My First Trimester Must Haves

This post is a bit overdue (since I am now 18 weeks) but with moving and everything I didn’t get a chance to sit down and write this up! 

Here were my must haves for my first trimester:

  1. What To Expect While You’re Expecting: The classic, tried and true pregnancy bible. I have been reading week by week and have loved reading what to expect (LOL) each week. It was my first purchase when I found out I was pregnant. ACS_0024
  2. Hello Baby Podcast: Angela and Matt Lanter started this podcast when they got pregnant with their first baby. They go over each week of Angela’s pregnancy and I love listening to each corresponding week that I am going through.
  3. Half Caffeinated Coffee: I am a coffee lover. I was a 3 cup a day kind of girl and honestly cutting down on my caffeine intake was really hard. Not only was I exhausted from being pregnant, but now I also couldn’t drink coffee like I used to! But half cafe was a great way to transition and I think I have reached a point where I don’t NEED coffee anymore. Half cafe helps me get a little boost still but keeps my caffeine intake low!
  4. Fit Pregnancy Guide: Brianna Traynor is a YouTuber and fitness trainer that I have been following for years. Last year she had her first baby! She created a fitness guide to follow throughout your pregnancy and I have been loving it. I have always been a pretty active person and I have always wanted to keep that up through my pregnancy. Her guide really helps!
  5. Water: DRINK LOTS OF WATER!
  6. Oatmeal: This has been one of my favorite breakfasts since becoming pregnant! It is full of fiber which is important while you’re pregnant, trust me. I like to add a banana, fresh berries and peanut butter to mine! image1
  7. Pregnancy Apps: What To Expect and Ovia are my two favorites! I love that in the Ovia app you can change the theme and you can see what size you baby is as a weird but cute animal!

While these are things that helped me through my first trimester- I am still utilizing all of them currently in my second!

I have linked the products to help make things easier for you! 

xoxo- Susan

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Road Trip to Our First Duty Station

We did it! We finally made our 2,000 mile, 8 state, 4 day trip across the country to our first duty station in Utah! We vlogged most of our trip and wanted to share them here as well as on our YouTube Channel.

We are so excited to finally be here- now comes the fun part of finding a place to live. House hunting is always a pain but we are excited to finally get settled and explore more of the area. Plus I can’t wait to be out of hotels and have our things back!

Have you ever moved far from home? What is the best piece of advice you have for getting acclimated to a new area? 

I will be posting more videos and updates as we get settled!  Thank you for following our journey and being apart of the McCoog Squadron.

XOXO,

Susan

My Husband Almost Didn’t Make It To Our Wedding

On June 16, 2017, Justin and I officially got married/eloped in a small private ceremony in my grandparents back yard. It was absolutely magical and a day I will never forget. We also planned from the beginning to have a larger wedding with our family and friends later in the year after Justin was finished with training. I wanted to make planning our wedding a big focus for me while he was away.

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On July 3, Justin shipped off to Air Force basic training in Texas. We spent the next 8 weeks with VERY minimal communication (I am talking like 3 phone calls and a whole bunch of letters.)  So as a way to distract myself, I started researching local wedding venues and began the whole planning process. As I mentioned in my last post, when he joined we were told that his training after BMT was going to be a month long (this is where the stress comes in) so we figured that a wedding in October or November would be perfect. After visiting a few local venues, I found the perfect one- WITH A LATE OCTOBER DATE OPEN! So we put down a deposit and I continued to plan.

When I went down to see Justin graduate from basic training, I shared all of the fun news. While he was excited, he was nervous. He had been given the dates of his training schedule and it was going to be awfully close to the wedding. If there were any delays at all, he might not make it home in time. But we decided not to worry and relax until we knew more.

Well, fast forward to Justin at tech school.. were we ran into another bump in the road.. orders. Basically, you can’t do anything without them in hand. Justin had them, but they weren’t right.. twice. So more waiting (story of my life.) It was up until the week before our wedding that I still didn’t know if Justin would even be in the same time zone as me. I was SWEATING. Then he called me with the AMAZING news that he would be coming home with two days to spare before the big day!

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We had the most magical day and were blessed to be surrounded by so much love! Even though the stress prior to the wedding was a bit extreme at times, I wouldn’t change a thing because it resulted in a day that we will never forget.

Until next time,

XOXO- Susan

What I’ve learned since becoming a Military Wife

Since Justin joined the Air Force, I have heard some variation of, “It’s not just the Airman who joins, it’s his wife too, you’re serving right beside him.” At first, I didn’t really think that much of it. But, the longer I have been apart of this community and the more military spouses I meet, I can’t help but agree. While our service member is adjusting to adjusting to a brand new lifestyle, brand new job- so are we. We have to learn the lingo (why are there so many acronyms?!), how Tricare works and how the heck we are going to travel thousands of miles across the country to our first duty station. But more than that, we have to learn to do all of this without our husbands. While Justin has been off learning to defend our county, I have been learning a thing or two about myself. So here are 3 major things that I have learned or improved upon since becoming a military wife. mcoog2-77Patience. Patience with your service member and patience with his branch of service. Sometimes your husband is going to get frustrated. It is human nature to have a bad day every once in awhile. The distance makes it harder to comfort him, but be patient and know that it isn’t you. Patience has never been  strong trait for me. Justin could tell you countless times that I have asked him about things I read online and demanded that he know what I was talking about. SURPRISE, he doesn’t have to and he won’t, know everything right away! I think that educating yourself on how the system works is important but don’t expect your husband to have all the answers right away. He’s in a brand new situation and he’s figuring it all out just like you are.

I am sure you have heard the saying, “hurry up and wait,” it’s true so get used to hearing it. Just get comfortable with waiting.. for everything.

Roll with the punches.. because everything can and will (most likely change.) When Justin joined, we were under the impression that his training after BMT was going to be just about a month long…. we were very wrong. Turns out, he had more training after that initial month at a different base..and he would be there for another 4 MONTHS. Needless to say, I was devastated. We had envisioned starting our new life at our first base LAST YEAR. And yet here we are two months into 2018 and one more month to go. It wasn’t easy at first, but I was able to accept it. I have quickly realized that THINGS CHANGE A LOT. The sooner I came to that conclusion, the easier it has been to just move on to plan B… and C and D and E.. you get the picture. My best advice would be to get comfortable with change as quick as you can!

Cherish the little things. Can you believe I miss doing Justin’s laundry and packing his lunch? I miss the way he would kiss me on my forehead and thank me for cooking his favorite dinner. Some days I would give my left foot for moments like that. Often, I get sad missing those small things, but not for long! I always immediately remind myself to get excited because soon we will be back together and we will have so many special memories to share. I will never take those small moments for granted.

I feel as though everyday and every new experience is a new lesson for me. I have become stronger and more independent, because I have to be. I think in turn, that has also strengthened our marriage.  Like I said before, military life is hard (and this is only the beginning for me) but it is totally worth it. I am so proud of my husband and can’t wait to see him reach all of his goals and fulfill all of his dreams. We are a team and I love that I am living this adventure with him by my side (metaphorically and figuratively.) We have a beautiful adventure ahead and I am so excited to see where it takes us!

Until next time,

XOXO- Susan