10(ish) days until DH deploys for the 3rd time. Trying to stay positive, make the most of the time, and set goals for the year apart. I don’t want to wish away DD’s life so I’m determined she and I will make some good memories and not stop enjoying life. I am hopeful this deployment will go faster and be slightly easier (in some ways) now that I have my sweet daughter to take care of. There is no doubt she is a joy! Any day now she’s going to start talking. Likely first words are star, bird, dog. But of course, the possibilities are endless! Can’t wait to find out!This time just before DH leaves is so tough.
You want to keep some sort of a routine.
You want time to stop and speed ahead all at the same time.
You stop yourself from saying, “This is the last _________________.”
You take mental pictures and you try not to argue.
You count down to the big countdown.
You make all his favorite meals, and try to give him his “me” time when all you want to do is never leave his side.
You begin planning care packages and menus for one.
You try to make holiday plans before the tears overwhelm you.
You try not to cry but also not live in denial.
You try to keep things in perspective but fail repeatedly.
You try to live one day at a time and think of the only way to eat an elephant…
But in the end, deployment is coming…ready or not.