The Adams Family

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I’m Alive and Well… September 24, 2011

Filed under: Family — hjhadams @ 6:08 pm

Well goodness gracious.  I just realized that I haven’t blogged in over a year.  A YEAR.  That, I have decided, is completely unacceptable.  I have all these goals and ideas of how and where I’m going to keep track of our lives as the girls grow and well…this is as good as place as any, right?

I can’t really go back and tell you about our last year, so I’ll just kind of pick up where we are now.  We have a crazy, smart, sassy, funny THREE-YEAR-OLD!  Yes, Elyse is already three.  It seems so unreal to me.  How can this beautiful little girl be growing up so fast right in front our eyes?  People always tell you “it goes too fast, enjoy every minute”…and until I experienced it, I never would have realized just how fast it goes.  Emily will be two in less than two weeks.  That, to me, is even MORE unimagineable.  I mean…wasn’t she just my screaming five-month-old baby who cried non-stop and I was certain we weren’t going to make it to her first birthday?

There is never a dull moment in our house, and on this beautiful fall day I am really enjoying my life.  A day with not much going on…Jim is down in the basement watching his Crimson Tide play football, Emily is taking a late afternoon nap (poor girl is fighting a nasty cold), Elyse is quietly playing with her dolls in the living room and watching Little Bear, and I am enjoying my first bowl of chili of the season and a nice adult beverage.  It is exactly like it is supposed to be.  With as hard as things can be sometimes, at this moment…right now…I feel totally at peace.

It feels really good.




Emily: Nine Months July 9, 2010

Filed under: Emily — hjhadams @ 3:22 pm

July 6th was Emily’s nine month birthday.  Can I tell you how relieved I am that we’ve made it to this point?

She is doing wonderfully.  She started crawling early last week and that same day started pulling up on furniture…I have a feeling she is going to be the reason we have to baby-proof the house!

In early May she had tubes put in her ears after having seven ear infections in less than five months.  The tubes have made a WORLD of difference, and since then we’ve only made two unnecessary trips to the doctor.  (Old habits die hard.  “Emily’s crying a lot, she must have an ear infection.”  Turns out that sometimes she just likes to cry.)

I took her to the doctor for her 9-month appointment yesterday.  She is currently 19 lbs 2 oz (50th percentile) and 28 inches tall (75th percentile). 

I took her in for some pictures today, and I’m having a horrible time picking my favorite.



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How We’re Doing March 23, 2010

Filed under: Elyse,Emily,Family,Motherhood — hjhadams @ 4:10 pm

So, I started this post on February 9th…and now it’s March 22nd.  Yay me! 

One of my New Year’s Resolutions was going to be to post on this blog more often.  Hmmm…looks like that is going well, hey?  I am hoping that I can start to get back into the routine to post more often. 

The girls are now 19 months and 5 months old.  We had their “well-baby” check-ups in early February and they’re both doing great.  Elyse was 24 lbs 5 oz (60th percentile) and 33” (90th percentile).  Emily was 14 lbs 11.5 oz (75th percentile) and 25.5” (90th percentile).

Life with two kids under two is crazy, to say the least.  To be honest with you, some days things aren’t so great.  Emily has been a bit challenging…she’s had some issues but thankfully we’re figuring her out and she seems a little happier every day.

Being a stay-at-home mom can be isolating and depressing at times, especially in the middle of winter.  I know that I am fortunate to not HAVE to go to work outside the home, but some days I wish I did.  I don’t want to sound ungrateful, because I am not.  I am truly blessed with healthy children, a roof over my head, food on the table, and a husband who is amazingly supportive in every way.  But there are days I dread getting out of bed because I know that the day is going to be (most likely) just like the day before, and the day before that, and the day before that. 

But now spring is here!  And I feel more hopeful, and I feel like a weight is lifting off my shoulders.  The sun is out, and we can play in the yard and go for walks…and watching Elyse delight in the outdoors is amazing.  She loves every second that we spend outside.  Every rock, every leaf, every crack on the ground…they all must be inspected.  She screeches with joy when she runs through the grass and loves to kick around the ball.  It is so fun and makes my heart smile.

It is also wonderful to watch the girls together.  Emily is mesmorized by her big sister…she watches her and smiles and sometimes even laughs; Elyse loves to go over to see her sister and give her kisses and hugs.  It makes the last couple months of struggle seem like they were all worth it…

So my “mid-year” (not really mid-year yet, I know, but close enough) resolution is going to be to update here more.  I hope you enjoy!


Happy Halloween! November 9, 2009

Filed under: Elyse,Emily,Miscellaneous — hjhadams @ 10:31 pm

Yes, it was over a week ago…but better late than never, right?


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Jim took Elyse trick-or-treating in the neighborhood, and since she was still refusing to walk he took her in the wagon!


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Emily Blythe Adams

Filed under: Emily — hjhadams @ 10:12 pm

Just a few short weeks ago (ok, maybe 5…I’ve been a little busy), our beautiful daughter Emily Blythe was born!  We ended up having a scheduled c-section due to breech presentation, and she arrived on Tuesday, October 6th at 12:35 PM.  She weighed 8 pounds and was 22 inches long!

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Elyse is so excited to be a big sister, as you can tell from our first family picture taken the night Emily was born!

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Ready to head home on Friday, October 9th

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Off to her first visit to her pediatrician on Monday, October 12th

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The first two weeks flew by…here are some pictures from her photo shoot on October 20th (two weeks old)

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We’re so excited that she is finally here, and I will hopefully be better about posting more often now that we’re a bit more settled in.


Here We Go Again September 9, 2009

Filed under: Pregnancy — hjhadams @ 9:54 am

Last week I went to see my midwife for my 34-week appointment, and while I was there I got to have an ultrasound to see the baby.  During the ultrasound I got some news I really didn’t want to hear…Peanut #2 is breech.  I was really hoping this wouldn’t happen again because I want to do whatever I can to avoid having to have another c-section.  The good news is that we have a lot more time than we did when I was pregnant with Elyse. 


I have met with a chiropractor once and am going again later today.  There is an adjustment they do that some say opens up the pelvis and gives baby more room to move.  I may also try to go to my acupuncturist.  Yesterday I spoke with my midwife and told her that if the baby is still breech next week when I go for my 36-week appointment I want to give the external version another shot.  (We tried it with Elyse, but since I was less than a week from my due date there was pretty much no room for her to move.)


Please keep your fingers crossed for us over the next few weeks…I really do not want to undergo another c-section and all the hospital time and recovery that is involved with it.  I can’t imagine staying in the hospital so long while Elyse is at home, and I know I’ll be anxious to bring the new baby home to start our new life together.


The good thing that came from the ultrasound was this 3D picture of his/her cute little face…look at those chubby cheeks!

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The Par-Tay

Filed under: Elyse — hjhadams @ 9:41 am

So, it’s been over a month…but better late than never, right? 


We had Elyse’s 1st birthday “luau” on Saturday, August 1st here at the house.  It turned out to be a beautiful day and Elyse was surrounded by a lot of people who love her so much.  Such a lucky girl!


The cake was delicious, of course

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And Elyse’s “smash cake”

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Which, you can tell, she loved

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Playing with her new water table

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And the 1st birthday hat that Grandpa said she had to have

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Elyse with mama & daddy

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All in all, it was a beautiful, wonderful day!