Quoting Mommy Monie:" Deployments are hard and I can only imagine once my DH or myself gets deployed. I'm not sure when my ... [snip!] ... and teach my DD how our jobs are.Glad to know that there are other military families on here. I'm Amn LLamas. AKA Amn Wilks."
the first time my hubby deployed, our oldest was 2 and I was 8 months pregnant with our second. our son went with us and saw daddy leave. he knew daddy got on a plane, and was going to the desert to protect the people there. that was his job, like a super hero. if anyone asked, he told them "daddy is on a plane with a gun" lol. and every time we saw a plane, he made me stop (wherever we were) and "wave to daddy." that time, he was gone for 15 months.
the last time he was overseas was for 1 year, and he was in korea. our kids were 1, 2, almost 5 and 7 when he left. the older boys knew where he was, and what he was doing. again, we looked at pictures of daddy every night before bed. the girls didn't really understand, and kept asking for him for a long time. after about a month, our 2 year old would tell everyone "daddy is in korea."
he is getting ready to leave again. this time for 9 months. our kids are 2, 3, 6 and 8. we told them about the deployment the other day. we told them daddy was going back to the desert, but this time wouldn't be as long as before, and he would be in a safer place. our oldest is most upset because daddy is gonna miss his birthday again...