Amber and Aaron

Amber and Aaron

The Fun We've Already Had...

  • Graham Tomas born July 31 at 5:04 P.M. weighing 8 lbs, 12 oz.
  • December 2, 2011: PREGNANT!!!
  • Paisley Kate arrived August 21 at 5:38 P.M. weighing 7 lbs, 9 oz
  • DUE DATE: August 25, 2010!!!
  • Dec. 14, 2009- PREGNANT!!!
  • Oct. 07,2009- Had elective D&C.
  • Sept 28, 2009- No embryo on ultrasound. :(
  • Sept 15th, 2009- We found out we're PREGNANT!!!
  • Sept '09- Aaron had varicocele repair.
  • July '09- IUI #1 with HCG shot= No such luck
  • April '09- Ovarian drilling surgery, followed by hospitalization for uterine infection
  • Jan-Mar '09- metformin + 3 rounds of clomid= no ovulation
  • Dec. 11, 2008- Hysterosalpingogram (Fancy word for shooting dye through the ovaries. OUCH)
  • Nov '08- Sent to RE. Tried metformin alone for two months (No ovulation)
  • Oct '08- Diagnosed with PCOS based on amenorrhea and crazy hormone levels.
  • June '08- Aaron convinced me to start trying.
  • June '04- Got Hitched!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

From Mom to PA?

We may have found the job for me. (My 3rd job that is, I'm still a mom and office manager.)  I interviewed with a neurosurgeon a month ago and really liked everyone.  Well, I got a call on Monday asking if my husband and I would like to join the surgeon and his wife for dinner.

So, I panicked when I found out that we were going to a reservations-only type place.  And then I really freaked out when I looked up their menu online and realized that they served things like rabbit, pate, and other such fancy unedible dishes.  ("Ummm....can I see your children's menu?")

I called my etiquette type friends for a crash course in how to pronounce french names, which silverware to use, and what to wear.  Turns out, he's just a really down-to-earth guy who didn't care.  His wife is super sweet and the conversation went really well.

And the great thing is that I would be assisting in surgery in the mornings and then doing clinic in the afternoons which would really break up the day.  Plus, I know it would be a job I really enjoyed which would make it tolerable being away from Paisley 2 days a week.  SOOOO, I have to call tomorrow to finalize things and go over salary/hours/etc.   But I survived a fancy-schmancy dinner without making a scene!!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Baby on the Move?!?!

Paisley has always been a busy girl.  She isn't content to just sit still for long periods and seems to constantly be exploring her surroundings.  And I've always known that as soon as she can take off, she will.  But I expected to have a few more months of sweet, tiny baby-cuddle time before that happened.

However, she's been rolling for a while now and can maneuver her way across the floor/crib/changing table/etc. in the blink of an eye.  But starting yesterday, she started doing an army crawl on the floor using her elbows to propel her forward.  And twice I caught her pulling her knees underneath her into CRAWL position!!!  

What in the world are we going to do with a CRAWLER???  We are so not ready for a mobile baby.  Let me tell you- we are still trying to figure out how in the world to change a diaper on a baby that immediately does an alligator roll when you lay her down.  I've actually learned how to change it with her on her belly.  And I can also dress her that way.  The child moves around so much in her crib overnight that I spend all night readjusting the video monitor so that I can see her.

But crawling?  Not yet, please.  I just need a bit more time to prepare myself, my pets, and my home for what's coming...

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Being a mom...

Being a mom means...

     ... always smelling slightly funny.  It doesn't matter how much deodorant or body spray I use.  I can't seem to take enough showers to scrub away the smell of spit-up and other bodily fluids.  And my poor clothes will never be the same again.

     ...sleeping when my baby tells me it's okay.  I no longer choose my bedtime or set an alarm to wake me up in the morning.  There's no longer any risk of me sleeping through lunch.  Or even breakfast for that matter. 

     ...wearing my hair in a ponytail or getting the "mom cut".   I haven't chosen to break down and cut my hair off yet, but I don't really know what I'm holding out for.  She's able to weave both hands into my hair within seconds and pull me towards her in a death grip.  Even better, she then sucks on my forehead or cheek and I can't get away.  I pretend it's her way of showing me love, but I think she's actually just stating her dominance.

     ...decorating my house with plastic baby crap.  We've replaced the nice decor that we once had with baby swings, exersaucers, and toys.  Our ottoman is now the diaper-changing station and our kitchen is the pump-cleaning area.  Best part of it all is that she doesn't even like playing in most of this baby stuff.  She prefers to roll around on the floor.  :)

     ...worrying that I'm never doing anything right.  I haven't really ever cared how I compared to anyone else.  Until now.  Motherhood has made me competitive.  I worry that my baby isn't as happy or smart or well-adjusted because I'm not doing my job.  But, at the end of the day, I've done my best.  And she seems pretty content with not being a future Pulitzer Prize winner.

     ...lots of changes to my body.  My boobs are strangely different, nothing is toned anymore, and I've had to work to lose weight.  And why is my belly button so large?

     ...spending an extra hour trying to leave the house.  Do we have diapers, wipes, a change of clothes, toys, hooter hider, etc?  Yesterday I realized that I didn't know where my driver's license, credit card or cell phone were.  But it didn't matter because I had her necessities.

     ...loving someone more than I ever knew was possible!!!  I would give up everything to make her happy.  Seeing her smile makes it all worth it!  Even the sleepless nights and ill-fitting clothes...

What does it mean to you???

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Every Girl needs a Goat

We had a beautiful day here in Oklahoma yesterday, so we took advantage of it and spent time outside.  Paisley has met our big dog and our goat before, but she is so much more aware now.  So, we put on her adorable winter hat and headed out to the backyard for some bonding time!
It was dark outside, so I couldn't get great pictures (blame me, not the camera).  But you get the idea.  We are so lucky to have 5 dogs and a goat who all really like our baby.  They're all very good with her and even tolerate her pulling on their ears and hair which CANNOT feel good.  She squeals with happiness when they pay attention to her!

The chihuahua is Tinkerbell and she's our newest rescue dog.  She is incredibly gentle with Paisley and loves any attention given.  The crazy haired one on the back of the chair is Bentley.  She's definitely our wild child.  Her and Paisley are the best of friends, and she takes most of the ear pulling because she'll put up with anything!  The sweet white one is Mya, and she is my princess (also the favorite, but don't tell the others).  During my pregnancy, I would fall asleep on the couch and she would sleep by my side.  I would wake up and she'd be shivering without a blanket.  Now, she still gets up every time I have to get up with Paisley.  She'll drag herself across the house with me and sit in the recliner while I nurse.  I know she's exhausted, but she's very faithful.  Paisley has a lot of love from her furry family!!!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Takes a Rocket Scientist...

If there's one thing I've figured out about babies, it's that you can't possibly explain anything that they do and/or don't do.  Example 1:  My sweet girl slept through the night really well several nights in a row, like 3-4 weeks ago.  It was nice and I enjoyed it, but she decided that it was overrated.  Since then, she wakes up usually once around 4 am to eat, but sometimes she wakes up 2-3 times.  Not cool. 

I've tried to work out what the secret recipe is to getting her to sleep through the night.  Perfectly timed nursing, comfy pajamas, sound machine on different settings and various volumes, space heater, naps during the day/evening, a variety of binkys, warm baths, solid foods, etc.

What I've determined from this month long "science" experiment is that none of it makes a single bit of difference.  The nights I swear she'll be SO exhausted and is definitely going to sleep through the night, she wakes up a ton.  Then there are nights like last night...  She fell asleep at 9:30 (earlier than usual), didn't eat a ton last night before bed, slept without her binky, sound machine off.  Guess what happened?  She slept 9 hours straight, ate and then went back to sleep.


I don't get it.  This baby is crazy.  She just does whatever she wants and I have to try to keep up.  This is why you don't wait until you're 30 to have a baby.  I don't have the energy for this!  And what's the deal with the way she won't even bother to open her eyes in the middle of the night to look at me???  It's like she thinks it's my idea to hang out with her in the night, when she was the one who woke me up!  The child looks like she's fast asleep but is whining.  And if you try to ignore the whining, it will sometimes stop, but often it just keeps going for way too long.  And I can't sleep through it.  So, I trudge my way across the house to her room. 

But it's all worth it because she smells so good, and she's all cuddly in her soft pj's.  It's amazing how she'll just curl into me when I get her out of her crib.  And I love when she places her hand on my chest.  So sweet.

There is no amount of education or experience in the world that can prepare you for being a mommy.  It's all hands-on training!  :)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Bling, bling...

Work went really well for our 1st week.  Paisley worked a full-time week with me at the clinic and she did fantastic!  She loves the dogs and cats that come in, and even squeals at them frequently.  The clients love meeting her and she gets lots of compliments and attention all day.  This is her passed out on her play mat in my office.   
Exhausting being this adorable!
 I've been working with our accountant to learn to do all of the bookkeeping which is somewhat terrifying because I don't think I want to spend the rest of my life in prison due to tax evasion if I screw things up.  But I seem to be catching on pretty quickly even though accounting is foreign to me!  My biology degree is not helping so much with this...  :)
Another example of my poor photography skills...

 Today, we pierced Paisley's ears!  My mom, Aaron and I were at the mall and we just decided to go ahead and get it done.  I had already decided that it would be for the best to get them done when she's young and won't remember.  Mine were done when I was 6 months old and it didn't seem to scar me for life or anything.  :)  So, we did it.  And it was SO not bad at all.  She didn't mind them cleaning her ears or marking the dots at all.  What she did mind was me having to restrain her so they could pierce them.  But she got over it really quickly and then enjoyed the rest of her trip to the mall.  And she looks adorable!!!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Working Girls (Not the Prostitute Kind)

Paisley and I have jumped head-first into the work world and we're surviving just fine.  We worked all day Monday and Tuesday, yesterday was our day off and we're back at it today.  She likes being at the clinic and I love being with her, so it seems to work out.  She didn't sleep great on Monday night, and I found out one of the biggest benefits as owner of a business.  I didn't go in at 8, Aaron told me to sleep later and come in once we got up.  :)

The clinic is doing well so far.  January and February are always the slowest months which is scary since we're just getting started, but if we can make it through these two- we'll be fine.  I've really enjoyed getting to meet the clients and their pets, and I've gotten to see a couple of cool surgeries already.  Plus, I made it through a euthanasia the other day without crying.  That's a huge accomplishment for me!  I do wish the dead dog freezer could be in another room besides my office...

Speaking of my office, it is pretty much Paisley's room.  I have two exersaucers, an alphabet play mat, an eight-sided colorful play yard, and lots of toys.With the help of some awesome friends and family we got most everything painted and decorated!  I will post pictures this week, it's just been crazy trying to get settled in to our new roles! 

I miss being at home with her because that was such special bonding time, but I'm SO glad we're still together and I'm actually able to do something productive at the same time.  Plus, we have to make enough money to buy her Baby Gap clothes!!!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Now we're really adults...

Yesterday, Aaron and I signed our lives away and bought the veterinary clinic he has worked at for the past 5 years.  This is a HUGE step in our lives and is obviously scary, but it was definitely something we had hoped for.  This is the clinic where my mom and I took my dogs growing up, and Aaron has been working there since graduating vet school.

It's about 5 miles from our house and is a well-established practice.  He sees dogs, cats and exotics (birds, reptiles, hamsters, etc.)  He'll be the only vet there now except on Wednesdays which will now be his day off.   The vet we bought it from is going to work on Wednesday and also when we're on vacation. 

Since we weren't really talking about it until it was finalized, I couldn't share on here.  But I'm going to be the office manager for the clinic since the previous vet's wife is leaving with him.  This is awesome news for me because I get to take Paisley to work with us every day!  So, I've been learning to do payroll, retirement, taxes, and other accounting mumbo-jumbo for the past couple of months to prepare for the switch.

I'm super nervous to take over this role, especially since I've never managed anyone or anything ever!  Now, we have 3 employees working with us and will probably be hiring a 4th soon.

I've went on 2 interviews with a neurosurgeon that wants a PA to work with him in surgery and clinic 2 days a week, so I'm hoping to get that too.  If I do, I'll work Monday, Friday, and Saturday mornings at Aaron's clinic and Tuesday and Thursday at the neurosurgeon's.  We'll have Wednesday and Sunday off.  And I'll only have to be away from Paisley twice a week. 

SOOO, we've been painting at the clinic all day today and will again tomorrow so I'll post before and after pictures really soon!  I think 2010 officially made us adults...  :)