Friday, November 21, 2008

Happy Weekend!

I have finally added the pictures from our trip to the Baltimore Aquarium. They are in the October 2008 folder, since we took the trip in October. You can’t really see it in the pictures, but Ella had her hair in pigtails and it looked VERY cute!

We are trucking along in the Murray house with not too much to report. I've been completely swamped at work and I am very much looking forward to the weekend (and next week since I took it off for vacation). Everyone is trying to get ready for next Congress. Ella is becoming the expert walker and getting more and more adventurous every day. She is also getting much more verbal. Last night she even talked to GiGi on the phone, although when she was ready to go back to playing she said “Bye Bye” and looked at me. Joe finishes up his internship next week, and all of his classes are coming to an end. I always love December when I can have Joe back to myself again. Of course its short lived, but it sure is nice while it lasts.

I'm having a lot of trouble holding back on the Christmas decorating! I am a firm believer that Christmas decorations can't go up until AFTER Thanksgiving, and usually I'm really good about sticking to this rule. After all, I have plenty of fall and Thanksgiving decorations around the house. This year, however, with a nice new house to decorate, I just can't wait to pull out the Christmas decorations and shower the house in green and red! It's going to look beautiful!

Unfortunately we are in the midst of a rough patch with Ella and her skin. Actually, let me clarify. Her legs, arms and torso look great! Since she's not crawling as much her knees have really cleared up and the rest of her body actually looks really good. It's just her poor face (which of course is the only part everyone sees). I don’t know if it’s the weather, or if we’re keeping our house too warm, or what the problem could be. All I know is that Ella can’t seem to sleep more than 2 hours at a time and every morning when she wakes up she has a new boo boo on her face. The poor girl looks like she’s been through a battle zone. I won’t go into details, but know that we’ve tried every suggestion made and have done all that we know to do (Joe even slept on an air mattress with her the other night to try and prevent her from scratching throughout the night). We are really hoping that this will pass soon or that we will find the “magic bullet” that will help, but until then we ask you to pray for her little face and that the boo boos she has will heal quickly and that she won’t get any new ones. It really started getting worse when she hurt her finger, so I can’t help but wonder if the wrapping on her finger is doing a lot of the damage. Unfortunately we can’t leave it unwrapped just yet.

The best news right now is that we got our fireplace fixed, which means we can have a fire this weekend! I am very excited for that. It is the true sign that winter is here!


Darla Tomes said...

I don't claim to know anything about how to treat poor Ella-bella's skin, but maybe a humidifier in her room would give her a little moisture to help with her skin to keep it from drying out too much with the heat on?

Skyman said...

I got to see Ella for the first time in forever yesterday. And yup, there's a bunch of boo-boos on her face.

But ya know what?

She's still beautiful!!