What a sweet, beautiful blanket. So glad you've got some of it completed. I know what you mean about getting someone's baby blanket to them really really late. Ugh! Not good.
Sometimes it seems like the simplest patterns are the most difficult. I've been working on a shrug that I've nicknamed "The Two-Steps-Forward-and-Three-Steps-Back Shrug." Every time I think I've got the simple pattern down, I screw something up and have to rip out everything I just did. It's simplicity made long, frustrating, and way more complex than it ought to be!
But I trust you'll persevere, and little Emery will get her blankie soon. Cute name, by the way!