Why I’m glad I own a gun

If there is ever a zombie apocalypse… you might want to come to my place. I wouldn’t say we exactly have an arsenal, but my husband and I strongly believe in our right as citizens to bear arms. Events such as the latest mass shooting at the Dark Knight showing early this morning confirm that to me. I’m so thankful that I and my husband can protect ourselves and our baby. You can’t ever think that it won’t happen to you. I used to think that. Then one morning while I was in Afghanistan, someone asked, “Hey, did you hear what happened at Fort Hood?” My brother was at Fort Hood. There were thousands of Soldiers stationed there, but I still had this sinking feeling of horror in my gut. My fears were justified. He was there at that mass shooting. Praise God, each time Hasan shot at my brother he missed. But my brother will carry the horrific memory of that massacre for the rest of his life and the feeling that he couldn’t stop it. He tried to stop it, and he did save lives. I think he was a hero. You never heard about him because the military issued a “gag order.” He couldn’t stop it because he wasn’t carrying his own gun. You can say what you want about guns killing people and that you think gun control is necessary, blah blah blah…but when my husband is gone to sea, I sleep peacefully at night with the comfort of knowing that if someone breaks through my door, they’ll meet my 12-gauge.

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AHHH GO TO SLEEP!!!

It looks like tonight is going to be a repeat of last night. I try to get baby J to bed around 10, and usually that’s no problem. But last night he decided he wasn’t sleeping until after 1am, and this night is looking more and more likely to be the same. I’m pretty sure he’s going through a growth spurt right now, and I’m guessing that has something to do with it? That, or it’s because I’m putting him in the swing for his daily long nap in the afternoon instead of in the morning like usual? The last few days I’ve timed the long naps to coincide with the afternoon phone interviews I’ve been conducting for my article. I guess he’s getting too much sleep too late in the day?? I really don’t know, but I need to figure out what the issue is and fix it-soon!

I just stuck him in the swing, so I’ll see what that does…I hope he doesn’t start screaming, but we’ll see. My little boy can have a wee bit of a temper! In the meantime, I’m researching more on cloth diapers. The number of brands out there just blows me away! I had NO IDEA before I started all this research that it was such a lucrative business with high demands. Right now I’m looking into the possibility of making my own bamboo inserts for pocket diapers. It shouldn’t be too difficult; I just need to find the right fabric. Then again, if the fabric is as much for me to buy as it would to just get the insert…well, I’ll just get the insert, and save myself some work.

Annnnnnd he’s fussing… I’ll try sticking his paci in his mouth…

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So far so good. He usually loses the paci within a few minutes though. And it’s gone. Okay, I guess that’s it for this post.

In conclusion…this is how my son SHOULD LOOK AT THIS TIME OF NIGHT!!!:Image

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I have no idea what title to write

My hubby’s home early from work! Well, school. His ship’s in the yards for upgrades until next winter when they start sea trials for their next deployment and move to Spain. In the meantime, he has several Navy schools to attend. The next couple of weeks, they’re having shorter days at his current school. He’s going to use his free time to help me get things put away from our move in April. We still have boxes we haven’t unpacked. It was a crazy time. I moved here; J came home from deployment; the baby was born. All of that in a 3-week period, and then J was gone for another 5 weeks. Once we get the boxes cleared away in the second bedroom, J’s going to put the crib up. Another nice thing about him getting home earlier this week and next (I hope) is he can watch the baby during my phone interviews.

I’m working on a big article for an Army Reserve sustainment command. They’re getting ready to deploy again to Afghanistan. I was with them in 2009, so I’m familiar with the information I’m writing about. I’ve had 3 interviews so far over the last couple of days with a 4th in about 40 minutes. This piece is going to be a lot of work, but it is fun to get back into writing again.

Here’s my update on cloth diapers: I tried the prefold again. This time, I adapted my own roll to fit baby J, and it seems to work better. I haven’t tried it against a BM yet, just pee. He’s having a growth spurt, so his daily explosions have diminished while his body uses up everything. Either I have to get a lot better at rolling prefolds, or I need to sew them into fitted diapers. There’s no way I can fold/roll these onto baby J when he’s older and squirmier. I’m finally getting a sewing machine (hallelujah!), so I’m going to attempt making fitted diapers. I’m taking my inspiration from the Green Mountain workhorse fitted diapers. They’ve basically taken their own highly-rated prefold diapers, and sewed them into fitted diapers. They’re a great price, but I figure if I can get it done correctly, I can sew them myself for virtually nothing.

Hubby’s starting to come around in regards to cloth diapering…I think. I’ve been showing him charts on the cost effectiveness of cloth diapering. The truth is that cloth diapering CAN cost a lot of money up front. But over additional years (and especially additional children), you save money…a LOT of money.

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