So much has happened in our lives, honestly I'm a little overwhelmed wondering where to start to get everyone updated. I'll begin with the biggest change. :)
Our daughter, Cate Elizabeth Works, was born on September 7th at 11:08 am. She was a healthy 8 lbs, 15 oz and 20 inches long. I'll do a separate post for our baby story, but I will tell you now about how perfect she is in every way. We, including Cason, are so in love with everything Cate. We were blessed with another easy and healthy baby. She is already trying to sleep through the night, but Mom is being mean and making her wake up to nurse every 4 or so hours. Believe me, she's grateful when her tummy is full afterwards. She is extremely alert and was lifting her head to look around during week 1. She moved into 3 month clothing during week 2. I was pretty sad about that, but I just need to accept that we make big ole babies! A lot of people have asked how Cason has transitioned and I'm so happy to be able to tell them that he's done awesome. He loves his 'Baby!!' and wants to cuddle her when she cries. He actually helps me put her paci back in her mouth when it falls out- and then strokes her cheek afterwards... And I promise she's gotten more kisses from him than the rest of us put together. I knew he'd be a great big brother- but he's exceeded my expectations. We're so proud of him!
The next big change in our life would have to be Cody's deployment. An assignment came up after Cody's deployment window closed, but he was sought after for the job. We were given a choice- for him to go or not. We decided this opportunity was too good for him to pass up and accepted the job. The deployment is in Qatar, which is actually a safe(r) zone. He'll be an executive for a colonel, working directly for him. He might have to do some traveling with the job, and that will be the most dangerous part. He was set to deploy at the end of December, but decided to leave a little earlier so that the guy he is replacing can make it back in time for Christmas. He is scheduled to arrive early December and will most likely return in August. The babies and I will spend those 8 months in Texas with family, rotating between Pittsburg, Carthage, & Pampa... With a few trips to other various places like Dallas, Tyler, College Station, & Ardmore, OK. Hopefully our friends and family won't get too tired of us! I'm not excited for the 8 month separation, but I am so stoked that Cody has this opportunity. I'm so proud of everything my husband is, does, & stands for. He's our hero!
Due to Cody's deployment and our lease ending at the end of September, we said goodbye to our first home and moved into temporary housing on base. It was pretty stressful packing up our house with a 2 year old and a newborn, but we got everything boxed up and moved into our storage unit. We had a great group of guys come over and help Cody move the heavy stuff, while me and a friend picked up the house. She and her husband brought their kids along, so their son helped the guys while their adorable daughter helped keep Cason entertained. We are so grateful for all of them and love the unity that the military promotes. We kept out things that we'd need for the apartment: clothing, toys, baby items, etc. The babies and I will take these items, plus some, to Texas with us.. Packing a house is hard enough- but packing a house and having to make multiple piles for different purposes (storage, temporary housing, and storage until we leave for Texas.) is not fun. Luckily, it's over and we are now comfortably living on base! We were pleasantly surprised with the apartment. It's a 2/1 with a full kitchen, dining and living room. Washer and dryer in the unit, and a daily maid service. Yep, the next two months will be nice. We are also less than a minute from Cody, so he can finally come home every day for lunch and it doesn't take him an hour to get home at the end of the day! We are enjoying these last couple of months and spending as much time together as possible.