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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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The Latest with Daisy

September 5, 2017

This summer was a season of major growth and development for Daisy. She is now fully walking without support or assistance (although she’s a bit wobbly still!) and refuses to sit still for more than a moment at a time. She babbles loudly all day long but has yet to really grasp how to use language verbally. She makes a lot of sounds that we recognize to be words like “dada” but they don’t seem to have any one meaning to her - YET! Daisy has a great handle on sign language – she signs “love”, “milk”, “more”, “eat”, “no”, and “help.” Her favorite signs are “more” (she never stops eating) and “love” – she is constantly expressing that she loves her books, her friends, her parents, her dogs and animals that she sees in the pages of her books. We have several books about animals and she always recognizes the cats and dogs and leans in to kiss their faces.

 

 

We recently entered into a nanny share, adding another family to our daily dynamic with Cole. Margaux was born a month after Daisy and she has proven a wonderful addition to our care setup. Margaux is much more developmentally advanced in that she’s been walking for many months and is in the early stages of talking so she is a terrific influence on Daisy. The two girls are learning to share toys and attention from their beloved nanny. They are very affectionate with each other – Daisy kisses Margaux a lot and Margaux likes to pat Daisy on the head and hold her hand.

 

 

Daisy is eating now more than ever - and she was eating a lot before! She will eat anything and everything offered to her with only a few very rare exceptions. She loves scrambled eggs with lots of seasoning in the morning and she devours pasta and protein for dinner. I’m learning how to sneak vegetables and superfoods into her diet without her noticing and so far it’s working well. Her favorite food of all time is ice cream – she clearly takes after her mom!

 

As far as Daisy’s health is concerned, we are engaged in a waiting game yet again. In early August, Nick, Daisy and I all contributed blood samples for a whole exome sequencing test which will examine a handful of the 22,000 genes Daisy carries in an effort to identify any genetic mutations that may exist. This is the only outstanding test we have yet to do. Daisy’s team of doctors feel she exhibits some dysmorphic features (in particular, her head circumference is in the 98th percentile and her body size is below the 5th percentile) and the looseness of her joints and dislocation of her hips are cause for concern. There is a chance that the whole exome sequencing may not yield any results, but, we are hopeful.

 

Nick and I are working hard to give Daisy all of our undivided attention and love when we're not working or in school and that involves lots of crawling around on the floor playing hide-and-seek, reading favorite books over and over again, drawing, singing and tickling - so, so, so much tickling.

 

Favorite Books

Baby Animals

My Name is Georgia

Where is Baby’s Pumpkin - this is the silliest book of all time but the flaps and glitter are a huge hit & it's already the most loved and tattered book we own!

 

Favorite Songs

Old McDonald
Twinkle Little Star
Who Run the World (Girls) by Beyonce
Despacito by Justin Bieber
Shake it Off by Taylor Swift

 

Favorite Activities

Bathtime
Music class
Giving kisses
Being tickled
Feeding the dogs
Going on hikes
Eating

 

Favorite Toys

This cat keyboard from her Uncle Fred

This drum set from the Killeen Family

Stacking Cups

 

You would never guess there is anything “wrong” with Daisy if you observed her daily life – she is joyful, curious, brave and expressive. She exhibits no fear – she’ll try to climb on top of or out of just about anything and she lives for standing up in the shopping cart at the grocery store. Now that she can walk, she's truly "off to the races" - constantly going going going and exploring how things work around the house. We are so in love with this sweet little girl and continue to thank our lucky stars that she is in our lives every day!

 

 

 

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