It’s been a while! No time for excuses. How about we just do a real quick catch up and then dive back in.
Catch-up number one:
John finished residency!
Catch-up number two, probably evident in the picture above:
We’re having a baby! It’s a boy! I’m due in early November.
(Freddie wasn’t supposed to be in this picture, but his face and attitude just crack me up.)
So far everything’s gone pretty well. I was pretty sick again at the beginning. I wasn’t sick much at all with Desmond, so I’d hoped that would continue! But this time I felt horrible. I kept thinking it was by far the worst, but probably it was about the same as with Freddie, just with toddlers thrown into the mix this time.
But now that’s all mercifully fading away in the distance. These days it’s hip and pelvic pain that gets me down. I’ve been going to a chiropractor, which helps, but not as much as I wish it did. If anybody has any other tips for dealing with pelvic girdle pain (SUCH an attractive phrase), I’m open to hearing them! But I don’t think I can handle wearing any extra brace or anything right now. No extra layers for me, because I can hardly handle the heat as it is, since…
Catch-up number three: We moved to Georgia! John is stationed at an Army hospital just outside Augusta.
We got here a month ago, and are getting settled pretty well. We got a house on post, a serious answer to prayer. It was what we really wanted for a variety of reasons, but I also was feeling the clock ticking and hoping to avoid moving in my third trimester this time (reminder: last time I moved at 36 weeks from Houston to DC while John stayed in Houston to ).
As we neared the end of our second St. Joseph novena, we were living in a hotel and had almost given up; we got a call that a house was available, in the neighborhood we wanted, less than a mile from the hospital, and ready to move in! The truck arrived with all our things on the last day of the novena, and three days before I hit my third trimester.
My friend Cristina, a Navy wife with a whole bunch of moves under her belt, once said that they give themselves two weeks to get everything in the house unpacked and set up. I knew I had to have a goal like that–especially with being pregnant, and because John had a bit of time before starting work. Gotta make hay while the sun shines!
To be clear–since this is an official military-ordered move (called a PCS, or permanent change of station), we had movers supplied by the Army. They moved everything in off the truck, set up rugs and furniture, and unpacked some boxes (I had them unpack the kitchen, with me directing where to put things, though of course I’ve rearranged everything since then because who can make good kitchen flow decisions under that kind of pressure?!).
(We also had packers on the front end of things. Let me tell you. Full service moves are a wonderful thing! I am grateful for this aspect of military life.)
One week in, all boxes empty! Radio flyer not for sale.
Very helpful helpers.
We didn’t quite make it in two weeks–I was unexpectedly unable to walk for a few days (see #2) and John was unexpectedly on call–but we got everything unpacked and put away within ten days and pictures on the walls within the month. Of course we still have plenty to organize and make just how we like it, as we figure out the flow of our new house. We have a screened-in patio to furnish! The kitchen has so many cabinets I don’t know what to do with them! And, tragically, there’s not really a good use for my beloved Hoosier cabinet (not getting rid of it).
The way I see it, with moving around frequently, we need to get into a place where we can continue our normal lives as quickly as possible. Being pregnant makes it that much more crucial: on the one hand, I’m running out of steam; on the other hand, I want to have time for fun nesting projects, rather than boring, where-should-the-filing-cabinet-go projects.
Now we’re set to make our home our own, and to explore our new surroundings.
Anybody want to be my friend? I started a new Saint Gregory’s Pocket!
If you’re not in Augusta, but are looking for new friends, be sure to check out the Pocket pages! There have been a bunch of new pockets lately, including in Louisiana, Delaware, and Ohio. A friend is interested in starting one in Berkeley, CA — let us know if you are there! Now is a great time to see what’s around you, revive something that has maybe died down a bit, or start a new pocket of your own!
With the Pockets, we aren’t selling anything or signing anyone up for anything. This is simply a way for you to take your online world and make it a reality right where you are! Remember that the group admin for your Pocket (maybe you!) is truly just administrative for the actual group, which has its informational presence on Facebook.
Anybody in the Pocket can always suggest an event and get things going! An idea to get started: the feast of St. Gregory is on Sunday, September third — a perfect opportunity for a family picnic in a park or even just having people over for coffee and donuts after church!