Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The 1st year and this....

This past year has been absolutely amazing with the addition of Sydney in our lives! For my girls to be so different they do seem to be about the same in some areas. Sydney's plump figure has now become pretty slim as Shelby's has always been and they both seem to be very afraid of dogs. We do not know where this has come from but none the less interesting. We had Sydney's 1st birthday party several days ago.....although the planning began months ago for her big day it quickly almost feel apart by myself getting sick. On the Tues before her party I plucked a straggler of an eyebrow hair. Within 24 hours majority of the left side of my face had swollen up and was very painful. Over the course of the next days I ended up on home IV antibiotics to fight the infection running crazy in my face. So, things I had big plans for at her party did not get done but it still turned out great! I hope you enjoy the pictures from it!! Her cake was amazing!!!!! Done by a good friend of mine.

Now, back to my little face infection......

This has been a nightmare and for those of you that know me I do not miss work....period, end of discussion. I have now been at home since last Thursday. I have been to the doctor almost daily and have been on the IV antibiotics since last Friday. Today, I just knew I would get the release to get back to work and being myself.....however, that did not happen. I will have to go under general anesthesia at 8:30 am tomorrow to have the remaining infection drained and cleaned. I have never been put to sleep so I am very anxious about this, but I know that for me to heal correctly it is what is needed. Please say a prayer that all goes as planned.

Now, as for tweezers......DONE WITH YOU!! And, I best say thanks to Chris. He has been amazing the past week. He has kept the house clean, cooked supper nightly, and folded and put up all clothes in the house. I know some of you are now thinking that Chris has hacked my blog and is writting this but I promise this is all true and I am so thankful for him!!!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Thought that this title was most appropriate since I have not posted in a month! I am now an official Certified Family Nurse Practitioner!!! Took my test one week ago and all of my dreams from many years ago are now REAL!! I just can't believe that all of this has fallen into place.

I am really loving my new job. Now, don't get me wrong I have a ton of responsibility but it is interesting and challenging daily which I think is perfect for me! Of course I love the "gay" things that come with it such as....getting my lab coats monogrammed, business cards, and eating in the physician's lounge. I hope that this job remains as satisfying as it has been so far.

Shelby is out of school for the summer and she has the best babysitter ever! They swim, play, go out to eat, make a mess, and love every minute of it! I can't believe that soon enough she will be starting "big girl" school! I got a letter in the mail from the school that at the bottom said "Hooray for the class of 2022!" Kinda hard to let that soak in! We got our ear's pierced about 3 weeks ago and she has done great with that and loves her "diamonds"!

Sydney is doing great!!! She is a chunky monkey that loves to sleep and eat! She is sitting up almost alone and rolling over all over the place. She makes my heart smile daily with her little personality developing!

Chris and I are so blessed!

Monday, May 10, 2010

"Jesus Take the Wheel"

I am sure that you are wondering why the title that I put.....well, this morning after taking my 2 beautiful daughters to school and daycare "Jesus Take the Wheel" was on the radio. I began to listen and then began to cry. For the past 3 years I now know that this is how I made it!! I let Jesus take my wheel and guide me. People ask me lately how have you continued to stay married, have a young child, work, and give birth to a child all why getting your Master's? My typical answer was "I really don't know". But this morning it hit and now I do know.....God had his hands on me and guided me every step of the way. The old saying that "God doesn't give you more than you can handle" became so real to me this morning. Through all of this it has given my courage and confidence. Through financial strain I thought I needed to stop school and begin working full time and through the struggle of finding out I was pregnant I wanted to throw the towel in. I now do know and realize that it wasn't me making those decisions to was God and his plan was bigger for me and I just had to endure hard times to get to this point and trully appreciate it. I am so thankful!!! I am also so thankful to my family and friends.......I don't know how I could've done this without each of you!!!

This weekend was very exciting!!! It became official......I am now Allyn C. Allen, MSN (Family Nurse Practitioner). I am now waiting on the certified part. Just as school is now over now it is to studying for my national certification!!! One last test in this long journey, but one VERY important one at that! I hope to spend all of my free time over the next few weeks preparing for this.

Since yesterday was mother's day, I read a friends blog this morning. I encourage each of you mothers to check it out! The Broadus Bunch, crazy living at its best's words are so true and very inspiring.

I hope that each of you have a wonderful week and I hope that you enjoy my graduation pictures!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


So these past few weeks have been very busy and exciting!

Sydney had her 8 week check up and she was 12 pounds!!! She is in the 90% percentile....I expected nothing less after having a little runt.....and yes Shelby is a runt, she was still in the 20% percentile for weight at her 5 year old check up. Sydney has started staying with a girl here in Clinton and things are going very well with that so far! I hope it keeps going as well!

I have accepted a job as the Neurology Nurse Practitioner for St. Dominic here in Jackson!!!! I am very excited about this opportunity! They thus far have taken great care of me and are keeping me very informed about every step of my transition. I am going to be working with some great doctors and I am very excited and grateful! (My favorite part is that I got my very own office today!!!!) My hours are going to be great and flexible with 2 kids and I am just so excited! I start there May 24th! However, I am sad about leaving the ER at UMC......I know nothing else but this and it really did hurt my heart to turn in my 2 weeks notice. I know that they understand that I am moving on to bigger and better things but they are the reason that I am the nurse I am today and I will forever be grateful to my great friends there!

SO....Saturday is my big day!!! I am so excited and hope to post pictures soon! I leave for the Delta in 2 days and just really can't stand it at this point. I am so blessed and grateful for how things are working out for me and my family right now. More to come after Saturday!!!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Shelby's birthday, Sydney, and FINALS!!

These past few weeks have been VERY busy around our house! Shelby's turned 5......I just can't believe my baby is 5 and fixing to start "big girl school". She went on a field trip to tour Clinton Park and loved it!!! We have pre-registration tomorrow night! I hope I make it through this!!!!

Sydney is growing so fast!!! WAY faster than Shelby but she is getting her own little personality and I love it. I think I am falling more in love with my girls every day!! Sydney will be 8 weeks old this 6 weeks old she began sleeping about 6 hours straight at night so we are so lucky! (I think she knew mommy had alot going on!)

I AM ALMOST DONE WITH SCHOOL!!!!! I took my comps last Monday and Tuesday. For those of you that don't know that's basically 8 hours worth of sitting in front of a computer typing everything you have learned in the past 2 years. It was very intense and I should know the results this week hopefully! Last Thursday and Friday I had 2 big job interviews and I am praying that one of these really works out for me!! I should know about them this week also. So....all I am waiting for now is MAY 8TH!!!! That's graduation day and I become emotional thinking about it. I typically don't give the best advice or make the best decisions but this is something that I put my mind to many years ago. Through hard times, having a 5 year old, having a new baby, and just the motions of life....I DID IT! If any of you have dreams or goals that you desire, set your mind to it and go get it! I hope that this will be the most rewarding thing I have ever done for myself! My children will never be able to tell me that they can't do something because I will be able to remind them that they can!

I hope that you all will go get your dreams and know that no matter what is handed to you, you can finish it!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Life with 2

Things have been going good for us! Shelby has adjusted well and Sydney is growing fast. Hopefully she will be sleeping through the night soon. Tonight we are putting Sydney in her crib for the first time to sleep....she has been sleeping in the pack-n-play in our room. I started back to clinical last week.....only 6 weeks of school left til graduation!!! I am so excited and proud of this accomplishment. With job layoffs and a new baby we still did it and I say we because it has taken the help of Chris to get here!! I couldn't have done it without his help, encouragement, and support. I am so blessed to have his love and support.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Welcome Baby Sydney!!

It has taken me a little while to get pictures up and the blog updated....but here she is!!! She is doing great! She was 7lbs 6oz and 19 3/4 inches long when she was born on Feb 25th. Today we had her 2 week check up and she is just perfect.....8lbs 2oz. Shelby is loving getting to love on her and help me feed her. Things are great around the house as Sydney is such as sweet baby. I hope to keep this updated and pictures coming!