Thursday, November 13, 2008

Give it a try...

Well, it seems like everyone I know loves their blog, so I thought I'd give it a try. We are the Engelbrecht Family- Nick Jenn Ava and Scott! I met Nick while we were both going to Auburn Univerisity through the Navy, and we got married right before I started nursing school on August 9, 2002. We got to live together for almost an entire year before he had to leave, and he's been gone off and on almost ever since! He's a nuclear officer on a submarine, so I (usually) understand why he's so busy. After I graduated and got commissioned, we moved to Norfolk VA in 2004 and I got pregnant with Ava right after spending the Christmas holidays that year with my older sister's new baby. I got baby fever as soon as I met Mia! Nick was gone for most of my pregnancy that time, but he made it home for the most important part- Ava's birthday in late October 2005. I saw a lot of women at work have their babies without their husbands and I really just don't know why they do it. Plan a little better! Ava was a REALLY easy baby, so by the time she was about six months, I was ready for more. The timing worked out great with Nick going to school and then shore duty, so we got pregnant again right away (on purpose) and I had Scott in April 2007. He was due on my birthday! But he came the week before. Nick was only gone the last three months of that pregnancy and he got home exactly a week before Scott's birthday. That makes Ava and Scott seventeen months and just a few days apart. All this time, I was still in the Navy, which was great because I kept getting paid thru all this maternity leave! We knew we wanted more kids right away, but we waited until after Scott turned one and I was closer to getting out of the Navy. Scott wasn't quite as easy a baby as Ava was, so I wanted him to be a little older before he has to give up the baby slot. He will be one month shy of two years old when his brother is born at the end of February. This pregnancy is A LOT different because for once Nick is here to stay- for the entire forty weeks! It's great. I still work at the Naval Hospital where I worked my four years active duty, but I only work two days a week now, which is awesome. I'm tyring to ease into being a stay at home mom. Ava and Scott are in a great home daycare that they love, and I usually send them on one of my three days off so that I can grocery shop and do laundry (and go to the movies), but I think after the new baby comes, I'll be at home with all three full time. Not sure how I feel about that yet. Nick is on shore duty as an ROTC instructor at Hampton University, so he's home a lot to help out. We are putting the finishing touches on our (tiny) old house- built in 1917- before we put it on the market to move up to Connecticut this summer. So that's the Engelbrechts in a nutshell...

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