And now for the news!

Posted: March 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

Ah the news! What’s happening in our life? Well I’ll tell you! First and most importantly:

The baby is coming! The baby is coming! That’s right. The littlest Cannon will be making his or her appearance on Tuesday the 13th. This entire pregnancy I have been gearing up for a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarian) I looked forward to going as natural as possible. Things were looking great, the baby was healthy and measuring the right size, although with a large head (Have you seen Cody and Kaiden’s heads though? 🙂 She or He was engaged and I had started to dilate and efface. Things were looking good to have a baby soon! Then at a routine appointment I found out that the baby was breech. While there is still some hope that he/she will turn, we have a Repeat C-Section scheduled for the morning of the 13th. So if all goes well we will be able to meet this new little one and find out once and for all if it is a girl or a boy! I’m thinking it’s a boy although if I had to go off gut feelings and disregard all the ultrasounds I’d have to say girl. We will see though! We have our girl’s name picked out and are trying hard to find a boy’s name. We have a few contenders so we may just pick once we see the little guy, if in fact it is a guy!

Meanwhile we are waiting for a call back from an Army National Guard/Reservist recruiter who contacted Cody the other day by snail mail about joining. The benefits are great and Cody may even qualify for a small bonus and reclass! She said in her letter that full-time positions with the guard may even be available which would of course be his first choice. I believe he can join with them before his six months is over in which he can try to get back in the Army. There are of course no guarantees to him getting in the Guard, the Army, the Air Force, anything, even if/when he gets his discharge upgraded from a 2 to a 1, but from what I understand because he already has his clearance and some EOD training, as well as amazing ASVAB scores, he’s a better re-enlistment candidate than most. We will see! We are so hoping and praying that this works out because besides the benefits (which are much different from the regular Army if I’m correct) and the little bit of extra money each month, we really think it would be good for Cody. Since leaving the Army he’s been kind of depressed. Not non functioning depression or anything, just blue. He really misses the Army, all it gave us, and all it gave him. He misses his buddies, doing work he loved (well, ok, he hated his MOS, but he loved the rest) etc. So I think it would be really good for him to get back to the military life, even if just for a weekend each month. Hopefully he could leave his Artillery MOS far behind as well!

Cody is still working as a security guard, he’s fully licensed in the state of Utah now and I am so proud of him! The training was unpaid and it was really rough on our savings (which at this point is non existant!) for him to be driving back and forth to SLC each day for training and not getting paid for it, but he’s finally licensed and getting a paycheck. It’s still really difficult because his job is an hour to an hour and a half drive away and with gas prices pushing $3.50 a gallon we really are spending most of what he’s making on gas. The job doesn’t pay as much as he was told it would, and instead of the night shift he was told he was being hired for, they gave him swings which have been very difficult on him sleep wise. But he really is making the best of it and I am so proud of him. He’s doing all he can to provide for us and is looking for a job that is closer and/or pays more! The same pay closer would be great. He really does like his job, when he’s not just sitting around waiting, when he’s actually doing what he was hired to do he enjoys it.

Kaiden is getting bigger by the minute! He’s very excited to become a big brother and has begun to help me get things together, pick up his toys, etc. He is struggling with Cody going back to work because he is a complete daddy’s boy and just adores Cody’s attention. He can also sense that all the attention isn’t going to be on him soon so we’re trying to brainstorm ways to include him in the baby’s care, help him bond with him/her, and make time to spend with just him one on one, like daddy Kaiden dates to the library and such. Hopefully we can make the transition smoother for him that way! In the meantime he’s enjoying the snow, playing with his Aunts, and getting as much attention from us as he can!

Anyway I think that’s it! I’ve already spent way too much time at the computer today and I really do need to get up and clean and organize the room. I need to do laundry today and put what we do have for the baby away. I know we aren’t completely ready but we are as ready as we can be at the moment, and I’m feeling the pressure now that the baby will be here in just 12 days! So since it’s not like we can go out and buy everything we still need I’m brainstorming outside of the box ideas to save us money, going through Kaiden’s old clothes and things so I can repurpose some, save some, and sell some, and organizing and reorganizing what we do have! I’m so very thankful for all the friends and family who have helped us with gift cards which we used to buy diapers, wipes, and toward the car seat, for my dad who gave us money that I used for a swing and rocking chair, and friends and family who have sent other gifts like the bouncy seat, clothes, burp rags, bibs, socks, etc! I feel so blessed to know so many people care about us and our children and are willing to help out so much. We really are so very blessed! We thank each and every one of you from the bottoms of our hearts for your prayers, encouragement, thoughts, support, and well wishes! I cannot wait till we are one day in a position to pay it all forward, and in the meantime I am praying for and thanking Heaven for each and every one of you who has helped us and continues to do so!

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