It is the most wonderful time when my husband returns home. It’s a great time for all military families! I know that he is safe and he is able to become part of our family again. Now the hard part starts!
I have been working on my battlemind skills to make this transition easier, but it is still work. No different then when you are first married and learning those little quirks that you didn’t know prior to living together. The first thing that reminded me he was home was when at 2 AM I got up to use the toilet and the seat was up! Unfortunately, I didn’t notice this fact until my rear end landed in the toilet water! EEWWWWW!
I will have to admit, I’ve been on edge during this transition. I keep trying to stick to my normal routine, but he’s there! And sometimes in the way. We are trying to get on track on how things are done in the household. Some things have remained the same, but others have changed. The kids are all a year older and he isn’t use to their new behaviors. I think it’s hardest with the little one. Since she just turned 2, a lot has changed in the year he was gone. She just stopped using the bottle when he left and was not completely feeding herself. Now, she can feed herself with no help. Although, she has to be reminded to use a utensil! My oldest has begun to read and Daddy has just learned that he can not spell in front of her! LOL And our son, almost 4, only wants to play with Daddy. The little man has also become the whiner of the bunch. With Daddy just home, he is not ready to completely start disciplining them. I don’t blame him. He doesn’t want to come home and be perceived as the “bad guy”. So for now, that’s still my job.
Don’t get me wrong, I am very happy my soldier is home. It’s just a hectic time. The other factor in this reunion is that we are moving in December. That gives us two months to decide what we are keeping and not keeping. Normally this isn’t a big deal, but this move is taking us overseas! That means three separate packing times — one for household goods, one for hold baggage and the other for storage. I’m sure this move will give me so many stories to tell!