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Thursday, June 25, 2009

My roller coaster ride has begun

As of June 22nd, 2009 my hubby was selected to become an officer. As an enlisted soldier, this is a big deal. As an Army wife who is expecting a second child, I would consider this an even bigger deal. Especially since our moving date will probably be around when the "new kid" will be arriving.

And so my roller coaster ride has begun.

This is my life as a military wife. Things you know and expect, and sometimes even look forward to for the sake of your husband's career. But sometimes, there are little bumps in the road, like any road in life, that seem like mountains at the time.

The big thing now for hubby is being able to find a unit who will accept him for what's called a "long tour". This way, he'll remain active duty, however, be working for a reserve unit. By accomplishing this task, he rids the risk of being a "one weekender a month" officer therefore requiring him to find a civilian job which will probably pay half of what he is making now. Oh and did I mention lack of health insurance? Once he gets to the new unit, where ever that might be, he'll be required to go to school to officially become a Second Lieutenant. That school will probably last anywhere from 10 weeks to 14 weeks total (I think). During such time, I'll be abandoned alone with two children. Once he finishes school, he'll be re-applying for the active duty side of the military as an officer. Which I'm sure will mean, once again, that we get to pack our bags.

It's a good thing I don't need to do the packing. We just need to make sure we don't have too much crap stuff to be moved and go over our weight limit. And with two kids and all their stuff in tow, I'm sure it will be close.

We still don't know exactly when (we're hoping for just after the "new kid" is born so I can deliver here with a nurse practitioner and doctor I already know... and don't forget our dearest friends) and hubby is still working on the where. Hopefully, by the time his official papers come in two weeks saying he has been selected, we'll know more.

Until then, I think I'll start taking two tablets of Zoloft daily.


Lori said...

Just reading that makes me want a handful of Zoloft. I couldn't handle a move right now. I wish there was something I could do to help you out. You have my email if you want to vent!

It will be easier to process this once you have a location. I promise.

Wenderina said...

Great news...and I know how you love change and uncertainty. But I must say, although you complain (a little) you always make it work and this will be no exception. I know you guys have your hearts set on Texas eventually, but it has been nice having you a car ride away.