I know I have not been on here in AWHILE (sorry again!) even though I said I would be back more regularly. Life has other plans for me than blogging, apparently.
My preschool job is going well, but it's been a long and difficult adjustment. The hardest adjustment has been learning how to juggle all of my responsibilities in addition to working full time, but I also struggled with missing Bobblehead (whose class is right down the hall from mine, so at least I get to see him some throughout the day). Hubby started stepping in and helping with household stuff a few weeks ago, which has helped IMMENSELY. Well, except for the fact that I'm a bitchy control-freak and have a tendency to go behind him and re-do stuff that I determine he has done 'wrong'. I'm getting better about letting go of this, but it is so hard!
I can't remember whether or not I announced on here my 'new career'.....I am now a trained Birth Doula! I'm going through the process of certification through DONA International, and I expect to be certified by the end of this year. I don't know if I will ever make a LIVING doing this, but for now I want to offer my services for free to military mommies who are giving birth while hubby/boyfriend is deployed. Bobblehead's birth during deployment effected me so profoundly, and I could NOT have done it without my amazing Doula. Had she not been there, I am certain I would have had a cesarean! The most I can reasonably commit to, time-wise, is one birth a month. If I ever decide to quit my preschool job though, I can schedule as many as three births a month (hard to do, since we all know due-dates are ESTIMATED & babies rarely come ON their due date!) and if I do civilian births, doulas in my area are charging $750 to $1000 per birth. Hourly, this breaks down to anywhere from $20 to $50 per hour depending on the length of that mommy's labor, but it is still a PART TIME job, so I think I would have to start teaching childbirth classes or breastfeeding classes or something to fill in the financial gap. ANYWAY, that's really jumping the gun! For now I am just really enjoying helping mommies welcome their little ones into the world. I don't have any clients scheduled to deliver in June, but I have a July birth lined up already, as well as August & October. I might have a September birth scheduled, but that mommy has not gotten back to me yet. (if you know a military mommy on or near Pendleton who is due in September & can't afford a doula, have her contact me in case I can help her for free! Priority will be given to a mommy whose hubby will be deployed or far away for training at the time of the birth, but that's not a requirement at this point)
My home life & marriage is still a full time job in itself, but it is still going. At least I haven't been 'fired' and I'm sure as hell not about to QUIT! Hubby and I are working through some of our issues, and trying to take time to enjoy the kids. Bonehead will be moving out sometime in the next couple of months, but his actual plans keep changing. Part of me hopes he follows through with his plans to enlist, but part of me prays he finds a civilian job instead. Knucklehead continues to impress everyone with his stellar academics (straight A's again!) and his extracurricular activities (basketball, band, and Young Marines) and Bobblehead is growing like a weed - still not talking much at 20 months, but learning new 'tricks' every day.
I'd love to commit to updating this blog at least weekly, but all the things I want to write about are the things that KEEP me from having time for blogging! Our ongoing struggle with undiagnosed PTSD, the longest reintegration in history, my weight battles, my depression/anxiety issues, and the everyday adventure of raising all these boys are all EXTREMELY time consuming. So forgive me if it is a long time before you hear from me, but thanks for coming back every time I do - it means more than you know.
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