My dh leaves for training Feb 11, and our son will be born I'm Dec, he will be gone for 4 months I'm a little worried on how the baby will reacttowards dh when he gets back. Any advice on this or personal experiences?
I also wanted any advice on how to help my 5 year old cope with daddy being gone as they are extremely close.
My husband got to be there for our youngest daughter's birth, and got to spend about 12 days with her, then we saw him again when she was 2 months, and got another 5. He wasn't home until she was 8 months. She's bonded with him really well and loves being around him. I really wouldn't worry.
Aww I'm sorry! My husband has deployed twice (still gone on his 2nd) and he has left with our kids being really little. At first when he came home for r and r, our son didn't want anything to do with him. That wore off after a few days. When he came home for good he was good with him. As far as your little baby goes, there is nothing that you can do to help him/her remember daddy sadly. You can show them all the pics in the world but they are too young to understand. But they should adjust to him fine after! 4 months isn't TOO long (it still sucks though) so with your oldest one, just talk about daddy a lot and maybe do a countdown to help her get excited? My daughter is 6 and daddy left in March. She has had her ups and downs with this deployment. Some good days some bad. Let her have both types of days I hope it goes by fast for yall!
I'd worry more about how the five year old reacts. It'll be harder for him. Just stay positive around him. Make something to count down the days until daddy comes home. Let him talk to him as often as he can. Etc.
I don't think you'll have to worry about the baby when he gets back. Babies warm up really fast. Any time away sucks, but thank goodness it's only four months.