Hi! My name is Emily and I'm a writer, a wife to Nick and mother to two very sweet little girls named Daisy and Ella. We live in a quaint little town outside Philadelphia, PA, with our two black lab sisters.


I started this blog as a way to stay connected with friends and family after Daisy was born and it has now become a home for musings on everything from our favorite family recipes, books, travel destinations and, ultimately, my quest to balance work, life, self-care and family - all while staying grateful. Happy reading!

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Quick Hits with Daisy #1

January 28, 2017

Since I'm expanding this blog to topics other than strictly Daisy, I want to make sure that I'm leaving space to talk about My Number One Gal. I thought this little "Quick Hits" format would be fun for a concise little peek into Daisy's life.


Swimming Lessons


We're now on week three. It's clear that there isn't a whole lot of logic behind grouping 6-month olds and 18-month olds in the pool with their parents. The swim instructor doesn't seem to understand why the curriculum doesn't apply to all the students and continues to talk to Daisy like she understands him and watches intently for her to blow bubbles. It's a little funny. Nonetheless, we really value our time in the pool. We've learned that a slow and steady transition into the pool while being held by mom is the best way to start a lesson without a meltdown. She is very good at "floating" and kicking while I pull her up and down the lanes of the pool. If I'm honest, though, nearly all of her energy goes toward trying to eat the pool water. And all of my energy goes to trying to prevent this from happening. So, we're not learning a whole lot :)



Daisy has been exclusively feeding from a bottle & baby food for the last five days with SUCCESS! We have not replaced the NG tube since she last pulled it out and I am praying we never have to again. She is on a great feeding routine and has quickly learned how to tell us when she is ready for a bottle (reaching for it - I keep it within her view) and when she's done (pushing it away). I was so worried that this might never happen, but, she started demonstrating a lot of oral interest (she would lick the doormat if I'd let her) and on a wing and a prayer, we decided to give this transition a try and it's working! WAHOO!



We are still working on Daisy's separation anxiety issues but they are improving with the introduction of Lovey into her life. Lovey is a pink Jellycat bunny who is small and soft and has floppy ears - and was chosen to act as a security blanket of sorts so Daisy feels some continuity or consistency when I have to leave the room (or, the house, God forbid).


Pack & Play

This week, we lowered the Pack & Play to the middle setting and put all of Daisy's toys in with her to see how she did. I am hoping that this little space to call her own may become appealing to her so she can spend some time playing independently. So far, she plays for 30-45 minutes happily then loses interest in her toys and cries until I pick her up. I'm trying to let her "cry it out" from time to time but it's hard. I'd welcome any and all advice moms & dads may have on how to develop independent play skills!


That's all for now. We love you all! Thanks for reading!

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