Monday, November 7, 2011

Family Update

Well, our backyard is officially transformed. However, it's losing its leaves and dying right now.

Maryn is almost 11 months, and I have no idea where the time went. All of those cliches about how fast they grow and you blink and they can say "Da-da" and hold their own bottles are so true. Everyday she gets more and more amazing. She gets around by moving and rolling and scooting and has yet to crawl. I think one day she'll just stand up ready to run a marathon, and quite frankly, I am in no hurry for the mobilization of Maryn. It's a lot easier when she can be contained, and I am quite certain she will walk and not roll and scoot to elementary school.

She says "da-da-da-da-da" and all other forms of consonant-a you can think of except for "ma-ma." It's a little disappointing, but everyone keeps telling me once she starts she'll be saying it constantly for the rest of my life.

Well, it's a short update, but I don't even want to discuss Tech football. It's heartbreaking...

P.S. There are hopefully going to be changes coming our way in the near future, at least that's what my fortune cookie said..

P.P.S. I will try to post updates more often. Sorry it has been such a long hiatus, but Maryn keeps me busy!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Backyard Transformation-In-Progress

Our backyard is a work in progress. With a little elbow grease (and by "elbow" I mean Greg's elbow, not mine...someone has to watch the baby) we have turned our backyard from an eye sore to beauty galore. (Tried to find a lame rhyme).

Three dogs really take a toll on one's yard. And, seeing as how we live in a fishbowl, we were quite embarrassed that our neighbors could see our ugly yard, and we wanted to give ourselves a somewhat feeling of privacy. Greg has been working weekends to fix up our yard, and he has done such a great job! He tells me yard work is relaxing...I'll take his word for it.

It's still a work in progress, we are eventually going to add to our patio and such, but as you can see, it's looking so much better. We can actually sit out there and drink wine or coffee and look at the beautiful peak.

The before picture. (Notice, Greg had already started working when I shouted: "Wait! I have to get a before pic for the blog!")


Greg starting to dig out the flowerbed, with Cooper's help.


Flowerbed done, with trees. The little trees help with the privacy. There is an aspen in the left corner (every good Coloradoan must have one) and two maples. We were only going to do one maple, but then Greg called me from Home Depot and said: "I don't know where we're gonna put it, but I have to buy this tree, it's huge and cheap!" I still don't know how we got it out of the truck and into the ground with just the two of us. We had to adjust the shape of the bed and the placement of the little trees. It was a good buy though.


Another view of of the trees.


And...drum roll please...the Semi-After!! We put down sod and added lilac and burning bushes!




We put sod in a couple of weeks ago and finished the other half today, that's why the grass looks different. We also left a spot by the patio blank where we plan on extending our patio. (We didn't just measure wrong!)


Can you even take it how green Colorado is right now? We got home from Texas and were astonished at how green everything here is. It's beautiful!


So, it's still a work in progress, but I sure am proud of Greg and his hard work. Now, if we can keep the dogs from killing it, especially Wyatt and his radioactive urine....

P.S. No, there are no flowers because the dogs would probably just trample them...

P.P.S. Those of you with alleys should be quite thankful...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Season 5 is Under Way!

Well, Greg and I wrapped up season 4! Season 4 brought us such great memories. Babies, puppies, cruises, and so much more. It was so great, I am excited for season 5.

I have become less bitter about social networking. I am totally back into it. It just became too much at one point. Now, I am back to enjoying pictures of people's kids and pets and vacations. I think I was only unfriended by one person because of my blog. Oh well!

Maryn is almost 6 months old. We are so lucky to have her. She is starting to get more and more independent everyday. She loves her exersaucer and her jumper. She loves sweet potatoes and bananas, and she is wobbly, but sits up without assistance. Mommy and daddy can make her giggle, but we can also make her mad. Don't take anything away from her, she'll tell you how angry she is with a mad wail. (That's when I call her a diva!)

I have decided to get started on the process to get my teacher certification. I will probably try and get a teaching job for the fall of 2012. I'm not quite ready to put Maryn into daycare right now, although I am not sure I ever will be... I miss being a teacher. I miss the students and the coworkers and the professional development, among other things. So, that's what I am going to do. It will get us out of debt and save for Maryn's college. (Texas Tech or an ivy league, not A&M or she'll be paying for herself...UT..hmmm...we'll talk). It's really not about the money. It's about using my training, and my degree, and doing what makes me happy.

It's hard to decide to work when you have the option to stay home. Mothers who stay at home wish they worked. Working mothers wish they were home. The grass is always greener... Colorado Springs is my home now, and I love it here. The people, the weather, the traffic control (seriously, Lubbock, I almost pulled out every piece of my hair every time I had to drive down Slide), the newscasters, the neighborhood I live in, the proximity to Maryn's Aunt and Uncle, the Pottery Barn, and most of all the scenery. I was just thinking about asking Greg if we could put a little office area in the upstairs bedroom so that when I am teaching I can do some work up there and be able to get an amazing view of the Peak. I am ready to plant my roots!

So, that's my plan. I am quite excited about it. It's a process. Take another test, get fingerprinted, contact former supervisors, and pay for something every step of the way. It's going to be worth it!

P.S. Seriously, so not as bitter anymore. Didn't mean to sound like a grump in my last post!

P.P.S. My weight battle is continuing. I've lost all the baby weight, now I am working on the fat I had even before the baby...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Social Networking Hiatus

I think I need a social networking hiatus. I am starting to be very bitter about it all.

At first, I thought it was neat to find old friends, connect with family, and such on Facebook. Now, it seems that these status updates, likes, photos of how awesome you are and such have run amok, and I am guilty, too.

At first, status updates seemed to be about: Hey- what are you doing right now? Now, it seems, that all they are are everyone's soapbox. Each time I log on, which has become fewer and fewer times by the day, I seem to instantly regret it because all there is are everyone's strong opinions, and God forbid someone disagree, it becomes the argument of the century. And people are so combative, it seems. Everyone wants the last word, and it just makes me tired, because, in the grand scheme of things, does it really matter?

I was this close (imagine my long skinny thumb and pointer finger about an inch apart) to deleting my account. This close. But, then my sister convinced me not to. Because, as she pointed out, there are some people on there that I do want to keep in touch with, who's opinions do matter to me. And, that's true. But I will be on there far less than I used to be. I have already deleted the Facebook apps from my phone and iPad, so it is a lot less convenient. And, I am in the process of deleting a lot of pictures of myself and Maryn.

As my oh-so-wise husband said of the reason he never participated in the Facebook phenomenon: "It's just a lot of people who feel they should be heard, and rarely have anything intelligent to say."

P.S. Sorry this blog is short, I had to go check my Facebook...darn you Zuckerberg!

P.P.S. Abby- aren't you doing the same thing by using your blog as your soapbox? I suppose, but it is called "AbbyEd" for a reason.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

To The Country

A little while ago, Greg and I made our first trek to Weatherford with Maryn to visit Gamma and Granddad. It was lovely. Their backyard does not have the fishbowl effect like our's- meaning that all of your neighbors can observe, watch, judge everything you do in your backyard like you are their own personal goldfish family, so we were able to enjoy lounging outside. We hadn't been to Weatherford since Christmas 2009, so we were anxious to get back, and especially introduce Maryn to the country. Gamma had everything we needed, including a wonderful room for Maryn with all of her necessities, which made it so much easier for Greg and me.

Greg's aunts and some of The Edmiston's friends threw Maryn a lovely party so she could meet friends and family. It was wonderful to see everyone there. Maryn is lucky to have so many people love her! Greg has an amazing family, just like me. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends...we have all of the above on both sides and they are all so wonderful.

I am quite attached to this little girl. I try to consciously commit everything to memory so I can tell her all about herself as a baby. How when we rock her to sleep at night it takes forever for her to actually close her eyes all of the way and if you can still see a hint of blue eyes under those heavy eyelids that just refuse to close, you can't put her in the crib or they will spring open and a big toothless smile will appear as if to say: "Tricked ya!"

How when she is in her swing and "fussing" as soon as I walk over to her she pulls out that same smile as if to say: "Ha! I knew I could get you over here!"

How she drops her moose when she's sitting in her bumbo and then looks at me with questions in her eyes that say:"Where did it go?" and "Aren't you going to get that for me?"

How her baby stretches are the most adorable thing you will ever see. The first thing she does when she wakes up in the morning is arch that back and stretch these arms way above her head, making herself look older than she is.

Or how right now she is tucked sleeping/snoring under my left arm right now, which makes me have to hen-peck the keys (I would never, ever let my students type this way) and every once in a while she moves her hand and sends a few extemporaneous z's flying onto the screen.

These are the memories I want to keep in the files in my mind to pull out later when there are slamming doors and rolling eyes. How big is a memory? Does it get so full you have to kick some stuff out? I definitely have some high school stuff I would gladly get rid of and replace with Maryn memories...

P.S. No more trips for awhile, thank goodness!

P.P.S. I didn't plan on this blog being so baby-centric, but I suppose it mirrors our lives!




Monday, March 21, 2011

3 months!

Today Maryn is 3 months old, and she is so much fun! I think that everyday she looks different. She has a new face or new sound she makes. I think each morning I tell Greg that she looks older, which is bittersweet to me. I love being able to hold and rock her and make her smile, but I'm excited for the days she and I can do crafts and color and play and such.

Some of her favorite things right now are singing and reading. Each day we sing our songs: the English, Spanish, and Greek alphabets, the days of the week, the months of the year, the 50 states, "Pat a cake", "I went to the animal fair", and "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes," just to name a few. Her favorite right now is the months of the year song. She tires to sing along by Oohing and it's adorable!

Maryn already loves books. Dr. Seuss is her favorite right now. "Green Eggs, and Ham," "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish," "Cat in the Hat," and the Dr. Seuss ABC's are read over and over and she coos along with me and kicks her legs and smiles. I don't know what it is about this guy, but she loves those books. He was definitely onto something. I think the pictures have lots of contrast and the story has a rhythm like a song, and she likes that. We also read a bible story each night from her beginners bible with colorful illustrations that she loves. I also get a new animated picture book on my iphone/ipad app that we read everyday and she loves it. Even I look forward to each new book!

Her favorite toys right now are her Lamaze moose and her bug shaped rattle. She also still loves her rain forest floor mat and her learning puppy that sings songs even when you accidentally step on it in the middle of the night. She still like being in the swing or her bouncy seat, which means Greg and I can still eat together.

She is beginning to hold her head up just fine on her own. She can sit up on my lap or in the bumbo and has pretty good head control. Tummy time is still a traumatic experience for her, and she has yet to roll over, however, I think tummy time makes her so mad that it won't be long because her tummy time anger will turn her over! Hunger hits her every three hours on the dot if she's awake, and she is sleeping through the night which has been happening for the past month. She takes 4 oz. every three hours and 5 oz. at night, which holds her over until the morning. She's starting to warm up to her baths, but only if I sing "Under the Sea" with Sebastian's Jamaican accent.

3 short months and so much amazing!



P.S. I realize this reads like her baby book, but that's kind of what I wanted. A place when she's old enough to read about herself and what her life was like while she was little.

P.P.S. Dieting is still on! Still no Dr.Peppers or french fries. Still depressing when I went shopping, but that won't be forever!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Calories, Calories

If you have seen "Steel Magnolias" then you know exactly how to pronounce the title of this post.

I am so sick of looking six months pregnant. So, Greg and I have started a diet. We are both on it. All we are doing is eating healthy foods and I am working out a little. Not a ton because I despise exercise, but it makes the pounds go away, so I am willing to do a little bit. When I say that we are eating healthy, I mean I haven't had a Dr.Pepper in over a week. GASP! Greg hasn't had chocolate in over a week- and he has a sweet tooth the size of his head. We ate baked fish twice last week, made our own healthy pizzas, swapped out buttery popcorn for boring popcorn and my idea of a snack has gone from chips to oranges. We have started to plan out our meals for the entire week, so we don't play the "What do you want for dinner?" "I don't know what do you want?" game that we seemed to used to play every night on his way home from work which usually led to Mexican or Chinese food.

I have started mini-workouts. Our Comcast has Exercise TV on demand, so I pick little workouts to do. I have ordered Zumba, and I am waiting for it to come because I think it will be fun. I am trying to convince Greg to do it with me, but he refuses. He has no rhythm. I mean none, and he isn't confident about anything choreographed. So, he's started to walk Wyatt, which Wyatt needs just as much as we do.

We have both set goals and when we reach them we get to buy new stuff. When we get to our final goal weights Greg is going to buy more suits- sometimes he has to look the part of being as important as he is. My goal is to be able to wear tall boots in the fall and winter without looking like a caramel apple- a big round thing (which in my case would be my butt) on sticks. Also, I want to be super hot in our Christmas card picture. Oh, and be healthy and all that, too. But, it's mostly about the boots and picture, to be quite honest.

Yesterday Greg wanted to cheat, and asked me what I thought. I convinced him it wouldn't be a good idea, and this morning he weighed a pound less and thanked me for holding him accountable and not letting him cheat. We understand that this is temporary and someday I'll be able to eat an extra long chili cheese coney from Sonic again.

P.S. Already lost 6 pounds. Stupid workouts must be doing something.

P.P.S. It's supposed to snow 3-5 inches tonight and tomorrow. I believe I am ready for warm spring weather. At least it's not blowing dust...

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Not As Simple Technology- But So Worth It

Maryn is a big girl now- last night was her first night in her crib in her room. I have been dreading this day. Partly because I like her near me, partly because our bedroom in on the first floor and her room in on the second so it's super inconvenient versus being in our room. But, it's something we couldn't avoid for longer. I don't think she can be 7 years old and still fit in her bassinet. Maybe they should make bigger ones...

Well, Greg and I tripped out the nursery something fierce. We changed the bumpers to the breathable ones. It's sad, but important, to take off the super cute ones that match her bedding and put on the mesh ones. They let the air circulate and won't hurt her if she gets close to them. She is a wiggle worm!

We also hooked up our Angelcare monitor that will alert us if she stops breathing. I have mentioned it before, but I want to mention it again because it really gives us peace of mind. It's amazing.

Last, Greg mounted a video monitor to the wall, so I can see her all night if I want. I thought I didn't want this, but I have become so paranoid about SIDS that I have to be able to see her, or I would be trekking up and down the stairs all night to make sure she hasn't wedged herself in a corner. However good this might be for the butt and thighs, it would not be good for my need for sleep and rest.

Here is a pic of her napping in her crib today. The monitor is a handheld device so I can walk around with it throughout the house. It even came with a super stylish belt clip- which I probably won't be using! (Apparently Maryn already needs to clean up her room! And doesn't that sheep hanging off the crib look awful? It's her sleep sheep that plays ocean noises that we velcro-ed to her crib, but it looks like it's dying a slow death...)


Last night went well. She woke up once, Greg went up and re-swaddled her, rocked her a little, and put her back to sleep. She slept from 10:30-6:30, which is awesome.

All night in her crib- just one of the many milestones we have conquered!

P.S. Maryn is 10 weeks today! I can't believe it's been 10 weeks since we had her. It feels like yesterday. She is so much fun!

P.P.S. Did I mention I am super SIDS paranoid? I just don't know how to get over it. I worry and worry and worry. I am so tired of worrying... and don't give me your "you will always worry now that you have a child" advice. I already know all this...this just seems so out of my control and that stinks. I suppose I can be vigilant and do everything I can, but I still worry.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Simple Technology

I know that technology can be complicated, just ask my husband. His computer caught a virus and crashed and he's not sure how much we actually lost. So, Maryn and I stick with the classic stuff: books. She already loves books. Whenever I read to her she fixes her eyes on the pictures and smiles and kicks her legs when I turn the page. Some of her favorites are "Green Eggs and Ham" (Dr. Suess is great because the pictures have a ton of contrast and there is a rhythm to the story) "The Little Engine That Could" and a board book we bought in Alaska called "Alaska's Train Story."

For Valentine's Day her Gamma (Greg's mom) sent her a recordable storybook from Hallmark. It is amazing. It's called "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and it's a story based upon the song. I love it because Maryn can hear her Gamma's voice all the time and I can just hold the book up and I don't have to read it! So, for Valentine's Day I bought Greg one called "All The Ways I Love You." He recorded the story and then left us in Lubbock for two weeks to spend time with family and friends. Everyday, once, twice, maybe even three times, Maryn gets to hear her daddy read her a story! They are amazing.


P.S. Hallmark has Cooper and Watson, stuffed animals that come with storybooks that react after the last line of each page. They are adorable, and Maryn would get one if she was a bit older!

P.P.S. Way to go Lady Raiders!!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Brrrr....

Brrrrrr...is this what everyone else has been saying the past few days? Not only is it cold, but it's super dry. My dry skin has become dryer skin and I didn't even think that was possible. It seems that everywhere is cold, but at least along with the typical "Snack Foods for Super Bowl Party" segments on shows, they can now do "How the Teams and Fans are Surviving the Freak Snow in Dallas" segments. Personally, I hope the Steelers freeze and the Packers get it done, but that's just my opinion. I love that people who don't normally get snow are getting it. Now they can see what a PITA it is. (If you can figure out that acronym- good for you!)

Today I put Maryn in her crib for the first time ever. It was being used to store some stuff, so I cleaned it out, turned on her fun little crib toy and put her in it. She loved it. She loved watching the animals. It was her mommy who was a wreck. The day is soon coming where she will move from her bassinet in our room (the nursery is on the second floor, so this is much easier) to this crib, and I dread it. I want her to stay near me and little forever. Part of me wanted her to absolutely hate it, scream and cry until I picked her up. But, alas, my little girl is already more independent than me, and she was fine. So, here I was, saying "Good for you, little one" through tears, and she was kicking and loving it. Of course, with her baby-sized attention span she only lasted 20 minutes or so in here then she was ready for me to get her. Soon she'll start taking naps and sleeping at night in there. I don't like it, but I know it's what she needs.

One thing that has been so amazing is our Angelcare monitor we got. It has a motion sensor that goes under the mattress and if it doesn't detect her breathing, it goes off. We know it works, because in the middle of the night we'll forget to turn it off when we take her out, and, not sensing any motion, it goes off. So, the other person that is not doing the nighttime feeding (Greg and I switch- he's awesome like that) jumps up terrified thinking she quit breathing. Oops! Sorry! At least we know it's working like it's supposed to! It is such a comfort and will be when she goes to her nursery. I highly recommend it.

Here she is in her crib for the first time ever! (These are 3 month pants that I was trying on her- they are still a little big!)


P.S. If I can't even keep from crying when I just lay her in her crib for the first time, how in the world am I going to get through things like first day of school, or first trip without her, or first anything! For goodness sake! Get a hold of yourself Abby!

P.P.S. This pic was taken with my iPhone 4, and while I am super against using phones as your camera, I am quite impressed with how this turned out. I don't always have my camera, but I do always have my phone.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

What I've Learned (so far) As A New Parent

So, there are things I thought I would never do, and things I never even thought of when it comes to being a new parent. Here are a few off of the top of my head:

1. I don't mind waking up as much. If you know the Cranfords you know what I mean. You just don't wake up a Cranford- but in the case of Maryn- I just don't mind the lack of sleep and getting up to spend time with her.

2. Oh, the things you can do one-handed, since you have a sleeping baby in the other. I have perfected the art of making a bottle with one hand, checking e-mail and surfing the internet on my iphone, feeding and giving water to the dogs, fixing a sandwich, and the list gets bigger everyday.

3. Never thought I would sing pop songs to my baby, but "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz has become Maryn's favorite song to bounce to. (Still no Ke$ha...) I have also learned that I really like having a captive audience to sing to...

4. On the issue of singing songs- I have rediscovered all of the songs I learned in elementary music and am very thankful for them. Greg and I did rounds of "Row Row Row Your Boat" the other day while giving Maryn a bath because it seemed to calm her down. (Of course Greg kept getting onto me because I kept stopping and singing his part. I guess I need more practice.)

5. I never knew one bag could hold so much. When we went on our outing I packed one of everything in my super cute diaper bag, and it all fit!

6. I never knew I would carry so much stuff in one bag and not use one single thing in there. Not one thing.

7. I share pics of Maryn ALL the time. I think that everyone is getting annoyed, but I just want to share how wonderful she is. I'm sure some people are thinking: "Okay, Abby, you just sent me one 5 minutes ago, she couldn't have changed that much since then..." Oh, but she does.

8. XBOX Live was a whole lot more fun when I didn't have a kid.

9. I don't know anything about a baby's development. People keep asking: "When will she...?" or "What does it mean when she...?" and I have no idea. She'll do it when she does it and we will be ecstatic.

10. I always thought babies had cute little burps. I never realized that this precious little girl made of sugar and spice and everything nice would burp (and other bodily functions) like a man. It's impressive. And stinky. But still adorable.

So, here are just the things I can think of off the top of my head, and, let's be honest: I knew nothing so I am discovering new things about being a parent everyday!

P.S. Are there any things anyone else can think of that they learned when they became a parent? I would love to hear from others!

P.P.S. We should probably strike #1 from the record. After reading this, Greg informs me that I am not, in fact, happy when I have to wake up in the middle of the night, and, according to him, I do seem to "mind waking up as much." Like I said, us Cranfords like our sleep. I hope Maryn figures that out soon.

Friday, January 21, 2011

One Month Old

One month ago I was feeling so much relief and anticipation. Relief because my baby was here healthy and safe, and anticipation because Greg and I were going to start our parenting journey. I can't believe it has already been a month!

Today we took our first outing that wasn't the doctor or the hospital. We went to Greg's office, where all the girls adored her, and then I took her to the library to return something and grab a book. She slept the entire time, and I got over my carseat/stroller apprehension. I think we'll tackle Target this weekend!

Also, I am going to mark today as Maryn's first official smile-because-I-am-happy smile! This morning I tickled her and sang pat-a-cake and she smiled at me! A few times! Hopefully I can get a really great pic of that winning smile to show you. This is the closest I've gotten, and it's super out of focus, but super cute:


P.S. I am blogging from my IPhone because, well, it's easier when you have a sleeping baby in your arms. (so forgive any famous iPhone auto corrects!)

P.P.S. I have the best job in the world!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Check Out Baby Maryn!

My wonderful friend Sara came to visit last weekend and took some pictures of my little girl. She didn't cooperate for the most pat, and if you read Sara's blog you'll understand it was pretty much her mother's fault. She's still darn cute though!

Click here to see some pictures!

P.S. Yes, we did get some cute ones. However, most of them she either looked confused or terrified...

P.P.S. I ordered a whole set of announcements, and now I don't like them. I think I might be re-ordering. What in the world am I going to do with tons and tons of baby announcements??

Monday, January 3, 2011

2010- A Year of Firsts!

For the first time, in a long time, I am going to look back on last year very fondly. Normally, I am ready to get into the new year, and try and forget about the old. This year, I don't want 2010 to end. It was an amazing year, full of new experiences, fun, and firsts!

2010 was the first time I've had to raise puppies. After a "Christmas Mishap," Sophie became pregnant and we decided to keep them and find them good homes. We thought we would only have 3 puppies and #4 would not be viable, but with Greg's heroics we managed to save #4! There are three families that thank us every time we see them for their puppy. We gave them away because we weren't trying to make money off of them. In fact, the families that took them did us a favor! Of course, our lives haven't been the same since because we kept Cooper. No longer can we leave things lying around, or they are chewed upon. Thanks Cooper for keeping us less messy!


2010 was the first time I went on a cruise. The Edmiston group went to Alaska and back on a beautiful cruise ship. It was so fun! We enjoyed food, trivia, shopping, and more. It was such a neat experience, that I hope to recreate with my family someday. I am still amazed by the flowers in the northeast. They are everywhere and beautiful!



2010 was the first time I was able to visit a foreign country- Oh Canada!



2010- finally got my passport.

2010- This is silly- but last year is the first time I have ever eaten at a restaurant alone. Since I only had an hour for lunch or dinner at my job, I would sometimes meet Greg, or go pick up something and take it back to the library, or bring my own dinner. But, I found that I wanted to get away from the job for a break, so I actually went to places and ate alone. For a person as codependent as me, this is a huge step. The next step will be seeing a movie by myself.

2010- First time Alli, Evan, and Bryson visited Colorado Springs. We had tons of fun! We went to the zoo, and The North Pole (another first for me!) I hope 2011 can bring new visitors to see us!



And of course, the big one- getting pregnant and having a baby!

The first part of 2010, I thought I would never be able to get pregnant. Greg and I tried for months and months, to no avail. Just when I was about to call the doctor to find out the next step, I got a positive on a test. I went through the sickness and wonderfulness of being pregnant, which ended in a positive birth experience and a beautiful baby girl, who I love more and more each day! Greg and I used to discuss how things were going to change after the baby, and they have, but I wouldn't have it any other way!

2010- Maryn's first Christmas. Unfortunately, she had to be under the light the whole time, but we are just glad that she was here, and was safe!

P.S. I suppose my firsts have ended, and they are now Maryn's firsts. Well, that's way more fun for me anyway!

P.P.S. Please, no more puppies in 2011!