Monday, August 26, 2013
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
At anytime before he was selected for chief I had the open of calling his department so he could talk to her for a few minutes. No, I'm not one of those wives that call all the time or even on a frequent basis. However, I was fortunate enough to have a hubby work in a field that has access to phone, if I really need to get a hold him. It helped keep most of the meltdowns at bay and I credit that to how long she's been okay with the big "D".
Now that he's busy with chief training we haven't really had many conversations with him due to his schedule. I think that combined with the length of time he's been gone has taken its toil on my toddler. I could see signs that she needed her dad even before this past week. She would cling to my brother in law, our baby sitter's husband and the other day she hugged the delivery guys leg. (That freaked me out!)
Last night she was finally able to hear his voice. She took over the phone and told him all about her day, all her little owies and how much she missed him. It didn't take much just the sound of his voice. I don't doubt it was hard for him to hear her whisper "I miss you daddy. I love you daddy. Can you come home and play with me?" I was certainly tearing up hearing their conversation. Now we're just counting down the days. Are you a military wife? How do you deal with long separations?
Monday, August 12, 2013
She's been giving me sass lately and ignoring me when I tell her to do something. I'm talking about standing there with her hands on her hips, rolling her eyes up in her head and giving me a flippant remark. Yesterday, she tried talking back to me and complained the entire time she was in time out. Even though she knew the more she talked back the longer her time out would be. She ended up falling asleep on the couch and finally giving mommy a hour break.
I'm feeling at a loss here on how to proceed. The new baby is coming and the short time I currently have to spend with her will mostly be taken up with the new baby. I don't want her behavior to get to the point of no return. Yet, what I'm doing to correct it only seems like a temporary band aid. I just wish I knew if this acting out is a normal process for 3 almost 4 year olds. Is it due to following another child's bad behavior or even acting out from the upcoming baby? If only children came with manuals most of my hair would still be black and not grey. What do you think readers? Have you gone through this with your child? Did you link it to something specific like baby #2 or a bad example? What worked for you at home?
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Fast forward six years and he's not only completed his first novel but he was signed on with Dey Ray Publishing to continue the trilogy and completed THREE novels. The plan was to release each novel a month apart in July, August and September. Ten days ago the first book, The Darwin Elevator in Jason Hough's series Dire Earth Cycle was released and it hasn't stopped growing in popularity. It's been a whirlwind for my sister's family from guest appearances to rave reviews by best sellers like Kevin Hearne and is now making his own appearance on the New York Time's Best Sellers List. How amazing is that for a first time writer to make the best sellers list?
But don't just take my word for it, check out all the reviews on amazon. Read the reviews from the professionals like Kevin Hearne. Bottom line, check it out for yourself and spread the word. I'm so happy for my brother in law for his accomplishment and I can't help but spread the word!
This past month we were pleased to learn that my husband was going to be promoted to chief. Besides an increase in responsibility, pay and training period I didn't realize there was also a different culture attached. I've already been invited to join in on the chief's wives luncheon and received an email from his sponsor. I was pleased to be included and a little apprehensive on what to expect. I didn't think the transition to chief would be that much of a change.
Although, it looks like there is much more involved that what I initially expected. The only example I have to go on is from that show "Army Wives". I know that is a poor, poor unrealistic example to go with but as a said before our family has never been deeply involved in the navy/military lifestyle. I am hoping this will be a positive change and include future friends for my husband and I as well as our children. Are there any other chief wives out there? What was your experience transitioning? Are you involved in the military lifestyle? What benefits or complications have you come across as a navy wife?
Friday, August 9, 2013
It was a huge wake up call and a major change in life style. Looking back the care I had with my last OBGYN was amazing. They took this very seriously and paired me up with specialists to educate me and monitor my progress. After attending a conference on gestational diabetes I was set up with an educator that tracked my progress. My task was to track all my intake and pre-meal blood sugars into a log to be reviewed by the educator weekly. She would then respond with improvements I should make to my meals or activity to improve my blood sugar the following week.
I was also followed by a neonatologist that reviewed the blood sugar/food intake log I sent to the educator and ordered frequent ultrasounds to track my baby's growth. Even though it was scary and stressful I felt confident that my Dr. was doing everything for the health of my little girl. So, I couldn't be happier tI don't have to worry about that for this pregnancy. I still remember all the great education I received and adhere to the diabetic diet more liberally than before. I'll still be careful not to eat too many over processed foods, sweets and carbohydrates. Although, starting THAT tomorrow since I celebrated with a meal from Jack N the Box tonight. ;) Did you have any concerns during your pregnancy that gave you a wake a call?
Thursday, August 8, 2013
In my profession I see all kinds of family dynamics. Today I saw one that made me appreciate what I have even more considering how close I am to delivery. After I delivered my first child I was beyond exhausted. The sleep deprivation those first few weeks made me wonder how I survived. As a first time mom I thanked my lucky stars that I only had one newborn to care for. I felt lost and overwhelmed even with the help of my hubby and my mom.
I came across a new mom today that was feeling the same multiplied by two. The hard thing to see was that her support system was there, JUST to sleep. They slept through the crying, the screaming and even slept through people talking in the room. This poor mom didn't sleep more than 1 hour at a time in three days.
Today, I feel so thankful for the family I was born into and the one I've created with my husband. Has there been a defining moment that made you stop and gives thanks?