“Dad, When I Grow Up, I Want to be a Fighter Pilot"

And I’ll have to say, “I’m sorry, [son or daughter], but you can’t do both.”

Is this a picture of what our future youngin’ can expect to be subjected to on a routine basis?

p-51 baby (Source)

Yes…Yes, it is.

Hey, blogworld – pilot here. How are you guys?

There are no words for how excited I am for the new addition to our little family. We’re incredibly blessed that she got pregnant, we’re in a place where we’re so close to her parents and family, and I shouldn’t be deploying for a while.

Now we have a little time to enjoy the pregnancy before the hard work starts. I’m not worried about the physical aspect of less sleep and constant monitoring – I’m more concerned about making sure that we raise an intelligent, compassionate, honorable child that will take those, any many other, positive traits into his or her adult life. Gina joked that she just wanted the baby to be nice to her…as if it could be mean, but she feels the same way as I do.

I’m a third generation military pilot after my dad flew helicopters starting back in Vietnam and his father flew bombers in WWII, but like my father never pushed for the military (or even flying) with me, I won’t push our kid in any certain direction. I just want to make sure he or she has the tools to succeed and the principles to succeed ethically.

For now, we’re just hoping that momma and the little nugget continue to be healthy. That, alone, is reason to be very thankful.

I’m excited to give you guys more random pilot updates on here. Enjoy the rest of your day!



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  1. Holly @ The Runny Egg on July 7, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I love that last picture! Hilarious.

    You and Gina are going to be amazing parents!

  2. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen on July 7, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I hope you guys get a little toy plane like that to put the baby in, too cute!

  3. kaila @ healthy helper! on July 7, 2011 at 11:50 am

    You guys are gonna be so great with the lil’ nugget! Can’t wait till he or she gets here!

  4. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn on July 7, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Aweeeee I love!! Hay Tom! I can’t wait to see more updates from you!

  5. Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) on July 7, 2011 at 11:58 am

    There’s no doubt in my mind that you both will succeed with flying colors in raising a compassionate, precious little one!

    I have the same worries though about the baby in my belly- just be nice to me! 🙂

  6. geetha on July 7, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Gina and you will be great parents…esp with such a close knit family around for support. You guys will do great in raising an intelligent ‘n compassionate lil’ one.

  7. alicia on July 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    those pictures are too cute. If you and Gina are anything like what you depict from this blog, your baby will grow up to be a wonderful human being!

  8. Jaime on July 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    I love pilot posts, espesh when combined with a family post! 🙂

  9. Emily @ Sweating Sugar on July 7, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Thanks for the update pilot!

  10. Laura (Cookies vs. Carrots) on July 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    So cute! Love getting Pilot updates from time to time 🙂

  11. Nicole @ Giraffelegs on July 7, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    stop it!! This is going to make it cry it’s so cute!!
    Congrats again on the baby, you guys are going to be great parents!!

  12. Sara Nickel on July 7, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    This is such a great post! I don’t think you could have said it any better. Enjoy this special time in your lives and good luck on the joy to come!

  13. Morgan @ Operation Hot Mama on July 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Awe how beautiful 🙂 You two will be wonderful parents!!

  14. Jenn on July 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Hey Pilot! Is the picture a rag on fighter guys?? I’m Boat’s wife (you guys were in Iraq together a few years ago), and stumbled upon your’s lovely wife’s blog. Crazy small world that while I’m reading her post, my husband looks over and saw you claiming he knew Fitnessista’s husband 🙂

    Congrats to you both! Look forward to all the updates!

    • The Pilot (Peta) on July 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm

      Hey Jenn! Great to hear from you. I def remember Boat. It was awesome getting to chill with him at the CAOC. It tripped me out when Gina mentioned that you read the blog. I think the first picture is kind of a rag, but I thought it was funny because our little one will def be dressed up in a flight suit from time to time. I hope you’re both doing well. Are ya’ll stationed state-side right now?

      • Jenn on July 7, 2011 at 11:09 pm

        State side is a very loose 🙂 We’re up in Alaska. Trevor flies with the Aggressor’s at Eielson and is currently kicking into flag season. I’m jealous of your AZ living! Think of us on the unbearably hot days, I would take 20-30 degrees from you in the winter any time 🙂

  15. Laura J. on July 7, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Such a sweet post! You two are going to be amazing parents!! 🙂 It’s the funnest, hardest, craziest most rewarding job in the world 🙂

  16. Ali @ urbanfruitbat on July 7, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Nice to hear from you Pilot! It is cool that you have such a family lineage! Carrying on the “family business” so to speak, is getting more and more rare. Thanks for sharing a bit of your story! And I know your kiddies will be nothing short of all the traits that you listed, because they have excellent role models at home! Stay safe!

  17. Shayla @ The Good Life on July 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    What a beautifully written post and can’t wait for more from the Pilot! And love the photo too, so cute 🙂

  18. Jen @familyfoodfitnessandfun on July 7, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Great post! I always love hearing the dad’s side of it! I love that picture at the end 🙂 You guys will be wonderful parents!

  19. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on July 7, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    What a great post that just shows how happy you BOTH are about the pregnancy, the timing of it all, and you two are going to make such awesome parents! Great hearing from you, Pilot.

  20. Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats on July 7, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    I have the same worries about having children someday! Great post Pilot! 🙂

  21. Laura @ Backstage Pass on July 7, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    You and Gina are already amazing parents. Great post, Pilot!

  22. Rachel on July 7, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Well I just hope there are no more wars for your little nugget to have to get deployed to if they choose military service as their career. One thing I know, this kid is going to be adored by all. So happy for you both!

  23. Lisa on July 7, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    You two will be wonderful parents! No worries.

  24. Claire @ Un Bello Aperitivo on July 7, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    The last picture is great! You two will make great parents.

  25. mi-an on July 7, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    awww! it’s going to be an exciting journey fo’ sho! my bro flies for delta and my niece loves planes. i’ve always thought how it awesome it would be, if one day…she becomes a pilot and flies with her papa. too cute. but for now..she wants to be a doctor (like her auntie 🙂 ). but yes i agree, noone’s forcing her…just enjoying her 4 y.o. years right now! 🙂

  26. MMiller on July 7, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Love it! You two will be great parents!

  27. Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run on July 7, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Haha! A Daddy’s perspective! And of course the pictures are Daddy-esque pictures! Congratulations to you both on the very beautiful life you’re living now and will be living once baby’s here. My husband, like you, wished/wishes the same things…and THAT makes for a great dad. And by the way Gina writes, I have no doubt in my mind whether the baby is a PILOT or a FITNESSISTA, it’ll be happy, healthy, and brought up well.

    SO happy for you two!

  28. Lauren on July 8, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I think just through the support that you give to Gina and her passion in this blog is a great reflection of the time of relationship and eventual parents you will be. It always melts my heart to a pulp with a guy is man enough to take care of his family, but also able and willing to express his love and support for his other half. Swooning over here Gina 🙂

    • Fitnessista on July 8, 2011 at 3:26 pm

      he makes me swoon every day- i’m very lucky

  29. Danielle (Shrinking and Studying) on July 8, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    This baby is going to be the luckiest child in the world having such amazing, kind, nurturing parents like you guys! 🙂 I love these family posts.

  30. Julie on July 9, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Such a cute post! You two will be amazing parents. 🙂 Where is the Pilot from?

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