Wednesday, April 11, 2012

2 months & 6 months

Carter is 6 months old today! I'm sad I haven't been better at updating my blog with our daily life. I don't find much time to just sit on the computer these days. Hop on and hop off is usually how it goes! I can't believe in 6 months our baby will already be a year old! I pray it goes slower than the first 6 months have went! He hasn't rolled yet, but is trying to sit. I am scared that at his appointment his pedi will be concerned. I am to a point, but I think he's just taking his time. Or I am lying to myself, whatever. :)

Eric has been gone 3 months, and will be home in about 2 months. A little earlier then planned which ROCKS! Our over the hump party is in a few weeks. Although technically we are already past over the hump. He's doing good over there, busy and ready to come home. We can't wait to have him home! I can't wait to just throw my arms around him and watch him with the boys. Not to mention the extra set of hands will be even better! lol

Conner is doing great. Turns 4 next month! Mouthy as ever. ;) He acts just like me and we butt heads most of the day lol He is FULLY potty trained. He was sleeping in pull ups, but now is night trained as well and I am so happy! He also can fully dress himself. I realized I was always doing to much for him, and not letting him learn to do it himself. I think that will be Eric's problem when he comes home. He'll want to do everything, and forget (or not know) how much Conner can really do for himself. He may drive me crazy most days, but he's my little man and he really helps me out a lot.

We'll be moving to Ohio this Fall for 3-4 years. Eric will be recruiting. I am excited, but nervous. It's going to be a big adjustment not being near a base and such. It will be nice to have real friends, and Family around though.

All in all we are doing great! Carter is awake now so time to go! Hopefully I'll update again soon!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

11 October 11

We had an appointment on Friday the 7th of October. I was checked to see if I was dilated and I was 3 cm, could be stretched for 4. My blood pressure, even on pills, was still running high so he decided to schedule me for an induction. It was scheduled for Tuesday, October 11th.

The night before we took Conner to Kimberly's house for his very first sleepover. I was a nervous wreck because 1, I hate being away from him, and 2 he's never been away from us like that. He did pretty well other then having to sleep with Kimberly's, Husband.

We woke up Tuesday morning a 3:30 am. I wanted to shower and get the last few things together. We left the house around 4:45 and arrived at the Hospital shortly after 5 am. We got put into our room, Suit 5. I got blood drawn and my IV started (which I hated where they put my IV, it was in the side of my wrist. SO uncomfortable! And in my right hand too!). We had to wait until we got a steady reading of the babies heart rate. He kept bouncing around and going off the monitors. Finally at 7 am the Pitocin was started. They slowly increase it by 2's. At the point of check in I was still 3 cm, and having contractions that I couldn't feel yet. I got on the birthing ball to bounce around and try to get things moving along. While on the ball she upped my pitocin to 8. Things started getting really intense. My contractions were happening back to back so they had to turn it back down to 4 because it wasn't giving the baby any time to rest. (Not to mention me either! haha). I took the contractions as long as I could (this was the first time I had ever felt them, with Conner I had my epi way before I started feeling contractions) before I asked for my epi. I knew I wanted to at least be 7 cm to get my epi, and she checked me and I was 6, almost 7 so I told them I'd like my epi now.

So before they came to put my epidural in, she broke my water. Luckily they came in right after because man did things get really intense in those few minutes. After getting my epidural in I felt a sense of relief. The two things I was most nervous about was feeling the contractions, and getting my epidural. So it felt good to sit and relax and try to rest for a little before the time came. I was prepared for a long birth because with Conner I pushed for 2 hours. They had to stop my pitocin because an emergency C-Section came in and there wouldn't be any doctors on the floor to deliver me if things moved to quickly. I was kind of disappointed because I was still at 7 cm at this point when she checked me again. About an hour later she came in to check me again before they went in for the C-Section and she said "It's time to push!". I was in shock because I was not expecting those last 3 cm to blow by that quickly. So I just kind of looked around confused on what was happening lol This was around 11:50 and Carter was born at 12:05. I got to hold him right away and snuggled him for a while. I had to hold a tube by him to give him some oxygen but he was doing great. I really enjoyed those moments with him, just taking in everything about him and how precious he was, and that he was finally here! I couldn't believe I was a Mother of 2! They took him to wash him up, and weigh him. He was 6 lbs 9 oz and 19 3/4 in long.

Conner adored him as soon as he saw him. He held him a lot more then I expected him to want to, but it was so sweet to see him so inlove with his little Brother. Carter just fit right into our little Family. <3

Monday, October 3, 2011

Carter Edward

We finally picked a name. Carter Edward Bayer. Carter has been our top runner for a while. I just kept second guessing myself because it's so close to Conner. Edward is in memory of Eric's, Dad who passed away last year. I am glad we are able to honor him. It feels good to have a name for our little guy.

Wednesday I will be 37 weeks. My BP is still running high, but I think they are putting off induction as long as we can. We just can't wait to meet our little guy. So far he is still looking great, measuring about 6 lbs last week. Everything else still looks good, just high blood pressure. We are pretty much ready. A few odds and ends that I WANT, but we'll get those eventually!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

It's September!

I can not believe how fast this year is going. On one hand it's good because our little guy will be here soon, but on the other it's sad because Eric leaves again in January and I am not ready to go through that again. Especially because Conner is older and can really say, and express how he feels and him telling me how much he misses and wants Daddy is going to be completely heart breaking!

Conner is doing great. He just started soccer yesterday and loves it. He's pretty good too, I mean for a 3 year old. :) He's all mouth these days, and that's not in a good way. He's so mouthy! We've been trying really hard to nip that in the butt before the baby comes. I am sure things will get worse once the baby comes and he realizes how different it's going to be. Right now he is excited to have his baby Brother though. He's doing great though and we love him to pieces!

As for me, I am doing good. I am 34 weeks pregnant today. I started having high blood pressure at my last appointment so I've been being monitored twice a week. We do non stress tests every Tuesday, and Friday. On Tuesday's they do an ultra sound to measure the fluid around him. Yesterday we finally got a doctor that let us look at that baby and showed us that it is indeed a boy! :) It was so cute! I really wish we could get a 3D ultra sound but it's so much money, and such a long trip to get one so we won't be getting one this time around. Other then that the baby looks great, and he's doing awesome. I get pretty tired these days and have already reached the "I'm done feeling". This pregnancy has been a lot harder on me then Conner's was. I also have "stretched out muscles" at the top of my stomach that causes me pain really easily if I over do it in the slightest. It wears me out! But I am doing good and am thankful to be able to go through all of this to have another miracle to call our own. :)

Eric is also doing good. Working a lot. I think he's enjoying it though because he doesn't complain. He's an awesome Daddy and has really taken over taking care of Conner when he gets home. Which I am so thankful for. He's always been an awesome Daddy anyways though! He takes good care of his Family and I couldn't ask for a better Husband! <3

So all in all we are all doing fabulous, and thankful for all we have. Just trying to get by, and enjoy our last few months together before deployment.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Time to update!

Well it's August now, last time I checked in was June! It's been a busy summer to say the least. Conner and I left on June 24th to head to Ohio for Jessica's wedding. We had one hell of an adventure! About a week after I got there I spent two nights in the hospital due to pain on the left side of my back. I found out that I had kidney stones. Let me tell you it was the worst pain I have ever felt in my life! They say it's worse then labor pain, I can't really say if it is because I didn't feel much labor pain with Conner. lol So I took it easy most of the time because I was in a lot of pain and once they pasted I still took it easy because I didn't want to push myself and end up not being able to come home. My amazing parents helped so much and let me take it easy. I also have stretched out muscles at the top of my stomach from Conner's pregnancy and it's been causing me a lot of pain lately. Especially when I lift Conner to much, or do simple things like walking around, or vacuuming. It's becoming miserable.

I am currently 28 weeks, which means I am 7 months pregnant. I can't believe we are so close to the end. I can't wait to meet this little guy, but also don't want the rest of the year to continue going so fast because Eric will deploy.

We have been away from Eric for a month and a half. We were coming home to see him before he left for FEX, but our flight got cancelled due to the Airport not having power, so we ended up staying in Ohio for 2 more weeks. We are home now, and waiting for his return. We can't wait to see him! Conner is getting really antsy to see him. Every night he cries for him. It breaks my heart, and makes me dread deployment even more.

Speaking of Conner. He's doing well. Mouthy ;) and full of energy. He's so smart it scares me! He is smart, but stubborn when it comes to learning things like numbers, letters and colors. So we're going to have to start buckling down and finding fun ways to get them across to him. He LOVED being home with Grandma, and Grandpa. I love seeing him with them, and I know they treasure the time with him. My boys are lucky to have Grandparent's like that. :)

So we're all doing well. It's been crazy, but okay. We also had to deal with fleas when we got home, and that was an adventure that I NEVER want to take again. Being 7 months pregnant, and having a 3 year old and JUST getting off the plane the night before and then having to clean an entire house, take my cats to the vet and get my house treated and keep us out of the house for 4 hours wasn't easy. I've been keeping up with cleaning and vacuuming so we can finally get rid of these bugs. Fleas are the worst!

So that's that :)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Our big, bad 3 year old!

It's still weird to me that we have a Preschooler! The past 3 years have just flown by, but I've loved every minute of it! Conner is doing great. So far age 3 has been quite a work out and we're not even a month into it He's a mouthy little man these days. I miss my sweet, innocent, none verbal baby boy.. Haha. He still has his sweet moments on a rare occasion.

He had his 3 year appointment yesterday, the 14th. He is weighing in at 33 lbs and is 37 in tall. I always though he was tall, but I guess not.. Haha But he's doing great and healthy as can be. We are going to be referred to a surgeon because Conner's hernia he's had since birth is still there, so we're going to make sure it doesn't require any surgery. I really pray it doesn't.

Conner also lost his paci when he turned 3. I always vowed my children would not have them past 2, at the latest. When Conner turned 1 the paci became bed time only. It wasn't allowed to leave his crib, except for traveling. Well the night before Conner's 3rd Birthday was the last time he had a paci. It wasn't planned, but it just worked out that way. We took a trip to Ohio to surprise my Mom for her 50th Birthday, and we left on Conner's Birthday. That night he slept in bed with us and didn't ask for it so we just went with it. I had it on my carry on, because usually on the plane he asks for it, but he never did. Occasionally, usually at nap time, he'd bring it up but I'd just change the subject, or tell him they were taken to babies who needed them because he was a big boy. And since then he has been paci free. :) Went a lot better then I expected.

After we returned from our 10 day trip we got our 3 bedroom house on base. FINALLY. We are in it now, and still have some stuff to get done but Eric's been working really late so it's been kind of slow. Anyways.. We asked Conner if he wanted a big boy bed in his new room, or if he wanted to say in his crib (we never took him out of it because he never tried to get out, he loved his crib) and at first he didn't want a big boy bed, and the night before we moved he decided he wanted a big boy bed. The first night went a lot better then I expected. He got out once and said he didn't want to go night nights lol Then we put him back in bed, and he cried for a little bit but never got up again. Now you hear him get up, open and shut his door and then he usually goes to sleep.

It's amazing how much has changed over the last 3 years, but they've been a great 3 years and I can't wait to watch him grown and learn over the next year. We love you Bug!

Friday, June 10, 2011

It's A....

We had our Ultrasound the other day and found out that we are having another boy! I didn't really care either way, as long as my baby was healthy. I kept going back and forth on if I'd want a girl, or just another boy. I admit I was a little bummed it wasn't a girl, but now I am thrilled it's a boy. I am excited to finally know and call him, a him. We're having a heck of a time with names. With everything else going on we haven't really talked about them much anyways. Hopefully we figure one out soon so we can start calling him by his name and making it a little more real for Conner.

Conner was always going on about having a baby sister. Not that I really think he understands anyways, but when we told him it was a brother he would always say no sister. Now he will say things about having a baby brother, and slips once in a while and says baby sister. He picked him out a outfit today. :) It was so cute. I want to include him in on everything. Never want him to feel left out of our decisions. He even told the lady at the check out that he picked that for his baby brother <3 Talk about melt my heart! He's such an awesome Big Brother and I hope it continues to be that way!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

It's been a while - Update

Well it's been to long since I updated! The biggest news in our life is we are expecting baby number two in October! I am currently 15 weeks along, and have about 5 weeks to go until we find out what this little pumpkin is!

In other news.. Conner will be 3 in less than a month. We have no plans for anything because we are slackers! Haha! He's doing amazing. He's the best little boy I know. He keeps us on our toes, and always has us laughing. I've said it all along, he'll be the class clown for sure! He repeats everything, and with this comes along with swearing. He shocked us dropping the F bomb the one day. That's when it all started. He was playing with his trucks and said "what the f*ckkkk". Yeah and it just snowballed from there lol Hard not to laugh, but also don't want him to keep it up. Yesterday he had his balls from his ball pit out in the living room, after he woke up from his nap he came downstairs and said "holy shit my balls are everywhere" I laughed so freaking hard, while at the same time trying to tell him we don't say that because it's not nice. He always uses them at the perfect times, which makes it harder to correct him because you can't help but laugh. We've gotten a lot better with swearing. I don't need him saying those nasty things when he's suppose to be my sweet innocent boy lol

Eric is back into Battalion life. He was in School for 3 months. It's quite a change. Since he's a 1st class now he's got so much more responsibilities. I miss the set schedule of School, but it's all working out. We're trying to plan a secret trip, but we are waiting for leave to be approved. I really hope we can pull it off! :)

Mother's Day is this weekend. I have so much to be thankful for on Mother's Day, and I wish I could spend it with my Mom. She is one of my best friends, and I'd be lost without her. She spent her years raising me to be the person I am today, and now we get to spend our days being best friends. We talk everyday, sometimes multiple times a day. On her days off we can spend hours on the phone just shootin' the shit about this, that and the other. She's also an amazing Grandma. Conner loves her to pieces and I don't blame him. :) I'm also the luckiest Mom to have such an awesome Son, and another baby on the way. I am so thankful!

So I think that's about it! We're all doing great! :)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Our big boy!

Well as we all know Conner is heading towards 3, quick. Since Eric got home, and we got settled back down here in MS we have been talking about the potty a lot more with Conner. I didn't want to be pushy, and have us both be frustrated. He started showing little signs.. Like telling us 15-20 minutes before he even pooped, that he had to poop. That really started on our trip down here, and I thought it was because he couldn't push it out while sitting in his carseat, but he continued to tell us after we got home.

Well the other day we put him in undies and he wet two pairs within 15 minutes, so we then just put a diaper back on him. He kept telling us no that he wouldn't sit on the potty. Today after his nap we put underwear on him, and he told Eric he had to go potty.. So he went upstairs and sat on his potty and went pee!! So we brought his potty downstairs because he kept saying "poop poop" so we knew he was going to have to go soon. Well we were sitting in the living room and I heard him go in the bathroom and was banging around and he had taken off his undies and was sitting on his potty so I turned the light on and walked away. I peeked around the corner and he was pushing (who knew seeing your kid push poop out could be so exciting!!), and he stood up, and I went in there and TA-DA! there was poop in there! HE POOPED ON THE POTTY!! We screamed and was so excited and he got a prize. (After going pee on the potty he got his prize of a red car I have been holding onto for months). So our big boy has used the potty, on his own! I think that's the most exciting part, is that he went in there on his own and just did his thing! It was amazing and I am so proud of my baby! I am sad to see him in undies, he looks so grown up, but I am so proud of him!

I know this may be a long road, and he will have accidents and all that jazz but this is a huge step in the right direction! GO CONNER! Mommy and Daddy are so proud of you!

Monday, January 3, 2011

The end of our year

On December 10, at 6:30 am we arrived to pick up Eric. We got settled and put up our welcome home signs and Eric pulled in on their buses around 6:45. Nothing can describe the way you feel when you first lay eyes on them. This homecoming was more special then our others because Conner was seeing Daddy for the first time in 10 months. Once Conner spotted him he looked at him for a minute and then ran to him and gave him a huge hug. It melted my heart. Then it was my turn to get my hugs and kisses. It's such an amazing feeling! Eric has been home almost a month now and it still gives me butterflies that he is actually home.

After Eric got home we flew to Ohio on the 16th. We went home to celebrate Christmas with my Family and to get to bring the rest of our stuff down, and our Escape. While we were home Conner got his first flu bug. It was miserable, especially since Eric and I caught it as well. I've never had to deal with Conner sick like that before. He's had tummy bugs, and stuffy noses but nothing every to extreme. His lasted the longest, 6 days. Luckily he only was throwing up for 2-3 of those days. I was so sad for my baby. :( We didn't get a lot done while we were home because of being sick, and preparing for Christmas but it was awesome to spend everyday with Eric, and to wake up next to him. It was a bitter sweet moment when we left. I was so sad to be leaving my Parent's, but excited to get to my new home and start our year together.

Our trip down was LONG. We took two days and with the Uhaul being pulled by the Escape we couldn't go faster then 60. It felt so long, especially since Conner and I just had made the trip a month earlier with my Dad, and then we were going 80 and got here much quicker. But I always love car trips with Eric because we just talk and catch up. It's always nice. Conner did really well, and so did the cats. We are lucky because Conner has been traveling his whole life so he does really good. Our DVD player is our best investment. He will just sit back there and watch movies and sleep. He gets restless, but so do I and I am 25 haha.

We got down to MS on the 30th and have had lots to do. Unloading the truck and going through all the boxes and toys from Ohio. I have moved twice in a month. Once from the storage unit, and then from Ohio. It's been a crazy month. I can't wait to get our house all set up and just live. It's starting to feel more and more like home though, which I love. Conner has been happy to be home. When we first left Ohio in November, Conner acted out a lot and was sad because he missed everyone. Once we got back down here again he kept saying "home sweet home" and it's so sweet and makes me feel a lot better that he is happy to be down here. I know he misses everyone, and will miss them always. Everyone in Ohio loves him so much and gives him so much attention. I think he'll miss his Papa the most, but has fallen back into Daddy;s boy rather quickly, which makes me so happy.

So my Family is back together and doing great. As for me.. I feel amazing. How couldn't I? I spent last year being miserable. I let everyone get to me and worried about everyone but myself. I didn't like the person I was last year, well I guess it was two years ago But anyway I am changing myself for the better this year. I am going to enjoy my baby boy, and my Husband and not worry about how many friends I have or why we aren't hanging out with everyone. People do nothing but stress me out and make me feel bad so I am just living for my Family. I won't let anything bring me down this year. I have my friends back home that I know I can count on. While they may not be here, I know they are always here for me. I've met a few ladies through Eric that he has known for years and I think we hit it off well. I'm hoping we spend lots of time with them. Especially since one of the ladies is also a 7 wife so we'll be going through next deployment, and even FEX together. So it will be nice.

That's how we are doing.. amazing and happy. :)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

It's December!

I can not believe that it is December! It seriously amazes me how fast this year has gone. It's good of course because this is the month Eric will be home! It's also sad because Conner is growing up so fast, and this also means we'll no longer be living in Ohio. We'll miss my Family and Friends so much but are looking forward to our new life in 2011. :)

We arrived in MS on Sunday. We left Ohio Saturday afternoon. My Dad ended up driving with us which was nice because 1.) we had time together and 2.) he drove the whole way. Haha. We stopped in Tennessee and continued our drive Sunday. It went by pretty quick and was a smooth trip. Conner did so well and just hung out watching his DVD's. That DVD player was a life saver!

We got all of our stuff moved in on Tuesday. Dad and I moved some things in on Monday after we signed our lease. The house is small, only two bedroom, but it's a lot nicer then I expected and I am happy with it. I like being on base because it feels safer, and it's going to save us a lot of money. We only have to pay for our internet and cable. We'll lose all of our housing allowance but we did anyways in our old house we rented. We're so close to the commissary and Eric's works so we'll save on gas.

Eric is having his end of deployment party tomorrow so it's so real now! Time is coming to an end and our Hero will be home. I can't believe it! My friend I met through the NMCB 7 Facebook page text me today and said she'd be able to get off of work to come take pictures for me so that is even more exciting! I am so happy we'll have pictures to capture his homecoming.

So we're all doing great. Conner is handling the changes pretty well. He has his moments but he's 2, and has no clue what's going on so it's understandable. I just can't wait to see his face when he sees Eric for the first time. It's going to be amazing!

I've been busy trying to get the house together as much as I can before Eric gets home. We'll still have some stuff to do but for the most part it'll be all ready to go and we won't have to spend all of our time unpacking and doing things like that. It's just going to be the best! :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Almost time to go!

So in less than 2 weeks we leave to head down to Mississippi. That also means SHORTLY after Eric will be home! I still have so much to do. I have to finish my Welcome Home sign, and get Conner's made. I gotta sort everything so I don't forget to take anything. Like our signs, banner, camera, and video camera. And Conner's welcome home shirt! I have to get the Taurus from my Brother and get it checked out, and the oil changed. I still need a car seat to put in it. I'm trying to decide on one but haven't decided on what to get. I don't want something to expensive because it won't be used much, but I also don't want something that's cheap and not safe for my Bugs. I also want to get a DVD player so if Conner is awake he can watch a movie or something. So much to do! It's creeping up on me FAST, but that's okay! I am excited!

Eric will be leaving Africa in a week or so. Then he'll get to Spain and be able to call more. Since they moved from their camp to a hotel he can't really call and it sucks, but at least he can get online and write me a message on Facebook. He's doing good, just getting anxious.

Conner is doing great. I can't believe how grown up my baby is. It's exciting and sad at the same time to watch him grow and change so much. Eric is going to be completely shocked when he gets home and realizes how much he really has changed. Pictures and phone calls just don't do it justice.

I'm so thankful for all of my support this deployment. I've had a few rough patches and luckily had a couple of good friends, and awesome parent's to helped me through. I got to take a cake class with my friend Megan and that was so much fun, and it was a nice couple hour break. Conner got to have lots of fun, and do more than MS has to offer. I am going to miss all my friends up here so much. I know it's going to be a big change going back down there. Last year was miserable because I didn't have any friends to lean on. This year will be different because I realized how much Eric does for me, and means to me and that he is all the friend I need.

2011 will be a year of change for me. I really want to work on the person I am. I want to learn to be more thankful for what I have, and not dwell on what I don't. I want to be thankful for the few good friends I have, rather then the crappy ones who have left me behind. I just have so much to work on and I hope that 2011 is the best year yet for my beautiful Family.

So that's, that. My Husband is almost home!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

November is the final month!

We have reached the final month of Deployment! We are getting so excited to have Eric home with us finally!

We're all doing pretty good. Conner had his first Dentist appointment. Sadly, he has a cavity that needs filled already. The reason is he has grooves in his teeth, which are like little holes so he is probably going to always have cavities but we are going to try our best to prevent them. Lots of water to flush the food out and such. Once he gets older and has all of his adult teeth he'll need to get his teeth sealed to fill in those grooves. So we have a LONG time before that can happen. Other then that though he looked great and did really well.

He also had his first cold. His immune system is so good though that it really didn't get bad. He still has a bit of a cough but other then that he was good. He is talking up a storm and I think he knows Daddy will be coming home soon. Whenever Eric calls Conner will say "Hi Daddy.. Home home home" asking him to come home. Kind of heart breaking, but so cute at the same time.

We also got a brand new, 2011 Escape! It's amazing and I LOVE it! The payments are a bit high, but we'll make it work. I feel like Conner is so much safer in there and it is so much easier getting him in and out of it. I clean it I am obsessed with vacuuming it. I would wash the outside more because it drives me crazy when it's dirty but with the rain and everything it's pointless. I do need to buckle down and wash it good and get it waxed before Winter. I love it though and am so thankful Eric let me get it. :)

I am finishing up my cake class. It has been so fun, and I really hope to find the next class when we get back to MS. I know I'll have to go alone but I really want to. I'm not very good, but practice makes perfect. I'll have my last follow up from my surgery next Tuesday. My scar healed up so good. He did a great job. You can see it, but barely. He's amazing. I've lost all my baby weight, and then some. Just in time to trying to get pregnant again. ;) I am down to 112 and feel great. I am still self conscious about how I look without clothes but I am working on it. Conner is totally worth it but it's hard to get use to your new Mommy body.

Eric is doing great. Finishing up in Africa and then he'll head back to Spain, I'm thinking maybe mid month. They can't wait to get back there and eat real food and start packing up to come home. He's such an amazing, strong man!

Halloween just passed and Conner went as Daddy. He looked so stinkin' cute in his cami's. Best costume ever I swear! He did really good at trick-or-treating. He was afraid of people in masks, and even just face paint but got a little better as we went along. He got lots of goodies that I am hiding. With his cavity I really don't want him eating anymore sweets then he needs to. I also don't want to not let him have it because that's part of growing up! :)

So that's how we're doing. This deployment has flown by and it has been great. We've had so much fun being in Ohio and spending time with everyone. I've learned a lot about myself, and others. I plan on making the best out of 2011 and try to move past my own insecurities and just enjoy life. Try not to dwell on other people and just be thankful for everything I have in my life!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Happy October!

October is finally here! I am completely loving the Fall weather, and some leaves have started to change. I love the colors of Fall! I know a lot of people hate Fall because Winter is right behind, but it's my favorite season!

I'm really excited for Halloween. Conner is going as his Daddy. :) He got Cami's that look like Daddy's and they will even have his name tag on it like Daddy's. He's going to look adorable!

October also marks 2 months until Eric comes home! I can't believe it's been 8 months, and he'll be home so soon! I can't wait for my Family to be together!

Eric is still in Africa. They are doing good, but they are all ready for this deployment to be over. Especially being there. They just want to head back to Spain so they can prepare to head home. Exciting!

Conner and I are doing good. Conner is talking so much more now. I LOVE it! I love hearing the way he says things. Especially people's names. He's so smart, and so funny. He's our handsome little man!

I'm hanging in there. I am sick of the drama I've been dealing with, with 'friends'. I am ready to be far away from it again. I am completely okay with only having Eric. I don't need everyone's drama. Especially from friends who don't have kids, so they don't get that I can't just get up and go like they can. Yes, my Parent's will watch Conner any time, but he is MY child and MY responsibility! And honestly, I don't mind sitting at home with him all the time. Sometimes it's nice to have friends stop over and hang out to have adult conversation, but other than that I am perfectly content.

So that's how we're doing. Counting down the days and just trying to stay busy!

Oh and yes I stopped, and deleted the whole days thing. Got boring!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

It's September!

I am so excited that Fall is almost here! Today it was nice and cool outside and felt like a Fall day. I love Fall for many reasons. The colors, smells and Halloween. I didn't care much for Halloween since I was little, but having Conner now I get excited to dress him up, and take him to pick out a pumpkin and all that fun stuff. I am excited to be in Ohio for Fall to see the leaves change.

September also marks another month closer to Eric being home. 3 to go. This is the longest deployment ever. Literally. 10 Months is to long without my Husband. I miss him more than words can say. I look forward to homecoming and throwing my arms around him and hearing Conner yell "Daddy!". It'll be simply amazing!

I've been trying to work on myself lately. Be a better person. To not let people get to me as much as I have always allowed them. I've really learned who my real friends are. There's not many. I have reached the point that I just don't care. I only need Eric, Conner and my Family in my life. Nothing else, no one else, matters. That will change. I'll reach a point where I just miss having close girl friends, but it's just not worth the drama, and stress. Women are so damn caddy. It's ridiculous.

Anyway... Eric is doing great. Just really ready to come home. Still in Africa working hard. They are hoping to get the fence done so they can head back to Spain. Conner is doing good also. Growing like crazy, and changing everyday. He's been working on his 2 year molars for a while now, and has one thru the gums. So he's been a bit cranky, but he's doing good. He's gotten more lovable which I LOVE! He's just amazing. When everyone else lets me down, he can make me feel better with one little hug. Just the way his Daddy always has. :)

So my little Family is doing amazing, as amazing as we can without being together.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Happy Birthday, Eric!

Today is Eric's 29th Birthday. Another milestone down in our deployment countdown. I really wish we were with him today to celebrate, but we're going big next year for his 30th! Sucks he has to spend his Birthday working hard in Africa, but he's doing good over there. They are working hard. Now they have to work from 5:30 am to 5:30 pm because they are behind on their projects. I guess the only good thing is it'll help time go by faster. We've got 25 weeks down. It's crazy thinking it's August 17 and Eric left February 18th. Sounds so far apart! Feels good to have this time under our belt and to be over half way done. I remember back to counting down to the half way mark.

So Happy Birthday Eric. We love you so much!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

End of July update

Well July is finally coming to an end. I'm happy to see it go. It makes another month down of deployment, and that much closer to Fall, which is THAT much closer to Eric's homecoming!

Eric has finally moved to his new location in Africa and has started his work there. If you'd like to know more you can check out my Military Wife blog for details. He's doing good and says it's beautiful there. When he shares pictures I'll be sharing them here, and my other blog. I can't wait to see where he is living. They'll be there for 3 months, then head back to Spain to HEAD HOME!

Conner is doing well. Growing like a mad man. Changing daily! He's so grown up it scares me! He can now ride his bike all by himself! I'm thinking by the end of this week he'll be able to ride, ride it. Right now he goes a little then stops. It's so cute, but sad because he looks so grown up!

I'm doing well.. Just counting the days until Eric's return. I got a tattoo on July 12th. It's on my foot and is dog tags with Eric's name on them. I love it, and I am proud of it. Some people may think it's silly, or stupid to get a mans name on your body, but I love Eric and I plan on spending the rest of my life with him and don't regret it one bit. I am just living the days taking care of Conner and waiting for Eric's call.

So we're all doing good. Pretty much just sums up to... We want Eric home. :)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Life with a toddler

...Is full of so many different emotions!

I love watching Conner grow, and learn. I love hearing him say new words, especially the ones he says wrong. It's so cute. He has started to say bug, but most of the time he calls them momey's.. I have NO clue where he got that from but it's so cute. He also refers to himself as, Nonney. Whenever he wants something he'll say his name, he also talks in 3rd person a lot. lol

He's doing really well. Growing like a weed. We're missing Eric, and he asks about him a lot and will point out Daddy's things in my room. I love that it's been 5 months and Conner remembers him so well. He points him out in pictures all the time, and on my phone. He gets so excited. So I am holding hope that in 5 months he will still remember him and be excited to see him when he gets back, instead of scared.

Conner definitely has his moments (as do I). He gets mad and yells at the top of his lungs when he's mad. He's not a very good listener to say the least. He doesn't really throw tantrums, but he gets mad and just yells or throws things. He's VERY persistent when he wants something, which can drive you crazy. He's not at all interested in the potty, and I'm not pushing it yet. I fear that if I do we'll both just get frustrated and it's going to take longer then it needs to. So we're just taking it day by day. I'm hoping when Eric gets home we'll get him more interested in it and can work on it together.

Eric is doing well. He has moved to his new location and will be there for a couple of months before heading back to Spain to pack up to come home! I CAN'T wait for homecoming day. I get so excited just thinking about it. I think about our homecoming sign, and getting Conner a cute shirt made to welcome Daddy home. It's going to be one of the best days of our lives!I'm REALLY hoping that he comes home more towards the of November, but as Military Wives you learn to hope, but not expect, because in the end you can be left with a broken heart.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

July '08, '09, and 2010

I always love going back and comparing pictures of Conner.
So here are pictures from the last three July's. He's changed so much!

July 2008

July 2009

July 2010

Time to update!

Well it's been a while since I updated on our Family!

We're all doing well. Eric is working hard on deployment and we're almost at the half way mark! I can't wait to finally be over the hump! He is getting ready to leave for Africa this week. He'll be there for 90 days and then head back to Spain to finish out deployment.

Conner is doing great. He's talking so much and really starting to put a lot of words together. He's definitely a Toddler and throws many tantrums/screaming fits. He's got a great personality though. He's so fun, and loves to make people laugh. He's a goofball really. He's still obsessed with Mickey Mouse. It's the only show he will watch. His favorite toy at the moment is a shopping cart our friends gave him. He pushes it everywhere he goes. He likes to sleep at night with his blankie, Dada Bear, and his mickey. Oh and of course his paci (yes he still gets it). He's really grown up.. It's amazing.

I'm doing well, also. My surgery went well and I have healed up really nicely. I have gotten back to pretty much normal the past week or so. My jaw was pretty tight for a while but now I can eat anything I want. I'm very excited because I've lost so much weight since Eric left. I am now wearing a size 5, sometimes 3. I have started riding a bike with Conner and he loves it. I really just need to tone up now to be where I want to be. I am only 3 lbs heavier then I was before I got pregnant. I've been keeping myself pretty busy. Hanging out with friends any chance I get. I am going to miss my Family and Friends so much when I go back to MS, but I am so ready to have Eric home and be a Family again. We love and miss him so much!

Oh yeah and at Conner's 2 year well baby he was 27 lbs and 34 3/4 in tall :)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Mommy's big 2 year old!

On May 24, 2010 my little man turned 2! It's kind of weird because I feel like he's been with us longer than 2 years, but also feel like there is no way he is 2 already! He had a Mickey Mouse Birthday party on Sunday before his actual Birthday. It turned out to be an amazing day! The weather was perfect ( a little hot actually), which was great because for a long time it was saying it was going to rain! It was at a park here in town. He also had a blow up jump house which he didn't really care for. He got tons of cool stuff! A new Mickey Mouse tricycle, swing set, sand box, a wagon and TONS of other toys. He also got some really cute clothes. We got his cake from Super K and it was soooo delicious! A lot of people cancelled on me, but he actually had a really great turn out!

On Monday, his actual Birthday we just hung out and played with his new toys. He also got to go to Applebee's for a Birthday dinner. :) He sat by Papa and ate really good.

It's hard to believe our little 5 lbs 15 oz baby boy is now a big boy! I haven't taken him to his 2 year well baby yet so I'll have to update with stats after that. But he's doing great. He's a skinny little man like I was when I was little. He's so active and loves to be outside He's smart as can be. He amazes me with how much he knows, and says. I love how he can tell me what he wants, but hate the toddler 'tude. lol But all in all he's a great boy. Has his moments, but all kids do!

Happy 2nd Birthday baby! Mommy and Daddy love you so much!