Posted (Tina) in All Posts on June-10-2009

Ella’s day started with bubbles in the bath. She usually cries right when I place her in the tub and then it varies. Before, she would always have a meltdown the entire time. That is getting less and less frequent. Now, it just depends on her mood, how tired she is and how she is feeling physically. This morning, I got a smile or two and some kicking which made big splashes in the tub!

Ella had OT and PT today and did fairly well during both sessions. Although, she did seem a bit more tired and was not as tolerant as I have seen her on other days. The OT is going on vacation starting this evening, so tomorrow will be a more mellow day with just PT in the afternoon.

One positive thing that has happened this week. We found a part-time babysitter that wants to watch Ella for us a couple of nights per week. The best part: she has been an Ella follower via the blog for months! And her motivation is just to watch her because she wants to spend time with her and love on her! This is a huge blessing for us. We know that we need to have breaks individually as well as date nights: this person will provide this for us! We’re going to start our first training session tomorrow night. Pray that everything goes well! We’re excited.

Another development: I love taking care of my beautiful daughter and didn’t want to give up that part of my life, so I have opted to stay home full time with Ella for now. We explored the nanny scene and did not get the indication that we are supposed to go that direction. Instead, this part-time caregiver came into play which will give much needed breaks each week. Also, I’ve just joined Entertaining at Home as an Independent Consultant. I really feel that this is the opportunity that is going to allow me the flexibility to spend time with my family while being able to start my own business. The extra bonus is that it forces me to get out of my shell and meet wonderful people at parties!

The thought of owning my own business and taking control of my life appealed to me, but it always seem overwhelming. When I learned about this opportunity and then looked at all the wonderful products in the catalog, I wanted them all! It just seemed like there was something for everyone and everything someone would need to entertain, from high quality kitchen tools to beautiful decorative items that are functional and fun to display.

When I shared the catalog with my neighbor, she was excited to book a party because it allows her to get so many items for free and at half-price. Her immediate commitment affirmed that I needed to take this step! And now, I just need to find more friends to host parties. I’m looking forward to getting out of the house and socializing at parties this summer!

I’m not sure why, but Ella was making this funny face all day! I wonder what is prompting that look…we’ll ponder that as we go to sleep tonight.

Joel Snyder on June 11th, 2009 at 4:08 am #

Ella, I hope that everything works out with your new babysitter and that you keep up the good steady progress with OT,PT,and ST. I love the new funny face and it won’t be long before we all find out what it means. Tina so glad to hear about the new business I am sure you will do great. I will catch you later. Love,Grandpa!!!!!!!!

Megan on June 11th, 2009 at 9:50 am #

That face is hilar. Loves it!

Laura Leichty on June 11th, 2009 at 11:14 am #

Congrats on the new business! Sounds and looks like fun! I just glanced at the magazine!! Some really pretty things! 🙂 So glad you also found a wonderful sitter to love on Ella!! I always enjoy seeing Ella and her sweet smile and of course love seeing all her progress in therapies!! She is doing great!! 🙂 God bless each of you!
Praying in IN,

Joan and Steve Odell on June 11th, 2009 at 11:56 am #

She is probably feeling the difference in her face when she does that – tooooo cute!!! So glad you found a reliable sitter – Congratulations on your new business. Send me a catalog via email if you can if not, let me know and I’ll send my address. Hugs and love – great progress in so many ways. Steve and Joan

Lori Hill on June 11th, 2009 at 1:28 pm #

This is the first time I’ve seen Ella, she’s beautiful! So glad you found a wonderful caregiver to love Ella, and give you some breaks. Congrats on the new business, you will be awesome. I would love to host a party for you.. Lori

Jill E G on June 11th, 2009 at 2:57 pm #

Best of luck with you business Tina! I’m excited that you guys have found a baby sitter too. Have fun!

Williamsburg on June 11th, 2009 at 3:00 pm #

What great news on both fronts – having someone to give you the breaks necessary for both of you to be the best you can for Ella and yourselves, and the new biz oppty. Looks perfect for a woman with such a terrific eye for creating a beautiful home environment. Will be praying for success on all fronts. Love Ella’s fun contribution to that environment 🙂 XOXOXO

Loren on June 11th, 2009 at 7:08 pm #

Ella is getting so big! Oh my goodness. Congrats on your new business, I know I’m far away but I’ll see what I can do. Oh I love the last few pixes.
Your family is always in our prayers

Laura Huene on June 11th, 2009 at 7:45 pm #

She is so beautiful! I am so thankful you have found someone to watch Ella for you so you can get out a bit. You are an amazing mama. Your new adventure with your business sounds fun too!
Sleep well…xoxo

Kellie on June 11th, 2009 at 11:47 pm #

Congrats on taking control and doing something like that! I wish you the very best.

The last pic made me laugh ~ I wish we knew what she was thinking. 🙂

Kara on June 14th, 2009 at 11:53 am #

Good for you Tina! I did pampered chef when my girls were little. It was exactly what I needed at the time. It allowed me to get out of the house for a good purpose and bring home a little money. The best part was the confidence boost it gave me. It’s too easy to lose your identity when you are a stay at home mom.

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