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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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21 Days Until Ella!

May 29, 2018

It’s hard to believe that in about 21 days, we will meet our second child, Ella Rose Marie Sullivan. (Well, it’s not hard to believe in the sense that I fully feel as though I am carrying another complete human inside my body and that I could erupt into labor at any moment.) I will say that it feels like this pregnancy has gone by quickly. With Daisy, every hour of the seven months I carried her felt agonizingly slow. I vividly remember staring at clocks wherever I was to actually witness minutes passing. I impulsively checked my countdown apps, desperate to be just one day closer to her arrival. With Ella, I have been so preoccupied with Daisy that the days slip through my fingers – in the best way. When I remember to check my countdown app, sometimes a whole week has gone by!

 

Ella is technically due on June 26. We have a C-section scheduled for June 20th with an “open birth plan”, meaning that if Ella shows signs of wanting to come sooner, I will try to deliver via traditional labor. As far as the birth is concerned, I feel like a first-time mom! With Daisy, I was totally unprepared for her arrival at 32 weeks via emergency C-section. Our goal had been to keep her in as long as possible, ideally til 36 weeks, but my body went into organ failure and we had no choice but to get her out. At that point, we had birth classes scheduled and paid for but not yet attended, a nursery half-completed, a handful of registry items and some unread baby books – but we’d really just begun preparations!

 

This time feels so different. Ella’s nursery is complete (photos coming soon!). We take our final birth class on Sunday. Her drawers are fully stocked with onesies and shoes and hats and mittens. We’ve washed all the crib sheets and soft blankets. Her changing table is piled high with diapers and wipes and lotions and creams. There are forty dresses hanging in her closet. We’ve leased a bigger car that accommodates two car seats. We’ve packed hospital bags for me, Nick and Ella. We have care arranged for Daisy. Now we just wait!

 

While we wait, we’re doing what we can around the house to get it ready for lots of company and a family “staycation” of sorts while we’re on leave from work. Nick has been working hard to open our pool, which is quite the adventure. Our hope is that the pool will be fully open and ready for play by the time Daisy is out of her cast and brace – what better reward for weeks of agony than a big pool with a slide and fun floats in your backyard?! This is my totally out-of-reach inspiration for our pool area. Do you love?

 

We are also working hard to landscape the yard and maintain the gardens which have proven an immense source of joy for us all. Inspired by my sweet cousin Lucy's new blog, Lucy Lemonade Home, I decided to give our front porch a revamp this weekend too.

 

 

Daisy is doing really well this week. Since the pin was removed, she is less irritable and a bit more accepting of her circumstances with her special chairs and cast. She is astonishing us with her verbal developments – every day she seems to say five new words. Her latest favorite phrases are “idea!” (with index finger pointed high in the air as if to signal something groundbreaking) and “guys!” (to get our attention). She’s also come a long way in terms of her fine motor skills. Not being able to run and play has had some upside: all of her activities are focused on what she can do with her hands! She loves to draw, paint, glue, cut, sculpt and play with stickers and magnets.

 

We hope you all had a restful, sunny Memorial Day. Sending love from all of us! 

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