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Visit from Jamy

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We had a nice visit from Jamy last night.  Emily made delicious chicken parmigiana and chocolate delight for dessert.  Yummy!  We all had a good time watching American Idol auditions.

BTW, I just read today that cough syrup is a waste of money.  It doesn’t get you better any faster and apparently is no more effective than sugar water.  So, there is a money saving tip.

Have a good day…

Uncle Jamy enjoyed seeing Ella

He was pretty impressed with Ella

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Little Aggie

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Dscn1831_1 Nothing else to say other than Ella is growing like a weed and changing so much week-by-week.  Her smile is the highlight of our day.  She is still really enjoying bath time and lights up when mommy whistles or daddy sings the "peanut butter sandwich" song.  We do spend a lot of time talking, singing, reading and playing.  Naptimes are getting shorter between feedings, meaning mommy is doing A LOT of entertaining (and Ella is doing a lot of learning).  Nights are still questionable as to how long Ella is going to sleep between feedings.  I’ve been told that 12 weeks will be a magical turning point and that "boot camp" will be over……then there’s still those people who ask "is she sleeping through the night yet???"  PLEASE!  On a side note- a big thanks to Uncle Andrew and Aunt Liz for the A&M binky!!!!   -Em

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Ella and daddy

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Watching American Idol together…..we’re certain she’ll be a singer.

A future singer?

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Bath Time!

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Ella really enjoys her baths and we’ve found them to be a great way to get through fussy time in the evenings…..yes, granparents, she does cry sometimes!  She’s already smiled a few times at both mommy and daddy and loves for us to sing to her.  Bigger smiles and coos are just around the corner we think!!!

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Happy New Year!

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Ella spent her first day of the new year watching daddy paint shutters on the outside of the house and mommy tearing down Christmas decor and boxing it up.  Basically, ours was non-eventful, but we were glad to have the day to relax.  Joel took the week off between Christmas and New Years, which we enjoyed together at home….just the three of us!  This time last year, we didn’t think we’d be getting ready for a baby on the way, but the Lord has a way of surprising us and giving us just what we need in His time.  Now, I can’t imagine what we did without her!  This year, we look forward to first smiles, first words, first laugh, first steps.  What a precious gift we’ve been given!!!         -Em

We are blessed to have Ella

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One Month Check Up

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We just found out that Ella has grown 2.5 inches to 22 inches and has added 2.4 lbs to 9 lbs 8 ounces. Her head’s circumference was 14.75 inches. Translation: to this point much taller than average, a little heavier than average, and head smaller than average. Averages based a random sample of American girls.

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A Merry Christmas

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Well, Ella spent her first Christmas at Aunt Mandy’s and Nanna and Pappy’s along with the rest of the family.  She seemed to enjoy herself mostly due to mommy and her feedings.  Her Santa is with her 24 x 7 and completely satisfies about every three hours.  We are thankful for Emily’s parents opening their home to Joel’s family.  What a blessing to have such a relationship with inlaws.

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First field trip

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Dscn1742Well, mom and Ella made their first venture to church on Saturday afternoon. They came to see dad sing in the "Christmas is Jesus" musical at Houston’s First Baptist Church. (www.houstonsfirst.org) Gregg gave a terrific presentation of the gospel and God was glorified throughout the program. Ella and mom really enjoyed the program and mom said it was nice to do something normal again. Ella continues to be healthy and grow and mom is quickly getting back her beautiful pre-pregnancy figure.

Joel

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One Week Old

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Dscn1713_2Ella is one week old today!  I can’t believe how fast she’s growing and changing.  Looks like she’s got daddy’s eyes and nose and my mouth.  It’s hard to explain how much I love her.  Now I know what my mom was talking about……  The Lord has really blessed us with a good baby.  She basically sleeps and eats without a lot of fuss and seems to have adjusted quickly to a 3-hour feeding schedule.  So far, Ella only really cries when we change her clothes.  She tells us she’s hungry with a lot of squirming and grunting.  Ella’s had a couple of baths and slept through both of them.  She also slept through getting her blood drawn out of her feet two different times with the routine dr appts.  Joel and I are adjusting quite well to parenthood (re: sleep).  I’ve gotten the hang of waking up to feed her while Joel gets in a good night’s rest before work.  I like to sneak her into bed with us when his alarm goes off in the morning—makes it easier for Joel to get up.  I’m feeling stronger every day and excited to think about pulling on my old jeans again.  We’ve had a lot of help from Joel’s mom this past week (thanks, Mimi) and will get some additional help from my parents (Nanna and Pappy) the remainder of the week.  After that, we’re on our own and excited about it!!!!! 

Em

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Ella’s Big Debut

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Well, let’s just say that Ella won’t be making an appearance in any of this year’s Christmas pageants, but you can see what it would be like if she did…..thanks, Vic!

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Em

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