Tuesday, February 05, 2008

What's Going On With the Ellis Family

This is the first of three new posts so make sure you scroll down.

I was talking to some moms of teenagers at the teen Superbowl party the other night and they got me paranoid by telling me about how much they had forgotten. Well, I write tons of things down in this blog but there still are so many things that I don't record. Anyway, here are a few more things that I don't want to miss..

And yet another funny from Emma...
I've been trying out the recipes that you guys so graciously shared. Last night, I was cooking the Chicken Pot Pie that Rachel sent me the recipe for. I will share that recipe later since she e-mailed it to me. Anyway, Emma comes in the kitchen and asks me what I'm cooking to which I reply, "Chicken Pot Pie". To which Emma replies, "oooh grose". Now I must tell you at this point that I don't allow "ooh grose, yuck" or anything of the like comments about dinner until she has tried it. So I say, "Emma you haven't even tried it, you're going to try it and then you can decide whether you like it or not". To which Emma says, "Are you trying to scare me? Are you really making Chicken Pox Pie". I thought Adam and I were going to fall out in the floor.

Chloe... I swear she was teasing me last night. It has become obvious that she knows her name. We think that she might even identify me as momma, Adam as daddy and Emma as sissy. So we like to play this little game with her where we will say, "Where's momma" and she'll look at me or even reach towards me, "where's daddy" and so forth. Well last night, I was holding her and asking her, "where's momma". Well, she was totally ignoring me. And so I got a little louder and said, "CHLOE" to which she grinned real big and buried her head in my shoulder. I don't know, she was looking pretty proud of herself.

Also, for the past two days, she has slept until 8:00 a.m. This morning she only made it until 6:00 a.m. which is why I'm writing this right now. But hey, not too bad.

Now a little something that is going on with me... I have started donating milk to the National Milk Bank. We pray all the time that God will bless us so that we could be a blessing to others. So this was my thinking, "Well, we had a rough year last year financially, so there must be something else God has blessed me with that I can bless someone else with. I don't have a lot of money but hey, I have lots of milk". I had said lots of times that I wish I had donated when I was nursing Emma. Well, I decided that I would stop talking about it and actually do it. First, I checked the local milk banks. The closest one to me was in Columbus which is a good two and a half hours away and they don't do shipments. Since this wasn't really feasible, I checked with the National Milk Bank. Now, the NMB is a for profit organization so first, I had to check this organization out. I guess I needed to feel sure that someone wasn't getting rich off of selling my milk. This is what I found: They are for profit because there are very strict guidelines for being non profit. One of the things that they do is provide a breast pump. Being for profit enables to them to do that as well as afford the supplies to have the milk shipped. Patients that receive the milk still have to have a prescription and it is covered by insurance. So, my milk will go to premature and sick babies and this company also sends four shipments a year to orphans in Africa. Also, the process that pasteurizes the milk is pretty expensive. They take the milk and separate the fat so that the babies are given just the right amount for their age, weight and so forth. Then three different persons milk is combined together so that the babies are able to get immunities from three different people with each bottle that they are fed. I had to take a blood test that tested me for all kinds of infectious diseases (I'm disease free which is nice to know). I had to do a DNA test so they can match the milk up with me when they receive and when I have 25 bags frozen, they will send me a cooler and I will package it up and send it on it's way. I'm excited. I guess it's a way to thank God for the health of my children. So if you are interested and have any questions that I haven't answered here, feel free to ask away.

The girls and I are leaving to go to Alabama on Saturday. We will fly down and be there about a week and a half and then Adam will come and stay a few days and bring us back. Winterfest (a youth rally that the teens go to) is in the middle of that. Normally, my parents come to Gatlinburg to keep Emma but with nursing Chloe, it would be very difficult to do this year. I missed Emma's first year too. So, we're going to go hang out with the family and Lynn is going to come up and stay a couple of days with us. I can't wait!! I will also be there for my mom's birthday which is super cool. But, this means that Adam will be alone for Valentine's Day. Thanks Adam for being so cool about that. Good news is, when you get to Alabama, we'll have a babysitter and we can go on a date :)! I don't think we've had one of those in like three years.

I have one more set of pictures to post but I'll try to get those up in the next couple of days.

Blessings,
Dana

13 comments:

Becky said...

so you really CAN feed an army? lol!! sorry...couldn't resist. i sure wish i could get luke to try ANYTHING. i have an unprecedented amount of stubborn in my house!

Stoked2BStokes said...

OMG! Your parents live in B-ham, right? Thad and I will be driving through B-ham on Feb. 15! We are leaving PC about 2:00 and we are driving up to TN to visit his brother Keith (and family) ... Maybe we can meet you for dinner?! I know that would be really hard to do but I can wave out the window as we drive by=)

Stoked2BStokes said...

What grocery store do you find chicken pox? Do they sell it by the pound?

Stoked2BStokes said...

We will be heading back Monday. We both have Presidents Day off ... I think Thad wanted to stop by Lynchburg and check out the Jack Daniels distillary=)~
We could catch up with you Monday maybe ... where is an easy place to meet in B-ham off of 65?

The Tyree Family said...

I just wanted to say how awesome I think it is that you are donating breastmilk on top of nursing a baby and taking care of a 4-year-old not to mention the 1,000 other things that you do everyday! As the mother of a premature baby I know all about the benefits the babies get from breastmilk that you just can't get from formula. I was fortunate that I was able to nurse my baby but a lot of moms of premmies have a really hard time - I'm sure you can imagine. It's great that these babies can benefit from breastmilk even if they can't get it from their own mommies.

Anonymous said...

YAY...I'm so excited you're coming into town. WE HAVE to get together. No pressure..I know you will have lots of people to visit. If nothing else maybe we can meet so I can get a hug and see those beautiful babies. I think the last time I saw Emma was at Garritt's party! I miss you bunches.

Love you and have a safe trip,
Ashley

Michael and Hannah said...

Dana,

I admire you so much for your desire to bless as you have been blessed... we often say it, but very few put those words into action. I was not aware that breast milk could be donated. I'm very interested in learning more about it. I seem to make an endless supply of milk as well, but I have never pumped. I did not own a pump until I was given one when Wesley was 6 months old. I tried it once and it was very painful and I barely got anything out. I was told that your body may respond well to pumping unless you introduce it early. I haven't tried pumping with Anna Kate. To be honest, I'm intimidated by the big complicated pump and my bad prior experience doesn't help much. Your post makes me want to my pump out and give it a another try. Maybe I can at least start pumping right away after my next baby so my body will respond better to pumping. I'd love to have a pumping coach come help me (but I'm totally scared of the La Leche breastfeeding nazis that they sic on you in the hospital as lactation specialists!). Anyway, would love to talk more about this with you later. I love your Emma stories! She's a source of joy even for those of us that don't get to enjoy her company daily. Lucky you!

Stoked2BStokes said...

OK, we are planning to leave PCB by 2 on Friday ... it takes about 5-5.5 hrs to get to B-ham according to google. So we might get there, I'd guess 7:30 but if you would be willing to be flexable we could call you when we are on the north side of Montgomery and just see how we are doing on time. If not maybe we can try again on Monday ...

Tony & Susan said...

that's really cool! i really wish that i had produced more for my babies, let alone other people's! that's a really neat thing, though!

and i love the emma stories! it is so neat to see my babies grow every day and do new things every day. they seem to have such a personality already and already seem to be communicating!

mam said...

Have a safe trip to your family's. I am so proud of you for donating your milk. I did not know you could do that. What a wonderful blessing. Miss you! Be safe.

Alexis said...

Um, the milk thing, totally awesome. That shows what a wonderful heart you have for that when you are so ready to participate in something that will bless others in such a cool and different way. At first I was all, "That's really weird," but initial reaction doesn't count for everything. ;)

Gosh, I really want to meet Chloe, and see Emma. The last time I saw Emma she was teeny baby!

Kylee said...

You know you have a couple of babysitters just a street away! =]

Tambo said...

Dana,

It is Tammy English, I think that the milk ministry is a really cool way to be a blessing to someone else. I admire you for doing that. Also the Emma stories are so cute just make me laugh. I am starting a blog about our family. This is new to me and I am not as good at it as you and Becky but maybe I will get better the more I do. Please check it out! Would love to keep in contact with you and the family.
http://englishfamilyblog.blogspot.com/search?q=

Tammy English