8.12.2015

6 Month Update

Life with two little girls is crazy. Wonderful, but we are always tired around here and just trying to soak up all of the moments while they are little.

Evy is 2 and a half now, she's super sassy and inquisitive. She's so much like her daddy its scary. It took her a month or two to really adjust to her new baby sister but now she loves her. I hope they grow up to be very best friends.

Stella is 6 months old. She's a very happy but also very loud baby girl. I think it comes from trying to be heard over her big sister. She communicates through squeals and yelling right now. She is eating real people food now, which is fun and also messy.

Jon is really enjoying being an instructor here at the PJ Schoolhouse. It's a lot of long days and trips but worth it. We try to make the most of time when he's home, lots of snuggles and daddy daughter dates.

My days are filled with feeding everyone, naps, cleaning, and then little sleep at night. The saying the days are long but the years are short really hits home right now.



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Also, YES I am still answering all emails about being a Pararescue wife. So keep the questions coming. 

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3.10.2015

Life Update: New baby!

Life has been so busy around here. Our second daughter was born February 9th via c-section at 36 weeks. She was breech and stuck. Following a procedure at the hospital to try and turn her I went in to labor so they did a c-section immediately. We spent a whiole week in the hospital due to some blood sugar and jaundice issues with baby and high blood pressure for
me. 

In other news Evy is turning two this weekend. Jon is enjoying being an instructor. We are really happy with base housing here. I am still trying to answer every email I get with questions about being a PJ spouse.

But anyways, we are thrilled to introduce Stella Marie! She was 7 lbs 14 oz and 19 inches long.



Here is our last month in pictures.














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10.28.2014

Second Pregnancy Differences

I just made it past the halfway point with this pregnancy, YAY! It's been such a completely different experience than the first time around.


Left is 19 weeks with Evelyn and right is 19 weeks with our second baby girl.


  • The first enormous difference is that I haven't been very sick or nauseous this time around (knock on wood). I was throwing up every day for weeks with Evy and this time I only had a few weeks where I felt nauseous. 
  • I was able to feel Evy starting at 15 weeks and this time I'm just now at 21 weeks feeling strong kicks, this is due to having an anterior placenta (in the front). 
  • I was 100 times more exhausted in the first trimester than with Evy. That may be partly due to spending all day chasing a toddler around. But I was sleeping 12 hours every night and napping twice a day. Thankfully that part got a little better in the second trimester. 
  • With Evy we had her name picked out before we even found out she was a girl. This time we can't agree on any names! Ugh its driving me crazy not being able to call this baby girl by name. My husband calls her "The Baby Who Will Not Be Named", which he thinks is hilarious. 
  • This time we aren't really having to worry about buying anything other than diapers. Which is pretty awesome. We have a million baby girl clothes and plenty of baby gear. 
  • This time we're seeing midwives at a Birth Center instead of an OB. So far I'm loving the personalized care I've received and I'm really looking forward to a natural birth there at the center instead of a hospital birth. 
  • Braxton Hicks Contractions started around 17 weeks instead of 25 weeks. At least this time around I know that dehydration plays a big role in how bad they get.






New baby girl is growing perfectly and Evy is learning and growing like a weed. We're feeling really blessed.



10.24.2014

Life Update

It's been awhile. Lots and lots has happened in our lives. Big changes.

First off we moved! After four years of Jon being stationed in Tucson, Arizona they moved us to Albuquerque, New Mexico for him to become an Instructor for the Pararescue Apprentice Course. So far we're liking Kirtland AFB just fine, my only gripe is that its still on the other side of the country from the rest of our family.




Second huge announcement is that WE'RE EXPECTING (again)!



We are so excited to be adding another little girl to our family. Due March 2015. 

So all of that and Evy is definitely not a baby anymore. She's a very energetic and happy toddler. 





12.04.2013

Pararescue Wife


I started this blog with the intent of talking about my experiences as a military spouse and more specifically as the wife of a PJ. It turned into a whole lot of random with not many details about being a military spouse and since we had our daughter I haven't posted much of anything. But I'm going to leave the blog up because of the wonderful emails I receive from girlfriends, wives-to-be, and wives of men who are interested in becoming Pararescuemen.

I am still more than happy to answer questions, offer advice, and to just talk to anyone about being a Pararescue wife.

So keep the emails coming!

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9.19.2013

Evy: The Last Few Months!



It's been several months since I've last blogged, I've been focusing on my little girl. Kudos to those mommas who keep blogging right after a new baby!

Evy is now 6 months old, she's such a happy sweet little girl I couldn't ask for anything else. I'm really enjoying motherhood.

Here are some pictures of her the last few months!















5.11.2013

Newborn Essentials: For Mom


Here are some of the things that have gotten me through the first 6 weeks of being a new mom.

1. Motherhood Maternity Nursing Tanks: These are awesome. They have built in cups that unhook for easy access, they're slimming to hold in that extra baby jiggle, and they're comfy. I wear them all the time.

2. Korres Lip Butter Glaze: My makeup routine these days is very minimal, I guess that tends to happen when you're running on fumes. I love this moisturizing lip glaze that adds a pop of color to make a huge difference in brightening up my face. I feel slightly more put together when I wear this.

3. Milkmakers Lactation Cookies: I was skeptical if these would make a difference in my milk supply but they have. I have a recipe to make them on my own so I won't have shell out a fortune on them every month.

4. May Designs Baby Diary:  Used to keep track of feedings, diaper changes, and sleep. Its personalized, cute, and fits in the diaper bag. We used this for the first three weeks to make sure Evy was getting enough to eat and all that good stuff. It was very helpful to show the pediatrician.

5. Thermos Insulated Hydration Bottle: It's crazy how thirsty nursing makes you. I keep this water bottle with me 24/7 and it keeps my water icy cold.

6. Kindle Paperwhite:  I've been reading tons of books while I nurse, that or watching supernatural reruns. My new kindle paperwhite has LED lights built in so I can read in the middle of the night without waking up my husband.

7. The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter: After growing a baby for nine months your skin is a tad bit tired and stretched out that coupled with the fact that we live in the desert I'm constantly in the need for some serious skin hydration. I love the body shop's thick body butters, and coconut is definitely the best.

8. JJ Cole Diaper Bag: I'm super happy with this diaper bag, its got plenty of pockets inside and out, and it doesn't really look like a diaper bag.


 
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