Saturday, March 8, 2014
Friday, March 7, 2014
How I'm Feeling: I am feeling less pregnant this week. My energy level is up and any queasiness I had has disappeared. I feel pretty darn normal most days. My emotions are kind of cray but I blame deployment for that. Pregnancy brain is real because I locked myself out of the house this morning while taking the trash out... in my pajamas.
Maternity Clothes: I am going shopping this weekend to find some shorts for spring break. I figure I might as well buy them now and wear them through the summer.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
1. What's your lucky number?
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Monday was a hard day.
DLW deployed to Afghanistan.
As you can imagine, my emotional state has been touch and go for the past week. I took both Friday and Monday off to spend time at home as a family. We soaked up every minute together, ate all our favorite foods, and spent too much time snuggled up with the pups.
I held it together pretty well until Monday came and I knew 3pm would be here fast. We laid in bed and watched TV like a normal lazy morning before taking the pups on one last family walk. Spending the day together allowed us to get most of our goodbyes out at home and have a good talk about what this deployment means to us and our plans for the future.
Around lunch it was time for DLW to say goodbye to the dogs and my heart broke into a million pieces. Layla is his world and I lost it watching him get down on the floor and scratch her ears and tummy.
DLW chose Chick-Fil-A as his last meal and we ate our feelings in chicken, fries, and a milkshake.
We got down to Ft Carson early and had time to hang out in the car. Seeing DLW interact with his soldiers helped me see why it is so important for him to deploy. He is an outstanding leader and will set an example for his platoon down range.
DLW wanted to get our goodbyes out before it was officially time to go so he could remain strong in front of his soldiers. He likes to seem tough on the outside even though he is mushy on the inside. I'd like to think I held it together fairly well in the parking lot and shed some tears without hysterics.
We had a few final hugs, kisses and selfies before I pulled away. As I drove off post, my only thought was, "well this sucks."
We texted through the evening and talked a couple times before his plane took off. We even got to chat early Tuesday morning during his layover. I am hoping for an email from him today and maybe even a phone call- fingers crossed!
Goodbyes are always difficult and this was definitely the hardest we've ever had to say. We are fortunate to have each other and to love someone enough to make saying goodbye so hard. The next six months will make our marriage stronger and I am already anticipating his homecoming.
- Have you ever been through a deployment?
- What was your hardest goodbye?