You have to try this...Emma swears by it! Much better than any ointment we have tried ever....

Miracle Skin Salve 2oz

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Update





It is a lot harder to blog with two kids. But at the moment, Emma is in the bathtub, being assisted by Daddy. And Elliot is satisfied for the time being. Maybe I can write a little bit.

We have been home for eight days now and are starting to adjust to everything. Elliot is a dream. He has had a few fussy moments and nights, but for the most part he is the best baby ever. He is so easy. Although, I would not exchange Emma or her personality for anything in the world, I do have to say, it is a nice change to have a laid back personality in a baby. At this point with Emma, I was not sure if I would survive her first six weeks, much less first six years. But Elliot has made it feel so easy. He sleeps and eats and coos for the most part. The hardest thing with him is changing him fast enough because he hates to be cold. But other than that, he is so easy.

Emma is adjusting as well as to be expected. Mom pegged her though, she is either really okay with the whole situation or really not okay. There is no in between. She adores Elliot, but is a little perturbed with the whole fact that she is sharing her mommy. She orders other people to hold , "Bubby" as she has nicknamed him. Then she says, "Mommy, hold me." We think she got the name "Bubby" from hearing her daddy say "Buddy" and putting buddy and baby together. So he is mostly called, "Bubby" unless she is telling someone from outside the family about him and then it is "Baby Elliot". And sometimes when she is really mad, he becomes "IT". But I am glad to say she is starting to accept the new addition to our daily routine. She was not sure about the changes to our prior routine, but now is starting to get comfortable with our new routine. She loves to talk to him, kiss him, hold him. She is so cute when she comes up and wants to kiss on him. So gentle and sweet. Everyday, she checks to make sure he has all over his fingers and toes, and eyes, ears, mouth, nose, chin and cheeks. She has also become quite adept at helping change his diapers. She loves to help. And she is so great about taking the dirty diapers to the trash. So all in all, it has been fun having two.

Elliot had his first check up on Wednesday. He checked out at very healthy and has already begun gaining weight above his birth weight. Which is highly unusual, especially for a nursing babe. The doctor was very pleased. We don't have to go back to see the doctor for another three weeks. YEAH! Although, Emma has her check up in two weeks, so I will busy back and forth to the doctor for the next month and a half with the two kids. It was tricky taking both of them, but fortunately my mom was able to go with me, so I had some wonderful help. But Emma won't be coming when we get shots. That is for sure. She did not like that he did not have his clothes on. So I am sure she would not like the needles poking her bubby.

So all in all things are terrific. Having two kids is so much fun. And we cannot wait for more, just not this second. It was hard for me to realize that I was having another child after losing the baby in March. I guess part of me did not want to get too excited. But that first night when I was alone with Elliot in the hospital (Tal had to go keep Emma everything was just too much for her, so Elliot and I stayed at the hospital by ourselves) I was sitting there looking at him just overwhelmed with how good God is. And we are so blessed to have him with us. Thank you all for your prayers, love and support this year as we have seen God blessing on our little family. Looking forward to the new year and all that is to come.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Christmas Pictures

Here are a few pics from this morning. We have had a great Christmas so far.

Tal







Sunday, December 24, 2006

More Pics from the Ewings

Well, here are some more pics. Emma loves to eat artichokes. You'll see Mary giving Elliot a bath. He likes to pee when I change his diaper. Emma loves her Advent calendar. And we just love having Elliot and Emma Grace around to bring joy into our lives. I hope that you all have a Merry Christmas.


Tal







Saturday, December 23, 2006

Some pics to tide you over

Here are some pics of Elliot and the rest of the family. I'm sure that Mary will have lots to say in the near future.

Tal















Back in the saddle again

I finally got up here without a baby or toddler. I just wanted to say a quick hello. Things are going well. Elliot is already growing so fast. Emma is starting to adjust, but is realizing things are different. She likes her brother, but would rather have her parents undivided attention. He is a great baby. Tal and I have taken turns at night, but soon reality will hit and he will be back at work. Fortunately, so far he is a lot easier than Emma was, probably because we are more adept at this. So I think it will be easier all the way around.

As soon as Tal gets back, I will get him to post a few more pictures of the little guy. And maybe a few more of Emma too! Merry Christmas everyone, and thanks for your prayers.

Mary

Thursday, December 21, 2006

We're Home

Just thought I would let everyone know that we are at home. Mary and Baby Elliot are doing great. Thanks for all of your thoughts and prayers.

Tal

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Pictures of Elliot

Baby Elliot

Emma holding her brother

Great Grandma Nicky Holding Elliot

Another Picture of Emma holding Elliot

Grammy holding Elliot

Elliot

Nuther Momma Holding Elliot

Uncle Mark holding Elliot

Uncle Matt and JET (Matt's new nickname for Elliot)


HE IS HERE


James Elliot Thomas Ewing is here. He is 7lbs. 7 oz. 20 1/2 inches and was born at 1:08 pm this afternoon. He and Mary are both doing well. Pictures will be posted later when we get home from the hospital.

Uncle Matt

Update

Tal just called and said that as soon as the doc gets there she is going to start pushing.

Mary at the Hospital

Mary is now at the hospital about to have Elliot. Everything is going fine and she said that she will begin pushing in the next couple of hours. I will be posting more updates throughout the day so check back periodically.

Uncle Matt

Trying to hold out

I am trying to hold out for a few more minutes, but at this point, I think we will be leaving for the hospital a few hours early. I am excited and a little nervous. But things so far have been okay. And by this time tomorrow, I will hopefully be fully asleep resting with our little boy. Pray that everything goes smoothly. Keep you updated for sure!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

More Emma pics.....her final day to herself

Emma at the zoo with her beloved tigers.....we went for her birthday
Emma and Mommy looking at animals together
Emma pets a cow
Emma and daddy watching a John Wayne moving together and eating ice.
Emma blows out her candle for her second birthday! And she can tell you that she is two!
Emma scrubbing the dishes, which is her nightly chore. And she actually throws a fit when she doesn't get to do it.
Emma playing like she is a birdy in the nest. Her and Two Dad make a nest out of pillows.
Another dish washing night. Notice she now makes them both wear aprons.
Emma helping her daddy get laundry
Emma ready to go to the zoo!
Emma playing cars at Thanksgiving.
Emma got an early birthday present from Aunt Fran. One of her favorite things, puzzles. And we have had a blast with it.
Emma, Mommy, and Nuther Momma
Emma getting the Christmas tree
Emma with her pretty tree
Emma and mommy at the St. Louis zoo.
Blogger in the making
Emma doing demo
Emma watching demo, and yes, she is over seven feet in the air. Scary for her mom.
Emma drinking a little water while resting from all the work being cute.