As with any deployment plans have changed again. This news is better than the last, but I am being cautiously optimistic CJ and the rest of his unit will be home by Mid-September. While I am ecstatic CJ will be home and we can begin the next chapter in our lives, I am a little sad as well. CJ coming home means some of the things I have enjoyed with him gone will come to an end.
1. I love bedtime with the kids. Some nights it is stressful, but it is our time to cuddle, read books and really be close. When CJ is home I will have to share the kids again, and I'm not sure I want to all the time.
2. There is a sense of pride that I get whenever I accomplish the littlest of things. High-five to me when I go to the store with both kids, get everything I need and have no meltdowns. Plus I'm getting better at this doing it alone stuff so there are more and more high-five moments.
3. The paycheck will be missed. Let's face it a deployed soldier makes a lot more than a cop. Good bye morning latte and breakfast burrito at the coffee place by my office. Hello breakfast bar and break room coffee. The good news is we are now credit card free thanks to the deployment, CJ has a newer pickup, I had LASIK eye surgery (terrifying) and I got a sprinkler system installed in our big ass yard. It would still be nice to have the extra money coming in, but I will take having my husband back over cash. We got our financial goals accomplished for this deployment so we are both happy.
4. I'm really concerned I may gain back some of my weight. With all the stress and constantly bing on the move I have melted. I have lost 50 lbs in the past 2 years. The last 30 has been since November. I really do not want to gain any. As a precaution I ordered a fitbit the other day so we will see if it can keep me in check once it gets here in a couple of days.
5. Not only will I have to share the kids I will have to share my bed, shower, bathroom and everything else I have gotten used to having all to myself. Boo! I now have the mindset that I should not have to wait to take a shower, and I should be able to shower for as long as I damn well please on the weekends.
6. There will be gross boy stuff again. I can't quite put my finger on this one, but after CJ was gone for a while there was just less gross. I've gotten used to no farting and no spit cups around. I don't want gross to creep back into my house. I doubt it creeps back anyway. He has been eating army food for a while, and I'm sure home-cooked meals will bring the gross back in full force.
I hope you can tell two things from this. First I am pretty sarcastic, and second that there are little hurdles that military families have to overcome once they are reunited. CJ's life stopped for a year. He left his job, his friends and his family; but we didn't put life on pause for him. When he comes home things will be different. The kids have grown and changed. I have had to change in order to deal physically and emotionally with all the obstacles that have been thrown at me. CJ coming home is great, but it will also be work for our family. The good thing is that we both understand that and have talked about it. We know there will be bumps in the road for us, but we are willing to take on that challenge. (I will still miss my expensive coffee...tear)