Trav gave me the go ahead to do a catch-up post since he just left for a 2½ week TDY ala army style and has been short on time recently. He’s been crazy busy with grad school the past couple of days. He was able to pull off about one months worth of work in two days and got 100% on both quizzes! Smarty-pants. Last week he took a trip to Tucson to see his buddy Tony get married. He even got a chance to visit with his sister Chey and meet his nephew Riley for the first time.
Trav will be in beautiful, sunny California for a pre-deployment exercise until July. Unfortunately, he won’t be able to enjoy it since the army always has something fun and exciting in store for him. A visit to the army doctor who nut-n-bolted him together gave him the okay for light walking and to go on this exercise. He was actually hoping for a no-go so he could stay home… oh well. I guess the x-ray showed everything is fully healed better than expected. Even if his foot does resemble Violet after chewing the gum in Willie Wonka… blue and plump.
Come July, we are looking forward to some planned and pre-planned trips. We leave for Ohio and Texas for two weeks to visit family and friends. Right before that we get the anticipated “pink or blue?” ultrasound. I’ll truly be happy with either. Another boy would mean bunk beds and a shared room for Brenden and his brother. A girl would mean best of both worlds. A girl would be easier in the short term considering Trav and I seem to agree more on girl’s names than boys. Hopefully this one won’t get named an hour before leaving the hospital!
Trav and I also have some tentative rent-a-plane trips in the works before he deploys in mid August. One to Jacksonville to visit friends, and another up to the Georgia mountains to do some camping. I can’t believe we haven’t been camping since we’ve been here! It’s about time to expose Brenden to roughing it.
As for me, I’m doing well. Once I hit the second trimester all my hormones leveled off and I’m feeling pretty good. I haven’t quite yet pulled out the ol’ maternity clothes but I think that’s right around the corner. I’m also working 20 or so hours a week. It’s just enough to keep me busy and still let me appreciate my free time.
As for Brenden, he’s getting into a whole new world of trouble with his recently found mobility. Pushing any buttons he can find, getting in the dog dish (obsessively, I may add), and opening and closing doors. He’s giving me a good workout and I know this is just a taste of what’s in store for me.
Trav and I are also convinced he’s trying to say his first word. As I previously predicted, I think it’s going to be “cat.” Every time he sees her he says “ach” or “ath” consistently. If he has the vowel structure down, the rest should follow. Trav also seems to think he’s trying to say “airplane” but I haven’t been able to validate that just yet. He’s also got about 4 teeth popping through and putting them to good work too. We try to expose him to as much table food as possible. He’s not crazy about meat but loves his fruit and veggies. Definitely NOT like his dad. Overall, he’s happy, healthy and appears to be right on target with most things. I couldn’t ask for anything more.
So, that’s the past couple weeks and the next few weeks, in a nutshell. To all those we expect to see this summer, we’re looking forward to the visit! We’ve got lots to look forward to in the near future and I plan to take full advantage of some pre-deployment fun.