Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Memorial Day

As an Army family, I find that Memorial Day takes on particularly special meaning each year. As our nation slowly winds down from years of war, we are reminded every day of the ultimate sacrifice paid, by some of our own friends, for our freedom. Memorial Day is less of a "happy" holiday and more of a day to reflect, be thankful and honor those who paid the ultimate price so selflessly in serving this incredible country.

This year Derek, Conner and myself along with a group of friends, pledged our miles and participated in a local Wear Blue: Run To Remember event. This incredible group has chapters and meet ups growing all over the country and meets each week to run, walk and bike in honor and memory of our nation's heroes. If you're not familiar with the Wear Blue organization, check them out here. On their site you can locate nearby chapters and meet ups or even find out how to start one of your own. At our local event, we learned of over 1500 participants pledging to help complete over 6,000 miles - one for each servicemember lost as a result of the wars on terror.  As we carried American flags and walked the three mile course immersed in a sea of blue shirts, it was a reminder of how true the organization's motto rings true: For the fallen, for the fighting, for the families. Surrounded by people of all walks of life, each with a different connection to the Military, it was clear that we were all there with a sense of pride...and with hearts deeply set on remembering some very special heroes. What an honor to do our miles for them and their amazing families, who I so truly admire. 

I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend full of time with family and friends. And I hope you all took a minute to thank and be grateful to those who made that freedom possible.

"We owe this freedom of choice and action to those men and women in uniform who have served this nation and its interests in time of need. In particular, we are forever indebted to those who have given their lives that we might be free." - Ronald Reagan

Sunday, May 25, 2014

A Little Preggers Update

Whoosh. I'm way over due for a little blog love. Sorry about that!

As I write this, I am 19 weeks 4 days along. I am officially out of most normal clothing and fully in maternity things (or as I lovingly prefer to call them...Thanksgiving pants...and shirts...) and I have a nice bump going on.

I am starting to get lots and lots of movements from the nugget which is always fun. It's like I've got a mini gymnast in there! I'm sure it'll be any day now before Derek and Conner can feel the baby too. Speaking of Conner, he's the cutest little bug when it comes to the baby. We talk a lot with him about the baby in mommy's belly and are trying to adjust him to the idea that there will be a brother or sister coming for him in a few months. He's doesn't really get it yet and is pretty uninterested in tiny babies at the moment, but we are having fun with it anyway. Conner does get though, the concept of a baby in a belly, and so if you ask him to kiss the baby he'll plant a smooch on the nearest belly and say "wuv you baby"...which totally melts my heart and makes me laugh :)

I'm not really having any hard core cravings yet, though I am noticing that I've been drinking a lot more milk than usual. I am generally enjoying this second trimester quite a bit with the return of my energy and appetite, and only minimal typical aches and pains...though the leg cramps I experienced last night were wicked. Womp womp.

This coming week I am going in for VBAC counseling. It's basically a legality the OB clinic has to go through to ensure I'm aware of the risks and benefits of both a VBAC and a repeat Cesearean. It'll also give me the chance to ask questions if I have them. If you've been following me for a while, you'll remember that Conner was born via an emergency C-section. If you're new to This Whole Mommy Thing, you can catch up on C Man's birth story here :) The hospital on our base is super VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesearean) friendly which makes me so happy. After Conner's birth I felt a lot of guilt and sadness, and was pretty devastated over the fact that I felt my body had failed me and my son. Over the past two plus years, I've worked really hard to be ok with my feelings and I've found great support systems and encouragement through sites like Birth Without Fear and groups like ICAN. And now that I'm here and pregnant again, I'm well armed with information, working to prepare my mind and body and ready to rock a VBAC this fall!

Our next big appointment after that will be the anatomy scan...for which I think Derek is more excited than I am, since he plans to find out the gender and I do not :) I like surprise babies. We did the same thing with Conner and Derek kept a great secret, so our plan is to do the same this time around. So fair warning...I won't know, and he won't tell!

I hope you're all having a great weekend!

Until next time,

Thursday, May 8, 2014

He's a Keeper

When I was pregnant with Conner, it always surprised me at how Derek always thought I was so attractive when I felt like a big giant pregnant ballon. I guess it shouldn't surprise me that apparently he finds me equally as attractive now that number two is on the way...

Enter: my 100% total swoon moment.

Yep. That happened. And I melted like a popsicle in the microwave.

He's definitely a keeper.