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, December 29, 2011

The Best of Intentions

I've had several blog friends have babies lately and it has brought me back to when I was due with Paisley.  You have so many thoughts, hopes, worries and expectations about the biggest day of your life.  Everyone tells you what to prepare for and what to bring to the hospital (turns out I needed a nanny and lots of vaginal ice packs) and of course shares their own horror stories as if that will help you somehow.  And many girls make out detailed birth plans with every aspect of a birth planned out to a T.

But babies don't read birth plans (or sleep books for that matter).  They come when they want as if due dates mean nothing to them.  I mean, are they not following our countdown calendars?  I was just trying to get some extra sleep on a Saturday morning when Paisley woke me up with gut-wrenching contractions.  Not my plan.

And I know so many girls who are forever disappointed that they had a c-section and didn't get to experience natural childbirth.  In my opinion, nothing about it is "natural".  And nothing about it was all that beautiful either.  You should have seen my episiotomy!

But all that matters in the end is that a healthy baby is brought into the world and placed safely in your arms.  And I honestly think that no matter how it happens, where it happens or when it happens, you probably always wish you could have changed something.  I wish I hadn't panicked so much when I went into labor.  I wish I'd taken the time to shower and look decent considering I despise the photos of me from that day.  I wish Aaron and I had more alone time together during labor.  And I wish that epidurals could be placed before the contractions begin.  :)

Paisley is here though and she's perfect.  And my birth plan goals were all actually met.  Pretty easy since I only had 2.  Make it to the hospital and get an epidural.  Check and check.   So, keep it simple.  Nope, it isn't necessarily fun and definitely not easy, but it's one day.  Just get the baby here safely and with as little pain as possible (just my preference).  Unless you love pain. Then go for it.  :)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Merry Christmas

The holidays were so enjoyable this year!  I cannot believe how much more fun things are now that Paisley is here to share them with.  The enthusiasm she brings to life is just infectious! 

She opened gifts very slowly and meticulously, and then just wanted to play with whatever it was.  I'd have to encourage her to move on to the next one.  She got lots of great new toys to play with!  And I actually love the new stuff too!!!

Even better, my "biological father" and "Mother Trucker" didn't show up for Christmas which made things perfect!  The family was able to really enjoy each other without worrying about any drama.  Other than the normal silly stuff my family always manages on creating! 

I'll update more later, just wanted you all to know that we're still here!  Just enjoying the holidays and time together.  :)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Bubble Guppies

Paisley absolutely loved TV when she was a newborn.  She'd crane that head all the way around like an owl to sneak a peek of whatever was on.  Even if it was something sucky like golf.  I think she owes all of her neck muscle strength to this!  It was one of the only ways to get a minute or two to rush around getting things done before she required our undivided attention again. 

Then she could ignore it no matter what show was on.  It could be at the highest volume showing crazy bright colors and blaring music and she'd go on about her business like it didn't exist.  She's actually really good at being "selective" already.  What she hears, what she's able/wlling to do, what she likes/dislikes...

Until about a month ago when she discovered her 1st true love.  The Bubble Guppies.  It's a show on Nickelodeon about fish.  And she loves it.  She will sit and watch an entire 30-minute show.  Which is great for us because she is not the easiest child to entertain.  She'll even squeal when it comes on! 

And before anyone gets onto me about TV watching, I keep Paisley very busy with baby gym, art and music classes, playdates with friends and other activities.  But this mama needs her hands free once in a while!!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Child Labor Laws?

My husband and I own a vet clinic for those who don't already know.  And we bring Paisley with us to work everyday.  My office is set up for her as a play room, so it hardly looks professional at all.  I have alphabet floor mats, stuffed animals, a little bed for her, diapers, and toys galore.  And then shoved in "my corner", I have all of our important tax papers, payroll stuff, etc.  Seems fair enough.

This has been an amazing situation.  We've gotten to both spend lots of time with our little girl as she's gotten bigger and her love for animals has just blossomed.  Currently we have a stray cat that we found in a dumpster that she adores.  He lets her love on him like crazy, carry him around, and squeeze him.  Perfect friendship.



Hanging out with one of her best friends (also one of our employees)


Playing in her stray kitty's cage
Our clients also love seeing her.  They've gotten to watch her grow up and it's so sweet how many of them will schedule appointments based on when she'll be in the clinic.  But now it's even more fun because she's starting to act like she needs to greet them when they come in.  She'll head to the front of the clinic when the door dings.  And she loves waving and saying "hello".  Plus, she adores ALL animals.   We truly are blessed!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Naughty or Nice?

Giving Santa her wish list

Watching the fish at Bass Pro

Doing art and crafts at Bass Pro after her picture

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Sleepless Beauty?

You all had tons of great suggestions, and even better- sympathy- for our current sleep debacle.   Here's what we may have figured out.  I fed her more during the entire day the past 2 days and she has slept good the past 2 nights.  In fact, Monday morning she woke up at 6 but after a sippy cup of milk, she slept in my bed until 9:00.  I could of swore it was Christmas morning.  :)

And as far as questions about naps ruining her sleep at night, I think we can rest assured that naps are not the problem.  She only takes one ever and it typically is about an hour long.  On a good day.  I'm pretty sure that she'll have outgrown naps by the time she's 2.

And as for putting her down earlier and us going to bed earlier, problem is that she doesn't fall asleep until about 10 now and wakes up at about 7 normally (prior to our current issue).  So, we already didn't get any adult time at night and I have been getting ready for work with a child clinging on to me for a while now.  Not so easy, but it's our life.

So, the moral of this whole saga is that Paisley doesn't require much sleep at all to function and be in a good mood.  Furthermore, she doesn't care how much sleep mom and dad require to be good human beings because she's a bit selfish right now.  But she's worth the bags under my eyes and careless errors made out of exhaustion because she's amazing.  And apparently doesn't want to waste a minute of her life sleeping...  :)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Sleeping Beauty

Anyone who has read my blog for any length of time knows that sleep has been a battle in this house.  I cringe every single time I have to hear the phrase, "my baby slept through the night from the first night at home."  I try to imagine that these people are pathological liars and that babies like that have as much likelihood of existing as unicorns.  But I think maybe some people really are that lucky.  And I also think that until you have a baby who requires next to no sleep that you'll never know true sleep deprivation.

So you might guess that when Paisley finally started sleeping 8 hours straight, I felt like I'd won the lottery.  After all, she was like 8 months old.  And even then, we'd go through periods of waking up again for a while.  But things have been solid for about 3-4 months now so I crossed that obstacle off our list.

Until 2-3 weeks ago when she suddenly remembered that she likes to wake up in the middle of the night.  Except now, she can stand up in her crib and scream a heck of a lot louder than she could back then.  And I'm a little worried that my little climber may scale the crib wall at some point.  I've tried multiple attempts at solving this problem.

I've moved her bedtime earlier.  I've let her stay up later.  I've given her more milk before bed.  I've fed her more solids.  This is one tough nut to crack.  She is consistently waking me up at about 4-5 am.  And I get up at 7 am.  If you do the math, that adds up to a tired mama. 

And she is so super easy to lay down at night.  I brush her teeth, turn on her sound machine and then just lay her down in her crib.  She curls up adorably and falls asleep without a peep.  So it's not like she hates her room.  And even if I bring her into our room to sleep with us which used to work wonders, she now wrestles and sticks her finger in my eyes and nose, and pulls my hair not so sweetly. 

We've got an opening for an overnight nanny.  Pay won't be very much at all, but she sure is cute.    :)