From Special Agent to Very Special Mom

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Lazy Days of Summer

It has been a while since I last blogged and there is lots to catch up on so I will attempt to do just that.
Emma completed her first year of Early Childhood Preschool at Kenrose. She will be moving to Crockett Elementary next year as they have switched the school that will host the program. We are excited about this because 1) she will have the same teacher and 2)her boyfriend Owen will be in a class nearby. She learned so much throughout the year. We could not be more proud of her.

Emma will be a big sister in August to Claire Elizabeth. She has named all of her baby dolls Claire and talks about her baby sissy all the time. I will be interested to see if she is as excited once the baby arrives. We are going to have some adjustments around here I am afraid. The pregnancy is going well so far and everything looks good with the baby. Keep praying for a healthy baby.

I finished my first year of Nursing School and will return in January to hopefully graduate by Dec 2012. I know how challenging it will be with two littles at home, but we will get through it.

We officially joined the minivan club in March. I think that is one of the best decisions we have ever made. I love it! We are now proud owners of a Honda Odyssey.
The young people that I go to school with made fun of me because that it what the nuns come pulling up in everyday at school. They call my car the Nun mobile. They are just jealous, haha.

We went to Hilton Head in May and had a great relaxing week together. Emma loved the beach and got very brave in the water, especially at the pool. It was a much needed vacation for the family.

Emma started horseback riding at a place called Saddle Up. They only accept children with special needs. She acts like she has been riding a horse all of her life. Her first horse was Dumpling, but she now rides Lucy every lesson. She goes once a week for an hour. We finally found some boots that fit her and she marches around the house very proudly in them. She has been the naked cowgirl a few times as she thinks it is funny to only put her boots on.

We are going to try and stay cool and be lazy around here this summer and keep baby Claire from making an early arrival like her big sister did. I will hopefully do a better job of updating. Happy Summer!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

A BIG Announcement

The Mays family would like to announce that we are expecting Baby #2!! The baby is due in mid August. We are super excited and cannot wait until our little one arrives. We told Emma she was going to be a big sister and she said "NO!" We then told her that Bibi(She calls me Bibi and not mommy) has a baby in her tummy and she looked at my tummy and then at me and it was a look of pure disgust. We have laughed about that look every day.
I am still in Nursing school, but will take some time off after baby gets here. That is the least of my worries.
Please pray for this to be a healthy pregnancy and that Baby Mays will be healthy.
Are we going to find out the sex?? Of course we are! I am not good with surprises! April 6th will be the day we find out, so stay tuned!

Monday, November 8, 2010

It will be worth it all....

As I sat in church on Sunday and they were singing "It will be worth it all," the prayer teams were gathered at the front of the church fervently praying with people that needed that extra prayer. As I looked around, I noticed an adult male with Down Syndrome praying with one of the prayer teams. I cannot explain my feelings of that moment, but I realized that no matter how challenging some days may be, "It will be worth it all."

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Got Milk??

I have been MIA for a while now, so I thought I would take a moment to update everyone on the goings on in the Mays house.
Whew! It has been a crazy few months.
Emma is doing awesome in school and comes home with new words every day. She looked at me and said "Duh" the other day when I asked her a question. I wanted to laugh, but tried to keep a straight face as I told her that was not nice. I am so thankful for the school district we live in. Halloween was a blast around here. She absolutely loved trick or treating and was the most delicious cookie ever!
Sweet story for you all. Emma has a boyfriend, Owen. We call him Owie and she has a picture of him on her bedside table. I walked in the other day and she was sitting on her bed with the picture in her hands. She was kissing it and saying "You sit here Owie." I got teary eyed because it was so sweet. The thought of them growing up together warms my heart!

We participated in the Buddy Walk under the team name Emma's Army. We had a wonderful day!! I hope we can do it every year!
As for me, I never knew school would be so challenging, but oh how I love NURSING!! I should have done this a long time ago. It is so rewarding to be with that patient that just needs a little love and care. I will be doing OB/Pediatrics next semester and I am soooo excited for that!

I will try to be better about updating! I don't know what I did with all my time before I went back to school......

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Time for School

It has been a while since I have been able to sit down and catch up on the happenings in the Mays house. This past week has been a busy one for all of us. Emma started school this past week and what an emotional time it was.
I am not reminded every day that Emma has Down Syndrome, in fact a lot of times I forget. Our lives have formed into what we know as normal and we do not dwell on the fact that she has special needs. I was however, reminded this past week that we are on a different path than most, not a bad one, just a little off the beaten path. Emma started Early Childhood Learning Pre-school at the elementary school nearby at the young age of three. My girl walked proudly into that school with her backpack on and was ready to learn! What a proud and sad moment that was! I thought I would be ready for it, but I don't think anything prepares you for your baby going to school. As we drove away, Greg looked at me and asked if I was okay. Of course my teary eyes were hidden behind my enormous sunglasses so I said I was fine. I knew that Emma would be okay, but it was hard to swallow that she is allowed to start school at the age of three when typical children do not start kindergarten until the age of 5 or older. I worry about her lack of communication skills and being able to tell me how her day was and if something is bothering her. I know it is natural for a parents to constantly worry about their littles, but this is one of those worries that reminds me that Emma does have special needs. This program will only benefit her and her progression in learning and I am hoping that she makes some lifelong friends. Let the fun begin!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Emma's Army

This year we will be participating in the Buddy Walk located in Nashville, TN. Emma has a page that has been created to help her raise money for the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee. This is an event that raises money for a cause very dear to our hearts.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Dumpster Diving...sort of

Every day when Emma wakes up at 5:00am, I wonder what will peak her curiosity. She has a way of being very sneaky, especially when she knows I am going to tell her no. Over the last few days, I have caught her splashing water in the toilet, drawing all over her legs with an ink pen, and throwing away very important items in the trash can which has enabled me to add dumpster diver to my resume.

Part of this trash obsession that Emma has acquired is my fault. We have really been working on her following directions and so we do the happy dance when she takes trash and puts it in the can after I tell her to. I guess I will now check the trash every time I hear Emma clapping and saying "YAY!"

I walked into the kitchen to find Emma in only her diaper. Guess where her clothes were?? You got it, in the trash can! When I went to get my wallet out of my purse and it was missing, guess where I found it?? Yep, right again. And the stack of mail on the counter?? Use your imagination! I have found myself digging in the nasty trash can more over the last few days than I care to. It is disgusting, but how can you be mad at this sweet face?? It gets me every time!