Monthly Archives: March 2011



They both have ’em…Rock on bottom left and Roll on bottom right. Rock who is more sensitive to pain (read more wimpy than his brother) had major teething symptoms with drooling, fussiness and general malaise. We were so busy attending to his needs that we didn’t even notice his brother’s tooth (oops) which arrived with much less drama!

Roll is crawling, everywhere. It is sort of what we term, a “low crawl” but he is FAST. We had to put up a gate to keep him out of the kitchen which he hates and he crawls over to the gate, rattles it and screams his displeasure. They told us yesterday they had a tough time containing him at day care, he was all over the room. Rock is up on his hands and knees and sways back & forth. He rolls to get from point A to B. I think it is just a matter of time.




My new job takes some getting used to… I have 3 different offices. One in MD, One in VA, one at home.

My schedule looks something like this: Monday (VA), Tuesday & Weds (MD), Thursday & Friday (telework due to lack of office space and DOD initiative).

Tuesday and Weds suck the most but are the most interesting. I get up at 4 am. Shower then I get up both boys, dress them and feed them. I’m out the door by 0530 and in the office by 0630 (traffic permitting). I work until about 1500 and then head home. On a good day, I don’t have to work once I arrive at the house.

I work for a Department of Defense think tank with a bunch of clinicians. It is my job to take the theoretical and translate into doable ideas. I also run a big conference and write articles for publication in military manuals (yawn). Yesterday, I spent the entire day with my team writing a behavioral health response to Japan which we found out about at 0830 and got done early last evening. It is interesting but I feel like I am running around in circles most of the time. thursday is my favorite day of the week because I am able to sleep in until 0545. isn’t that sad?

A Would Be Donor’s Perspective


I’m supposed to be working at home but my ivillage donor egg support group turned me onto a blog written by a woman who is going through the donor selection process at SG. It is fascinating reading and it reassures me about how thoroughly my donor was tested and her process.

Give it a read at:
Also, the boys received their high chairs so here are a few pics. I think they like them very much! We got the type that clip to the chair so they could sit at the table with us but still have their own space.

We Made It!!!


We’ve been in our new home for almost 2 weeks now.

It is slowly coming along. We lucked out and got housing on post, which is convenient for MO2 (not really for me) and the boys are ensconced on post day care. The housing is not too bad, 4 bed rooms, built in study, fenced back yard and quiet street. Our housing area was recently (and some blocks still are) being refurbished. We are actually in an enlisted neighborhood on the only officer street. As an upgrade we have granite counter tops and hardwood floors where the enlisted soldiers do not. There is a playground right outside my back gate and they are building a new community center a block away complete with pool, massive playground and gym. It is nice to hear children playing. The other day, I saw the school bus go by and counted nearly 60 (yes, you read that right) kids waiting for the bus. The neighbors seem friendly although I think (again), I am the only wife on the street that works outside the home and the only female officer. It is all branches housing which means I have neighbors from the Coast Guard, Chair (I mean Air) Force and Navy. One of the husbands is the on the Presidential Protection Detail which is kind of interesting and so he was off to work last night wearing a little microphone on his jacket. His wife asked MO2 if he was a “stay at home Daddy” (most men don’t wear their hair that short for fashion) and the proceeded to say (after finding out we were dual military), “oh, I could NEVER leave my babies in daycare,” which made me want to kick her. But stupid comments aside, everyone seems nice.

The boys’ daycare is friendly although I am not thrilled with the fact that the boys are in the infant/toddler room. (At our last post, they were in the infant room only). Although the staff does a good job keeping them safe from the toddlers, they have managed to be sick constantly since we got here (what could I expect, new germs and all). We’ve had conjunctivitis, ear infections and bronchitis (did I mention we’ve been here for a couple of weeks)? I’m hoping the warm weather will help keep away the disease boogeyman and pretty soon it will all calm down.