When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.
This month is “Month of the Military Child.” I hope to have some guest bloggers for you and know of one so far… if you’d like to guest blog, please let me know. I want to have the guest posts on Wednesdays.
I’m going to start off this series. I don’t have a military child (though I did for a day the other week before my IUI ended in a chemical pregnancy… more on that later). However, I have spent time thinking about what it will mean when we have a child and Huzzy goes back to sea. Huzzy started shore duty a year ago now and we thought we’d for sure have a kid by now so he could maximize his time with him/her on shore duty.
As it is, even if we were to get pregnant this cycle (which is not looking good at all), he’ll have just over a year before going back to sea. That’s much less time than what we wanted, but I can’t control it .
There are several things I’d do for our kids when Huzzy went to sea, including Daddy dolls, videotaping Huzzy reading stories, etc. One of the things I came across… actually just yesterday… was a daddy/mommy quilt.
The quilt is actually a product of Operation Kid Comfort, part of the Armed Services YMCA. Children 6 and under are provided a quilt with photos of their service member and kids 7 and older get a pillow. This is such an awesome offering and definitely something I’ll take advantage of if/when we finally have a kid.
I think another awesome thing about Operation Kid Comfort is that you can volunteer to put together the quilts. From reading their website, it looks as though all the pieces are shipped to you and all you need to do is put the pieces together. I don’t know how to do a quilt, but I may learn in the future so I can do something like this.
What types of things do you do for your kids when your spouse is deployed? If you don’t have kids yet, do you have any ideas on how you’d try to make deployments a bit easier?