Life with Ella and Emerson

This is a blog dedicated to my beautiful daughters, Ella and Emerson. Emerson was diagnosed with a rare, genetic disorder called Williams Syndrome when she was 5 months old.

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Location: Wisconsin, United States

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Settling In

I haven't posted in so long I don't even know where to start. We moved into our new home a few weeks ago and we are just so thankful and happy. It is wonderful just to have peace and not to have all the house selling worries that we had for so long. Ella had a rough couple of weeks and seemed to be on an emotional roller coaster. She would go from smiling and laughing to sobbing uncontrollably in a matter of minutes. She finally seems back to her normal even-keeled state. Emerson has settled in pretty easily, however, we are having some sleep issues that we will have to deal with shortly. Last night, for example, I put her to bed and an hour later I heard her screaming and crying. This is happening now more frequently and I'm going to have to let her cry it out eventually, but I want to wait until we've been here a little longer. We've been through this before with her and it gets harder as she gets older. I'm hoping that after a few nights of realizing I'm not going to rock her back to sleep she will get back to her good sleeping habits.

I've started working again and am happy to be back. I haven't worked in two years and I've really missed it. It will be challenging to work weekends (3 shifts per month), but I do love it so that will help. It's interesting to go back to the same job and the same people that I worked with two years ago. After Emerson was born, I was planning to go back to work. I called them to quit 2 days after I got her diagnosis at 5 months old because I was overwelmed and exhausted. She was still only sleeping for a few hours per day and was crying the rest of the time. I called my boss (and her receptionist) crying letting her know that I wasn't coming back and that Emerson was just diagnosed with WS. It definitely wasn't my most shining moment. They didn't really hear from me until two years later when I called to come back to work. Wow, have things changed. I'm so happy to be where I am now. I feel completely content and at peace with my life.

Emerson news: Well, she is definitely talking more every day. I hear new words and she is starting to combine two words. She loves to come into the kitchen and show and tell me where all of her favorite foods are, bottle, juice, cracker, nana, apple, cookie. Based on her love of food you would think she would weigh more than her mere 23lbs. She is a skinny little thing. She loves for us to sing to her and I always know what song she is requesting based on a few bars she gets out. It's really pretty cute. Her favorite is her bed time song that she requests nightly, "rock a baby". She also loves to pretend that she is a kitty and snuggles into us purring. Emerson is love.

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