Hello there! I'm Jillz. I'm 26 years old and currently reside in Texas with my high school sweetheart turned husband, Joseph, and our two sons Travis, who was born on October 7, 2010 and Nathan, who was born on May 15, 2012 I'm a full time mother to my two children, a full time military wife to my husband who is in the Air Force, and an RN.
I blog about a variety of things from the challenges and joys of parenthood, the bittersweet moments of being a military wife, the rewarding and stressful moments at work, and just life in general.
I feel like this week has got to be one of the most worst weeks I’ve ever gone through. I feel very sad about Travis, but it’s time to wipe the tears away and get to work! I have surprisingly been quite productive regardless of the not so pleasant news. I had gotten the paperwork altogether for our enrollment in the Air Force’s EFMP program and Tricare ECHO. I’ve set up meetings over the next 2 weeks with Travis’s case manager (the one handling his therapy sessions at the moment), speech therapist, and developmental therapist. I can’t set up the ABA therapy yet until we finish our enrollment into Tricare ECHO.
Today, we went to a birthday party and I was observing Travis. He was so carefree and having so much fun being with the other children. He definitely likes being around other children, but he just needs guidance on how to play with them. He had fun playing with the toys and going inside the bounce house. I love how he’s always just so happy. No diagnosis will ever change anything about him or how I feel towards him. I just hope that people will respect him and accept him for who he is.
We officially put away the Christmas tree and decor yesterday afternoon. The space that the tree was is now occupied by Nathan’s swing, which Joseph FINALLY assembled after oh you know being moved in since September! Oh well, Nathan wasn’t a big fan of it back then, but maybe he will like it now.
Joseph went back to work today, which means that I have to get up a little earlier and start the day with my kids. I’ve been so spoiled the past two weeks that he’s been off. He was the one getting up with them most of the time and letting me sleep. Thankfully it’s Friday tomorrow! Hehehehe! It was nice getting back to my old routine, I felt lazy and unproductive sleeping in.
It’s 2013 now, so what are some plans for me and my family for this year? Our resolutions so far (which I know that we probably won’t achieve all of them):
The holiday season is hands down my favorite time of the year. I love the weather, the holiday vibe, and everything else in general. I wish it was Wednesday already so that I can start preparing for Thanksgiving and decorating for Christmas! It’s only the four of us for Thanksgiving since we have no family here in Texas and that’s okay!
For Thanksgiving I’m cooking up: ham glazed with brown sugar and honey (turkey is just way too much for us), stuffing, cranberry sauce, roasted broccoli, garlic green beans, two toned mashed potatoes, and banana cream pie for dessert. YUM! I better get to the gym on Thanksgiving morning or the night before so I don’t feel so bad about myself when I stuff my face come Thanksgiving dinner.
I’m pretty much done shopping for the kids for Christmas. I just need to get Nathan’s gift from Santa and something for his stocking. We’re not going to the mall or any other store for that matter on Black Friday because I honestly hate crowds. We’re doing all our shopping online.
So what are you guys cooking up for Thanksgiving?
Both kids woke up early (well to me). Nathan woke up at 0630 (normally doesn’t wake till 0700-0730) and Travis followed suit. I feel like an venti iced caramel macchiato with an extra shot of espresso is in order.
We have an appointment with the Rehab center later at 1430, hopefully Travis isn’t cranky considering that’s usually around his nap time. We’re filling out the paperwork for the therapists to come to our house. Services will probably start next week according to the coordinator that’s been dealing with our case.