Wednesday, April 21, 2010

One year down, ? years to go!

It is exactly a year since my husband left for boot camp. I cannot believe we had gone through one year of his five year enlistment already. Now the question is... do we only have four years left or nineteen (or more) to go?

Friday, April 16, 2010

Well Baby Visit (Four Months Old)

Nathaniel had his 4 month well baby visit and immunization shots this morning. So far, he is doing well compare to last time---no fever, no visible pain, and no whining! He was also prescribed three different ointments due to eczema and a self-contained type of chicken pox virus that I can't recall the name anymore. Other than that, he is healthy and we can start rice or oat cereal if we choose to! We will most likely give him oat cereal because rice cereal could cause constipation and Nathaniel already has an issue in that department (bowel movement every 4-5 days). But as excited as I am to start feeding him solids, we will probably wait until he is six months old. Anyway, here are his stats :)

Weight: 16.5 lbs
Height: 25 3/4 in
Head Circumference: 42 1/2 cm

At the doctor's office this morning. He was such a happy baby and flirting with the nurses and his pediatrician. He definitely didn't know what was coming!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Four Months Old!

Our little one is four months old today!

Today has been a pretty emotional day especially for me :( On top of all my worries, we dropped off my grandma early this morning at the airport so she could spend the rest of her vacation in Indiana. And seeing all my family through Skype right before they head out for dinner made me really, really miss "home". I was definitely fighting back the tears. And I know I'll be seeing all of them in a couple weeks but knowing my husband won't be joining us makes it not a comforting fact after all.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

When one door closes...

...another door opens. But did you ever notice how "they" never said when that other door is supposed to open? *sigh*

I am trying to stay positive and trust that He has something better planned for us but when you're literally stretching every single resources just to make ends meet, it is starting to become very difficult. Yes, I realize that we are still lucky compare to most in the sense that because of my husband's job, we never have to worry about loosing our home, living without water or electricity, and God forbid we get sick or get in an accident, we at least have good health insurance to keep us from owing tons of money from hospital bills. But regardless of all those great blessings, this little heart of mine is starting to fill up with anger...

The per diem RN job that I mentioned last January fell through last month. I never even got to start the job. The paperwork process took long, they apparently didn't hear me say my ACLS certification has expired during the interview, and after we had paid $350 out-of-pocket for me to recertify, drove 2+ hours each way to San Francisco for two days and countless of emails and phone calls from me to ask when I can finally start the hospital orientation---I finally got a hold of someone only to be told that they thought someone had already informed me that they will no longer be pursuing my employment because the hospital is now on a hiring freeze.

There have been good job prospects but they are 1 1/2 to 2 hours away. My husband feels that I should never be more than 30 minutes to an hour away from our son just in case something happens. So for now, we are holding off on those jobs and we are hoping to find something a little bit closer to home.

Maybe we counted our chickens too early before they even hatched. With the added income, we toyed with the idea of vacationing in Indiana during the summer and Christmas, trying a few restaurants here at our new home, upgrading a few things around the house, etc. Maybe it's God's way of telling us I need to stay a little bit longer at home with our son---and I truly believed that. Now if only I would just stop questioning Him and just fully surrender in His hands... And that my friends, might just be the real lesson He's teaching me after all.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Getting to know Mr. & Mrs.

What are your middle names?
Matthew & Calilung (my mother's maiden name)

How long have you been together?
7 years & 3 months; married for a year & 10 1/2 months of those :)
  Homecoming 2003

How long did you know each other before you started dating?
Hubby's sister is a good friend of mine since 2000 so I would see/talk to him once in a while. It was not, however, until December 2002 when we really started talking.

Who asked who out?
Hubby asked me both to go out on a date and a month later to see each other exclusively.

Did you go to the same school?
Yes; high school & college

Are you from the same home town?
No; Hubby was born in Virginia, grew up in Indiana and I was born in the Philippines, moved to Indiana in 2000.

Who is the smartest?
Me! :) Nah... we were just talking about this the other day. I'm book smart; Hubby is "street" smart. Although, he is a great student as well---just gets bored easily.

Who majored in what?
Hubby was majoring in pre-med biology before he joined the Corps and I have a Bachelor's degree in Nursing. 
May 2007

Who is the most sensitive?

Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple?
Philippines but since I was born there, I won't count that. So I guess Japan and/or South Korea.
South Korea
May 2007

Who has the worst temper?
Hubby. He's 1/4 Irish---need I say more?

How many children do you want?
We want a big family and we're hoping to have at least four children. Adopting is also something we would love to do in the future.
August 2009

Who does the cooking?
Me; although he's a better cook than I am. I prefer and love, love, love to bake!

Who is more social?
Hubby; I tend to be quiet when I first meet new people where Hubby has no problem talking to anyone.

Who is the neat freak?
Me; he's a man, duh.

Who is the most stubborn?
Me. I'm a rebel without a cause.

Who wakes up earlier?
Hubby, out the door by 0430! Although if you count waking up for evening feedings with our almost 4 month old son, then I guess in that case, it would be me.

Where was your first date?
Indianapolis, dinner and a movie. Actually, it was movie and a dinner.

Who has a bigger family?
Hubby, one of 5 kids and I only have an older sister.

Do you get flowers often?
Yes, up until recently. Now he just uses that money to buy diapers :)
May 2009

How do you spend the holidays?
We usually spend lunch with my family and dinner with Hubby's. But now that we're stationed 2000+ miles away from them :(, we Skype with whomever is available.

Who is more jealous?
Me, hands down.

How long did it take to get serious?
I've always known I will marry Hubby someday but he didn't realize that till after a 3 month (and only) break-up after dating for 2 1/2 years. Then it took another two years before we were engaged. It seems like it took forever but when you think about the fact that we started dating when we were 16-ish, that isn't too bad.  
  October 2007

Who eats more?
He's a Marine! Although, I eat probably more than I should too. Who knew breastfeeding causes you to eat like a pig?? Thank goodness it burns calories like crazy too!

What do you do for a living?
Hubby keeps us safe and free and I'm a stay at home wife & mommy.

Who does the laundry?
Me; although he usually puts in a load or two every week (mostly his uniform)---he just won't fold them. He hates folding laundry with passion!

Who's better with the computer?
Hardware: Hubby; Software: Me

Who drives when you are together?
Hubby but I'm a great passenger seat driver :)

What is your song?
The Way I Am by Ingrid Michaelson 
May 2008

If you were falling, then I would catch you.
You need a light, I'd find a match.

'Cause I love the way you say good morning.
And you take me the way I am.

If you are chilly, here take my sweater.
Your head is aching, I'll make it better.

'Cause I love the way you call me baby.
And you take me the way I am.

I'd buy you Rogaine when you start losing all your hair.
Sew on patches to all you tear.

'Cause I love you more than I could ever promise.
And you take me the way I am.
You take me the way I am.
You take me the way I am.
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