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 life...as much as we love life, especially with you in it!

WK

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 Blogger...here 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!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Ainsley Birth Announcement

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Ainsley Joy Sbrusch - September 25, 2010

Dear Ainsley,

You have finally arrived! Your dad and I couldn't be more thrilled to meet you. We feel God has blessed us in a way that can never be described. You are such an incredible baby! You have been "nice" to mommy from the beginning- your delivery was smooth, you eat like a champ and are gaining weight steadily, you have already gained a pound! You sleep like an angel and are beginning to recognize when mommy and daddy talk to you.

I want to share with you the story of your birth...this is a memory I will cherish forever...the beginning of our life together!

Labor, for us, started at the Randy Rogers concert during the Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo. After returning home, showering and realizing what I had been feeling all night was real - I decided I would start counting and timing contractions. Around midnight, the contractions were about 10-12 minutes apart and would last between 10 and 18 seconds. I went into the kitchen, sat on my work out ball and starting listening to some calming music. We progressed fast and by 4am I knew it was time to wake your dad! I called the doctor and woke daddy up about 5am and by this time we were contracting every 7 minutes, lasting about 30-40 seconds...Dad drove us (going about 80-mph) to Memorial Hermann Sugar Land and we were admitted through the emergency room by 6am. By the time we were wheeled to the 3rd floor, labor and delivery, and put into triage I was check to be 4cm and 80% effaced. The nurse looked at your dad and I and said, "lets put a gown on you and go ahead and hook you up"...and there we went!

Once you get to know your mommy, you will understand this--I purchased and brought my own gown (you were born into a fitted pink, white and green as opposed to ugly hospital blue) which was pulled out of your first Louis Vuitton diaper bag...the nurse looked at me as if I was crazy ;) but, I was determined to bring you into this world in style!

After getting dressed, being put in our final room and being hooked up to the monitor, an IV was started to administer some antibiotics. I remember looking at your dad and sitting up just to feel a gush of fluid, at about 6:55am my water broke and boy, you started heading out! After about 5 minutes, so around 7am, contractions became constant--no breaks to recover and we knew it was a matter of time. Dad called Memaw who told me to focus, relax, be strong and she would be there soon. I tried to focus that with every contraction I was that much closer to meeting my precious baby girl. I remember feeling the crazy intense pain but, would do it all over again in a heart beat. I remember the nurse running in and saying, " I need to check you, according to the monitor the baby's head is dropping already!"...when she checked she was amazed to find I was totally dilated and you were heading out! Everyone rushed around to try and get ready! They kept telling me not to push but, I told your dad I was pushing! I pushed 5 times and your voice was heard! It was amazing and immediately brought tears to my eyes!

You had arrived! We had accomplished birth completely drug free! We are strong women ;) You were perfect! perfectly pink skin, perfect round head...

Ainsley Joy Sbrusch
September 25, 2010
8:22am
8 pounds 0.6 ounces
19 inches






After 3 days in the hospital (Saturday - Monday), LOTS of visitors and TONS OF pictures, we brought you home...


Welcome to the family, baby girl! We cant wait to see how you grow!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Happy 26 years...to me!!

Usually for my birthday, I start celebrating at the start of the month and end at the end of the month...this year was a bit different. I guess since my life is revolving around this living being in my belly, my birthday took a back seat so -to- speak. I didnt want anything materialistic...I just want to meet this perfect angel!

My husband, being the sweet man he is did arrange dinner with my bestest and her hubby along with some pre-dinner shopping. Considering he NEVER shops and swore the last time he entered the mall was over 5 years ago...I have to give him some credit! Thank you baby for the great evening! You made my birthday wonderful...even if it did mean I have to say I am now 26 :/


after shopping...this is all we came home with, some cologne and perfume. Can you tell my mind is so NOT on birthday!?


presents from Ashley!


Everyone needs what I have in this friendship...I count Ashley as one of Gods many gifts in my life! I love you, Ash!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Blessingway... A celebration of my journey into motherhood


Definitely one of my new favorite traditions started back when I was a guest of the honored mom-to be Allison...this time I was the honored mom and that is exactly what I felt-so incredibly honored to be surrounded by such powerful and supportive women.

The blessingway is designed to celebrate a mom's journey into motherhood. Baby showers are fun and they are a wonderful way to gift new parents things they need; a blessingway, however, honors the mom and prepares her for the labor and delivery soon-to-come.

During the gathering, friends of the mother come together to give her support and encouragement as she waits for labor to begin. It is a wonderful and affirming time for her.

Blessingway ceremonies create a sacred and safe environment where a mother-to-be can explore the challenges and joys that lie before her as she approaches birthing and mothering. Surrounded by the most important women in her life, she gains a sense of power, confidence, and support that will help her rise to motherhood.

Birth is a key life passage for women. But modern culture has become preoccupied with the arrival of the baby-to-be and has lost touch with birth's profound impact on the expectant mother. While our most common birth preparations focus on getting women physically ready to give birth, the blessingway ceremony helps a woman to prepare mentally, emotionally, and spiritually for the work of birthing, and it opens her to her instinctive abilities, which will guide her as she steps into the role of mother.



releasing our fears...

sharing of charms and words of empowerment

belly cast covered with words of wisdom, strength and love...

my altar for the ceremony...full of stuff that have sentiment to the conception and pregnancy

I remember being a part of Allison's blessingway and the emotions that surrounded my heart were so real and true. The same was felt at my blessingway, except instead of giving support and love and encouragement, I was able to receive it from women that are truly close to me.

The experience was so unique and incomparable to anything I have ever done. By the end of the ceremony I felt ready to take on labor and delivery...and all that comes with it. Being that I have a fused spine and rods that rail-road-track up my spine, an epidural is out. I do not want a C-section for the same reason - the rods make my only option general anesthesia which means I am literally OUT and Wyatt isnt allowed in the operating room either. SO...our choice is to go all natural. I mean completely drug free--and I couldnt be any more excited!

Thank you Alli, for everything you did putting this event together! You are such a true and dear friend. Thank you to all the women of the circle for making this such a special event for me! I couldnt ask for any better support or more love!

I love all of you! - Kyla

Showered with love! Sugar Land shower for our baby girl!

I know I thought the first shower was incredible...but, Ashley, you take the cake when it comes to party planning! The house was transformed into a baby shower boutique! All the decorations, frames, tables and flowers from her "normal" home were changed to Wyatt, myself, baby A sonogram photos, pink, green and brown --ALL BABY!!

Baby Ainsley was showered again by some of my closest friends...friends from my childhood all the way through friends I met in college and after! Everything was so perfect, I was in tears!


A Louis Vuitton at a baby shower?...YES, at my baby shower this is totally appropriate! :)


all friends, all nurses! Amazing.


Two of my most favorite people :) I love my Manda and Ash!


Perfect set up for everything...Ashley definitely out-did herself!


Another amazing cake (yes, the same cake lady as wedding and first baby shower!)


"Sweet Pea" treats for all the guests!


Another great event of the evening...I found out my cousin Rachael is pregnant!


I would guess about 80 - 100 people FILLED Ashley's home...everything was incredible!


Manda me and Mel...missing Mrs Jamie but, soon...she'll be back to Texas!

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This shower lasted all afternoon and the evening was met by all my family helping me unload and put away all the incredible gifts! This baby has no idea how much she is already loved...and definitely spoiled! (Just like her mom!)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sbrusch River Trip 2010

Every year the Sbrusch family takes an annual trip to New Braunfels to float the freezing river! It isnt that freezing after you have been baking in the sun for over four hours :) but, when you first get in...its pretty dang cold!

This year, for me, it was a little different. No bikinis or cold beverages while basking the beautiful sun rays in a tube, no famous Gruene Hall Sangria, no crazy late nights laughing and doing goofy things...rather, a large belly, a tankini (which I find absolutely unattractive and awful), early nights due to extreme tiredness from a day of sun and being 8 months pregnant and all water!


the new...and MUCH larger camper!


Dinner at the Gristmill


night-time kisses :)


family photo...


next year there will be 3!


about to go float!


the Sbrusch boys


Tim's belly is almost the size of mine...lol

me and Brett's GF Elizabeth

Next year, we will have to really plan how baby A fits in the picture...Im not sure sharing a camper with a year-old baby girl is first on everyone's to-do list but, none the less, Im sure it will work itself out!

New Braunfels is always a blast and having a baby can only make things that much better! We will have to just wait and see how Ainsley takes to camping!

Celebrating 3 amazing years! Happy "C" Anniversary!

Celebrating 3 Amazing Years of true Happiness in Marriage.

Happy "C" anniversary to my best friend.

Today I am remembering when we first got together
and all those happy times we have shared since.

Today I am appreciating you for all the happiness you have brought to me through the years
for the strengths I knew you had from the beginning and the ones I didnt recognize until daily life made them clear to me.

Today I am celebrating all the good things about our relationship...the things that never seem to change, even with life's ups and downs.

Today I look to the future with such happy hopes and dreams for all 3 of us...because I still think fate brought us together for a reason, and I am still glad you are the one I am on this beautiful journey with.

Loving YOU always...

****

July 21, 2007...


July 21, 2008...A


July 21, 2009...B


July 21, 2010...C

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Three years I have been married to an amazing husband, strong Believer, incredible supporter, and my best friend. If someone were to tell me back in High School that my future husband would be from Needville...let alone I would be living in Needville and actually loving it...I wouldnt have believed them. I am not a Garth Brooks fan per-say but, his song "unanswered prayers" seems to fit my life to a T.

I had a fantastic childhood, an amazing and Godly family, a unique and truly special group of close friends and I dated a really special guy who taught me a lot. I thought I had everything figured out by 11th grade...HA! Was I wrong or what!? I tend to think of things in pictures or stories and the picture I see when I think about all my plans is God sitting on His throne, looking down at me and laughing to himself saying "ha...got you again" and my response is always a smile and a nod - with a little point right back up there saying "You sure did!"

The plans I make never seem to work quite the way I think they will but rather a little better in knowing that they are God's plans for my life...not mine.

So...here Wyatt and I are, three fun-filled years into an amazing marriage and expecting a HUGE blessing from the Creator himself. He has literally chosen us to be this child's parents!?! Woah!...kind of a lot to take in!

We celebrated our three years, the letter C of course, at Carrabbas Italian Grill reminiscing over the blessings we have received and the ultimate gift of the year...our Child. Wyatt, even though we had said we were just doing Cards, did get me a beautiful Cross for the cross wall...


Wyatt, I love you more than I ever thought possible.
"I have found the one whom my soul loves" Song of Soloman 3:4