Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Cocoa Beach Mini-Vacay





                                                                       Cocoa Beach 
Well this last phase of Ranger School is moving quickly, at least for me, I'm sure poor Todd is exhausted and counting the hours at this point.  From his letters it looks like he's having a better time than the other two phases.  He said the cadre are nicer, the weather has been better, and the chow hall is pretty good.   He's been doing some waterborne operations in the swamps such as crossing a river with a rope bridge.  They should be done in the field by the 28th if all goes well so i might get a phone call Saturday or Sunday letting me know if he's passed the phase.  Cross your fingers.

                                                               The Baby goes to the Beach
This past Wednesday the only other Army wife, Amy, whose husband is hanging in there right alongside of Todd, and I decided to get out of columbus for a few days and head down to Cocoa Beach FL where Todd's parents have a condo.  On very short notice we packed our bags, rounded up the dogs, and headed south.  The drive was a little rainy.... and I got a ticket for speeding from a mean little cop ( I swear I thought it was 60mph how would I know I'm not from his podunk town) but we got there later that night.  We had a ton of fun checking out the area, laying out at the beach, doing some beach workouts, and generally laughing our butts off.  On the last whole day there we discovered a great little spa which I thought looked questionable from the outside but Amy was right it was really nice inside.  So that was a good opportunity for me to really try to work out some of the lower back pain that is pretty much inevitable with pregnancy.  While the massage was great... the pain remains.  The drive back was really nice and it made going back to Columbus something I really didn't want to do.  

But having been away for a few days made the week go by faster so at this point I'm really anxious to see Todd.  I sent him a few letters and a care package for the end of the phase where they are allowed to eat whatever they want for their free 8hrs.  I also sent him a picture of what the baby bump looked like at 14 weeks so he wouldn't be shocked when he sees me.  

                                                   15 week belly shot
Today I'm 15 weeks and the belly is getting bigger.  This week the baby is about the size of a softball, 4 inches long and weighing 1.75 ounces. I can feel some stretching and my appetite is still strong.  Most days it feels like I can't ever feel full after eating.  I thought at one point while I was laying on the beach that I might have felt a small kick.  I had to dig a hole in the sand so my belly wouldn't be crushed.  And then yesterday while drying my hair, again while bending over so both times my tummy was facing the ground.  But from what I've read I shouldn't be able to feel kicks until next week or a little later.   Keep you posted :)

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Florida or Bust

                                                      14 weeks belly shot
       Night before last I got the call I've been waiting for for the past 3 weeks.  Todd has passed Mountains Phase and when I talked to him he was headed to the Atlanta airport so they could jump into Florida.  The weather wasn't ideal for the jump so I'm not sure if they did get to jump.  Either way he filled me in on what the last couple of weeks have been like for them.  I had mentioned before that they got to sleep in barracks but these past 10 days they've been  on patrols sleeping in the woods and the temperature on top of the mountain was in the single digits.  Todd said he's only gotten about 35-45 minutes of sleep for the last couple of nights and he sounded pretty tired on the phone.  He's such a strong person I feel pretty confident he'll get through Florida without any problems.  That would mean he would graduate R.S. March 6th and we would go look for houses in Clarksville TN and move there 10 days after that.  We are so looking forward to getting a house and starting a new chapter of our lives getting ready for baby and making new friends at Ft. Campbell.
       As far as pregnancy updates go I wish I had more to share than I do.  I am 13 weeks and 5 days today and officially in maternity jeans now.  Tuesday I will be in my second trimester although some experts say 13 weeks begins the second trimester.  At 14 weeks the baby is about the size of an average fist and by the end of the week will be 4.5 inches from crown to rump.  I sadly do not get to experience the pregnancy "glow"... it's more like being a teenager all over again.  Another interesting thing I've noticed is how loud my own heartbeat is now.  I can be lying down and all I hear and feel is this loud thumping which makes sense since my heart is pumping more blood for me and baby.  I also have had what feels like a compressed nerve in my lower back which I've been told is normal since the body produces more relaxin to open the hips which can cause that sensation.  
      After some exhausting phone calls between my doctor, radiology department,doctor again, tricare, Columbus Diagnostic Center, and back to the doctor again I finally have an ultrasound scheduled for March 10th.  Todd will hopefully have graduated R.S. and we can find out the baby's gender together just a few days before we move to Ft. Campbell.   These past 6 weeks without him have been tough and I can't wait to see him in another 3 weeks.  

Monday, February 2, 2009

Home Sweet Home

12 weeks belly shot
12 week ultrasound

Most of this past week I've been visiting back home and just returned yesterday afternoon. I rode along with a friend about 10 hours back to Williamsburg, Va to see my family and get away from the emptiness of the apartment. I got to visit with my good friend Alicia from work and my other good friend Nina and her wonderful girls. I can only hope I can have as cute a family as hers. Holding her little baby was good practice for me :). My best friend Katie Lady came down to visit and we went out shopping and had mani-pedis which was great...except that she had all the shopping karma that day :). It was really great seeing both my parents and Todd's parents and being able to update them on his progress.
I've gotten two letters from Todd in the last week which I was really glad to see. He's now in the Mountain phase of Ranger School and he seems to be doing really well so far. They are in Dahlonega, Ga in an area that he describes as something like summer camp with little buildings and a lake and that its self sufficient. Part of their training is being altered due to the fact that a mountain that they call Yona is frozen over. The lucky thing is that he gets to sleep in barracks and gets 3 meals a day. They are being tested on a wide range of mountaineering skills which he is doing well at. Next week they start 10 days of patrols which I don't know much about but it seems to be what is making him the most nervous although I know he will do great.
Today I am 12 weeks pregnant. The baby bump is starting to show a little now. I just went in to see the doctor, who sadly I am not too confident in, but everything seems to be going just fine. I wish Todd could have been with me to see the ultrasound because it was just amazing. I could see the little baby bouncing around in there and its little legs kicking furiously. The baby is about 2.5 inches long this week and its skeleton is developing and its about the size of a plum. I wish I had gotten a better picture because the one he gave me looks very distorted and nothing like what I was seeing because the little one just wouldn't hold still. My next visit will be in a month for more tests and then at 18 weeks I'll get to find out the gender. Hopefully Todd will have graduated Ranger School and we'll find out together :)