Well, we've officially survived the first week. I think I'm still a bit in denial (which seems to be helping the kids cope, anyway.) I've been somewhat treating this week as a really long duty day, instead of what it actually is.
Mr. Hubs is deployed. yuck. There, I said it. I suppose that being used to this past year's workups has made it easier on us. We are used to him having to leave. In a way that is a little sad, but ah, well, what can you do? I think it will start to sink in more as we get further into the deployment. We've already had some ups and downs, but overall we're holding it together.
Baby D doesn't understand, of course. She sees Daddy's car outside and asks, "Daddy home?" I have to tell her repeatedly, "No, Daddy's on the boat." She'll look at me and say, "Oh, Daddy boat." A lump will catch in my throat for a second or two, and after a few deep breaths, it's gone, but the whole time, she is fine.
Miss Dainty is strong. She amazes me. I can only hope that I can continue to be enough for her while Mr. Hubs is away. She misses him very much. We all do, of course. Evenings are hardest for me, they are too quiet. I've been filling them with knitting and season 1 of Doctor Who, or reading mostly. And sleep doesn't come quickly, but the morning does. Coffee is my friend. During the day we try to stay busy. It will be better when the weather gets nicer. We've been stuck in the house lately due to cold rainy days.
Today was a nice break from that. It was bordering on warm and the sun was out. After Baby D's nap, I surprised them with a trip to the nearby playground. (They thought we were going straight to the craft store.) They had fun running and sliding and jumping around. It was good for them to get their energy out. It was a nice chance for me to sit and knit. I was also pleasantly surprised by a single bird singing just for me (at least, that's what it felt like.) That little bird's song as the soundtrack to my kids' playing and the yarn moving through my hands, made me happy. That half hour was really, really enjoyable. Then it got too chilly, and we had to leave.
However, I might have to put it aside for a while. I've signed up for my very first ever swap on ravelry. I'm so excited. I've decided on what I want to make for my spoilee, I just need to get started. I'm looking forward to shopping for her, too. This is what I bought tonight to get started on the first two projects:
I will definitely post about the completed projects, after my spoilee receives her package. I think I'll do one more night of mindless stockinette and tv tonight, though.