26 March 2013 | By: Anna M. Gillette

The Invisible War

The Invisible War is an Acadamy Award nominated feature length documentary.  I first heard about it about a year and a half ago while in therapy trying to begin peeling the layers of my own experience.  I read in the Navy Times last spring that the secratary of defense had a private screening of the film and within two days instituted a change in who would oversee whether an alleged offender would receive NJP [non-judicial punishment] or go to court martial.  This step has allowed me a measure of comfort that other victims should have more validation and protection.

I just watched The Invisible War on Netflix. There are so many things I observed. 
21 December 2012 | By: Anna M. Gillette

My Week

Apparently I've used up my free amount of picture storage for my blog.  Not sure what to do next.  Fellow bloggers, what do you do?

Little Miss and Pumpkin each came home with colds from school last week.  Hubby & I both came down with it soon after and as much as we tried to avoid it, so did Champ.  Needless to say, this week has been pretty rough.  Poor baby still is in the getting worse stage.  Right now I'm monitoring him to make sure it doesn't go into his lungs. :(

We're almost ready for Christmas.  We have to finalize our menu for Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas brunch and pick up one last gift tomorrow [at the mall! three days before Christmas! EEK!]  How are your holiday preparations?

Hubby's family is getting together for their usual New Year's celebration.  With some unexpected help from others [another post] we were able to put together Christmas, pay bills, and save some gas money to make the drive.  Now we just need baby boy to get over his cold, otherwise Hubby and the older kiddos will travel without us.

How's your week?
10 December 2012 | By: Anna M. Gillette

My Fourth Baby



My Fourth Baby

1. Were you married at the time? Yes

2. What was your reaction when you found out you were pregnant? freaked out, major concerns about concurrent medical conditions

3. How old were you? 30

4. How did you find out you were pregnant? HPT

5. Who did you tell first? Hubby

6. Did you want to find out the sex? no

7. Due Date?  13 or 11 December 2012

8. Did you deliver early or late? early

9. Did you have morning sickness? yes

10. What did you crave? fruit, protein

11. What irritated you the most? concurrent medical conditions

12. What was your fourth child's sex? boy

13. How many pounds did you gain throughout the pregnancy? 23

14. Did you have any complications during your pregnancy? concurrent medical conditions of -PTSD, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, IBS, migraines; pregnancy induced carpal tunnel and reflux

15. Where did you give birth? Balboa; Naval Medical Center San Diego

16. How many hours were you in labor? 3

17.Who drove you to the hospital? Hubby

18 . Did you take medicine to ease the pain? no

19 . How much did your child weigh? 8lbs 0.2oz

20 . What did you name him/her? Champ

21. How old is your fourth born today? 6 days

22. Who does your child look like? daddy and older brothers

23. Did you get mad at your husband during labor? No

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Quiz

Let's see how much you remember!

1. WAS YOUR FOURTH PREGNANCY PLANNED? no

2. WERE YOU MARRIED AT THE TIME? Yes

3. WHAT WERE YOUR REACTIONS? freaked out

4. WAS ABORTION AN OPTION FOR YOU? NO

5. HOW OLD WERE YOU? 30

6. HOW DID YOU FIND OUT YOU WERE PREGNANT? HPT

7. WHO DID YOU TELL FIRST? Hubby

8. DID YOU WANT TO FIND OUT THE SEX? no

9. DUE DATE? 13 or 11 December 2012

10. DID YOU HAVE MORNING SICKNESS? yes!

11. WHAT DID YOU CRAVE? fruit, protein

12. WHO/WHAT IRRITATED YOU THE MOST? concurrent medical conditions

13. WHAT WAS YOUR THIRD CHILD'S SEX? boy

14. DID YOU WISH YOU HAD THE OPPOSITE SEX OF WHAT YOU WERE GETTING? we thought we were having a girl and nearly everyone we knew also voiced that opinion, so having another boy was a surprise

15. HOW MANY POUNDS DID YOU GAIN THROUGHOUT THE PREGNANCY? 23

16. DID YOU HAVE A BABY SHOWER? no

17. WAS IT A SURPRISE OR DID YOU KNOW? n/a

18. DID YOU HAVE ANY COMPLICATIONS DURING YOUR PREGNANCY? yes, see above

19. WHERE DID YOU GIVE BIRTH? Balboa; Naval Medical Center San Diego

20. HOW MANY HOURS WERE YOU IN LABOR? 3

21. WHO DROVE YOU TO THE HOSPITAL? Hubby

22. WHO WATCHED YOU GIVE BIRTH? Hubby, midwife, nurse, corpsman

23. WAS IT NATURAL OR C-SECTION? Natural

24. DID YOU TAKE MEDICINE TO EASE THE PAIN? no

27. HOW MUCH DID YOUR CHILD WEIGH? 8 lbs, 0.2 oz

28. WHEN WAS YOUR CHILD ACTUALLY BORN? 04 December 2012

30. WHAT DID YOU NAME HIM/HER? Champ

31. HOW OLD IS YOUR FOURTH BORN TODAY? 6 days

Announcing...

Our little one has arrived!
04 December 2012
0315 PST [3:15 AM]
It's a boy!
8lb 0.2oz

20 3/4in


Nickname "Champ"
[Yes, I am still working on the birth story.]
07 December 2012 | By: Anna M. Gillette

Before & After

Before:
03 December 2012 0740 PST
[I have pregnancy induced carpal tunnel, hence the wrist braces.]

After:
04 December 2012 0356 PST

One last pic before transferring to my postpartum room.

Welcome little one!

My birth story to follow soon.
[Hint: Labor didn't start until 04 Dec.]