Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas 2011

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Monday, August 29, 2011

tell me about it.

My friend Meredith posted the link to this Washington Post article
I have read it before but, this time I came across it while trying to get inspired to update my LONG OVER DUE BLOG...
If thetichenorfamily cant motivate a blogger...nothing will :)
So, this is my amnesty post.
This is the reason my blog is so behind.
And rather than try to catch up on 9 months of Ainsley growing up and Wyatt and my trials and tribulations of figuring out parenthood, I leave you with this.

Enjoy! ...and I WILL be keeping up the blog!

By Carolyn Hax
Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Best friend has child. Her: exhausted, busy, no time for self, no time for me, etc. Me (no kids): Wow. Sorry. What'd you do today? Her: Park, play group . . .
Okay. I've done Internet searches, I've talked to parents. I don't get it. What do stay-at-home moms do all day? Please no lists of library, grocery store, dry cleaners . . . I do all those things, too, and I don't do them EVERY DAY. I guess what I'm asking is: What is a typical day and why don't moms have time for a call or e-mail? I work and am away from home nine hours a day (plus a few late work events) and I manage to get it all done. I'm feeling like the kid is an excuse to relax and enjoy -- not a bad thing at all -- but if so, why won't my friend tell me the truth? Is this a peeing contest ("My life is so much harder than yours")? What's the deal? I've got friends with and without kids and all us child-free folks get the same story and have the same questions.

Tacoma, Wash.

Relax and enjoy. You're funny.
Or you're lying about having friends with kids.
Or you're taking them at their word that they actually have kids,
because you haven't personally been in the same room with them.
Internet searches?
I keep wavering between giving you a straight answer and giving my forehead some keyboard.
To claim you want to understand, while in the same breath implying that the only logical conclusions are that your mom-friends are either lying or competing with you, is disingenuous indeed.
So, since it's validation you seem to want, the real answer is what you get. In list form. When you have young kids, your typical day is: constant attention, from getting them out of bed, fed, clean, dressed; to keeping them out of harm's way; to answering their coos, cries, questions; to having two arms and carrying one kid, one set of car keys, and supplies for even the quickest trips, including the latest-to-be-declared-essential piece of molded plastic gear; to keeping them from unshelving books at the library; to enforcing rest times; to staying one step ahead of them lest they get too hungry, tired or bored, any one of which produces the kind of checkout-line screaming that gets the checkout line shaking its head.
It's needing 45 minutes to do what takes others 15.
It's constant vigilance, constant touch, constant use of your voice,
constant relegation of your needs to the second tier.
It's constant scrutiny and second-guessing from family and friends, well-meaning and otherwise.
It's resisting constant temptation to seek short-term relief at everyone's long-term expense.
It's doing all this while concurrently teaching virtually everything -- language, manners, safety, resourcefulness, discipline, curiosity, creativity. Empathy. Everything.
It's also a choice, yes. And a joy. But if you spent all day, every day, with this brand of joy, and then, when you got your first 10 minutes to yourself, wanted to be alone with your thoughts instead of calling a good friend, a good friend wouldn't judge you, complain about you to mutual friends,
or marvel how much more productively she uses her time.
Either make a sincere effort to understand or keep your snit to yourself.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Daddy Daycare

My boy...and our girl!

The week between Christmas and New Year is usually a week where everyone takes off. Well, when you work in a residential program, taking time off really just messes things up so, long-story-short, I dont take much time off. Truthfully, I cannot complain because my job is so flexible. I work three days a week, whatever times, whatever days. It doesnt get much better...but-back to the point...

The week between Christmas and New Years, Wyatt was off so, instead of having the nanny in, I decided to trust Wyatt a little more and leave my precious angel for some daddy daycare...

I came home each day to fond my baby girl so calm, so happy and so content...and still in her pajamas! :)
I was so nervous throughout the day; sending many, many texts of did she eat? did she poop? is she fussy? is she happy? how long between naps? dont forget her diaper! ...blah blah blah... Im not sure why I was so nervous! I mean, I dont send near that many texts with the nanny...but, Mandy is a woman ;) sorry guys but, its true.

Here is my angel...still alive after three whole days of Wyatt taking care of her. Three whole days of daddy love. I really believe those three days made Wyatt more comfortable in his abilities as the caregiver! I am so thankful to have such an amazing husband :)
I love you, Wyatt.

Merry Christmas...and Happy 2011!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! From our new family of THREE!!

We started 2010 with amazing news. Literally, it was January 2010 that Wyatt and I found out we were expecting! Needless to say, 2010 flew by so quickly!!

Between January and September, I gained 30 pounds... about a wrecked new years resolution!? LOL The 30 pounds were welcomed as I knew it meant I was getting closer and closer to giving birth to our precious baby girl! I also continued to work as the program nurse for a residential treatment facility in Needville. Working with the girls there has really opened my eyes to how precious my life is. How lucky I am to have come from such a loving family and how important it is that I am a constant support line and unending love well for Ainsley.

Between January and September, Wyatt continued to work for Nalco. He received a promotion and continues to do well in his work. It's a hard life when you take customers to lunch, golf, professional sports games etc...and get paid for it! In all seriousness, Wyatt works very hard to ensure our family is taken care of and he does a fantastic job. We are extremely thankful for the Nalco family and how they take care of ours.

So...what happened in September?! As if you didn't already know :)

September 25th, 2010 is a day that will forever be celebrated in out home! At 8:22am, Wyatt and I welcomed our first born, daughter. Ainsley Joy Sbrusch. To read all about her birth, click here!

From September until now, our Home has been even more full of 'Joy!' It is our prayer that this Christmas, you find what gives you Joy, Peace and Love!
Remember, Jesus is the reason for the Season

Merry Christmas from our Home to yours!! ...and Happy 2011!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas 2010

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

its the most wonderful time of the year!

Christmas this year is a bit extra special...hhhmmm, I wonder why!?!?

Ainsley is the center of mine and Wyatt's world. I cannot wait until she is old enough to react to lights, snow, presents and everything else that comes with Christmas! I couldn't be happier that she is here to share this Christmas with us, but also cannot wait till next year when she is walking and telling us all about what she thinks!

Christmas exploded in our house right after Thanksgiving! I had Wyatt bring a ton of stuff out of the attic and we went and got our tree...all the while, with A in tow.

In the middle of decorating I realized that next year, probably about half of the things I usually decorate with aren't really "toddler" proof and I probably wont be able to use them next year! Oh, well!! That just means Ainsley and I will get to re-buy and re-decorate the house with more kid-friendly decorations! I cannot wait to have home-made tree ornaments, crazy-iced cookies and Ainsley's choice of yard decor!!

I feel so incredibly blessed to have this perfect baby girl to share this wonderful time of year! She just makes all my days better...

Mommy and daddy love you, pumpkin! We pray you continue to love much as we love life, especially with you in it!


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I can do this...

Its been about 8 weeks since my precious baby girl was born and I am so honored to be her mommy. I don't think anyone is prepared for the flood of emotions that comes with being a new mom. From overjoyed to even sad at times, I can see why postpartum depression is talked about so frequently! I think the common misconception is, though, that a mom is sad in some way because of inter-personal reasons...what about just being sad that it has been 8 weeks already!? Time flies so quickly these days. At times I feel like it was just minutes ago that I fed Ainsley, but yet, I am doing it again...wait, it WAS just minutes ago! :) This child can EAT! In the words of my dear friend, Alli, I am a 24 hour "breastaurant" but, I wouldn't have it any other way! :)

This week does bring some changes into our routine. No longer do I hang out in my pj's all day, I have started actually missing work! Can you believe that!? I know, me neither. I love my job and I know that I am a bit OCD about the way things are handled while Im away. It is driving me nuts to consider the absolute chaos my office is...SO-I am taking a HUGE step and trusting a nanny with my precious angel. After a few interviews (and background checks) Wyatt and I have found and hired a nanny. I can do this. I can do this. I can leave my child for a couple of hours, three times a week...

or...I think I can...we will see!

Since I have been absent from are some pictures to catch you up on Ainsley's growth!

Headed to shop...she is thrilled! ...or sleepy?!

Her favorite napping spot! And daddy loves it, too ;)

Our first golf game!

getting ready to pick our first pumpkin.

For more pictures, visit my facebook or go to our family photo page!