Happy Monday, y’all!
Did you know that April is the official Month of the Military Child? This is the month we recognize and celebrate the strength, bravery, flexibility, resiliency, and sacrifice that the littlest members of military families make everyday.
When my husband and I decided we wanted to try to expand our family, we knew that our little one would have a wildly different life than either of us did growing up.
In Baby K’s first year of life, his daddy will have been gone more than he’s been home. Heck, my husband was even gone for training over my due date!
While he doesn’t know life any other way, my husband and I do. We often wonder if this path we’ve picked is the right one or not.
We may not regret a second of this life we live and how far we’ve come, but that little bit of guilt is always there.
For our sweet baby it means a lot of confusion as to why we sometimes only talk to and see daddy through a screen. It means crying out for him in the middle of the night and him never coming. It means seeing a whole lot of mama and always looking for daddy.
As he gets older, it will mean having to say goodbye to friends more often than if we weren’t part of the military world. It will mean his daddy will have missed being there in person for major milestones like crawling, first words, and maybe even walking and first days of schools.
We are not the first family to face a deployment, and we certainly are not the last. There will be many more times where duty will take daddy away.
Our little boy is so kind and loving. He is made of tough stuff. He is resilient and flexible beyond belief. He is sacrificing more than he even knows while his daddy is away.
Today and every day, I am in awe of this military child of mine!