10 Years Together | A Personal Post | Ryan & Shayna by Shayna Aberg

10 years....

A decade. 

It's hard to imagine that 10 years has come. When I first met Ryan I was 19 years old (boy do I feel old!). In less than three months of dating Ryan I think I smiled more than I ever did my entire life. Everyday I woke up I was excited to see him, text him, talk to him over the phone (yes we actually did that way back then). Heck anything that involved Ryan made me happy.  Why I was so happy is because Ryan was real, funny and genuinely cared about me. Something I hadn't really felt from a human being in a long time, let alone someone who was interested in getting to know me. I vividly remember the night that I started to really have feelings for him, I mean REALLY feel things. We were on our third date, he took me to dinner and then we went back to his apartment to watch TV, wrestling to be exact......We've never watched wrestling ever since funny enough. I remember looking over at him and just gut wrenchingly grinning, it was like all I saw was him, no one else could compare to this guy, he was it. He was everything. Yep on our third date. (we hadn't even had a first kiss yet!) I think I remember Ryan looking at me like I was crazy and saying "WHAT?!!" a thousand times trying to figure out what was wrong with me. Fast forward to many cats and cars later, getting married and moving to the other side of the country it's been quite an adventure sharing our lives together. And I couldn't imagine anyone else to share my life with.  Happy Anniversary Ryan!

Cats, Cats and more Cats | Are you Surprised? | Uprising at Home by Shayna Aberg

Well friends, are you any more  surprised than I am that I'm posting about cats again? no? good! Truly my crazy cat lady card was given to me quite sometime ago, so no need to sign me up. We found out that Waffles was pregnant about a month after my mom had come down to visit us. My cats are never allowed outside but somehow Waffles found an opportunity during that visit and got out. Needless to say the next day was filled with lots of tears and me and Ryan frantically scouring our neighborhood for her. Thankfully our neighbor helped us find her and she was unscathed. Well three-ish weeks go by and waffles starts to look slightly more chunky, 5 weeks go by and I knew she was pregnant. I was never planning on her having kittens, three is a healthy number of cats to have without people thinking you are utterly insane. Thankfully after her X-ray we were only going to be expecting two, not the 6 that Ryan was having panic attacks about, mostly because he knew I wouldn't want to give any of them up! After that vet visit we were told we had 24-48 hours to go before she was to give birth. Well two weeks later and me thinking that she was going to stay pregnant forever, she layed down next to me while I was opening up my laptop and started to have contractions. Yay!/OMG/THIS IS IT/AHHH!  Within two hours she successfully gave birth to a baby boy and a baby girl. She had a little trouble with baby boy since he was breached but baby girl came out just fine. Waffles has been an amazing mommy and I still think when she looks at me she's psychically telling me that she can't believe she's a mommy. Despite them not being planned they are of course, adorable and I am so thrilled to have more babies in the family. It's always been my dream to have a mom and dad cat and their babies grow up together in our home, and even though Nizmo is the surrogate father, we're going to be one LARGE happy cat family!

 Our baby girl has the dark nose and gray coloring and baby boy has the beauty mark and looks exactly like his momma. 

Our baby girl has the dark nose and gray coloring and baby boy has the beauty mark and looks exactly like his momma. 

She's still adjusting to motherhood and always gives me this look when I call her a mommy haha!