Bedhi and Dr. Patel.

As we were leaving we were fortunate enough to see familiar faces. During Ladybug's stay, we became "scrub buddies" (See side story below) with the parents of a little girl who was also born at 30 weeks around the same day as Ladybug. She weighed a little over three pounds and went home a few days before Ladybug. We refer to her as Ladybug's Butterfly or NICU sister.As Ladybug's Mom, I admit, the reunion was more uncomfortable than I thought. It was really weird to step back as if stepping back into time and see the hospital from a different perspective. In January, February, and March, I didn't have time to think of consequences or "what if's." In November, I do. I have said this before but it certainly bears repeating. We are blessed to have a constant reminder of the power and proof of miracles!

Side story: The security, privacy and safety of the NICU patients is VERY VERY IMPORTANT. To obtain entrance into the NICU, you would have to "buzz" the nurse/NICU receptionist. She (very few male nurses in NICU) would then check with the nurse assigned to to your child to see if you could enter. Once the secure doors were unlocked, you would step over to the washing basin or over to the lockers first to deposit materials that couldn't be taken into the NICU. If your baby was in level 3, you put on the hospital gown. Then you had a to grab a sterile sponge that contained sanitizing soap and scrub your entire hands including under your fingernails. You washed, you scrubbed, you rinsed, you scrubbed, you washed, and rinsed again. Absolutely no GERMS were allowed in the NICU without permission. Once your hand washing was complete you stepped over to another phone to dial the nurse/receptionist once again, who would then unlock the second set of secure doors. All this is written not as unpleasant reminder, but as part of the experience. This also reiterates, that as parents we did not know the names of the other babies nor parents. We only recognize the faces of those that shared the washing basin, or waited outside locked doors, or those that share a story with crossover to ours.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Trick or Treat!!!

For Halloween, can anyone guess what Miss Emma was?

Well, thanks to Aunt Kathy, Emma was...can you believe it...a ladybug.

Yes, these are professional portraits. But she is just so darn cute.

Although Miss Emma did not go trick or treating, she did attend the Galveston College Halloween Carnival. Once again, cute is an understatement.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

What Can Possibly Be Cuter Than...

...a baby's laugh.

Please excuse the quality of the video below. Maybe Santa will bring a new camera for Christmas?

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Happy Nine Month Birthday Miss Emma!

Okay...I've surrendered to the harassment. Here are few pictures. I was hoping to actually post a real blog but...

She actually has two teeth now. But snapping a picture of them is impossible.
She love love love loves her great Grandma and great PoPo.

I think she has Great PoPo's smile.

Happy Nine Month Birthday Miss Emma!