Thursday, June 30, 2011

Residency Begins

This week was the start of Jason's residency, well technically he doesn't start 'work' until Friday, July 1st but he had orientation all week. He had to sit through HIPPA, health insurance and charting system lectures, blood work/tests and tours through the hospital to get accquainted with his future home away from home. He has tossed out the short lab coat (for students) and has upgraded to a long lab coat (for doctors)...so handsome in his new, long lab coat!He came home on Wednesday and told me that he had his first Pay Day from the hospital. Expecting money, I ran into the kitchen and was surprised when he showed me his first 'Pay Day'...gotta love living in candy bar land.His first week of orientations wasn't the traditional residency hours--he was at the hospital for 8-10 hours a day doing all the basic things that needed to be done before he starts. Once residency starts, he'll be working 12-14 hours so this week was nice because it allowed him to get adjusted to working again after being off for a few months. My poor kitchen table has so many forms and papers on it...that's on the agenda for today. The papers need to be gone through, organized and put in our files. Besides all the papers on the table, I've been busy sending out resumes and going to interviews. I'm hoping to hear something back by the end of the week. I went to the volunteer orientation for The Ronald McDonald House and will have another orientation next week to get everything finalized. As busy as the past few days have been, we've had a lot of down time. I'm starting to go stir crazy and I'm praying for a job opening to call me and have me start as soon as possible. I love being able to rest and spend time getting things done at the apartment but I'm ready to get in a routine, get a job and stay busy.
Enough about us...how about our sweet boys! The boys spend most of their mornings sunbathing on the porch...they love being outside!Our first week has gone by pretty good and it's nice to finally have one week of residency under our belts. Jason's schedule for his first month is pretty intense. He will be starting in trauma surgery and he'll have one week of day shifts (7a-7p) and then two weeks of night shifts (7p-7a). Days off are few and far between but it's only for a month and then life should get a little bit better.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Bump Updates: Week 6

Here is the belly bump update for week 6...
How far along? 6 weeks and 3 days (Saturday, July 2, 2011)
How big is the baby? The size of a peaSleep? I'm still napping during the day but I think part of that could be because my nighttime sleep is interrupted by multiple trips to the bathroom. I sometimes get up four and five times a night...I'm seriously thinking I should buy stock in Charmin
Food Cravings? Salsa--the spicier the better
Gender? Still too early to tell
Best moment this week? Finally getting our insurance all switched and started so I was able to call and set up our first appointment with the doctor.
Movement? Nothing so far
Milestones? The baby's heart is finally beating in sync and this week the heart rate is 80 beats per minutes.
Development? The baby's jaws, cheeks and chin are starting to develop. Ear canals are starting out as small indentations on both sides of the head. The baby's eyes are small black dots, the nose is a small bump on the front of the head. The baby's organs such as the kidneys, liver and lungs are also taking shape this week.

Notables: This week I started getting a few more symptoms...heartburn, frequent urination and nausea. I haven't thrown up yet but I have a queasy feeling throughout the day. The nausea definitely has an influence in what I eat. This week at church we were able to park in the expectant mother parking lot...so awesome! I tried to push out my belly on the walk in so others wouldn't think I was lying.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Getting Settled In...One Day At A Time

Jason had ATLS(advanced trauma life support training) and ACLS( advanced cardio vascular life support training) last Thursday and Friday and this past Monday. He passed both his training courses and is ready for residency to begin this coming Monday. Since he had some time off this week, we had a few errands to run. I usually handle most of the errand running but changing over our driver's licenses and our license plates needed to be dealt with by both of us.
Well after a few hours in multiple waiting lines at PENNDOT on Tuesday, we had everything changed over and we officially became a Pennsylvania resident.
After we finished at PENNDOT, we had to get our cars inspected and pass the emmissions test. My car passed but Jason's car had a bad wheel bearing and they wouldn't pass it until it got fixed. I'm so thankful that we found this out before we did any more big driving trips. God was really watching over us these past weeks because just last week we drove 17 hours from Missouri and then this week we drove 8 hours to visit the family one last time before residency begins. The mechanic acted like the wheel could fall off at any moment...scary stuff!

I started putting in resumes last weekend and was pleasantly surprised when I started receiving some follow up calls and emails. I've been able to schedule some interviews and I'm pretty excited. I hope I can find the perfect job for our family! I'll be sure to keep everyone updated on the interview results!!
Because I don't have a job right now, I want to keep myself busy so I went out looking for organizations that need volunteers. The Ronald McDonald House is pretty close to our apartment so I stopped by one day when I was out and signed up to volunteer. I have a meeting next week to figure out where the organization can use me...I'm pretty excited!

We've been adjusting to our new home pretty good. It still feels weird to be in Pennsylvania but Hershey is very similar to where we lived in Missouri. Everyone is so nice and polite, the town isn't that big and there is a lot of countryside mixed in with the nearby cities. I think once we both get settled into a routine, things will start feeling a little more 'like home'.

Snail Mail

I love opening my mailbox and seeing something other than a bill peeking out between all the other mail. My mom sent us something this week and when I saw the orange and blue paper in the mix with all the white...I got one of the biggest and cheesiest smiles. I ran up our stairs and dropped everything except the blue and orange cards...those needed immediate attention!If you look closely, you can see how she wrote her name in the top left corner. She now just sends mail as 'grandma' and I LOVE THAT!!
Then I flipped the letters over and we each had our own little bit of personalization. We are now known to Mom as 'Mama Bear' and 'Papa Bear' and I LOVE THAT TOO!
The cards were so cute but I was especially fond of mine....

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Bump Updates: Week 5

This week was very good! I've been reading all the pregnancy books I could get my hands on...there is so much information out there for new, expectant mothers. I know it's really soon but I wanted to see the total body transformation from the very beginning so I decided to take a bump picture this week.
How far along? 5 weeks and 3 days (on Saturday, June 25, 2011)
How big is the baby? The size of a orange seed
Sleep? I'm still enjoying my naps (yes, multiple) per day!
Food Cravings? I love anything salty
Gender? Still too early to tell
Best moment this week? Getting my morning phone call from my mom where she always asks how "mama bear" is feeling?
Movement? Nothing so far
Milestones? Nothing so far
Development? The circulatory(blood) system is developing this week. The baby's heart, which is the size of a poppy seed, is developing two tiny channels called heart tubes, which are already beating to their own drummer. The channels aren't coordinated but they are beating! The neural tube, which will become the brain and the spinal cord, is also growing and should be sealed over and protected by next week.

Notables: We went to church on Father's Day--trying to find a church here in Hershey! When we were singing I happened to look over at the kids in the front of the church just singing their hearts out and I lost it. I started bawling...not just small tears but the kind of tears that ruin all your makeup and cause your face to get all red and flushed. Jason just stared at me...he had no idea what was happening. I just kept whispering to him, "I don't know what's happening. I have no idea why I'm crying!" My, oh my...do I have a long 9 months!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sleepy Head

Here lately Bazzle has become my little cuddle buddy. Since I'm not working yet, naps have made it on my daily schedule. Bazzle and Muzzy both love napping with their mama but Muzzy was playing camera shy this week so I wasn't able to get any pictures of him.
Naps are SO much better with my two boys cuddled up beside me!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Bump Updates: Week 4

So far I'm not experiencing any of the symptoms that are associated with having a baby so this whole pregnancy thing still seems a little unreal.
(If you look closely, you can see one little poppy seed laying on the paper)
How far along? 4 weeks and 3 days (on Saturday, June 18, 2011)
How big is the baby? The size of a poppy seed
Sleep? I'm sleeping ALL THE TIME! Maybe the fact that I don't have a job yet has something to do with my sleeping patterns?!
Food Cravings? Nothing yet that I've noticed
Gender? Still too early to tell
Best moment this week? Seeing two pink lines on the pregnancy test
Movement? Nothing
Milestones? Nothing so far
Development? The great divide is occurring. Half of the cells will become the placenta and the other half with become the embryo. The different layers of the embryo will start differentiating into specialized parts of the baby.

Notables: We told the family and close friends that we were expecting today. I know that it's still extremely early but I couldn't hold it in any longer. If something were to happen to the pregnancy, then I know we'll want to be comforted by my family and friends so we decided to make the announcement. It's pretty funny because before I got pregnant I had the sweetest little ideas for how we would tell everyone we were expecting....those went right out the window the second the two lines appeared! There was no way I could wait until the first ultrasound to make the announcement.

Apartment Pictures

Now that I've gotten most everything put away, I figured it was okay to post some pictures of the apartment. Now, please remember we just moved in five days ago and things aren't exactly how I would like them. There aren't pictures on the walls, no cute bedding on the spare bed and some things are going to have to be moved around until I find the perfect spot for it. Without stalling anymore....our home! The Living Room: Please ignore the hubby studying on the couch, the extra things on the coffee table that have no home and the unfolded blankets on the chair
The Dining Room: I love all the windows throughout our apartment!!The 2nd Bathroom: This is in the hallway--right across from the 2nd bedroom.The 2nd Bedroom: No bedding yet...the bed was thrown in the moving trailer at the last second. The Master Bedroom: Still need to hang up pictures and get some spare pillows for our decorative pillow cases. Master Bathroom: Smaller than we would have liked for a master bathroom but it serves its purpose.
We're adjusting to the apartment a little better now that things are organized. In the beginning, I was freaking out just a bit when I realized that everything I thought we had (covered parking, the only apartment on the middle floor, ceiling lights in each of the rooms) we didn't.
The boys love it here! The street we live on is in a great neighborhood so they go on a lot of walks...they are searching for some lady loves!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Two Lines

Oh goodness...where do I even start? Well, I guess I could start off with WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A BABY!
Let me back up a little bit before I get too ahead of myself. Do you remember when I posted about being off birth control? If not, then click here. Well, we tried not to get too excited because who gets pregnant right when they get off birth control after 10 years of being on it? My mom's friend passed along an ovulation meter that she was finished with and I thought I would give it a shot for a month or so until I could get my cycles figured out. We went to the island--had a good time, had a really good time and made sure to follow the fertility bars and instructions on the meter. Well, right before it was time to head to Pennsylvania, my niece and my sister bought me a pregnancy test. There is no way I could have been pregnant but they wanted me to test anyway so they could find out before the move. I wasn't having any symptoms...no vomiting, no sore boobs, nothing, nope, nada. Well, I took the test and wasn't surprised at all when the words "not pregnant" popped up on the test. I broke the news to the family and we all crossed our fingers for a positive test in the upcoming months.
Fast forward to June 16, 2011. My period was three days late (compared to what it would have been when I was on the pill) and I was getting antsy. I know that being on the pill for so long can affect my cycles so I didn't think too much about it. The ovulation meter was reading "m" for monthly but nothing was happening. No monthly, no vomiting, no sore boobs, no copper taste in my mouth, nothing, nada....none of the obvious signs of pregnancy. Jason suggested that I take the other test that was in the pack that my sister bought so I drank as much water as I thought it would take to make the test work and I figured out the hard way that I didn't drink enough. The test asked for more 'sample' but I was dry. Unfortunately, the test was inactive and I had to throw it away. We had to make a few returns later that evening so when we were at Wal-Mart we made sure to get a pregnancy test, just in case. We said our prayers, went to bed and forgot about the pregnancy test on the top of the toilet.
June 17, 2011 at 5:15am, I woke up to go to the bathroom. I've always heard to take pregnancy tests using the first pee of the day so I opened the package and this time I had enough to take 10 tests. Do you know how hard it is to keep the test in a steady stream of urine for 5 seconds at 5:00am?
The box said 3 minutes later I would know the results but it didn't take 30 seconds for the two lines to appear. Shaking I called out to Jason and he immediately said "Your pregnant aren't you?" Tears filled our eyes as we held on to each other and the little stick that said we were going to be parents. We climbed into bed and we prayed (with Jason's hand resting on my belly). We are beyond blessed and we couldn't be more grateful to God for the blessings that he is giving our family. I couldn't go back to sleep so I got up and started searching the internet for all the things that I might need to know. According to What to Expect, I'm 4 weeks along and the baby should be here the last week of February. We should know more once I get in with an OB/GYN and the proper tests can be taken. For now we are just taking in each moment and making sure that we live it out to the fullest.

Week Recap

*During the move on Monday, I somehow lost my phone. I just kept thinking, "I'll find it once we get some things put away" and so I just brushed it off. Well as of Tuesday morning, I still didn't have my phone. I literally had no clue where it was and when we tried to call it, we heard nothing. I just accepted the fact that I lost in carrying in all our stuff--tough pill to swallow when I'm never too far from my phone. Well...Tuesday afternoon Jason was heading to the hospital to get some training materials and guess what? My phone was in his car! Woo hoo! Where has my mind gone??
*We've finally gotten most of our things sorted through, organized and put in their place. Pictures still need to be hung on the walls but for the most part, we're all moved in! Because it has been so hectic and crazy, the blog has suffered. Every evening when I sit down to relax, my eyes close before I even have time to grab my computer and blog. I pinky promise that I'll be better! On Wednesday we decided to take a break from unpacking so we drove through downtown Hershey. Maybe it's the Hershey kiss lamp posts, the chocolatey street names or the amzing smell but I have a feeling I'm going to really enjoy this place!
*Yesterday I needed a few hangers so I could finish organizing our closet. I ran into town to grab some and was excited with what I saw. When I saw that the colored hangers were the same price as the black hangers, I thought our closet could use some color. I opted for some pink, green and blue hangers. Right now our closet has black and white hangers and it was getting a little boring. I wonder if Jason will notice?
*When I was unpacking our kitchen stuff this week, I found an ice cube tray that I bought last year from Target's $1 section. Unfortunatly, we moved right after I bought it and I never got to try it out. I filled the tray up with water and put it in the freezer the second I pulled it out of a box...heart ice cube trays make everything taste better.
*For my birthday, the family all went in on an Amazon Kindle. I'm a huge reader and it was the perfect present. I thought I would remain loyal to the book a little longer....bookmarks and physically holding the books add a little extra something for me when I read. Well, I'm the first to admit that I'm in LOVE. I'm addicted and I'm not ashamed to admit it!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sweetest Place On Earth

So much has happened in the past few days...

  • We left Missouri at 3:00am on Sunday and we arrived at Grandpa Conway's house in the afternoon. He arranged a family BBQ with all the aunts, uncles and cousins. It was so good to see everyone!
  • We went to bed, anxious for the next day.
  • I called the trailer company at midnight (had to wait until the day of delivery to call)to schedule a drop off at our apartment and was told that the trailer was put on hold until we could drop off cash or a cashier's check at the terminal office. I tried explaining what the man told me when I booked the trailer and she told me nothing could be done until 8:00am.
  • We were planning on being on the road by 6:00am but because I had to call back and speak to the billing department at 8:00am, we decided to sleep in a little.
  • Called the billing department at 8:01am but wasn't able to talk to anyone until 8:40am...I guess the billing department decided not to show up to work on time.
  • Once I got ahold of someone in the billing department, she was confused as to why I was told I had to come by the terminal office with cash or a cashier's check. After ten minutes on the phone, the issue was resolved, the trailer drop off was scheduled and we were on our way.
  • We enjoyed breakfast with some of the family and when our bellies were full, we (Uncle Dave, Carissa, Jason and myself) headed East to Hershey.
  • 4 hours later we arrived at our apartment complex. We signed the lease and were handed the keys to our new home.
  • We unloaded the stuff in the cars and waited patiently for the trailer.
  • Once the trailer came, we were surprised to see that a lot of things fell, boxes were broken/crushed and the contents of them were scattered across the trailer floor.
  • We tried not to get discouraged seeing all our things damaged and broke.
  • We unloaded the whole trailer in two hours....we were all so exhausted afterwards!
  • It was about 7:00pm and we realized we hadn't eaten since breakfast. We ordered some pizza, hotwings, breadsticks and salad. We were starving!
  • We assembled a few of our things, enjoyed a yummy dinner and pretty much collapsed after a shower.
  • We went to bed with boxes, furniture and moving blankets everywhere. Very little carpet could be seen

Fast forward to today...

  • The kitchen is completed!
  • The spare bedroom is completed!
  • The living room and dining room is completed!
  • The master bedroom and the closets haven't even been started.
  • A few boxes of miscellaneous things are still laying around...not sure where they need to go
  • Our refrigerator is home to 6 waters and our freezer has 3 ice trays in it. Grocery shopping is a must today!
  • We got internet and cable installed yesterday. That really helped us relax a little. Pathetic, I know but true.

We're slowly settling into our new home. Hershey is known as the "sweetest place on Earth" and I'm hoping that it's a sweet place for us during the next few years.

Oh, I almost forgot to add. The smell of chocolate is in the air. It smells like a baking brownie all the time. I wonder if our noses will get used to the chocolate smell or if we'll learn to block it out. Right now, the smell just makes me want to bake some brownies.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

MIA For Too Long

The past weeks have flown by...the time has already come for us to head Pennsylvania. The past week was filled with boxing up all our things and getting everything organized to load up our POD. Actually, when our POD was delivered on Wednesday it wasn't exactly what we thought it would be. We were expecting a small, 10 foot, shed-type looking POD. What was dropped off at our house was a 26 foot trailer with dividers in the inside marking where our space began and ended. We managed , with the help of some family, to get all of our things in the 10 foot space---everything fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. Thursday morning the trailer was picked up and it began the trip to Pennsylvania. I'm hoping that unloading the trailer goes as smoothly as the loading went. We start our drive tomorrow at 3:00am...Hershey here we come!

Recap Of Our Last Week In Missouri

With our time left in Missouri ticking away, I made sure that I spent some quality time with my little buddies. Of course some crafts were on the list...Ana loves crafting almost as much as I do. **First on the list was a mosaic butterfly stone...
The butterfly turned out great...it's going to look great in front of Mom's house.
**After the butterfly stone, we got out the paint and the paintbrushes. I needed to touch up my Conway rock and the kids wanted to paint too!(Lance even got in on the painting action on another night this week)
**A sleepover with Brock watching Spongebob until our eyes wouldn't stay open any longer**Cooking marshmallows in a fire pit for s'mores at our going away/graduation/birthday party
I tried to spend every waking moment with Ana, Brock, Lance and Lexie...I love being so close to my nieces and nephews. I'm so glad that I set aside extra time to spend with them! I sure am going to miss them!!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Dog Days Of Summer

Yesterday it was such a nice day that we loaded up our bags and spent the day at the pool with the family, including the furbabies.
We had a great day lounging around the pool...we're going to miss days like this! We will definitely take advantage of a few more 'dog days' before we move next weekend!!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Alphabet Me

I saw "Alphabet Me" on another blog and thought it looked fun. I always love reading tidbits about other bloggers and thought my readers might enjoy!
Here we go...Ashley from A to Z

Ambition: To show love and kindness to the people I come in contact with on a daily basis
Bad Habit: Twisting my hair
City: Hershey, Pennsylvania
Drink: Diet Dr. Pepper
Education: Master's degree
Food: Sushi
Guilty Pleasure: Staying in my pajamas all day, curled up on the couch and reading a good book
Hometown: Potosi, Missouri
Ice Cream: Strawberry
Jonesing For: A house to call my own
Kryptonite: Purses...every size, shape and color
Look-A-Like: Hmm...not sure I have one
Movie: Dirty Dancing, Elf
Nickname: Ash, Ms. Aster
Obsession: Scentsy Scents
Perfume: DKNY Delicious
Quirk: I do the dirty dishes and put away leftovers before eating dinner
Regret: No regrets...everything has led me to where I am today
Starbucks: No thanks...not a coffee drinker
Thrift Find of the Year: I haven't had much time to go out thrifty shopping
University: SEMO Redhawks
Vacation: Fiji
Wish: A little more time with my husband before the work schedules get too crazy
X: Can't think of anything for this one
Years: 26
Zen: Being with the people I love


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Daddy Withdrawals

I'm pretty sure that it's safe to say that after being away for 6 weeks in England and then away for 1 week in St. Maarten , the boys missed their daddy. I had to get a picture of my boys napping on the couch! I love my three boys more than words can describe.