This morning we went and ran a bunch of errands all over. We had lunch at the food court at the PX on post – all 3 of us! Then we went to Walmart to find a Halloween costume for me. NOTE: Don’t wait until the day before Halloween to get a costume from Walmart. You will not be able to get what you want. I was going to be an angel to counteract Robbie’s L’il Devil costume we got at Babies R’ Us. No angel wings or halos to be found, so I got a sparkly red cape and a plastic pitchfork and decided to be the L’il Devil’s Mommy Devil! Of course, they didn’t have any horns left, so I went without. And no tail either.
After Robbie’s nap, we all went out into our backyard and Ryan carved a jack-o’lantern for us. He did a really good job considering it was his first-ever!! I’ll have pictures of it tomorrow probably. Then the three of us got into our costumes (Ryan went as a Vietnam soldier) and went to the Band Hall for a Halloween party. There were about 10 of the band families there with their kids. Robbie was the littlest of them and he couldn’t do any of the games or anything, but we had a great time anyways. It was fun seeing all the kids costumes – Tigger, 2 Poohs, Spiderman, 2 princesses, a cheerleader, Blue from Blue’s Clues, SpongeBob Squarepants, and some others. Near the end of the party, Ryan was talking to one of the guys in the band, and Robbie fell asleep – yelling, running around, playing kids and all. I guess he’s his Mother’s son – sleep through anything.
Now to go set all my clocks back an hour before I go to bed. . .
I made a loaf of banana bread yesterday. Yes, Mom, I said banana bread. It turned out really good for my first try! There’s just a little bit of it left for tomorrow.
That’s been about the extent of my life the past couple of days. I haven’t really done much. Yesterday we watched 3 different sports on TV – NASCAR, football, and baseball! And all my people won – #48 Jimmie Johnson for NASCAR (our other driver, #24 Jeff Gordon, finished 9th), Green Bay Packers for football, and Boston Red Sox won Game 2 of the World Series! I’m not usually a Red Sox fan, but for the next week or so I will be cheering for them.
Today I went back to the midwife for another recheck on my incision. It’s healing slowly, but at least it looks a whole lot better than it did a couple of weeks ago. I go back again on Thursday. . . Robbie and I had fun playing after he woke up from his nap this afternoon. We play things like “So Big” (I ask How big is Robbie? and then I open his arms up wide and go “This Big”), This Little Piggy, and pat-a-cake. He’s starting to smile more and more and he’s just too cute!! He’s over 12 pounds now – I’ll find out exactly how big he is at his 2 month checkup on 2 November.
The weather here has been unseasonably warm lately. It was almost 80 today, and the normal for this time of year is in the 60’s. At least it’s not in the 90’s every day like it was a few months ago. It has been kind of cloudy and dreary and when the sun came out today, that was a welcome sight!
I hope everyone has a great last week of October!
Our Youth Group at Church has a pumpkin patch going to raise money for their mission trip to Puerto Rico next summer, and I volunteered to sell pumpkins for a couple of hours this afternoon. Since the Church is only a little over a mile from home, I put Robbie in my new jogging stroller and we walked/ran to the church. I can’t run more than 3 or 4 minutes at a time right now, but I’m slowly getting back in shape! I just need to start getting out everyday again and I’ll be back to my old running self in no time.
During my 2 hours selling pumpkins, me and the other lady there with me sold about 7 or 8 or so. The time went quickly as we talked the whole time (she did most of the talking).
It’s the weekend! YAY!! I hope everyone has a great weekend.
Ok, not a major one, but I still went shopping! LOL! I took Robbie to my local cross stitch store today as I needed to get a few things and I knew the lady that works there (there are 2 of them, but only one there on any given day) would like to see him! She sure was happy to see Robbie and even though I had my purchases picked out in a few short minutes, I was there for over half an hour just chatting and playing with Robbie. That’s the thing about cross stitch stores – when you go in one, you usually end up talking with whoever’s in there (owners, employees, other customers) for a while about all kinds of things. It was kind of nice having a grown-up conversation with a live person – I chat with my friends online all the time, but having a face-to-face conversation is nice once in a while. Of course, I’ve got Ryan in the evenings, but sometimes girls just gotta talk to other girls.
On Sunday, Ryan and I (& Robbie, of course) went to the Air Show at our local airfield. There were quite a few display airplanes, but the best part was the actual show. They had some old-fashioned “barn storming” planes – flew the upside and loop tricks and everything! It was really fun to watch. We even got to see a wing-walker! WOW! Talk about scary, but the lady that was doing it loves her “job”!
Yesterday was Jackpot day, I think. About mid-afternoon, the doorbell rings and it was our mailman (the nice one, not the one that crams stuff into our mailbox at times). He handed me a stack of regular mail (bills and stuff) and one of those USPS white mail carrying boxes. I was like “huh??” and he said, they’re all yours. We received like 8 or 9 packages yesterday! Lots of them were cross stitch stuff, a few were E-bay auction winnings, and a few other packages. WOW! At least he was nice enough to bring them all to the house even though they would have fit in the parcel locker at our mailbox area. When Ryan got home from work, there was packages everywhere, but we got them all sorted out.
After my 6-week checkup with my midwife yesterday, she recommended that I have another 2-3 weeks off from work. I had to see an Army doctor to get it approved, and it was! I now have another 2 weeks of maternity leave and won’t be going back to work until 1 November. Otherwise I would be going back this coming Monday. Oh – the reason for more time is that my incision still has one spot that didn’t heal properly and my midwife wants it healed before I go back to work. As much as I love my job, I’m glad I get a bit more time being a stay-at-home mom! I really enjoy being with Robbie all day.
Ok, so it’s not our daily paper, but I am in the Metro-Augusta Parent. One of the ladies in our childbirth class is an editor and she was doing an article on celebrating your pregnancy (instead of complaining about all the negative stuff like some women do) and she interviewed me because of my website I did for Robbie! You can read the article here: http://www.augustaparent.com/mommydaze.html.
Just thought I’d share!
Yesterday morning I got up when Ryan did so I could get ready on time. I put on my Army Dress Blue uniform and headed off for pictures. Of course, when I showed up, the rest of the band members (some of them, anyways) thought I was back. I told them nope, just here for the pictures. We had pictures taken of each ensemble for our webpage (http://www.gordon.army.mil/band/index.htm), for publicity purposes, and to give as gifts for people departing the unit. Full concert band was done first and then Jazz Band and then all the smaller groups. I only had to stay long enough for the two big groups and Brass Quintet, but by the time I got my trombone put away, they were done so I got to walk out with everyone. It was really nice seeing everyone again, and my Commander & First Sergeant both thanked me for coming in even though I’m still on maternity leave.
The rest of the day, Robbie & I just hung out around the house. He took a couple hour nap and I was able to get some cross stitching in. When Ryan got home from work, we ordered pizza for dinner and just relaxed and watched a little bit of TV. I even watched the Presidential debate because I’ve never seen one. I know who I’m voting for (we’ve got out absentee ballots already) so the debate didn’t influence my vote at all, but it was pretty interesting to watch.
Ok, so it’s only been a week, but it’s still been a while. After Rick left, Robbie and I more or less got back on our schedule – walking in the morning and him napping (or me wishing me would) in the afternoon. Over the past weekend he developed the snifflies a little, and Ryan and I have been using the “sucker thing” to suck the stuff out of his poor little nose. He’s much better now, but still a little stuffed up. Monday evening Ryan and I went to Suzanne & Jared Bree’s house for dinner. Jared is a SGT in the band – our piano player, and Suzanne is going to be watching Robbie when I go back to work. They’re both very nice and have 2 boys of their own. Suzanne loves kids (they both do, actually), and that’s why she offered to watch Robbie. It’ll be really nice having someone I know watch him instead of “the lady at the childcare center.” Dinner was really good – chicken cordon bleu and mashed potatoes and veggies. They even made creme puffs for dessert! Today I was back there in the afternoon for a leadership meeting for our unit’s Family Readiness Group (I’m the liaison between the unit and the FRG so I’m considered part of the leadership), but no one else showed up. So Suzanne and I just sat and talked for a while and then I came home.
Other than that, there’s not much going on here. I’ll most likely be going back to work on the 18th, so then I’ll have more to write about. But if I’m lucky and get the Army doctor’s approval (my midwife is already willing to do it), I’ll get a 2-week extension on my maternity leave. Here’s to hoping!!
Sunday after Church, Ryan and I took Rick to Fort Discovery – a hands-on science museum here in Augusta. It was a lot of fun – lots of neat exhibits and we got to “play” with everything! I even got to try out a hover chair. That was really cool – floating on air! We only spent a couple of hours there, but did get to see most everything. Of course, some of the exhibits didn’t interest me, and I didn’t play with everything. But it was still really interesting and educational.
Yesterday I got my nails done in the morning and then I went to the Post Office to pick up a package I needed to sign for. Rick and I also went out to post to get gas and then ate lunch at the food court. Then we stopped at a different Walmart than my usual one on the way home and I was finally able to get my glider-rocker for the nursery!! Right after Ryan got home from work in the afternoon we left to go to Macon again to the State Fair grounds so I could pick up my cross stitch pieces with their ribbons and I also got the money that I won! It was a long day, but certainly worth it with my ribbons I won!
Today we brought Rick back to the Columbia airport so he could go home. We have a very enjoyable visit this past week and were sad to see him leave. At least Christmas is coming soon and Ryan and Robbie and I will be going home to Michigan for Christmas again!! It’s always nice to see family. Rick, thanks for the wonderful visit and all the help around the house!