Thursday, October 8, 2009

There's No Place Like Home

this will be short.
we made it home safely - no thanks to customs and immigration in DC.
can't describe in words the emotions at the airport upon reuniting with our boys.
rough night last night.
emma was up screaming at 2:30am....didn't really go back to sleep.
i finally laid her on my tummy in our bed where she tossed and turned until 6am.
kept the boys home from school today since we got home later than expected last night.
they are so in love with emma...they constantly try to hug her which she does not really like.
today was long.
today was rough.
today was not my best parenting day ever.
emma went down for a nap relatively easy, but she woke up 20 minutes later.
i took a shower, but she was screaming when i got out...that's when she figured out how to climb out of the crib.
not safe.
could not get her back down.
no more sleep after that.
emma was physically and emotionally spent.
i was physically and emotionally spent.
we set up a crib tent for tonight. she was so exhausted that she didn't even notice it when i put her down at 6:30.
had to do something to ensure her safety...she has no fear and no regard for her own self-injury.
didn't eat lunch.
not sure i brushed my teeth.
thawed out some soup that Patsy left for us at 7pm...still haven't eaten dinner.
boys are still up.
gonna try to get in bed soon.
so happy to sleep in my own bed.
tomorrow will be a better day.
posting a few photos that patsy emailed me...still not sure where my camera is. haven't unpacked but 1/2 of 1 suitcase.
promise all the details to follow.





Tara said...

Glad you made it back safely and that the boys are in love with Emma. Sorry you all had a rough day but it will get better! LOVE the pictures!!

Anonymous said...

Oh Corey and JC!!! Finally a family of 5, all together in one place! Praying that things will settle down and you can continue bonding as a wonderful new family.

To Brendan and Jackson - congratulations on being new BIG brothers!!!!

To Emma - you probably don't realize what a princess you have just become!!!!

Blessings and Joy, Ashley

Kristine said...

Just take it one day at a time.

Everything will fall into place once you get some rest and Emma can too.

Hang in there and if you need anything..

Glad you made it home safely!!!


Rachel said...

Welcome home! Glad you made it safely. Once you guys get over your jet lag and can sleep and get into a daily routine things will start to settle down.

Thinking of you!


PS - Love the outfit!

findingourdaughter said...

Wow, I know you are so glad to finally be home! Just take it day by day or moment by moment....and breathe. It will all work out in time.
Prayers and God bless!

Jodee Leader said...

Welcome home! I'm so glad you made it home safe and sound!

Sorry to hear things are rough right now. Each day will get better. Hang in there!

Carrie said...

So glad you made it home safely. It is always an adventure. The transition once you get home can be challenging. The days that followed Sam's homecoming were not my finest parenting moments either. Hang in there. Every day get better and more wonderful. Congratulations to your family!!!

Brooke said...

I am so glad y'all made home safe! Your family is complete now and I know that you love that. Just remember to breath and enjoy every second no matter how long or frusterating.

teg said...

HURRAY!!!! All your dreams come true :)

Amy said...

Oh my!
Reading this post brought back soooo many memories of us 18 months ago. HOLY COW!
I feel your pain.
I pray it gets better for you. It is HARD. The adjustment I mean. Not to mention the jet lag.
If you ever need to talk, just pop on over to my blog.

Bama Girl in AZ said...

I'm so happy you made it back! I will pray for comfort for you all and peace!

Stephanie said...

These are the pics I was waiting for!! I hope tomorrow goes smoother for you all.

Jo said...

Welcome home!

Let the honeymoon period begin ~ a little teacher humor for the time of testing the boundaries and settling in to a new routine. Consistency to anything new is always the key.

The family shots are great ~ how wonderful the boys want to love on their new baby sister!

Loving the Carolina blue! My son brought home a shirt for me this summer to go with the skirt I bought last fall ~ I think he may be up to something :)


Monica, Brian, Carter and Cameron said...

I am so excited for your new family of 5. The transition may be rough but well worth it! Congrats...

Pollock Family said...

I feel your pain, it was same for me one year ago, we got home with our baby Nadia.
She was the same as your daughter,
All of the overstimulating, touching and attention drove her to absolute hysteria. I used first 4 weeks at home to have NO visitors, no new faces, no new places.... We had to teach her how to love touching. Please remember, no one ever loved her this much... it is a good feeling but takes time to get used to it... Nadia would sleep the best if we didn't try to comfort her at all... Now it is one year later and she runs every morning for her loving in our bed... it took almost 9 months to get her to sleep by rocking her in my rocking chair... take it very slow.. it is my experience... she need to learn about beeing loved this much...

Heather said...

I am exhausted just reading about your day. I hope today will be better. I love the pictures - you have such a beautiful family.

Amy said...

I wish I had a special piece of advice that would make the frustrating situation easier. Unfortunately, it just has to ride out. Let's just pray ya'lls adjustment is quick.
Caroline took a LONG time to take normal length naps and sleeping through the night. I felt like I had a newborn the first couple of months we were home. I was sooooo tired. Which led to a little bit of depression.
I can relate to everything you blogged.
The good news is it DOES eventually get better. Of course, we do still have a lot of discipline issues. But atleast she takes long naps, sleeps through the night and doesn't growl at the other kids anymore! LOL
Email me anytime at themonroe6 at verizon dot net.

Sarah said...

What an amazing experience. You are right: tomorrow will be better. And a bad few days are all worth it in the long run! I'm so happy everyone is home safely!!

Natalie said...

So glad you made it home safe and sound and that now you are a family of 5.
Things will be great soon. You just need time to rest and adjust.
Good luck.

Nancy said...

Welcome Home! Our daughter was crawling out of her crib when we first came home too. It was more out of fear than anything. After about a week, she started staying in it and we did not have to worry about her climbing out anymore.

Over-Caffeinated X 4 said...

Oh girl, I SOOOO feel your pain. I promise it WILL get better. You will look back on this and it won't seem so bad.

Just take it one day at a time. Sometimes, take it one minute at a time if that's what you have to do.

Please feel free to e-mail me. I absolutely hate the transition period, I know how tough it can be, and I'm more than happy just to listen if you need to unload or have questions!

Stacy said...

Hang in there Corey - so sorry you had such a rough day/night. I pray that her little mind is at ease soon and will be so happy with you guys! :) She is PRECIOUS! Keep posting when you get time (and pictures too) :)

Thanks! Stacy

Terri said...

Congrats ~ how exciting!!

Love the pics...


creative gal said...

So glad you are home. . praying for the adjustment period!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Glad you made it home safe and sound!! Rest up and enjoy your family. These pictures are so great to see the boys with their new sister:)



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