Academy Survival: Week 1

Today is Friday, which means the boys and I have successfully survived our first week without Ryan. Thank goodness he will be home tonight! I made Kender take a nap so that he can stay up late to see daddy when he gets home. I can’t wait to see their reunion. Kender loves his dad so much, and I can tell he’s been missing him. We all have!

I’ve been trying my hardest to keep enough fun distractions in our lives so we don’t spend our time being sad or lonely. This week we went to the beach twice. I love the beach. That is truly my happy place. There is nothing more relaxing than listening to the waves crashing on the shore and digging my feet into the sand. I did get terribly sunburned on a cloudy day, but it was worth it.

It’s been a tough week. Rhett is going on 7 months old, and for the first time in his life he’s a terrible sleeper. That means I’m up every few hours at night and still have to get up early. I’m one of those people who just doesn’t function well with little sleep, so this will be a growing experience for me. My sweet mother-in-law has been helping me get naps. I’m so lucky to have my in-laws here.

I’m so grateful that Academy is a 7-4 thing, and that the officer’s personal time is their own. There is something about Ryan’s presence that just calms me and makes everything ok. Being able to Skype him every night and hear about his day is wonderful. Military wives, I really don’t know how you do it when your men are off at Basic!

Healthy foods and exercise are something that are vital to my mental health (I’ve got an anxiety disorder) and I’ve just been failing miserable in those departments this week. I’ve got all the healthy food prepped and ready, but I’m just so tired I grab the soda and brownie instead. It’s the same with exercise. I’m just too tired to deal with Kender jumping all over me and Rhett fussing at me. Caffeine helps for like an hour, but then I crash and that helps no one. I’m definitely looking forward to getting this sleep thing figured out.

In two weeks Kender gets to attend a preschool summer camp. That means I get 2 hours to myself (well, myself plus Rhett) every day for the whole week! Whoop whoop! He’s really excited about it. He got himself 100% potty trained, even at night, just so he could go to school. I am one proud mom!

Bring it on, week 2.

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