Military Life: Deployment And A Baby Girl
Well, it’s been a while since I’ve written about military life… or anything for that matter. Time flies and so does the home cycle. Here we are, at 38 weeks waiting for our first born baby girl to arrive. And just a few short weeks after that, my sweetheart will be deploying for 6 months. Nothing like the true Navy wife experience!
So I’m about to embark on a journey that many of you have experienced and even take in stride by now. I suppose it’s all a part of the Navy deal. I have to admit that I’m not too thrilled about the timing of the whole thing, but there have been positives.
On one hand, the excitement of baby coming has really taken away that dread that accompanies the weeks and month before a typical deployment. You know, the sad, sick-to-your-stomach feeling of knowing you have to be apart from your best friend for so long. And the anticipation is almost worse than them actually going. Somehow I’ve been able to focus most of my emotions — and nesting instinct– on preparing for the big arrival, which has been a welcome distraction.
Another good thing is just the fact that we’re having a baby! On one level, I almost (ALMOST) don’t even care that that timing has worked out this way. We had been trying to get pregnant for two long years. We’d thought about trying to plan around deployments, but we finally gave up and just wanted to have a baby whenever God made it possible. So in that sense, I have peace about the timing even though it seems far from ideal. It’s the right time for our little one to grace the world with her presence. =)
That said, I still have fears and worries about him being gone. Being a single mom for a period of time. Not to mention it’s our first kid and I have no idea what I’m doing!!! I am so thankful for family that’s coming to help, and friends that are so supportive. But its just not the same.
I don’t really have an answer or a good idea of how this whole deployment thing is gonna go with a child. I’m about to find out. =) But I know there are so many military spouses who have been there, done that. And that encourages me. And I know I’ll never be alone, because Jesus is always with me to encourage me and give me wisdom.
And I know the time will pass. The time that I’m savoring every precious minute wishing my little girl wouldn’t grow so fast… and ticking off every day wishing the days would go faster until my man comes home. Heck, maybe by the time he gets back I’ll have lost the baby weight…?? We can only hope!
Let me know if you’ve been in this spot before– finding yourself with a newborn while hubby is on deployment. I’d love to hear your thoughts!