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Deployment is a huge part of military life. I have been blessed these two past years to not have had to give up my husband to deployment. Because of that though, we know it will be only a matter of time before he does deploy, most likely within the next year. I knew it was inevitable, I just didn’t know when it would happen. These two past years, I have spent preparing myself, knowing that any day he could come home and tell me he is leaving soon.
I have been thinking about it a lot lately because not only will it affect me, but now that we have a baby it will affect him as well. So many questions come to mind when I think of deployment… Will I be able to survive alone? Will I be able to do a good job taking care of my son by myself? How will I get survive not being able to see my husband’s face for six months?
I know military wives do this every day, but this will be the first time for me, and I am not so sure how it will go. I have never been out on my own before, and I know I can do it, it’s just not something I am looking forward to. Six months is a long time to be apart from someone, and I know people deploy for much longer than that, but how do you deal with missing those 6 months out of each other’s life? I feel like I will miss so much, and so will he.
So I am asking the question again, how do you prepare? How do prepare to be away from the person you love? How do you prepare to be both the Mommy and the Daddy while he is gone? How do you prepare to be alone and to do everything yourself? I don’t think anything can prepare you for these things. I think you just have to take them as they come and deal with it day by day. Will it be easy? No. But do I have a choice? Not at all.