Monday, December 1, 2008

Fun with our Family!

We had a great time with the family over Thanksgiving. We ate a lot, played some games, went to the races and even got a new kitchen floor - THANK YOU RANDY!!!!

Here's some pictures of the great time we had. Charles and Emma are good buddies and Emma loved having her cousin down to play with her. We can't wait to see everyone at Christmas.

Santa was at Churchill - This is the 2nd time she's met Santa and you can see she still hasn't figured out that he's the guy that brings toys!
Emma & Charles Playing

Randy, Charles and Emma at the track

Charles sliding into home at Louisville Slugger Field

Charles Zach and Emma at Churchill Downs

Zach Val and Emma at the races - boy I'm glad we had a snowsuit!!!

Emma also wanted to tell her new boyfriend Collin to get better soon so she can come play. Collin is back at the hospital getting a nice tan under those warm lights to help him with his jaundice. He's eating well and starting to gain some weight back. Little guy is Too cute! We can't wait to have our 1st play date! Hurry home Collin!!!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Baby Collin

Welcome Baby Collin!!!

We finally got to meet Collin a little after 11 AM on Wednesday Morning (Nov 26th). I met Renee & Dan at the hospital around 9:45 PM on Tuesday night. After waiting all night - Collin finally decided he was ready to meet the world. He is 7 lbs 4 oz and is Beautiful! Lauren and Kyle are so excited to finally meet the little man. Here's just a few pictures - I'm sure Collin will be seen very often on the Hensley Family Blog - as we plan on him being Emma's future husband!!! :-)

Mommy Renee & Collin - Thanksgiving Day (1 Day Old)

Daddy Dan & Collin

Me & Collin - What a Cutie!!!

Friday, November 21, 2008

9 Months Old

Our 9 month old photo shoot was the toughest by far! It's way too exciting to eat the paper. This is an outfit from a friend of mine and I love the hat - however Zach thinks it's silly!

At our 9 month check-up everything was good except Emma needs to gain weight. She only weights 15 lbs + and has dropped below the 5th percentile. So we're increasing her milk - which has prompted me to decide that it's time to quit nursing. I've though long and hard and it just didn't make sense for me to pump 3 times a day and only make enough for 1 full bottle (with not enough left to make a second). I feel like I've done a good job and I really wanted to continue but her growing is more important. So we're starting to wean her this week and we'll see how it goes - I'm still planing on nursing her for her first and last feeding as long as I can. Hopefully my body will be smart (for once) and it will continue to make a little milk!

Today (Friday) I got a call from daycare at 11 AM saying Emma woke up from her nap with a 102 degree temperature. So I'm home with her this afternoon. She's been really sleepy and clingy - but not all that unhappy. I'm hoping she'll sleep it off for the most part!

Countdown to Turkey day - only 5 days left!!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Family Update

Emma in her new winter coat - I think she can move in there but I'm not sure!

Emma is officially 9 months old! No picture yet - but coming soon. She has grown so much in the last month. She is quick on the crawl - but prefers to walk holding on to anything. This means lots of bumps and bruises (as you've seen on the last post), but it's too cute!

We Love food!

Nothing much has been going on in the last week, we've just been enjoying some time home all together. About a month ago or so I started a Jazzercise class that meets at a church near my house on Monday and Wednesday nights. I've found that although it's a struggle to get home, feed Emma and get back out the door - and then rush home to feed her and get her to bed - I really needed this time away with other women. Plus the endorphins aren't so bad either! Zach has been slowing down at work and is finding out what the words "off Season" actually mean. Since we've met in 2000 - I don't think he's ever actually had an off season period of time with his job!

Emma has her 9 month check-up tomorrow so we'll update on how much we've grown then!
On another note, I'm starting to wonder how much longer I will be breastfeeding. I've had such a wonderful experience bonding with Emma so it's hard to imagine not sitting down with her in this way going forward. I've found that I'm constantly worried about something with nursing - whether it's being paranoid that I'm not making enough, worrying about when and how to nurse/pump, not being able to go to events without carting the pump (how fun is it to pump in the bathroom during a football game really). Now that we have teeth that is always a worry too - she's normally very nice - but boy when she's not! I've recently changed jobs - which meant my nice private office to pump in became a closet in my new department. And now my office has relocated again which means I'm pumping.....good question!?! I really do not know where I'm going to pump tomorrow when I get back to work. There's always the bathroom - but that's not appealing at all. I'm sure they'll find somewhere for me, but the privacy gets increasingly less, which for me means that I am able to pump less. I know that I've provided the best start for my daughter which gives me peace of mind, but I really had hoped to nurse a little longer. But there's that other part of me that's ready to not worry what I eat or drink, or where I am when she needs to eat, or who might walk in on me pumping at work! I'm really struggling with this part of life, so if anyone has any encouragement or thoughts - please let me know.
On another seperate note, several people have asked me lately so here you go -
Yes - we are still cloth diapering. We only use prefolds and are Very happy and will continue to do this as long as Emma is in diapers. Zach still isn't completely okay with the mess - but he doesn't complain so that's good! And we still make most of our own baby food. With us both working full time sometimes all the home tasks just don't get completed - but for the most part she gets good food!
That's it - not much else happening. Hope everyone is getting ready to eat turkey soon! We'll be installing our new kitchen floor next Saturday so we're excited for that too!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Halloween & 8 Months Old

Happy Halloween - a little late. I finally got a card reader to fix my computer/camera issues so we're back to posting new pics!

Happy Halloween from Emma the M&M!
I'm 8 Months Old
(okay - really almost 9 now but we took these pictures when I was 8 Months old!)

We fell and bumped our head again last week - thank goodness this was a few hours after we got our pictures taken! Ouch!!! But this big girl only cried a few seconds!!!

Poor Emma!

Not much new here - just enjoying having Zach home a little more this winter! We can't wait for our 1st Thanksgiving with Emma! It's coming soon!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Our Little Pumpkin!

Emma's 1st Halloween!!!

So the Annual Hensley Family Pumpkin Carving contest happened this week...
And the Winner is....

Yes - That is Emma in a Real Pumpkin!!! (Mom finally won!)

And Mom under estimated how cold the pumpkin would be after 1st carving it!

On another note - I'm having trouble downloading pictures so there will be more pictures to come! Check back to see our Halloween costume!!!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Vacation to Grandparents!

So it's been a Very long time since my last post and we've been Busy!!! Since last time, we've started crawling, have 4 teeth, pull up on everything and are getting more bold each day!

We took a trip the 2nd week of October to see all the grandmas and grandpas and some friends. We stayed with Grandma Debi a few nights, had a play date with Mira and Griffin in KC and saw Grandpa Randy and Grandma Donna and Aunt Grace and Uncle Randy.
Grandma Debi reading to Emma

Griffin and Emma playing

Mira giving Kissed Goodbye!

Then we spend a few days at Grandma Denise and Granpa Knute's. Our 1st stop in Stanton was to ride in the combine - and Emma Loved it! Emma played with Aunt Al, Uncle Drew, Aunt Carroll and ? Jim...also known as Aunt Carrie and Josh! The Big Kids (or grown adults) even had a pumpkin carving contest which Grandpa Knute judged - Zach and I won. They said we cheated since our pumpkin said "Emma" in the smile!

1st Combine Ride with Grandpa Knute

The 2008 Pumpkin Contest - Winning Pumpkin in the Center by the Hensely's

Great Grandma Pete and Emma - she Loved her necklace!

Emma also had her 1st airplane rides - which went Very Well! We even looked like we knew what we were doing when breezing right through security - I was well prepared!

Emma got sick a day or two before we left so we had 1 VERY sleepless night at Grandma Denise's. She was up almost every 20 minutes so I slept (yeah right) with her downstairs. We were a little more cranky on the way home but the cold didn't last long so it wasn't too bad!

We're busy getting ready for Halloween here. Last night we had a Baby Shower for Renee and tonight Zach and I are headed to a Retirement party for one of our friends. Lauren is coming over to babysit Emma!

We also haven't been sleeping that well lately - waking 1 - 2 times a night. Last night we decided it was time - we had to Cry it out. She had gotten used to me being lazy and brining her into our bed at 4 AM to eat. So this morning we woke up at 5 AM and wanted to come to Mom and Dad's bed. She cried for a few minutes and then Zach went in - gave her a pacifier and laid her back down. A few minutes later I went in and did the same - that lasted for about 20 minutes before we fell asleep - what a hard thing for parents to do - but Necessary for ALL of us! Tonight I expect to be up at least once again like this - but I'm hoping by Sunday we'll be back to our usual - Sleeping from 8:30 Pm until at least 6 AM! I'll let you know how it goes!!!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Busy Times!

Emma in her Sunday Dress! Thanks Marilyn!!!

We have been so busy lately! I know it's been a long time since I've posted - but things have been so crazy around here that I haven't had a lot of time. Since the last real post - we've lost our power (thanks Ike!), had visitors, changed jobs and Emma has been growing like Crazy!

So first, hurricane Ike winds blew through Louisville and knock down a lot of power lines and tress and took out our power from Sunday at noon until Tuesday morning. Our fridge was in coolers and we did everything at night by the light of our camping lanterns. We cooked on the grill outside and listened to the radio at night. Wow - electricity is Wonderful! Monday while the power was off, Emma came to work with me for the day. My office had power, but home and daycare didn't. She had a Great time and I Loved having her there. She was so good - she walked around the office with different people and then I had her on a blanket in my office the rest of the day. She sat there and played and took 2 naps and just acted like it was normal! Wish I could have her there everyday!

The day after the power came back on we had Justin and Tyler visit for the UofL vs K-State football game. We went to the game on Wednesday night while Louisville Grandma Barb kept Emma (Thanks Barb -You're the best!). Then on Thursday the boys went to watch the Ryder Cup practices all day and then Gaslight Festival parade that night. We had a great time at Emma's 1st Parade!

Justin and Emma at Gaslight Parade

Emma and Daddy at Gaslight Parade

Zach, Emma, Justin and Val at Gaslight Parade

The following Monday I started a new job. I'm still with the same company but I'm now the Marketing Coordinator for Semonin Realtors. I changed offices so it's been an adjustment but I'm really liking it so far. I have lots to learn but wonderful people there to teach me. I'm really enjoying getting back to what I enjoyed doing and I think having been in a sales office for a few years will really help to create some valuable marketing for the agents. Although - I Miss my Central office family a ton!

Emma has been so busy growing a learning new things. Everyday I wonder what Zach and I did to get such a perfect little angel. She is the most wonderfull baby and I can't imagine life without her. She and I have been very busy here this weekend trying to clean up and get ready for another work week and Zach has been to work this weekend every morning at 5 AM! Poor Zach! In a few days we'll be headed back to Kansas City and Iowa to visit all our family. We can't wait to see everyone!

Football season is Here - Can you guess who we're cheering for???

I'll try to post more often as things settle down here a little!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

We have Lights!!!

Since Sunday at noon we've been in the Dark! Hurricane Ike hit us - minus the water. Louisville got hit for several hours with 75 mile per hour winds (gusts up to 81 mph). It was Crazy! Trees down, power lines everywhere - just crazy! But in true Hensley fashion - as everyone in the city was at Lowes buying flashlights and batteries - we bought a new faucet. Our lights finally came back on this morning (Tuesday) at 7:30 AM - of course after Emma and I had already gotten ready in the dark...but they are on and that's all that matters! Now it's time to go home and clean the fride - I mean coolers out.

I do have pictures to post - that's actually what I was doing on Sunday when the lights went out. Hopefully this weekend I"ll get them posted. We've Been Busy!!! It's amazing how dependant we are on Power!!!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Sorry we've been So Busy

Okay- I know - It's been forever since I've posted new pictures! I'm sorry! Since I've last posted - we've been sick. had more visitors, had more ballgames and much more. The summer is coming to an end and we've been BUSY!!!

Grandma and Grandpa Hallquist came to visit. We had cake for Grandpa's birthday and had lots of fun. Grandma and Grandpa watched Emma on Friday and we grilled out that night. Then Saturday we had a few friend over to BBQ! Zach worked most of the weekend, but we saw him Sunday night at the Bats game. Emma even stayed for the fireworks and actually watched them all! It was too cute. She loved them! I don't think I had stayed for them with her before - or at least not outside to really watch them.

On Monday, Grandpa put up a few light fixtures and a ceiling fan in our kitchen - it's Great! Thanks Grandpa!

Other than that we've just been busy having fun. We're Soooo Excited that Daddy will be home a little more this weekend!!!

Emma got a new bath this weekend too - She LOVES it! It's almost hard to wash her because she has so much fun playing!

Hope you enjoy the pictures and hope everyone had a Great long weekend!

Friday, August 22, 2008

6 Months Old and Sick

We're 6 Months Old!!! Emma weights 13 lbs and 7 oz. What a little big girl huh!
Dr Knight says she's doing GREAT!

Emma is Sick - Right now she's sleeping and I'm trying to lower her 102 degree fever. Poor Baby Emma! Grandma Debi visited last weekend and on Friday/Saturday Emma had a runny nose. Sunday I woke up with a runny nose and sore throat. Monday Debi (who was back home), Zach and I were all SICK. We ALL ended up staying home which has Never happened before - I'm not sure Zach has Ever used a Sick Day! But by Wednesday we were all Much better. Emma actually never acted that sick - but then Yesterday (Thursday) I noticed her nose was still stuffy and when I got to daycare she had a 100 degree temperature. By the time I got her home and got her some Tylenol it was a 101. Last night we rocked and were pretty fussy but the Tylenol brought the temp down. This morning when I woke Emma at 7 she had a low temp that started to go up before I left. We gave her more meds - and it kept it down again. Then I got a call from Daycare at 2:30 saying at 2:15 her temp was 101 degrees and they had given her Tylenol. We had initially though it was her two top teeth that just barely started to appear yesterday - but as her temp rises today I'm sure that's not it. So now we're at home - Tylenol is no longer lowering the fever - but we're sleeping! Hopefully it will go down this evening or it's going to be a long night for everyone!
On a happier note - we had a great weekend with Grandma Debi - Here's some Pics from the weekend!

Emma with Cereal all over her Face!

Daddy, Emma and Grandma Debi at the Kentucky State Fair

Kentucky State Fair - the Cows really tuckered her out Grandpa Knute!!!