Friday, April 17, 2015

Falling into place


Life just seems to be flying by right now and we have so many changes coming up in a short amount of time.  It’s been a bit challenging, but everything seems to be falling into place.  It’s almost a bit scary and I’m kind of waiting for something to go wrong as it kind of seems too good to be true.

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These past few weeks for my business have been really good.  I’ve gotten all 3 of my listing under contract in the last few weeks, while I was trying to get my own house ready to list at the same time.  One of the houses I listed had a full priced offer in under 48 hrs.  All three of them are due to close in May, along with a referral that I gave Sean.  It’ll be so nice to be able to build my work savings account before I stop working when we move.

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We listed our house last Friday and 6 days later we also received a full priced offer on it, with a closing date that will work perfectly with our move.  Granted, we have a long way to go before we seal the deal, but it is encouraging (and terrifying).  There are 2 other houses in our neighborhood that have our exact floor plan that have been for sale for 48+ and 65+ days and are still on the market.  I truly think the sod we had installed (top picture) is what helped us sell the house.  We had 3 showings and they all mentioned how they loved the back yard.  It’s a relief to already have the house under contract, but I know we have a long way to go to closing.  Hopefully everything will work out.

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Mark has been flying nights the past 2 weeks and has a few more weeks to go.  I HATE night weeks.  He goes in to work around 2pm and usually doesn’t get home until after 11pm.  With being almost 37 weeks pregnant, I don’t have a lot of energy to make dinner and deal with the kids by myself, and they have SO much energy.  I lose my patience with them a lot and then I feel guilty for doing so.  Nights seem to go so much smoother with Mark around and it’s really tough for me now without him most nights.  Seems a lot more bearable when he’s around anyway.  Luckily Mark’s brother gets here on Monday and then for the next month we’ll have guests, so I won’t be alone doing night time routines anymore.

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It’s still a little weird to me that in the midst of all of this other stuff going on, we’re going to have a baby sometime in the next few weeks.  I get a little nervous about his birth when I think about it.  Hopefully he won’t have issues after he’s born because of my diabetes.  Today my numbers have been all over the place (with my highest reading yet at 213….) and it makes me worry about him having issues with his sugar or breathing after he’s born.  I’ve talked to a few dietitians today and my normal one said she thinks it’s all the stress.  I’ve been trying to drink more water as well, since that’s supposed to help lower blood sugar.  I think I always get more nervous about giving birth the closer I get to having babies.  And now that I already have 2 kids and know what it’s like, it adds to my nervousness.  I’ve heard lots of stories from friends about what has gone wrong with their births so I’m not as naive as I was when I had Abbie.    I’m hoping my good luck hasn’t run out with everything else going on, and that the birth will go smoothly and baby #3 will be healthy.  (And we’ll actually come up with a name shortly after he’s born.)


I’m really hoping after the move and after I’m not working outside the home any more, I’ll be able to keep up with this blog more often.  I feel like Benji got a little bit jipped since I didn’t blog much at all last year and I haven’t done much this year either.  If everything with my job and selling our house goes well and according to plan, I’m going to be upgrading my dSLR again (and keeping up with the tradition of upgrading it every time we have a kid), so I’m really looking forward to that and hopefully I’ll be able to take my photography to a new level.  First things first though!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

BUMPDATE: 36.5 weeks



How Far Along? 36.5 weeks

Size of Baby? I’m not sure, but he feels big…

Maternity Clothes? My maternity clothes are starting not to fit..

Weight Gain? I’ve been losing weight these past few weeks.  I think I’m around 14-15lbs up now.

Stretch Marks/belly button? No change.  I have them.  They’re not going away.  Hopefully I won’t get too many more.

Baby’s Sex? Still a boy.  Still don’t have a name picked out which still annoys me.

Sleep? These past few nights I’ve actually slept almost all the way through the night.  I wake up around 5-6am sometimes to pee and then go back to bed until 8:30-9am.  Yes, I’m lucky Ben lets me sleep that long and Mark takes Abbie to school…

Food Cravings? To just eat normally.  We ate at Smashburger the other day and I had 5 teaspoon fulls of a chocolate oreo milkshake which made my blood sugar spike big time.  It was around 160 at 2 hrs.  (Supposed to be under 120…)  Speaking of my sugars, they’re a bit all over the place.  My after dinner numbers have consistently been higher lately – in the 140’s – 170’s.  I’m currently taking 3.75mg. of Glyburide before breakfast and before dinner.  Sometimes by after breakfast numbers have been a little high too (130-140’s).  They’re all supposed to be under 120 after 2 hrs.  Things that I can eat sometimes that give me decent numbers make them high the next time I eat them, so I’m not sure how to deal with it.  A lot of it is that I don’t have the energy to make food – specifically cooking proteins – right now.  All I know is that someone better bring me a chocolate oreo milkshake, or Cold Stone’s Chocolate Devotion, and a fountain Pepsi in the hospital.  I’m over this diet.

Best Moment This Week? He passed the NST and BPP’s these past 2 weeks fine.

What I am loving? Being out of the hospital…. Landed myself in the hospital for 3 nights with yet ANOTHER kidney infection just before 35 weeks.  I’m not sure how I keep getting these, but it wasn’t fun.  I went in on a Thursday night because I had a slight temp and some back/ flank pain, so I went to triage and they said I had another infection.  Thursday night I got worse and had a temp up to 103 and kept getting chills and then sweating and that kept up for all of Friday.  Friday night I finally got rid of my fever for good (like around 4am), but I had to be 24 hrs fever free before they’d let me out so I didn’t get out until Sunday afternoon around 1pm (Easter Sunday).  I was prepared to spend the night in the hospital this time, but not 3 nights, but I know I wouldn’t have been able to rest like I did in the hospital if I was home around the kids.  Now I’m on a low dose antibiotic until I deliver to prevent me from having another one.

Movement? Yep… he moves all the time.  And sometimes it hurts because he’s kicking and stretching or something.  He’s running out of room in there for sure. 

What I’m looking forward to: Having him.  And being able to eat whatever I want and being able to move without being in pain.  T-17 days…. at the most.

Other Updates…  Dr Colwell checked me at my 36 week appt and I was 3cm dilated, 80% effaced and he was at –1.  We were supposed to go to CA to check out our new base/area and she told me not to go, so we cancelled the trip.  I’ve been having some decent contractions.  They don’t hurt, but they make it hard to breathe.  I’ve had a few back contractions also, which is a first.  Today I had a contraction that was both front and back, for the first time.  I am really hoping that I have him next week.  I’m going to start walking more, which typically gives me pretty good contractions, so hopefully it’ll be enough to kick of labor.  I’m having more pelvic pain also so I feel like he’s dropped even more.  Cooking dinner is a pretty big chore now and I have to sit down a few times, at least, when I’m cooking to catch a breather.  All this while keeping our house clean for showings… Not sure life will be much easier with a newborn though, but at least my mom will be here to help next Thursday!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Bumpdate: 34 weeks


How Far Along? 34 weeks

Size of Baby? At my growth scan last week, he was measuring in the 60 percentile -  about a week ahead – and was roughly 5.5lbs

Maternity Clothes? Of course, although all of my tank tops aren’t maternity – they’re just stretchy and I live in them now.

Weight Gain? Around 16lbs still.  I haven’t really gained any weight in the last few weeks thanks to this great diet…

Stretch Marks/belly button? No change.  I have them.  They’re not going away.  Hopefully I won’t get too many more.

Baby’s Sex? Still a boy.  Still don’t have a name picked out which still annoys me.

Sleep? Sleep is getting harder for me now.  I was thinking that I wouldn’t have issues this pregnancy.  I was wrong.  I have to pee at least once or twice and I wake up multiple times a night because my hips hurt so bad and then I have to try to roll over in bed and rearrange my pillows without getting shooting crotch pains.  It’s fun.  And I’m hotter than hell most of the time too.  And when I do get up to pee I have to wait for my hips to clunk into place before I feel stable enough to walk.  Fun times!

Food Cravings? Yes, a zillion things.  That’s what a restricted diet does to you – makes you crave everything you can’t/shouldn’t have.

Best Moment This Week? Him passing the NST in 20 mins and me not having to sit there for 40 mins hooked to the machine and then having to go to the hospital for another 2 hours to be monitored there…  What a pain!

What I am loving? Feeling him move a lot.  And he gets the hiccups quite frequently.  And he already has hair according to the ultrasound tech!

Movement? Yep… he moves all the time.  And sometimes it hurts because he’s kicking and stretching or something.  He’s running out of room in there for sure.

What I’m looking forward to: Having him.  And being able to eat whatever I want again and not have to worry about spiking my blood sugar or testing 4 times a day or taking meds for it.  5 weeks or less to go!

Other Updates…  His room is all ready for him, although he probably won’t use it before we leave.  With all the commotion with getting our assignment and having to get the house ready to list and figuring all that stuff out, having a baby is about the last thing on my mind, which is a little scary since he’ll be here in less than 5 weeks!  My OB won’t let me go past 39 weeks due to my diabetes so it’ll be here before I know it!!  I’m excited to meet him though!

And we’re off to…..

After waiting WAY too long to finally get our assignment that we thought we’d have before the end of February, we finally found out towards the end of March that Mark is being assigned to Edwards AFB in CA!

Mark and I were both getting pretty anxious, mainly because we were thinking he was going to get sent to Korea for a remote tour for a year by himself and I was about making myself sick thinking about the possibility of being a single parent to 3 kids and 3 dogs for a whole year and him missing the first year of #3’s life.  We would have gotten through it, I’m sure, but it was definitely wasn’t our first choice by any stretch of anyone’s imagination.

We were also thinking getting sent to Holloman AFB in NM would have been a good possibility since they’re opening up squadrons there.  I kept telling Mark that I had a feeling this assignment was going to come out of left field, and it sure did.

Edwards is the home of TPS – test pilot school – which Mark applied to last year and didn’t get chosen for.  When he first filled out his “dream sheet” for the assignments of his choice, he had put Edwards at the top, in hopes that he could go there and apply for TPS again and get another shot at it.  After we discussed it at length, we realized that he probably didn’t get chosen because of his time in service – he’s been in too long and doesn’t have much left on his commitment.  We decided that maybe it would be best if he put F-35’s first, solely because we could stay here at Luke and I wouldn’t have to quit my job and we wouldn’t have to sell our house.  So he completely changed everything on his dream sheet, although we think the porch (the fighter porch is the place that gives out all the assignments) might have gotten his initial one and his revised one, which could be why he got Edwards.


So Mark called me from work and said “I got my assignment.”  I knew right away by the way he said that that it wasn’t Korea, so at that point I didn’t even care where we were headed.  I was just so relieved!  And then he told me he got Edwards and we were both a little shocked but not in a bad way.  Edwards just wasn’t on our radar anymore and we were totally thinking we’d get sent to Holloman or Korea, or possibly stay at Luke.  Mark is excited to be around the test world though, even if he can’t be a test pilot.  He pretty much always has a good attitude about anything that’s thrown at him though, and he would have found something good about any place he’d been assigned to, with the exception of a remote tour.


**Photos taken March 2014**

We are still working on the dates we will be moving, which is stressing me out quite a bit due to the fact that we have to sell our house and moving into temporary lodging with 3 dogs, 2 kids and a newborn sounds like absolutely no fun whatsoever to me, but it’s all temporary and we’ll get through it some how.  At least he’s not going to Korea!

Monday, February 23, 2015

The wait.


I’m not the only one that would have a hard time leaving Sammer.

It’s that time of year for us again, or every few years, I guess.  We are due to find out our next assignment any day now.  When we moved here in March of 2013, they told us we’d be here at least 3-3.5 years.  Well, if you’re math is decent, you realize that was 2 years ago and we are already finding out our next assignment.  Liars.  Good thing we bought a house….

So the best possibility would be that Mark gets chosen to transition to the F-35 and we get to stay here for the next few years.  This would be amazing for many reasons – mostly because we’d get to stay and not have to move shortly after having our 3rd baby.  We finally have amazing neighbors right next door and the kiddos love running back and forth between our houses.  I could keep my real estate license active and continue working.  Abbie would be able to stay in a great school and not have to switch schools for the 4th time in 3 years.  Our house could appreciate more and we could do the upgrades to it we’ve been wanting to do.  Mark would pretty much be non-deployable and flying the F-35 would open up more possibilities for jobs after his AF career is over.  We wouldn’t have to try to find a place to rent with 3 dogs and 3 kids.  I could go on and on.  However, this could be a slim chance of him getting this.  I think quite a few people on this VML (Vulnerable to move list) put transitioning to the F-35 as their top choice.

The worst possibility would be that Mark gets assigned to Kunsan, Korea, and go there for 12+ months by himself.  It’s not really feasible to take 3 kids to Kunsan since they don’t have schools over there for Abbie and we wouldn’t be command sponsored.  Mark would be working a lot and he could have to live on base so he might not be able to live with us anyway.  When guys get stationed there and they just have a spouse, it’s a lot easier for the spouse to go as kids complicate everything.  I wouldn’t 100% rule out trying to go with him, but Mark has said if he gets Kunsan, he would prefer us to stay here than go with him.  He didn’t even put this on his ADP (his dream sheet) so he’s a non-volunteer for any Korea assignment but the most openings out of any move we could do would be to Kunsan.  They need pilots there and they said your best chance of staying in the jet is to go to Korea.  Luckily Mark doesn’t necessarily care if he stays in the jet.  He would like to but not if it means being away from his family for a year, including a newborn.  He’d miss pretty much the entire first year of this baby’s life.  And thinking about raising 3 kids, including a newborn that doesn’t sleep, along with 3 dogs for an entire year is enough to give me a panic attack.  I seriously don’t know how I would remain sane doing this for a year by myself.  I don’t have family nearby.  Most of my friends will be moving in the next year or so.  I would pretty much be on my own as a single parent and that scares the absolute shit out of me.  If this wasn’t at all a possibility, I wouldn’t be half as nervous about getting another assignment, but it is.  I am just praying to God he doesn’t get it.

Mark basically put after on his ADP that he is willing to go anywhere, as long as it’s an accompanied assignment.  Even if that means not flying the F-16 anymore, his preference is to be able to have us come with him.  A good possibility would be going to Holloman in Alamogordo, NM, which is in the middle of freakin no where.  The schools are crappy, the area has pretty much nothing except a Wal-Mart, the housing market isn’t that great, but at least we’d be together.  I could handle any place for 3 years as long as I’m with Mark.  I wouldn’t even mind going to Osan, Korea if he could get an accompanied tour there.  I’d just have a hard time leaving Sammer and the other dogs behind.  I’d just have to keep myself busy with crafts or something, but it would be do-able.

There are a bunch of other possibilities, although the chances of getting them are quite a bit less than getting Kunsan or Holloman.  We could go anywhere from Alaska to Nevada to Utah to South Carolina to Mississippi or Texas to Japan to Germany to Italy again plus more that I probably don’t even know about.  I would love to go back overseas but Mark isn’t so sure he wants to go back into the CAF (combat Air Force).

We found out months ago (November??) that we’re going to be on the spring VML and we probably won’t find out until March what our next assignment is.  I wish there wasn’t so much time in between when we found out we could move to where we’re actually moving because I get more and more anxious as time goes on.  Mark is usually the calm one about all of this but I think this time he’s just as anxious as I am.  I do love moving and love meeting new people and seeing new places and we’ve gotten really lucky with our assignments so far.  I just hope our luck hasn’t run out!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Happy Belated Valentine’s Day

It was really windy!

This weekend at church the sermon was about marriage and how to make marriages work.  Fitting for Valentine’s Day weekend.  The gist of the sermon was that men need to feel respected and women need to feel loved.  I remember talking to a few different people over the years about how much I respect Mark.  Obviously I love him more than anything, but I have always respected him too.  He’s kind and he’s smart and he’s open minded and even-tempered and he’s driven and I could go on and on.  I remember how I felt about him way back in 2005/2006 when these pictures were taken and I never could have imagined then how I would feel about him now. Markus n me

I’m on a few baby boards right now and I’ve seen a few posts about how girls are afraid their relationships with their boyfriends/fianc├ęs/ husbands will change after they have their baby.  If they only knew the half of it.  I think Mark and my relationship has changed a TON since we had our kids, but it’s 100% for the better.  Seeing Mark in the daddy role is amazing.  I could not ask for a better daddy for my kids, and his love for them is so obvious, and vice versa.  The sun rises and sets on Mark for my kids and they are his biggest fans (besides me) and I love it.  When I was in the hospital last month for the night, I didn’t give Mark one single instruction for the kids.  Not one.  I asked him to get stuff for me to pack in the bag, and I asked if he fed the dogs, but as for the kids, Mark is so involved with them and their daily lives and routines that he already knows everything having to do with them.  The church sermon also talked about typical roles husbands and wives play in the family and they had a few pertaining to kids and who cares for the kids and the pastor said that typically it’s the wife’s job to care for sick kids.  Yes, I do care for the kids when they don’t feel well and I take off work when that happens, but the kids often call out for Mark at night if they wake up needing something.  Sometimes Abbie comes in and says she has a bad dream and she crawls into Mark’s side of the bed and snuggles with him until he puts her back in her bed.  (That might partly be because I sleep like a rock – especially now that I’m pregnant.)  Even tonight, Mark got home after 8pm after working over 10 hrs today and the first thing he does is help get the kiddos to bed.  Ben hasn’t been feeling the best today so he checked on him and asked me what medicine I’ve given him and as soon as he heard Ben make a noise upstairs he went running back up there and took his temp again and gave him some more medicine to help him feel better.  And he also transferred all the pictures I took of the kids today from my phone to his so he can look at them whenever he wants.  This weekend was insanely busy for me and our Valentine’s Day consisted of me showing homes for over 10 hours and him taking care of the kids and cleaning the house.  He never once complains about having to do it all.  us at Caraba's

Sept 2006

I truly don’t think I could have asked or hoped for a better partner in life.  Mark is everything I imagined plus a zillion things I never imagined.  He is one of the most genuine people I know and he’s always quick to give someone the benefit of doubt.  There is this stereotype that fighter pilots have, or I guess many stereotypes, if I’m being honest, and Mark defies all of them, except for the one that most of them are pretty smart.  Being in real estate, I have met lots of different people and have helped many people find houses, including a few guys that work on the flight line as crew chiefs or maintainers and they all have less than ideal thoughts on fighter pilots.  I tell them about Mark and a few of them have met Mark and they ALL say that he is the least “fighter pilot-ish” fighter pilot they’ve ever met and that he doesn’t fit any of the stereotypes.  I absolutely love that he can almost single-handedly break through stereotypes people have built up over YEARS in a matter of meeting them once.  And I also love that he can be an amazing pilot and be voted the best instructor by the last class he taught and not fit the typical fighter pilot mold at all.  There has also been more than once where his students ask him questions or turn to him for advice that they probably wouldn’t ask other instructors for because they know he is so non-judgmental and easy going and he won’t make fun of them for it later on (which happens sometimes in his job).hot MarkApril 2006

Mark, I hope you know how much I love and respect you.  I could write an entire book about all the things I love about you.  For the most part, we’ve had a very easy marriage and I’ve never had to put effort into loving you.  I still get excited when you walk through the door after work or when we get to meet for lunch.  And part of the reason I write this is so someday our kids will be able to read this and know how much I love you too, although hopefully that is apparent to them from seeing us together also.  I’m excited to celebrate Valentine’s Day with you this weekend when we go see Dirty Dancing!  You make me feel like the luckiest girl alive.


Monday, February 16, 2015

Bumpdate: 28 weeks




How Far Along? 28 weeks

Size of Baby? About the size of an eggplant

Maternity Clothes? Yup, still wearing them..  This question is irrelevant until I’m like 8 weeks post partum now because I can guarantee I’ll be wearing maternity clothes until at least then.

Weight Gain? Around 16lbs.

Stretch Marks/belly button? No change.  I have them.  They’re not going away.  Hopefully I won’t get too many more.

Baby’s Sex? Still a boy.  Still don’t have a name picked out which still annoys me.

Sleep? I tend to sleep pretty well right now – probably because I’ve been so busy that I crash when I go to bed.  Sometimes I get up to pee around 1-2am and sometimes I make it until 6-7am before I wake up.  However, whenever I do wake up, I’m roasting and have to kick off all my covers.  Still have pain, but it’s manageable.

Food Cravings? I still crave fattening food.  I need to start eating more healthy. 

Best Moment This Week? Hearing his heart beat again at my appointment last week, and feeling him move a bunch.

What I am loving? Nothing specific, I just like being pregnant in general.  Sure it has it’s not so fun aspects, but in general, I really like it. 

Movement? I’ve been feeling him more and more on the top of my belly and on the sides.  He moves quite a bit now.  When I get really busy sometimes I don’t notice him move much, but typically as soon as I focus on him, I feel him move quite a bit.  A lot of times I wake up and I’m kind of on my belly/side and he’s kicking away, kind of like he’s telling me to get off of him.  And if I wake up and don’t feel him kick then I worry and don’t fall asleep until I feel him again.

What I’m looking forward to: Having him.  And having the damn 3 hr glucose test behind me so I can quit worrying about it…  And starting to get his room/clothes together. 

Other Updates…I had my 1 hr glucose test this last week.  I was dreading it because I knew I got 139 at my last one around 28 weeks and this office’s cut off was 140.  So I figured it would be close.  I got 141….  Grrrr…  I’m really annoyed and frustrated and now I have to go take the 3 hour one and spend 3.5 hours at the dr’s office and pay for childcare and find the time to do that.  So I can’t even take it again until Friday, which is over 8 days from when I took my 1 hr one.  I’m too busy to deal with this stuff, and if I do end up having GD, that’s REALLY going to put a wrench into things.  I already have to start going to the OB every 2 weeks from now until 36 weeks and then it’s every week.  If I have to start going in for growth scans and fluid checks and NST’s all the time, I just don’t know how I’m going to fit all of that into my busy work schedule right now.  Not to mention taking Ben to all of those sounds like a special version of hell.  It stresses me out but I would put money on me flunking the 3 hr glucose test also.  I know this baby will be worth it but I just don’t have the time, ambition or desire to deal with sticking to a diabetes diet right now.  It was HELL for the 2 weeks I had to deal with it during Ben’s pregnancy, let alone doing it for 3 months.  Ugh.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Coulda, shoulda, woulda, maybe still will.

Mark n meThe picture above was taken 10 years ago – January 2005 – when Mark was finishing up his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and I was starting my second Bachelor’s degree in nursing. When I got my first Bachelor’s in Business Management, I chose business because I didn’t know what else to do and I figured it would go well with whatever else I wanted to do later on in life.  That much is true – it does and it will.  But business isn’t necessarily fulfilling to me.  I have no clue why nursing wasn’t on my radar at all when I went to college after high school.  I don’t think I ever seriously considered getting a BSN.  However, now it’s about all I think about.

marknmeJanuary 2005 

I have one year of a nursing degree done – probably more than one year if you take all my business degree classes into consideration also.  But I only finished one year when I went back to school because I met Mark, and I decided to quit school and move across the country with Mark when he commissioned into the military instead of being separated from him for 3 years while I finished my BSN.  I do not regret that decision one bit and wouldn’t trade my life with Mark for anything in the world.  But I REALLY wish I had my nursing degree.

ahh.. a good smile this time Mark n me3

February 2005

Oddly enough, spending the night in the hospital just fed my desire to finish my BSN even more.  My dream is to someday be an L&D nurse (labor and delivery).  I have a few friends that are nurses – some of them are in L&D – and I’ve heard it’s hard to get into because everyone wants to do L&D and once you’re in L&D you typically don’t leave until you retire.  One of my friends went back and got a BSN.  She has 3 kiddos and went to school full time through an accelerated BSN program and got her degree in a year.  They had to pay a bunch for a nanny for her 3 kids but she loves working now and is glad she did it.

Mark n me Copy of Mark n me1 

February 2005 

My main hang up is my kids.  I don’t want someone else raising my kids when they’re little.  After they’re a year or two old, I’m fine with putting them into daycare, but neither of my kids has ever been in daycare full time.  Abbie went to preschool full time when she was 4, and loved it, and we’ll probably do something similar with Ben when he’s 4.  Right now he goes 0-3 times per week depending on my work schedule for 3-6 hours per day and I’m fine with that.  But I’m not fine with putting my 3 month old into a childcare situation.  So that pretty much limits my ability to go back to school, especially if we want four kids after everything is said and done.  #3 is due in 3.5 months and we’ll probably start trying for #4 when #3 is around a year old.  So the EARLIEST I could technically go back to school to get a BSN with the time restraints I put on myself would be four years from now -  and that’s if we magically get pregnant right away and don’t miscarry and have to start over again.  So I will be at least 38 years old, probably closer to 40, when I could go back to school.  Is it worth it to go back to school that late in life and start a new career?  Would people even want to hire me at that age with no experience?


Brenda and I were roommates for a little bit and met in the nursing program at MSOE

I’ve also considered just getting a lactation consultant certification.  I don’t think that would take more than a year or two and the classes aren’t too expensive and I would still get to help new moms figure things out.  But I think most hospitals hire nurses that are also LC’s, not LC with no nursing experience.  It’s an option, but I’m not sure if it’s a good one.


Spring Break trip to Disney World 2005

This is all just stuff I’ve been thinking about recently.  I really wish I already had my nursing degree.  Not that I’d be using it currently, so maybe it is better if I get it later on and then go right into a nursing career vs getting my degree and then taking 8-10 years off to raise babies and then go back.  I’m not really sure.  Maybe some day I’ll finally figure out what I want to be when I grow up…

Mark n me me n Mark Markus n me

May 2005


On a total side note, I was looking back at all of these pictures when Mark and I were in college together and I found these two.  Little did Mark know that he’d be flying both of the planes that we took pictures next to 10 years ago and now he’s teaching others to fly one of them!  Seems like these times were just yesterday because I still remember the early stages of our relationship very vividly, but in actuality they were almost 10 years, 6 moves, 3 dogs and 2.5 kids ago.  I can’t believe how time flies sometimes..  Below, the one on the left is Mark next to an F-16 and the one on the right is us next to a T-38, which he flew in 2007-2009.

Mark n his f-16 T-38 and us