Wednesday, December 31, 2008

December 31,2008

I can't believe it! has it really been a year. So much has happened. It is amazing to me that as you get older time passes so much quicker.WHY! We started out the year with Weston deploying, then finding out that I was pregnant with our second. one day later I took my wonderful and fabulous Mommy vacation to London. I also got to explore Naples some more while Glenn was still in Daycare and only had one child to take care of. As summer drew near my excitement of Weston returning home was growing daily. June was a busy month, Wes got home, Glenn started summer break, ( Our choice) we got to go to the army Ball, ( not nearly as Much fun as I was hoping) we got to go to Venice and Vencenza. I really liked June, as we also got to find out that we were having a Baby Girl!!! We were Overjoyed. Later in the summer We flew home to Oregon, and spent a wonderful month with our friends and family. September, We celebrated Glenn's 2ND Birthday, (how can he be growing up so fast?) October brought us our Beautiful Baby Girl Erica Rayne, Sadly a week late. but never the less, she was here and we couldn't ask for more. We also took Glenn trick Or treating dressed as a monkey and Erica as a banana. So cute. We had wonderful friends over for Thanksgiving. Christmas was very fun and laid back. My Erica will all ready be 3months old in 10 days. I am going nuts! 3months! no way. (she is already longer then Glenn at this age, as well as eating better.) Well I guess this is were I sign off and if I want to keep writing, start a new blog. Hope everyone has a great new year!!

Monday, November 10, 2008

My weekly Life

So Erica is one month old and doing great. her eating habits have changed a little at night but it is not to bad. the weather here is getting cold and so I am always trying to keep her warm as our house is very expensive to heat so we are trying to other ways of heating, like using our fireplace, or using the house hot water heaters.

Not much is going on since Weston went back to work. I have my weekly Bible study on Tuesdays on base. but other then that my week is pretty free. I try and feel it with things to do to keep us busy. Tomorrow is Veterans day so Weston has the day off. We are planning to go to the mall near here which has some American stores, so I am super excited.

I think these of Erica in vase are so differant and wonderful even if she does look like she hates me.
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This are my favorite pictures. I can't wait to hang them in our home.

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This is Erica at 4 weeks old, my beautiful baby Girl!!!

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

how life has been

So much has happend since my last blog. I will try and give an over view of what has happend thus far.

on the 14th of October she had her first check up, she had only lost a couple of ounces, but overall they said she was in great health. the Doctor noted that she has a very strong suck. I just laughed to myself, as if I didnt already know that.

The following friday I attended the international Bazzar at JFC, It was just me and Erica. It was a nice me time. I took Erica to her two week Dr. apt on the 23, She is still doing fabulouse, gaining waight and growing just like she should.For holloween We took the the kids to the base to go trick or treating. We had fun for about the first half hour, then crankyness and hunger set in. Glenn was a monkey and Erica was a bananna, it was very cute.

November 3rd was weston first day back to work, which I think was more stressfull for myself then him. I had to deal with two kids for the first time all by myself. It turned out not to be to scary. It wasn't that bad of a day.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Erica Rayne

So sorry this has taken me so long to get back on here, but with two little ones, my free time is rare and is used to do other things like house hold chores or sleeping! So when I have more time i will write and post more about my unexpected all naturel birth. but for now here is the gerneral information. Erica Rayne Goodwin was born October 9th at 3:20 pm, in naples Italy. She weighed in at 8 lbs .1 oz and her length was 20 inches.

Now at 9 days old, I can say she is so different from her brother. Glenn was a very quite and laid back infant. Erica is loud when she needs something and very promt to eat. But I am so in love, it is a good thing to cause a lack of sleep at 2 in the morning really starts to get on the nerves. What will I do when Weston has to go back to work? I am so not looking forward to that day.
Erica Rayne Goodwin!!
Two days old, with big brother Glenn.
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Holding my baby girl
He is so supportive
Look how happy he is
he looks so in love
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having a contraction
Proud father
Calling the parents
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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Could this picture be any more precious. I almost never get weston to take a good looking picture with me. I love it so much.This picture was taken at my best friends Wedding reception in Aug. We love you John and Betsey!!
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What is going on!

So I went to the Doctor is morning for my apt. and to my sad surprise not much has changed since last week. I have been having contractions that have been getting stronger since last Friday, she told me I am 2cm dilated and my cervix is softer but she is not very far down. I was so sure that something would happen last night, but i guess not. Right now I have an appointment to get induced Thursday evening, which I feel good and bad about, so many pros and cons on getting induced when your body is not ready. Please pray she decides to come out before then.

I reluctantly admit to knowing that God is trying to teach me something, and sadly I am only half way through this lesson. One thing I should already know and am now being shown again as that God does not do things when you want them to be done, He knows his timing and they won't be done before then, No matter how uncomfortable you are. Why must life lessons be taught at the most inopportune times.

Check back later to see if I have any new news.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

why won't she come out?

I have tried so many things to get her to come out. Why do my children like to stay in me? it just becomes so uncomfortable. I have tried to be patient and understanding as to why God wants her to stay in there. but I have learned that it is very hard to trust God when you don't know the plans he has next. Which I know is called Faith, but every time he tests your faith it is still very trying. With Glenn I was so sure he just needed to develop more before he came out, but honestly I will never know why he was a week late. With Erica I still have no Idea. The Doctor tells me I and she are both very healthy and I have had no problems or complications with the pregnancy. So please tell me why won't she come out?

Friday, October 3, 2008

Today is her due date.

So today is Erica's due date and I am trying to wait patiantly. I went to the Dr. again yesterday and still no progress, but I got my membrains sweept again and later in the day my mucus plug came out and ever so ofton I get contrations. This morning I am having contractions but they aren't very strong yet and so I am still trying to get things done around the house and relax as much as possible. I want her in my arms so bad, I keep wispering to her that when she comes out she will be just as loved and warm as she was inside me. So there is no need to stay inside me any longer. I want to see how big brother Glenn will react to having a litttle sister and a baby around. There are just so many things to look forward to. "Erica why aren't you out yet?"

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The first of October

So it is the 1st and there is still no Erica Rayne Goodwin. I am so sad. I am getting antsy. wish she was out now. she has full permission, it is now October.

Monday, September 29, 2008

what the Doc said

So I went in on monday to the Dr. and sadly she told me that I was still only 1cm dialated and though she is head down she still has a ways to go. So I decided to get my membrains sweeped. Thankfully that didn't hurt at all, Didn't even phase me. She said I could come back on thursday morning to get it done again and see if there has been any change. she also sudjested a few other things we could try to get her out, so we will see. I just don't want her to be a week late like Glenn was.

some more pics.

Here are some more. Can't wait to put more family pictures up with our new little girl.

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maternity pictures

Hope you enjoy these as much as we do.

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Just in case you didn't know we are having a girl!! We are very excited. Both weston and I can't believe she is coming so soon. I have a Dr. apt this afternoon. so I will let you all know how it goes.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Since this is one of our first blogs I really am not sure how everything works yet. but just wanted to let you all know that we are here and hopefuly I can update this regularly to keep you all informed on what is going on, and how our family is doing. love you all. The Goodwins

Things NOT to say to a military wife during a deployment

1. "Aren't you afraid that he'll be killed?"This one ranks in at number one on the "duh" list. Of course we're afraid. We're terrified. The thought always lingers at the backs of our minds —but thanks, Brilliant, you just brought it back to the front. Maybe next you can go ask someone with cancer if they're scared of dying.

2. "I don't know how you manage. I don't think I could do it."This is intended to be a compliment, though it's a little annoying. Here's why: it's not like all of us military wives have been dreaming since childhood of the day we'd get to be anxious single moms who carry cell phones with us to the bathroom and in the shower waiting to hear his voice.. We're not made of some mysterious matter that makes us more capable, we just got asked to take on a challenging job. So we rose to the challenge and found the strength to do it.

3. "At least he's not in Iraq." He's still gone, right? People outside of the military circle fail to realize that whether there is a war or not, they still get deployed. They still leave for months or even years at a time. The left wing media just doesn't think it's important to report because it doesn't fit their agenda. Oh, and there is still a war in Afghanistan too.

4. "Do you think he'll get to come home for Christmas/anniversa ry/birthday/ birth of a child/wedding/ family reunion, etc?"Don't you watch the news? No! They don't get to come home for any of these things. Please don't ask again.

5. "What are you going to do to keep yourself busy while he's gone?"Short answer: Try to keep my sanity. Maybe there's a military wife out there who gets bored when her husband leaves, but I have yet to meet her. For the rest of us, those with and without children, we find ourselves having to be two people. That keeps us plenty busy. We do get lonely, but we don't get bored, and drinking massive amounts of wine always helps.

6. "How much longer does he have until he can get out?"This one is annoying whether our husbands are deployed or not. Many of our husbands DON'T WANT TO GET OUT and they aren't counting down the days until they "can." They keep signing up again and again because they actually love what they do or they volunteer to be deployed again and again because they believe in the mission, whatever that may be at the time.

7. "This deployment shouldn't be so bad now that you're used to it."Sure, we learn coping skills and its true the more deployments you've gone through, the easier dealing with it becomes. And we figure out ways to make life go smoother while the guys are gone. But it never gets "easy" and the bullets and bombs don't skip over our guys just because they've been there before. The worry never goes away.

8. "My husband had to go to Europe for business once for three weeks. I totally know what you're going through."Do not equate your husband's three week trip to London/Omaha/ Tokyo/etc. with a 12-15 month or more deployment to a war zone. Aside from the obvious time difference, nobody shot at your husband or tried to blow him up with an I.E.D., your husband could call home pretty much any time he wanted to, he flew comfortably on a commercial plane, slept between crisp white sheets and ate well, paying for everything with an expense account. There is no comparison. We do not feel bonded to you in the slightest because of this comment and, if anything, we probably resent you a bit for it. Comparing a 12 month combat deployment to a few weeks business trip is like comparing Geo Metro festiva with a Mercedes Convertible.

9. "Wow you must miss him?"This one also gets antoher big "duh". Of course we miss our men. There are some wives who do not and they're now divorced.

10. "Where is he exactly? Where is that?"I don't expect non-military folks to be able to find Anbar Province on a map, but they should know by now that it's in Iraq. Likewise, know that Kabul and Kandahar are in Afghanistan. Our country has been at war in Afghanistan for seven years and at war in Iraq for five years. These basic facts are not secrets, they're on the news every night and in the papers every day —and on maps everywhere. And it's especially hard to keep our mouths shut when the same person asks us that question multiple times.

11. "Well, he signed up for it, so it's his own fault for having to leave."Yes, Ignorant, he did sign up. Each and every day he protects your right to make stupid comments like that. The only ones who blame anyone for us being there are the ones not in the military and NOT THERE. Oh, by the way, he asked me to tell you that "You're welcome."

12. "Don't you miss sex! I couldn't do it!"Hmmm, no i don't miss sex. i'm a robot. Seriously…military spouses learn quickly that our relationships must be founded on something greater than sex. We learn to appreciate the important things, like simply hearing their voices, seeing their faces, being able to have dinner together every night. And the hard truth is, most relationships probably couldn't withstand 12 months of sex deprivation.

13. "Well in my opinion….."Stop right there. Yo, I didn't ask for you your personal political opinions. Hey, I love a political debate, but not in the grocery store, not in Jamba Juice, not at Nordstrom, not in a restaurant when I'm out with my girls trying to forget that he's not with me, and CERTAINLY NOT AT WORK. We tell co-workers about deployments so when we have to spend lunch hours running our asses off doing errands and taking care of the house, dog, kids, and two vehicles they have an understanding. We do not tell co-workers and colleagues because we are giving an invitation to ramble about politics or because we so eagerly want to hear how much they hate the President, esp. while we're trying to heat up our lean cuisines in the crappy office microwaves.last but not least….

14. "Oh, that's horrible…I'm so sorry!"Don't be sorry. He's doing his job and he's tough. So am I. I'm proud of my man and proud of being a military wife. Be appreciative and please take a moment out of your comfortable American lives to realize that our soldiers fight the wars abroad so those wars stay abroad.If you want to say anything, say thank you. After all, we are sexually deprived for your freedom.

New baby coming!!

It is so hard to believe that my due date is just one week away. I know I don't have a choice but I am not sure I am ready. I only say that because it doesn't seem real for some reason. I have just had such a great pregnancy that I guess it is hard to relize what is really going on. I keep having to tell myself, "one more week and your going to have another baby." it is like when I had Glenn, for weeks it just didn't seem real, like almost he wasn't mine. Even though I did all the work and had the pain i still felt like I was just babysitting. Is that just totaly weird and crazy?
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