I can hardly believe that it has been a year since 2007 arrived. What a roller coaster it has been!
We started 2007 out in excited anticipation. We were expecting our first child, our daughter, Sydney. I first felt her move in early January while we were out for a drive with my parents and Andrew's parents. It was such an amazing feeling! I could not believe it.
Then, at the end of January, I was admitted to the hospital on bed rest as my water had broken at 25 weeks. But, Sydney was a trooper! She continued to grow and thrive and fight. We were beating the odds when I went into labor at 31 weeks. At first, things were looking good, but the infection that had caused my labor was too much, and we lost her after 16 1/2 hours of life.
Our yellow house
This summer, we did a lot of traveling. In early July, Andrew had a conference with work in Seattle and I was able to go with him. We had a wonderful time. I was able to meet up with one of my friends from PT school who now lives in Seattle. It was good to see her again. I also enjoyed getting to meet the people that Andrew works with and has talked about in the past. We were there for a week, home for a week, and then back out on the road again. We went back to Canada to Barrier Bay Resort for our 5 year anniversary, staying in the same cabin we had for our honeymoon. It was the most relaxing vacation I have ever had! It was definitely time we needed!
I have had a lot of changes of jobs this year. When I went into the hospital, I had been working as a physical therapist in Fulton. However, after 6 weeks on bed rest and a C-section, I was in no shape physically to return to PT and I was definitely in no shape emotionally. So, I stayed home for a while and then in May, took a job as a "Lifestyles Coordinator" or activity director at TigerPlace, an independent retirement facility. That worked for a while and I really enjoyed the residents there. However, after some problems with my boss, I decided it was time for me to return to physical therapy.
One of the many things that changed in my life this year was my desire to stay at home. I had never wanted to be a SAHM, but when I got pregnant, it started to become a dim thought in my mind. Maybe I would try to stay at home 1 day every week or two. As my pregnancy progressed, my desire to remain home with my children increased. When we lost Sydney, I knew more than ever that I want to stay at home, at least part-time, when we have children again. I found the perfect solution to the problem of needing to work and wanting to stay home. I started working for University Hospital as a PRN PT. That means that they call me when they need extra help. I can either agree to work, or say no. The choice is up to me. Right now, they are needing a lot of help, so I have steady work three days a week and still get to be home two days a week to do things around the house. Then, when we do have more children, I will be able to stay home with them as I want and still work some. I have really enjoyed working there as my co-workers have been very helpful and understanding. It has been a real blessing.
Andrew had some great changes at work this year, also. At the beginning of the year, Andrew got a promotion to Marketing Manager and the raise that went along with it. He really enjoys what he does and the people he works with. It is a real blessing that he likes his job.
We went to visit Teresa and Paul in Texas for Thanksgiving with Mom and Dad.
That brings us up to today...a new year.