Hi, I'm Jennie, a 22 year old stay at home mom to a two year old boy, Troy and a Marine wife to Ty. Originally from Louisiana, but a transplant to North Carolina and where ever else the Marine Corps takes us. I'd like to thank Julia for letting me contribute how I make it work.
-What is your background story? What was your career/schooling before you became a mom? And where are you now?I don't have much schooling background, just high school. I met my husband in 2008 while we were both life guarding at a water park in Baton Rouge. We never really dated, but I think I always knew he was the one. He joined the Marine Corps in 2009, and we got married in 2010 a week before my high school graduation (my parents were thrilled. Ha). I was accepted into college, but when we decided to get married I decided not to go since I would eventually move from Louisiana to North Carolina. We got married in May and Ty left for his first deployment in July.
We had been trying to get pregnant before he left but it didn't happen, and looking back now I'm glad we didn't get pregnant right away. I was way too stressed out during his deployment as it was. He came back home in February of 2011, and I moved up to North Carolina we started trying for a baby again, and finally got pregnant in July. Then he got orders to deploy again and left that December. He wasn't able to be there for the birth of our son, but he did get to watch over Skype. He came home in July 2012 when Troy was 3 months old. Ty is currently in Okinawa-- he left in October 2013 and will be there until November 2014.
Our wedding 2010
Troys birth 2012
-What are the best parts of your situations? What are the challenges?The best part of my situation is being with my son all the time, but that can also be a challenge since I'm usually parenting on my own. Another good part is that when Ty is gone for extended amounts of time we go home to visit family so everyone can see Troy. I'm an only child and the oldest grandchild so Troy is the only grandchild/great-grandchild. So when we go home it's really great for me because I get a lot of help with little man, but that has its challenges, too. Ty misses so much. This year will be our 4 year anniversary and we've only spent one together, one Christmas together, and he has missed both of Troy's birthdays.
Ty meeting Troy for the first time
-Is this how you expected it to be pre-kids?
-Is this your ideal situation? If not, what is?
-Tips on how you make your situation work for you:
-How do you handle mommy guilt?
-Advice for new moms struggling with returning to work outside of the home? Or struggling to decide if staying at home is the right choice?
(Thanks, Jennie! Find the rest of the MMIW series here)