Wednesday, December 29, 2010

And baby makes three . . .

Or 4 because we have Miss Piper and she's definitely family. But regardless of how many this brings our family up to, I'M PREGNANT!!! We are expecting our little bundle in early June 2011. Which puts me at about 17 weeks right now. :)

I've had two check ups - other than the first confirmation visit - and both have been good. The ultrasound appointment had the fetus measuring right on my due date. The last one was just a 'how you feeling/no problems/great' kind of thing and then they checked the heartbeat. Dr. Ruckman had a medical student with her who found the heartbeat right away, but when the doctor came in the baby started hiding from her and she had to chase it all around my belly. 15 weeks old and already a stubborn li'l thing. :)

I've really liked Dr. Ruckman for both my appointments. She was really nice and easy to talk to. But she's leaving so it's on to someone new. It's the only part of this process that I've been a little bummed about, but that's life in the military. Staff on base is always changing, the hospital is no exception. I'm just rolling with it and praying that by the time delivery comes, the doctor on call will be someone I've actually met before.

We go into radiology on Jan. 12th for the "fetal survey" aka a really high-tech ultrasound apparently. I have to down 24 oz of water and not pee until the first part of the exam is over which is going to be so hard. They didn't tell me why that's necessary, but I've gotta do it. I don't know how long it'll take, but they're going to be looking at the brain and all the internal organs and such. I'm amazed at how much they can see and check on today. We are hoping they'll be able to get a clear shot of the gender -- I don't want to hear it, we want to know. People have had really strong opinions about, but if we have the ability to know we really want to. I just worry that it'll be too early to definitively tell or that they won't be able to see. But until we do know we've been referring to him/her as "Ned" to avoid saying "it". Neither of us remember exactly why Ned started, but T in all his USAF acronym glory decided it was perfect to stay standing for Not Entirely Done. Which is totally dorky but also totally cute. :)

Then I've got another quick check up with a nurse practitioner the next day. I'm not sure if she'll even have the results of the survey yet, it's pure coincidence that they were scheduled back to back. The perinatal center gave me a date range of 9 Jan - 30 Jan for radiology to schedule the appointment. T is on night shift again so I asked for an afternoon appointment so he could be sure to come and they said 12 Jan so I took it. He went to the first appointment so he could see Ned too & hear the heartbeat for the first time. But now he only comes for the big stuff -- that was my call, don't think he's inattentive or anything. He's been wonderful.

Ned @ 12 weeks.

So that's the update! Stay tuned to follow the next 5ish months :)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Fall Funs!

We had a lot of fun this fall with various things! (clicking on the pictures should let you see them in a larger size)

August is still summer, but we did have a wedding to go to! We made it to Notre Dame for a Basilica wedding. One of my all-time favorite people, John, married the perfect girl, Kathleen, one August afternoon. It was a ball! We were seated with some of his friends from Toledo I had never met but our whole table just had chemistry and got along like we'd been old friends. Great food, great booze, great dancing. What's not to love!?

Exchanging vows

Just me and the groom!

And now with our lovely spouses

Sharing a dance with my love

In September we were able to get to Notre Dame for the Michigan game. The game itself was a heartbreaking loss. And the weather was wet! Thank goodness we had rainsuits for the game to keep us dry. We were lucky enough to join the Swanigan's tailgate. :) They had a tent AND very delicious homemade meatball sandwiches! Due to the downpour the camera did not make an appearance, but trust me, it was a fun day.

October was our biggest event - Rachel & Chuck's wedding in Las Vegas, NV. We had the bachelor & bachelorette parties on the Thursday before the wedding.

The blushing bride at dinner

The limo tour's last stop had to be the vegas sign!

I'm not sure what the boys did all night, but I'm sure that's for the best, haha. Then we had the rehearsal on Friday & the wedding was Saturday. It was a beautiful ceremony poolside at The Mirage. T was an unofficial photographer and actually got some great shots:
Exchanging Vows

Bride & Bridesmaids (Roxie, Shannon, Rachel, Me, Nina)

The bridal party in front of the Volcano

Kisses light the fire

He was behind the camera doing a fantastic job 99% of the night, but we did get one picture together

Nobody won any jackpots. But we managed to only lose half of the money we brought to gamble with so I really count that as a win! My dad wasn't doing to badly one day, but his winnings kept bank-rolling my mom's losses, haha. It was such a fun wedding!

Then in November we had the Notre Dame vs. Utah game and tailgate! A lot of my family traveled over for the game, my roommate from ND was there with her family and even T's sister, K & cousin, Laney made a trip out of it! Again, the weather was wet and rainy but the weekend was a real blast! We took K & Laney to the best college bar - the Backer and then to experience friday night drummer's circle. Tailgated with family & friends all day before the game, went to dinner afterward and played cards in our PJs on Saturday night. We were all pretty happy to be warm, dry & relaxed.

Me & Roommate, Kat!

Sisters doing shots! :)

Kay, MJ, me, Mom & Beans

Beans, Me, K, Kat, Laney

K, Laney & the boys riding the cop's motorcycle!

K with BBQ sauce on her face, yummies!!

Somehow this is only picture of T from that day. Nice catch, Laney! :)

And now there's snow on the ground. Christmas is right around the corner; fall came and went. But we had a blast with no plans of slowing down :)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Grounded for life

The USAF has spoken and there is no way T will be in a cockpit for them again. It's really sad, and it brought about some tough conversation and decision. He likes the military and the life. But he's dreamt of flying airplanes since he was a little kid. What's a man to do?

Ultimately, I wanted to provide pros & cons of each option and in the end defer to his decision on what will make him happiest. And there is a solution which would put him in a flight suit and remain in the Air Force. They have recently separated the Unmanned Aircraft/Drone program from the traditional pilot training program. When he was still flying, some pilots who earned their wings had to do a tour with the remote piloted vehicles. But now, it's a separate training, entry process and most importantly, medical requirements. And his head injury waiver Class II qualifies him for that process.

The application was due, post-marked two days ago, and sent in. Which means the waiting game again begins. I don't know when the selection board meets for this round of applications but I'm pretty sure it'll be in the earlier months of 2011.

Fingers crossed & prayers sent that this is a success and he can get back into the field of his passion.

Love & Hugs