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 #2

March 27, 2017


I cannot believe that as I write this, Daisy is already 11 months old. It feels like just yesterday Nick and I were gingerly carrying Daisy out of the hospital, strapped carefully into her car seat for the first time. On the ride home, I sat beside her in the backseat with her little hand wrapped around my thumb as we ambled our way out of the city at 2 MPH with a long caravan of angry honking trailing behind us...


Now, suddenly, it feels like we are parents to a "big kid". She is asserting her independence more and more every day. I can barely get her to sit in my lap for a milisecond-long-hug before she's crawling off in search of something shiny.


Daisy seems to achieve some new milestone almost every day. She is a very hard worker. Whenever I look over at her, she is huffing and puffing and groaning and grunting trying to pull herself up, trying to lift something, crawling around something or climbing on top of something else. She is always busy and exploring with the utmost determination. Never still. Here are some of the latest developments:

  • Our girl is sleeping in her crib for naps and at night now, alone in her nursery on the second floor of our house with us an entire floor away. She is down to waking up only once in the night for feeding and every other day makes it through the night without waking at all.

  • She can lift herself off the floor of her Pack'n'Play and her crib and can stand (holding onto the edges) and even walk around a bit for up to 20 minutes at a time.

  • Daisy has fully mastered the army crawl and if there is a remote or a cell phone involved, she can make it from one end of the kitchen to the other in about 10 seconds. We are working very hard with Jason, our Physical Therapist, on real crawling. 

  • Daisy is talking. A lot. She says "mama", "baba", "gaga" and "dada". She doesn't seem to know or believe these words need to have any meaning, but, we enjoy hearing her sounds nonetheless.

  • Daisy loves her nanny, Cole. Her face breaks into the biggest smile the moment Cole walks through the door in the morning. This makes us so happy.


Daisy's Favorite Things

  • Going through mom's purse and removing all its contents then scattering them across the floor in the blink of an eye.

  • Trying to steal dad's cell phone out of his pants pocket when he's not paying attention (she is a ridiculously talented pickpocket)

  • Getting nibbles of adult food - particularly bits of pasta or anything with cheese on it

  • Dropping toys over the side of her Pack'n'Play or her high chair then immediately signaling to whomever will listen that she needs all of the items returned to her promptly

  • Trying to turn the pages of her board books then eat them

  • Music of any kind & watching mom and dad dance

  • Keeping mom company while she's cooking in the kitchen

  • "Who Run The World (Girls)" by Beyonce


Daisy's Least Favorite Things

  • Shoes and socks

  • Headbands and hats

  • People wearing hats

  • Naptime

  • Strangers

  • Hairdryers

  • Waiting. Anywhere, any time, for anything.

  • Stoplights. She wants the car to go-go-go!

  • Having even a single photo taken 

  • Starring in the videos Mom is constantly trying to produce to send to friends and family

Stay tuned for the next post in which Daisy is going to prom (seriously that's how fast it feels like time is passing). Thanks for reading! We love you all!

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